Hero MotoCorp’s Seven Models Withdrawn From List

Among the seven, some may shock you owing to their popularity.

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Hero MotoCorp has been one of the best seller of 2-wheelers in India since years. The frugality, reliability and low cost nature of its motorcycles attracted huge number of buyers for decades but, days are not always the same. Time changes and so does the motorcycle industry. Getting striked by this change, Hero has taken the bold step of discontinuing seven of its motorcycles which included a few most liked ones in the past.

The motorcycles which fell in this list are the Passion X Pro, Passion Pro TR, Ignitor, Glamour, Hunk, Karizma R and Karizma ZMR. Yes! You read that right. Even the Karizma siblings have been on the sidelines, maybe for future development. The Karizma twins have been highly admired for being one of the very few versatile performance bikes in India. But, for a few months now, buyers have started turning their heads off the Karizma R and ZMR at the dealerships.

The 125cc Glamour and Ignitor have also failed to show their mettle in the commuter segment. Talking about the Hunk, I personally love the motorcycle. Its bulbous dimensions look preety attractive to the eyes and the motor never disappoints you as well. However, being deprived from the crucial updates has made it to be considered in the discontinuation list. As for the entry-level commuter, buyers still have the option of the Passion Pro i3S which is intensively fuel-efficient and technologically smart.

Somewhere behind this decesion of Hero, the activation of BS IV emission norm is also involved and the company may not be able to handle the manufacturing cost of these mdels while upgrading the older bikes with costlier BS IV engines at the same time.

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Triumph To Build Moto2 Bike Engines From 2019

Triumph will take the place of Honda from 2019 and the engine of the Moto2 bikes will be based upon the Street Triple RS.

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The coming years might be extremely tied up for the British motorcycle manufacturing company, Triumph since they have been handed over a new work profile. Highly expected from 2019, the company will be the major supplier of engines for the Moto2 Race bikes, a racing series involved in MotoGP. Currently, the Japanese brand Honda is looking after all the duties regarding the engines but, in the offing, Triumph is pulling up its socks to get down into the business.

The company will be catering, in total, to 34 teams which participate in filling the race track of Moto2 Racing Championship. In all, 150 motorcycles competing on behalf of the teams will be fitted with the engines of Triumph. ExternPro, the company which is responsible for supplying and maintaining race bikes engines for the championship, will be mediocre and will receive the final assembly of engines from Triumph.

Regarding the technical specs of the engines, the unit will be completely based on the Triumphs newly launched Street Triple RS. However, necessary alterations will be implemented to suit its racing character. The power figures imposed on the stock bike of 121 BHP and 56 Nm has been lifted up to 131 BHP and 59 Nm. It is rev-happier and fuel injection is increased to make it go quicker. It will also carry FCC slipper clutch, race kit alternator for inertia reduction and new alternator cover. Various other bits will also be race-specifically tweaked for providing the vital flexibility to make changes as per racer’s demands.

Manufacturing facilities of Triumph at the UK and Thailand will together handle the building process of the engines. Both have their share of duties of manufacturing several parts of engine distributed in them. Testing of the engines are yet to commence but the company is all set to provide the designers with the dimensions of the unit for them to start the making of chassis and other shrouds of the race bikes.

We already love the triple-cylinder mills of the triumph for their energetic and reliable performance and seeing them doing the job in MotoGP, from 2019, will be a treat for racing and Triumph fanatics.

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Royal Enfield Bikes To Receive Higher Displacement Engine

The Continental GT and Himalayan are confirmed to be available as high capacity models, other prospect bikes are not specified yet.

Power delivery is the factor which keeps away many from buying a Royal Enfield motorcycle even if they love them. The elegant classic design and the screaming motor is not able to accelerate as much as today’s high-tech offerings plying out on road. However, these days might become a history as a company official reported that some of the Royal Enfield bikes will be getting a high capacity motor in coming days.

The highest cc engine which is available in the fleet of RE bikes is 535cc which is strapped on the Continental GT. Now, the company CEO said in a Q&A session that the displacement might go up to 750cc and not more than that. The decided limit for the capacity is due to the demand lying in this category only, as reported by the CEO.

Rewinding some time back we remember that a higher capacity RE Cafe Racer based on the Continental GT was spied while being on testing rounds in Spain. Looking at the readiness of the bike it was evident that it won’t take too long to drop down at dealerships. Apart from the cafe racer, the all-terrain Royal Enfield Himalayan is also confirmed to receive a higher displacement motor which might further increase its ecstasy within the enthusiasts.

The official revelation from the company about this clearly signals that the bigger RE bikes are on their way and, perhaps, might be unveiled at the EICMA 2017 to be held in October. If that happens, India should receive them on its ground at the 2018 Auto Expo.

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India To UK On KTM Duke 390. Rohit Did It In 90 Days Covering 25,000 Km!!

The journey costed Rs. 8.5 lakhs which was his 10 years of savings.

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How long can I ride at once or what is the longest distance I have covered on a ride till now? These are the most inevitable questions that would pop up in your mind after knowing what Rohith Upadhyay did. A software engineer from Madhya Pradesh Region, Rohith rode all the way from India to the UK astride his Duke 390. And, as obvious, the ride wasn’t an easy one as Rohit had to face a lot of predicaments while on this exhilarating ride.

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The 25,000 km distance which the rider covered is not the only thing which is interesting, rather there’s a list of uncommon factors which the bike fanatic has shared about the journey. The surprisingly long trip costed him an eye watering price as well since it demanded Rohit to shell out Rs. 8.5 lakhs. This might not be a big amount for grand wealthy people out there but for a middle-class corporate employee, it takes a lot of guts to spend years of savings on such trips. The 32-year old Rohit, who belongs to Bhadutola town of Madhya Pradesh, was saving his precious earnings since last 10 years for such an international bike riding fun.

Initially, when he set off, he had to take the Seaway up to Iran where he took his motorcycle off the ship at the Bandar Abbas. Then, the moment his bike’s tyres landed over the ground, he was unstoppable till the Isle of Man, UK. Along the way, several beautiful places were served before Rohit to embrace which included Albania, Bosnia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Netherland, Belgium, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and finally the Isle of Man, England.

Waiting for the rider were many obstacles along the journey which included non-operating stator of the battery for many days and several wires catching fire due to the cirgarette lighter which he had installed on his bike. He manipulated all these situations bravely and kept on heading towards his targeted destination.

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Many of you must be wondering what about his job? Fortunately, his humble boss granted him the unpaid leave for the trip which took not less than 90 days to complete. Basically, Rohit wanted to be on a 6 month trip from India to New Zealand which would have demended him to quit his job. However, destiny didn’t wanted him to do this right now and may be he might achieve the endeavour of visiting New Zealand after a while.

With its robustness and reliability, KTM Duke 390 proved a great saddle to be on and covering a 90 day trip is not an easy task for a motorcycle. Rohith’s first bike was an old Bajaj Pulsar 150 which he had bought in Pune after acquisition of his first job. From there, the love for motorcycles went on and he is continuing with the Duke 390. His favourite motorcycle is the Africa Twin, and in India, he thinks his motorcycle is the best in all aspects.

Rohith could be an inspiration for many people who get ravelled with their jobs and daily chores and are unable to take out time for living their dreams. I don’t want to sound impractical, but we must go ahead with our aspirations without thinking too much, atleast for the ones which are feasible at the moment.

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Rohit Upadhyay shared his story of ride from India to the UK in an interview with Motorbeam.

Five Coolest Scooters To Buy In India

Growing popularity and adaptability of scooters made Indian bikemakers to show a keen seriousness towards this segment. Resultantly, every company started to roll out an economical and easy-to-go moped with the urge to attract the largest number of buyers. Working on various aspects made the scooters of these days more than just a fibre body strapped to an automatic transmission engine running over two wheels. Rather, they now have a lot of fun-factor along with the purpose-filling nature.

Ziwgheels have summed up a list of such top Indian fun scooters out on sale today. let’s give a glance on which are the ones to make it to this list.

Aprilia SR150 Race Edition:

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Aprilia had already grabbed a lot of wows by launching a sporty and powerful scooter, the SR 150. Excitement went further when the company changed the gear ratios, adorned it with its MotoGP livery and dropped down as the Race Edition. The 154.8cc engine of the scooter is mated to a continuously varying transmission and, for this edition, the bikemaker shortened the ratios for a crisper throttle response.

It generates power of 10.5 PS and torque of 11.4 Nm which is commendable withing this category. The 0-60 kmph speed comes in minimal 6.8 seconds and the large wheels add to the handling and stability. At the hefty price of Rs. 70,061, the Aprilia SR 150 Race Edition calls for a great enthusiast ride.

TVS Scooty Zest 110:

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TVS’s success in India cannot be counted without huge credits given to the Scooty brand. And, after its evolution from ES to Pep, the market value went at a higher level since it was a most ideal machine for teenagers and women. Talking about the latest Zest model, it offers all the adorable and modern features including 19-litre under seat storage capacity and USB charging port for mobile phones. The all-new matte edition boasts of sexier cosmetics with the new matte finish and 3D logo.

Underneath, the Scooty Zest 110 hides a 109.7cc engine which carries you at the power of 8 PS and torque of 8.4 Nm. It is as light as 97 kgs and as claimed by the company, one of the quickest in its segment. It is retailed at Rs. 46,238 and is always on the top priority of Indian buyers.

Honda Dio:

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Sleek, light and agile. That’s how Dio is, qualities which have been beaconing a lot of young riders in India. With the same engine of the Honda Activa, which is the most trustable from the company, Dio offers the same aura with modernity. The latest model has been adorned with a strip of linear LED on the handle cowl with the conventional headlamp designed more spread out. The cycle parts are also of good quality which includes Combine Braking System making the anchoring better.

The Honda Dio runs on a 109.9ccc engine which pumps out 7.9 PS of power peaking at 7,000 RPM and 8.9 Nm of torque coming at 5,500 RPM. Fastest, the Dio can go up to 83 kmph and generates sweet low-end torque for overtaking in traffic. It can be bought for Rs. 49,312 and for that money, Dio makes for a gorgeous and stylish offering.

Honda Navi:

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Honda Navi, with its short stature riding stance and bike-like looks, is the moped which brought the concept of monkey bike in India. Carrying the same engine as that of the Honda Activa, Navi gives the nearest pleasure of riding a motorcycle with lightness and convenience of a scooter. If you ask about the storage space, the company provides an under seat storage box as an optional accessory. For enhancing the fun, a variety of cool accessories are offered with varied styles including Adventure, Chrome and Colour alterations.

On the bit stingy side is the tank, which is a small 3.6 litres unit, however, the mileage similar to the Activa slightly covers the drawback. Same as Activa, it carries a 109.19cc engine capable of lying out 7.9 PS of power and 8.9 Nm of torque. At the price of Rs. 41,500, Honda Navi can prove an outstanding deal.

Suzuki Access 125:

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Suzuki Access 125 goes on the opulent side as compared to the few upper ones and boasts of premium parts including steel body and semi-analog cluster. Front tyres carry the telescopic suspension while the rear has a mono shock unit. Drum brakes do the stopping duties on both ends and a front disc is offered as optional. Ample of parameters are displayed on the instrument cluster and a DC charging socket expands the list of facilities.

As compared to the aforementioned Honda scooters, the engine of the Suzuki Access 125 is gruntier with SOHC 125cc unit which outputs 8.7 PS of power and 10.2 Nm of torque. Recently, Special Edition Access 125 have also been added to the fleet. Pricing of the Suzuki Access 125 starts at Rs. 54,302 and the Special Edition demands a little premium of over Rs. 2000. Holding a storage capacity of 21 litres, Access is one big-daddy scooter which is suitable for all aged commuters.

Source – Zigwheels.com

 

 

 

JK Tyres and Suzuki To Organise Racing Event For Young Riders in India

JK tyres and Suzuki together are organising a racing event for youngsters which will give them a chance to showcase their riding skills at the national level. The programme consists of races which will accept participants who are youngest riders of the country. Categorised into two parts, the series will include a set of riders between the age of 12-16 years and a group of riders of over 16 years of age.

Among the two categories, the one with elder participants will be a part of Suzuki Gixxer Cup whereas the champion of the younger group will be reaching the selection process of Red Bull Rookie Cup – Road to MotoGP which would be the biggest opportunity for ambitious young racers of India. The selection rounds will be held at four different places across the country which includes Bengaluru, Aizwal, Pune and National Capital Region.

The result of the testing rounds held at these places will be announced on 27th June. Suzuki Gixxer bikes will be provided by the organisers and the top listed contenders will be taken to Coimbatore for the further training of track racing. Along with the fitness test, all the other technical and physical training will be cultivated on the young riders.

For the teenage riders of India who think they have an exceptional riding skill must try their hands once in this event to make sure whether they actually stand out of the crowd.

 

 

TVS Announces One-make Series For Indian Women Riders

TVS Motors is eyeing to make the Indian women aware and expert in riding motorcycles and with this aspiration, the company has announced its first edition of TVS Women’s One-make series. It is a training academy where the women riders will be trained to ride under the tutoring and supervision of experts.

On 24th May 2017, TVS had conducted a training programme for which 25 women riders were selected from all across India. The session consisted of theory and practical track rounds and concluded with a 3 lap race. At the end, 15 riders were qualified for the further process to be a part of the training academy which will undergo at MMRT (Madras Motor Race Track) in Tamil Nadu.

The whole programme will include training as well as several sessions of track racing for which the participants will be handed over the race-spec Apache RTR 200. The first edition of 2017 TVS Ladies One-make Series will see four races throughout the year.

As mentioned earlier, experts will be cultivating the skills into the participants and they are Jagan Kuman and Harry Sylvester who are TVS racing’s champion riders. From the Rajini Academy of Competitive racing, ex-TVS Racing rider Rajini Krishnan will also be a part of the mentor group with a few other riders from the academy.