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.

 

Triumph’s Retro Lineup Adorned With New Shades

Bikes to have received the new colours are Bobber, Bonneville T120, Thruxton siblings and Street Twin.

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The classic lineup of Triumph motorcycle fleet has gone through an overhaul, however not at the mechanics and specs but for the shades. Every offering, starting from the latest entrant Bobber to heritage Bonneville T120, all the old-school motorcycles have been dipped in containers of new colours. Older ones have been replaced by new and fresh shades.

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The Bobber based on Bonneville has been adorned with Cranberry Red and Frozen Silver whereas, for Bonneville T120, older shades including Jet Black, Pure White and Cinder Red will be exchanged by Aluminum Silver, Competition Green and Fusion White.

Moving on to the cafe racer twins, the Thruxton has received a new Korosi Red colour replacing the Pure White and Thruxton R model has been altered to Crystal White and Jet Black in place of Diablo Red. Finally, the Street Twin will now be available in Crystal White instead of the older Phantom Black. New Decals are also an additional aura to the bike.

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Changing colours might be a minor tweak but it will surely generate an excitement within the Triumph lovers. Afterall, shades are the first thing which enthrals us towards motorcycles, handling and power come later.

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Carrying Children On 2-wheelers Banned In Philippines

Meeting with an accident while plying along the road is not unusual, above all, it’s becoming more common these days. Sustaining cuts and fractures are inevitable. However, the loss feels at its peak when while coming across a misfortune on road, we had been carrying a child. That’s the exact time when we feel the necessity of safety on roads.

Taking this into account and paying a keen attention to the road safety aspects, the Philippines government passed a law against carrying a child as a pillion on 2-wheeler. Under this law, if a rider is caught as a victim of carrying a child at the backseat with someone holding or in any condition, a hefty fine will be charged against the rider. A child, if grown enough to rest legs on footpegs, wear a helmet and wrap the arms around the rider, only then he/she is allowed to move on a bike or scooter.

If a rider is caught twice, then the charge second time will be higher than the first. If the rider is witnessed to be violating the law fourth time, he may have to lose his license. Although the new law seems mandatory to be operational, many have raised voices against it saying it is an ‘antipoor’ law. Many of the poor families travel on their 2-wheelers with the whole family since they cannot afford a four wheeler. On the contrary, a government official said that such laws are vital for the safety of everyone.

Valentino Crashed At Motocross Circuit, Presence In 2017 MotoGP Questionable

The MotoGP living legend, Valentino Rossi, met with a crash, however not on the track he is known for, rather while doing rounds on the motocross arena. At the Crossodromo Cavallara, the circuit which is as close as 50 km away from his hometown, Valentino crashed while drifting along the muddy track and ended up damaging his chest and abdominal.

It is still not clearly identified whether his condition is serious and how long he need to stay at the hospital. However, the Yamaha Movistar team, for which Rossi competes in MotoGP, reported that the racer is not suffering from any serious fracture and injuries. This still puts the rider’s eligibility in question for the upcoming races of 2017 MotoGP Championship, four races of which are on their way to arrive at Mugello.

Similar instances were witnessed in 2010 when Valentino, before debuting for Ducati at Valencia, sustained severe injuries while practising motocross and had it operated in November of the same year. While going through continuous pain, the rider was on the verge of withdrawing from the 2010 championship.

Now it is a matter to be curious about that whether the doctor returns to the track completely unaffected for this season and hopefully, the injuries do not hinder his performance while racing and he must display a great show.

Honda Sold 1 Lakh Units Of CB Shine 125 In April, Breaks Record!

It’s not been too long that Honda was announced to be largest scooter seller of India and the company showed yet another gem by selling the highest number of 125cc motorcycle, the model being the CB Shine 125. In the month of April, more than 1 lakh units of Honda CB Shine 125 were purchased by customers in India, making it the leader of the segment.

To be precise, 1,00,824 units of the bike were rolled out of the dealerships in the month of April while the figure for the same month last year was 66,691 units. With this commendable performance, the motorcycle has shown five times faster growth as compared to the average rise in sales in this segment of bikes in India.

In the category of 125cc motorcycles, the market share of the CB Shine 125 has reached to 54% which was the result of 15% increase in share every year. The motorcycle was launched in 2006 and since then, as estimated, the bike has managed to fetch more than 55 lakh owners. Due to this huge contribution of CB Shine 125, and Activa as well, Honda is proudly standing at the second position in Indian 2-wheeler market.

Various aspects of the motorcycle are involved for its success. It gives you a satisfying ownership experience with one of the highest mileage in the segment and maintenance-friendly nature. The refined engine and swift ride quality adds to the liking of the bike. In the budget-conscious Indian market, the Honda CB Shine 125 proves to be a great value for money proposition.

Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 701 Spotted Testing, Almost Ready

Apart from the buzzing entry level offerings, Husqvarna is also readying the middle-weight siblings, Vitpilen and Svartpilen 701.

Having a strong presence in motorsports, Husqvarna is yet to completely arrive in the consumer market of motorcycles. Revealing the concept models of entry-level mini duos, the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401, at various Auto shows, the company clearly indicated that these bikes will be the opening stroke for markets of various countries. However, the matter of discussion today is the high-capacity combo, the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 701, test mules of which have been spotted in Spain by MCN.

Husqvarna didn’t hide their efforts on the Vitpilen 701 which is inclined towards the cafe racer pattern but, the scrambler-based Svartpilen 701, by its pictures, made us ecstatically surprised. The former, as can be judged by the spy shots, seems to be ready to hit the stage with its almost ready components. None of the body parts is shrouded with the camouflage or any covering, neither any test equipment is evident for monitoring technical parameters.

On the other hand, the scrambler centric model shows that it might be late in the competition. It shares the base and muscles from its cafe racer sibling, although some parts are replaced to satisfy its versatile purpose. The clip-ons are replaced by the single unit handlebar and the tyres are all-terrain focused spoked wheels. The instrument binnacle looks narrow and upswept while the rear number plate unit is mounted on the sub-frame, contrary to the Vitpilen’s plate placed on the swingarm. Headlamps are awaiting final fitment.

Husqvarna, being a sister company of KTM, shares its engine and chassis with the partner. The Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 grabbed a lot of attention and admiration when their concept models were unveiled. Launching of these mini siblings might take place by the end of this year, albeit the bigger bikes may be deprived of launching for a few more days.

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Triumph Starts Accepting Bookings Of 2017 Street Triple 765 In India

The units of the 2017 Street Triple 765 will come at the dealerships by mid-June, deliveries will be given out by the end of the month.

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If you are done with gazing at the pictures of the 2017 Triumph Street Triple 765 on your laptop screen, it’s now time to head out of your house and rush to the dealership to book one. Reports have come in that the bookings of highly awaited 2017 Street Triple 765 have started in India and down payment may cost somewhere around Rs. one to two lakhs. The bikes will arrive in the showrooms by mid-June, followed by deliveries to be initiated by the end of the month.

Media rides of the bike have already happened in Spain and the testers returned impressed by the whole new character of the motorcycle. Apart from the minor tweaks to the cosmetics, Triumph has solely refreshed the mechanical aspects of the motorcycle. The suspension has been updated to Showa which are the fully adjustable USD forks at the front and semi-adjustable mono shock damper at the rear.  The overall weight is lowered by 2 kilos and the seat height now settles at 810mm, which is 10mm higher than the predecessor version.

The changes on the engine are clearly indicated by the name as the motor now is a 765cc, in-line, three-cylinder unit, resembling that of Daytona 675R. Power figure has risen for punchier feel and stands at 113 PS coming at 11,250 RPM. On the current model, for India, it is 79.3 PS, which is shrunk down to that of the international version which is 113 PS. From three of its variants including Street Triple S, R and RS, India will be receiving only the S version as of now. Price is expected to see a hike and it may cost around Rs. 9 lakhs.