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Japanese MotoGP round also cancelled; 2020 season to be focused in EU region

Danilo Petrucci Aragon 2019 MotoGP HD wallpaper
Danilo Petrucci Aragon 2019 MotoGP HD wallpaper

The Japanese MotoGP race scheduled on October 16-18th, 2020 has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. The confirmation came from FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports within just days of announcement of the cancellation of the British and Australian rounds.

The iconic Twin Ring Motegi has been on the calendar since 1999 and the FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports hope to return to race at the venue in 2021, in front of some of the most dedicated and loyal fans in the world.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports

“It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan at the very unique Motegi circuit, meaning we will not have a Japanese Grand Prix on the calendar for the first time since 1986.

The MotoGP family is working very hard to be able to re-start the racing season and hold as many events as possible, and in the safest way possible. For this reason, the FIM and Dorna, in consultation with IRTA and MSMA, have decided that, until mid-November, MotoGP will remain in Europe to do as many European MotoGP events as we are able to. Therefore, overseas events, if at all possible, should be scheduled after mid-November – which would be too late in the year for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan to be held.

For this reason it has been decided, in consultation with Mobilityland, that the Motul Grand Prix of Japan cannot be held in 2020. I very much thank Mobilityland for the support given to MotoGP.

On behalf of Dorna, I would also like to thank all the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We very much look forward to returning to Motegi next year.”

Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon price hiked by Rs 5,000: Price now stands at Rs 90,000

Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon with tank extensions

Bajaj Auto has hiked prices of the Pulsar 150 Neon by Rs 5,000. The latest price hike ups the price tag to Rs 90,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The reason for the price being hiked is unknown at the moment.

Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon with tank extensions

The automobile industry is currently in a downward spiral with sales dropping across brands and manufacturers. Almost all manufacturers have taken losses from the temporary shut down mandated due to the lockdown imposed across the country.

As a result of this, several manufacturers are hiking prices of vehicles and the latest among them is Bajaj, increasing prices of the Pulsar 150 Neon. The Bajaj Pulsar 150 has been around for ages and has been the best-selling Pulsar model.

In November 2018, Bajaj launched the Pulsar 150 Neon with a few aesthetic changes that was supposed to make it more attractive to buyers. Back then, it was launched at a price of Rs 64,889 and it instantly became the least-expensive motorcycle in the Pulsar range of motorcycles.

Pulsar 150 Neon Silver
Pulsar 150 Neon Silver

Several months later, Bajaj launched the Pulsar 125 Neon which took the title of the least expensive Pulsar. At the same time, Bajaj Auto kept increasing prices of the Pulsar 150 Neon eventually resulting in a price tag of Rs 74,664.

Then in April 2020, Bajaj updated the motorcycle with fuel-injection and a repositioned catalytic converter, and along with this update came a price increase of Rs 10,336 which is the biggest price hike the bike has seen. Now, the price has gone up by Rs 5,000 again and it hasn’t gained any new equipment in the process.

An ex-showroom price of Rs 90,000 means that the on-road price is well over Rs 1 lakh. Despite this, it is less-expensive compared to its primary rival — the TVS Apache RTR 160 by nearly Rs 7,000.

BS6 Honda CD 110 Dream launched

Honda CD Dream 110 Deluxe BSVI
Honda CD Dream 110 Deluxe BSVI

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India has launched the all new CD 110 Dream BSVI. It has been priced starting from – Rs. 62,729/- (ex-showroom Ahmedabad, Gujarat).

At the heart of the CD 110 Dream ticks a Bharat Stage VI compliant 110cc PGM-FI HET (Honda Eco Technology) engine, boosted by Enhanced Smart Power (eSP).

  • Jolt free engine start
  • New Programmed Fuel Injection system uses sensors to ensure optimum fuel delivery
  • The offset cylinder and use of roller rocker arm with needle bearing further reduces the frictional loss
  • The piston cooling jet improves cooling efficiency & maintains optimum engine temperature.
  • New CD 110 Dream gives more mileage
  • HET tubeless tyre (Low Rolling Resistance tyre)
  • New DC headlamp provides constant illumination
  • New Engine Start/Stop Switch: The two-way functioning switch can be used to start the engine when pressed downwards and acts as an engine stop switch when pressed upward.
  • New Integrated Headlamp beam & passing switch:
  • Combi-Brake System (CBS) with equalizer.
  • 3 years standard warranty + 3 years free extended warranty
Honda CD Dream 110 Deluxe BSVI
Honda CD Dream 110 Deluxe BSVI

Stylish graphics on tank and side cover, attractive body color mirrors enhance the distinct identity of CD 110 Dream BSVI.

Impressive chrome muffler cover and five spoke silver alloy wheels add a classy appeal which leaves a lasting impression.

The CD 110 Dream BSVI will be available in two variants Standard (Black with Red Graphics, Black with Grey Graphics, Black with blue Graphics, Black with Cabin Gold graphics) & Deluxe (Black, Geny Grey metallic, Imperial Red Metallic and Athletic Blue Metallic).

Benelli 600RR spy images: 600cc supersport motorcycle from Benelli spotted again

Benelli 600RR

The Benelli 600RR has been spotted once again. Spy images of the Benelli 600RR are surfacing quite frequently these days. A couple of images more have now come up and we already see hundreds if not thousands eagerly waiting for this motorcycle to be launched. 

Benelli 60RR

Benelli is on a roll these days. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer plans to revamp its entire motorcycle line-up. As part of this new strategy, Benelli recently revealed the next-gen TNT 600i in the form of the SRK 600 produced by Benelli’s parent company Qianjiang.

However, more recent spy images have interested motorcycling enthusiasts more than the naked TNT 600. Images of a fully-faired 600cc Benelli have emerged and this made things very interesting in the mid-weight supersport segment.

The segment in question has always been dominated by Japanese motorcycles, and this is Benelli’s attempt to get a slice of the pie. The Benelli 600RR features a rather sharp and aggressive design language.

Benelli 600RR

Up-front is a twin headlamp setup, enclosed in a full fairing with lots of sharp cuts and creases. The rear is styled in a rather simple manner. It features a full colour TFT display for instrumentation and also comes with keyless ignition. It rides on an upside-down fork up front and an adjustable monoshock at the rear.

Braking duties are handled by twin discs up-front and a single disc brake at the rear, from Brembo. The Benelli 600RR is powered by a liquid-cooled, 600cc, inline-four-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of around 81bhp and a peak torque output of 54.6Nm. A 6-speed gearbox drives the rear wheel.

The Benelli 600RR will in all probability be launched in India as well as in European markets. Given Benelli’s reputation of launching performance motorcycles at a low price, it is safe to say that the Benelli 600RR will become the best-selling 600cc faired motorcycle in India.

British and Australian MotoGP rounds cancelled

Alex Rins - MotoGP HD wallpaper Buriram
Alex Rins - MotoGP HD wallpaper Buriram

The British and Australian GPs have been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. The decision by FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports is based on various situations in both countries at this time.

The British Grand Prix was set to take place on August 28-30th at the Silverstone Circuit in the UK, which hosted the first Grands Prix held on the British mainland from 1977 until MotoGP returned to the track 10 years ago. This season marks the first year MotoGP will see no track action in the British Isles for the first time in the championship history for more than 70-years.

The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix was due to take place at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from October 23-25th; the venue hosted the very first Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1989, and since 1997 has been the only home of MotoGP on the continent with its unique layout providing some of the greatest battles ever witnessed on two wheels.

Silverstone Managing Director Stuart Pringle said: “We are extremely disappointed about the cancellation of the British MotoGP event, not least as the cancelled race in 2018 [due to inclement weather] is still such a recent memory, but we support the decision that has had to be taken at this exceptional time.

“I want to thank the British fans for their patience and support. We must now look forward to 2021 when Silverstone will once again host the fastest and most historic MotoGP race on the calendar and work hard to make it a truly exceptional event for all to enjoy.”

Paul Little AO, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman said: “We’re very disappointed that MotoGP fans throughout Victoria, Australia and internationally won’t get the chance to make the pilgrimage to see the world’s best riders compete on one of the best circuits anywhere in the world, but the right decision has been made.

“The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix puts Phillip Island on the global stage and it’ll be back better than ever in 2021.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports added: “We’re saddened to have to announce the cancellation of these iconic events after finding no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar. Silverstone and Phillip Island are always two of the most thrilling race weekends of the season, with both tracks never failing in their promise to deliver some of the closest racing in our Championship.

“On behalf of Dorna, I would like to once again extend my thanks to the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We look forward to returning to Silverstone and Phillip Island next year for more incredible battles.”

BS6 Vespa Notte launched at Rs 91,492: Price hike of Rs 19,462 over BS4 model

The BS-VI Vespa Notte has been launched in the Indian market at Rs 91, 492 (ex-showroom). The scooter has seen a price hike of Rs 19,462 compared to the Rs 72,030 price tag of the BS-IV variant. However, it continues to be the most-affordable scooter in the Vespa product line-up in India.

New Vespa Notte 125 for India

Vespa has for a long time been at the forefront of building the most stylish scooters. Its scooters became a style icon and remain so to this day. However, Vespa’s scooters have been on the expensive side of the scooter market and not many people could afford them. Soon, Vespa tried to change this with the launch of the Vespa Notte.

Notte in Italian stands for night and true to its name, the scooter is finished in a matte black shade. It is based on the Vespa VXL 125 and is powered by the same engine and even comes with the same number of features. However, the matte finish as well as the relatively lower cost black paint job led to a lower price. Now though, with the BS-VI variant the price is not so low.

A Rs 17,000 hike brings it closer to the Vespa Urban Club 125 in terms of price. What do you get for the rather high additional cost? Not much really. The biggest difference between the old BS-IV model and the new BS-VI model is that the carburettor has been replaced by a fuel-injection system. Everything else remains just the same.

Vespa Notte BS6

It is still powered by the same air-cooled, 125cc, single-cylinder engine.  However, it now comes with a maximum power output of 9.78bhp at 7,500rpm and a peak torque output of 9.6Nm at 5,500rpm which is only slightly lower compared to the 10bhp and 10.6Nm of the BS-IV model.


Suspension duties are handled by a hydraulic shock absorber at the rear and single sidearm mechanism up front. Braking duties are handled by a 149mm drum brake at the front and a 140mm drum brake at the rear. It comes with a combined braking system mechanism for safety, however a disc brake is not available even as an option.

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX BS6 launched at Rs 10.79 lakh

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX BS6

The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX BS-VI has been launched in the Indian market. The BS6 Ninja 1000SX comes with a price tag of Rs 10.79 lakh along with several new features. It is now Rs 50,000 more expensive than the BS-IV model.

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX BS6

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX has been a favourite among those looking for great handling and power in a litre-class motorcycle while still being easy to handle and comfortable to tour on. It sold in decent numbers and its riders loved the motorcycle.

In April 2020, BS-VI emissions norms were implemented in India mandating the sale of cleaner and greener motorcycles. Hence, Kawasaki discontinued the BS-IV Ninja 1000SX. Now though, the BS-VI version of the motorcycle has been launched in India. It comes with several new features and a few design changes as well.

Up front, it features a new LED headlamp that is sharper than the previous model. The front fascia and fairing have also been redesigned. The windscreen is now more upright, allowing for easier wind deflection while touring. The fairing now makes it look sportier than it was before.

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX BS6

The tail lamp too has been redesigned and the rear-end of the motorcycle now looks neater thanks to the new exhaust system. Kawasaki has done away with the quad exhaust outlets seen on the BS-IV model and has now replaced it with a single exhaust outlet mounted on the right side of the motorcycle.

The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX BS-VI is powered by the same engine as the BS-IV model, but has been retuned for cleaner emissions. It is a liquid-cooled, 1,043cc, inline-four-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 140bhp at 10,000rpm and a peak torque output of 111Nm at 80rpm. A 6-speed gearbox drives the rear wheel.

The new Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX features advanced electronics systems and riding aids. It comes loaded with electronic cruise control, three-level traction control and two different power modes for different riding conditions, a quickshifter, cornering management and ABS.

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX BS6

A major new feature on the motorcycle is the 4.3-inch colour TFT display with bluetooth connectivity. Riders can connect their smartphone to the display using Kawasaki’s proprietary ‘Rideology The App.’ The new motorcycle is now available at all Kawasaki dealerships and can also be booked online.

Royal Enfield Himalayan modified into a scrambler: Motorcycle art redefined

Royal Enfield Himalayan Scrambler .02View

What could happen when an architect meets a motorcycle customisation project? It could be a superhit or a recipe for disaster. In this case though it is a work of art. This motorcycle is called the ‘.02View’ and while that name is weird, the motorcycle is quite a delight to look at.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Scrambler .02View

What is even surprising is the fact that it is a Royal Enfield Himalayan and was modified to look like this. Royal Enfield’s Indonesian distributor Pt Distributor Motor Indonesia (DMI) ran a design competition in which the best designers of the country took part. Well-known Indonesian architect Julian Palapa too took place in the competition and won.

The prize for winning was a brand-new Royal Enfield Himalayan and a chance for his bike to tour the Indonesian motor show circuit. DMI gave him seven months to complete the build and make the motorcycle he designed.

Julian Palapa then hired a team to build the motorcycle and the result of this all is a stunning Royal Enfield Himalayan. Well, some bits of the motorcycle are still from a Himalayan. Quite clearly, the .02View is a tasty mix between a scrambler and a cafe racer and both of these genres are much-loved by motorcyclists.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Scrambler .02View


Up front is an almost robotic face with a circular headlight in a boxy enclosure. The fuel tank is more chiselled and sleeker. The single-piece seat is a work of art and underneath it is the tail lamp. The rear part of the frame has been chopped so the seat ends just as the rear wheel begins. The .02View rides on spoked wheels at the front and rear.

However, the rear wheel is covered by a matt-black wheel cap with silver studs, making it look badass. The conventional telescopic fork at the front of the Himalayan has been replaced by an upside-down fork. Suspension duties at the rear are handled by an Ohlins monoshock. The rear swingarm too has been replaced by a thicker unit.

This helped the team reduce the height as well as the wheelbase of the motorcycle. The .02View features twin disc brakes up front, scrubbed by four-piston calipers from Nissin on each side. At the rear is a single disc brake from Brembo. The spoked wheels are shod with massive Shinko E805 off-road tyres.

The engine appears to be in its stock form, but it now comes with a straight pipe underbelly exhaust system with absolutely no restrictions, so we can say with confidence that it is a loud motorcycle.