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Triumph Rocket X limited edition launched in India

Triumph Rocket X limited edition HD wallpaper
Triumph Rocket X limited edition HD wallpaper

There are very few things you can improve on a motorcycle that already produces a colossal 221 Nm of torque at 2750 RPM. But to mark 10 years of its production existence, Triumph has announced the Triumph Rocket X limited edition. Only 500 of these will be available globally and 15 of these have been allocated for India. The Triumph Rocket X limited edition has been priced at INR 22.21 lakh ex-showroom Delhi and bookings have already started. So the question remains how does the Triumph Rocket X limited edition differ from the original 2,294cc Triumph Rocket III?

For starters as expected each of the 500 units will be numbered, with the numbers mentioned on the side panel. The overall paint job is done by the 8 Ball team who are the best at custom work, known for their attention to detail and professional craftsmanship. With upto 5 days and 6 layers of lacquer applied, the end result is a deep jet black that few other paint jobs can match and a unique ‘grinded’ polished metal stripe. The black theme carries on to the exhaust system as well, which receives a temperature resistant paint to maintain the all black look. The black treatment also continues onto the handlebars, mirrors and all levers. The 5 spoke aluminium alloys also are all black but receive a hand painted pinstripe to highlight the wheels. A new tinted windshield is also added at the front. There are chrome highlights thrown all over to provide the rich premium finish as well. Apart from the side panel featuring the number, the Triumph Rocket X limited edition also receives a CNC machine made custom Rocket X badge.

Launched in 2004, the Triumph Rocket III with its 2,294cc in-line triple cylinder engine still remains the largest capacity production motorcycle. The sheer acceleration that the motorcycle provides even with a kerb weight of 367 kgs gives the rider a rush few other man made creations can match. ABS comes as standard and much needed although we wish Triumph added traction control and ride modes as well. But then, too much to ask from a cruiser?

DSK Hyosung to target 80% localisation

Hyosung GD250R India
Hyosung GD250R India
DSK Hyosung GD250R India
Hyosung GD250R

DSK Motowheels has been committed to bringing in motorcycles from across the world to India. First it was the Hyosung brand and the latest being that of Benelli. Right from the early days with Hyosung, DSK has always reiterated how much they wanted to localise the Hyosung brand to drive costs down. The DSK Hyosung motorcycles even without the heavy localisation has been selling pretty well and are among the top selling big bikes in India. It was with this localisation in mind that they had earlier announced a massive 400 crore investment to develop their own site and plant for current and future models. But now they have deviated slightly from this huge investment plan and will be moving into an already existing setup in Pune. With a total investment of 95 crores, of which 75 will be for revamping the premises and the remaining for the equipment, DSK Hyosung will target an annual capacity of 5000 motorcycles. The new facility will be operational in the next 8 months.

The highlight of this big shift is that, along with the increased production capacity, DSK Hyosung will also try to achieve 80% localisation of parts through component makers within India. The process of localisation will be a long one because each component has to be built to the right quality and rigourously tested. DSK Hyosung estimate a time period of approximately 18 months to achieve their localisation target. Along with the target of opening the new plant, DSK Hyosung will also be expanding their product portfolio in India. Motorcycles expected to be launched by DSK Hyosung include the GD250R and the GD250N and also a 300cc cruiser which seems to be a mystery machine as we are not quite sure what it is. The GD250R and GD250N are single cylinder machines based on the same platform and we know for sure that DSK Hyosung have been working on its localisation for more than a year now. So expect a killer pricing for these two motorcycles.

Suzuki Gixxer SF race spec for the Gixxer Cup

Suzuki Gixxer SF race spec Gixxer Cup
Suzuki Gixxer SF race spec Gixxer Cup
Suzuki Gixxer SF race spec for the Gixxer Cup
Suzuki Gixxer SF race spec for the Gixxer Cup

The Suzuki Gixxer SF race spec bike for the Gixxer Cup has been in the news all month. The Gixxer Cup which had its first race at Kari Motor Speedway last weekend saw for the first time the race spec Suzuki Gixxer SF’s head onto the track and boy was it pleasure to watch these beauties in action. Abhishek Vasudev (Open category) and Amarnath Menon K (Novice) went on to win both race 1 and 2 in their categories. A proud moment for the Apex racing academy, to whom both the racers belong to. Coming back to the bike lets get into the details of what really are the changes that have been made to the bike.

The Suzuki Gixxer, the naked version, is a motorcycle that we really loved and were quite impressed with. We really could not find fault with it during our review of it. The Gixxer SF carried on from where the Gixxer left off, basically went out and got itself a full fairing. Now we still are waiting for the Suzuki Gixxer SF to test it out. But with everything except the presence of the fairing being the same we are already sure that it will be a blast to ride around. The Suzuki Gixxer SF race spec version for the Gixxer Cup took the city bike and turned it into a track machine, a very capable one at that too. While the engine and gearing remains the same here is a list of all the things that have changed.

  • Weight reduction – approx ~ 20 kgs
  • Addition of clip on handlebars
  • Slightly rear set footpegs
  • Different sprocket for better initial
  • Performance air filter
  • Free flow exhaust for better top end
  • Better soft compound MRF tyres

Photographs thanks to Sankar Sanjive.

Yamaha MT-25 launched in Indonesia

Yamaha MT 25 images
Yamaha MT 25 images
Yamaha MT 25 launched
Yamaha MT-25 launched

As expected, Yamaha Indonesia have launched the much awaited Yamaha MT-25. A model that will soon will be available across the globe in either its 250cc or 300cc engine trim depending on markets. The U.S., European and Indian markets will for sure get the MT-03, while the Japanese market will mostly get the MT-25. Yamaha have priced the MT-25 at 46 million rupiah, which converts to about 2.2 lakh rupees ex-showroom. In comparison the Yamaha R25 which was launched much earlier is priced at 53 million rupiah, which converts to about 2.7 lakh Indian rupees. We in India are expected to have similar pricing as the both these motorcycles will be made in right here and will not be imports from Indonesia. The Yamaha MT-25 will be available in three colour options Silver, Black and Red.

As expected, the Yamaha MT-25 is just a direct strip down of the R25. There has been no changes to the engine and gearing, and it still is a high revving twin cylinder engine. So that means the engine produces 36 Ps at 12,000 RPM and 22.6 Nm at 10,000 RPM. We are really interested to see how Yamaha have geared this motorcycle as they claim that even with the peaky power output they have given a strong and quick low end. Design wise there is nothing new, the fairings have been removed, it gets a single headlight that looks similar to the FZ’s and the diamond frame chassis gets blue highlights in the Silver colour option and remains black in the Red and Black colour option. The clip-on handlebars are also replaced with the regular single pipe type and is now higher for a more relaxed riding position. What is surprising is that even with the fairing and the double headlights removed, the Yamaha MT-25 which weighs 165 kg and is only 1 kg lighter than the R25. Yamaha MT-25 images below.

And so the MT-25 / MT-03 series have begun to roll out globally and we are still wondering what Yamaha India are upto. If you ask us, the Yamaha R25/R3 is already about a year late and going by the latest reports that we could gather, expect a July launch with deliveries in October-November. Being the more daily use friendly motorcycle we are sure the MT-25 or mostly the MT-03 for India will be much awaited, but sadly will be even further away in terms of a launch. Too bad that we have to wait so long for what we know is a good motorcycle especially when it is readily available elsewhere.

New TVS Apache spotted testing

New TVS Apache
New TVS Apache
New TVS Apache spotted testing
New TVS Apache spotted testing

TVS has been silent long enough after the partnership with BMW. But we have a good idea of what to expect from the company. TVS will be launching a flagship model based on the Draken. This will also be accompanied by new generations of the Apache series that will draw design inspiration from the flagship. We will also see the revival of the TVS Victor series that once propelled TVS to great heights in that segment. Now the bike spotted here is most likely not the flagship Draken, that is more likely to be the bike we spotted earlier. Although we must say that according to a recent interview with the BMW CEO, the bike featured in the link above could solely be a BMW. TVS could have its own design based on the same engine. Either ways the bike we have here is most likely the new TVS Apache. The new TVS Apache is expected to have its range starting from 200cc and have a 180 and 160cc as well.

We are expecting a 200cc engine that produces a healthy 23 -24 HP on the bike we have here. Lets go through the details that the photograph tells us.

  • Alloys seem to be the same from the Draken concept shown at the Auto Expo last year.
  • Front forks are the regular telescopic ones.
  • Petal disc brakes at both ends.
  • Mono-shock suspension for the rear.
  • Large tank elongated to the front – similar design to the Draken.
  • Looks to be split seats due to large height difference in pillion and rider seat.
  • Mirrors from current generation RTR.
  • Slightly rear set footpegs.
  • Handlebars look similar to the current RTR series – narrow clip ons.

Interesting indeed. With TVS all set to introduce the new TVS Apache series, all eyes will be on the company with expectations rising with every spotting of these test mules. Also here is another piece of news to add to the mix. Back in 2009 TVS had displayed a concept called the TVS Apache Velocity. Look closely and you can almost see where the Draken and the bike in the current photograph has evolved from.

TVS Apache Velocity concept
TVS Apache Velocity concept

New TVS Apache photograph thanks to lDk2 on Team-BHP.

Bajaj Pulsar on road price Bangalore all models

Pulsar RS 200 HD wallpaper
Pulsar RS 200 HD wallpaper

Pulsar RS 200 HD wallpaper10 years from now we when we look at all the things that has happened in the motorcycling scene of India, the brand Pulsar will surely stand out as the one that really started the sharp surge in demand for performance bikes. With its strong beefy looks there where not many motorcycle enthusiasts that did not want one at some point. Over the years we have seen the Pulsars evolve and right now we basically have two base designs that co-exist under the Pulsar brand name. The original bloodline still continues and sort of still remains the favourite of everybody out there. The design has received very subtle changes while quality and refinement has gone up over the years. The new age Pulsars started with the Pulsar 200 NS and now that has expanded into the Pulsar RS 200, Pulsar AS 200 and Pulsar AS 150. These Pulsars are a big step forward when you compare it to the original Pulsar series. Better handling, better engine and almost anything you point at is an improvement. One of the key reasons that Bajaj remains successful is because they tick the very important checkbox of being value for money. Latest technology, powerful engines, funky designs and easy to maintain motorcycles, all coming in at very competitive prices. On the flip side the only place that you can really say a compromise has been made is in the build quality. Not that it is bad, but the fact that it could so easily have been so much better. Either ways we leave you with the Bajaj Pulsar on road price list for Bangalore.

Bajaj Pulsar on road price Bangalore

  • Pulsar 135 LS on road price – Rs. 76,832/-
  • Pulsar 150 on road price – Rs. 85,035/-
  • Pulsar 180 on road price – Rs. 88,806/-
  • Pulsar 200 NS on road price – Rs. 1,09,215/-
  • Pulsar 220 on road price – Rs. 1,03,520/-
  • Pulsar RS 200 on road price – Rs. 1,40,233/-
  • Pulsar RS 200 ABS on road price – Rs. 1,54,300/-
  • Pulsar AS 200 on road price – Rs. 1,09,215/-
  • Pulsar AS 150 on road price – – to be updated – 
  • *All prices as on 15/04/2015

2015 BMW S1000XR – a detailed look

2015 BMW S1000XR HD wallpaper
2015 BMW S1000XR HD wallpaper
2015 BMW S1000XR
2015 BMW S1000XR

It was not long ago that BMW Motorrad unveiled the new 2015 BMW S1000XR. With looks that remind you of a certain Ducati, is the BMW S1000XR really something that you want in your garage? Let’s dissect. The 2015 BMW S1000XR is the fourth bike made from the very potent platform that boasts of the S1000RR, the S1000R and the HP4. With the core characteristics of this platform retained, which is that of being sporty and being extremely good at that; BMW have gone on to give the S1000XR touring capabilities and very high levels of comfort. Daily usability was one of the key aspects that BMW Motorrad focused on while developing the 2015 BMW S1000XR.

The four cylinder in-line four is slightly de-tuned and now produces 160 HP at 11,000 RPM and 112 Nm of torque at 9,250 RPM. Still plenty for an Adventure Sport machine. Even with the power numbers quite high, BMW ensures that the bottom end will have enough and more grunt to potter around town comfortably. At the same time it will be ideal for the long winding country roads even with a pillion and fully loaded panniers and other luggage. To further enable a confident ride the 2015 BMW S1000XR comes standard with two riding modes and Automatic Stability Control. The riding modes are Rain mode and Road mode, to optimize power delivery. Apart from this the S1000XR can be equipped with Dynamic + Dynamic Pro or just Dynamic Traction Control. ABS is of course standard, you can also the get ABS Pro option that controls wheel locking even when you apply the brakes leaned over.

All the power and complicated electronics is complemented by an aluminium-alloy perimeter frame that can handle the powerful engine. This can further be fine tuned on the go with the addition of Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment. All in all a very potent machine on paper and with the heart on an S1000RR it surely will not disappoint. Too bad that the BMW Motorcycles are extremely overpriced in India. While all manufacturers are going the CKD way, BMW Motorrad still has no plans of making these motorcycles available at decent prices and continue to import them as CBU’s.

Hero EBR what really happened?

Hero EBR
Hero EBR

Hero EBRIf you read many of the American news websites, they are unanimous in blaming Hero Motocorp the “big” business conglomerate of toying with finances and causing the current receivership process for EBR. So what is the truth? What really happened at EBR? Lets start from the very beginning. The Hero EBR relationship actually started as early as 2011. Where Hero wanted a strong technical team to do research and develop new products, due to the split with Honda. This relationship turned into a technology sharing agreement in 2012 and it was only in 2013 that Hero Motocorp actually bought stake in the company. Now some EBR history. Erik Buell Racing although being an iconic and innovative company always failed miserably at the most basic aspect of their business, to sell motorcycles. This came down to build quality, lack of easily accessible service centres and sometimes even the cost of these machines due to some over engineered parts on the motorcycle driving costs very high.

It is at this crunch time for EBR that Hero Motocorp bought into it. What Hero Motocorp wanted from this deal was clear, technology, development and a route to enter the American market. Hero Motocorp paid $25 million for 49.2 stake in the company. And at this time Mr. Erik Buell invested his personal money as well into the company to give it a real push forward. From here on things never fell into place for EBR. They introduced road going motorcycles apart from their race only production models to generate money. But like we said earlier it really did not translate into any sales. Call it mismanagement or gross overspending, EBR burned through the entire $25 million and then went through another $20 million in this period. This $20 million debt is what drove them to bankruptcy with no income or any other way to pay up. Now lets clear one thing out. Hero Motocorp did not run the company, they just owned stake in the company and were happy to be part of a strong technical team. Of course EBR would have turned to Hero Motocorp first to bail them out of this mess. But quite evidently due to the massive financial goof up, Hero Motocorp did not want to invest anymore into the sinking EBR ship. The fact that Hero Motocorp was not doing too well over the past couple of years in terms of sales also would have made the ‘no further investment’ decision easier. The 49.2%, a $25 million investment of Hero Motocorp in the current situation of EBR is dead money.

Could Hero Motocorp still have helped EBR avoid this situation? Easily. But why should they. A company that has managed to dig itself into a deeper pit after investment is definitely not worth spending time and money on. If EBR gets a proper buyer in the coming year then the company gets another chance at life. Or if it goes under the hammer, then the process is to auction off all the companies assets. Then there is every chance that the technical team along with the research and patents will be bought out by Hero Motocorp. The biggest fall out of all this for us, the enthusiasts in India, due to the EBR bankruptcy is that the Hero EBR joint developed motorcycle the HX250R will be delayed and by the looks of it will take another year to come in.

The story is still developing and far from over. The future of EBR is still at least a year away from being decided. It will be very interesting to see how this pans out. Hero Motocorp clearly needs a strong technical team and what they do without EBR is unsure. Will that force them to go for a complete buy out? Or do they just wait to see what happens with the receivership process? Another interesting aspect is whether Hero will go in search for another technical partner? So many questions that need answering and we only have the most clichéd response, only time will tell.