Looks like Hero is in a mood for the complete dominance of two wheeler market. In its newest TV commercial, the Hero Motocorp has displayed the new HX250R and Hastur motorcycles and correspondingly the maxi scooter ZIR that looks huge both for its size and 150 cc petrol engine. Hero MotoCorp’s pre Auto Expo affair in January this year, in which the manufacturer was thought to reveal a new scooter and 2 new motorcycles. But To everyone’s amazement, the company unveiled five new scooters and bikes at the seminar counting the 250cc 31PS HX250R sports bike. After few days, the 620 cc Hastur, was also showcased at the Auto Expo alongside with numerous conceptions and factory-ready models.
We lately told you that the firm has said that it would be debuting a few of those models like the Splendor Pro Classic, Extreme Sports, and the Passion Pro TR soon. Now, we might be in for a delight again, with these 3 offerings shown on the commercials. The most important one is the 250 cc bike, which will sit alongside Karizma. All the Hero fans would be very happy with this new bike, which will give both good mileage as well as power.
Among these three models, 250cc HX250R will hit the market first, followed by the 150cc scooter and all powerful Hastur. The HX 250R is powered by a 250cc engine that produces up to 31 bhp of power on maximum rotation. The bike will be available with optional ABS and should be priced lower than CBR250R to gain maximum ground. The build quality, paint work and designing unit is on par with everything in entry level sport bike segment. The thing to look for is whether it works as good as it looks, but given the Hero’s record in producing high quality bikes, there is little doubt about that.
KTM was expected to launch the RC 390 and 200 in the Indian market in August this year. Now it looks like the vendor will be releasing these new models in September instead.
According to some unconfirmed reports, the company will launch these bikes on September 9th. The RC 200 is expected to be priced around Rs 2 lakhs, while the RC 390 will be offered for Rs 2.5 lakhs. The company has already started taking bookings for the new bikes with an advance payment of 30,000 at KTM dealerships across the country.
Talking about the power, the KTM RC 200 produces 25 bhp and the RC 390 churns output of 43.5 bhp. Maximum torque of the RC 200 is 19.2 Nm, while the 390 offers 35 Nm. Both of these bikes will be offered with a six speed gearbox. These will come with better aerodynamics than the non-faired counterparts for higher top speed. Performance and speed seekers will surely love them.
These KTMs will be offered with LED DRLS and full front fairing. There will be dual headlights and newly designed seats than the non-fairy versions. It will come with new instrument cluster along with new mirrors. The company has slightly improved the riding posture on these bikes. However, the fuel tank capacity is reduced to 10 ltrs. These bikes are focused on the performance seekers, who enjoy riding their bikes in long roads.
The Honda CBF Stunner was released in the Indian market as a city or commute purpose motorcycle, since it was offered with a 125 cc engine. However, the bike is not doing well in the Indian market and its sales are dropping day by day. This is why the company has pull the plug on the production of the Honda CBF Stunner to reduce the losses. One another reason for lack of demand of the bike is that it was overly priced.
For those unaware, the Honda CBF Stunner was offered with a front fairing. It came with a 4 stroke air cooled petrol engine with maximum displacement of 125 cc. Max power produced by the engine is 11 Ps and max torque is 11 Nm. Engine was mated with a 5-speed gearbox. So, you understand that the power figures of the bike were not so impressive.
The Honda CBF Stunner could have done better in the country for the office goers and college students, if it was offered with higher performance. Seating arrangement of the bike could also have been much softer than the rock hard offered with it.
Honda’s scooter Activa is working pretty well in the Indian automobile market. It is topping sales in the 125 cc segment. The company is also working on a few more models, which are designed to meet the needs of present market scenario.
The Bajaj Pulsar has been one of the highly successful motorcycle for the brand in the Indian market. The main reason for the success of the bike is that it is offered in multiple variants with a sporty design. For high performance lovers, we have the Pulsar 220, and the Pulsar 180 for the less performance seekers. Overall, these are the main factors that helped the brand to push the sales of the bike to a new level and compete better against the rival brands.
Now Bajaj is working on the Pulsar Supersport 375 from a long time. According to the company’s MD, Rajiv Bajaj, the Supersport 375 will be released in the market in the coming six months. However, he didn’t clearly say that it will be the Supersport 375, but his statements clearly hinted about a full-faired street bike with superb performance.
With the fully faired design, the Bajaj Supersport 375 will be a totally new product from the company. The company has already showcased the production variant of the 375 at the Delhi motor show earlier this year. It will be offered with an all new chassis along with an all new engine as well.
Looking at the production mule of the Bajaj Supersport 375, it appears that it will be a slightly tuned edition of the sports KTM RC390. However, the 375 will be cheaper compared to the KTM RC390 that is launching in the Indian market in next few months.
A leaked official brochure for the Suzuki Gixxer 155 motorcycle has confirmed its full specifications. With such design and features, the company is luring the younger audiences in India towards the Gixxer to compete against the likes of the Yamaha FZ-S. The brochure didn’t provide any details on the launch date of the bike at the moment. However, the vendor has already started taking pre-orders for it.
The brochure indicates that the Suzuki Gixxer will be powered by a four stroke one cylinder air-cooled engine with SOHC two valve system. Maximum displacement of the bike will be 154.9 cc and the power output will be 13.9 hp. The maximum torque is rated at 14 Nm. The company is using a carburetor based fuel system in it, which might be a little disappointment for some of you out there looking for fuel injected system.
The leaked brochure images also suggest that starter system of the Suzuki Gixxer will be electric, so it is missing out a kick. It could create some problem while ignition in winters and while having minor battery issues. It will be offered with 2050 mm of length and 785 mm of width, making it a slightly bigger than the Yamaha FZ 2.
The Suzuki Gixxer will be available to buy in five different colours including, pearl white, metallic grey, triton blue, antares red and sparkle black. The company hasn’t yet provided any details regarding the price of the bike.
Hero Electric brand has introduced its new e-scooter model, the Photon. The company is offering it across all the major cities in India for Rs 54,110 (ex-showroom price for Delhi). With year’s of research and development, under the vendor’s in house team, the Hero Electric Photon is aimed at the working class women and seniors.
The Hero Electric Photon is some sort of a different e-scooter in electric category. Unlike other models in this class, the Electric Photon’s rider is required to must have a driving license and full two-wheeler RC. Similar to the petrol or diesel powered automobiles.
According to the vendor, on a full recharge, the Photon goes up to 80 kilometers in economy mode and 50 km in power mode. The maximum speed of the e-scooter is 45 kilometer per hour. It is powered by a brushless DC motor, which is waterproof and gives virtually noiseless driving experience. The company says that the AGM VRLA battery under the hood in the Photon is specially designed to be used in the harsh Indian environment conditions.
The Hero Electric Photon certainly looks a lot better than the e-scooters available in the Indian market at the moment. It doesn’t offer the non-impressive design available in the most e-scooters and moreover is designed to look like a conventional scooter. Besides an impressive design, it is also offered with high torque controller, anti-theft alarm and more.
The Japanese motorcycle maker, Kawasaki has finally released details of the colours and upgrades for its 2015 motorcycle line up. These motorcycles include the Kawasaki Z800, Z1000SX, ER-6n, Ninja 300 30th Anniversary edition and Ninja 650R.
Detailing the colours, the Kawasaki Z800 is offered with combinations of green/metallic spark black, ebony flat, flat greystone mixed with pearl stardust white, metallic spark black mixed with candy persimmon red. The performance edition of the bike will be available with a new Akrapovic exhaust. The Kawasaki Z1000SX will be available in colour combinations of lime green with metal black, fire red with spark back, metal gray with spark black.
The Kawasaki ER-6n will be available in pearl white with spark flat black, lime green with spark black, metallic spark black with spark flat black. The Ninja 300 30th edition will be available in colours similar to its elder siblings. It comes in plasma blue with ebony, moondust gray with ebony- one with green and other with yellow stripes.
In June this year, Kawasaki introduced five new models in the South Indian market. These models included the 2014 editions of the Kawasaki Z800, Z1000, Ninja 1000, Ninja ZX10R and the Ninja ZX14R. Price of these bikes range between Rs 8.30 lakh to Rs 17.15 lakh. The most highly priced model is the Ninja ZX14R. There is no word when the company will be releasing the new colour models of the newly introduced 2015 th edition.
Yamaha R25 is creating quite a buzz in bike market, since, it’s unveiling earlier this year. Looks like everyone is looking forward to getting their hands on it. Now that Yamaha has started rolling out this amazing bike, R25 fans all round the world are waiting for their term. After launching the bike first in Indonesia, the Yamaha has chosen Vietnam as its second market. After the confirmation, these countries have become the envy of every motorbike market. Not only Indonesia served as its introductory market, but also it will serve as export centre for up to 30 international market.
Online pictures of R25’s Vietnam production version appeared on different automobile sites, this week. These pictures were taken from a promotion event. Choosing Vietnam as its second market is an interesting decision from Yamaha, considering that India have much better market annual sells for Yamaha. It might be possible that Yamaha is working on an India-specific model of R25. Still it’s a huge disappointment for Indian fans that were waiting for this bike for a long time. Yamaha will deliver first 500 bikes to those who booked their bike online. Special goodies will be offered to these first 500 online customers.
Yamaha R25 has proven a huge success in Indonesia market. It has created a phenomenon rarely seen in case of a bike. Among the huge hype, more than 25,000 units were sold on first day only. Since then it’s still going strong and is proving to be most popular bike in Indonesian market. As far as specs goes, it is powered by Yamaha’s new 250 cc parallel twin engine which can deliver a peak power of 36 PS and maximum torque of up to 22.6 Nm. The engine is coupled with a six speed transmission. Indian price of bike will be around Rs 3 lakh mark.
Mahindra showed its new 300 cc sports bike to its two wheeler dealers, recently. After showing it to its dealers, looks like Mahindra is planning to release the bike soon. Reports say that a launch is round the corner, and can be as early as the coming festival season. The company showed the bike first in Auto Expo 2010, where it created quite a stir. Since then fans around the country has been waiting for Mojo. Four years a long time for a bike to make its transition from exhibition model to production one, but as Mahindra is new in the two wheeler market, it is rather understandable.
The model presented to dealers comes with designing changes, which were first shown at the recent Auto Expo in New Delhi. On the other hand, technical specifications of the bike are unaltered. The bike is still supported by a 292 cc 4 stroke engine with single cylinder. It can generate a maximum power of 27 bhp at 8000 RPM and top torque of 25 Nm at 6500 RPM. The engine used in this bike is the top most offering from the Mahindra Two Wheelers and comes with features like Fuel injection, DOHC and liquid cooling.
The Mojo 300 is equipped with a 6 speed manual transmission, which controls alloy wheels with disc brakes. Rear monoshock and upside down front shocks are the shock absorber used in suspensions. It comes with a fuel capacity of 21 liters, which is ample. The most brilliant feature of this 165 Kilo bike is its dual exhaust design, which will be loved by sports bike fans. It provides the bike a desperate adventurous look. Mahindra Mojo 300 is expected to be valued between 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh rupees and will compete against bikes like KTM Duke.
Indian two wheeler company Hero is trying to expand its market in Latin America. Having already set-up an assembly plant in Columbia, a few months ago, it’s now looking at Argentina for the second assembly plant in South America. The assembly plant will be used to meet the two wheeler demand in local market as well as in neighbouring countries. Setting up a plant in Argentina is a shrewd decision by Hero as Argentine Govt levy heavy taxes on imported vehicles. Now, with this plant, company will be able to provide its two wheelers at a competitive price.
Hero is trying to replicate the success of Bajaj in Argentinian market, where Bajaj’s Avenger and Pulsar bikes are very popular. Now with more competitive price, Hero expects to increase its market share in Argentina. According to media, it has every chance to do so, because of its economical bikes. It’s important for Hero to expand its market, because at the moment company is over reliant on Indian market and its previous partner Honda is giving it a tough time there.
Top management officials from Hero have already met with the Argentine minister to clear the assembly plant. It is possible that Hero will partner with a local manufacturer for this assembly plant. After Argentine, company is also looking to expand its business in other African and Latin American countries.
Pawan Munjal, the Managing Director of Hero is very positive about the new plant in Argentina. He said that it was important to have an assembly plant here because Argentina is a huge market. Add to that, export opportunities in neighbouring countries, it can be the second biggest market for Hero after India. Looks like Hero is betting on the international market in a big way to decrease its dependency on Indian market.