KTM India has officially confirmed to launch its new sports motorcycles, the KTM RC 200 and RC 390 in the country for September 9th. These bikes will be unveiled for India in an event taking place in Pune. KTM AG CEO Stefan Pierer and Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto will be addressing the launch event. Both these bikes are the faired editions of the KTM 200 and 390 motorcycles.
The KTM RC390 is fuelled by a 375 cc one cylinder liquid cooled motor. The maximum power of the RC390 model will be 44 hp and max torque will be 35 Nm. The KTM RC200 is equipped with a 199.5 cc one cylinder liquid cooled engine with maximum power of 25 hp and peak torque of 19.2 Nm. Both of these bikes share their engines, chassis, instrument cluster from the faired RC series bikes from the company.
The RC series is equipped with aggressive riding based clip on handle bars and rear foot pegs. The rear end of these motorcycles are equipped with a redesigned tail light. The KTM RC 200 will be priced around Rs 1.7 lakhs and the RC 390 will be offered for Rs 2.5 lakhs. These will be competing against the likes of the Honda CBR 300R and the Yamaha R25. Both of these models are expected to launch in the country by the end of the year.
Harley Davidson is planning to launch a new more trike motorcycle soon. The company has only one trike model at the moment, which is going in the market as the Harley Davidson Tri Glide Ultra. The new trike will join the company’s range sometimes around next year. The bike will be carrying the name Freewheeler to signify the freedom that comes along with the HD trike motorcycles.
The all new Harley Davidson trike will be placed below the on going Tri Glide model. It will be offered with all of the features that the Glide Ultra Classic and some other motorcycles from Harley. The storage capacity on the new model will be big enough to cover luggage of about a week for two people. While the first trike was designed for touring, but the new trike in the company’s portfolio is designed more over for touring.
It will be powered by a 1,690cc engine that will provide 142 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated with a Cruise Drive 6 speed gearbox along with an electric selected reverse gear. With the new trike, the company has focused more on hand operated controls. It has air adjustable suspension for better comfort and controlling. There is a slipper clutch with cruise controlling.
The standard edition of the Harley Davidson trike will be offered with black, while other colour variants will be available for additional prices. It will be the most affordable Harley freewheeler priced at around Rs 15.1 lakhs in the United Status. There is no word if it will be released in India.
Two new products from KTM in the form of RC200 and RC390 are all set to get launched on 9th September this year. And the bookings have already opened at different dealerships of KTM located in various corners of the country. KTM has pinned a lot of hopes on both the products and customers can get the bikes delivered only after one to three months from the date of booking.
Both the KTM RC 200 and RC 390 will be unleashed in the country before the season of festivities and have liquid cooled single cylinder four stroke engines producing peak power of 25 hp and 43 hp and displacing 200 cc and 373 cc respectively. The transmission functions will be carried out by a 6 speed gearbox. Both the bikes will offer much sharper steering angles in comparison to the Duke models.
The KTM RC 390 will have a 230mm brake for the rear tyre and a 300 mm disc brake for the one at the front. It is laden with features like WP Suspension system, twin headlights, fenced framework, LED daytime running lights, Metzeler tyres and safe features including ABS. The RC390’s tank will have a capacity of 10 litres with a net kerb weight of 147 thereby producing scoring well in terms of ratio of power to weight.
The KTM products are being produced at Baja Auto’s manufacturing facility in Chakan in Pune and will be transported to different countries from there. Unconfirmed reports state that while the KTM Duke 390 will have a tag of INR 2.40 lakhs, the RC 200 will carry a tag of Rs 1.72 lakhs, according to on-road Delhi prices.
A Pune dealer has confirmed that customers can book the twin products of RC Series with an advanced pay of INR 5000 which is completely refundable in case you cancel the booking. Interested consumers can go for the test rides after the arrival of the first group of RC 390 and RC 200 on 9th September.
Hero MotoCorp has previously revealed that they are planning for few new launches this year. All that jazz these new introductions were, we were not imagining HX250R to be a part of it. On the other hand, if we are to trust Zigwheels that is precisely what Hero is going to do in November this year. It means that the HX250R will be unveiled for public before Yamaha R25, presentation of which is delayed to 2015.
First revealed about a week beforehand the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, and teased of late in a Hero MotoCorp advertisement, the HX250R is a very vital product for Hero MotoCorp’s existence in the performance bikes section in India. Motorized by a 249 cc 4 – stroke one cylinder DOHC liquid cooled engine, it produces 31 PS power and 26 Nm of peak torque. Transmission side is taken care by a 6 speed persistent mesh gearbox whereas front suspension is in the shape of Telescopic Hydraulic shock wave absorbers and back suspension is taken care by simple shock absorber.
Features available on the bike include front and back disc brakes, twin halogen tubers in the front, LED back-light, very light at 139 kgs, ground allowance of 145 mm, fuel tank volume of 12.9 liters, multi-sensor electronic fuel injection system, geodesic cylindrical frame, front and back ABS (optional), 17 inch tubeless wheels, under-seat diffuser exhaust and digital gauge.
Supposed to be developed with contributions from Erik Buell Racing, fresh Hero HX250R will contest with the likes of Ninja, Honda CBR250R, and KTM Duke 200/390, and also yet to be unveiled Yamaha R25 and Honda CBR300R. Thanks a lot to heavy localization, the prices of Hero HX250R is believed to be within the Rs 1.5 lakhs range. More info will be out once the motor bike is propelled in November 2014.
TVS motors desires a larger share of the two-wheeler market place in India. Fresh from the launching of the new Scooty Zest, the motorbike manufacturer is ogling an 18% market portion over the duration of the next 2 years. The progress they expect will be powered by the recent unveilings as well as the ones coming up, which comprises a refreshed ‘Apache’ in the subsequent 6-9 months.
Speaking to the newspapers, TVS Motor Enterprise Vice-President, Mr. J.S Srinivasan said, “Our market portion last year raised up to 12 percent. At this time, it is around 13.5 percent. By the conclusion of this year we suppose it will touch 14-14.5 percent and in the following two years it would be about 18 percent. “
Observing on the new scooter presentation, he also added, “At this time, we sell about 60,000 units each month. With the accumulation of the Scooty Zest 110, we will bring this number to 75,000 units in the ensuing two months, in this manner taking our market pie to 18 percent from the present 15 percent.”
When quizzed about the development of a near 500 cc motorcycle in partnership with BMW, Mr. Srinivasan whispered, “The production and development of the motorcycle is more or less as per timetable and we will be able to deliver further details about the development by the end of present year.”
With the festive season on the horizon, company’s sales will reach about 80,000 units. The new Zest will give company’s scooter line a big spike. But, TVS has a bigger problem that it lacks a genuine competitor to Bajaj’s Pulsar and Discover models. The Apache model is a promising candidate, but hasn’t performed as expected, yet.
Suzuki India has released the initial pricing of its much hyped premium 150cc bike, Gixxer. It’s incredible that people haven’t even received it yet, still it’s so talked about. With bookings going very steadily across the country, Gixxer has certainly captivated the imagination of people watching for a premium 150 cc bike. Now, Suzuki has publicly revealed Gixxer’s prices long before its launch, which is rarely the case these days. The motorbike has been valued at Rs 79,809 ex showroom in Delhi, right in the area that everyone thought, it will be placed in. At almost Rs 80,000, Gixxer is not actually very economical, but the GS150R model itself retails for nearly Rs 76,000, so Suzuki had to keep this distance amongst the two 150cc relatives.
Its major rival, the newly launched FZ Version 2.0 is also rated at an almost comparable price point, however has a fuel injected engine contrary to the carburetted one found in the Gixxer. What might just be the saving grace for Gixxer is its more powerful 14.8PS, 14Nm engine and lightweight body structure, which stands at 135 kg, a good 14 kilos less than its sibling GS150R. The bike comes with a six shift manual gearbox, which provides acceleration to a set of sporty looking alloy wheels.
When launched, it will compete against other premium 150 cc bikes such as, FZ and Discover. Although, it has to be said, it has made a nice name for itself due to overall initial hype. Coming with double suspension system, it will be one of the most comfortable bike to ride. One thing is clear, though, this launch has set a 150cc bike war in India. Until now, Bajaj was the undeniable winner in this market. But, Suzuki Gixxer is a strong contender against both discover and Pulsar 150 cc models
The Suzuki Access 125 has gotten a slight upgrade just in time for the onset of the festival season. The Access is offered with a steel front guard, new aluminium clutch rails, inversely designed logos and five fresh body shades. There are no motorized changes, as per the Suzuki Access 125 will march on with the identical 125 cc air cooled, single cylinder 4 stroke engine that cultivates 8.58 bhp of power at 7000 rpm and 9.8 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm and is coupled to a CVT. The scooter has front telescopic deferment suspension, a care free battery, tubeless wheels, central locking structure & a shutter tool for a single switch point ease & safety.
Charges for the 2014 Suzuki Access stay unchanged at Rs 58,199 in Mumbai. Suzuki Motorcycles India earlier launched a special variant of its Access 125 scooter. The new special variation has been debuted as the Suzuki Access Special Edition and the scooter is being recommended by ‘Being Human’. The company has set a sales goal of 40,000 pieces for the new Access 125 Special Edition and it is available for a amount of INR 58,975 (on-street Mumbai). That means that the Special Edition Access is more than 500 rupees costlier than the new 2014 variant.
A share of the profits that Suzuki earns from the selling of Suzuki Access 125 Special Edition goes for educating the neglected children, towards cataract operations and heart surgeries. This way, its association with Being Human brings light in the life of many people. The new Suzuki Access 2014 comes with many new features. Although, most of them are purely cosmetic, some of them also increase the comfort. Let’s see how it will compete against scooter heavyweight Activa.
A recent set of images of the upcoming 110cc scooter G101 from Mahindra have emerged online ahead of its official launch in September. These latest spy shots are posted by rumours which could be expected to get launched with name Zesto. This scooter is being considered as the first ever 110cc scooter from Mahindra to get launched in the Indian market. We can expect this to be offered in three different color options namely white, red and black.
Mahindra’s upcoming Zesto will feature a front apron with the air vents along with the turn indicators which will resemble to the ones available with the Kinetic Blaze. There will be an idiosyncratic logo of the company on the front panel of the scooter bearing a unisex design. A grab rail can be seen on the rear end along with a large size tail lamp integrated with a stop lamp, indicators and reflectors. Zesto has been provided with disc brakes on the front wheel and a drum brake placed on the rear wheel.
The upcoming scooter from Mahindra will also be powered by 110cc single cylinder, 9 Nm peak torque and an air cooled engine which produces 8 PS peak power. Mahindra Zesto promises a fuel efficiency of 60 kmpl which is enough to stand as a competitor with TVS Jupiter, Hero Pleasure, TVS Scooty Zest, Hero Maestro and Honda Activa – i.
As per reports, two wheelers from Mahindra might also get the Mojo 300 and Centuro Disc Brake which are expected to get launched in the Indian markets after a few months. We can expect Mojo to be powered with a 300cc engine with 27 bhp power and 25 Nm torque. While on the other hand the Centuro Disc Brake will be powered by a 5 Curve MCi – 5 engine.
After 200 SS, Bajaj is going to offer Triple spark technology in 150 NS. This technology will make it one of the most fuel efficient 150cc bike. On the first look, the Pulsar 150NS appears a very close brother of its bigger colleague Pulsar 200NS, on which it is based on. A close shot also exposes that the naked Pulsar 150 will see Bajaj’s Triple Spark Start technology. With 3 spark plugs in the engine structure to burn, the equivalent amount of fuel ought to make it nearly as fuel efficient as the consistent Pulsar 150 while also receiving an increase in the peak power yield.
You can have the Pulsar range harvesting about 15 PS to the 24 PS power in the forthcoming Pulsar 200 SS, all priced between INR 70,000-1,25,000 rupees. We have previously told you that the company may, in a short time, suspend the smallest Pulsar 135LS in India. So as the increased power production will make the 150NS the fastest accelerating 150cc motorcycle, the upgraded cycle parts such as a heavier swingarm and monoshock should will help in improving its handling and rider comfort
Design wise, it looks like the superior 200 NS with the major distinguishing indications being the solitary seat of the 150 NS, thinner (100mm) rear tyre, lack of liquid cooling and the existence of the kick starter. When launched the 150 NS will compete with the upcoming FZ v2 and Suzuki’s Gixxer – the FZ is more fuel proficient now while the Gixxer is one of the best selling 150cc bike in country today. However Bajaj will have a definite power gain over these two and we know that Bajaj’s pricing is always in touch with Indian consumers.
Thousands of bikes and scooter owners will now be free from the yearly annoyance of updating insurance protection owing to a new law approved by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA). The new regulation now agree to for a three year form of the third party legal responsibility cover.
Thousands of buyers over and over again forget to renovate their insurance programmes each year and this leads to thousands of people not getting insurance benefits in case of an accident. But new three year policy will confirm that there are fewer uninsured bikes on the street. IRDA has declared this three year insurance protection scheme and has asked insurance firms to come up with long period motor policies. Similar policies for cars and heavy commercial trucks could also be realised in the coming time.
The new three year plan will not only decrease expenses of issuing of plans, but could also mind out the yearly bother of renewal, when also leading to lesser premiums as insurers could portion in cost savings assistances from Assurance companies.
Motor law in the nation makes third party insurance compulsory as it insurances the accountability of a third party in the occurrence of an accident. IRDA has formulated that the complete premium for third party protection will be thrice the yearly premium and this cannot be reviewed during the three year time under any condition. All additional terms and settings applicable at the present for one year cover will be passed forward to the three year insurance span.
With the amount of bikes on the streets, it was necessary for IRDA to take this decision. Less insurance covered vehicles are a big headache for both economy and law. The new rule will be boon for society as well as individual.