According to a report by Motoroids website, Yamaha will not bring the YZF-R3 in India, and instead the R25 will be coming in the country. As per the source, the Yamaha R25’s release in India has been postponed to the next year. It will reach the dealership stores by March or April 2015. Motoroids reports that the launch of the R25 in India has been postponed because it is in high demand in Indonesia, where the brand is manufacturing it.
The Yamaha R25 will arrive with a new 249cc twin cylinder liquid cooled engine, which will be capable of churning out max power of 35 bhp and peak torque of 22.6Nm. Power to the wheels will be transmitted using a six speed transmission. The engine will also use Yamaha’s DiaSil cylinders that will be offering better heat dissipation along with offering light weight.
The R25 will carry a diamond frame chassis and electronic fuel injection fuelling system. It will be offered with transistorized controlled ignition system. Other features will include ground clearance of 160mm, wheelbase of 1,380mm, 166 kilogram weight, and fuel capacity of 14.3 litres.
Motoroids also suggests that the Yamaha R25 will be priced around Rs 2.5 lakh in India. Since it will be arriving in India via the CKD route, it will be attracting import taxes that will increase its offering price tag. It will be competing against the likes of the KTM RC390, Pulsar 200SS, HX250R and others.
The Japanese two wheeler vendor Honda has revealed its total amount of units the brand has manufactured till date. According to the company, since the beginning of production in 1949 of the Dream Type-D motorcycle, it has reached the 300 million units milestone. Honda announced these figures at the Kumamoto factory, the brand’s primary production plant in Japan.
The company has reached at this whopping milestone in its 66th year of operation. A 2015 model of the Honda gold Wing motorcycle manufactured at Kumamoto factory became the company’s 300 millionth bike. For those unaware, Honda started its motorcycle business in 1949 in Japan. The brand put up its first production plant outside Japan in Belgium in the year 1963.
Ever since the debut, the brand has been expanding its local operations across the world, based on the company’s philosophy of building products close to the customers. Honda is currently manufacturing bikes at its 33 plants located across 22 countries. The vendor will continue to open more production plants in the markets where it is seeing good customer response.
Out of the brand’s total production, Asian manufacturing facilities have contributed to the most numbers. 180 million Honda motorcycles have been produced in Asian facilities, about 60 percent of the company’s total production count. In terms of quantities, Honda’s Indian production plants are on the second place in manufacturing. The company also revealed that the Honda Activa is the second largest selling two wheeler in the world.
BMW Motorrad head Mr. Stephan Schaller in an article to automobile website Motorcycle News informed that the luxury brand will tie up with famous Indian brand TVS to produce smaller capacity bikes in India. He added that the motorcycle will be released in 2015 with a sub-500cc engine.
Mr. Schaller further informed that the smaller capacity motorcycles are one among the target of the global company’s next year venture in India. He assured that timing will be sorted and the motorcycle will be revealed after the mid of next year as scheduled. He also guarantees that more new motorbikes will be planned to be released next year. Most of the designing and engineering will be handled in BMW Munich sector but the production for release will be done by TVS.
BMW’s smaller capacity bikes will emerge as a winner in developing countries as India where motorcycles still rule automobile industry. The collaboration with established Indian brand such as TVS will develop the luxury automaker’s expansion in the sub-continent and will attract more audience. Also, the sub-500cc bike is also expected to be showcased at Germany’s Intermot motorcycle Expo at October 2015.
Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) has announced to launch the CB Unicorn 160 on December 18th. Expected to be priced somewhere around Rs 65,000, the Honda CB Unicorn 160 will target the consumers looking for a regular commuter bike with a sporty look. As of now, the Yamaha FZ16 and Suzuki Gixxer are popular in this segment, while the Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS is on its way. Launch of the CB Unicorn 160 will add to the options and further throttle the competition.
The Honda CB Unicorn 160 is claimed to churn out 14.5 bhp of power and 13.5 Nm of torque. It is also expected to arrive with a hotter cam shaft, which will make the engine better in terms of responsiveness. Being a commuter bike, the CB Unicorn 160 will come with five speed gears, and not six as expected, as the sixth gear will make driving in city traffic a bit more stressful.
The main USP of Honda Unicorn CB 160 is a relaxed riding position while maintaining a sporty look. This will make the bike suitable for long rides as well. For fuel transmission the bike is equipped with a carburetor and not the fuel injection technology, as to keep the price competitive. Like other bikes of the Unicorn series, it will also offer telescopic front forks with a mono shock rear.
Honda is also expected to stop the production of the CB Trigger after the launch of the CB Unicorn 160. We will have more details on the bike on the launch day, so stay tuned for further updates.
Bajaj unveiled Pulsar 400/200SS in Turkey few days back and it looks like nothing stopping the motorcycle company as the vehicle is spotted in the Colombian roads majestically.
Even though if it’s not confirmed whether the bike is 200SS or not, but as per the known information, the motorcycle is expected to be released soon. The vehicle looks beefy and very stylish design. Pulsar 200SS is no ordinary motor and expected to offer great riding experience.
The images of Pulsar 200SS confirm that we can expect release in International markets especially in South America. It is also predicted that the some variants of motorcycle might fetch ABS option in it. ABS obtained bikes will be costlier than regular non-ABS versions. Bajaj Pulsar 400SS obtains inspiration from 200SS and will be powered with 199.5cc engine which is also found in the 200SS model as well. The engine is churning at a maximum torque of 18Nm and maximum power output of 23bhp. The bikes will be priced between Rs. 1 lakh – 1.30 lakh.
Like everyone knows, Bajaj is one of the leading bike maker in the country. And, the Indian release of the motorcycles will be in the starting of next year in any major Auto expo.
Ducati introduced the latest gen Scrambler motorcycle at this year’s Intermot show in Germany. The brand has now started manufacturing the bike targeted at the developing markets like India. The production of the new Scrambler has been kicked off. It will be offered in four variants – Scrambler Icon, Scrambler Urban Enduro, Scrambler Full Throttle and Scrambler Classic. All of these will be targeted at different type of bike enthusiasts who have separate taste in riding style.
The Ducati’s new Scrambler will be offered with an air-cooled 803cc 90-degree L-Twin cylinder motor, which will be capable of generating 75 hp of maximum power. It will be offering 12 hp less power compared to the Monster 796, which is powered by the same engine. It will be weighing at 170 kilogram and will be offering a seat height of 790 mm, which you will be further reduce to 770 mm.
According to reports, the Icon variant of the Ducati Scrambler will be offered for around Rs 5.31 lakhs, while the Classic edition will go on sale for around Rs 6.20 lakhs. In addition, the brand will also be offering a handful of accessories to go along with the new bike. Icon version is expected to hit the markets at first in the first half of the 2015. The company will be making its comeback in India with the Scrambler. More details are expected to become available soon, so if you are waiting for it, make sure to be in touch for regular updates.
Hero MotoCorp is one the major two wheeler in India. It has the highest sales record for motorcycles in the country for the financial year of 2013-14 by selling over 6.25 million units. And now, the motorcycle brand is focusing on Colombian market.
As part of the new venture, first fully fledged manufacturing plant is stationed at Villa Rica in Colombia. It will become operational from the mid of 2015 with capacity to produced 78,000 bikes early which is expected to be increased to 150,000 units in next 3-4 years. The worth of the production unit is $70 million of which $38 million will be used for basic expenditure while the remaining is used for working in next years.
Ever since the departure from Japanese based Honda, Hero Corp has slowly improved its position among the global motorcycle brand and the company is selling its products in more than 19 countries. Already Hero MotoCorp units are found in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with the help from its distributors. Colombia is the newest addition to Hero’s global dominance.
The motor company is eyeing to make Colombia’s very own James Rodriguez who shined in 2014 FIFA World Cup with six goals, as brand ambassador. If the agreement is signed with Rodriguez then Hero might increase the interest among South American public. Also, the company is planning on offering four year warranty for all the motorcycle brands that are sold in Colombia.
When all motor companies leak images and spread rumors about their new products, Suzuki India approach is new and it has offered new look to its superbikes with absolute tranquility. All the changes made are mainly paint schemes with no variations in the technical aspects of the motorcycles. Interestingly the new looks of the higher-end superbikes come with nil extra charges which is a great news.
All the motorcycles with color scheme change are mentioned in the Suzuki website. Suzuki GSX, V-Storm, Suzuki Intruder series, Hayabusa and Bandit are the bikes that got the color changes. While Suzuki Intruder M1800R gets least paint scheme alteration i.e Glass Sparkle Black, the high-end model Suzuki Hayabusu receive schemes like Metallic Thunder gray, Glass Sparkle Black, Pearl Bracing White. Metallic Mystic Silver and Pearl Vigor Blue, Metallic Mystic Silver colors. Other bikes like Suzuki Bandit 1250SA fetches Glass Splash White and Glass Sparkle Black, Suzuki V-Storm hold Pearl Glacier White, Candy Daring Red, Suzuki Intruder M800 obtains Glass Sparkle Black, Pear Mira Red, Suzuki GSX-R100 get Pearl Mira Red, Metallic Matt Black, Metallic Triton Blue and finally Suzuki Intruder B.O.S.S Edition sport Pearl Bracing White, Glass Sparkle Black and Candy Daring Red, Glass Sparkle Black schemes.
If we look at the company website, the lower end bikes and scooters doesn’t get any change both in paint scheme or technical specs.
The Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS is one of the highly anticipated motorcycles among sports bike enthusiasts. The company unveiled the Pulsar 200 SS at this year’s Auto Expo. However, it was only the concept variant at the time, so the production edition of the upcoming Pulsar will be a little different. If you are curious about the looks of the new Pulsar, then there’s good news for you since the bike has been spotted without any camouflage.
In addition, the Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS has also been spotted while testing out in Colombia, which reveals the dual tone red and blue finish editions of motorcycle. Design wise, the Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS is very similar to the Pulsar 400 SS concept edition, which was also showcased at the 2014’s Delhi Auto Expo. The Pulsar 200 SS is a fully faired edition of the ongoing Pulsar 200 NS model. It will be offered with fuel injection and anti brake system.
It will be powered by a 199.5cc liquid cooled one cylinder engine, which is already powering the 200 NS. This engine will be capable of generating a maximum power of 23.52 PS at 9500 rpm, while the peak torque will be 18.3 Nm at 8000 rpm. There will also be a FI edition that will be offering 24.52 PS around max power. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 1.15 lakhs to Rs 1.20 lakhs.
Honda has launched its latest long distance tourer, the Gold Wing GL1800 in the Indian market. On its 40th anniversary Honda Motorcycles has launched two variants of the bike in the country – the Honda Gold Wing Audio Comfort and Gold Wing Airbag. The Honda Gold Wing Audio Comfort in dual tone candy red is offered for Rs 28.50 lakhs, while the Gold Wing Airbag in pearl white is priced at Rs 31.50 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
The Gold Wing editions are powered by 1832 cc liquid cooled 6 cylinder engines. It is capable of generating max power of 120 PS at 5500 rpm, and peak torque of 167 Nm at just 4000 rpm. It is one of the most powerful touring bikes on the market at the moment. It comes with a sofa-like seating experience on two wheels. It beats all other offerings from Harley-Davidson or Victory when it comes to the best –in class comfort.
The bike comes with 5 position heated grips, adjustable heated seats and a foot warming system. You can connect your iPod or USB thumb drive on the bike. For tricky road conditions, Honda has equipped it with Combined Braking System and ABS. Cruise controlling is a standard feature on the new Gold Wing models, including an electric reverse system for easy backing up in tight spaces or parking lots. What you think about the new Honda Gold Wing tourer? Share your views in the comment box below.