Yamaha introduced the R25 in the Indonesian market a few couple of months back. The company allowed around 500 pre registrations for the bike in the country for speed enthusiasts. Now the vendor has started production of these 500 models and will make available all these units before September 500.
Yamaha claims that the R25 offers 36 PS of maximum power @ 12000 rpm, while the maximum torque is officially rated at 22.6 Nm @ 10000 rpm. However, an automotive publication in Indonesia recently tested out the new Yamaha R25 on a dynamometer and found out that the bike delivers only 29.21 hp of max power and max torque of 19.9 Nm. This bike was a trial unit provided to the publication by Yamaha.
However, an early recipient of the Yamaha R25 in the country have also checked his bike on a dyno, but he found out that the power and torque figures released by the company and the publication are much lesser. According to the source, he only got maximum power of 27.63 hp and maximum torque of 18.67 Nm. These power figures show that the company’s production variant of the R25 offers lesser power, even from the trial units that were sent out to the media.
This news could kill the excitement of speed for the early buyers of the bike that are waiting to get its delivery. However, the company might be looking on the matter and might do something about it in near future.
The performance motorcycle maker Ducati has been thinking about launching a bike in the Indian automobile market from a long time by now. The company is thinking about offering a naked affordable motorcycle with high performance to impress the speed enthusiasts in the country. It was first thinking about selling the Monster 795 model in the Indian market, however it feels a little outdated. Now the company has recently launched the Ducati Monster 821 in the United Kingdom. The new bike is arrived in the dealership showrooms in the UK.
The Ducati Monster 821 could be a good choice if the vendor wants to make its brand image in the Indian automobile market. It is powered by a 11 degree 821cc engine, which is capable of churning out 112 hp of maximum power and 89 Nm of maximum torque. It also comes with modern electronics with eight level traction controlling, three level anti brake system, three level ride by wire into the company’s press button riding modes. Brakes of the bike are featured with Brembo monobloc M4 32 calipers.
The new Ducati 821 is being offered in multiple colour choices like a Ducati red version with red frame and black wheels. One version comes with a silk red frame along with matte red wheels. All colour models are equipped with matching seat covers to keep the design interesting. If comes to India, it could be priced around Rs 8 lakh, while it is currently going for Rs 9.17 lakh in the United Kingdom.
It was at the EICMA events of 2013 in Milan, Italy where the fully revamped model of the KTM RC 390 was first showcased. It is expected to be fabricated at Bajaj’s Auto plant located at Chakan in Pune from where it will be exported throughout the world. The video doing the rounds on the web focuses the attention on a few of the bike’s striking characteristics, some of which are first of their kind.
The production of the KTM RC 390 is also going on the company’s Chakan plant in combination with two other bikes namely RC 125 and RC 200. The same plant holds the credit for fabricating the Duke models of 390, 200 and 125. There is news that the RC 390 sportsbike will be unleashed in the country in 2014 and many have spied it being tested actively in the shadow of a strong camouflage. And if you are waiting for this bike, its pre-bookings will be beginning in the second part August with the inauguration in September.
On the inside, the new RC 390 will come with a light and small single cylinder water cooled engine capable of displacing 373 cc and producing up to 43 bhp of power while being coupled with a 6 speed gearbox. It will be having an angled design possessing dual headlights, trellis architecture and aspects like inbuilt indicator, rear view mirrors along with a visor for making it legal for roads.
The car’s dashboard will be equipped with a multifunction display showcasing gear indicators, a speedo, fuel gauge, digital clock and running time along with other essential information that you need. Combining with Brembo, Bajaj has developed a braking system for this bike which possesses 300mm disc brake on the front and 230mm disc brake along with the typical ABS on the back. The motorcycle will arrive with a price tag between Rs 2.3 to Rs 2.6 lakhs in India.
European scooter maker, LML has finally started advertising its Star Euro 150cc automatic scooter for the national release in the Indian market. The company was earlier only offering it in the select regions in the country. The vendor is now appointing new dealers across the country, since it only has presence in just fifteen states in India as of now.
The LML Star Euro 150cc is based on a 4 stroke engine that offers maximum power output of 9.2bhp. Overall length of the scooter is 1,760mm and its maximum width is 695mm. Height of the seat from the base is at 820mm and the wheel base is offered at 1,260mm. Overall weight of the 150cc LML scooter is at 115 kilograms and it is fully designed using metal body.
It looks a lot similar to the old manual gearbox based scooters, which were highly popular before around 20 years ago. It also has the retro design, which is similar to the Vespa LX and VX 125 models in the country. It has single link suspension in the front area and monoshock based suspension in the rear end. Both of the brakes of the scooter are drum based.
The company is also offering a front disc brake based model of the same Star Euro 150cc scooter. It comes with digital meter console, which is offered in power and economy models of that scooter. It offers mileage of around 55 kilometer per litre, as the company suggests.
The 125cc scooter segment is doing pretty well in the Indian market with the launch of models from Bajaj and others. Now Yamaha is planning to launch a new scooter model for 125cc segment, which will be released sometimes around the mid of 2015. There is no word on the name or pricing of the Yamaha scooter that will be coming in mid 2015 as of now. However, more details will pop up soon at one of the auto show later this year.
According to the reports, the upcoming 125cc scooter from Yamaha is still under development and has been named as 04X for internal affairs of the company. It will be the fourth scooter from the company in the Indian market after the launch of the Yamaha Ray, Ray Z and the Alpha scooter. The company will be producing it in its production facility in Chennai by mid 2015. One of the most selling scooters in the Indian market in this segment is the Honda Activa, Vespa and scooters from Suzuki.
One of the most interesting news on the matter is that Yamaha launched a new scooter called Nozza Grande in the Vietnamese market on July 22nd. It is basically targeted on the women consumers in the market with a 125cc air cooled engine. Reports indicate that it could launch in the Indian market to target the same segment in near future.
There will be no debate about the fact the bikes from KTM deploy a sense of monopoly. Available in attractive blends of black and orange, the KTM motorcycles have won a lot of hearts in India as well as abroad. And in order to strengthen its hold in the automobile sector, KTM is all set to launch 3 new motorcycles namely the completely revamped versions of Duke 390, Duke 200 and Duke 125.
All the 3 bikes were exhibited at the last year’s EICMA organized at Milan and were titled as RC 390, RC 200 and RC 125. However, only the RC 390 and RC 200 which will be built at Bajaj Auto Plant simultaneously with the Duke models are expected to be made for Indian customers. The RC 125, on the other hand will be created for markets in other countries which was also the trend for Duke 125.
The bikes were last seen being tested close to Pune and the latest info was given by Goutam Shankar who works as an officer in Bajaj and had the privilege to go on a ride for 500 kilometres on the RC390. He drove on the picturesque route connecting Pune, Satara, Kumbharli Ghat, Chiplun, Mahabaleshwar and back to Pune. However, he also shared a picture on Facebook in which he remarked that the bike was tagged as 390FF instead of RC 390.
Going by his comment, it seems that Bajaj will be aiming at a different tag for its RC motorcycles in this country. In doing so, Bajaj may just add the suffix FF to the bikes in the KTM RC family.
There were many rumours in May that Bajaj would be launching the F150 during the monsoon in 2014. And Bajaj Auto has made the official announcement that it will be unveiling the upcoming 150S and F150 on 11th August in India.
The F150 is expected to become the top variant of the Discover family in India. Similar to its elder brother i.e. the Pulsar 220, the F150 will possess a quarter fairing. Equipped with duplicate air scoops close to the tank, the fairing looks quite similar to the one in Honda Stunner. It also continues to maintain the trend of the recently launched Discovers by having the cool alloy theme.
Targeted for commuters, the bike comes with a seat that is flat and long. It possesses telescopic forks in the suspension on the front along with monoshock suspensions in the back. The manufacturers have covered the chain completely. You will get the same tank that is spotted in the other bikes from the Discover series. Even the cluster of instruments will be the good old fashioned one and include a tripmeter, tell tale lights, odometer and fuel gauge. A drum on the back end and a disc brake on the front make up the other essentials.
If you have a look at the 150S, it is just the F150’s naked trim. On the outside, it looks exactly similar to the recently launched Discover motorbikes. The sole unique thing is the completely black theme used in this bike. The configuration is similar to the one used in F150 which also has a thicker rear tyre. You will however have two different models of the 150S out of which one has a disc brake while the other has a drum one.
A never seen before 150cc 4 valve DTS-i motor engine capable of producing a max power of 14PS will be powering both the 150S and F150. Each one will have a 5 speed gearbox as well.
Priced at nearly INR 13.7 lakhs or HK$ 176,800, the unleashing of the 1290 Super Duke R from KTM was accomplished in China. It was in Britain in 2013 where the highly powerful naked bike was inaugurated with a price tag of close to INR 14.3 lakhs or £13,999 and in Indonesia in June this year at a price of nearly INR 23.79 lakhs or 475 million Rupiah.
The high performance bike is equipped with a 4 stroke 75 degree V twin liquid cooled engine which is similar to the one present in the RC8 superbike from KTM and capable of displacing 1301 cc and delivering up to a tremendous power rating of 180 bhp and an equally mighty max torque of 144 Nm. To ensure seamless downshifts, the manufacturers have provided a slipper clutch accompanying the 6 speed transmission paired with the engine.
If you move focus to the special release of the KTM RC 390, you will find that is ready to race from the start. It has been spotted with minor changes in the outfit’s structure, modifications in fairing, boost in engine power by 4 hp to 48 hp from 44 hp, WP inverted fork, racing like shift pedal, sexy graphics on the body and Akrapovic titanium exhaust. The athletic model of RC 390, just like every sportsman, has seen a decrease in weight by 9 kg to 130 kg.
For the upcoming model of RC 390, the mechanical specifications are just the ones present in the existing sports bike KTM RC 390. A 375 cc 4 stroke 4 valve single cylinder water cooled DOHC engine powers the bike having a compression ratio of 12.6:1. The bore x stroke figures read as 89mm x 60mm and the engine is coupled with wet 6 speed multi disc chain drive. A fuel injection system from Bosch supplies the fuel. The suspension on the front poses 43mm WP inverted fork tube whereas the one on the back has WP Monocular hydraulic shock absorbers.
After a number of spyshots of claiming to be those of new Pulsar bikes, some personal photos from the people at Autopromag have enabled us to have the best and closest look at the Pulsar 200 SS. According to reports, the bike will get released during the closing part of the year and will enable fans of Pulsar motorcycles to ride on the much awaited revamped beginner sports bike.
To begin with, Bajaj is anticipated to equip the upcoming motorcycle with features like LED tail lamp, dual projector headlamps, alloy wheels consisting of 10 spokes, daytime running LEDs, split seats, dual disc brakes and under belly exhaust. The 4 stroke single cylinder engine displacing 199.5cc and capable of churning out a maximum torque of 18.3Nm at 8000 rpm and up to 23.52 PS of power at 9500 rpm used for powering the Pulsar 200 NS will also be used for driving the SS 200. However, the automobile company may go for some modifications so that the bike produces better torque at low speeds.
Bajaj will be banking upon Pulsar 200 SS for achieving the success that was achieved by Pulsar 200 NS. The major reason behind the huge popularity of 200 NS was that it provided a performance similar to that of Duke 200 but at an extremely lesser price and was offered by a more popular brand. The level of comfort has been increased a lot. The design is similar to the one that was launched at the Auto Expo of 2014 held in Delhi. The ruler at keeping secrets, Bajaj managed to hide the concepts of 400 SS/CS until the arrival of their launch dates. The Pulsar 200 SS is expected to be in the range of Rs 1.20 to Rs 1.35 lakh.
After the ZMR and the Karizma, the biggest manufacturer of bikes in India, Hero Motocorp is on the brink of releasing 3 upcoming bikes by September’s third week. Mr. Pawan Munjal, the company’s chief remarked that they will be revealing 3 bikes namely the Xtreme Sports, Splendor Pro Classic and Passion Pro TR without much gap within the coming six weeks. He even hinted that the company might be releasing some more bikes as the festive season gets closer. They are already happy with the way the Karizma and ZMR have been greeted in the nation’s market and pinning their hopes on the cafe racer styled Splendor Pro Classic.
The Pro TR model of Passion has been developed to exhibit robust performance on rough terrains courtesy safety grille equipped headlamps, engine covered with a bash plate, tank provided with knee pads for better grip and perched front bumper. It is driven by an air cooled 4 stroke single cylinder engine displacing 97.2cc and producing 7.7bhp of power at 7500 rpm along with a torque 8.04 Nm at 4500 rpm. There is a difference in the sizes of the tyres at both ends. The capacity of the fuel tank has been increased by 1.8L to 12.8L.
The Splendor Pro Classic carries a unique look with a different handle bar, cafe racer style, chrome finished bumpers, retro round taillight and headlight and round rear view mirrors. Under the hood, it has a 100cc single cylinder air cooled engine delivering up to a torque of 8.4Nm and up to 7 bhp of power. This latest bike will be strengthening figures which show that the manufacturer sold 622,835 Splendor motorcycles between April and June this year.
The Xtreme Sports will be having a 149.2 air cooled engine having power ratings of 12.8 Nm at 6500 rpm and 15.2 bhp at 8500 rpm. It will sport modifications like restyled headlamps, wider rear tyre, LED pilot lamps and new graphics. Mr. Munjal also said that in order to drag more number of young people, Hero Motocorp will be releasing slick and edgy advertisements as it nears the festive months.