Royal Enfield Continental GT right around the corner

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The Royal Enfield Continental GT has been earning rave reviews in the UK, and we gave you our first impressions of the café racer reboot too. For those of you who want to get your hands on the Continental GT, the wait is almost over, as we have received official confirmation that the bike’s launch will be spread out from the 25th of 28th of November in India. As we mentioned previously, expect the 29.1 PS generating 535cc GT to be priced around the Rs.2.2 – 2.5 Lakh mark.

We can’t wait to put this bike through its paces, and for those of you who are of the same bent of mind, here’s a brilliantly made short film on the bike that will only whet your appetite further.

Story: Harket Suchde

First Look: 2014 Honda CRF 450 Rally

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Honda Racing Corporation (HRC)  – the Japanese manufacturing bigwig’s racing wing has raised the curtains on its latest entry for the upcoming 2014 Dakar Rally. A year after HRC made a trailblazing return to the Mecca of rally raids, they’ve announced their participation in the next installment of the competition as well. Drawing parallels to last year, HRC have again used the the CRF 450X enduro as blueprint for their dedicated rally machine, called the CRF 450 Rally.

Honda had introduced the Dakar-ready model exactly a year ago,and now, the new CRF 450 Rally has undergone a series of upgrades and improvements based on data pertaining to maintenance requirements, aerodynamics, durability and engine performance gleaned from last year’s race. The bike will be propelled by HRC’s signature Programmed Fuel Injection system this time around as well.

Team HRC’s 5 racers and their respective CRF 450s will participate in the upcoming 2013 Morocco Rally which starts on the 13th of October, using it as a platform to build towards next year’s Dakar Rally, which will also feature the same personnel and vehicles that will appear in Morocco. The bike will be produced and released for sale to other rally teams post-Dakar next year.

Story: Harket Suchde

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Raise your metal fists for Harley Rock Riders – IV

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Harley-Davidson’s long standing association with rock n’ roll music is well known globally, and keeping up with the tradition, Harley-Davidson India is hosting the grand finale of their 4th annual Harley Rock Riders gig at the Mehboob Studio in Mumbai on Saturday, the 12th of October 2013.

Boasting of a stellar line up, the gig will see international electro-rock duo Shaa’ir + Func, Mumbai based hard rockers Overhung, and celebrated Alt. Rockers in the form of Junkyard Groove, play out scintillating sets.

Along with this, the Rock Riders show will also see the top 3 bands of Harley’s inaugural ‘Find your Freedom’ contest take to the stage in an attempt to woo the trio of celebrity judges present for a chance to earn a chance to perform at the The European Bike Week in Austria in 2014. These hopefuls will be judged by Musician,Actor and VJ Luke Kenny, Zero and Tough on Tobacco’s Sidd Coutto, and Lalitha Suhasini, Editor, Rolling Stone India.

Visit the Harley-Davidson India web site or their Facebook page for passes and more information with regards to the show.

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Story: Harket Suchde

Suzuki and Salman team up for ‘Being Human’ Access

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Bollywood icon Salman Khan’s Being Human Foundation is instantly recognisable thanks the amount of promotion he and his superstar friends have carried out for it. Recently, this promotional activity was taken to a whole new level, when Suzuki along with Salman announced the release of a special, limited edition ‘Being Human’ version of the Suzuki Access.

Speaking at Suzuki’s Mumbai dealership, Salman, who was there to purchase his very own being human scooter, spoke about this collaboration and what he hopes will come out of it, he said, “I am really happy that Suzuki has launched a co-branded Being Human scooter. This is the first step in a long association between Suzuki and Being Human: The Salman Khan Foundation. Suzuki’s nationwide network will help the Foundation increase its reach in its mission to provide education and healthcare for the underprivileged.”

Through this collaboration, Suzuki will not only sell this special edition of the Access, but also various other Being Human merchandise in it’s outlets across the nation. The proceeds from these sales will be used to help educate underprivileged children, pay for heart surgeries and cataract operations, and organise bone marrow donation camps.

Atul Gupta, Executive Vice President of Suzuki India felt optimistic about the masses also joining in on the cause, he said, “Suzuki is proud to extend its partnership with Salman. Suzuki globally is committed to contributing to the development of the community though social action programs. We are very happy to be able to contribute to the Being Human effort by promoting the cause through the presence of branded apparel at our dealerships and we are sure our customers will become partners in the goals of the Being Human Foundation.”

Story: Harket Suchde

Splendor To Get (i)Smart

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On the back of the recent reveal of the popular Karizma’s more powerful new avatar, Hero MotoCorp have slowly started to release details about some of the other bikes that will make up the 15 new ones they intend on bringing in to the market from next year onwards. Information regarding the new Splendor, which has traditionally been Hero’s strongest product in the Indian automobile market, has been the next in line to surface from Hero’s Global Sales and Marketing Conference in Macau, China.

The design of this new Splendor is aimed towards wrenching back the market share from some of its entry level competitors who have been steadily encroaching on territory previously dominated by it. Reports suggest that Hero intend on accomplishing this by not only giving the bike the whole hog of cosmetic upgrades,but also introducing a variant called the iSmart that will incorporate the start stop system in a motorbike for the first time in India.

The start stop system is a technological tool that turns the vehicle off when it comes to a standstill, at a traffic light for example, and starts it again when the vehicle is revved up. This system has the obvious benefit of improved fuel economy, something that has been the cornerstone to the Splendor’s popularity in the Indian market. If incorporated efficiently, the iSmart will surely help he Splendor range regain the lofty heights it once enjoyed in the entry level motorbike segment.

While speaking at event, Hero MotoCorp’s Managing Director and CEO, Pawan Munjal also spoke about the many alliances and acquisitions that Hero have made in foreign design and engineering firms, and how despite not actively searching for more such acquisitions and partnerships, if the right opportunity came their way, money would not be an object to buying further stakes in automobile firms or even the outright purchase of dedicated two-wheeler production firms.

Story: Harket Suchde

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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride comes to India

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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a global event where bikers from 110 different cities hit their local cities’ streets simultaneously on old-school rides wearing formal clothing. For the first time ever, an Indian city in the form of New Delhi was also part of the event, and it was hosted by a bunch of Royal Enfield enthusiasts, both men and women, who go by the moniker Royal Mavericks.

The ride took place on the 29th of September across the globe, which included the New Delhi leg, in which 72 bikers took to the streets on their Royal Enfield. Tarique Afaque, Founder, Royal Mavericks, was quite proud at how the event turned out, he said, “It gives us immense pleasure and honour to conduct the DGR first time ever in India. It is very exciting to see the riders come out in huge numbers and participate in this momentous occasion. Royal Mavericks takes immense pride in being associated with ‘Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’ (DGR) for a special cause in the Capital for the first time in India and we are looking forward for such rides in future too.”

Following a highly successful inaugural run in 2012 which was held across 64 cities, the Ride has built on its original premise of riders celebrating their bikes’ vintage lineages and inspirations, and paying tribute to biking culture of the yesteryears by dressing up in strictly formal, vintage-style clothing for the event, by incorporating the task of raising awareness and funds for a charity to its list of aspirations along with the aforementioned celebrations and the joy of riding. This year, the issue the ride aimed at raising awareness for was Prostate Cancer, with the proceeds from the Indian leg of the ride going to the The Prostate Cancer Foundation, Australia.

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Story: Harket Suchde

BMW Motorrad Nine T spied testing

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BMW Motorrad enthralled motorcycle enthusiasts all around the world last year at EICMA when they showcased Roland Sands iconic Nine T concept. Rumoured to be the Bavarian brand’s final air-cooled, boxer-powered offering to the masses, the street-fighter is undergoing rigorous testing in Italy.

Company officials have revealed that the BMW Motorrad Nine T is capable of producing 90 PS of power along with 110 Nm of peak torque. The production ready version has the DNA of the BMW S1000RR with an elongated fuel tank, it also appears from the spy pictures that Akrapovic have custom designed the exhaust for the Nine T.

What’s even more exciting is the fact that BMW head honchos have disclosed the unveil date for the Nine T street-fighter; October 16th is the red letter day for BMW Motorrad fans the world over. The price has also been rumoured to be around the $ 19,000 (INR 11.8 lakh) mark.

Story: Sayem Syed

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New, faster Karizma slated for 2014 launch

Karizma-ZMRHero Motocorp have been widely reported in a variety of media outlets to have announced the introduction of 15 new products by 2014, including an all powerful, revamped, Karizma, which will also hit the showrooms in accordance with this time line. The announcement was made as part of Hero’s Global Sales and Marketing Conference in Macau, China.

While the new Karizma is expected to retain the same engine as the current one, it is the first of Hero’s two-wheelers to have been re-tuned and developed in coalition with American technological partners Erik Buell Racing, the direct consequence of which is that the old mill will produce more power than ever before.

The 15 new products will include reboots such as this one along with completely new designs. Hero hope to bring these new bikes into the market between the October – December period in 2014 so that they can capitalise on the historically lucrative festive season.