When discussing bikes, everyone talks about cee-cees, fuel economy and, of course, the price. But how many consider the power they’re actually getting for their money? Interested? We have the hard numbers right here. [Read more…]
Royal Enfield have officially added a café racer to the line-up, finally! Does the Continental GT have what it takes to reawaken the speed demons within? We’re the first in India to ride it and find out! [Read more…]
Victory Motorcycles is one of the greatest examples of pure American iron, after the iconic Harley-Davidson brand, of course, and we know they are indeed headed to India. As if that wasn’t enough, there are updates in the pipeline and the first of the 2014 models to shake the segment up is the new Cross Country 8-Ball.
The new 8-Ball is meaner and incorporates sleeker lines, packing lean styling with a comfort-oriented design. Of course, performance is still top order. Bringing the horses is a big 106 cubic inch (1,731cc) V-twin heart, which pumps out a hefty 144 Nm of torque. A 6-speed transmission with overdrive sends the power via a carbon-fibre reinforced belt, while the 22-litre fuel tank will give you hours of cruising range. 300-mm brake rotors, two up front and one at the rear provide ample stopping power, especially when paired to the wide tyres: 130-section front and 180 rear. Whether on winding mountain roads or out on the open highway, the Cross Country 8-Ball will not leave you feeling wanting. And it does so with style!
Of particular interest are the low, touring-oriented seat, the lockable side boxes and the colossal fairing for protection against elements. You also get integrated speakers and a plethora of optional matching accessories to ensure that riders enjoy any trip as much as possible. Considering all of the kit on board, a dry weight of 339 kg doesn’t seem too bad, does it?
The 2014 Cross Country 8-Ball sports a base price tag of $17,999 (Rs 10.5 lakh approx). However, expect it to cost a “bit” more when it reaches Indian shores, especially if that is via the CBU route, owing to our import duty structure.
Story: Jim Gorde
Bajaj Discover Range
|Bajaj Discover 100(ES)||Bajaj Discover 150
|We Say||Good commuter, high frequency handlebar vibrations.||Commuter with poke.|
|Price INR||Rs. 46980/-||Rs.51025/-|
|Power||7.7PS @ 7500 rpm||13PS @ 7500 rpm|
|Torque||7.85Nm @ 5000 rpm||12.75Nm @ 5500 rpm|
|Fuel Tank||8 Litres||8 Litres|
|Gear||5 speed||5 speed|
|0 to 60 kmph||8.51 seconds||5.79 seconds|
Bajaj Pulsar Range
|Bajaj Pulsar 135LS
||Bajaj Pulsar 150
||Bajaj Pulsar 180
Nice and nimble, good looks and 4 valve technology, a first from Bajaj.
Good fusion of performance, efficiency and looks. Cycle parts could be better built.
|Power||13.5PS @ 8500 rpm||15.6PS @ 9000 rpm||17.05PS @ 8500 rpm|
|Torque||11.4Nm @ 6500 rpm||12.5Nm @ 6500 rpm||14.22Nm @ 6000 rpm|
|Fuel Tank||8 Litres||15 Litres||15 Litres|
|Gear||5 speed||5 speed||5 speed|
|0 to 60 kmph||5.18 seconds||5.4 seconds||4.98 seconds|
Stunning looks, nimble traffic carver and a punchy ride overall.
Top speed 119kmph
Price :- INR Rs. 76736/-
Engine :- 159.7cc
Power :- 15.92Ps @ 8500 rpm
Torque :- 13.1Nm @ 6500 rpm
Fuel Tank :- 16 litres
Gear :- 5 speed
Saddle Height :- 790mm
WheelBase :- 1300mm
0 to 60 kmph :- 5.56 seconds
Fuel Efficiency :- 50kmpl
Great looks and goodie-loaded, this is the ideal jump for the econo-commuter who wants more.
Top speed :- 80.90kmph
Price :- INR Rs. 43654/-
Engine :- 102cc
Power :- 7.1Ps @ 7000 rpm
Torque :- 7.8Nm @ 5000 rpm
Fuel Tank :- 10 litres
Gear :- Automatic
Saddle Height :- 750mm
WheelBase :- 1240mm
0 to 60 kmph :- 12.18 seconds
Fuel Efficiency :- 47kmpl
Motor: 250W, Top Speed: 25km/h, Range: 70km, Price: Rs 31,000 (approx)
Motor: 250W, Top Speed: 25km/h, Range: 70km, Price: Rs 31,000 (approx)
The electric vehicles manufacturing division of the Rs 500 crore Lohia Group, Lohia Auto Industries (LAI) unveiled their first electric scooters at the International Trade Fair in Delhi recently marking their entry into the electric two-wheeler segment in India.
Developed with German technology, both the Fame and the Oma have been duly designed to cater to different sets of people. Though technically same, the scoots are quite different when it comes to design. While the Fame with its feminine contours has been molded keeping the fairer sex in mind. The Oma, on the other hand comes across as the more traditional of the two with no lacy strings attached. The Fame comes in sensuous red, magnificent mauve and smart pink colour options with striking features like big twin headlamps up front and the curvy rear end, although we do feel some design cues are overdone. The Oma is available in macho black, fiery red and spirited silver shades and looks substantial for a low powered e-scoot.
Both models are powered by a 250Watt motor with rechargeable and maintainance free VRLA batteries that can be charged just with an inverter or generator. It takes around six to eight hours for a full charge. The vehicles are capable of achieving speeds of 25km/h and once charged can easily take you for almost 70km in the city. With no engine inside, the vehicles require little maintenance and the total running costs add up to be only around 10 paise per kilometre. To add to it there are no harmful emissions.
Other significant features include a telescopic front fork and high ground clearance for both the models. The scooters also have ample two-step storing capacity under the seat which can also be utilized for carrying the battery charger. There’s a glovebox in the front as well with additional storage space for small essential items. As the motor is rated at 250Watt and the true maximum speed doesn’t exceed 25km/h, both these e-scoots don’t require a registration or license for riding thus being a good option for youngsters.
Priced at Rs 31,000 a piece, both models will start selling in few months’ time. In the meantime LAI is also gearing up to introduce a high powered scooter which will be capable of doing 45km/h soon.
With its manufacturing facility at Kashipur in Uttrakhand, LAI is banking on their innovative technology and quality service to bring a revolutionary change in Indian electric vehicle market.
This is by far the most radical e-scoot in India. The design looks appealing from a few angles, while from others, it looks a bit overdone. Big lamps up front look good and the black visor with indicators on each side is a neat touch. Two step underseat storage is decent
The Oma’s big grab rail adds a practical touch
The over optimistic speedo reads 60km/h though one will never see anything more than 30km/h
The wavy design of the wheels looks good on the move
Motor: 250W Top speed: 25km/h Range: 40km Price: Rs 29,400
If you want something that is even cheaper than the Optima Plus, then you have the option of going in for the other offering from the Hero Electric stable, the Maxi. Priced below Rs 30,000, the Maxi is equipped with the same motor as the Optima Plus. It looks futuristic as well, specially with those stylish 16-inch wheels and sharp design angles. The Maxi is aimed at the a wide varienty of users. The paint quality is top notch though the build quality, like the switch gear, etc. is not the best in the segment. The Maxi has neat touches like a clear and easy to read speedometer console, a big grab rail, and a pleasing rear end.
The seating position and ergonomics too could be better. A rather tall seat and lowered handlebars put you in an awkward riding position. The performance of the Maxi is reasonable given the fact that it comes with a 250Watt motor. Like the Optima Plus, the Maxi too has a top speed of a true 25km/h.
With its low pricing and specially the Hero brand name the Maxi isn’t a bad option for the low budget consumer. Within a year of its establishment, Hero Electric managed to become one of the highest sellers in the electric scooters market and has spread its network across the country through 260 dealerships. The company currently makes electric vehicles for all age groups at their manufacturing facility near Ludhiana.
The rather simple console of the Maxi reads out the necessary info easily
The Maxi is not one of the better looking electric vehicles around. The low grade plastics and the paint combinations give the scooter a rather inexpensive look
The tail lamps are designed differently – something that might appeal to only a few
Motor: 250W Top speed: 25km/h Range: 40km Price: Rs 31,900
Hero Electric is the electric vehicle manufacturing division of Hero Cycles – the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world. Having started manufacturing electric scooters in 2007, in a short span of time, the company has risen to be the market leader in this segment.
The Optima Plus is the firm’s top end model. With styling that matches most of the regular scooters, the Optima Plus is one of the few e-scoots in the market which can attract customers with just its aesthetics. The use of flashy stickers further enhance the scooter’s appeal among the younger generation. However, the quality of plastics used on the scooter is not up to the mark. Its ride quality and handling is average but the seat is well padded and big enough for two adults. The big rear grab rail is another added practical touch.
The Optima Plus’ 250Watt motor is adequate enough for small commutes and our test bike actually touched the 30km/h on the speedo a couple of times! But riding it uphill or with a pillion does slow down the machine considerably. Nonetheless, the Optima Plus has decent brakes to slow down from whatever humble speeds it could manage. It can manage about 50km on a full charge which is appreciable. However, with no detachable battery, the scoot needs to be taken to the plug point for recharging which is a bother if you don’t have a charging point in your parking lot. Overall, the Optima Plus does what it is intended to do and if good speed is not what you are looking for, then it should work as a good value option.
The big turn signals and the brake light on the Optima Plus form a huge assembly. That, along with the front headlamp and meaty overall front end give the e-scoot the looks of a regular scooter