BMW is finally set to launch the new BMW S 1000 RR in India and we are eagerly awaiting its imminent arrival. The BMW S 1000 RR, as we know, is one of the most powerful litre-class superbikes that one can buy. But this isn’t the only bike vying for the top spot.
The much-awaited Ducati Hypermotard 950 has finally been launched in India from Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom).
Bajaj Auto have launched the new Platina 110 H-Gear for the year 2019, which according to Bajaj will be their most comfortable Platina till date.
The year 2019 is proving to be an exciting year for motorcycle enthusiasts. This year we have already seen some amazing launches but the manufacturers have a few more in store. We have compiled a list of the most talked-about bikes that are about to be launched and will make motorcycle enthusiasts go weak at the knees.
An all-new Ducati Panigale test mule has been spotted recently, and it looks like it may be a replacement for the current Ducati 959 Panigale.
Grand Prix Racing legend Randy Mamola will compete on a custom drag-racing bike based on an Indian Scout Bobber from the Workhorse Speedshop stable.
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