Wayne Rooney’s one-of-a-kind custom motorcycle

England International and Manchester United star footballer Wayne Rooney has designed an exclusive motorcycle in association with Lauge Jensen.

The motorcycle designed by the superstar is inspired from his famous scissor-kick goal he scored last season against Manchester City FC. The motorcycle will soon be auctioned and the proceedings will be forwarded to ‘KidsAids’ charity.

The exclusive motorcycle has been designed for an auction whose proceedings would go to KidsAids group which supports the sick and poor children in Denmark in collaboration with Denmark’s only motorcycle manufacturer, Lauge Jensen. The motorcycle will be put up for auction at the end of May 2012.

Footballing superstar Wayne Rooney said,“The bike we have designed is inspired by my scissor kick against Manchester City last season. The goal has been described as a score of high quality and technically outstanding and it was a target with great force and beauty. I hope people will agree with me when I say that the motorcycle has all these qualities and more attached with it.”

Tailored to the smallest detail at Lauge Jensen’s shop, the team has put each element of the motorcycle as per the Manchester United ace’s needs. Wayne Rooney will also help to put his unique stamp on the bike with a personalised signature adoring the fuel tank paint job of his kit number.

DSK Motors and Hyosung launch the GT250R

India’s entry-level performance bike segment is abuzz with new models from different two-wheeler manufacturers.

Kawasaki, Honda and Bajaj have introduced the Ninja, CBR250 and Pulsar 200NS, respectively, to the country’s enthusiasts, who have appreciated the bikes and set the cash registers ringing. It’s DSK Motors, Hyosung’s new Indian partners, whose turn it is now to exploit the surging demand with the GT250R. You might remember that Hyosung recently broke up with Garware Motors and tied up with DSK Motors.

The company has launch the 250-cc performance bike today in Mumbai with a price tag of Rs 2.75 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi) and bookings are already open now. The bike is identical to the GT650R, except for a smaller motor which churns out 28.89 PS of peak power and 22.68 Nm of torque.

DSK Motors and Hyosung are planning to assemble the next batch of GT250Rs in India itself in the coming eighteen months which would bring the cost of the bike down to around Rs 1.5 lakh. The company will leave no stones unturned to make the 250 a success and will also offer tempting finance schemes to woo buyers. A naked version of the bike, called the GT250, will be launched soon thereafter. The competition is becoming fiercer in this segment and we hope other manufacturers also join the fray. For our complete road test of the Hyosung GT 250R, and how it fares vis-a-vis the Honda CBR 250R, pick up the June issue of Bike India today.

The Tiger is finally awake

Triumph has been incubating and hatching the 1200 Tiger Explorer since July 2006 but has now finally added it to its Adventure range.

They had to design and build a brand new engine as well as a brand new bike. The Explorer’s 1215cc three-cylinder motor shares no parts and no dimensions with any other engine in the current Triumph range. Three cylinders run 85×71.4mm bore and stroke dimensions and a full ride-by-wire Keihin fuel injection system takes care of a number of important aspects such as cruise control, traction control and capping the top speed to 220kmh. Triumph claim a peak figure of 137PS and – the most crucial part – a peak torque figure of 121Nm delivered at 6,400rpm. The 1200 Explorer comes, as standard, with traction control, ABS, cruise control and heated grips.

Suspension front and rear is courtesy of Kayaba. A 46mm inverted fork and a monoshock unit with progressive rising rate linkage at the back offer 190mm of wheel travel and 194mm respectively. The new Tiger comes with adjustable rider seat height, handlebar position and screen in line with a 20-litre fuel tank. One of the interesting points to take note off is that the 1200 Tiger has a 16000km service interval. Just a feather in its cap to prove it can stand tall for a long time.

Pulsar 200 NS officially launched!

The wait is finally over. The most awaited bike from the Bajaj stable has been officially launched

There has been a lot of speculations regarding why this, the most exciting revision of the Pulsar in a long time, has been delayed, after the first impression ride offered by the firm back in February 2012. Apparently, the company was making some last moment adjustments to the bike on customer and media feedback, like upgrading the headlight bulb from 35 to 55 Watt.

The 200 NS comes with a triple-spark, 4 valve, SOHC layout with fueling handled by a Mikuni UCD33 carburettor. It is also the first Pulsar to get a monoshock, while suspension duties up front are taken care of by meaty 37mm forks. With a kerb weight of 145 kg and 23.52 PS of power on tap at 9.500 RPM the all-new Pulsar was a hoot to ride around the Chakan test track. Now we are waiting and hoping it to be as much fun to ride on the city roads too, which you can expect to see soon in our forthcoming issue. The new generation Pulsar has been priced at Rs 94,280 (OTR, Pune).

Read our first ride impression of Bajaj Pulsar 200NS here.

SCOOP! Hero Ignitor ready to be launched

Hero MotoCorp Ignitor 125ccHero MotoCorp is just about to launch a bike called the Ignitor with a 125cc ATFT engine.


The bike was displayed by the company earlier this year at Auto Expo in New Delhi, and yes, it does resemble the Honda Stunner a lot. India’s No. 1 two-wheeler maker hopes to strengthen its grip on the 125-cc segment where it has other models like Super Splendor and Glamour, priced between Rs 55,000 to Rs 60,000 (on road, Pune).

However, the sporty looking Ignitor is a premium offering in the segment and will bear on-road Mumbai price tags of Rs 66,139 for the drum and self-starter version, while the disc and self-starter variant is priced at Rs 68,426.

Hero MotoCorp Ignitor - website

It’s not just the external design that resembles the Honda Stunner, even the specs of the 129kg bike at Hero’s official website states that the 124.7cc engine will produce 11.15 PS power and 11 Nm peak torque, which is identical to the Honda. You get to chose from four colour options – Pearl Whilte, Sports Red, Vibrant Blue and Panther Black Metallic.

Visit Hero MotoCorp’s website for more information

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine
Type Air cooled , 4 – stroke single cylinder OHC


Displacement 124.7 cc


Max. Power 8.20 kW ( 11 bhp ) @ 8000 rpm


Max. Torque 11 N-m @ 5000 rpm


Bore x Stroke 52.4 x 57.8 mm


Carburettor CV Type


Compression Ratio 9.2 :1


Starting Self Start / Kick Start


Ignition Digital CDI


Transmission & Chassis


Clutch Multiplate wet


Gear box 5 Speed constant mesh


Chassis Type Tubular , Diamond Type


Suspension


Front Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers


Rear Swing Arm with adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers


Brakes


Front Brake Dia 240 mm Disc – Non Asbestos type


Rear Brake Internal expanding shoe type ( 130 mm ) – Non Asbestos type


Wheels & Tyres


Rim Size Front 17 x 1.85, Cast Wheel


Rim Size Rear 17 x 2.15, Cast Wheel


Tyre Size Front 80/100 x 17 – M/C 46 P ( Tubeless Tyre )


Tyre Size Rear 100/90 x 17 – M/C 55P ( Tubeless Tyre )


Electricals


Battery 12 V – 3 Ah , MF Battery


Head Light 35 W / 35 W – Halogen Bulb ( Multi-Reflector )


Tail Stop Lamp 5 W / 21 W ( Multi-Reflector )


Turn Signal Lamp 10 W x 4 nos ( Multi- Reflector )


Dimensions


Length 2010 mm


Width 710 mm


Height 1095 mm


Wheelbase 1270 mm


Ground Clearance 175 mm


Kerb Weight 129 kg


Suzuki’s new Hayate TVC with Salman Khan

There an awesome new TVC doing the rounds on YouTube and with every passing second getting hits after hits. It’s our very own good/bad cop Chulbul ‘Dabangg’ Pandey a.k.a Salmaan Khan busting crime with ease and capturing runaway criminals with ease in the story line of this advert. Even though a bit stereo typical in its approach, the TVC manages to create an impression in the minds of the people with a humorous approach. As far as the marketing aspect is concerned Suzuki are bang on and roping in the character of Chulbul Pandey is sure to work in favor of the brand.

The new Hayate ad is slated to hit prime-time television very soon, but for now you can watch it here.

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS price announced!

Pulsar 200NSBajaj has discretely disclosed the price of the much anticipated Pulsar 200NS at its dealerships in Pune.

It is no surprise the the Pune-based automobile major chose its home city for the soft-launch. The all-new Pulsar 200NS will bear a price tag of Rs 94,210 (on the road, Pune) which is bang on to what we had predicted in our first ride / impression of the bike. With 23.52PS of power on tap at 9500rpm and 18.3Nm of turning force at 8000rpm, the triple spark plugged, four valves SOHC, 200NS is a hoot to ride!

The price of the Pulsar 200NS might vary in different states of India but we are certain it will remain with-in the Rs 1 lakh price bracket, which makes it a good value for money proposition. The bike will be available for test ride from next week onwards. But if you have already made up your mind about the purchase, then you can book it by paying Rs 10,000 up front.

Bajaj also released a 360-degree tour of the Pulsar 200NS, with Transformers-style animation that one can watch here.

For a detailed ride report of the Pulsar 200NS visit www.bikeindia.in or click here

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS price announced!

 

Pulsar 200NSBajaj has discretely disclosed the price of the much anticipated Pulsar 200NS at its dealerships in Pune.

It is no surprise the the Pune-based automobile major chose its home city for the soft-launch. The all-new Pulsar 200NS will bear a price tag of Rs 94,210 (on the road, Pune) which is bang on to what we had predicted in our first ride / impression of the bike. With 23.52PS of power on tap at 9500rpm and 18.3Nm of turning force at 8000rpm, the triple spark plugged, four valves SOHC, 200NS is a hoot to ride!

 

The price of the Pulsar 200NS might vary in different states of India but we are certain it will remain with-in the Rs 1 lakh price bracket, which makes it a good value for money proposition. The bike will be available for test ride from next week onwards.

 

For a detailed ride report of the Pulsar 200NS visit www.bikeindia.in or click here

From Japan to Canada

A Harley-Davidson’s incredible Tsunami tale­

No we are not nothing about some sort of a natural disaster occurring at Harley-Davidson headquarters, we are talking about something quite so unique that it has found its way into the Harley museum. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle that had turned up on the shores of western Canada after being lost in the Japanese tsunami last year was discovered by Peter Mark in British Columbia. Apparently, after being swept away from Miyagi prefecture, the bike spent over a year at sea floating in a cargo container.

The motorcycle’s owner, Ikuo Yokoyama who identified the motorcycle’s number plate was ecstatic and was in touch with the people at Harley. He narrated the miracle story as how his bike had been preserved in the container for over 1 year. Harley-Davidson offered to pay the bill to both fully restore the bike and then ship it back to Japan. But, Yokoyama has requested that the bike be preserved and displayed at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the U.S.

Yokoyama, who lost three family members in last year’s disasters, says that he wishes that the motorcycle, and its incredible tale, to serve as a memorial for all the victims of the March 11th tragedy. Bill Davidson, the vice president of the museum, says the owner’s wishes will be honored, and he hopes to bring Yokoyama to the unveiling.

Dhoni gets a Confederate Hellcat

Indian cricket captain M.S.Dhoni has bought himself a state of the art confederate Hellcat motorcycle

We all are aware off Captain cool’s love for two wheels and with the Hellcat being one of the most beautiful motorcycle an avid bike enthusiast can buy it was only a matter of time for the captain to lay hands on the beauty.

Confederate Motors, Inc. is a manufacturer of exotic street motorcycles based in Birmingham, Alabama. It was founded by trial lawyer H. Matthew Chambers in 1991, to enlighten motorcycle designs through true American inspiration. The company’s first motorcycle rolled off the production line there on November 11, 1994. Over 500 first generation Hellcat models were built from 1996 to 2001.

In 2007, the companies crown jewels the B120 Wraith and F131 Hellcat took first and second place respectively in the production manufacturer category at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building show at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.