2013 Kawasaki Z800 pictures leaked

Japanese motorcycle makers Kawasaki are all ready to unveil next year’s Z800 street bike.

The rumor mills have been long since making rounds regarding the Z800, though Kawasaki have not disclosed anything regarding the motorcycle and when will they be unveiling it. But the leaked pictures of the 2013 Z800 clearly showcases the fact that it has been derived from the Z750 bike – with a 50cc engine hike – which makes sense with the new name Z800. The chassis as well engine look quite the same as the Z750 from the ouside, while the styling on the 2013 Z800 has been clearly taken up a notch, making it look much more aggressive. We can clearly see that the styling DNA has been derived from the Z1000 superbike. Looks like the mean-green samurai is all set to enthrall motorcyclists once more.

 

The Diavel gets more meaner

The Ducati Diavel (‘Devil’ in Italian) is one of the most beastly-looking motorcycles in the world.

And now, the Italian manufacturer have unveiled the Diavel Cromo, perhaps the most mean looking Diavel ever. The all new Cromo features a chromium-plated fuel and an all black finish, while the exhaust have been given the chrome treatment too, making it a sinister-looking machine. The overall motorcycle has just undergone cosmetic changes as the bike utilizes the same 1198cc Testastretta engine with a max output of 164PS of power delivered at 9500 rpm. This new version of the Cromo Diavel is all-out wickedness in its true avatar. Well if the all black treatment of the Diavel was not enough too make your jaw drop, you better think twice about the Cromo.

 

BMW readying R1200GS successor

BMW’s superlative R1200GS is all set to get a heart transplant soon.

The new engine is stated to be a water-cooled boxer twin, and will be officially unveiled at the INTERMOT show in Cologne next month. BMW are leaving no stone unturned in hyping the unveiling of the new engine. With its air-cooled design an important feature of the current GS, it will be interesting to see the response from adventure riders when details of BMW’s new bike unfold. While the new GS will be the star of the show, INTERMOT will showcase BMW’s F700GS, HP4 and the new S1000RR with semi-active suspension. The BMW R1200GS is a very important brand for BMW Motorrad globally, and thus this launch is very much significant for the industry.

Suzuki’s Next Offering For India?

The latest Japanese brand to introduce a brand-new 250-cc motorcycle internationally is Suzuki.

Now this could be construed both as bad news or good, depending upon which side of the globe you inhabit. The bad news is that the company’s Indian arm is still tight-lipped about their 250-cc plans despite a growing threat from the new performance Turks like KTM, Honda, Bajaj and, apparently, Yamaha too. However, the good news is that the bike fits our requirements perfectly well and some of the international automobile journalists have already shared their first impression of this bike. Here’s what we know about the Suzuki Inazuma.

Shown last year, the Suzuki Inazuma is scheduled for an entry into the British showrooms in September this year with a price-tag of approximately Rs 3 lakh (OTR, UK). Before you raise your eyebrows in astonishment, let us add that currently the bike is being made in China and that when it comes to India, it will be highly localised, thus bringing down the price considerably. Rest assured that the build quality and finish of this bike would be on par with international standards.

Suzuki claim that this twin-cylinder, 250-cc motorcycle draws its design cues from its elder sibling, the B-King. However, the Inazuma is much smaller in size and looks more like a commuter than the buck-wild monster that is the B-King, and the convex headlight design reminds us of the long forgotten Yamaha Libero. We expect the engine to produce approximately 28 PS of peak power, which might not be close to the 33 horses of the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, but Suzuki’s engineers have deliberately done so to improve the bike’s maximum torque, using the parallel twin’s surprisingly long stroke. This would offer a strong mid-range, making the Inazuma very easy to ride. Featuring a very slick six-speed gearbox, the bike is sure to have pure-Suzuki levels of refinement.

Moreover, the 780-mm seat height and narrow fuel tank make this 250-cc Jap ideally suited for Indian customers. The company claims a fuel efficiency of 30 km per litre for international markets, which might (will) get enhanced further for India, by more engine whizbangery and tuning. The arrival of this Suzuki in India is certain, but ‘when’ still remains a question.

Ducati 1199 Panigale gets new exhaust for Japan

It is universally agreed that the 1199 Panigale is one of the most gorgeous motorcycles from the Ducati stable, hands down.

Bike of the year 2012 for many, the Panigale has always been like a pin-up for both young and old to drool upon, just like Monica Belluci.

Well, now, the news is that, apparently, the Ducati 1199 Panigale seems to be to too loud for the Japanese market. And to concur with the stringent noise norms, Ducati have carried out a few modifications on the Panigale before its release in the land of the rising sun next month. The Japanese version of the Panigale now sports a black carbon fiber exhaust can in place of the original underbelly exhaust, in addition to a larger plastic clutch cover and revised engine map.

The Panigale’s revised exhaust system, which appears to have been just welded onto directly onto the bent pipes, adds 8 pounds (about 3.5 kgs) to the stock system. While it certainly detracts from the Panigale’s exotic looks, the bigger concern here is the fact that peak horsepower is now limited to just 137 PS. That’s plenty, but we reckon hardcore sport bikers won’t take it too well anyways.

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Vietnamese man builds Batpod replica from scrap

I won’t deny, ever since I saw Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, I have been in love!

Yes, people, in love with the Batpod, and since that day I have been literally dreaming about getting on top of the Batpod, putting on my cape and zooming on the streets like my ultimate superhero, saving the world from baddies.

But here’s is the deal, people. It takes a serious Batman fan to build a replica of any of the Dark Knight’s vehicles, and it becomes all the more impressive when they build them from junk. As is this case, the Batpod replica motorcycle. It not only looks amazing, but this is a fully functional hand-built Dark Knight Batpod. It has been made from scrap metal parts by Vietnam’s Tùng Lâm.

At first glance you would feel that the dude’s an mamzingly talented craftsman, and it might have easily earned him quite a fortune to build it. But, believe it or not, it cost him a mere USD 480, that’s a lot less than what the actual Batman a.ka. Bruce Wayne paid for his BatPod replica, a whooping USD 100,000.

Tùng’s video has been going viral on Youtube, which shows him tearing up the streets on his Batpod replica and just generally feeling good and being Vietnam’s own superhero. For more about the full functionality about the vehicle you can click the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7XGwJmsjwU&feature=player_embedded

Vietnamese man builds Batpod replica from scrap

I won’t deny, ever since I saw Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, I have been in love!

Yes, people, in love with the Batpod, and since that day I have been literally dreaming about getting on top of the Batpod, putting on my cape and zooming on the streets like my ultimate superhero, saving the world from baddies.

 

But here’s is the deal, people. It takes a serious Batman fan to build a replica of any of the Dark Knight’s vehicles, and it becomes all the more impressive when they build them from junk. As is this case, the Batpod replica motorcycle. It not only looks amazing, but this is a fully functional hand-built Dark Knight Batpod. It has been made from scrap metal parts by Vietnam’s Tùng Lâm.

At first glance you would feel that the dude’s an mamzingly talented craftsman, and it might have easily earned him quite a fortune to build it. But, believe it or not, it cost him a mere USD 480, that’s a lot less than what the actual Batman a.ka. Bruce Wayne paid for his BatPod replica, a whooping USD 100,000.

Tùng’s video has been going viral on Youtube, which shows him tearing up the streets on his Batpod replica and just generally feeling good and being Vietnam’s own superhero. For more about the full functionality about the vehicle you can click the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7XGwJmsjwU&feature=player_embedded

Canadian biker duo to embark on epic India ride

Siblings Ryan and Colin Pyle, from Canada, are two brothers with a sizeable lot of feathers in their cap. They’re entrepreneurs, TV presenters, photographers and journalists. And they’re also globetrotters of the highest order, holding a Guinness World Record for a trip they undertook in 2010, a 65 day /18,000km trip around China.

Their next destination for a new world record is India and the brothers have chalked out a 60 day, 14,000km trip that will take them across the length and breadth of the country. Starting from New Delhi, the duo will ride their brand new Royal Enfield Thunderbirds to the Himalayas and then down south and, finally, up eastwards to the North Eastern states .

The two brothers Ryan and Colin will be visiting the HighNote Performance store in Delhi on the 25th of August at 10 am, and will stay there for the first half of the day. So, fellow bikers, if you wanna be a part of their incredible journey, meet them in person and show your support you know where to head. Or, you can keep up with them at their show’s website, http://www.theindiaride.com/journey.html

New Royal Enfield Thunderbird in Shahrukh Khan’s next film

Recently, several Bollywood actors have been roped in by motorcycles manufacturers, like Aamir Khan by Mahindra 2-wheelers, Salman Khan promotes Suzuki Hayate, while Akshay Kumar has become the ambassador for Honda Motorcycle & Scooter Ltd.

But it was quite a shocker to spot Shahrukh Khan astride the much anticipated 2012 Bullet Thunderbird 500cc during the shoot of Yash Raj film’s forthcoming romantic flick, with leggy actress Anushka Sharma as pillion. So is SRK joining the bandwagon to promote a two-wheeler manufacturer or is it another one-off publicity gimmick by the company to create some hype around the ‘to-be-launched-soon’ bike?

Whatever it might be, the trick seems to be working. Though the new Thunderbird was revealed by Royal Enfield during the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi, several spy pictures of the bike have been doing the rounds online recently. This indicates that the launch is due soon. There’s enough buzz around the new Thunderbird already, so can we please have the bike now?

Hero give CBZ Xtreme cosmetic upgrades

The CBZ Xtreme has been one of the most successful 150-cc bikes from the Hero MotoCorp stable.

With rising competition and new products in the segment, survival of the fittest has become the norm. In keeping with the changing times Hero have upgraded this bike, which now sports a digital-analogue combo instrument console, split seats, new prism LED tail-lights and new five-spoke alloy wheels along with front and rear disc brakes. The buzz is that Hero might knock off the ‘CBZ’ prefix, legacy of their former partners, Honda, and might just call it the Hero Xtreme.