2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R revealed

The new Kawasaki Ninja 250R has been revealed and boy-oh-boy, what a gobsmacker it is!

We can safely put our money where our mouth is and say that this is the best looking baby Ninja ever in terms of looks and performance. Kawasaki Japan’s corporate site has revealed the very first photos and details on the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R. And the very first thing about the new 250R people will notice is refreshing and revised bodywork taken straight from the DNA of its elder siblings, the Kawasaki ZX-6R and ZX-10R superbikes. The new baby Ninja sports a sharper and leaner frame along with larger slotted air vents. The tank and the rear are more aggressive, as if it has been chiseled by the help of some sharp knife, and an all new exhaust system and slick new wheels make this baby Ninja a head-turner.

In terms of performance it is quite a complete package like its predecessor but thanks to the all-new DOHC parallel twin with new pistons and crankcase, the low to mid range torque has been boosted a little. The 2013 Ninja 250R will also come with Digital Fuel Injection, but will be available only in certain markets. Ditto for the ABS. The new ABS control unit is the world’s smallest and promises to boost the overall stopping capabilities of the dual-disc braking package. The best part thought is the all new digital and refreshed console the new model incorporates. We still remember that majority of the people in India thought the old 250’s console was a bit out-dated, well that has been given a major cosmetic boost and looks amazing.

No price has yet been listed, but the Kawasaki Japan site have revealed that the 2013 Ninja 250R will be priced at $4199 i.e. around the Rs 2.34 lakh (in Japan). We are just keeping our fingers crossed as of now, hopefully this baby Ninja comes early to the Indian markets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Bulgari limited edition from Vilner Crafts

Vilner Crafts have tuned up a striking and amazing Limited Edition Ducati Monster 1100 motorcycle.

The design firm will be producing around 100 units for die-hard Ducati fans and owners who are looking for a custom Monster. This is the second motorcycle to go under Vilner Crafts’ scalpel – they previously produced a special edition version of a BMW F800 R – and this Ducati is itself an all out masterpiece in our eyes.

Inspiration for the refreshing design is taken from clean body lines of the praying mantis insect the Chinese martial art Kung Fu. The custom job also includes mechanical mods that will make the bike easily maneuverable, specially in urban traffic conditions and power has been uprated by 10PS to 110PS. The makeover body kit includes an aluminum holder at the front end of frame, new headlamps, seat designs and a 100mm shorter rear end. And finally, the bike is done up in an unique Pearl White color which is not available on standard models. Vilner Crafts has not released any details about the poricing or the availablity of the LE Monster, but we reckon, if you have to ask, you certainly can’t afford one.

BMW unveils radical new 2013 HP4

German motorcycle maker BMW Motorrad has officially unveiled their all-new 2013 HP4 motorcycle based on their award-winning S1000RR superbike.

BMW claim that it is the lightest 4-cylinder supersports motorcycle in its segment. Equipped with Race ABS, lighter carbon parts, lighter battery, an all new titanium exhaust and forged wheels, the bike tips the scales at a mere 169 kg.

BMW have kept the engine specs identical to their S1000RR motorcycle, delivering 194PS of power at 13,000rpm and 112Nm of torque at 9,750rpm. The new HP4 has been fitted with Dynamic Damping Control as standard – a world first for production motorcycles – an electronically adjustable suspension which automatically adjusts to the road surfaces and riding conditions.

The 2013 HP4 has also been specced up with launch control, adapted wheelie detection and shift assistant are all part of the overall package. Now, BMW Motorrad, any chance we can see this drool-inducing Bavarian monster in Indian showroom soons?

Yamaha YZF-R15 v2.0 to be exported to Japan

It has almost been twenty seven long years since India Yamaha Motors had set up a manufacturing plant in India.

And now, in what could be stated as a first in the history of our two-wheel industry, Yamaha are all set to export their flagship Indian sports bike, the R15 v2.0 to the Land of the Rising Sun. The Japanese two-wheeler marque will be exporting their first shipment of 300 units of the R15 from their Surajpur manufacturing plant in the next month and, if this move proves to be positive, the company may even begin to export the FZ series to Japan.

Hiroyaki Suzuki, MD, India Yamaha Motor, has stated that, the motorcycles manufactured in India meet the advanced specification of developed markets and they are produced at a lower cost. “We are sending R15 to Japan to test market them in the Japanese market and if the response is good, we may explore more products for export to Japan and other advanced markets in the world,” he stated.

About 4,00,000 units of two-wheelers are sold in Japan annually, with the market being dominated by 50cc scooters and the rest made up of big bikes. The R15 v 2.0 commands a price tag of 1.15 lakh on Indian roads, but in Japan, it will have a market price of ¥3.42 lakh, or 2.45 lakh. Mr. Suzuki goes on to state that Japan is a market for big bikes and racing motorcycles and within that, the 150 cc segment is fast emerging. The R15 fits the bill perfectly with its handling and its easy to race DNA and could also be an ideal choice for entry-level racing. If the response is good, Yamaha plans to export the bike to Europe next. Yamaha motors have already started exporting their bikes to Turkey and Spain, and Portugal is the next step in the block with the R15 and FZ slated to be launched there next year.

Showcase: Triumph Daytona 675 Supersport

Out of nowhere, the Triumph Daytona 675 Supersport singlehandedly changed Triumph’s image and established the Hinckley-based brand as a capable manufacturer of lightweight supersports bikes that can compete with the best from the Land of the Rising Sun and Italy.

For this current year, Triumph have officially launched their all new Triumph Daytona 675 Supersport motorcycle with a new in-line 3 cylinder 600cc, 12 valve dual overhead engine churning out a 125PS of peak power. The new model has shed some weight also, and now weighs a mere 177 kgs, which translates into a top speed of over 270 kmph.

As you all are aware, Triumph are shortly going to land in India and we can’t wait much longer for their first offerings in the Indian market. The new Daytona series have always proven itself to be one of those few bikes that combine raw power and stunning looks into mean machines, and we really hope that this superlative British supersports bike will also make its way into the Indian product lineup, preferably in CKD from.

Yamaha V-Max Hyper Modified project

Even in stock form, the Yamaha V-Max is one of the most devilishly ferocious and outlandish motorcycle – both visually and performance-wise – to ever roll out from an established bike manufacturer.

So, what happens when you hand three examples of this mean machine to three of the world’s foremost custom builders, renowned for creating rolling works of art, give them a blank cheque and ask them to literally give free rein to their imagination?

That’s exactly what Yamaha did when they teamed up with Marcus Walz, Ludovic Lazareth and Roland Sandsto create three special V-Max ‘Hyper Modified’ special editions.

The formula was quite simple; take the world’s 3 most exciting bike building brains with tools of imagination, mettle and metal to transform an icon into something so beastly that even the likes of the muscle cars are put to the test. Walz with his creation themed ‘Hardcore V-max to the core’, Lazareth with his creation themed ‘Brain and Brawn – supercharged’ and Sands with his lean-mean machine is all about going faster. All the 3 creations has set loose the powerful brutality of the V-Max into a new class of ‘Hyper Modified’.

Hit the link below for all the dope on this amazing project:

http://www.yamaha-motor.eu/eu/products/motorcycles/vmax/hyper-modified/index.aspx

 

Deepika Padukone astride Yamaha Ray

As India Yamaha Motors gears up to enter the country’s lucrative scooter market, the company announced that it has signed Deepika Padukone to promote their scooters in India.

Roping Bollywood divas has been a common trend in this segment, as Mahindra scooters are endorsed by Kareena Kapoor and TVS Scooty by Anushka Sharma. While Deepika will endorse the scooters, John Abraham will continue to be the brand ambassador of the company’s bikes.

 

Yamaha’s début scooter for India, Ray, targeted at young female customers, will be launched in September 2012 to cash on the festive season. The company will be introducing more scooters in the coming months, which will be aimed purely at city commuters.

 

 

Deepika Padukone astride Yamaha Ray

As India Yamaha Motors gears up to enter the country’s lucrative scooter market, the company announced that it has signed Deepika Padukone to promote their scooters in India.

Roping Bollywood divas has been a common trend in this segment, as Mahindra scooters are endorsed by Kareena Kapoor and TVS Scooty by Anushka Sharma. While Deepika will endorse the scooters, John Abraham will continue to be the brand ambassador of the company’s bikes.

Yamaha’s début scooter for India, Ray, targeted at young female customers, will be launched in September 2012 to cash on the festive season. The company will be introducing more scooters in the coming months, which will be aimed purely at city commuters.

 

The Dark Knight’s Batpod Rises

The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s superlative trilogy of the caped crusader, hits theaters today.

And going by the hype and the anticipation of fans who have waited for the movie with bated breath, it promises to be surefire blockbuster. Like its predecessor, the movie also has plenty to offer for us bikers, as the famous Batpod will again make an appearance, albeit with Anne Hathaway (as Catwoman/Selina Kyle) piloting it instead of Batman himself.

The origins of the Batpod has all been accredited to Christopher Nolan, and rightly so, but it actually came to life in the hands of production designer, Nathan Crowley, who was also the designer for the Tumbler. Well since we are clearly interested in two wheels, let’s get on to some technical specifications of the Batpod. The bike has 20 inch front and rear tyres (which is also the Tumbler’s left tyres) and is powered by a high-performance, water-cooled, single-cylinder engine, which has been geared low for faster acceleration. And oh, it has no exhaust pipes whatsoever. Weirder even, the Batpod is steered by the shoulders instead of hands, and the rider’s arms are protected by shields. The two foot pegs are set 3½ feet apart on either side of the tank, which the rider lies upon, belly down. And as befitting its crime-busting task, the bike is also armed with grappling hooks, cannons, and machine guns galore.

In anticipation of some inevitable crashes during filming, six models of the Batpod were constructed in all. It would have been easier if they had just retooled some existing bad-ass bike like the Yamaha V-Max or the Ducati Diavel, but hey, would those be as exciting to watch as this sinister machine designed from the ground-up to strike fear into the minds of criminals? Besides, we know Mr. Nolan is a perfectionist who abhors newfangled VFX for old-school, and, ultimately, more realistic, film-making, so more power to his ilk. Now, if only we could take it out for a ‘road test.’

Jenson Button buys a Ducati Panigale and a Multistrada

Formula 1 and McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button splashed out a whooping amount of £23,750 for the Panigale S Tricolore and £17,250 for the Multistrada earlier this month.

Both Ducatis are currently being shipped from the UK to his residence in Monaco. The British racing champ has always been known as an avid collector of both two and four wheels, including a custom Harley Davidson, a blood red Ferrari Enzo supercar and a Nissan GT-R. Which is hardly surprising considering that the former world champion is on a mind boggling five year £60 million contract with his team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.

Guess we can now say where Mr. Button is investing all that moolah. Jessica Michibata you are one lucky girl.