Garware and Hyosung going strong

Garware Motors and S&T Motors denies Hyosung buyout

A few weeks back, the rumour mill was buzzing with news about the Hero Group and Mahindra 2’Wheelers looking to buy out Korea-based S&T Motors Co Ltd., parent company of Hyosung, manufacturers of the Comet 250, GT650R and ST7 motorcycles. However, Garware Motors have sent us a press release wherein they have made it clear that there are no ongoing negotiations between S&T Motors and any Indian manufactuer, Hero and Mahindra included, on this matter. For those outside the loop, Garware Motors and Hyosung have an ongoing aggrement wherein the former is to exclusively assemble motorcycles under the Hyosung brand name and market them in India. The agreement still holds firm and Garware will continue selling the GT650R sportsbike and ST7 cruiser in India.

We hope they stick together and launch the 250-cc bike in India as well.

Words: Saeed Akhtar

TVS gets a new brand ambassador

Cricketer Virat Kohli to be company’s new face

 

 

TVS Motor Company has signed cricketer Virat Kohli as the brand ambassador for their all new TVS Sport motorcycle. The cricketer will feature on all advertising and retail material related to TVS Sport. As per the official statement issued by H. S. Goindi, President Marketing, TVS Motor Company, “Virat Kohli is known for making distinctive style statements, whether on or off the field and represents the aspirations of many a young Indian. Virat is a perfect fit to the brand.”Especially with the ongoing World Cup fever running through the entire country’s veins, such an announcement would grab some additional eye-balls for the company.

Words: Gasha Aeri


Design Sells

Yamaha showcases VMAX at the ‘Good Design is Good Business’ Exhibition

 

 In a bid to emphasize on the relevance of design in the automobile sector, Yamaha Motor India Pvt. Ltd. recently showcased its flagship muscle bike VMAX at the three day long Japanese Design Exhibition – ‘Good Design is Good business’. As part of the Exhibition, a panel of design experts from Yamaha participated in a presentation session to throw light on the design aspect of VMAX, and why it is an integral part of automobile manufacturing.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Jun Nakata, Director – Sales & Marketing, India Yamaha Motor said, “Being supported by bodies – METI, IDC and FICCI, Good Design Exhibition is a unique platform to reach out to our audience and industry alike. Our presence at this Exhibition is vital to demonstrate the technical prowess of our products and showcase the Yamaha DNA. Since 2008, Yamaha has been pulling out all the stops when it came to product innovation and technological advancements. Practically every model which the bike lovers drooled over in the past made in-roads to the Indian market — the R1, MT 01 & VMAX, the racing R15, the lord of the streets FZ, the powerful commuter SZ series and the potent YBR”.

 

Bike India Online

Supercharged trike

Tim ‘Frogman’ Cotterill’s Rocket II Trike is plain insane

Many would agree, when I say there is a thin line between genius and insanity and most men try to keep the balance right. When the rest of the automotive world is trying to go green with hybrids and alternative fuel, Tim ‘Frogman’ Cotterill, a metal sculptor by trade, has made the Rocket II Trike.

Everything about the Rocket II is ridiculously over the top, with a supercharged 7.0 liter HEMI V8 and a BDS 8-71 supercharger, belting out 1000 hp (yes, three zeros) and almost as big as a football field in length, it can touch triple digit speed figures in a few seconds managing a top speed of 260 kmph. Weighing in at over 1,200 kg and a fuel economy about 1.2 km/l it may seem Tim is waging a war against the greens on road. This heavy three wheeler is steered using a wheel machined from a billet and a front swing arm made from ¼ – inch steel plate featuring adjustable rosejoints to allow wheel castor and camber.

The Rocket II trike is built as an ode to sheer excessiveness of power.

 

Words: Raymond Raj

Ducati that floats

Cigarette Racing 42X Ducati Edition

 


In what may be called a unique collaboration two performance icons have come together to unveil a power boat that will definitely blow you away. Cigarette Racing, a well-known power boat brand that is counted among the top brands in the world, recently showcased a marine machine, called the 42X, in association with Ducati, a motorcycle brand that has been associated with speed and performance for more than half-a-century now. The 42X is a pure performance power boat that is dipped in luxury for the upper crust of the society. This speed machine is equipped with twin 1,100 horsepower engines that produce exhilarating power to propel the beast to a top speed of 104 nautical miles, which is the equivalent of 193 km/h overland. However, the highlight of the 42X will be its special Ducati livery. Not only that, the interior will also feature the Italian marque’s colours along with a specially designed stereo system from JL audio. This is one hot product aficionados will cherish. Prices and other details can be found on www.cigaretteracing.com

 

 

 

Words: Ravi Chandanani

Mahindra in the fast lane

Mahindra Racing
tests its MotoGP bike


As speed

met balance and grace met power, Mahindra became India’s first automotive company

to test its official bike the GP125 in its corporate colors, on a the final day

at the predominantly wet, windy and cold Estoril circuit in Portugal.
The

Indian team was present at the circuit with riders Danny Webb and Marcel

Schrotter along with team principal Mufaddal Choonia.

While

the wet and windy conditions were not very conducive for testing bikes, 19 year

old Webb clocked in a few lap times even as his team mate, struggled to get onto

the track with a heavy downpour. Mahindra’s own Italy based Engines Engineering

have designed their GP125. They ran the bike in its red and silver livery only

for a few laps before switching back to plain black.

With

its popularity and now an Indian team to cheer for, Mahindra could certainly hope

for a loyal fan following in India for its MotoGP team competing in the 125cc

category. Mahindra Racing team will be present for the three day testing at

Jerez, Spain from March 4-6.

 

Words:

Raymond Raj

Mahindra in the fast lane

Mahindra Racing
tests its MotoGP bike


As speed

met balance and grace met power, Mahindra became India’s first automotive company

to test its official bike the GP125 in its corporate colors, on a the final day

at the predominantly wet, windy and cold Estoril circuit in Portugal.
The

Indian team was present at the circuit with riders Danny Webb and Marcel

Schrotter along with team principal Mufaddal Choonia.

While

the wet and windy conditions were not very conducive for testing bikes, 19 year

old Webb clocked in a few lap times even as his team mate, struggled to get onto

the track with a heavy downpour. Mahindra’s own Italy based Engines Engineering

have designed their GP125. They ran the bike in its red and silver livery only

for a few laps before switching back to plain black.

With

its popularity and now an Indian team to cheer for, Mahindra could certainly hope

for a loyal fan following in India for its MotoGP team competing in the 125cc

category. Mahindra Racing team will be present for the three day testing at

Jerez, Spain from March 4-6.

 

Words:

Raymond Raj

Victory on Indian roads!

The US based-bike manufacturing company planning to enter Indian market by next year

Victory Motorcycles, US-based company is looking forward to participate in next year’s Delhi Auto Expo and maybe enter Indian market in second half of next year, depending on the response they get at the Expo. Following the success of Harley Davidson, which sold on an average more than 2 units every three days this calender year, Victory Motorcycles, manufacturing luxury touring bikes, classic-styled motorcycles and inter-state cruisers, is keen on entering the growing motorcycle market here. The company is aiming to introduce models that would be best suitable for Indian riding conditions and roads. Harley managing to get its costs as low as Rs 5.5 lakh for their basic model, Victory Motorcycles will face tough competition as their price range is between Rs 5.68 lakh and Rs 12.73 lakh internationally. With Indian government’s high import duties the price of these bikes will effectively be doubled since they will be imported as CBU’s.  The Indian bike enthusiast will have to wait and watch out for next year’s Auto Expo and hope, that just maybe the import duty rates are relaxed a bit.

Words: Raymond Raj

Breaking News

Hero and Mahindra both looking to buy Hyosung

Like a perfectly set up deck of Dominoes, a string of the world’s foremost automotive brands has toppled before the Indian juggernaut in the last few years. And now, it seems like the latest two-wheeler manufacturer which is set to join the Indian bandwagon is Hyosung Motors. Bike India has just got hold of some inside-industry news which states that the Hero Group and the newly formed Mahindra 2 Wheelers are in negotiations to take over the Korean brand. Both the Indian conglomerates involved in this deal has got the money needed for such an enormous takeover but not the technology – Hero recently ended its twenty six year long association with Honda – and could benefit greatly if the deal comes through. Hyosung already has a sizable brand recall value in India, courtesy of its Comet 250 streetfighter and Aquila 250 cruiser that Kinetic brought here almost a decade back. More recently, it tied up with Garware Motors to launch the GT650 sportspike and ST7 cruiser in India.

Trust Bike India to keep you posted on further developments in this ongoing deal. For our full review on the GT650 sportsbike, pick up the March 2011 issue of Bike India magazine, on stands now.

Words: Saeed Akhtar

Victory on Indian roads!

The US based-bike manufacturing company planning to enter Indian market by next year

 

 

Victory Motorcycles, US-based company is looking forward to participate in next year’s Delhi Auto Expo and maybe enter Indian market in second half of next year, depending on the response they get at the Expo. Following the success of Harley Davidson, which sold on an average more than 2 units every three days this calender year, Victory Motorcycles, manufacturing luxury touring bikes, classic-styled motorcycles and inter-state cruisers, is keen on entering the growing motorcycle market here. The company is aiming to introduce models that would be best suitable for Indian riding conditions and roads. Harley managing to get its costs as low as Rs 5.5 lakh for their basic model, Victory Motorcycles will face tough competition as their price range is between Rs 5.68 lakh and Rs 12.73 lakh internationally. With Indian government’s high import duties the price of these bikes will effectively be doubled since they will be imported as CBU’s.  The Indian bike enthusiast will have to wait and watch out for next year’s Auto Expo and hope, that just maybe the import duty rates are relaxed a bit.

Words: Raymond Raj