Royal ride for charity

Prince William planning a motorcycle ride in India

 

They won’t have been married long, but Prince William, the elder son of the Prince of Wales and the late Princess Diana, will be getting away from his new bride sooner than expected as he plans a royal bike ride round India. 

According to our international correspondents, Prince William is planning another charity motorcycle trip after the success of his last 1,500-kilometre trip around Africa in 2008. As of now we do not have information about the route or the bike the Prince would be riding. This trip will be organised in association with Swinton Bike Insurance of the UK and the company says that the prince has more to prepare for than just for his wedding, as a trip of this magnitude requires a lot of hard work.

Words: Sarmad Kadiri

Car India and Bike India Awards 2011 on TV

We are coming on your TV

Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your remotes. The recently concluded Car India and Bike India Awards 2010 will be telecast on ZEE Business channel on January 26th (Wednesday) 2011 from 2000 hrs. – 2100 hrs. You can also catch the repeat telecast on January 30th (Sunday) 2011 from 2000 hrs. – 2100 hrs. on the same channel. Catch us in action as some of the greatest movers and shakers of the automotive industry come together and decide the most deserving automobiles of the last one year.

Aprilia RSV4 Superbike unveiled in India

Piaggio showcases the spectacular line up of its global two wheelers

 

Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd., the Indian subsidiary of Piaggio & C s.p.a. of Italy, today unveiled the superbike Aprilia RSV4 Factory at the Mumbai International Motor Show along with the original, iconic scooter Vespa LX 125. Aprilia has been a part of the Piaggio Group since 2004 and the Aprilia RSV4 Factory is the flagship from the Aprilia stable. Its super compact 180 HP, 999.6 cc, 65° V-four cylinder engine is designed for maximum power and uses ride-by-wire multimap technology and a sophisticated electronic injection system with 2 injectors and adjustable height ducts for superior performance. All four variants of the RSV4 will be on sale here, and prices will start from Rs. 13 lakh for the base version, going upto 18 lakh for the fully-loaded models. Piaggio also showcased the Vespa LX 125 at MIMS to give buyers a foretaste of what to expect when the iconic Vespa brand hits Indian roads next year.

Speaking at the ocassion, Mr. Ravi Chopra, Chairman and Managing Director of Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. Stated, “Piaggio India is proud to unveil the superbike Aprilia RSV4 in India. This bike is a living example of the technological superiority that Piaggio offers to consumers across the globe. We are in the process of bringing our global line-up of highly successful superbikes to India. We believe that today’s young and mobile Indian has a strong appetite for powerful bikes, and we see immense potential for Aprilia in India. This bike has set world racing tracks ablaze with it sheer power and technology and it will hit Indian roads soon. We are also looking forward to the launch of the iconic Vespa in the country soon. The Vespa LX 125 is much more than a scooter – it’s the original, timeless 2-wheeler that has become a “way of life” in market after market around the world”.

 

SlingShot goes ‘Plus’

Suzuki adds a visor to the bike to improve its looks

As you know, Suzuki SlingShot has won the Bike India Award 2011 for the ‘Bike of the year – up to 125cc’. Now Suzuki India is giving its two-wheeler buyers a small treat by launching a new variant of the bike called the SlingShot Plus. Wondering what pluses you’d get in the new variant? Well, the list is rather tiny, as the new variant sports a visor which covers the instrument console, right above the headlight. According to Suzuki this increases the style quotient. The ‘Plus’ variant will be available in three trims — drum brake and alloy with kick start for Rs 50,350, with self start at Rs 52,518, and the top of the line with front disc brake, alloy and self start for Rs 54136 (OTR Pune), which is about a thousand rupees more than the basic SlingShot.

Words: Sarmad Kadiri

BIKE India Awards 2011

The curtain-raiser to the country’s biggest two-wheeler awards, Subros BIKE India awards 2011

 

As the wheel of time spins around, Indian two-wheeler industry is witnessing what can aptly be referred to as its “Golden Era”, with the international players pitching their camps in the country and launches as big and better like never before. And if there were launches, there ought to be the best ones and if there are the best ones, they deserve to be awarded too. So, that’s exactly what we did in the Subros Bike India Awards 2011. So, here’s a sneak peek into the winners of various categories:

  1. BOTY (Bike Of The Year) upto 110-cc: Honda CB Twister

  2. BOTY upto 125-cc: Suzuki SlingShot

  3. BOTY upto 150-cc: Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS

  4. BOTY upto 200-cc: Yamaha SZ-R

  5. Scooter of the year: TVS Wego

  6. Import two-wheeler of the year: Suzuki Bandit

  7. Manufacturer of the year: Hero Honda

  8. Brand Ambassador of the year: John Abraham

  9. Reader’s choice BOTY: Harley Davidson 883 Sportster

  10. Bike of the year: Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS    

    The Pulsar 135LS is a clear example of how aggressive Bajaj is getting towards offering the best to its customers. The company has genuinely managed to make a motorcycle that has good, up-to-date technologies,good performance, good handling, good styling and good efficiency. All this from a 135cc motorcycle that is not a derivative of an existing motorcycle comes to us as a welcome surprise.

    Words: Gasha Aeri                     

                                                                                        

The new king

BMW S1000RR bags IMOTY

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the new king of sport biking. BMW’s groundbreaking S1000RR sportsbike recently trounced the competition to emerge the International Motorcycle of the Year in a judgement comprising an eminent international jury of motoring journalists from various motorcycling publications from around the globe. Regarding their decision to anoint the S1000RR as the winner of IBOY 2011, the jury stated, “The BMW S1000RR combines wounding edge technology, presentation and ease of use. At the same time it is a bike that works specially well on both road and track. Furthermore the BMW S1000RR represents a breakthrough for the combination of electronics to create a safer and more engaging ride.” BMW last won the IBOTY in 2004, with its grand-tourer R1200GS.

Words: Saeed Akhtar

Dream team unleashed

Rossi goes red at Wroom

 

 

Its out! Ducati Corse has released the first pictures of Valentino Rossi in their colours, posing with his Desmosedici GP11 bike at their annual pre-season ‘Wroom’ event. Rossi has retained the flouroscent green colour on his leathers but its a fashion disaster combined with Ducati’s red. And his Bike has it too! The number ’46’ on the nose is of course flouro-green along with the seat border, tank and the tail piece.

Nicky Hayden meanwhile has paired the red with black this year. The AMG logo is also present on both Rossi and Nicky hayden’s bike and leathers. The bright livery of Rossi’s bike is a reminisce of his wild paintjobs during the 125cc and 250cc days with Aprilia. Hope he rides so too.

 

Words: Piyush Sonsale

Dream team unleashed

Rossi goes red at Wroom

 

 

Its out! Ducati Corse has released the first pictures of Valentino Rossi in their colours, posing with his Desmosedici GP11 bike at their annual pre-season ‘Wroom’ event. Rossi has retained the flouroscent green colour on his leathers but its a fashion disaster combined with Ducati’s red. And his Bike has it too! The number ’46’ on the nose is of course flouro-green along with the seat border, tank and the tail piece.

Nicky Hayden meanwhile has paired the red with black this year. The AMG logo is also present on both Rossi and Nicky hayden’s bike and leathers. The bright livery of Rossi’s bike is a reminisce of his wild paintjobs during the 125cc and 250cc days with Aprilia. Hope he rides so too.

 

Words: Piyush Sonsale

Hamara Pulsar, Hamara Discover

Bajaj to drop its name; retain only the core models’ names

 

 The brand that gave India the slogan ‘Hamara Bajaj’, a catchphrase synonymous with a whole generation, will cease to exist come April this year. Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj recently stated his intention to remove the Bajaj brand and, in its place, establish its top-selling Pulsar and Discover as separate brands in their their own light. This is not an unusual move for brands in European and foreign countries but will certainly be a first for Indian automotive manufacturers who rely on family names for their product range (read TVS, Mahindra and Tata).

“Actually I don’t want that (Bajaj) name. We have already started the process so today on a Pulsar, the Bajaj name is seen only on the engine. The same is the case with Discover. Our three-wheeler has Bajaj in small font while the initial ‘RE’ is in much bigger font. One day, We will drop the Bajaj name from there also completely”, Rajiv Bajaj disclosed in a recent interview. “Consumers know that the product is coming from Bajaj, just like I know my Audi is coming from Volkswagen. But there is no Volkswagen on the Audi product. This creates a perception that there is something more in the product”, he added.

The project is spearheaded by Fitch, the international design agency that have collaborated with brands as diverse as Aditya Birla Group, Boeing, Reliance ADAG, Tata and Microsoft in the past.

Words: Saeed Akhtar

Face/Off

 Two of the world’s greatest racing personalities come together for an epic duel. On ice.

 

 

You might not have heard of it before but Ducati and Ferrari has an annual event, somewhere up in the Dolomites mountains in Northern Italy, wherein the racing arms of both the manufacturers launch their latest team lineups and jointly share the limelight. And this year, the Wrooom Ferrari & Ducati Press Ski Meeting (that’s what the event is called) will play host to a traditional ice race between Valentino Rossi and Fernando Alonso. Ducati MotoGP team manager Vittoriano Guareschi has revealed that Rossi is fit enough to race the former F1 world champion at this year’s ‘Wrooom’ event, to be held on January 10th. Guareschi also allayed all apprehensions about Rossi’s fitness, specifically his recent shoulder injury, saying that the World Champion has recuperated and is in perfect condition for the coming MotoGP season.

This year’s Wrooom event will also give the Ducatisti their first opportunity to view the new Marlboro Ducati livery and the first public appearance of Rossi in red leathers.

Words: Saeed Akhtar