ST7 accessories coming soon

Hyosung ST7 AccessoriesAimed at making good-looking machines look even better.

The premium cruiser segment is catching up in the Indian two-wheeler market as never before. Today not only does the buyer have numerous options to pick from, but every bike maker is trying to woo him with goodies to make his ownership experience better. Following the same lines, Garware Hyosung have decided to deck up their cruiser ST7 with accessories that would make this good-looking machine look even better.

The set of accessories offered by the company include front windscreen visor, crash guards, leather tank pad, foot board, leather saddle bags and back-rest for the pillion. The bike’s branding has been used extensively over the accessories and since they are being imported currently, the whole set has been priced at Rs 1.25-1.5 lakh. The company says that it will try to bring the cost down in the near future.

Hyosung ST7 Accessories Back rest and Foot pad

 

Hyosung ST7 Accessories

2W Rally of Nashik 2011

 

‘pit stop’ motor sports organised its second event, ‘2W Rally of Nashik 2011’, flagged off on 21st August 2011

 

from village Paste near Sinner in Nashik district. The 125 km route of the rally consisted of 2 special stages ‘Alfa’& ‘Beta’ stretching 7.5 kms each and both the SS were repeated adding up to 39 kms of adventurous and challenging trail each. This was a treat for motor sports lovers as well as spectators. A total of 40 participants from the region participated in the event.

Ganesh Lokhande overall winnerThe first bike was flagged off at 0801 hours and defending champion Ganeash Lokhande (J.A.W.S. Racing team) was 1.03 minutes ahead of Parvinderingh Hunjan. The third position saw a tough fight between Kaustubh Macche and Shahsank Shevale, however Macche managed to grab the position by a margin of 8 seconds.

The scooter class had veteran rider Shamim Khan on his Mahindra rodeo racing to an easy win over the rest in the scooter class. Khan was 5 minutes ahead of Harshal Kadbhane while Babuddin Ansari finished third.


The rally had a special Bullet class for Royal Enfield riders with 10 entries from Nashik and Pune. This gave the spectators a very unusual experience, watching the bullets going flat out on the dirt terrain. In this class, Arvind Singh had a comfortable win over Sushil Kakad with an advantage of 2 minutes. Riding 19 seconds behind was third position holder Anand Bansode.

 

The motorcycle classes too had some interesting competition. In the Class 2 (Group “C”: Above 130 cc up to 165 cc) Amit Suryavanshi emerged as the winner, followed by Maansingh Thakur and Vikram Singh Rajput. The winners of Class 7 (Group “B”: Above 210 cc up to 260 cc) were Ganesh Lokhande followed by Kautubh Macche and the third position was taken by Kanhay Athley who even won the Best First Timers award.

Class 8(Group “B”: up to 130 cc) positions were taken by Parvinder Singh Hunjan, Suraj Kute and Akshay Patil. Suraj Kute had a lead of more than 7 minutes over the third position holder. Class 9 (Group “B”: Above 130 cc up to 165 cc) had young Shashank Shevale win the class followed by Kalyan Jambhekar and Mohan Pawar.

Sujeet Kalsekar, Ganesh Lokhande’s tuner was awarded the Tuners Trophy for motocycles and Balu Bendale, Shamim Khans tuner got the tuners trophy in scooters while Baljeet Singh Kochhar, got the tuner’s Trophy in Bullet class for tuning Arvind Singh’s motorcycle.

Pictures: Chetan Save & ‘pit stop’ motor sports

2W Rally of Nashik 2011

 

‘pit stop’ motor sports organised its second event, ‘2W Rally of Nashik 2011’, flagged off on 21st August 2011

 

from village Paste near Sinner in Nashik district. The 125 km route of the rally consisted of 2 special stages ‘Alfa’& ‘Beta’ stretching 7.5 kms each and both the SS were repeated adding up to 39 kms of adventurous and challenging trail each. This was a treat for motor sports lovers as well as spectators. A total of 40 participants from the region participated in the event.

Ganesh Lokhande overall winnerThe first bike was flagged off at 0801 hours and defending champion Ganeash Lokhande (J.A.W.S. Racing team) was 1.03 minutes ahead of Parvinderingh Hunjan. The third position saw a tough fight between Kaustubh Macche and Shahsank Shevale, however Macche managed to grab the position by a margin of 8 seconds.

The scooter class had veteran rider Shamim Khan on his Mahindra rodeo racing to an easy win over the rest in the scooter class. Khan was 5 minutes ahead of Harshal Kadbhane while Babuddin Ansari finished third.


The rally had a special Bullet class for Royal Enfield riders with 10 entries from Nashik and Pune. This gave the spectators a very unusual experience, watching the bullets going flat out on the dirt terrain. In this class, Arvind Singh had a comfortable win over Sushil Kakad with an advantage of 2 minutes. Riding 19 seconds behind was third position holder Anand Bansode.

 

The motorcycle classes too had some interesting competition. In the Class 2 (Group “C”: Above 130 cc up to 165 cc) Amit Suryavanshi emerged as the winner, followed by Maansingh Thakur and Vikram Singh Rajput. The winners of Class 7 (Group “B”: Above 210 cc up to 260 cc) were Ganesh Lokhande followed by Kautubh Macche and the third position was taken by Kanhay Athley who even won the Best First Timers award.

Class 8(Group “B”: up to 130 cc) positions were taken by Parvinder Singh Hunjan, Suraj Kute and Akshay Patil. Suraj Kute had a lead of more than 7 minutes over the third position holder. Class 9 (Group “B”: Above 130 cc up to 165 cc) had young Shashank Shevale win the class followed by Kalyan Jambhekar and Mohan Pawar.

Sujeet Kalsekar, Ganesh Lokhande’s tuner was awarded the Tuners Trophy for motocycles and Balu Bendale, Shamim Khans tuner got the tuners trophy in scooters while Baljeet Singh Kochhar, got the tuner’s Trophy in Bullet class for tuning Arvind Singh’s motorcycle.

Pictures: Chetan Save & ‘pit stop’ motor sports

White Honda CBR 1000RR 2012 “spotted”

2011 Honda CBR 1000RR WhiteHonda, seems to have a new marketing strategy. While most manufacturers let their bikes be “accidentally” clicked by “random” people while testing and generally roaming around, Honda has decided to do away with the blanket of secrecy. The new Honda 2012 has been found to be on display at a showroom in Hong Kong.

The bike doesn’t appear to have been given a major overhaul but rather just some nip and tucks. The big brother CBR gets new alloys, fairings and forks. The front designed has been enhanced and is sharper now. For the rider, the cool new display might come as a refreshing change.

Given the rising prices of superbikes, Honda might have an advantage by being able to under cut the competition with its price saving methods used to make the new CBR 1000RR. Of course, we can only confirm this once the bike is launched internationally. And yes, as always, we will let you know what the bike is all about once we get our hands on it. Meanwhile you can enjoy the video on www.bikeindia.in.

 

Yamaha R15 2.0 coming this September

Yamaha R15Yamaha’s performance bike YZF R15 is ready for launch this September in a all-new look.

According to a scanned invite on Facebook fan page of the YZF R15, the bike will be launched in New Delhi this September. That’s great news for all waiting for the bike with bated breath. We had reported about the revamped bike in January this year and will be getting you all the dope about the 2.0 version straight from the launch.

Watch this space.

Polaris to launch ATV range on August 24th

Polaris ATVPolaris, the international “fun machines” maker, launched ATVs from its Sportsman, Ranger and Ranger RZR series along with Outlaw, a 50cc off-roader for kids that even the parents would love to ride.

The Sportsman range is what the Indian audience will be able to identify with as a regular ATV while the Ranger and Ranger RZR series look more like rugged golf carts with doors. The Minnesota based manufacturer is also quite serious on doing business here which is reflected by its 900cc engines. Previously, even the high performance 1000cc bikes which are well known in India and have a wide sales base here, have been skeptic and have taken a great deal of time to test the waters in the new market. Polaris, it seems, has taken the “go anywhere” spirit of the ATV culture to heart which we believe makes sense in this case because they are also bringing their luxury range of cruisers through their brand Victory motorcycles, to India in 2012. Bold move, we hope it works out well. We wish them best of luck.

Hero’s big moment

Hero ImpulseHero MotoCorp, recently separated from its long term siamese twin, Honda, presented its new identity In London. Displaying good knowledge of the Indian people’s love for show and dance, the event was packed with celebrities from around the globe.

Big names, now synonymous with brands, like Shah Rukh Khan, Boris Becker, David Coulthard, Akon, Anusha Sharma and Irfan Pathan graced the event.

 

For biking fans, Hero MotoCorp launched a dual purpose bike named Hero Impulse which could be using Unicorn engine and monoshock package. Also launched was Maestro, the new gearless scooter, aimed at masculine needs. It could be based on Pleasure or Activa engine.

Both the models will be launched in India soon.

Speaking at the event, BM Munjal, chairman of the Hero Group said “So far all our good products have been credited to Honda. Now we will show the world our strength.” Hero MotoCorp also expects to achieve good sales figures to the tune of 10million units in the next five years which will partly be supported by exports to Latin America, South East Asia and Africa. Hero MotoCorp is also looking to support its new products with original research. “In five years we will have a world class R&D center. No baggage to deal with”. “The new brand identity has born out of our desire to break the shackles and realise our potential which were restricted by the nature of our JV with Honda” said the CEO.

We wish all the best to Hero MotoCorp.

Is a Chennai MotoGP possible?

Madras Motor Sports ClubThe Madras Motor Sports Club track in Irungattukottai is being redesigned to make it a viable option to host a MotoGP race in the future, confirmed Amit Arora, the general manager of MMSC operations.

The track would be upgraded from its current Grade-4 status to a Grade-2 status which will make it the country’s second most advanced track once the F1 track at Noida opens up.

 

MMSC is already in talks with MotoGP promoters, Dorna and racing circuit designers Apex, from UK. The sports club is getting vital information to design a racetrack suited for MotoGP and Formula 2 races.

Racers have been asking for several improvements to be made to the 21 year old circuit for a long time and it seems they will now be getting more than they hoped for in a time as short as 3 years. MMSC will also be making efforts to make sure there is minimum interference with the day-to-day activities of the circuit during this time.

“The plan is to create a multi-use venue for motorsport, alongside an entertainment area. It will have shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. There will be new paddock buildings and garages. The length of the main straight will be increased and corners will be worked to improve speed.” Arora added.

Meanwhile, the construction of the Greater Noida Formula 1 racetrack is progressing at a reasonable pace and the track should be able to host its first Grand Prix at the end of this year. A second, smaller racetrack for Go-Kart racing is also being constructed alongside. With Indians Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok getting their hands on a F1 steering this year, looks like motor racing in India has finally come to life :)

Is a Chennai MotoGP possible?

Madras Motor Sports ClubThe Madras Motor Sports Club track in Irungattukottai is being redesigned to make it a viable option to host a MotoGP race in the future, confirmed Amit Arora, the general manager of MMSC operations.

The track would be upgraded from its current Grade-4 status to a Grade-2 status which will make it the country’s second most advanced track once the F1 track at Noida opens up.

 

MMSC is already in talks with MotoGP promoters, Dorna and racing circuit designers Apex, from UK. The sports club is getting vital information to design a racetrack suited for MotoGP and Formula 2 races.

Racers have been asking for several improvements to be made to the 21 year old circuit for a long time and it seems they will now be getting more than they hoped for in a time as short as 3 years. MMSC will also be making efforts to make sure there is minimum interference with the day-to-day activities of the circuit during this time.

“The plan is to create a multi-use venue for motorsport, alongside an entertainment area. It will have shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. There will be new paddock buildings and garages. The length of the main straight will be increased and corners will be worked to improve speed.” Arora added.

Meanwhile, the construction of the Greater Noida Formula 1 racetrack is progressing at a reasonable pace and the track should be able to host its first Grand Prix at the end of this year. A second, smaller racetrack for Go-Kart racing is also being constructed alongside. With Indians Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok getting their hands on a F1 steering this year, looks like motor racing in India has finally come to life :)

Harley-Davidson drops the bomb on India

Harley Davidson Fat Boy Special silverHarley Davidson, the bad boy motorcycle manufacturer from hamburger land has launched its popular Fat Boy Special model here in India, taking to total number of available models to 15.

The bike is priced just below the 20Lac mark (ex. showroom Delhi) where it will compete with Yamaha V-Max and Ducati Diavel. The new bike sits lower than other HD in the market and is overall, a treat to ogle at.

 

The bookings for the bike will open this month and it can be ordered from any Harley Davidson showroom in India. To help make the purchase easier for customers, HD has also signed deals with HDFC and ICICI banks. The bike will be imported as a CBU while plans are drawn up to assemble more Harleys in the country itself.

With Victory motorcycles soon entering the small market of Indian luxury cruiser bikes, we can hope to see competition do what it does best, lower prices.