Hero MotoCorp announces 2015 line-up for Europe

Hastur WEBThe Indian motorcycle company Hero MotoCorp made headlines at EICMA, by announcing the company’s global expansion plans, and also by showcasing two new products – the Hastur 620, which was showcased at the Auto Expo as a concept bike, and, as we mentioned back in October, they will also launch the HX250R.

The first phase of its entry in Europe, will see products being launched in Italy, Spain and France and the second phase will include UK and Germany. The firm also announced an investment of Rs 4917 crore in building capacity across the globe in the next few years. Hero will first launch the the 125cc hybrid scooter called “Leap” in these markets, and subsequently bring in more models including scooters and motorcycles.

The Hastur 620 is an aggressive looking parallel twin street-fighter, which claims to produce 80 PS and the HX250R is a fully faired sports bike designed in partnership with Erik Buell Racing, with a single-cylinder engine producing 31 PS.

Commenting on this major feat, Hero CEO, Pawan Munjal said, “Today, one out of every 10 bikes sold globally is a Hero bike and every second two-wheeler sold in India is from Hero. This places us in a unique position to expand our business into new markets across continents. We are now looking at stepping into the European market by the end of 2015.”

Story: Ryan Lee

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Honda unveil True Adventure prototype at EICMA

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Off-road fanatics have been praying fervently for the launch of the Honda Africa Twin, but instead, what Honda has pulled straight out of its mucky testing grounds is the “True Adventure” prototype.

The bike in question features a parallel-twin which is expected to be powered by a 1000cc power mill. Other components of the bike like the dual disc front brakes also seem to be tuned for a litre-class bike. More intriguing is the missing clutch lever and the gear shift lever. Whether this is an error from Honda’s end or hints of a brand new transmission system remains unanswered. Although, it wouldn’t be stretch to expect rider aids like traction control, ABS and cruise control  to be found on any potential production iteration of this sports tourer.

Story:  Aniruddha Mulgund

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Moto Guzzi to launch the MGX-21 cruiser

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Moto Guzzi are in the limelight once again, this time around its at EICMA. The Italian marque showcased their cruiser prototype – The MGX-21 at the famous Milan show.

The MGX-21 prototype cruiser is a re-worked Moto Guzzi California 1400, which is clad in carbon fibre, matte black paint and red highlights. The other interesting change is the 21-inch carbon fibre front disc wheel.

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Well, the MGX-21 prototype does stand out where cruisers are concerned, but we shall wait and see, what the finished production model will brings to the table.

Story: Ryan Lee

Triumph launch special edition motorcycles for 2015

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Triumph will be offering a range of special edition motorcycles for a select few of their customers. The special edition Street Triple RX and the three editions of Bonneville, viz. T214, NewChurch and Spirit were showcased at INTERMOT. At EICMA, the company also unveiled the Thunderbird Night Storm and the Triumph Rocket X. The special edition bikes will receive cosmetic changes and will be available in limited numbers.

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Triumph to launch Tiger variants in 2015

Triumph Motorcycles have introduced the revised product range of the Tiger series at EICMA. The previous version of the tiger XR and XC have been upped and the top end models XRx and XCx have been introduced with a first-in-class cruise control option. [Read more…]

Yamaha set to launch 2015 YZF R1 & R1M

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The YZF-R1 is a motorbike icon, and Japanese auto-maker Yamaha’s flagship. Now, Yamaha used the celebrated EICMA show in Milan as the launchpad for the 2015 avatar of this legend, and its performance-oriented sibling, the YZF-R1M.

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