Extreme Motoring Adventures (EMA), a motorcycle touring company, have launched a store for motorcycle riding gear, equipment, gear and accessories in Kolkata aptly called ‘GEAR UP’. [Read more…]
Piaggio India have launched a premium variant of the iconic Vespa, a scooter that has become hugely popular in the Indian market for its timeless styling and its performance as well. The new Vespa VX has been brought in within a year of the first scooter’s launch, as there were areas which could be improved upon and the company was quick to take action.
So, the new Vespa VX now features a front disc brake, tubeless tyres and revised styling details – a silver-finish speedo cluster, ‘VX’ badging on the left rear panel and a more substantial grab-rail. The company has also added two new colours to the palette: Portovenere Verde (Metallic Green) and Vibrante Rosa (Pearl-effect Pink/Red). These colours replace the earlier black and maroon options for the VX. There’s also a new beige-coloured seat option, which is offered as standard for the red- and dark blue-coloured models.
Take the new Vespa VX for a spin and straight away the elevated levels of handling, braking and grip become evident. The 200-mm front disc is the most important addition, decreasing braking distance and providing a more sure-footed feel. Another big change is the tyres. While the old MRF Nylogrips were in tune with the retro image, their performance was not too confidence-inspiring. The new MRF Zappers are of the tubeless variety and also offer superior grip. In our 60-0 km/h brake test, the new Vespa VX came to a halt in just 2.93 seconds over a distance of 22.46 metres. That’s quite an improvement over the standard Vespa, which, with its drum brakes, took 3.09 seconds and 25.51 metres respectively to do so.
The standard Vespa LX 125 will continue to be sold alongside the Vespa VX. Piaggio India are offering the VX with a premium price tag of Rs 71,700 (ex-showroom, Delhi) keeping to their lifestyle product positioning strategy.
The line between motorcycles and cars is rapidly blurring, thanks to a little help from cutting-edge science. [Read more…]
Mahindra Racing, the only Indian factory team to compete in international motorcycle Grand Prix racing, recently announced the signing of 16-year-old Andrea Locatelli and 17-year-old Michael Rinaldi as the team’s new riders for the 2013 season of the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV), scheduled to begin in Mugello on April 6 this year. [Read more…]
In their endeavour to promote their products, manufacturers come up with innovative new schemes and contestsintended to catch the fancy of the consumer. [Read more…]
To promote their stonking new Hypermotard, Ducati have roped in their MotoGP star Nicky Hayden and the result is truly a stunner. [Read more…]
For car junkies, DC Shoes has the peerless Ken Block whose sideways antics in his Gymkhana videos have racked up millions of hits on YouTube. [Read more…]
Even in this age of e-books and widespread self-publishing, good motorcycling books are few and hard to come by. So it is always a pleasant surprise when sheer serendipity lands in our hands a copy of a page-turner. [Read more…]
The 2013 MotoGP season is just around the corner and Repsol Honda have finally revealed their 2013 livery. [Read more…]
It is with great sadness that we report the tragic demise of famed moto-journalist Kevin Ash, who died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash at Cape Town, South Africa. [Read more…]