After a three decade exile from the world of active motorcycle manufacturers, it’s Hesketh’s time in the limelight with their new limited edition bike, ’24’.
Honda are planning to go the retro way very soon by resurrecting the iconic Elsinore scrambler of the late 1970s. [Read more…]
The editorial staff of Italy’s ‘LowRide’ magazine have resurrected classic 1980s motorcycle appeal by customising a modern Yamaha XV950 as part of the company’s Yard Built Project. [Read more…]
Iconic motorcycle brand Royal Enfield (RE) is set to sport a new identity and new colours across the globe pretty soon. Every new Royal Enfield motorcycle which goes on sale from this month onwards will adorn a new RE logo across its various models. The new RE logo is now fresher, more vibrant and contemporary – while rigidly holding on to its British-motorcycling roots. The new monogram has been inspired by the iconic Royal Enfield wings of the early era, as well as a new crest which still carries the ‘Made Like a Gun’ tag line.
Apart from this new identity RE have also introduced an array of colours across its models which include the RE Thunderbird 500 and 350 cruisers and the RE Classic 500 and 350 motorcycles. Both the Thunderbird variants (500 &350) are now available in three new colours schemes – Lightning, Stone and Marine. While the Classic variants sports five new colours, the Classic 500 is now available in Tan, Black and Silver, on the other hand the Classic 350 is available in Lagoon, Ash, Black and Silver.
Story: Sayem Parvez Syed
Yamaha have an interesting motorcycle in their ‘sport heritage’ line-up. Is an air-cooled 400 single desirable enough in India?
Harley-Davidson Motorcycles have added a new model to the Sporster line – the 2014 SuperLow 1200T! [Read more…]
It looks like a Bonneville, no doubts about that, but what it is, is a very useful Kawasaki 250 called the Estrella.
Indian Motorcycle Company, the only real American metal challengers to the iconic Harley-Davidson brand, have finally entered India with their range of Chief motorcycles; comprising three exceptionally detailed models. [Read more…]
Should the Kawasaki W800 become a part of their India line-up? The company has recently announced the independent coming and it is indeed good news. With the Ninja 300, 650R, 1000, ZX-10R and ZX-14 with another one stuck in traffic, as well as the mean streeter, the Z1000, already on the list, is it time for something a little different?
The W800 is a machine you would never identify as a Kawasaki at first, if you didn’t already know about it. Its retro styling with essential modern touches make it an attractive alternative to some of the modern iterations of classic bikes available on sale in the country. The W800 packs some seriously delectable elements like the muffler exhaust, ribbed padded seat, and classic analogue dials for the speedo and tacho complete with retro white on black lettering. The wire-spoke wheels with tubeless rubber with a single disc front brake and a drum brake at the rear couldn’t take you further back in time.
The W800 Special Edition, takes the darker path, and brings a load of matte black styling, with even the exhaust pipes not getting spared. The added graphics also distinguish the models apart.
On to the numbers, the bike weighs a hefty 217 kg and getting it to move is a 773cc parallel twin motor, making 48 PS at 6,500 RPM and 60 Nm at a lowly 2,500 RPM, paired, fittingly, to a 5-speed transmission. Another key feature are the dual throttle valves with an ECU-controlled second set, allowing for a better flow of power.
The Kawasaki W800 is priced at £ 6,899 (Rs 7 lakh) in the UK, with the W800 Special Edition costing £ 200 more, at £ 7,099 (Rs 7.2 lakh), again, in the UK. With those sort of price tags, each of them sure seems to be quite the desirable package. Give India Kawasaki Motor a shoutout if you want one!
Story: Jim Gorde
Images: Kawasaki Motors Europe