Oil Is Well: TVS TRU4 Synthetic 10W30 Engine Oil

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TVS Motor Company have launched a new engine oil – TVS TRU4 Synthetic 10W30 – a fully synthetic blend. TVS TRU4 Synthetic meets Japanese Automotive Standards Organisation (JASO) MA2 and American Petroleum Institute (API) SL. The new synthetic oil blend will improve clutch operation and make it smoother, while ensuring better low temperature starting ability and a longer service life. It is available in 900-ml and 1-litre packs, priced at Rs 525 per litre.

“Synthetic oil flows better in cold weather, making engine starts easier and offering better protection. In addition, synthetic oil resists viscosity changes at extremely high temperatures unlike conventional oil, which can break down or evaporate at such temperatures, causing damage to the engine. Synthetic oil is slicker than conventional oil and therefore enables smoother, cooler engine operation resulting in better power and better fuel economy” said Mr. K Venkateswarlu, Vice President – Parts Business, TVS Motor Company.

Story: Jim Gorde

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Harley-Davidson India extend line-up with Softail Breakout, Street Glide Special and CVO Limited

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The big bike end of Harley-Davidson’s India line-up has received three new additions in the Softail, Touring and CVO categories with the new Breakout, Street Glide Special and Limited models. [Read more…]

New Kawasaki Ninja H2 wrapped in Pure Silver

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Kawasaki’s latest promo video features the Ninja H2 in pure silver. Well, the paintwork on the H2 known as “silver-mirror”, is actually created by inducing a chemical reaction that forms a layer of the precious metal. The paintwork has already been spotted on the track-only H2R, and will now be available on the street-legal Ninja H2 as well.

Kawasaki officially plan to unveil the Ninja H2 at EICMA motorcycle show in Milan on the 4th of November.

Check out the Ninja H2 dressed in all its bling, in the video below:

Story: Ryan Lee

Supersport Fest at Mallory: Triumph Daytona 675R On Track

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Having visited the Triumph factory at Hinckley, it was time to savour the Daytona at the historical Mallory Park. Here is what the experience was like.

Story: Aspi Bhathena
Photography: Aspi Bhathena and Triumph Motorcycles

After the plant visit it was time to ride the Daytona 675R and the British Supersport Championship leading Daytona at the historical Mallory Park circuit. The Mallory Park was well known in the past for the race of the year and especially for that epic battle between John Cooper and Giacomo Agostini where John beat Ago and his 500-cc factory MV Agusta on a production-based 750-cc BSA Rocket 3.

It was midday by the time I had finished the paperwork at the circuit office and the two stunning Daytona bikes were ready for me in the pits. The crystal white 675R is a very sharp and aggressive looking motorcycle. The 600 Supersport class was dominated by the Japanese big four until the launch of the Daytona. Apart from the three-cylinder engine configuration of the Triumph, there is hardly any difference between the English motorcycle and its Japanese counterparts.

The new short-stroke three-cylinder motor has a bigger bore and a shorter stroke, allowing it rev 500 RPM higher, and a broader spread of torque, at the same time lowering the piston speed for less wear and tear. For the first time a production motorcycle from Triumph has been fitted with titanium valves. The lighter metal allows the valves to be shaped for better gas flow. Now the cylinder-block is separate from the crankcase and has Nikasil bores compared to the cast-iron wet liners.

The fuel injection system has two injectors per cylinder for accurate fuelling throughout the rev range. The ram air intake is routed through the head stock. The power output is up by 3 PS to 128 PS and the maximum torque is up by 2 Nm to 74 Nm. The three-cylinder motor is mated to a six-speed gearbox via a slipper clutch. The slipper clutch prevents the rear wheel from locking up under aggressive downshifts. The six-speed ‘box now has a quick shifter for track and road use.

The all-new frame incorporates improved air-flow to the air-box through the head stock and uses fewer sections in its construction, improving strength and reducing the number of welds required. The rear sub-frame is made of two-piece high pressure die-cast aluminium. The wheelbase is shorter thanks to the sharper head angle. They have achieved better mass centralisation by moving the under-seat exhaust to below the engine.

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Kawasaki to launch the 2015 Vulcan S cruiser

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The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer, once again, are in the limelight revealing their entry-level cruiser – the Vulcan S – which will officially make its début at the EICMA this November.

The Vulcan S is powered by a 649cc, 4-stroke, parallel twin engine, also seen in the Ninja 650 and ER-6n, producing 61 PS and 63 Nm of torque in its cruiser avatar, and is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The 2015 Vulcan S boasts of an array of features which include adjustable foot pegs, comfortable “Ergo-Fit” seat, adjustable handlebars, optional ABS and an analogue/digital instrument console.

Kawasaki are offering the 2015 Vulcan S in four colour options- Metallic Royal Purple, Pearl Crystal White, Candy Lime Green and Flat Ebony. It has been reported the Vulcan S will be priced at approximately $7,000 (Rs 4.2 lakh) and $7,400 (Rs 4.5 lakh) with ABS.

Kawasaki already have the Z250 and the ER-6n motorcycles in India so it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Kawasaki’s new entry-level cruiser, the Vulcan S, will also arrive in India soon.

Story: Ryan Lee

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A Tiger’s Tale IV: The Sands of Time

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The Triumph Tiger 800XC leaves the Rann of Kutch behind and heads into a land rich in heritage, architecture and, yes, more deserts. [Read more…]