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A web series for auto enthusiasts

Pune based content creators Cycling Octopus are floating a web video series named Friction for automotive enthusiasts. The eight part series is available on the Cycling Octopus YouTube channel and each episode features an automotive personality and their work.

The creative team at Cycling Octopus started working on the concept more than a year ago along with a few automotive enthusiasts from the city with the aim of sharing and celebrating the rich heritage and history of Pune ‘road culture’ as they describe it. Friction was launched on 10th May 2015 in association with Let’s Make Better Productions and released one episode every week thereafter.

The videos are well-made and come across as a sincere effort to inspire people to follow their passion. So the next time you are online, search for Cycling Octopus on YouTube to enjoy the Friction series.

Exclusive! WSBK coming to India


You have probably read this before, and, maybe, even started looking out for race tickets before the Indian round of the World Superbike Championship got dumped two years ago, but, racing enthusiasts in the country rejoice! We have exclusive news that the championship will finally make its Indian debut in 2017.

Bike India was at the Imola round of WSBK last weekend where we learnt from the right sources that Dorna, the rights holder of WSBK, and the Indian promotor (possibly the Jaypee group) are in the final stage of negotiations to host a round of the championship on the Buddh International Circuit from the 2017 season.

The Indian round of the championship was abruptly dropped from the 2013 calender due to “operational challenges” caused by lengthy customs procedures in India. The new project, however, has brighter chances of working out since the Indian government has recently recognised racing as a sport, which should make it easier to get the necessary clearances.

The World Superbike Championship is a world-class motorcycle racing series only second to MotoGP. Unlike the high-tech prototypes raced in MotoGP, the bikes raced in WSBK are based on street-legal motorcycles you and I can buy and that gives the championship a direct connect with the superbike market.

Royal Enfield Acquire Harris Performance: News

L-R Steve Harris, Director Harris Performance with Siddhartha Lal, CEO Royal Enfield  (555x367)Although they have not announced any plans of a product launch this year, Royal Enfield seems to be a company on the move. After hiring the great Pierre Terblanche last year, the once-British-now-Indian company has acquired the legendary UK-based firm, Harris Performance [Read more…]

Adventurous Foray: Bajaj Pulsar AS 200 and AS 150 First Impressions

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With the Bajaj Pulsar AS 200 and AS 150, the company say that they have started seeding the process of creating the affordable adventure bike segment. We got astride both the AS 200 & AS 150 to see what they are like… [Read more…]

Breaking News: MV Agusta to enter India

The exotic Italian bike-makers are all set to enter the Indian market. We are the first to report it [Read more…]

Jorge Lorenzo to join Ducati?

Jorge Lorenzo to Ducati webThis just in! Two-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo could leave Yamaha for Ducati from the start of the 2015 season, reports Spanish media outfit Onda Cero.

According to the rumour, Lorenzo, who has ridden for Yamaha’ factory team since his debut premier class season in 2008, has already given Ducati his nod for a preliminary agreement for 2015 onwards, with an alleged offer of €15 million per season. If the news is true, Andrea Dovizioso could lose his job at the end of the coming season since Ducati’s new recruit Cal Crutchlow has signed a two-year contract with the Italian factory that terminates at the end of the 2015 season.

Story: Piyush Sonsale