Adventure on two wheels


imagesRiding a motorcycle is fun, riding on a track is super fun, but off-roading gives a different high altogether.

Be it riding on a trail up the mountain, sliding on a gravel or a splashing through a puddle of water, the adrenalin is always pumping.

The trend of adventure riding or off-roading is slowly picking up and mode and more people are getting hooked on to it. As for me, I love off-roading be it in a car or bike … Where the rod ends the fun begins.

Today manufacturers have realised the growing trend in adventure motorcycling and are specifically designing bikes that cater to the growing need and demand.

Hero has the Impulse which has been around for a while now, Bajaj recently launched the Pulsar AS 150 and 200 motorcycles. Royal Enfield known for making cruising motorcycles have also jumpes right in with the Himalayan, which is still in the pipeline and will be out soon.

There are various other manufacturers like KTM, BMW, Triumph, Ducati, and Benelli, who have been in the business for a long time and are now coming up with newer motorcycles, with better off- road capabilities. So yes the trend is picking up in India and soon enough this genre of motorcycling shall also flourish.

Talking about off-roading fun, motocross as a sport is also picking up amongst youngsters. This weekend Pune held the Pune Motocross event and it did gather quite a crowd.

So if you are looking for an adventure packed weekend, swing a leg and explore the unexplored.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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KTM 1190 Adventure incoming?


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The KTM 1190 Adventure, touted to be the world’s safest motorcycle, is purportedly being considered for an India launch. The big adventure tourer should arrive soon after the RC200 and RC390.

KTM started off their Indian adventure with the 200 Duke and then the more powerful 390 Duke, but now, their real Adventure is all set to take place. The 1190 Adventure is one of the most rugged, all-purpose motorcycles around today, and in the 2014 model, the introduction of the world’s first Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) system from Bosch takes safety dynamics to another plane.

At the heart of the 1190 is the liquid-cooled, DOHC eight-valve, 1,195cc 75-degree V-twin making 150 PS at 9,500 RPM and 125 Nm of torque at 7,500 RPM. It is paired to a 6-speed gearbox with a PASC slipper clutch. The safety aspect comes in with a four-mode traction control system, which is disengageable, and the newly introduced Bosch MSC system which monitors braking and acceleration to allow for maximum control in the most demanding situations, whether riding on wet surfaces or entering a corner at speed and at a very acute angle.

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The bike’s abilities are further aided by the brakes, tyres and suspension. The stoppers from Brembo are a pair of 320mm discs with four-piston radially-bolted callipers up front, and a 267mm brake rotor with two-piston fixed calliper at the rear. The 120/70 R19 and 170/60 R17 rubber front and rear respectively provide optimum grip on the road and off it, while the WP suspension – 48mm USD up front and monoshock rear – round off a neat handling package.

Taking to the road and the rough stuff is easy with its 220mm ground clearance. A massive 23-litre tank allows for good range and the 212 kg weight doesn’t make it too heavy at all. It’s a surprisingly practical prospect. We know KTM have the option to import it as a CBU without homologation; the Adventure being over 800cc, but we hear that KTM plan to assemble the bike here. With the bike costing £12,999 (Rs 13 lakh) in the UK, that move would make for an appreciable price tag in India for sure. We can’t wait!

Story: Jim Gorde
Images: KTM Press

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