While we were testing the Yamaha Aerox 155, we received a lot of questions from passers-by and our social media family as well. It took us a while to answer all of them and here are a few of the best ones for you to read.[Read more…]
Bike Reviews in India
“Life is good, but it can be better.” That is probably what drove TVS to refresh the Apache RTR 160 4V and we attempt to see how they have got on[Read more…]
Disregard the attractive price tag for a moment, because Suzuki have uprated the 150-hp naked bike for 2021. The engine is now Euro 5-compliant, revs an extra 1,000 rpm, and, although quoted peak torque is down, Suzuki assure us the torque curve is smoother and fatter than earlier. There are new electronics, a new dash, an up-and-down quick-shifter as standard, and conventional traction control (TC) with greater refinement. There is a bold new look as well
This is more of a tweak than a complete overhaul and, remember, the roots of this engine date back to the GSX-R1000 K5 from 2005. Capacity, bore and stroke, and compression are the same as before, with new camshafts, camchain, and valve springs, along with a new slipper clutch among the most significant changes. There is also a completely new exhaust (to meet Euro 5 norms) along with smaller and lighter electronically controlled throttle bodies. The 40-millimetre throttle bodies (down from 44 mm) have been designed to give a smoother feeling upon opening.
The end result is an increase from 150 hp at 10,000 rpm to 152 hp at 11,000 — not a huge step. However, the increase in rpm is interesting. Peak torque is down from 108 Nm at 9,500 rpm to 106 Nm at 9,250 rpm, but the all-important torque curve is now smoother, with a noticeable increase in the mid-to-high rpm range.
The Suzuki sounds a little old school and makes a charismatic induction noise much like an older GSX-R1000. I do not mean this to be derogatory, far from it. I have always liked the sound of the in-line four-cylinder; it sounds meaty.[Read more…]
The most sophisticated Tuono with a new Marelli ECU, combined with an all-new five-inch colour TFT dash, allows more innovative rider aids than ever. New looks, a higher revving V4, a new swing-arm, and a new aerodynamic package — it is the best Tuono to date. Having spent a day on track at Misano MotoGP racetrack in Italy, we came back highly impressed by this motorcycle. Here is how and why
You could say Aprilia have a slightly unfair advantage as they smartly fitted an Akrapovic silencer to the test bikes, to simply add to the amusement around Misano. It does sound amazing, even at tick-over. I know from experience that Aprilia’s V4 has always had a distinctive “character” but now, with more revolutions per minute (rpm) to play with (300 rpm more) this has amplified the experience to over-indulgent levels.
Leaving the famous pit-lane at Misano, the new Factory sounds magnificent, the V4 blasting pulsating vibrations off the pit wall. Out on to the track on pre-heated Pirelli slicks (no need to warm them up), the bike is straight into it, accelerating hard to join the swarm of Italian racers already up to race speed.
The noise is lovely, what a voice! This is escorted by the smoothest of quick-shifter changes I have experienced on a road bike. The changes are quick, perfectly matched in rpm; it is as if the peg, selector, and gearbox have been purposely designed for me.[Read more…]
The Krämer GP2-R is the sister bike to KTM’s limited-edition RC 8C, which got sold out in less than 30 minutes. The Krämer uses a KTM 890 parallel twin engine housed in a chassis designed for the track only. The GP2-R is a high-spec race bike which inspired the RC 8C, but, unlike the KTM, is available to buy and comes ready to race or just to have fun with
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Photography: Tim Keeton (Impact Images)[Read more…]
The Bajaj Pulsar F250 and N250 are the largest capacity Pulsar yet and Bajaj have retained the authentic fabric that made bikes like the 220F such icons even today.[Read more…]
The new 2022 KTM RC 200 has been launched at Rs 2.09 lakh (ex-showroom, introductory). We got to ride it at the Bajaj test track and here’s what you should know about this motorcycle.[Read more…]
The 2021 Ducati Monster is now lighter, sleeker and more compact than ever before. We were recently invited by Ducati India to the Buddh International Circuit to experience it. Here is a list of things you need to know about the bike.
The Triumph Trident 660 will compel you to visit a Triumph Motorcycle showroom if you’re planning to buy your first big bike.[Read more…]
The Honda SP 125 sells like hot cakes and with interesting sales figures, the Hero Glamour poses strong competition. The recently-launched Bajaj Pulsar 125 is also quite an interesting offering. The latest entrant in the 125-cc segment is the TVS Raider. TVS did try their luck at the 125-cc segment with motorcycles such as the Victor GLX 125, Flame, and the Phoenix but failed to see the success they were looking for in the market. Now after a period of four years, TVS are back in the game with their sporty commuter – the Raider 125.[Read more…]