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Royal Enfield launches Classic 500 Stealth Black and Classic 350 Gunmetal Grey at Rs 2.05 Lakh and 1.6L, respectively

The Chennai based retro motorcycle making firm, Royal Enfield has today launched the new Stealth Black Classic 500 priced at Rs 2.05L, its smaller sibling, the Classic 350 Gunmetal Grey has been launched at Rs 1.6L (both prices On Road, Chennai). Both the motorcycles come with front and rear disc brakes and new exclusive paint scheme.

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None of the motorcycles offer ABS but comes along with a special paint scheme to lure more customers. Talking in terms of mechanical updates, they offer a new swingarm that has been taken from the RE Thunderbird bikes and that also makes them ABS ready motorcycles. While running on the same 350cc motor and 500cc as previously!

For full specification and features read: Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Classic 500 rear disc brake to launch soon

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Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Classic 500 rear disc brake to launch soon

Apart from the new rear disc brake, both the bikes will also be utilizing a new swingarm from the famous Thunderbird series which is expected to improve the overall riding dynamics of these bikes. With the disc brake variants of these bikes, the only bike that will remain separate without a disc brake in the entire lineup will Royal Enfield Bullet.

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The Royal Enfield Classic 350 new Gun Grey color also looks astonishing. This color scheme is significant on the fuel-tank, mudguards, side boxes, on the other hand, there is certain matte black touch on the sticker sets. The new Classic 350 seats come in contrast color.

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 new Stealth Black color looks impressive too. The bits like headlamp ring, handlebar and its clamp and the spoked wheels come finished in black on the flip side, front and rear mudguards, fuel-tank, toolbox and the air-filter box comes finished in matte black color.

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Royal Enfield Classic 350 Rear Disc Brake Engine and Specification:

Talking about the engine, the Classic 350 runs on the same 350cc single-cylinder engine. It churns out the same 19.8 HP of power and 28 Nm of torque. The company has not brought any changes in terms of better cooling system or new injection in the 350 Classic.

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Rear Disc Brake Engine and Specification:

On the flip side, the Classic 500 get a new fuel-injection, while utilizing the same 499cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that produces earlier 27.2bhp of maximum power and 41.3Nm of peak torque. Both these motorcycles come mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

The Classic 350 ABS or in fact the Classic 500 ABS is not expected in the near future, as the brand is currently more interesting in researching and developing the 750cc twin-cylinder bike that can compete in a higher or more premium market, locking horns with other bike makers such as Triumph and Ducati.

Royal Enfield Classic 350 Gunmetal Grey Rear Disc Brake Price: 1.60 L (OTR Chennai)

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Rear Disc Brake Price: 2.05 L (OTR Chennai)

UM Renegade Commando Classic and Renegade Commando Mojave – Test Ride Review

The new American bike making brand, United Motors launched two of their products at the AutoExpo 2016 and now they are again making headlines with two of their latest products which are the Renegade Commando Mojave and the Commando Renegade. They invited us to test ride these bikes in the home of Lohia industries where these bikes are manufactured for the entire country, in the lap of Jim Corbett National Park.

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Both the Renegade Commando Classic and the Renegade Commando Mojave are majorly apart in terms of how they look. The Classic carries an old traditional cruiser theme with long windshield, good looking saddle bags, tank mounted meter console along with chrome bits here and there, that makes it an overall good looking bike. While the Mojave comes in a very different black and sand color theme inspired by the American Mojave desert. It carries a dark color theme that is significant on the engine, exhaust, handlebar, and several other places. Both the bikes come with spoke wheels instead of alloys and that we reckon looks impressive. The meter console on the bikes comes tank mounted. The speedometer is analog while rest of information is displayed digitally. The bikes also have a USB socket to charge your cell phones on the go.

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Both the bikes are essentially the same underneath, carrying the same engine which is 279 cc single-cylinder Liquid-cooled EFI engine 25bhp at 8500 RPM and 23 NM of torque at 7000 RPM, mated to a six-speed transmission. The engines felt rev happy instead of running on the torque. The bikes never felt lazy to pick up pace and were quite exciting to ride. We didn’t get a chance to push these bikes hard during our first impression ride but it was quite evident that UM engineers certainly worked on minimising the vibrations and improving ride quality. Though the engine felt exciting to ride, the exhaust note certainly subtle and could have been a bit louder to go along with the whole character of these bikes.

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The bikes come loaded with a front telescopic suspension while the rear wheel has dual shock absorbers. The suspension has been clearly tuned to aid handling dynamics over anything else.  It allows the bikes to handle proficiently but at the same time the rear felt overly stiff that translates even the smallest of undulations to the body and though that might not be the most comfortable setup we’ve seen on a cruiser, but that still makes it a good handler. Talking of the brakes, the bikes come with a front disc brake and drum brake at the rear. The brakes are decent and has progression and feedback, but since the brakes were fairly new we are still to test the same when we get the bikes for full road test review, under hard circumstances. These motorcycles have a fuel tank of 18 liters with a kerb weight of 179kg.  UM Renegade Classic mileage and UM Renegae Mojave mileage falls between 30 to 35kmpl, and with an 18L fuel tank these bikes should have a decent touring range as well.

The UM Renegade Commando Mojave price in India Rs 1.80 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the UM Renegade Commando Classic price in India is Rs 1.89 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The bikes feel exciting for sure but could have been priced more aggressively as at this price point they face severe competition from other manufacturers such as Royal Enfield and KTM, which are already miles ahead in terms of overall sales figures.

The UM Motorcycles is pushing their limits by launching new UM Showrooms around India, but only time will tell how these products survive the competition and deliver on after sale service promises.

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Things we liked:

  • Styling
  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Engine

 

Things we disliked:

  • Exhaust Note
  • Comfort
  • Meter Console

Royal Enfield grows by 25.5 per cent last month

The Chennai-based retro motorcycle making company, Royal Enfield has been stepping up the growth ladder at quite a significant rate, especially from the last few years. According to the recent sales reports, the company has grown by overall 25.5 per cent in the month of May 2017. The company has sold a total of 60,696 units excluding exports when compared to the 48,604 units the company sold in May 2016.
The company majorly sold 350cc models and the growth recorded went up to 29 per cent as the company sold 55,823 units of it. royal-enfield2

On the other hand, Royal Enfield only sold 873 units of it and 350cc+ model sales recorded an overall dip of 10 per cent.
Talking about the export figures, the company again recorded a huge growth in the form of 2049 units sold as opposite to the 1372 units sold in May 2016. The reason why Royal Enfield might have experienced such a humongous growth is the fact that the company started off with direct operations in Brazil which is the 4th largest 2-wheeler market around the globe. Stay tuned!

Benelli starts Tornado 302 unofficial bookings, here is the booking amount you need to pay!

Benelli dealerships around India has started accepting bookings for the upcoming Benelli Tornado 302. The token amount varying from Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 is acceptable for the booking of the upcoming Tornado 302 depending on the dealership. The bike showcased at the 2016 Autoexp last year and has created ripples due to its fully faired alluring looks.
On the inside, it is based on the same engine unit that powers the Benelli TNT 300 which is a 2-cylinder liquid-cooled engine and is famous for its ghastly exhaust tone. It delivers the power output of 36bhp and 27Nm torque. This 300cc power mill comes mated to the 6-speed manual transmission and is considered to be a super smooth unit. Benelli-TNT-300-Action-98014

Benelli TNT Tornado 302 launch in India?
The bike is expected to hit the market by June end of July 1st week and when launched it is expected to be priced at around Rs 3.7 lakh. At this price it will be a direct competitor to the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Yamaha R3 and the new KTM RC 390. At this output it remains less powerful to not the R3 and RC390 which tops at around 42bhp. While sharing similar power bracket with the Kawasaki Ninja 300.

Keep an eye here for more updates on the Benelli Tornado 302 price and review!

2017 KTM 390 Duke and 200 Duke to launch on 2nd February

The Austrian marquee, KTM is looking forward to launching the hugely anticipated 2017 KTM 390 Duke in the Indian market on 2nd of February along with its smaller sibling. There are still no words on the pricing yet but the new 390 Duke is expected to be around Rs 5,000 on the expensive side than the current ongoing Duke.

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The new bike will be carrying a host of new upgrades which have been revealed already at the 2016 EICMA show in Milan. The plethora of new upgrades includes the all-new body design, new headlight, new meter console with smartphone connectivity, new ride-by-wire throttle response and a bunch of new features. The bike will also get a new side mounted exhaust unit just like previously seen on the new 2017 RC 390.

Talking about the new 200 Duke, the bike will be seen in a new design but with lack any new features such as ABS, Slipper clutch or new meter console. The pricing on the 200 Duke is expected to remain the same as the current ongoing bike. Stay tuned as we bring you more updates on the same.

KNOW FULL SPECIFICATION OF THE 2017 DUKE 390,

BMW G310 R vs KTM 390 Duke – Spec Comparison!

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Rain Ride to Jaipur on a Triumph Bonneville T100

It’s cold in the month of January and it gets colder if it rains. Recently, the northern side got drenched because the weather gods seemed happy and hence made the weather chillier than it already was. I had a plan to hit Jaipur, on the last weekend and this time I wanted to do it alone. Jaipur is around 250 kilometers from Delhi city and hence is a perfect get away for the capital people looking to spend some quality time away from the hassle of the big city.

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As usual, if you have a ride planned it’s always recommended to start as early as possible. You have the perfect sunlight for photographs, perfect temperature and of course less traffic to deal with. Starting by 6-7 am is a perfect time, you can start earlier if you have more than 500 km to cover in a single day, never late because riding in the dark is highly risky, so avoid that until you have no other option left.

Riding in a thunderstorm:

I wanted to start by the same time but since I had only 250 odd km to cover I delayed my departure to 9 in the morning. I woke up, went outside the balcony only to see dark clouds hovering above making my plan tougher, making me regret I didn’t start early. Dressed up as fast as I can, and as soon as I pushed the starter ON, the lovely looking Bonneville T100 got pinched by the first rain drop on the meter indicating it will be a mistake if I went on with the plan. But I am as stubborn as the weather, also who would miss riding a Triumph Bonneville T100 in such a demanding (yet beautiful) weather, I reckon only an idiot would.

 

As soon as I started off, the icy breeze started piercing through my jacket and undercovers to hit the chest making the ride difficult. And only after 30 mins of the journey, I was fully drenched in the rain till the last layer of the undercoat. As I moved forward, I somehow tried not to think about the rain and concentrate more on the road and the bike I was riding.

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The Bonneville T100 has a significantly natural riding position, the handle bar doesn’t make you lean forward, the foot pegs doesn’t demand your legs to be stretched forward, the single well-padded seat allows the riders of all dimensions to comfortably sit on the bike without putting any pressure on the back or anywhere else. The bike gets full marks in terms of comfortable riding posture for long journeys. I’ve even ridden a Tiger for example which is considered to be an epitome in terms of long distance comfort riding, but Bonneville surprised with its touring capabilities too. There was no luggage with me, as I planned to return the next day so only a backpack. But in case you need to carry any, there are a lot of places smartly designed on the bike to make you tie all the luggage without any hassle at all.

The only thing I missed on the bike was a windscreen, as the wind blast becomes significant when going past 140km/hr, which just happens to be in Bonnie’s 4th gear out of all of the 5 gears. Since the British marque provides a plethora of aftermarket accessories for the bike, you can easily opt for the windscreen at the time of buying the bike. So the bike gets full marks for making the ride easy even in the hardest of the weather conditions. Its safety features like ABS and switchable traction control are of a great help if you riding in India, and especially if you riding on a highway going under construction till the very end. Talking of which you must take note that because the NH8 is under construction you might have to deviate from the highway a couple of times when rolling on the main stretch.

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I didn’t stop anywhere on the highway, the Bonnie didn’t let me, I didn’t have to. So I can’t post a highway food picture in this story. One more thing you should take care of when riding such a bike is that there will a lot of people intrigued by seeing such a bike on the highway. So they will always push you to crack that throttle open, sometimes even piss you off, just remember that a good rider makes good decisions and is always under control. Riding at 100-120km/hr should be the maximum limit, and in a thunderstorm, it should be not more than 50-60km/hr depending on the traffic behavior. It took me 4 complete hours to hit Jaipur. Since I was fully drenched, shivering in cold, I decided to warm myself up stay in the bed for the day and postponed my plan to explore Jaipur to a day later.

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The morning ride in the Pink city- Jaipur:

Unlike the day before, I knew I had to start as early as possible in order to get the best shots and hit all the major attraction of this Royal city. Starting at 6 A.M, I started my day with riding to Amer Fort located in the suburb of the city in the town called Amer, it is also the place from where the Rajkumari Jodha (the Rajput princess) belonged to. The view in the picture is the view you get from the main road, it also gets light up pretty nicely at the night time but I couldn’t stay there for the night, what a shame!

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After having spent some time at the fort, I headed to Jal Mahal which is hardly 10 km away from the Amer fort. The best part is the road that gets you there. You get to ride through the Ghati-road to get to the Jal Mahal if you are riding from Amer. You can easily see how mesmerizing this road is from the picture below. Yes, it does look like a wallpaper isn’t it? And the Bonnie as always is a born poser.

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The morning view at the Jal Mahal is a kind of experience only seen in movies. It feels so serene, so tranquil that it will surely get a hold on you. The way sunlight makes way through the mountains and glitters on the water gives the Jal Mahal a unique reminiscing view that I used to draw back in my paint book in childhood days.  Also, the place has been so well managed and maintained that you will hardly complain about anything at all. The people too I found to be highly humble and down to earth, perhaps a perfect kind of place for the ones who appreciate calmness in this pacing society.

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When trundling around the city you will go through a bunch of gates like the one in the picture below. As visible, they are as historic as this city and this one is called as Sanganeri gate. These gates denote the end of a specific area, this one sits at the border of the Johri Bazar road where also the Hawa Mahal is situated. “The Hawa mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It was designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god.” Says Google.

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If you are in Jaipur and really want to explore the best of the city in a limited time you have, make sure to start early morning and try renting out a bike or a scooter, as the traffic can get pretty intense during the later hours and a two-wheeler will let you zip through easily. I managed to hit some of the major places but missed quite a few such as the Jaigarh Fort which is one place you cannot afford to miss at any cost, I couldn’t make it to Jaigarh as I needed to bounce back to Delhi the same day.

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As recommended by close ones, I found a hushed place perfect for the morning people. ‘Tapri’, a calm rooftop tea house situated at the heart of Jaipur city, made my day even more heavenly with the perfect ‘kadak tea’, this along with the quintessential euphoric view the top offered was spectacular in all sense. In all of past Jaipur trips, this one came out to be the most special of them all. Maybe I was solo this time or I had a pretty good bike that took care of me. Whatever it was, I’m taking back much more than I brought along from the start. I hope I return soon, this time for a longer period and a different ride.

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Yamaha FZ250 vs Bajaj Pulsar 200NS FI vs KTM 200 Duke, specification comparison

Yamaha recently launched its first ever quarter-litre naked street bike in India, the FZ 250. The bike has been launched at a fairly good price point of Rs 1.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The bike as revealed by Yamaha Motor India generates about 20 horses of maximum power and 20Nm of torque. The bike derives its power from the 249cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine that is higher in terms of displacement when compared to both of its counterparts. As opposed to the KTM 200 Duke, the Yamaha churns out 5.3bhp less and when compared to the Pulsar 200NS FI, the bike delivers 4bhp less.

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john-abraham-yamaha-fz250-photos3-750x430In terms of looks, the bike gets a brawnier appeal and has been designed quite aggressively. It carries forward the same FZ series legacy as and derives many design cues from the smaller FZ 15 and the internationally seen Yamaha M Slaz bike. When compared to the KTM and Bajaj, the front gets ET design which is considerably fresh in its segment. While the KTM has a more mature design, the Pulsar 200 NS FI doesn’t look bad either. It’s only after the bike makes its way to the streets that closer details on the bike will be out.

Since the bike has been launched at a very affordable price tag, it is expected to gain a massive popularity in this segment since there is no news on the launch of the Pulsar 200 NS FI. KTM, on the other hand, is the most premium of them all and will cost you a fortune in case you are looking forward to it. It also has the most bang for all the money that it asks as matching up to its performance and zest is not an easy task.

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The Yamaha FZ 250 comes with a diamond frame, while the KTM 200 Duke comes with a trellis frame, on the other hand, the Pulsar 200 NS FI has a perimeter frame. KTM has the most aggressive power to weight ratio, not just in this comparison but even above its segment. While Yamaha has managed to keep the weight under check as the FZ 250 weighs little over 147 kgs. While the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS FI is the heaviest among these all. When talking about the fuel carrying capacity, it has a 14-liter fuel tank which is 4.5 liter in excess to the Duke and 2 liters more than the Pulsars’ tank, so yet again Yamaha proves the practicality element of its products.

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Yamaha has been making fairly comfortable, practical bikes according to the Indian standards and hence FZ 250 is expected to be no exception. It will obviously be more comfortable than its Austrian counterpart while matching comfort level with the Pulsar 200 FI, as the latter is said to provide a decent plush ride.

What the FZ 250 misses out when compare to the rest two are a gear and at least 4 horses. While it manages to offer fuel-injection like the rest two, dual disc brakes, aggressive looks, and rest among with Yamaha’s trusted technology and reliability at a fairly affordable pricing. Stay tuned for more such information from the motor world.

Note: Pulsar 200 NS FI launch date, Bajaj is expected to launch the Pulsar 200 NS FI by Mach 2017 at a price tag of Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom).

Bajaj Dominar 400 deliveries commences in 22 Indian cities

The Bajaj Dominar 400 was launched in the Indian market a few days back after all the speculation and wait. The bike was launched at a price tag of Rs 1.36 lakh, which can be considered to be a fairly aggressive price considering it a slightly bigger displacement bike that can also be bought with ABS and slipper clutch technology. Now, the deliveries of the same have already begun in select Indian cities. Scroll on to know the price in your city.

 

City Bajaj Dominar 400 Non ABS Bajaj Dominar 400 ABS
     
Ahmedabad 1.38 1.52
Bengaluru 1.37 1.51
Chennai 1.38 1.52
Coimbatore 1.38 1.52
Delhi 1.36 1.5
Faridabad 1.36 1.51
Ghaziabad 1.38 1.53
Gurgaon 1.36 1.51
Howrah 1.42 1.57
Hyderabad 1.38 1.52
Kochi 1.39 1.53
Kolkata 1.42 1.57
Kollam 1.39 1.53
Kozhikode 1.39 1.53
Lucknow 1.38 1.53
Mumbai 1.37 1.51
Noida 1.38 1.53
Perinthalmanna 1.39 1.53
Pune 1.37 1.53
Surat 1.38 1.52
Thiruvananthapuram 1.39 1.53
Thrissur 1.39 1.53

* All prices above are ex-showroom prices in INR lakh.

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Engine details:

The bike packs a 373cc, 4-valve, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine that is good enough to churn out 35bhp of maximum power and 35Nm of peak torque. The engine has been made taking inspiration from the one seen on the KTM 390 Duke. The top speed as tested is well above 165 km/hr.

No more cards – Get ready to pay by cash on all petrol pumps!

Since government’s plan of demonetization came into play in November, the cashless transactions went up to more than 95%. Also, the government announced to waive off the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) on fuel purchase post demonetization for consumers, which was set for the window of 50 days since the start of demonetization.

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The twist in the story is that now, the petroleum dealers’ association had written to Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, informing about the tax imposed on the petroleum dealers for the plastic money transactions. Earlier, the dealers announced that they will not be accepting credit/debit card payment since midnight today but since the government stepped in and assured that the taxed won’t be imposed till 13th January, the date has been currently delayed till 13th.

“We want to help the government in the digital and cashless drive. Our margins are already less. We want them to compensate us,” Ajay Bansal, chief of All-India Petroleum Dealers’ Association, had said.