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Upcoming Royal Enfield bikes in 2018

The legendary Chennai based two-wheeler making company, Royal Enfield is all set to introduce new bikes for 2018 very soon. The upcoming Royal Enfield bikes in 2018 are slotted to be launched by the third quarter of 2018 which means, you can assume the launches to happen around the festive season of 2018. The company has already announced it plans for this year, which definitely includes two new Royal Enfield 600cc plus models including Interceptor 650 and Café Racer 650. These bikes were first showcased by the company a few months back, and are the exclusive Royal Enfield 600cc bikes that the company has chosen to get back into higher capacity game, after decades. These two models will also be launched internationally very soon, that means Royal Enfield fans waiting around the globe to get their hands on these bikes won’t have to wait no more. That said, there are a couple of more 2018 Royal Enfield upcoming models in India which you can read about in the article below.

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

Price- Rs 4 lakh to 4.4 lakh

Launch date- September to October 2018

Engine- 649 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Parallel Twin

Power- 47.65 PS @ 7100 rpm

Torque- 52 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Mileage- 25 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The company has developed the new 650cc twin-cylinder engine that is slated to be used in three different models including the Continental GT 650, Interceptor 650 and the Himalayan 650. The company claims the new 650cc engine will be the most modern engine ever by Royal Enfield. Surely, Continental GT 650 specifications reveal that it will be a fun bike to ride because of torque abundancy and modern engineering that has gone inside the engine. Also, the company suggests, the fit and finish on the new bikes will be the best ever seen from a Royal Enfield bike.

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Price- Rs 3.8 lakh to 4.2 lakh

Launch date- September to October 2018

Engine- 649 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Parallel Twin

Power- 47.65 PS @ 7100 rpm

Torque- 52 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Mileage- 25 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The second confirmed launched in the new Royal Enfield bike launches for 2018 is the new Interceptor 650 that was showcased alongside its cousin we just talked about. Both the bikes will be built around the same engines but will serve two different categories of riders. The Interceptor will attract more of the retro roadster biking crowd while Continental GT will focus on the bikers with a thing for café racers. Also, both of them will be priced very closely and competitively against all of the competition. Though every other bike in the competition comes at a fairly higher premium, like the Ducati Scrambler, Triumph Street Twin, or the Harley-Davidson Street 750.

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New Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 350

Price- Rs 1.2 lakh to 1.3 lakh

Launch date- March to May 2018

Engine- 346cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Single-cylinder

Power- 23 PS

Torque- 30 Nm

Mileage- 40 km/lt

Colours- Black, Blue, Red

Also read: 5 solid reasons why Royal Enfield motorcycles suck

The Bullet Electra was discontinued from the Indian motorcycle market a few days back, but now the company is planning on the relaunching the same in an all new avatar. The new bike will feature new bells and whistles including AHO, BS4 complaint engine and ABS which is expected to be optional. Bullet Electra has a huge fan following in the Indian market and launching back such a famous model is expected to boost the sales of the company by a significant margin.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X

Price- Rs 1.5 lakh to 1.8 lakh

Launch date- March to May 2018

Engine- 346cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Single-cylinder

Power- 20 PS

Torque- 28 Nm

Mileage- 38 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The bike was shot at one of the Royal Enfield dealerships in Delhi, and it is nothing but a tackier version of the standard Royal Enfield Thunder 350. It boasts of tubeless tyres and the new multi-spoke design of the alloys. Also, the paint scheme is all new that looks more on the sporty side than being classier. All of the body panels remains the same, but rear grab handle has been taken off to give the bike, a different, modern appeal. And our verdict, it looks great!

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X

Price- Rs 2 lakh to 2.2 lakh

Launch date- March to May 2018

Engine- 499 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Single-cylinder

Power- 28 PS

Torque- 41.3 Nm

Mileage- 28 km/lt

Colours- Blue, White, Yellow and Red

Also read: KTM 390 Adventure bike spied for the first time

The new RE Thunderbird 500X is like its smaller sibling, the sporty variant of original Thunderbird 500. It will not have any mechanical upgrades but on the looks, it will significantly different. It is expected to come along with a whole new racy color scheme to woo the riders that demand slightly sporty appeal from the Royal Enfield motorcycles.

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Royal Enfield Himalayan 650

Price- Rs 4 lakh to 4.5 lakh

Launch date- December 2018 to March 2019

Engine- 649 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Parallel Twin

Power- 47.65 PS @ 7100 rpm

Torque- 52 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Mileage -25 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The third bike to get the all-new 650cc double-cylinder engine from Royal Engine will be the Himalayan 650. But will not be launched anytime soon. You can expect the launch date on the same only after December this year, and when launched it will go head on with the Kawasaki Versys X-300 (not 650, it will too much to take in). Though it might sound illogical, but as per Indian market pricing, both will sit in a tight price bracket, hence if not technically, both will competitors at least in the similar price range.

Also read: Yamaha MT-03/ M-Slaz caught getting tested in Delhi

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Man burns to death after his bike catches fire post falling in open manhole

In a highly tragic accident, a 27 years old, gym trainer name Mohan Rathod from Ulwe lost his life after falling in an open manhole. As per reports, Mohan was on the way to home from the gym he used to train at. After falling in the manhole, his motorcycle caught fire and engulfed Mohan in flames. What’s even more saddening is the aftermath of his death, leaving behind his wife and 1.5 years old daughter.

Senior Police Inspector Smita Jadhav of NRI police station said, “Rathod was riding his bike and was on his way home in Ulwe. Suddenly his bike fell into an open manhole and the petrol tank of the bike went up in flames. In a few seconds, Rathod’s body sustained severe burn injuries which led to his death.”

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Our Question to the system:

This is not the first instance of somebody losing his life due to such a deadly case of negligence, this time it was Mohan, next it can be anyone. When will this stop?

The CIDCO contractor who was responsible for maintaining the road might be arrested but will surely be discharged soon on bail, lessons learned? None!

Will this ever stop?

Let alone this case, even big cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Gurgaon have thousands of open manholes which are trouble for everyone on the route. Daily commuters surely know or have learned over the period of time, how to avoid daily manholes, but at the same time, such manholes are a bigger trouble for the newbies learning to ride or drive and even strangers taking these routes for the first time. In most of the cases, people are hurt badly and in others like this one, they end up losing life.

It will carry on until the system changes their rules and punishments for such lethal mistakes.

Please ride safely.

Triumph Motorcycles launches its 15th Indian dealership in Gurugram

Triumph Motorcycles India has just extended its dealership count by inaugurating a new showroom in Gurugram city. It is company’s 15th dealership in the country and 2nd in the Delhi NCR region. The showroom is situated close to Galleria market, sector 28, Gurugram, Haryana.

Last month, the company also celebrated its four years of successful operation in India and the launch of the new showroom also comes as a part of the same celebration. The Gurugram dealership is also the biggest Triumph dealership in the country comprising of 5000sq.ft of area and 3 floors that are equipped with a café, service bay, customizing area, and a merchandise zone.


Mr. Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The opening of the Gurugram dealership will enhance strength of the Triumph marquee in the northern India. The comprehensive suite of after-sales services promises to deliver the best in class amenities for our esteemed customer base here. We are confident that the opening of this ultra-modern dealership coincides with our anniversary celebrations. This only goes to show our commitment and love for the Indian market. We are grateful for the great response we’ve had from the entire Indian riding fraternity and hope to continue delighting them with more fantastic motorcycles.”


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.


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

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.

From Left to Right, Mr Jose Villagas Director UM India, Mr Rajeev Mishra CEO UM Lohia Two Wheelers Pvt. Ltd, Ayush Lohia CEO Lohia Auto Industries_

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.


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.


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.


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.


BMW G310 R vs KTM 390 Duke – Spec Comparison!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.