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KTM Duke 390 electric spied testing in UK

The Austrian brand KTM is no new to electric technology as the brand already has a couple of electric bikes in the grid in the form of E-Ride series. These bikes though are only available in the International markets, primarily in the European countries since they are not focused towards markets like ours.

The twist in the story is that KTM has been spied testing their famous 390 Duke which looks like fitted with an electric motor instead of the traditional 373cc single-cylinder gasoline powered motor. The UK based publication, MCN has published quite a few snapshots of the electric Duke rolling in the European which raises hopes of an all-electric Duke.

KTM already uses a liquid-cooled synchronous electric motor that churns out around 22hp (15hp of constant output) and 42Nm of torque and comprises of a replicable 260-volt battery that is good enough for city commuting. This motor is used in KTM E bikes such as Freeride E-XC, E-SX and E-SM and chances are the same can power the new Duke series which KTM is seen experimenting on.

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Whatever the scene is, do not expect the bike to be seen in the Indian market, not until 2020 or later.

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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).

Four brand new bikes to be launched by Kawasaki next month in India

The Japanese automaker will be launching four new bikes by early 2017. Most of these bikes were showcased by the company at the EICMA this year. The new bikes include the all new Z650 that will replace the ongoing ER6n, the Z900 that will replace the Z800, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 2017 that will replace the current Ninja 650 and the all new retro model, the W800.

Kawasaki Z650

The bike is based on a new platform with absolutely new visuals, frame, meter console and body panel. But on the inside, the engine remains the same. Thanks to the newly redesigned subframe, the bike is now 19 kgs lighter than before and is also 6.8 per cent more fuel efficient. The engine remains the same which produces 69bhp and is mated with a 6-speed transmission. The bike will also feature slipper clutch technology. Talking about the pricing it is expected to be priced nearly at Rs 6.2 lakh.

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Kawasaki Z900

Like the Z650, the Z900 is an all-new machine which will replace the ongoing Z800 bike in the Indian market. The bike gets more aggressive than ever. Also, the new chassis has helped the bike to shed almost 22 kg of weight as the bike now weighs only 210 kg.  Inside, the bike runs on the 948cc, inline-four cylinder churning out 126bhp of max power, which is 14bhp more than the current Z800. The bike will get the slipper clutch and an assist that eases the use of the clutch. It is expected to be price near Rs 9.5 lakh.

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650

The all new Ninja 650 has evolved heavily, especially in terms of looks alone. The bike draws its looks from the Ninja ZX-6R. It gets ZX-10R inspired front beak, while shares the rear tail section with the new Z650. The bike’s visuals get sportier and sharper with the new upgrades. The bike is now more aerodynamically sound which is further enhanced by the three level adjustable windscreen. On the inside, it shares it power mill and the frame with the new Z650. It is expected to be priced at Rs 6.8 lakh when launched.

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Kawasaki W800

Among all of the upcoming Kawasaki launches, the W800 is the freshest of all. The bike will directly compete against motorcycles like the Ducati Scrambler and Triumph Street twin. It has already been set on display at the Kawasaki Pune dealership indicating the early launch of the bike. When launched, we expect a maximum price on the Kawasaki W800 to be around Rs 5.5 lakh.

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Stay tuned for more updates.

Also read: 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220 facelift launched at Rs 91,201

Maruti to launch the performance oriented Baleno RS next year

The biggest car maker in the Indian market, Maruti Suzuki will be launching the sports version of the famous Baleno hatchback by mid-2107. The performance oriented Baleno will be christened as the Baleno RS and will surely woo the car enthusiasts around the country. The car will be sold through the Maruti Suzuki’s exclusive NEXA dealerships. The Baleno RS made its first public appearance at the 2016 Autoexpo and since then it is the most awaited cars in the Indian market as it has already gathered a lot of fan following in the market.

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Maruti Baleno RS engine?

At the heart of the car will sit a new Boosterjet petrol engine that will make the Baleno RS the Maruti’s first 100+ bhp hatchback. This 1.0 litre Boosterjet petrol engine will deliver an impressive 109 bhp of power and 170 Nm of torque. Which will help the car to cross 0-100km/hr in under 11 seconds.

Maruti Baleno RS exterior and interior?

On the outside, the car will share its exterior with the existing Baleno hatchback and will carry the looks inspired from the latter. On the inside, the car is expected to have a lil sporty theme than the current Baleno. When launched, it will compete against the cars like the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and the Abarth lineup from Fiat.

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Maruti Baleno RS expected price?

The car will be launched towards a price bracket of Rs 10 to 12 lakh.

Also read: 2017 Nissan GT-R launched in India at 1.99 crore

Kawasaki W800 retro bike spotted at Indian dealership, launch soon

Looks like the Japanese automaker, Kawasaki is all set to step up the retro game in India with the launch of the Kawasaki W800 bike. The classic retro bike from the Japanese motorcycle builder has been spotted at a display in an India Kawasaki dealership indicating that the bike will be launched soon in the Indian auto market.

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Kawasaki W800 engine

The bike utilizes a 773cc Twin cylinder, four-stroke engine that churns out 48bhp of maximum power at 6,500rpm and 60Nm of peak torque kicks in from as low as 2,500 rpm. The engine has a fuel Injection system with 34 mm x 2 with sub-throttles. The transmission duties on the bike are performed by a 5-speed manual gearbox.

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Kawasaki W800 specification and features

The bike has been equipped with a single disc, twin-piston brake at the front and drum brake at the rear. The suspension duties at the front are performed by 39 mm telescopic fork while Twin shocks sit at the rear. The body is housed around a Double-cradle, high-tensile steel frame for superior rigidity and handling.

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Kawasaki W800 price in India (expected)

The bike will compete against Triumph Street Twin and Ducati Scrambler and so it should be priced somewhere in the range of Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 6.2 Lakh.

Kawasaki W800 launch in India (expected)

There is no such official confirmation for the launch but the bike can be expected to make it to the market by mid-2017.

The photographs were taken on an Indian Kawasaki dealership indicating that the company is all set to foray into retro segment against companies such Triumph, Harley, and Ducati.

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Next Generation Suzuki Hayabusa in the making

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Next Generation Suzuki Hayabusa in the making

The Dhoom bike, Suzuki Hayabusa has been India’s most famous sportsbike. The current generation Busa has been around for quite some time now but as per evolving auto technology, the Japanese automaker is reportedly working on the new age Hayabusa. The bike will see heavy upgrades in terms of overall electronics and features, while the looks, on the other hand, will be based on the ongoing bike only.

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The current generation bike derives its power from the 1340cc, four cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine churns out blistering 194 bhp of maximum power and 155Nm of peak torque. When it comes to performance, the bike has set standards for other to follow and it is still counted as one of the most legendary bikes ever built. The bike carries a cult fan following not only in India but around the globe. Recently, the company shifted to CKD route and so the bike is now assembled in the Manesar plant near Delhi which has resulted in a price dip of the bike.

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Suzuki Hayabusa Price in India 

The Hayabusa now retails at a price of Rs 13.88 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Busa is expected to make its world debut by the end of 2017 and while head to India soon after that.

Also read: First unit of 2017 Suzuki Hayabusa gets delivered to Delhi customer

Yamaha R15 Version 3 spied at a dealership, launch soon!

The Yamaha YZF-R15 has been one of the most famous beginner segment sports bikes present in the Indian market. Since its launch, the bike has been upgraded only for a single time that was back in the year 2012. Currently, the Yamaha R15 Version 2 is sold alongside the Yamaha R15 S in the Indian market.

Now a new facelift YZF-R15 has been spied at a Yamaha dealership in Thailand. The spy shots do not reveal much of the information about the new R15 but it is clear that the bike will receive a new body fairing. The redesigned front headlights now look inspired from its higher cc cousins, the YZF-R25 and YZF-R3. The front has now grown significantly sharper and more aggressive than ever.

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Apart from the front, the bike can also be seen with a different tail-end as well. While on the inside, the bike might be powered from an all-new 155cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder producing higher power and torque than the on-going version. The power figures can now be bumped from 17-18bhp to 20-21bhp, while the 6-speed manual transmission will remain the same. The bike can also be seen equipped with ABS this time while the engine will expectedly be BS-4 compliant due to stringing emission rules. When launched the Yamaha R15 version 3 will cost around Rs 1.35 lakh in the Indian market.

Stay tuned to ACG for more updates.

5 solid reasons why Royal Enfield motorcycles suck

We probably will be called idiots for writing out such an article which criticizes a legendary motorcycling company like Royal Enfield straight on the face. But are we the only one to do so? No! As we have come across many people already who want to share their ‘Not so good’ experiences of owning a Royal Enfield and here we will tell you 5 solid reasons which make these motorcycles an agony.

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  1. Pathetic after sales services

It’s not new, it’s known to everybody. Royal Enfield doesn’t really care about after sales services as much as other brands of its class do. One time or the other, parts will fell off the bike and if you visit the service center with one problem, you will come back with 10 more. Riders generally rely more on private service centers rather than Royal Enfield’s own service stations.

Royal Enfield has been selling motorcycles in such big numbers that it, of course, is becoming a pain for the brand to manage everything at one place. Also, a major part of brand’s revenue is generated straight from service and spare parts and now you can easily figure out why these bikes need servicing so often.

  1. Big engines, puny power

These are big bikes with big engines and what does they churn out? Well, not enough. Its most advanced 411cc engine as seen on the Himalayan only makes 24bhp and 32Nm of torque. Well, okay let’s not count the power figures but still torque figures too are low when considering the size of the engines these bikes utilizes. Leaving aside the figures, the sprint time from 0-100 is nothing sort of fast. These bikes are big, bulky and lazy, which can only be enjoyed on long open highways rather than twists and turns.

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  1. Vibrations too high

These bikes are good to ride only in a specific rpm band. A Royal Enfield will treat you well when cruising anywhere at speeds between 40km/hr to 80km/hr. Ride too slow or ride too fast, the vibrations from the engine will shake you from head to toe. In some bike likes Bullet 500, Electra and even the Classic 350, the vibrations at the handlebar really take a toll and that makes harder to see anything in the rearview mirrors. The vibration level is sorted a bit in the Himalayan but in other RE bikes, it’s unbearable.

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  1. Too loud

The RE bikes are made to be loud and distinctive right from their standard form but most of the RE owner’s mentality is ‘mine is louder than yours.’ and that’s the agony. Some exhausts on these bikes are modified to an extent that they can be clearly heard from miles, and trust us as we say this ‘we hate those people with such dumbass exhausts.’ Generally, all muscle bikes are made to be loud and distinctive, but other bikes sound too sweet to be questioned. Have you heard anyone saying this Harley sounds terrible? or that Bonneville is a pain to ears? Definitely no, because they don’t suck. They sound incredibly good. On the other hand, a modified Royal Enfield will make you regret god gave you ears.

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  1. Stone age technology

The RE bikes that are still on sale today, uses the same stone-age technology they were built on decades ago. The most recent technology Royal Enfield gave to its bikes is a fuel-injection system. Even after paying close to Rs 1.5 lakh average on a Royal Enfield you don’t even get an ABS and that is quite depressing. Let’s just compare a KTM 390 Duke and a Royal Enfield Continental GT café Racer.

The 2017 KTM 390 Duke comes with ABS, Slipper Clutch, Fuel-injection system, ride-by-wire technology, LCD display with smartphone connectivity and yes power modes as well. And the most costly Royal Enfield, the Continental GT Café racer? Well, yes it has the fuel-injection system and everything else is marked NO for the GT. While the KTM is only Rs 20,000 costlier than the Royal Enfield’s flagship bike.

Also read: Video: Hear KTM 790 Duke’s sinister engine sound straight from EICMA

Video: proof that Russia has Ghost cars

We have seen many freaky videos but this one gets the crown. We have tried to rewind the frames couple of times but failed to find out what’s happening here. The car that comes right in the middle is scary as hell. The video has been currently watched 9,539,477 times on YouTube and was first reported by TopGear official website.

Watch the video below yourself and find out if there are really Ghost cars in Russia or if somebody has done a real good job in adding after effects. And don’t forget to comment below because we can’t really figure out anything fishy. We need your help.

Benelli to launch Tornado 302 in January

Benelli to launch Tornado 302 in January, Full specs, Gallery and Expected Price here!

The legendary Italian automaker, Benelli introduced a slew of new models for the Indian markets at the Autoexpo this year. Among the new models, Trk 502 and Tornado 302R were the most talked about models at the Benelli stand.

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Good news is that the company is getting geared up to launch the fully faired Tornado 302R in January next year. The reason behind the delayed launch is that the models are still pending to get clearance from ARAI.

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  • Engine specs?

It will be powered by the twin-cylinder 300cc liquid-cooled engine churning out 36bhp of maximum power at 10,000rpm and 27.4Nm of peak torque at 9,000rpm. It is the same engine as seen on the TNT 300 Naked.

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  • What about the price point?

We expect that the Tornado 302 will be priced somewhere around Rs 3.50 lakh.

  • Closest competitors?

There are a couple of competitors to the Tornado 302 already present in the segment. Motorcycles like KTM RC 390, Yamaha YZF-R3 and Ninja 300, are all set lock horns against the newest faired Italian in the segment.

Stay tuned for more such updates.

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