The fastest electric production motorcycle in the world. The Lightning LS-218 electric superbike which silenced the naysayers at last year’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb has hit the road. The first production example was delivered to one Troy Helming last week. The LS-218’s batteries can be charged in 30 mins on a DC fast charger. The bike is named after its tested top speed of 218 mph (348.1 km/h). The super impressive performance is courtesy of a liquid-cooled direct drive electric motor which produces 150 KW (201.3 bhp) and 227 Nm of torque and all that from the word go! It is no wonder then that the Lightning devoured Pikes Peak a good 21 seconds ahead of the closest IC engine powered superbike! Owing to the heavy motor and battery pack, the LS-218 weighs 225.8 kg. The Lightning superbike has a claimed range of 100 miles (160 km) at highway speeds with a 380v 12 KWh battery. The range can be extended to 180 miles (288 km) by adding a 20 KWh unit. The LS-218 finished 21 seconds ahead of the fastest petrol powered superbike in the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. The first five bikes will be reaching customers shortly while the US-based company says that it has received some 200 enquiries so far. Like any other high-performance machine, the LS-218 is composed to high-tech components. The chassis and swingarm are made of billet aluminium. The Racetech USD front fork (can be upgraded to Ohlins unit) and Ohlins monoshock suspend the motorcycle. Brakes and wheels are from Brembo and Marchesini respectively. Lightning LS-218 – Image Gallery

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  Honda CB Unicorn 160-Picture credits to bike wale site         Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India(HMSI) has unveiled that they would launch the CB Unicorn 160 this year.It has been done with a goal to regain their lost spot in the 150-180 cc commuter segment in India.Here we laid you with the spy pics of the upcoming bike,picture credits to the bike wale site .Concerning the engine options,it is expected that it might get a single-cylinder 160cc four-stroke mill,which could deliver the power of more than 14hp.This 14hp of power is being produced by the current 150cc motor engine that gets mated to a five-speed transmission.This gearbox would be carried straight away to the upcoming bike.     When it comes with the design traits,it is highly inspired from that of the CX-01 concept that has been showcased earlier at the Auto Expo earlier this year.Though the conventional handlebars and the bikini fairing that encompasses the headlamps implies that looks are similar to that of the current CB Unicorn and Trigger siblings,there are many mre changes made to the exterior styling.Especially the front fender is revised and front disc brake has been employed.All new instrumental console has been introduced.The fuel tank has been sculpted with Honda wings logo,it gets some compact shrouds too.The side panel also gets revamps in the form of silver-embellishment that spread across the fuel knob lever.Further,the rear panels are also new that doesn’t carry any baging other than ‘CB Unicorn 160.All these modifications tend to give the CB Unicorn 160 all new subtle and decent look.   To enhance the seating comfort,the seats are made wide and a grab rail is attached at the back,that makes both the rider and pillion comfortable.The rear part gets a mono-shock suspension setup and a hugger tyre.Besides,the bike gets a heel-toe-shifter, a fully-covered chain guard, a neatly designed saree guard and revamped tail lamps.Feature packed with exciting features,this powerful yet fuel-efficient is about to take on the likes of the rivals that include the recently launched FZ V2.0 and TVS Apache RTR 160. Related Posts Honda launches new Stunner and new Dio Honda plans new Unicorn variant Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler Driven Honda to launch limited edition Unicorn and CBF150 Shootout Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler vs Yamaha FZ-S (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The post The spy shots of Honda CB Unicorn 160 leaked even before its launch appeared first on .

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A spruced up Thunderbird Night Storm. The 2015 Triumph Thunderbird Night Storm has been unveiled at the EICMA 2014. The exclusive cruiser is based on the regular Thunderbird Storm but boasts of a number of special visual elements. The Night Storm differentiates itself from the regular variant by means of a custom paint work, exclusive saddle and exhaust. The fuel tank is hand painted with a dual-tone finish involving Phantom Black as the primary tone and Silver Frost as the secondary hue. There is also a Night Strom badge on the transmission case. The powerplant is the same parallel-twin 1,699 cc unit that powers the Thunderbird Storm. The motor is mated to a 6-speed gearbox, and puts out 98 bhp and 156 Nm of torque. The full-sized cruiser continues to be equipped with a 47 mm telescopic front fork and two shock absorbers at the rear with spring pre-load adjustment. Twin discs upfront and a single rear disc take care of braking. Also read: Triumph Rocket X special edition unveiled at EICMA 2014 Without revealing the price, Triumph Motorcycles has announced that Thunderbird Night Storm will be reaching European showrooms in February 2015. Triumph Thunderbird Night Storm at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery

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Both on- and off-road enthusiasts are covered. The 2015 Triumph Tiger 800’s new variant lineup which includes the XR, XC, XRx and XCx trims were displayed at the EICMA 2014 earlier this month. Triumph says that the four variants cater to a wider range of audience including the tarmac tourers and terrain tamers. 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XR and XRx The Tiger XR and XRx target riders who intend to have majority of their trips on the beaten path. The XR variant comes equipped with Showa adjustable suspension system that consists of inverted telescopic fork (front) and a monoshock. The tourer offers alloy wheels, trip computer, hazard lights, a sump guard, adjustable brake and clutch levers and a 12v electrical supply as standard equipment. The Tiger 800 XRx brings additional features like auto-cancel indicators, advanced trip computer, cruise control, centre stand, knuckle guard, ‘comfort’ seats, Road and Off-Road riding modes plus three configurable riding modes, additional 12v power socket and an adjustable windscreen. 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XR at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery 2015 Triumph Tiger XC and XCx The XC series is configured to better suit the adventure enthusiasts. The most significant difference between the XR and XC is that the latter is equipped with rugged WP adjustable suspension system to withstand the vigor of off-road riding. The XC series has a slightly higher (by 10 mm) saddle height at 820 mm and comes equipped with spoke wheels. The XC variant features a trip computer, high-mounted front mudguard, radiator guard, sump guard, adjustable brake and clutch levers, hazard lights and a 12V power supply. The Tiger 800 XCx gets the additional equipment that are offered by the XRx variant in addition to engine protection bars and an aluminium sump guard. The 800 cc inline three-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which is mated to a 6-speed transmission to generate 94 bhp at 9,250 rpm and 79 Nm at 7,850 rpm, is standard across the range. More details can be found in the press release below the gallery. 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XC at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XCx at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery 2015 Triumph Tiger variants – Press Release [Head to Slideshare if you can't view the press release.]

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Earlier we reported that the Bajaj is about to bring a new commuter motorcycle in the Platina segment by the next year,most probably in the first half of 2015.Now here we provide you with the spy shots of the test mules implying that there could be two versions of the Platina.It is obvious from the silhouette  -one bike with camouflage and the other one remain uncovered,thus two versions.Looking close to the images,one thing is clear that design traits haven’t undergone any changes,except for a new variety of colors and decals that are likely to be introduced.Regarding the engine options,we could expect the new Platina to get a new 100 cc engine targeting at more power and better efficiency.Besides,125cc engine can also be expected for usage. New Bajaj Platina-Picture credits to Gaadi.com Related Posts Bajaj new Platina 125cc Bajaj launches Platina 125cc Bajaj plans Platina 125cc Bajaj launches new Platina 125cc Bajaj Platina segment is about to renovate in 2015 (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The post New Bajaj Platina-spied under testing appeared first on .

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A cruiser with the ER-6n’s heart. The Kawasaki Vulcan S medium displacement cruiser is one of the six new products that were on display at the EICMA 2014. The sporty cruiser shares its powertrain with the Ninja ER-6n and the Versys 650. The 649 cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine is capable of an adequate 61 PS (60.14 bhp) at 7,500 rpm and and 63 Nm of torque at 6,600 rpm. Kawasaki can mellow it down to 48 PS (46.93 bhp) to suit the novice riders who hold A2 license. The power is transmitted via a 6-speed gearbox. A perimeter high-tensile steel frame holds the motorcycle together while a telescopic fork (front) and a offset laydown single-shock (rear) takes care of suspension duties. The Vulcan S relies on a 300 mm single disc upfront and a 250 mm rear disc for deceleration. The low slung mile muncher is 2,310 mm long, 880 mm wide, 1,100 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 1,575 mm. The vehicle weighs 225 kg and opting for ABS would further add 3 kg. The salient feature of the Vulcan S is its adjustable footplates and handlebar which can be altered in three different positions, accommodating any rider’s exigencies. The Kawasaki Vulcan S is available in three body colors namely Metallic Royal Purple, Flat Ebony and Pearl Crystal White. Kawasaki Vulcan S at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery.

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Receives a design overhaul. The 2015 BMW F 800 R, the second generation medium displacement naked street fighter, has been showcased at the EICMA 2014. The new F 800 R looks nothing like the outgoing version. For starters, the asymmetric headlamp unit has been ditched in favor of a conventional element and the fuel tank sports new extensions. The radiator cowl, front fender and wheel design have also been revised but the tailpiece, silencer and grab rails have been retained. New color options are on offer. Mechanically, the F 800 R continues to use the 798 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin cylinder engine which is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The motor belts out 90 PS (88.7 bhp) at 8,000 rpm and 86 Nm at 5,800 rpm, which is 3 PS higher than before. The first and second gear ratios have been tweaked for better rideability. The old bike’s telescopic front fork has been replaced by an upside down unit while the rear continues to adopt a monoshock with a two-sided swingarm. The front braking system also stands revised, with the double discs now featuring radial brake calipers. ABS is offered as standard while the ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) are optional. The motorcycle can also be specified with a detuning kit which reduces the power output to 48 PS (47.32 bhp) – the legal limit for A2 license holders in Europe. More details are available in the press release embedded below the gallery. 2015 BMW F 800 R at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery 2015 BMW F 800 R – Press Release [Head to Slideshare if you can't view the press release.]

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Only 500 units will be built. The Triumph Rocket X special edition has been introduced at the EICMA 2014. The mega cruiser which sports some exclusive features is limited to 500 units. The X edition can be identified by the custom high-gloss paint work with “grind” effect stripes. The nameplate is made of billeted aluminium and the side panels are individually numbered. The black finish is extended to the handlebar, exhaust, rear view mirror and wheels. The rims sport silver pin stripes that are applied manually. According to the British motorcycle marque, the fuel tank and mudguards undergo a grind effect that imprints unique shapes on to the bare metal. After this process, a high-loss paint layer is applied. The painstaking process involves a coat of clear after which the parts are left our for 2 days to cure. Then 6 layers of lacquer with ultra high solid paint is applied, polished and left to be cured for another 2 days. And that’s not all, the second polishing is done to provide a smooth and deep finish. The Rocket continues to be propelled by the majestic 2,294 cc three-cylinder powerhouse which is the world’s largest production motorcycle engine. The motor pushes out 221 Nm of torque at a low 2,750 rpm. More information on Triumph’s meticulous craftsmanship is documented in the press release below the gallery. Triumph Rocket X special edition at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery Triumph Rocket X special edition – Press Release [Head to Slideshare if you can't view the press release.]

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The adventure tourer based on the S 1000 RR platform. The BMW S 1000 XR adventure tourer which derives its roots from the high-performance BMW S 1000 RR superbike was unveiled at the EICMA 2014 earlier this month. Now the BMW S litre-class family emerges into a comprehensive range having the supersport, street fighter and adventure tourer motorcycles. The sharply styled S 1000 XR is nothing like its siblings in terms of character. While the S 1000 RR and S 1000 R look to rule the tarmac, the litre-class tourer aims to bring the rugged terrains to submission. Interestingly, BMW designers went for symmetric twin headlamps which are housed in a high-mounted fairing. The overall design is straight off the tourer rule book with an upright riding position and a tall stance, thanks to the long-travel suspension system. The 999 cc inline four-cylinder engine is tuned down to produce 160 PS (157.74 bhp) at 11,000 rpm and 112 Nm of torque at 9,250 rpm. The motor comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The aluminium alloy perimeter frame is fitted with an inverted telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear. The fully adjustable suspension system comes with Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an optional extra. Standard equipment include Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), ABS and two riding modes (Dynamic and Dynamic Pro). Banking sensitive ABS Pro is optional. Additional details can be found in the press release attached below the gallery. BMW S 1000 XR at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery BMW S 1000 XR – Press Release [Head to Slideshare if you can't view the press release.]

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Suzuki is about to unveil the new Alto,a replacement for the old Alto,which had already made its debut in 2009 at Tokyo Motor Show,by 22nd December for the Japanese markets.Here are the spy shots of the upcoming ‘ Kei car’ revealing that there would be more than one version of the new Alto.Besides,according to a new revelation,it is expected that turbocharged variant could also be offered.Sharply cut headlights, a retro grille and bumper and an interesting upward kink for the rear window tends to give this car a sportier look.Also a dual-tone version with black bumpers, wing mirror covers and side cladding which is seen here gets a hood scoop, fog lights and position lights,thus boasting a sportier look.It is unclear that whether the new model would get the same or an updated version of the three-cylinder 0.66-liter gasoline engine found on the older Alto.This engine has a tendency to deliver the power of about  54 PS at 6,500 rpm and 63 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm.When it comes with the transmission unit,the new model is expected to get a more efficient CVT rather than a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic gearbox of the older ones.Further to increase the fuel efficiency,Suzuki comes forward to offer  2WD and 4WD on the car,thus the company claim the fuel efficiency to be more than 21kmpl. Related Posts JV between VW and Suzuki to start by January Maruti launches CNG kit for Alto Maruti Suzuki’s new Alto Xcite limited edition Maruti Suzuki offers an air bag to Alto 800 VXi Maruti Suzuki reduces prices of M800, Alto,Wagon-R, Zen estilo,A-star,Swift and SX4 (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The post New Suzuki Alto-To hit Japanese market by December 22 appeared first on .

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