The Versys 1000 marks Kawasaki’s India Entry Into The Adventure Segment Kawasaki India has launched its litre-class adventure motorcycle the Versys 1000. Being missing from the action in the adventure motorcycling segment in India, the Versys is Kawasaki’s foray into the segment to compete with motorcycles from other international players such as the Suzuki V-Strom and the Triumph Tiger 800XC. The Versys would compete with the Triumph Tiger 800 and the Suzuki V-Strom In India Priced at Rs 12.9 Lakh (ex-showroom Pune), the Versys 1000 sports a 1043cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine producing 120bhp and 102Nm of torque. Unlike the Z1000 streetbike, the Versys receives Kawasaki’s fabulous KTRC traction control system and has ABS as part of the safety feature list. Featuring a twin-tube aluminum frame, upside down forks at the front and single monoshock at the rear with adjustable rebound damping and adjustable preload, the Versys weighs in at a lumpy 250kgs. The updated front has close resemblance to the Ninja family Unveiled at the Intermot Motorcycle fair this year, the Versys would be offered as a completely built unit (CBU) throughout Kawasaki showrooms all across India and the bookings will commence as of today nationwide.

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The Small Naked Commuter Premieres at the Motorcycle Live expo, UK. The ‘extensively revised’ 2015 Honda CB125F has been unveiled. The small displacement naked commuter motorcycle made its first public appearance at the ongoing Motorcycle Live Expo at Birmingham, UK. According to Honda, the ‘entry-level learners’ bike is designed with strong family resemblance to the CB500F and CB650F twin-cylinder motorcycles. The commuter offers an upright riding position and wide handle bars for easy control. The CB125F’s engine gains a balancer shaft to enhance refinement. Compared to the previous edition which rode on 17-inch wheels, the 2015 model employs 18-inch alloy wheels. The all-new steel chassis claims to have added strength while the braking system (front disc and rear drum) is designed to offer a novice-friendly yet safe operation. Conventional telescopic fork (front) and dual shock absorbers (rear) suspend the vehicle. The CB125F has easy riding dynamics for novice riders. The sharply styled streetfighter is powered by an improved 124.7 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. The fuel-injected engine which is engineered for strong low and mid-range torque output generates 10.45 bhp at 7,750 rpm and 10.2 Nm at 6,200 rpm. Also read: Honda RC213V-S unveiled at EICMA 2014 The refinement of the motor is enhanced by the addition of a balancer shaft. The motorcycle has a claimed fuel economy of 42.53 km/l. The fuel tank can hold 13 litres of fuel and the kerb weight stands at 128 kg. 2015 Honda CB125F – Image Gallery 2015 Honda CB125F – Press Release [Head to Slideshare if you can’t view the press release.]

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Off-road and on-road variants feature different suspension systems. The 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 was unveiled at the EICMA 2014 earlier this year in not one, not two but four variants to cater to all types of touring enthusiasts. The company has released a promotional video starring the 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XC variant. [Head to youtube if you can’t view the video.] While the XR series is equipped for tarmac touring, the XC series is more rugged to cope up with off-roading. The XCx is the top-end variant which adds features like advanced trip computer, additional 12v AC power socket, auto-cancel indicators, cruise control, centre stand, knuckle guard, ‘comfort’ seats, and Road and Off-Road riding modes plus three configurable riding modes. The XCx also gets aluminium sump guard and engine protection bars. ABS and traction control are standard across all variants. The Tiger 800 XC is equipped with WP suspension system. Compared to the tarmac-friendly XR Series with makes do with Showa suspension system, the rugged XC series sports WP inverted telescopic fork upfront and monoshock at the rear both of which are fully adjustable. 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 common across the range. 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XC – Image Gallery

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EBR debuts a new category with its faithful 1190cc V-Twin engine. Backed by the cash rich Hero Motocorp of India, EBR is attempting to emerge as a mainstream global sportsbike maker. After the bitter split from Harley Davidson, EBR has come a long way, thanks in part to its new technical partnership with the Indian two wheeler stalwart. The adventure bike based on the 1190 platform would have a long travel suspension. The EBR 1190RX fully faired superbike and 1190SX naked street fighter marked the brand’s revival. AutoEvolution reports that the American superbike maker is working on an adventure tourer based on the 1190 platform which would be called as the EBR 1190AX. Here is a speculative rendering of the bike by AutoEvolution. The news was confirmed by Mr. Gary Pietruszewski, VP of global sales, EBR. He did not divulge an exact timeframe for the launch but has confirmed that it would be ready to hit showrooms in 2016. Not surprisingly the technical details are under the wraps too. The EBR tourer will borrow majority of its components from the 1190RX and 1190SX (image). Just like the 1190RX and 1190SX, it’s safe to assume that the adventure tourer in question will employ the same 1190 cc 72-degree V-Twin liquid-cooled engine which is mated to a 6-speed transmission. While the engine puts out 185 hp and 138 Nm of torque in its existing state of tune, there would be some tweaks made to make it suitable for off-road applications. And a long travel suspension system and tourer friendly equipment goes without saying. EBR 1190SX – Image Gallery (Unrelated) [Source:

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Defective ECUs could lead to flooding in the combustion chamber Triumph Motorcycles have issued a recall for several of its 2014 and 2015 models due to a defective ECU. The recall has been announced in nations like Australia, UK and Canada while the rest of the markets including the US are expected to receive information regarding the exercise in due course. The 2014 and 2015 models are affected. [Image: 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx.] According to Transport Canada, the affected ECUs may activate one of the fuel injector when its not supposed to, resulting in a fuel flood in the combustion chamber. This may result in the affected motorcycle refusing to start or if it’s already running, may cause one cylinder to lose ignition due to over fueling. The UK’s Vehicle and Operator Safety Agency described the issue as caused by ECU components which may be “incompatible when operating at extremes of tolerance”. The concerned vehicles will be inspected by the dealers and the issue will be fixed free of cost. The affected ECUs will be replaced free of cost by the dealers [Image: Thunderbird Night Storm.] Also read: 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 variants unveiled at EICMA 2014 The models affected are Bonneville, Bonneville T100, Thruxton, Scrambler, Thunderbird, Thunderbird Storm, Tiger 800, Tiger 800XC, Speedmaster, America, Rocket III Touring and Rocket III Roadster. Triumph Rocket X Edition – Image Gallery (Unrelated)

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The French mini-scooter gets a design overhaul. The Peugeot Speedfight 4, the fourth iteration of the scooter, has made its debut at the Motorcycle Live 2014 UK’s Largest Motorcycle Show. The 50 cc two-stroke engine is available in both air-cooled as well as liquid-cooled versions The 50 cc 2-stroke Scooter features a revamped design involving new front apron, twin-HID headlamps, revised air intakes, revised instrument console complete with new digital display and snazzy new colour schemes. The runabout is available in two engine variants. The 50 cc two-stroke motor is can be had either in air-cooled or liquid-cooled form. In the former guise, the engine develops a modest 3.8 hp and in the latter version, it puts out 4.8 bhp with a CVT transmission transferring power to the rear wheel. Other design highlights include low-mounted front turn indicators, alloy wheels, a stylish exhaust canister finished in black, air intakes on either side of the pillion seat and new rear view mirror stalks. The stylish light scooter features inverted telescopic forks at the front and a single-sided coil mono-suspension at the back. The fuel filler cap is located rather unusually on the footboard between the riders legs. We presume that it would make for quite awkward moments for a pump attendant to lean over and fill-up the scooter. The Speedfight 4 gets front and rear petal discs and upside down forks Despite the modest power, the punitive two wheeler is equipped with front and rear disc brakes and top-spec meaty rubbers. It’s to be noted that India’s Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd. has announced the acquisition of 51% stake in Peugeot Scooters, meaning the French brand could receive a much need push as far as expansion into new markets go. [Images: Caradisiac ]

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  Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Xrest-Picture credits to indian autosblog site The production version of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Xrest which was presented at the 2014 Auto Show has been spotted.Mechanically no changes are seen,since the same 1-litre K10B engine that gets mated to a 5-speed transmission unit is to power up the car with 68 PS of power and 90 Nm of torque.But in terms of cosmetic upgradtions,Maruti Wagon R Xrest flaunts a black plastic cladding around the lower part of the body,silver skid on the sides,darkened tail-lamps,new look air vents flanked by plastic black garnish,roof rails and alloy wheels.Further,it gets the dual-tone treatment along with some plastic bits being get  added thus  giving Wagon R Xrest a crossover look whilst the interior part gets a beige and black-tone embellishment.Unfortunately,the black cladding doesn’t extend to the rear bumper of the Wagon R Xrest that was spotted.The front fascia gets smoked projector headlamps a new look radiator grille,the same black plastic cladding as on the sides,and a silver colored bumper lip.Already Wagon R’s CNG variant does well in certain cities,so it is time for MSIL to reveal that  the upcoming variant would be  launched as a petrol option only. Related Posts Suzuki gains upper hand in Maruti stakes Maruti to showcase RIII MPV concept Maruti Suzuki offers discounts on Alto, Zen, Wagon-R,SX4 and Swift Upcoming: Maruti Suzuki WagonR 2010 Maruti 2010 Wagon-R price list (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The post The production model of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Xrest spied out appeared first on .

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65 years have passed since Honda started manufacturing motorcycles on an assembly line. From their first motorcycle, the Dream Type-D, the Japanese motorcycle giant has come a long way. And today marks an epic milestone for Honda as it builds its 300 millionth motorcycle which happens to be a 40 th anniversary Goldwing, ready to roll off from their Kumamoto production line in Japan. From the iconic Super Cub that got Honda its supremacy in numbers, selling a staggering 60 million units alone, making it by far the largest-selling motorcycle in the world. Honda’s success story is based on their commitment to create technologies and processes close to their customers, to deliver a more customized experience according to the local tastes. 1963 saw Honda establishing manufacturing plant outside of Japan and since then they have been on a constant drive to expand to more countries to cater to the global demands. Honda, today standing at 33 plants across 22 countries around the globe to cater to customers of all sorts, be it superbikes or everyday commuters. Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda said: “Thanks to support from our customers and all of the people involved in development, production and sales, Honda was able to reach the 300 million-unit milestone. We will continue to provide products that will please our customers in each country and region in the world.”

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As it goes with most Boutique Motorcycle manufacturers creating motorcycles that compliment the lifestyles of the rich and famous, who use the machines more as a statement rather than an out-n-out corner-carving machine. And going by the creations of Alabama based Confederate Motorcycles, who previously created the striking B120 Wraith, taking the crown at Custom Bike Building show at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2007 and found in the garage of stars like Brad Pitt and David Beckham, their latest entry – The X123 Hellcat Speedster is no short on delivering the signature Confederate swag to the roads. With a planned production run of just 65 examples, this hot rod motorcycle will soon be seen in hands of the connoisseurs all around the world. Priced at $ 65,000/- (Rs 80,00,000/- post duties and taxes) the X132 features a unique hot-rod body style with a 3-inch steel backbone chassis that swoops over the 132cubic inches of X-wedge V-twin muscle that is capable of producing 121hp of juice and a monstrous 190Nm of torque. And just the way Confederate Motors like it, the machines is swathed with carbon fiber from head to toe with 18-inch carbon fiber wheels, fuel tank and mudguards. While the Hellcat isn’t the kind of machine that goes benchmarking against other series production motorcycles, the enormous torque and decent riding dynamics are not to be taken for being a slouch, as in 2013, a limited production version of the Hellcat called the Combat set a record at the BUB motorcycle Speed Trials hitting a top speed of 172mph (276kmph). Confederate has never had problems in quickly finding a suitable clientele for their creations and there is no reason to doubt that this one too would soon be out of stock as reservations have already started to roll in.

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  According to a new revelation,the upcoming Hero Xtreme Sports might be priced at Rs 70,300(ex-showroom,Pune),which makes it Rs3,000 more expensive than the standard version.Though it was showcased earlier at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo,the dispatch to the showrooms has started recently only.Its launch date still remain to be a hidden secret like that of new Karizma and Splendor Pro Classic,we could also expect the Delhi-based manufacturer to silently launch the motorcycle in the Indian market.Regarding the engine options,Xtreme Sports would share the same 149.2cc engine .Though the torque figure remain to be the same 12.8Nm the power output has been bumped from 14.2bhp to 15.2bhp.This mill gets mated to a 5-speed transmission unit.In terms of styling traits,the bike gets the new cowl underneath the engine and one on the fuel tank.In general,Hero Motorcorp would introduce new decals and color options on the updated Hero models,we could expect the Hero Xtreme Sport also to get the same. Related Posts Hero unveils new Xtreme Sports 2014 Hero Xtreme – Pictorial Review Hero launches Xtreme facelift in India Hero plans to launch Xtreme Facelift Hero to launch 2014 Xtreme soon (Visited 3 times, 3 visits today) The post Expect the arrival of Hero Xtreme Sports soon at Rs 70,300 appeared first on .

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