Ducati launches Multistrada 950 and Monster 797 in India

The premium motorcycle segment is heating up in India with Ducati launching its latest Monster 797 and the lower power variant of its beautiful Multistrada, the 950.

With an introductory price of Rs. 7.77 lakh (ex-Delhi) for the Monster 797 and Rs 12.6 lakh (ex-Delhi) for the Multistrada 950, Ducati is aggressively looking at getting a strong foothold in the Indian premium motorcycle segment.07_M-797_2017_Studio_R_Z-Dett04_Gallery_1920x1080.mediagallery_output_image_[1920x1080]

The Ducati Monster 797 first showcased in the 2016 EICMA show in Italy is the smallest member of Ducati’s Monster range of naked motorcycles and borrows its engine from the Scrambler. The bike is powered by a a fuel injected, air-cooled 803cc L-twin engine that produces 74bhp @ 8,250rpm and 68.6Nm of torque @ 5,750rpm. The Monster 797 will compete with Triumph Street Triple and Aprilia Shiver 900. Follow this link for all the technical specs of the bike – http://www.ducati.com/bikes/monster/797/tech_spec.do

The Ducati Multistrada 950, the smallest capacity member in the Multistrada family and Ducati’s newest addition to its adventure touring range. The 937cc Euro 4 twin engine produces 113hp @9000 rpm and 9.8kgm of torque will compete with the Triumph’s Tiger 800 series triple engine which produces 95 bhp and Honda’s Africa Twin at 87 bhp. 80% of maximum torque is available in the 3500 to 9000 rpm range. The bike sports a 19 inch front and 17 inch rear and will come shod with Pirelli Scorpion Trails 2. Fully adjustable Kayaba forks will do the suspension duties on the bike. One of the highlights of the Multistrada 950 is its low cost of ownership with a 15,000 km oil service and a 30,000 km service interval (will probably need more clarity on the service intervals and what each one entails).multistrada-2

Available in Red for now, Ducati will also offer four different accessories packs on the Multistrada 950: Touring, Sport, Enduro, and Urban. Here is a complete list of specs – http://multistrada950.ducati.com/en_ww/datasheet/

 

Honda brings Africa Twin to India at Rs 12.90 lakhs

The premium adventure biking segment is heating up in India thanks to the growing disposable income and a penchant for glamorous two wheels. India clearly has the biggest market for two wheelers which is evident with the growing number of brands entering the country. Biking clubs for all popular models have sprung up all over the country with the most prominent being clubs for RE Bullets, Thunderbird, Yamaha R15, Pulsar 200NS, Avenger, Yamaha RD 350, Jawa and Yezdi Motorcycles, Mahindra Mojo, Triumph Motorcycles, Harley Davidsons, Ducati’s, Kawasaki Ninja and many more.

Come any weekend, you will spot a bunch of them gathering around the outskirts of the city preparing to ride out for an overnite trip or just for breakfast. Another growing trend is the fascination for adventure motoring with avid riders exploring remote terrains which were almost inaccessible earlier.

With the entry of brands such as Kawasaki with their Versys 650 / 1000 or Triumph with the Tiger 800 XR, XC and Explorer variants or the Ducati with their MultiStrada models and BMW with 1200GS, riders today have a wide choice of go-any-where bikes at premium price points. The latest entrant to this segment is Honda’s globally acclaimed adventure bike the Africa Twin.Honda Africa Twin is Honda’s first 1000cc variant assembled in India and will be sold at an inaugural price of Rs 12.90 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. This is sweet news for adventure bike lovers, however, only the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) transmission variant will sold in India.

Also known as the Honda CRF1000L, the Africa Twin was purpose build for the popular Dakar Rallies and continues to be a hot favourite for many motorists across the world. The adventure tourer is powered by a liquid-cooled 998 cc, parallel-twin engine which churn out 87 bhp of power and 92 Nm of torque. The engine is mounted on a lightweight, chassis designed specifically for both on and off-road use. The seat height of 850 mm make it the tallest bike in its category and uses 45mm upside down Showa suspension. To know more about the AT and it’s history, try this link – Honda Africa Twin

Honda Africa Twin Vs Triumph Tiger 800 XCx Vs Kawasaki Versys 1000:

Comparing the Africa Twin to its competitors in India, the bike will pit directly against Triumph’s Tiger 800 XC variants with similar specs but the latter boasts of a triple cylinder 800 cc engine churning out 94 bhp of power (can go upto 98 bhp with aftermarket exhaust) but lesser torque. However, the Tiger XC variants score over the AT with its superior WP suspension that can cross over mighty obstacles with utmost ease and a dream to ride on the tarmac due to its more powerful triple engine. The Versys 1000 is the most powerful and the smoothest among the three with it’s 4 cylinder engine producing 114 bhp and 102 nm of torque. However, the Versys is a soft-roader and cannot handle very rough terrain like the Africa Twin and the Tiger XC variants.

We are eagerly waiting to get our hands on the Africa Twin to get a feel of the bike and its full potential. Till then, let’s drool over these pics.

Royal Enfield 750cc twin spotted testing in India

After having heard rumors about the much needed twin from the RE stable, a fellow Team Bhpian has spotted a 750 cc parallel twin testing in India recently.Β  Built similar to a Continental GT, the twin exhaust bike is rumored to produce close to 50 ps of power and 60 nm of torque. This will put the bike in the Harley Street 750 category and pose a big threat to them if the quality of build is good.

RE 750 twin caught testing in India. Image: Teambhp

Royal Enfield, the oldest production brand in India currently owned by Eicher Motors came back to popularity with the launch of a new range of models such as the Thunderbird and RE Classic with a modern aluminum engine and crank along with modern gearing, self start and disc brakes. This made the once rugged heavy machine easily motorable by youngsters and soon became a rage in the Indian two wheeler market. Today, a RE product has a minimum waiting period of 45 days. The brand also has a strong fan following and has become a cult with multiple biking clubs across all major cities in India.

Royal Enfield 750cc parallel twin being tested in Spain last year. Image: Autopromag

With the entry of the 750cc twin, RE will finally be able to target a segment that looks for more powerful cruisers which the existing single cylinder models lack. With the new emission norms kicking in from April 2017, we expect this bike to come with fuel injection system. The tentative timelines for launch would be during the later half of the year and rumors are that a 750 cc Himalayan is also on the cards.

We for once would be really keen to get our hands on one of these twins as this will be a worthy successor to the existing models.

TVS Apache RTR 200 tested

An avid biker Dempsy KP reviews the latest TVS Apache #RTR200 (non-abs) version over a 350 kms ride last weekend. Read about his experience and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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First impression, it felt like I’m HOME!
Didn’t feel like I’m riding a new bike but felt like I’ve been riding it for a long time already.
Bike sounds beefy and delivers what’s promised. Felt confident to ride at any speeds on all kinda roads.

The RTR 200 has excellent riding posture which doesn’t tire you in city riding or highways and doesn’t ache your back or wrist unlike the other new age bikes today. Almost zero vibrations at low and mid revs but slight vibrations at rpms above 7k which adds to the character of the RTR 200 and also its older siblings. The bike offers linear power delivery yet holds high rpms with ease and absolutely no complaints by the engine at any rpm.
Handling is excellent in city, highways and also bad roads.tvs-rtr200-side

The 90/90-17 inch front and 100/70-17 inch rear TVS tires are super grippy. Not sure what magic TVS has done with these new tires, but they stick to the road consistently and the bike is forgiving when slightly missing corner lines.

The headlights on the new RTR2 00 are not great but are manageable for city and slow speed highway riding with 60/55 watt bulbs. I would recommend adding auxiliary lighting for extreme / all-weather touring.rtr200-instrumentation-console

Instrument cluster is very informative and is clearly visible in bright sunlight too. Daytime running LED pilot lights are a main attraction. LED taillights are quite interesting and very visible too. While the overall look of the bike remains similar to its smaller siblings, this one is a bit sharper. The exhaust is different, headlight and tail lamps get a new design while the seating position slightly sporty. The seats are very well designed though and super comfy esp on long rides.

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The RTR 200 handles very well both on and off the road and standing on foot pegs isn’t a tough task for the rider. But due to the lower handle bars, the rider is forced to stand only half way with bent knees. I recommend the rider to be cautious while performing bigger jumps or while dodging unexpected hazards like potholes or uneven humps.rtr200-with-full-size-saddle-bags

The 200cc mill with 21 ps of power returns a decent mileage of 35kmpl even while riding hard. Cruising at 120 kmph feels easy and doesn’t snatch away your confidence or feel lighter than usual. The brakes are excellent too. Sharp and precise. At some point, I was confused if this is an ABS version since the bike grips very well and doesn’t skid even under very hard braking.tvs-rtr200-specs

Overall, I loved the bike and all its features even though I wasn’t a big fan of the older RTR models due to their lack of stability and high vibrations. With a 1 lakh ex-showroom price tag, this is definitely one bike you can consider.

Dempsy can be reached on dempsy@gmail.com

 

Bajaj launches Dominar at Rs 1.35 lakhs

Bajaj Auto which has been teasing its premium flagship model the Dominar 400 has today launched it in the national capital at a mouth watering price. Shocking the motorcycling community, the Dominar base variant (non-ABS) is available for Rs 1.35 lakhs and the ABS version for Rs 1.5 lakhs. Both these prices are ex-showroom Delhi and the bike is available in three colors for now.bajaj-dominar-400

With a 373 cc single cylinder triple spark block generating about 35ps of power at 8000 rpm, the Dominar is expected to shake up the Indian biking scenario. The engine is mated to a six speed gear box and has an official top speed of 148 kms/h. Dual channel ABS, automatic headlights, a 13 ltr tank with a fuel economy of 30 kmpl should be ideal for touring. bajaj-dominar-400

This new entrant will directly take on the KTM Duke 390, Honda CBR 250, Benelli TNT 300, Mahindra Mojo and the soon to launch BMW 310.

We are a bit concerned about two aspects. Firstly, why is Bajaj Auto even offering a non-ABS version and secondly, the MRF tyres and their ability to control the bike at higher speeds. We do hope they provide an option to upgrade the tyres to a Michelin or Metz at additional costs.

If you are in Bangalore, you can visit the below showrooms tomorrow (16th Dec) to witness the unveiling and possibly test ride them.

(Message from Khivraj Motors)

Greetings!!!
We at Khivraj bajaj, have immense pleasure in inviting you for the Grand Launch of the most awaited bike of the year- ” Dominar 400″.
Date: 16th Dec’16
Venue: Khivraj Motors- Kasturba Road, Bangalore
Time: 8.00pmbajaj-dominar-launch-16dec

(Message from RV Bajaj)

Greetings from R.V. BAJAJ

Details of DOMINAR 400 launch event is mentioned below

Venue : R.V. BAJAJ
Nayandhalli, Mysore rd
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Time : 6:30pm gathering time and event starts at 7PM
RSVP:R.V.Bajaj
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Help us pick the best Dual Sport bike

Yes, it is true. We are on the look out for the best dual sport bike that is currently available in India for a pocket friendly buyer and we want your suggestions as well.

It all started a few months back when we rode with a group of bikes and one being a BMW Gs1200 with the mighty boxer engine. We were mesmerized with the look, capability, power and overall stance of the bike and of course all the attention it received every time we stopped on the road. This got us thinking about the small but growing dual sport market in India and soon we decided to find the ideal bike for us keeping an upper limit of Rs 15 lakhs.

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Our search began with Triumph India (Keerthi Triumph, Cash Pharmacy Building, Residency Road) which has the very popular Tiger series – XR, XRx, XCx, XCA for the 800 cc triple cylinder range and the Tiger Explorer – a 1200 cc monster. The Tiger being the more affordable range, we test rode the XRx and XCx models. The main difference is that the XCx has 21 and 19 inch tyres on spokes along with better suspension while the XRx comes shod with a 19 and 17 inch tyres on mags which limit your off-road capabilities along with a slightly inferior suspension. The price difference was about 1.2 lakhs with the XCx priced at about Rs 15.5 lakhs on-road in Bangalore. We loved both these bikes for its power delivery and torque which allows you to go from 40 to 140 kms in top gear but were more comfortable on the XRx due to its lower seat height. The bike was more manageable both in city traffic and on the highway. Read about all their features here – http://www.triumphmotorcycles.in/newtiger800

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Next stop was the Ducati showroom which is on the second floor of UB City, Vittal Mallya Rd, Bangalore. Keeping our budget in mind, we picked the Hypermotard 939 to test. This almost naked dual sport bike is a monster with a 113 hp twin engine and a real terror on the road. The power delivery is not linear as expected in a dual sport bike and the naked bike without visors does not really give you the feel of a big bike. The pricing is pretty decent though at about Rs 13 lakhs and another lakh more for the Hyperstrada. The Hyperstrada with full faring and side boxes was however not available in the showroom. You will find the full set of features here – http://www.india.ducati.com/bikes/hypermotard/hypermotard_939/index.do

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Kawasaki Versys 650 and 1000

Our third option was the Kawasaki Versys 650 which is assembled and shipped from Thailand and hence the most economical option among the lot. The 650 Versys runs the same rock solid engine from the ER6N and Ninja 650 and is tuned slightly different to deliver 69 ps. The bike also looks very similar to the Versys 1000 but with narrower tyres, simpler instrument panel and available only in Black color. The engine feels powerful enough for Indian roads, can do a top speed of 215 kmph and has very good Showa forks with adjustable preload and rebound. The build quality is not as refined as the other two brands and there is a huge gaping hole between the handlebar and instrument panel. We also felt the lack of a gear change indicator (can be bought as an accessory) which is standard in the other two brands. The four cylinder 1000cc Versys is however a dream to ride with a butter smooth gear change and power delivery. This model is currently imported from Japan and has a price tag of almost Rs 16 lakhs but if you can stretch your budget, this is really a worthy contender. The bike comes with three riding modes depending on the terrain. The on-road price of the Versys 650 is a modest Rs 7.7 lakhs in Bangalore and a host of accessories are available as after market.

We haven’t ventured into the Benelli territory yet, as there are already some mixed reliability issues on their existing bikes. We do hope the Benelli TRK502 comes to India soon, which might change people’s perception.

We welcome your votes on the above brands and help us decide on our next bike.

Happy riding!

Product Review: OKS Chain Lube for bikes

Being our first product review, we were naturally thrilled about trying out the Oks Chain Lube that was sent to us a couple of weeks back. To really test the product, we decided to use it on our weekend ride up to Kolli hills.OKS Chain Lube Spray_01

A bit about OKS – Back in 1978, an engineering graduate Friedrich Kuhn-Weiss founded OmniKote Spezialschmierstoffe GmbH and developed high-performance lubricants. The name was later changed to OKS in 1981. Today, the brand owned by Freudenberg Group has a manufacturing unit in Mysore and is available across the country.OKS Chain Lube 2

Before our 650+ km ride, we took the bikes to the KTM service centre to tighten and lube the chains. To our surprise, we found the service centre also using an Oks chain lube. On the road, we began to notice the difference in reduced chain noise and increased smoothness be it on flat roads of Tamil Nadu or the steep hill climbs.

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Hairpin bend en route to Kolli Hills

Having covered the local tourist spots, it was time for a check-up before our return journey. A quick clean up of the chain and lubrication using the Oks mini can ensured we had the same performance till we reached back home. The mini can retails at Rs 165 and the full sized can costs Rs 700.

To view the entire list of OKS offerings, try this link – http://www.oks-india.com/Products

Why lubricating the chain is necessary? Earlier, bike chains were lubricated using grease which did the job of keeping the chains friction less. However, with the emergence of high power entry level bikes such as the KTM Duke, Honda CBR, Mahindra Mojo, Benelli TNT and the Yamaha R15 / R3, the pressure exerted on the chain and sprockets are immense and hence need to be taken care regularly. Modern chain cleaners and lubricant sprays do the job very well as they are engineered for such high stress usage. Service centers advice modern bike owners to get their chain tightened and lubricated every 500 kms. This ensures smooth riding and longevity of the parts.

So the next time you plan a ride over 500 kms, don’t forget to carry a chain lube spray along with your toolkit.

Motorsports has always excited me – Aishwarya Pissay

We first met Aishwarya at MTM’13 (Motorcycle Travelers Meet) held at a farm on the outskirts of Tumkur and were amazed at her riding and entrepreneurial skills. Her choice of machine was the KTM 200 and later the Yamaha R15 V2.

Aishwarya on the Track in her R15

Starting to ride a very young age, Aishwarya had already managed to attempt many daring records including the Saddle Sore and Bum Burner (click to read about Saddle Sore & Bum Burner here). Both these attempts require many days of physical and mental preparation and is no small feat.

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Her passion for motorcycling brought her to the Apex Racing Academy for formal track training. Her talent soon got her many accolades and she became part of the Apex Racing Team. This year, Aishwarya is representing the team in the super stock and one make category and already has two wins in the Formula Junior Racing Series under her belt.

Aishwarya on the Podium

She is currently looking for support in terms of sponsorships which can help nurture her talent further and accelerate her growth at the National level. If you wish to support her, do visit this link on Ketto to place your contribution – https://www.ketto.org/Fundingadream

When asked about her thoughts, Aishwarya said, “If you want to win, stand up and fight.”

Aishwarya on the Podium

Moto Adda team wishes her many more wins at the national level and hope to see her enter the international circuit soon.

Chevrolet Beat spotted testing in Bangalore

Popularly know as the Transformer car, the Chevrolet Beat broke design barriers when it first launched in India. Some loved it while the rest found themselves uncomfortable with its looks. Regardless, it was a welcome change from the mundane looking hatchbacks in the country.

A couple of months back, we heard about a facelift version which was showcased in the International markets under the Chevrolet Spark brand and we are hopeful that this version comes to India as well. But, what surprised us yesterday was these pictures shared by one of our followers (Roshan Kamat) who spotted this masked Beat testing on Bangalore roads. Both the front and back have gone under the knife with prominent changes to the tail lamp cluster. Hope they haven’t messed up the design just to provide a refresh.

Do share, if you know more about this variant.

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6 most affordable cars in India

The affordable compact four wheeler segment has suddenly caught everyone’s attention with two new launches in close succession – Tata Motor’s much talked about Tiago (earlier christened as Zica) and Datsun’s second attempt with the Redi Go. Moto Adda takes a quick look at the 6 most affordable hatches in India that aimed at first time car buyers or those looking for a second car.

Tata Nano

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First on the list is our favourite, the compact yet spacious Tata Nano. We loved the shape of this car right from the start and Tata Motors have bettered their product with the recently launched Nano Gen X which now comes with Easy Shift (AMT) gearbox. Happy to note that the folks at Tata Motors have closely looked at customer feedback and incorporated a host of changes while adding some new features into this compact car. Some of these features include the Auto shift gearbox with a Sports mode (WOW!!), rear trunk with about 100 liters of storage space and plush new interiors. This truly makes for an ideal city car and is in a league of its own.

Engine Capacity: 660 cc – 38 bhp

Price: Starting at under 2 lakhs for the base model and Rs 2.7 lakhs for the Easy Shift automatic variant.

 

Datsun Redi-Go

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Unveiled on the 14th of April, Redi-Go is Datsun’s third offering in the Indian market after Datsun Go and Go+. While the first two have not lived up to the company’s expectations, Redi-Go promises to rake in the numbers thanks to its refined looks and lean price tag. Yes, the Redi-Go is expected to sell for about Rs 2.5 lakhs with bookings having already started from 1st May and deliveries expected from June’16. Don’t expect fancy features such as touch screen entertainment or ABS, but you will get your money’s worth. We must appreciate the company’s efforts to make this car stand out in the looks department (esp at the back) while keeping the ground clearance at 185mm. The Redi-Go will directly compete with Maruti’s Alto 800 / K10, Hyundai Eon, Tata Tiago and Renault Kwid.

Engine Capacity: 800 cc mated to 5 speed gearbox

Price: Expected to fall under 2.5 lakhs for the base model

 

Tata Tiago

Tata Tiago

This is yet another surprise package from the Tata stable with fresh styling and a refined three pot petrol and diesel engine developed in-house. Tata Motors have taken on the challenge of giving us another success story (after Indica) in the form of Tiago with a very modest price tag while offering rich features within the cabin. If not for the Tata badge, you would never have guessed this to be a Tata product. The Tiago also proved its durability during the recently concluded 50,000 km non-stop run at top speeds breaking multiple records under the #GearedForGreat challenge (Click here to read our story). The car scores high on looks, features, refined interiors and claimed fuel efficiency of about 25 km/l. What more can you expect from an entry level car. To market their new line of products, they have signed up with Lionel Messi for many crores.

Engine Capacity: 1.2 L Revotron Petrol and 1.05 L Revotorq Diesel

Price: Starting at 3.20 lakhs for the base model and about 4.9 lakhs for the top end variant

 

Renault Kwid

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After its success with the Duster, Renault India has not been fortunate with any other successful product so far. Renault Pulse, Scala Sedan and Lodgy have not been able to cut ice with India car lovers resulting in average sales. However, their latest offering the Kwid with its SUV inspired design has caught our attention thanks to its looks, optional features and low price tag. The final verdict will come from the people soon enough. Regardless, we are happy to look beyond the Maruti stable for pocket friendly cars.

Engine Capacity: 800 cc petrol offering 54 PS of power with a fuel efficiency of 25 km/l

Price: Starting at 2.65 lakhs

 

Hyundai Eon

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Hyundai has been a tough competitor to the Maruti since it entered the market with the Hyundai Santro in 1998 and has since slowly eaten away their market share making it the second largest automobile manufacturer in the country. I have personal been a big fan of the Santro and still continue to own a 1.1 ltr 2002 ZipPlus model. While the Santro went out of production last year, they brought in the Eon well before (2011) to fill the gap in their portfolio. Designed under the new fluidic philosophy, the Eon is quite good looking both inside out. While the market didn’t warm up to this car initially, they company has managed to rake in the numbers in the last couple of years. Guess it’s time for a refresh with new entrants emerging every other month.

Engine Capacity: 800 cc petrol motor generating 56 PS of power and the recently added 1000cc motor generates 69 PS

Price: Between 3.25 lakhs to 4.4 lakhs

 

Maruti Alto 800

Maruti Alto 800

Maruti has been the country’s darling since the 80’s. They have produced some brilliant products in association with Suzuki of Japan like the 800cc Van (still in production), 800 car, Esteem, Baleno and more recently the Swift, S-Cross, Baleno hatchback and Brezza. Known for their price points and low annual maintenance they have become a dominant player in the country. Their biggest success story after the 800 was the Alto 800 which was powerful yet frugal and in a better shell. People lapped up this product and still continue to do so. Today, shoppers have a 1000 cc engine option as well. However, with stiff competition, Maruti better pull out a surprise (esp in the design dept) if they plan to dominate the entry segment.

Engine Capcity: 800

Price: Base variant starts at 2.5 lakhs and the K10 variant can go up to 4.35 lakhs