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Kawasaki has dropped a bomb it seems as they have created history by introducing a CKD TWIN-CYLINDER motorcycle at prices lesser than an India-made SINGLE CYLINDER bike (no prizes for guessing 😉 ). Yes, 2018 Ninja 300 still continues to be a CKD from Thailand, like before, but a lot of its parts are now sourced locally.
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Husqvarna India launch will give the combined KTM/Bajaj duo to slug it out with the increasing competition in this space

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2018 Ninja 300 price slash has probably killed a few single cylinder motorcycles in the market? instantly!

This seems to be a clever move and make a twin cylinder bike that affordable.

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KTM 790 Adventure engine is going to be based on 799 cc parallel twin cylinder engine from its brother 790 Duke and it could produce around 100 PS of power

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Bajaj Auto Limited is planning to bring back the country's favourite two wheeler ? the Chetak. It may be remembered that the Bajaj Chetak was a popular scooter during the period 1972-2006. It was so named after the legendary horse of Indian warrior Rana Pratap Singh and was looked upon as a top quality scooter, in an affordable price range and was lovingly called "Hamara Bajaj".

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BMW G310 GS Price is on the higher side but it is the cheapest it gets to own a reasonably powerful and reliable ADV in India?

After Himalayan, the next motorcycle that had all the adventure enthusiasts hooked onto is the BMW G310 GS. And apart from the roadster G310 R BMW has now officially launched the small GS in India.

It continues with the same 313 cc, water cooled, single cylinder, 4-valve, DOHC engine capable of churning 34 PS of peak power at 9500 rpm and max torque of 28 Nm at 7500 rpm. The engine is bolted on a tubular steel frame and is mated to a 6-speed transmission.

41 mm upside down front forks do duty which have a travel of 180 mm (same for the rear suspension as well). The BMW G310 GS, which is the smallest of the GS motorcycles, gets a larger 19 inch front wheelfor your outdoor excursions. What could have been better is the 11 liter fuel tank volume which will limit the range of the motorcycle.

Braking duties are performed by a 300 mm single disc brake (with 4-piston caliper) upfront and a 240 mm single piston single disc at the rear. BMW is also offering switchable ABS with a button on the switchgear (it is not switchable on G310 R).

Being an adventure-oriented motorcycle, it has a high standard saddle height of 835 mm and going by the terminology BMW has used, it appears to be adjustable. It can be lowered till 1840 mm and increased uptil 850 mm in ?comfort? position. With all the fuel and other liquids, it has an unladen weight of 169.5 kg.

BMW G310 GS Price

G310 GSRs 3.49 Lakhs
*price ex-showroom

Yes, the prices are on the higher side but we will want to reserve our judgement on the overall product till we test ride it. The closest two motorcycles to the GS are Himalayan (at 1.7-1.8 Lakhs) on one side and the Versys 300 (Rs 4.7 Lakh) on the other. The direct rival to it will be the recently-officially-announced and spied KTM 390 Adventure!

Three colours are on offer ? Pearly White Metallic, Racing Red and Cosmic Black. 3 years, unlimited kilometres warranty is standard on the GS as well which can be extendable upto five years. BMW Financial Services are also offering monthly instalments of Rs 7999 all inclusive.

G 310R vs G 310GS ? List of 8 Differences

BMW G310 GS Specs Sheet:

EngineTypeWater-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, four valves, two overhead camshafts and
finger followers, wet sump lubricationBore x stroke80 mm x 62,1 mmCapacity313 ccmRated output25 kW (34 PS) at 9500 U/min (ECE Version)Max. torque28 Nm at 7500 U/minCompression ratio10,6:1Mixture control / engine managementElectronic fuel injection, BMS-E2.Emission controlClosed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-4Performance / fuel consumptionMaximum speed143 km/hConsumption w.r.t WMTC for 100km3.33 lFuel typeMinimum octane rating 91 RON (recommendation EU: 95 RON, recommendation BRA E27)Electrical systemAlternatorAlternator 308 WBattery12 V / 8 Ah, Maintenance freePower transmissionClutchMultiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operatedGearboxSynchromesh 6-speed transmision Integrated in the motor housing.DriveEndless Z-ring chain, shock damping in rear wheel hubChassis / brakesFrameTubular steel frame with bolted rear frame.Front wheel location / suspensionUpside down fork , ? 41 mmRear wheel location / suspensionsolid die-cast aluminum swingarm, directly hinged monoshock, adjustable preloadSuspension travel front / rear180 mm / 180 mmWheelbase1.420 mmCastor98 mmSteering head angle63,3?WheelsCast aluminium wheelsRim, front2,50 x 19″Rim, rear4,0 x 17″Tyres, front110/80 R 19Tyres, rear150/70 R 17Brake, frontSingle disc, diameter 300 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper, radially boltedBrake, rearSingle disc, diameter 240 mm, single-piston floating caliperABSBMW Motorrad ABSDimensions / weightsLength2,075 mmWidth (incl. mirrors)880 mmHeight (excl. mirrors)1,230 mmSeat height, unladen weight835 mm (820 mm: Low Seat; 850 mm: Comfort Seat)Inner leg curve, unladen weight1,870 mm (1,840 mm: Low seat; 1,900 mm: Comfort Seat)Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)169.5 kgPermitted total weight345 kgPayload (with standard equipment)175.5 kgUsable tank volume11 lReserveapprox. 1 l

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TRK 502 launch was waited with bated breaths but without any assembly plant of the new partner, it appears to be a distant dream?

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Versys 300 sales are terribly dismal! The question is ? what is the point in overpricing a motorcycle which results in single digit sales in 6-7 months combined!

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DIY / Teflon Coating For Your Bike ? A How to Guide
« on: July 16, 2018, 06:38:18 PM »
Teflon coating, we must have heard this a lot of times, how is it done and what change could it bring, to answer these questions, we take a step by step look at the whole process as it is done on a Yamaha Fazer. First of all, Teflon as you have heard is basically a new age material thats been used in everything from frying pans to space shuttles. Its been making its way into paints and other surfaces as a protective agent in recent times. The name was coined by the worlds second largest chemical company, DuPont who is the inventor of certain symbolic products like Kevlar, Lycra and Neoprene.

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Your feet are considered to be in the firing line, when you're riding your motorcycle. They are positioned closest to the hot parts of the bike and the road, on which you are driving. Again, when its time for you to stop the bike, your boots require making adequate contact with the road. Failing to do so, your bike might end up in a horizontal position.

This is why your boots are considered amongst the most important accessories of your motorcycle. At the same time, they prove to be one of the costliest accessories, which you must buy for your bike. There are things, which you should consider while picking a boot for your motorcycle similar to other accessories.

So, keep reading on and you'll have all the information available to you that can help you in getting the maximum return from your investment. The information has been organized on the basis of different riding styles.

Sport Bikes: Technically, racers feet are busier than other types of rider. You are sure to find them constantly: Shifting Gears, Braking, Dragging the Pavement, Shifting weight.

Thus, it throws a big challenging to boot manufacturers. Now, their job lies in creating motorcycle boots, which are resistant to crush. At the same time, boots of racers should give you maximum movement and flexibility on foot pegs. Again, you shouldn't overlook the needed comfort and ventilation, while you are off your bike. However in case of pure racing, off bike comforts are given less consideration.


 
Touring & Commuting: Even if you are spending longer durations on your bike in between stops, you should give more attention to off-bike comforts when opting for a motorcycle boot, which is going to be used in touring & commuting. Apart from being comfortable, they should also be waterproof, which can be useful during long journeys on the road.

Cruisers & Customs: Previously, most cruisers preferred wearing a pair of combat or cowboy type boots. While they are still not an appalling option, you can go for boots that are specifically made for cruisers.

Dirt Bikes: Boots for dirt bikes are also manufactured considering the technical aspects necessary for a racer. Uppers of such boots should be set at an angle for your riding position. However, you might look a bit funny while having a walk in them. Although they are mostly available in black, other colors are also there for matching your bike and riding suit. Of course in case of dirt bikes, the entire outfit will mostly stay covered in mud and color coordination is surely not going to last for long!

So, make a decision on your motorcycle boots by giving consideration to these tips and you're sure to run away with an amazing pair of boots for yourself

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ABS in not a new concept for four wheelers and two wheelers as well. In 1988, BMW introduced the first motorcycle with an electronic-hydraulic ABS: the BMW K100. Honda followed suit in 1992 with the launch of its first motorcycle ABS on the ST1100 Pan European. In 2007, Suzuki launched its GSF1200SA (Bandit) with an ABS.
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General Discussion / Things to know before buying a Used Motorcycle
« on: July 14, 2018, 08:27:02 AM »
Not everyone can afford to buy a new motorcycle in their fist year of joining a job that pays them on the basis of a fresher who has just entered college finishing their high schooling and it is also not always about new bikes being better than the used ones.

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This is nothing short of breaking news! According to a news snippet at Zigwheels, DSK Group and Benelli are no more partners in India. DSK Group's real estate arm has declared bankruptcy recently which has definitely impacted DSK Motowheels, the automobile branch of the company.

QianJiang Group (owner of Benelli brand) and Indian DSK joined hands for the Indian market distribution in 2014. DSK Motowheels was doing very well and had established 25 sales/service outlets across the country, with very respectable sales numbers.

They were selling 6-7 motorcycles at the moment and had plans to introduce the very interesting TRK 502 and Leoncino scrambler in India.

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DSK Benelli Partnership End: New Owner
However, the current owners need not worry about the breakup as, according to the source of the info, Benelli has partnered with Mahavir Group of Hyderabad.

Mahavir Group was one of the dealership of DSK Motowheels and according to their official page, they are into automobiles serving wide variety of brands. They also have dealerships of Mercedes-Benz, Skoda, Isuzu, Indian Motorcycle, Suzuki Motorcycles etc around Hyderabad (apart from Skoda's dealership in Orissa).

It appears that Mahavir group has already assumed the ownership but unofficially. We tried to hunt around for this information and searched official online channels of the company and its dealerships. In one of the dealership?s Facebook update (check here), from June 2018, images only have Benelli branding (and they have ditched DSK Motowheels tag). The official DSK Benelli website is also down.

The new management may take over all or some of the existing dealership network from DSK. And hence, it appears that sales, spare parts availability, service for existing owners should settle down in the times to come.

We liked DSK for their aggression in the market and it will be interesting to see how Mahavir group progresses with the brand Benelli. What happens to Hyosung ? the other brand DSK distributed in India, is not known at the moment?

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Monsoon has gripped most of country and this is often considered one of the most enjoyable season to be on the road with your motorcycle. Riding your bike on wet surface is actually an art to be mastered. But, the only problem is that mastering it takes lot of time. Though it seems very simple, it is complex. Just because you have been riding on wet roads or during rain for many years, it doesn?t mean that you can take it for granted.

Here are a few basic tips to be remembered while riding your motorcycle on wet roads during monsoons..

Monsoon Riding Tips

Maintain a speed limit of 20 km/h lower than what you usually ride on your most frequently-travelled roads. This enables you to ride comfortably and brake wherever you want smoothly. Actually, this will give you ample amount of time to slow down your motorcycle without the need for hard braking.

Be very careful when you brake on wet surfaces. Since tyre grip on wet roads is lesser, it is recommenced to reduce the usage of front brakes. Managing a rear tyre slide is easier but controlling a sliding front is almost impossible.

When you are in a situation which demands a near-sudden stoppage of your bike apply combination of both front and rear brakes. Do not apply only rear or front brakes alone!

It is also better to ride your motorcycle one gear lower than what it deserves generally. This offers greater control to the rider and stability to the bike.

If you encounter a submerged patch of road ? it is better to avoid it. In case, you can not do without crossing it, ensure you shift to first gear and slowly wade through keeping the throttle constant (constantly high). If in this case, your motorcycle?s engine stops working, do not crank it up again!

This should have come at the first spot but let me mention it here. Check the condition of your tyres before the monsoon season begins. If you think that the tyre has very little rubber left, change it for your own safety ? even if in normal circumstances your motorcycle could have done a few more kays with the same tyre. The worst risk you can take in your life is riding in the rain or along a wet road with a worn out tyre. It will make your bike a boat on the road.

Prefer using low headlight beam. A good biker is one who also thinks about the other riders on the road. With water droplets on the helmet visors/car windscreens, it blinds the oncoming traffic. Use high beam judiciously and only wherever necessary.

Possibilities of accident due to stray dogs or other animals crossing the road increase. So, be very alert and cautious as you ride. Try to keep a good distance from the vehicle upfront so that you have a good visibility of the road.

Visibility is drastically reduced during rain. If it becomes unsafe, it is better to stop by the roadside and wait for the showers to subside or slow down.

People with spectacles pay special attention when on the road as fog/mist on your glasses can be dangerous. Don?t forget to carry a jacket/rain coat in your bag ? you never know when it can rain.

All the tips mentioned here might sound very simple, but still take them seriously. Probability of accidents during monsoons is much higher and some basic checks such as the ones mentioned above, will ensure you have an enjoyable ride ? all the time!

Happy biking, happy monsoons?.

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DJI announced the Ronin-S back in January at CES 2018. The gimbal was released four months later. It?s a natural progression for DJI to make a single-handed gimbal even with the space for these being crowded with the likes of MOZA, Zhiyun-Tech, Tilta, Feiyu, and Ikan to name a few. I?m sure I left a few out.

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