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Upcoming Release: 2024 Bajaj Pulsar N250 Teaser and Anticipated Updates

Upcoming Release: 2024 Bajaj Pulsar N250 Teaser and Anticipated Updates

Bajaj revamps its Pulsar lineup, enhancing popular models like NS125, NS160, and NS200, with updates for N150, N160, N250, and F250 on the horizon

Bajaj is currently in full gear, updating its popular Pulsar range, which happens to be the top contributor to the company’s overall two-wheeler sales. This year, models such as Pulsar NS125, NS160, and NS200, along with top-spec versions of Pulsar N150 and N160, got updated. Currently, the company is poised to freshen up the biggest Pulsars, N250 and F250, a piece of information that is not surprising given the ongoing road tests. Pulsar N250 The Pulsar N250 has thus far received positive feedback in terms of performance. However, when it comes to tech integrations, the N250, together with F250, both seem to lag. A case in point is the absence of a Bluetooth-based full digital instrument cluster, a feature that most bikes in the quarter-litre segment are already equipped with. This was seen as a result of Bajaj's intention to launch the flagship Pulsars at a more affordable price, likely compromising on certain premium features. Nevertheless, it seems like Bajaj is finally listening to its customers’ feedback and is poised to introduce new updates. Today’s riders are tech-savvy - they demand seamless connectivity at all times and expect their motorcycles to fit within this digital ecosystem. Bajaj acknowledged this enormous segment of users with the updated Pulsar NS200, which now comes with a Bluetooth-based digital instrument cluster. Pulser_F250_01 Now, expectations are high that the same digital instrument module will find its place in the Pulsar 250 twins. This feature will allow riders to sync their smartphones via the Bajaj Ride Connect App and access a wide range of functions, including calls, text messages, signal level, phone battery status, and turn-by-turn navigation. Another crucial update awaited by the Pulsar 250 admirers is the addition of USD forks, a feature that is already found in many motorcycles in this segment, including the Pulsar NS160 and NS200. There was a sense of disappointment as USD forks were not made available even as an optional feature. Looking forward, it's expected that with the inclusion of USD forks, the Pulsar 250 twins will deliver a more enhanced performance and safety. N250 As far as colours are concerned, the current Pulsar 250 range, which includes N250 and F250, is available only in Brooklyn Black. Despite its dominating aesthetic appeal, not all riders may fancy the black. A more diverse and vibrant colour palette, as well as some fresh, sportier graphics, can surely add more appeal to the Pulsar 250 twins. It's yet to be seen how Bajaj plans to address this aspect. Regarding performance, don't expect any change in the upgraded Pulsar N250 and F250. The bikes will continue to feature the existing 249.07 cc, single-cylinder 4 stroke, SOHC, 2 valve, oil-cooled, FI engine, delivering 24.5 PS of max power and 21.5 Nm of peak torque. The engine will remain linked to a constant mesh 5-speed gearbox. Most of the other hardware details will remain unchanged, including 300 mm front and 230 mm rear disc brakes, dual-channel ABS, rear monoshock suspension, 17-inch wheels, and 100/80 / 130/70 tubeless tyres. N250 However, the introduction of new features like USD forks and a Bluetooth-based digital instrument cluster will definitely push the price of Pulsar 250 twins upwards. Presently, the existing ABS models are available from Rs 1.50 lakh onwards.

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New Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Launched at Competitive Price, Rivals Honda Transalp 750 and Triumph Tiger Sport 850

New Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Launched at Competitive Price, Rivals Honda Transalp 750 and Triumph Tiger Sport 850

Introducing Suzuki's V-Strom 800DE, a competitively priced bike with three vibrant color options, poised to rival the Honda Transalp 750

Suzuki has at last introduced the V-Strom 800DE to the market, priced at a reasonable Rs 10.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Strikingly, the bike is now available for purchase in all Suzuki big-bike dealership outlets at a cost noticeably lower than its main competitor, the Honda Transalp 750, tagged at Rs 11 lakh. The V-Strom 800DE is available in three striking colours - Champion Yellow No. 2, Glass Matte Mechanical Gray, and Glass Sparkle Black. suzuki_v_strom_800de Measuring at a relatively tall 855mm in height and capable of carrying the extra load of a passenger and luggage, this bike is similar in body frame to a recently announced naked sibling. However, a modification has been made to the subframe, having it elongated and hardened in order to manage the extra weight. With a 20-litre fuel tank capacity and filled to its brim, the V-Strom 800DE has a total weight of 230kg.

The V-Strom 800DE has an enviable engine and features. Its engine is a freshly developed 776cc, 270-crank parallel-twin motor. This new engine, developed by Suzuki, boasts a liquid-cooled system and syncs perfectly with a 6-speed gearbox. Furthermore, it can produce up to 84.3hp and 78Nm of power, has a bidirectional quick shifter that comes as standard, and is also fitted with tubed Dunlop Mixtour tires as compared to its predecessor, the V-Strom 650XT. suzuki_v_strom_800de Regrettably, unlike the previous V-Strom 650XT and its closest Japanese competitor, the Honda Transalp 750, the 800DE does not come with spoked wheels. However, it offers an array of standard electronic conveniences. These include a bidirectional quickshifter, four different riding modes (with a unique Gravel mode), three traction control options, as well as a dual-channel ABS system. suzuki_v_strom_800de Suzuki also has other bikes in the pipeline, expected prices ranging between ₹ 12.00 - 13.00 lakh for the high end models, ₹ 1.00 - 1.35 lakh for the mid-range, and ₹ 1.47 - 1.48 lakh for the lower end models. Feel the ingenuity, thrills and power that come with Suzuki bikes, and own a piece of superb engineering and design at an affordable price. The V-Strom 800DE offers you much more than your money's worth, and bookings are now open. Image Source

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TVS Files Patent for Ronin SCR, Sparks Speculation on Launch Date

TVS Files Patent for Ronin SCR, Sparks Speculation on Launch Date

Explore the versatile TVS Ronin, a unique blend of scrambler, cruiser, and street bike, showcasing TVS Motor Company's innovation in new models.

TVS Motor Company, widely acclaimed for its ground-breaking portfolio of vehicles, never shy away from experimentation in the realm of new models. An epitome of this approach is the TVS Ronin introduced in 2022 which exhibits the company's versatility by merging attributes of a scrambler, cruiser, and a street motorcycle into one comprehensive package. Ronin SCR Keeping an eye on expanding their sphere in the market, TVS is crafting an SCR version of the admired Ronin. Recently, a design patent for the TVS Ronin SCR was registered in India, adding to the speculation of its impending launch in the product lineup of this Indian manufacturer. The sales of the TVS Ronin, despite not being extraordinary, have been satisfactory enough for the company to mull over the introduction of an off-road variant based on this bike. Should the Ronin SCR make its debut in the Indian market, it will lock horns with formidable opponents including the highly anticipated Hero Xpulse 210 and Honda CB350X. The Ronin SCR which attracted eyeballs at the TVS's 2023 MotoSoul event is reportedly an exemplification of what the design patent insinuated. Ronin SCR The patent's blueprint suggests a bike leaning more towards the ADV (Adventure Vehicle) genre rather than a scrambler. Reflective of the prototype, the fuel tank seems to be a direct adaptation from the base model Ronin, combined with a small single-piece saddle, and a robust luggage holder at the posterior. The motorbike is expected to come with block-patterned off-road tires cocooning the wire-spoke rims. The patent reveals several features of the Ronin SCR design such as the use of long-travel USD (Upside Down) forks at the front, and a mono-shock at the rear. Additional highlights include a round LED headlamp with a minuscule visor, a standard handlebar, and a thick side panel stretching towards the back. Last but certainly not least, a rugged sump guard is presented as part of this prospective motorbike. Ronin SCR The powertrain of the upcoming TVS Ronin SCR will most likely be the tried-and-tested 225.9 cc oil-cooled single-cylinder engine that can generate 20.4 bhp alongside 19.93 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 5-speed transmission. Although the actual launch date remains shrouded in mystery, estimations suggest the Ronin SCR may be introduced by the end of 2024 on Indian soil. With its expected price under Rs. 2 lakh (ex-showroom), TVS hopes to establish a stronghold in the motorbike market.

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Aprilia RS 457 Motorcycles Set for Customer Delivery Next Month, Following Global Debut

Aprilia RS 457 Motorcycles Set for Customer Delivery Next Month, Following Global Debut

Aprilia RS 457: Made-in-India motorcycle gaining attention for competitive pricing and impressive performance, attracting enthusiasts.

Aprilia's made-in-India motorcycle, the Aprilia RS 457, has been garnering a buzz with its competitive pricing and impressive capabilities. The globally-debuted bike was first seen before it was exhibited at the MotoGP Indian GP. The Aprilia RS 457, with a competitive pricing and value for money, has been made a favourite amongst enthusiasts as it's positioned considerably below the price points of the competing models of Yamaha R3, Kawasaki Ninja 400 and Ninja 500. ![Aprilia RS 457](https://ctn-public.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/public_images/Aprilia RS 457_01_20240320045452320418.webp "Aprilia RS 457") The Aprilia RS 457 was officially priced at the Indian Bike Week in Goa and reservations for the highly anticipated bike have already begun, priced at Rs. 4.10 lakh (ex-showroom). Planned initially to begin deliveries in March, the distribution and customer deliveries have been moved to April. Storefronts and dealerships are expected to receive the RS 457 soon, and test rides should begin shortly afterwards. Boasting a twin-spar aluminium frame, the Aprilia RS 457 takes its design cues from the larger RS 660, its sibling model. It's manufactured at the Baramati plant in Maharashtra and then exported to the international markets. The RS 457 comes with dual-channel ABS and bi-directional quickshifter as an option. ![Aprilia RS 457](https://ctn-public.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/public_images/Aprilia RS 457_20_20240320045517958751.jpeg "Aprilia RS 457") The motorcycle is powered by a powerful 457 cc parallel twin-cylinder engine that is liquid-cooled and DOHC. It has the capacity to produce a maximum power output of 47.6 bhp and 43.5 Nm of peak torque. With a splendid setup, the bike features 320 mm front and 220 mm rear disc brakes. This model also brings a six-speed transmission and a slipper and assist clutch as standard. In addition, the Aprilia RS 457 hosts a pre-load adjustable USD front forks and a monoshock unit at the rear, further enhancing its performance. Moreover, it is packed with a number of modern features such as switchable traction control, three ride modes and a five-inch TFT instrument console. The RS 457 also boasts LED headlamps, tail lamp, and turn signals along with a ride-by-wire throttle, underslung exhaust system, 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in TVS Protorq tyres, and an anti-roll system. ![Aprilia RS 457](https://ctn-public.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/public_images/Aprilia RS 457_15_20240320045545767970.jpeg "Aprilia RS 457") While the RS 457 is unquestionably creating a lot of excitement due to its aggressive pricing, its overall impressive capabilities after a test ride at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore a few months ago have not been forgotten. As the customer deliveries commence in the coming month, the model can expect a warm welcome from motorcycle enthusiasts the world over.

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Ampere Nexus Electric Scooter Completes Epic K2K Journey

Ampere Nexus Electric Scooter Completes Epic K2K Journey

Follow the remarkable journey of the Ampere Nexus electric scooter across India, covering 10,000+ kilometers from Kashmir to Kanyakumari

The much-anticipated Nexus electric scooter from Ampere has successfully completed its journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, covering over 10,000 kilometers across India. The completion of the K2K trip was announced on the company's social media platforms and has sparked more interest in the forthcoming electric scooter. Ampere Ampere initiated the traversal of India with its Nexus model on January 16th, starting from Salal Dam in Jammu and Kashmir and ending in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. The scooter cruised through over 115 towns and cities during its expedition, a testament to its power and capability. The Nexus electric scooter is the production version of the NXG concept that had been revealed at the Auto Expo over a year ago. With every journey phase, the anticipation for the Nexus scooter has grown among the consumers. From its features and specifications, the Nexus comes across as a top-tier product in Ampere's line-up, possibly placed higher than the company's Primus model. These inklings are reinforced by the premium attributes of Nexus such as a large digital display, an all-LED lighting system, flush-mounted pillion foot pegs, and a front disc brake, the latter being a pioneering component in Ampere's offerings. The design aesthetics of the Nexus scooter are complemented by the absence of any visible nuts or bolts. Ampere Powering the Nexus is a Lithium Ferrous Phosphate (LFP) battery that supports four different riding modes. For interested buyers, the Nexus scooter is available in a K2K edition that can be pre-booked for a deposit of Rs. 499 on Ampere’s official website. The pricing and market position of the Nexus remains uncertain, with the FAME subsidy set to expire at the end of the month and a new scheme replacing it. However, the overall reception and hype surrounding the Nexus appear promising.

Prices for Ampere Bikes:
  • ₹ 89,570
  • ₹ 1.73 lakh
  • ₹ 66,791 - 1.15 lakh With the journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari coming to a successful conclusion, the road is set for the official launch of the Ampere Nexus electric scooter. Keep an eye out on future announcements to stay updated about one of India's most anticipated electric scooters.
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Kawasaki's Eco-friendly Venture: Ninja 7 Hybrid and Z E-1 Bike Patents Filed in India

Kawasaki's Eco-friendly Venture: Ninja 7 Hybrid and Z E-1 Bike Patents Filed in India

Kawasaki secures patent rights for the Ninja 7 Hybrid and Z E-1 in India, signaling expansion into eco-conscious high-end motorcycle market

Kawasaki, a renowned motorcycle manufacturer, has secured the patent rights for two of its advanced motorcycles, the Ninja 7 Hybrid and the Z E-1, in India. This denotes an expansion of Kawasaki's portfolio for the Indian market catering to the eco-conscious sector and those with a penchant for high-end choices. Recently, the company launched the Ninja 500 and its cruiser sibling, the Eliminator, which don't carry the 400 or 500 suffix in India. Their next potential move could be the launch of the Ninja 7 Hybrid and the Z E-1, an all-electric bike, built on the same platform. Ninja_7Hybrid_Z_E_1 If these motorcycles are released through the Completely Built Unit (CBU) pathway, they would appeal to a niche audience that values environmental sustainability and is willing to splurge. While other manufacturers, like Honda, regularly file patents in India, Kawasaki's recent patent award presents a substantive development due to the potential introduction of the Ninja 7 Hybrid or the Z E-1 to the Indian marketplace. Ninja_7Hybrid_Z_E_1 The Ninja 7 Hybrid model boasts features from its predecessors, the Ninja 500 and the Eliminator. Powered by the same 451cc parallel twin-cylinder DOHC 4V liquid-cooled engine that produces a maximum power output of 44.7 bhp and torque up to 42.6 Nm. This model surpasses its predecessors with an extra electrical motor that raises the bike's combined peak power to around 60 bhp. Ninja_7Hybrid_Z_E_1 The Ninja 7 Hybrid has a more advanced shift paddle on the left side switchgear compared to the traditional 6-speed manual sequential gear selector on the Ninja 500 and Eliminator. This model, however, weighs significantly more at 227 kg due to the additional electric powertrain components, compared to the Ninja 500 and Eliminator at 171 kg and 176 kg respectively. Currently retailing at Rs. 5.25 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Ninja 500 and Rs. 5.62 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Eliminator, the Ninja 7 Hybrid is expected to be priced near Rs. 10 lakh, reflecting its global pricing trend. Ninja_7Hybrid_Z_E_1 Further expanding its offering, Kawasaki has also patented the Z E-1 model in India. This all-electric motorcycle features two removable 1.5 kWh batteries, providing a total capacity of 3 kWh and a peak power of 9 kW. Despite being lower than Ola S1 Pro's 11 kW, it offers a range of approximately 72km with a top speed of 80 km/h. Kawasaki is expected to tread cautiously with the Z E-1 launch given the sensitivity of the Indian market to pricing. However, the launch is nevertheless feasible by the end of the year, reflecting Kawasaki's strategic steps toward diversifying their portfolio in the Indian market.

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Ducati Unveils New Streetfighter V4 and V4 S Models in India: Details, Features, and Pricing Revealed

Ducati Unveils New Streetfighter V4 and V4 S Models in India: Details, Features, and Pricing Revealed

Discover the exhilarating Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S motorcycles, designed for passionate riders seeking adventure

The Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S, the latest motorcycles from the Italian manufacturer, have been launched in India. Coming in two variants - standard and V4 S, these bikes have been uniquely designed to cater to the adventurous and passionate rider's needs. The_Ducati_V4_V4_s The newest additions to Ducati's lineup feature a bold and aggressive design akin to their outgoing models, but with a few unique touches. These include a robust 16.5-litre fuel tank, a sharp LED headlight, and a sleek tail section which embody the classic Ducati aesthetic. The motorcycles come in two distinct colours - traditional Ducati Red and a new Grey Nero livery exclusive to the V4 S model. Ducati's Streetfighter is available in two variants, each priced differently. The V4 standard is priced at Rs 24.62 lakh, while the V4 S is tagged at Rs 27.80 lakh for the Ducati Red paint and Rs 28 lakh for the Grey Nero paint scheme. These prices are exclusive of showroom taxes and will vary from one region to another. The_Ducati V4_S The new Streetfighter is a fierce rival to the BMW S 1000 RR Pro M Sport and the Kawasaki ZH2 in India's motorcycle market. Each of these bikes represents the pinnacle of modern motorcycling, proving to be a tough competition for their competitors. Just like its predecessor, the Streetfighter V4 S, the new iteration is equipped with Ducati's renowned 1,103cc V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine. This liquid-cooled engine is paired with a six-speed gearbox featuring a slip and assist clutch. The engine boasts 205 bhp of maximum power at 13,000 rpm and a peak torque of 123 Nm at 9,500 rpm. To reduce exhaust back pressure, Ducati has fine-tuned the motor to maintain consistency with the exhaust output's larger diameter, and a Panigale V4 clutch cover has been retrofitted to the engine's right side. The_Ducati_V4 Commenting on the new bikes' release, Bipul Chandra, Managing Director, Ducati India, said, "The all-new MY23 Streetfighter V4 represents an evolution of the Panigale V4, a motorcycle that has proven to be a game-changer. This latest super naked bike demonstrates our commitment to pushing the envelope and redefining the thrill of riding." The Streetfighter V4 range is constructed with cutting-edge technology. It comes with four power modes - Full, High, Medium, and Low. The manufacturer has released a new ride map specifically tuned for the High and Medium settings, while the Full and Low modes have been completely revamped from the previous model. The bike's safety features include repositioned swingarm pivot, cornering ABS EVO, traction control, engine brake control, and auto tyre calibration among others. The_Ducati_V4_V4_S The Streetfighter V4 series boats sturdy alloy 17-inch wheels, with the top-tier V4 S model featuring aluminium wheels instead. These bikes roll on Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 2 tyres, measuring 120/70 at the front and 200/60 at the rear. After its recent launch, the Streetfighter V4 series includes the Ducati Streetfighter V4 and StreetFighter V4 S models, marking Ducati's noteworthy achievement in the world of superbikes.

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Indian Motorcycle Unveils Limited-Run FTR x RSD Super Hooligan Edition Worldwide, Priced at Rs 15.32 Lakh

Indian Motorcycle Unveils Limited-Run FTR x RSD Super Hooligan Edition Worldwide, Priced at Rs 15.32 Lakh

Indian Motorcycle and Roland Sands unveil limited edition Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan, stirring excitement worldwide.

Renowned American automaker Indian Motorcycle and celebrated designer and racer, Roland Sands, have collaboratively rolled out an exclusive limited edition model christened the Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan. The novelty whipped up excitement on its international launch with its distinctive looks and racing lineage. Based on the widely popular Indian FTR R Carbon, this limited variant carries a price tag of $18,499, equivalent to Rs 15.32 lakh. The manufacturer plans to produce a total of 300 units, with half of those earmarked for international patrons. An added allure is that each of these special edition bikes features a unique serial number.  Super_Hooligan The Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan traces its roots to the unbridled passion and courage inherent to the motorcycling community, emphasized Aaron Jax, Indian Motorcycle's Vice President. He alluded to the term "hooligan" resonating with motorbike enthusiasts and representing an unapologetic and adventurous attitude that puts pure joy of motorcycling above everything else. Reflecting on the alliance, Roland Sands, the Founder of RSD, lauded the bike's distinctive appeal saying, “Unlike the ubiquitous full fairing bikes you usually see on racetracks, a Super Hooligan bike impresses with its effortless charisma and a striking aesthetic underscored by an exposed powertrain. The invitation to collaborate on the FTR project was a chance we embraced with enthusiasm.”  Super_Hooligan Tracing its lineage to the award-winning FTR R Carbon model, the special Hooligan variant stands apart with its tasteful design choices. On the aesthetics front, it is equipped with a classic red Indian Motorcycle frame offset by golden accents on the wheels, and a metallic black body that features the racing tagline 'Super Hooligan'. The Indian Motorcycle Racing's No. 1 championship symbol is proudly exhibited on the front and side of the bike, and includes race team sponsor badges on the rear seat cowl and optional graphics for the front fender, radiator shroud, and front forks.  Super_Hooligan Delving into the features, the bike is equipped with a 4-inch touchscreen display powered by an Indian Ride Command system offering Bluetooth and smartphone compatibility. There are multiple riding modes to adapt to varied riding conditions such as rain, standard, and sport and incorporates safety features like wheelie control, rear-wheel lift mitigation, and lean-sensitive ABS. The bike also sports a plethora of performance parts sourced from Gilles Tooling such as adjustable rear sets, an oil cap, a radiator cap, and bar-end weights, along with an Akrapovic muffler and heat shield. Under the hood, the Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan is powered by a 1,203cc twin-cylinder engine which churns out 120bhp and 120Nm of peak torque. A 6-speed transmission with a slip and assist clutch supports power delivery. The bike also sports high-performance Brembo brakes and a fully adjustable Ohlins suspension system.

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