2018 Honda PCX 150 Launched; Priced Similar to KTM 390 Duke
The popular motorcycle, the Honda PCX 150, has been released in the US market followed by an upgrade. While the standard version of new motorcycle is currently priced at Rs.2.36 lakh, the ABS variant is worth a whopping Rs.2.55 lakh. The design elements of the new bike is similar to the previous model while featuring a sleek LED, apron-mounted headlight along with a curvier panel and twin LED turn indicators. While the 2018 Honda PCX 150 features an all-digital LCD instrument console, the bore of the motorcycle has been reduced to 57.3mm. The stoke of the bike remains unchanged at 57.9mm, and powerful 149cc engine coupled with a larger airbox can generate more power at 13.3 hp and torque at 14 Nm compared to its predecessor. The underbone tubular frame of the previous model has been replaced duplex cradle chassis that will provide more stability during a ride. With an option for dual-channel ABS, the Honda PCX 150 is lighter than the previous variant by 2.8 kgs owing to the lighter wheels and upgraded frame.
16 April 2018
First Bike Ambulance Service of Northern India Introduced
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Mr. Jai Ram Thakur, launched the first Bike Ambulance Service of Northern India making Himachal Pradesh to be the fourth state after Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Goa to have such a emergency response service. This service was introduced within the state keeping in mind its geographical condition and road conditions which makes it difficult for emergency medical care to reach the location on time. During the first phase of the plan, the Bike Ambulance Service will supplement the 108 National Ambulance Service already operational in Shimla town, and will be further extended to other parts of the state in future. Targeted to improve the 108 Ambulance Service, the First Response Bikes will come equipped with a first aid kit along with necessary medical equipment and medicines to treat patients and accident victims on the spot.
5 April 2018
Yamaha reduces the prices of MT-09 and YZF-R1
Yamaha, world-renowned motorcycle maker, declared that it has minimised prices for its bikes namely MT-09 sport-naked motorcycle and YZF-R1 litre-class superbike. The new price of MT-09 sport-naked motorcycle, which is a mid-capacity bike, is now Rs.9.5 lakh. The modified price of YZF-R1 litre-class superbike, which is a flagship bike of Yamaha, is now Rs.18.1 lakh. The engine capacity of MT-09 is 847 cc and the bike comes with 3 cylinders and a liquid-cooled engine. The engine capacity of YZF-R1 is 998 cc with a 4-cylinder engine. The prices of these bikes have come down due to the decline in duties on CBU bikes.
26 March 2018
Suzuki Introduces the New Intruder FI Priced at Rs.1.07 Lakh
After being unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo, the fuel-injected variant of Suzuki Intruder has been launched in India with an ex-showroom price of Rs.1,06,896. The carburettor version of the bike is priced at Rs.99,995. The new cruiser features an improved throttle response and single-channeled Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with a fuel-injection system comprising 6 sensors that gauges the right amount of fuel the bike requires to offer the best performance. Available in 2 colour options, the Suzuki Intruder FI has received a staggering response with approximately 15,000 units sold. The affordable motorcycle has already surpassed the target sale by 25%. Outfitted with a full-digital console, the bike is powered by a 155cc, single-cylinder motor coupled with a 5-speed transmission to generate a maximum power of 14.6 hp and 14 Nm of maximum torque
21 March 2018
Lifestyle Luxury Exhibition to be held in Coimbatore for 2 days showcasing bikes
Coimbatore City in Tamil Nadu will be hosting the second edition of Lifestyle Luxury Exhibition, which will be organised for 2 days. The mega event will be held at CODISSIA Grounds. It is expected to start on March 24, 2018. Some of the products to be displayed at this exhibition include luxury products as well as products manufactured by top-class international brands. One can choose from upscale products such as motorcycles, real estate, furniture, jewellery, cars, interiors, clothing, accessories, watches, cosmetics, and lots more.
20 March 2018
Ofo, bike-sharing platform, makes $866 million recently
Ofo, the first bike-sharing platform in the globe, recently attained a funding worth $866-million. Some of the firms that offered funding include Haofeng Group, Alibaba Group, Ant Financial, Tianhe Capital, and Junli Capital. Over the past few months, Ofo has been offering its dockless bicycle options in cities in India such as Indore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Delhi, and Bengaluru. The leading bike-sharing firm is targeting educational campuses, gated communities, public parks, and IT campuses. The company offers its excellent services in 21 countries in 250 cities with over 32 million rides on a daily basis.
14 March 2018
Customisation kit for KTM Duke 200 Street X2 bike out in Indian market
KTM, leading Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, had released its 2017 version of Duke 200 sometime last year. This is the most economical bike offered by KTM. When it was launched in the nation, many KTM fans were upset that the new KTM model of Duke 200 did not offer much modifications. However, very recently, Autologue Design, a bike modification firm that is based in Pune, came up with a brand new body kit that enables users to modify the design and feel of the bike. The naked bike can now get a sportier and cooler look with the help of this customisation kit.
6 March 2018
10% reduction in prices of BMW bikes across categories
BMW Motorrad announced a reduction in prices by 10% across categories like Roadster, Heritage, Sport, Touring, and Adventure. BMW's product lineup includes R 1200 GS Adventure, R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS, S 1000 RR, S 1000 XR, K 1600 B, K 1600 GTL, R 1200 RT, R nineT Racer, R nineT Scrambler, R nine T, and R 1200 R among others. However, the recently launched F 750 GS and F 850 GS bikes will not have a price cut. The maximum price cut is for the BMW S 1000 XR Pro by Rs.1,60,000 whereas the BMW R 1200 GS Standard’s price was cut by just Rs.20,000. Consumers expect other bike manufacturers like Yamaha, Aprilia, Indian Motorcycle, MV Agusta, etc. to follow suit and reduce their bike prices.
27 February 2018
Honda Started Bookings for X-Blade 160; Deliveries From March
The bookings for 2018 Honda X-Blade 160 has already started while Honda Motor Company is planning to start the deliveries of the bike from March. The motorcycle was unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo and carries aggressive styling in order to attract the younger crowd. Along with edgy design details, the two-wheeler sports a 162.7cc air-cooled engine similar to the CB Hornet 160R and a completely digital console with service indicator, gear-position indicator, and hazard lights. The X-Blade 160 produces a power of 13.9 hp at 8,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 13.9 Nm at 6,000 rpm. With an ex-showroom price of Rs.79,000, the bike will soon be available in the Indian market in five colours - Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Marshal Green Metallic, Matte Frozen Silver, Pearl Spartan Red, and Matte Marvel Blue Metallic.
19 February 2018
Maharashtra Government to Introduce Bike Ambulances in Tribal Areas
The Government of Maharashtra launched free bike ambulance service in Mumbai in August 2017. There are 10 bike ambulances with teams of paramedics currently operating in the city to provide emergency care to patients. These ambulances have attended to 28 pregnancy-related emergencies, 186 trauma cases, and 1,270 medical emergencies. Since the initiative turned out to be a huge success, the Government is planning to widen the prospects of the service by increasing the number of such vehicles within the city to 20.
Being an emergency first-responder medical service, this service can be availed by calling the ‘108’ helpline. Since its inception till 31 January 2018, the bike ambulance service has intercepted approximately 1,500 calls from areas that are inaccessible to the regular ambulances. The State Government also intends to introduce 20 bike ambulances in the tribal-dominated areas of Maharashtra in order to help patients receive quick medical attention.
15 February 2018