Confederate Motorcycles Make a Comeback With Combat Bomber Bike
According to the official Facebook page of Confederate Motorcycles, the company plans on making a comeback by rebranding itself to Curtiss Motorcycle Company and introducing a new Confederate Hellcat by the end of 2019 followed by a newly designed Confederate Wraith. While many believed that the rebranding meant that Confederate motorcycles will no longer be built, the company has been revived by venture capital fund - Ernest Lee Capital. The high-end bikes from the popular two-wheeler manufacturer will now be produced in Birmingham, AL. Not only has the official website of Confederate Motorcycles has been updated to showcase new and pre-owned bikes, but the company also has plans to introduce 3 new models - Confederate Fighter, Confederate Hellcat, and Confederate Wraith.
Soon after the rebranding to Curtiss Motorcycle Company Inc., Ernest Lee Capital LLC made announcements mentioning that it has acquired the intellectual property rights to the brand and designs of Confederate Motorcycles. Not long after, Confederate Motorcycles announced that it intends to sell the remaining Confederate FA-13 Combat Bombers and P-51 Combat Fighters before starting production of the new Confederate G3 Fighter. As per the statements of Ernest Lee, the company is currently designing the next volume of bikes to be launched with various customer-selectable options.
20 July 2018
Yamaha to Introduce YZF-R15 MotoGP in India in August 2018
Yamaha - a two-wheeler manufacturer based in Japan - has decided to launch the YZF-R15 MotoGP edition in the Indian market in August 2018. While the new R15 Version 3.0 will now be available in blue similar to the factory MotoGP bike, the motorcycle will also feature an ENEOS logo on the belly pan as well as the Movistar logo on the front and sides. However, the bike will not sport the racing numbers of the MotoGP stars of Yamaha such as Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi, etc.
While the R15 MotoGP edition is available for sale in a few Southeast Asia markets, the model to be launched in India is expected to be similar to the R15 V3.0 undergo apart from the cosmetic updates. Furthermore, the internationally available R15 MotoGP edition carries a USD fork at the front end. However, the India-spec variant is likely to be outfitted with a conventional telescopic fork, much like the current R15 V3.0.
The ex-showroom price of the Yamaha R15 V3.0 in Delhi is Rs.1.26 lakh and comes in two colour variants - Racing Blue and Thunder Grey. However, the price of the new Yamaha R15 MotoGP edition is likely to fall under the premium segment as opposed to the standard bike.
13 July 2018
New Honda Cars’ CEO Keen to Learn From Motorcycle and Scooter Experience
Despite being in India for under two months, Guru Nakanishi, the CEO and President of Honda Cars India, says that he has already understood the potential of the market, adding that he is very excited to be part of a market that is quickly growing. He said that the market in which he now operates has plenty of potential for growth as it is basically a two-horse race because Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki are covering two-thirds of the market. He also said that he would want to work closely with Honda’s two-wheeler segment and maximise synergies in order to drive the brand in the market.
31 May 2018
Honda and Bajaj Race Towards Second Spot in Bike Industry
In the race for the second position in the motorcycle industry, Honda Motor Company has reduced the gap between Bajaj Auto by expanding its outreach in India. With an increase in demand in the rural areas of the country, Honda has been close to surpassing the bike sales of Bajaj Auto for the previous financial year. While Bajaj Auto had sold 1.97 million motorcycles in the FY 2017-18, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) sold 1.95 millions units for the same period of time. Furthermore, the sales of Honda were greater than that of Bajaj in 7 months out of 12 as well as during the start of the current financial year.
The reason for Honda’s success can be attributed to the fact that Bajaj is still trying to cope with the lack of a strong product in the 125cc segment whereas Honda has created a strong hold in the area. Due to this reason, Honda witnessed a 27% growth in the FY 2018 while Bajaj had 1.33% decline in sales for the same duration.
18 May 2018
TVS XL100 Heavy Duty i-Touch Start Soon to Reach Indian Markets
TVS Motor Company is set to launch the TVS XL100 Heavy Duty 'i-Touch Start' with an integrated starter generator system that offers an electric start system. Offering a great performance and excellent pick-up with a high-spark energy engine, the scooter is available in 7 different colour variants - T. Grey, Red, Green, Blue, Black, Copper Shine, and Mineral Purple. The bike is powered by a 99.7cc, 4-stroke, BS IV compliant engine that is capable of generating maximum power at 6,000 rpm and peak torque at 3,500 rpm. The TVS XL 100 Heavy Duty 'i-Touch Start' feature numerous design details that give it a striking appearance such as an eye-catching ''Heavy Duty'' logo with USB charger, vibrant graphics, and alluring LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL). The ex-showroom price of the bike in New Delhi is Rs.36,109.
25 April 2018
Bajaj Auto Discontinues the Pulsar 135LS Due to Less Demand
Even after the repeated efforts of Bajaj Auto to resurrect the Pulsar 135LS over the years, the company has finally decided to pull the plug on the bike. This move will make the Pulsar 150 the new entry-level motorcycle in the entire Pulsar range with an ex-showroom price of Rs.74,074. Introduced in 2009 as a sporty bike, the Pulsar 135LS refused to entice the Indian customers even after witnessing a myriad of upgrades last year and a price cut by Rs.5,000. The lack of the Indian buyers towards the bike has led Bajaj Auto to discontinue it in the Indian market. While the motorcycle will continue to remain in stock at other global markets, all the Pulsar 135LS at Indian dealerships have been sold out and further bookings of the bike is not being accepted anymore.
9 April 2018
Honda releases 2018 CB Hornet 160R bike in India
Honda, leading bike manufacturer, released the Hornet 160R in India very recently. It is a sporty commuter motorcycle that comes with an engine capacity of 160 cc. The user of this bike can enjoy a digital instrument cluster, LED headlamp, body decals, single-channel ABS, etc. The price of this vehicle model ranges from Rs.84,675 to Rs.92,675. This bike model will most likely compete with TVS Apache RTR 160, Suzuki Gixxer, Bajaj Pulsar NS 160, and so on. The maximum power of this bike is 14.7 bhp and the maximum torque is 6,500 rpm.
29 March 2018
Brand new Royal Enfield Thunderbird X bike series released in Dimapur, Nagaland
Royal Enfield, leading bike manufacturer, recently introduced its Royal Enfield Thunderbird series with bike models known as Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and 500X. These 2 models were recently released at a showroom in Dimapur. The bike models were released by Temjen Along Imna, Minister Higher and Technical Education. The Thunderbird X is the first motorcycle that has been released with 9-spoke black alloy wheels. Both the bike models will have matte black engines. The brand new Thunderbird 350X is priced at Rs.1.56 lakh and the Thunderbird 500X is priced at Rs.1.98 lakh.
20 March 2018
TVS Motor Company to Unveil a New Commuter Bike
According to reports, TVS Motor Company will soon launch a new 100cc commuter motorcycle namely TVS Prestige. Expected to be equipped with the same engine as the TVS Sport, the bike will be powered by a single-cylinder, carbureted drivetrain coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission to generate a maximum power of 7.4 ps at 7,500 rpm. Being similar to the TVS Sport, the manufacturing company claims that the new commuter motorcycle will be able to grant a maximum mileage of 95 kmpl using a 4-speed gearbox. The starting price of the TVS Prestige will be Rs.45,000 approximately. The bike will also feature a 5-year standard warranty similar to the TVS Sport. Apart from the TVS Prestige, TVS Motor Company is currently believed to be working on a few cruiser bikes based on the Zeppelin Concept.
27 February 2018
Hero Motocorp reveals ‘XPulse’
Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL), prominent two-wheeler manufacturer, recently displayed its latest adventure motorcycle, known as the XPulse. The bike has an engine displacement of 200 cc, and it was revealed for the first time at the Auto Expo, 2018. The company aims to enhance its market share in the nation, particularly, in the higher engine capacity category. This bike will be the second product in the premium category. The company aims to launch this product primarily for young, riding lovers who love adventure and thrill. The maximum power of this bike is 18.4PS and the maximum torque of this bike is 17.1 Nm.
15 February 2018