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Bajaj-Triumph Motorcycles Partnership To Go Live Next Year

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Bajaj Auto and British automaker Triumph Motorcycles could make their partnership live by the end of 2020.

While the big, flashy, high-end products are the halo offerings from premium automakers, these products aren’t exactly the best sellers for many of them. Similarly, mass-market automakers who have widely selling smaller capacity products do not necessarily have a halo product to show their engineering and technical prowess.

Such seems to be the case for the Indian automaker Bajaj Auto and British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles as they had already announced that they will be partnering together to come out with sub-500cc motorcycles – combining the design and engineering expertise of Triumph with Bajaj’s widespread dealership network and manufacturing facilities.

However, there is not much info on the partnership and we don’t know whether they will collaborate to introduce a new motorcycle or whether the partnership will be limited to sharing technical know-how. Things will be clear once they will sign a formal contract.

Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director of Bajaj Auto said, “all the principles of engagement (between Bajaj Auto and Triumph) have all been satisfactorily and amicably resolved. These are now embedded in a formal contract, which is in its last stages of preparation…there is nothing left to debate in it. It is just a matter of transcribing the principles into a (formal) language,” cited the report.

As of now, it is believed that Bajaj’s partnership with Triumph will be similar to the one they have with Austrian bike maker KTM where it holds a 48 per cent stake in the company, but this time, it will be a straight-forward manufacturing contract.

Currently, Triumph operates as an assembly plant in Manesar, Haryana, and sells a total of 13 models in India. The Chakan plant of Bajaj, will also see Triumph motorcycles being built alongside KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles.

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Hero Xpulse 200 Starts Reaching Showrooms, Delivery Begins

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Launched last month, the Xpulse 200 Carburetor version priced at Rs. 97,000 (ex-showroom) and the fuel injected variant is at Rs 1.05 Lakhs (ex-showroom)

The bookings for the Xpulse motorcycles began as soon as they were launched in India on 1st May 2019. We have already reported earlier that Hero will begin the deliveries from the first week of June onward. The good news is that the Xpulse 200 and the 200T have finally reached the showrooms across India and the authorized Hero dealers have also commenced the deliveries of these motorcycles recently.

The recently launched Hero Xtreme 200S, Xpulse 200 and the Xpulse 200T are all powered by the same 200cc, single cylinder, 2 valves air-cooled engine. This unit paired with a 5-speed gearbox produces about 18.4PS of peak power at 8000 rpm and 17.1 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm. Hero also offers a fuel injected version of the Xpulse 200. All these three motorcycles also share the same frame with Xtreme 200R, launched last year in India.

The Xpulse 200 gets a high mounted mudguard at the front, engine bash guard, swept up exhaust, and knuckle guards that help in adding a proper off-roading experience to the motorcycle. The Xpulse 200 also has been fitted with a large 21-inch spoke wheels at the front and 18-inch spoke wheels at the rear fitted with proper dual purpose tyres from Ceat.

The Xpulse 200 features a 37 mm telescopic forks up front and a 10-step pre-load adjustable monoshock unit at the rear with 170 mm travel. The Xpulse 200T is the touring version has received a more road biased styling and components. The motorcycle gets a 17-inch alloy wheel on both ends wrapped with road biased rubbers.

The riding ergonomics of the motorcycle is also slightly relaxed as well. Both the versions of the Xpulse also share the same digital instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity feature via Bluetooth. The LCD instrument cluster displays turn-by-turn navigation system and call alert besides display some regular information.

All the three motorcycles depend on a 276 mm disc at the front and a 220 mm disc at the rear. A single channel ABS is offered as standard for the safety of the rider. The Xtreme 200S, on the other hand, is a faired variant of the Xtreme 200R and shares all its parts with the Xtreme 200 and the Xpulse 200T.

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Bajaj Dominar 400 Sales Up By 59 Percent Post 2019 Model Launch

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Bajaj recently launched the new Dominar with some added features, design changes and new colour options, hoping to improve the sales of the otherwise dwindling market share. The gamble did work to some extent as new Dominar 400 clocked 1,346 unit sales in April 2019, a far better result than the previous quarter of 2019 as only 1,191 units of Dominar sold same month last year.

Now in the sales of May 2019, Bajaj Dominar has performed even better recording a growth of 59 percent as against May 2018 sales. Interestingly, Bajaj projected to sell 10,000 units of Dominar monthly initially, but the current sales figures are nowhere close to it.

The new Dominar 400 was given a couple of new colour options including aurora green and black dual-colour scheme and Vine Black colour which buyers can choose from. The Dominar also gets redesigned digital cluster to show the gear position, trip information and time.

The bike gets redesigned aggressive looking headlight cluster with LED lights, refreshed fuel tank pad decal, tail-tell lights, split seats with split grab rails and bungee straps tucked under the seat and new rear view mirrors.

New Bajaj Dominar 400 also gets a retuned liquid-cooled 373.33 DOHC engine which produces 40bhp with 35Nm of peak torque. The engine is said to more refined and is mated to a 6-speed transmission which has slipper clutch which prevents rear wheel lockup in case of engine seizure or failed transmission. It gets Dual channel ABS as standard.

The cruiser also have Upside-Down forks which offers great handling, telescopic suspension at the rear, revised digital cluster and dual-barrel exhaust system. Bajaj Dominar continues compete against the likes of Royal Enfield Classic 350, KTM Duke 390 and Jawa Motorcycles and BMW G 310 R.

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Harley-Davidson to build small bikes in China

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A few months ago, Harley-Davidson posted about its intention of making their most affordable motorcycle with a South Asian company. Now, the company has finally disclosed their big alliance with Qianjang Motorcycle, a Chinese company.

As a part of this new alliance, both the companies will co-develop their most affordable motorcycle, a 338cc naked bike that will be made in China and exported to the rest of the world. The American brand decided to go with Qianjang as it has experience in developing premium small displacement bikes, an established supply base and ability to meet customer requirements.

The American brand has released a prototype picture of its upcoming 338cc motorcycle. Harley-Davidson has ditched its traditional cruiser styling for a more modern streetfighter look. The bike seems to be built around a trellis frame, and a parallel-twin liquid cooled engine doing the job. Other bits like upside-down front forks, dual discs at the front and an all LED-headlamp setup can be seen in the released pictures. However, production model features may vary.

This new unnamed motorcycle will be first launched in China by the end of 2020, followed by launches in other Asian markets. We are expecting this bike to make its India debut in early 2021, and could be assembled at the company’s Haryana facility. By doing this, the company will be able to save on duties which will directly impact its pricing.

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Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Upcoming Honda Activa 6G

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The Honda Activa is the best selling scooter in India that tops the sales chart every month. We have reported earlier that Honda has started testing the upcoming Activa 6G scooter already and it will be launched before April 2020 in India. The test mule of the upcoming scooter was wrapped in heavy camouflage and was caught recently during the homologation process in Pune.

Here are the 5 things that you need to know about the upcoming Honda Activa 6G

1. New Connectivity Feature

According to the reports, the upcoming Activa 6G will feature an advanced digital instrument cluster that will get a smartphone connectivity feature. The instrument cluster will get turn by turn navigation and call alert feature that can also be found in the TVS Ntorq 125.

2. Updated Suspension setup

The Honda Activa scooter uses an old school trailing link suspension setup towards the front since the very beginning. However, the upcoming Activa 6G will sport a pair of telescopic forks that will replace the old suspension setup. The updated suspension setup will help improve the ride and handling quality of the scooter.

3. Redesigned styling

The Activa 6G will feature a redesigned LED headlamp cluster and a different set of LED DRL lamp. The front apron will get integrated side turn indicators while the side body panels will also get some sharp creases and new graphics. Expect the scooter to also feature an updated taillamp as well.

4. Updated BS-VI compliant engine

Expect the upcoming Honda Activa 6G to feature an updated 110cc, air-cooled engine. This new motor will also get fuel injection technology and most probably Honda’s new idling stop system. The idle stop system will automatically turn off the engine when the scooter stops at a traffic light or any other brief halts. The motor is again turned on with the twist of a throttle. This feature will definitely help improve the overall fuel efficiency of the scooter.

5. Better stopping power

Honda will offer a disc brake on the top spec model of the Activa 6G which will help improve the overall braking performance of the upcoming scooter. Moreover, it will also get Honda’s combi-braking system as well for the safety of the rider.

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Royal Enfield launched two bikes Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650

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Royal Enfield has revealed the looks of its newly launched interceptor 650 and Continental 650 bikes. The bikes are loaded with 650 cc engine which will give a smooth and powerful city ride and highway ride.

These bikes are being manufactured in European market and then these will be launched in other parts of the world. In India bikers have special craze royal Enfield. These two bikes were launched in Milan Motor Show and during the show it was told that these two superb bikes would be available in the market in April next year.

Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal said “The bikes are in last stage of production. We expect to launch in some markets starting April next year and then through the year across various global other global geographies. Royal Enfield aims to lead and expand the mid weight (250 cc -750 cc) motorcycle segment globally. These two new bikes would help grow this segment.”

The prices of these bikes are still not fixed as these are in pre-production phase.

Both bikes truly carries the Royal Enfield DNA as the interceptor 650 has a higher handle bar to give a smooth highway cruising experience whereas Continental GT 650 is designed in way so that it looks lean and give impression of cafe racer.

The engine comes with 6 speed gearbox with slip assist clutch to reduce your lever work. It can easily go on for 120-135 kmph with 47PS of peak power at 7,100rpm and 52nm torque at 4000rpm. The twin engines looks nostalgic and like Royal Enfield used to have in 1940’s.

Mr. Lal further said “The 650 twins offer a very evocative option to customers in mature motorcycle markets such as Europe, Australia and North America. For us this marks the beginning of a new chapter at Royal Enfield.”

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Ofo: Cycling in over $700 million in fund raiser

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Ofo, a very popular Chinese bicycle sharing start-up has aimed on worldwide expansion, claiming that it brought over $700 million up in a fund raiser. Dai Wei, the CEO of Ofo said that they are trying to redesign their administration for better client experiences and aiming to accelerate their worldwide expansion methodology.

The fund raiser was driven by Alibaba, CITIC Private Equity and Hony Capital, with particular interest from DST Global and Didi Chuxing. This is the first time Alibaba has tossed its hat into China’s rapidly developing bicycle sharing industry, which has grown as an alternative to taxis, ride-hailing mobile applications and other transportation alternatives for some individuals taking short cross country excursions in China. Clients only need to scan the QR code printed on a bike to begin their ride, and with each bicycle conveying a GPS device they can be left anywhere when the ride is over.

Ofo is also looking at the worldwide Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) tech for broad business utilization. This move will enable Chinese Telecom to provide Ofo with countrywide Internet access, while Huawei will furnish Ofo bicycles with NB-IoT chips and other media transmission devices such as GPS chips.

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China’s bicycle sharing industry has been fuelled with upstarts, for example, Ofo, working parallel to Beijing Mobike Technology and others aiming at enhancing urban mobility across the country and providing an ecological transport method.

Investors have realized that the potential this market holds is very great, to some measure due to the stress over various industries to reduce the carbon emissions. And they have emptied their sizable wallets full of cash as a fuel into this preheated industry.

A month ago, Mobike claimed to have brought up $600 million up in a fund raiser driven by web giant Tencent Holdings and joined by TPG, Sequoia and Hillhouse Capital, etc.

According to Ofo, it currently has more than 6.5 million bicycles in 150 cities. Before the year is up, Ofo said plan to supply convey 20 million bicycles to the bicycle sharing industry and to extend its services to be available to 200 cities in 20 nations around the globe.

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What To Consider When Buying A Bike

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Key Considerations While Shopping

Engine size – Engines are measured in cubic centimeters or CCs, which refers to the volume inside the engine where air and fuel is combined to power the bike. Typically, a motorcycle with a higher number of CCs means a bigger engine, more power and faster speeds.

Weight of bike –The heavier the bike, the harder it is to operate. You need to be able to upright your bike if it gets knocked over.

Height of seat – While straddling the bike, make sure your feet can touch the ground when you stop. Also measure the length of your leg from the bottom of your foot to your groin. If the seat is higher than the measurement, the bike is most likely too tall for you.

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Keep these features in mind while researching the various motorcycle categories below.

Different Types of Motorcycles

Standard

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Commonly referred to as “naked motorcycles,” these bikes are known for their upright riding position. Both handlebars and foot pegs are situated so that riders can maintain a comfortable position without having to reach too far forward. Their moderate-size engines and functional, user-friendly design make them a good option for new riders.

Cruiser

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Cruisers are modeled after large American machines from the 1930s to 1960s – the most popular being Harley-Davidsons. These bikes have a V-twin engine designed for low-end torque and offer a low riding position, high handlebars and forward foot pegs – causing riders to lean back slightly. This seating may not be ideal for beginners who are anticipating riding at higher speeds for long periods of time, since pulling back on the handlebars to battle wind can be tiring.

Dual-sport

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Referred to as dual-purpose or on- and off-road motorcycles, dual-sport bikes have high seats and a high center of gravity to better handle rough ground. They’re similar to dirt bikes, except they feature mirrors and lights that make them legal to ride on public streets. Their small engines and lightweight frames make them a good choice for a new rider, as long as they can straddle the bike with both feet planted on the ground.

Touring

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Designed for long-distance riding, touring motorcycles have large engines and bigger fuel tanks. They give riders a comfortable, upright seating position and more storage, but their size and higher cost may make them more suited for experienced riders.

Sport bike

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Optimized for high speeds and acceleration, sport bikes have high-performance engines on a lightweight frame. They feature higher foot pegs and a longer reach to the handlebars, which is beneficial when riding into the wind at higher speeds. At lower speeds, sport bikes can be tiring because they put more weight on a rider’s hands and wrists.

Sport touring

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Consider these bikes a hybrid between a sport and touring motorcycle. Compared to a sport bike, sport touring bikes have more storage, but are overall lighter in weight compared to a touring bike. They also offer a more relaxed seating position.

Once you select the type of motorcycle to suit your needs, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing a used bike versus a new one.

New vs. Used – A used motorcycle may be less expensive, but could cost more in repairs and maintenance in the long run.

New vs. Used: The Pros and Cons

Pros & Cons of buying a used bike
Less expensive
A bike that’s even a few months old will usually have a much lower price than a brand new model.

Unknown history
Since you don’t know how the previous owner treated a bike, it may have more mechanical issues.

Lower insurance cost
While not always the case, a used bike may be less expensive to insure than a new one in the same style.

Hidden costs
Upkeep costs may be higher, depending on the level of maintenance required.

Good for practice
New riders are still learning and may not want to risk damaging a new bike.

Lacks new technology
Used bikes may not have the latest safety features.

Pros & Cons of buying a new bike 
Has a warranty
New bikes typically come with a warranty to protect against mechanical problems.

More expensive
A new bike will typically cost more than a used one.

Clear history
You don’t have to worry about the bike having been damaged from past accidents.

Quickly depreciates
The motorcycle’s value drops when it leaves the lot.

More mileage
The bike will have no or very few miles on the odometer.

Higher insurance cost
New motorcycles typically cost more to insure.

You have your motorcycle license, the proper safety apparel and now the knowledge necessary to choose the type of bike that’s right for you. Just don’t forget to get the motorcycle insurance you need to stay protected on the road.

Picture Courtesy : Stutam Das (Super Cars & Bikes in Bhubaneswar)

Article Courtesy : Niralee Nirlipta, Senior PRO & Content Writer

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