Category Archives: Bikes

Yamaha Outrageous – Why not MAXAM for Indian Markets ?

 

The Gladiator concept officials claim previews the next Yamaha, a Yamaha that finally breaks into the premium end of the biking segment. Powered by a new generation engine that will meet 2008 emission norms, it will most likely displace 160cc and betuned for performance to go with the global Yamaha image. Two Gladiators were on display, one in silver and the other in black incorporating different styling themes to gauge customer reactions and zero in on the definite look of the road Star of the Yamaha booth was undoubtedly Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP championship winning YZR M1.

Yamaha also had its top superbikes on display to woo crowds the 1000cc YZF R1, the 600cc YZF-R6, the 1.6 litre MT-01, the 600cc FZ6 Fazer and the 1.8 litre Roadliner. The outrageous 250cc Maxam scooter, the 113cc Nouvo step thru, 250cc Fazer and not to mention the entire Indian Libero, Fazer and Crux range.

TVS Apache VS BAJAJ Pulsar

 

The various models of Apache bike introduced by TVS was delivered to give stiff competition to the current king of the 150cc and 180cc plus quick pick up segment, Bajaj Pulsar. The Apache develops 13.5PS of power and has a good power to weight ratio to boot. Apache TVS’s new stunner occupied centre stage at the company stall. This 150cc bike has won quite a few accolades in less then a month after launch. But the USP for the bike is its styling,which is easily the finest we have seen on an Indian mass produced motorcycle. The company also showcased the latest iteration of its 125cc motorcycle, the Victor GLX. The GLX hitherto has not sold well for various reasons.

TVS therefore, introduced the Edge, basically a variant of the GLX sporting the same engine and gearbox, was launched with improved suspension and styling borrowed from the 110cc Victor GL. The bike also comes with alloy wheels and thicker tyres.

 

Reasons why Apache Models from TVS was not a major success when compared to Bajaj Pulsar

–  Apart from its Unique Selling Proposition – The style of the bike no other feature is new or an add on

– Poor mileage

– Design makes the Driver uncomfortable while driving on Indian roads causing lower back pain

– Spares are expensive

– High maintenance and regular servicing is required

 

Future Trends and Latest Additions in TVS Apache RTR

TVS did not back off and has given a lot of new additions, improvements and modifications to the latest TVS Apache RTR bikes especially in these,

– Beast Head lamps

– Muscled tanks

– Sculpted Display

– Better Engine

– Better Engine cowl

 

 

Yamaha’s Fazer 250iE – Raising Brows in International Market

 

Raising eyebrows was the South American market 250cc Fazer 250iE that has a strong naked bike look and at least from the rear looks somewhat like the Indian Fazer. Using an air cooled 250cc single it develops 21PS of power at 7500rpm and 20.6Nm of torque at 6500rpm and tips the scales at 137kg. It uses conventional forks up front but a monoshock at the rear. There are no Indian plans for now and Yamaha would only look at producing the bike if it could be made for under a lakh rupees.Also raising eyebrows was the 250cc Fazer 250iE which is sold in South American markets. There are no production plans as of now for this bike and Yamaha is looking at feasibility to manufacture this bike in India for under a lakh of rupees. Of course the naked styling theme will have to be worked upon.

Hero Impulse Features, Specifications and Price In India

 

Hero Motocorp, an Indian company modelled by Hero Group, after Hero and Honda group side-lined, has currently introduced their very first bike as “Hero Impulse” in the market. The bike gives a stylish “DIRT” look, powered by 150-cc four-stroke engine, evolved for both smooth and rough roads, especially ridding on village roads. It also includes 12 litres fuel tank, Front disc brake, Read drum brake, 5 speed gear box, Mono-shock rear suspension.

Hero Impulse Features and Specifications

Weight of Hero Impulse is 119.1 kg.
Fuel tank capacity is 12 litres.
Ground clearance is 244 mm.
Mileage of Hero Impulse is 40 ~ 55 KMPL.
Engine is four-stroke air-cooled OHC.
Displacement engine is 149 cc.
Transmission: 5-speed Constant-Mesh.
Front suspension is- Telescopic Hydraulic.
Rear suspension is- Swing-arm Nitrox.
Maximum Power of Impulse- 13.2bhp @ 8000 rpm.
Maximum Torque of Impulse- 1.36kgm @ 6000 rpm.
Advanced CDI- ignition system.
Brakes of Impulse- front disc and rear drum.
Wheelbase is 1360 mm.
Multi-Reflector Halogen-Bulb of Impulse.
5-Speed Gearbox.
150cc- Air Cooled Single Cylinder Engine.
LED tail lights of Hero Impulse.
Impulse has a sporty pattern- Slim waist, Tall Stance and High Tail.

It’s been available with stylish body graphics of Orange , Red , Yellow and Green Colors .

What happened to TVS Predator bikes ?

 

With the face lifted GLX, TVS has incorporated revisions made in the Edge like the rear gas shock absorbers besides redone graphics. As was the case last year, TVS also showcased a couple of concepts, which sadly will not be introduced in the Indian market. The Isotope 200, a 200cc supermoto with its futuristic lines and a beaky front, is a concept designed for recreational purposes. The bike uses disc brakes at both front and rear, and inverted telescopic shock absorbers up front. The predator in the mean time was n’t meant to follow any particular design blueprint. It’s solely a manifestation of the designer’s idea.

It sports a skull shaped headlamp, nicely carved out fuel tank and well integrated tail. The complete feel of the bike is that of a sporty cruiser. The concept employs a 500cc V-twin. The star range of the company’s entry level motorcycles with star city taking centre stage, in addition to motocross machines complete with dummy riders.

What’s still unclear is what happened to TVS Predator bikes ? appears TVS made a roll back, will these bikes hit the market anytime soon or in future ?

 

Suzuki Zeus with Disc Brakes is for regular use

 

The bikes in question are the Heat and Zeus. While the two share identical mechanicals and cycle parts, they are targeted at very different customer profiles. The former with its no frills, bare basic design is targeted at the semi-urban and rural clientele, better sculpted front mud guard and an engine cowl is expected to appeal to the city slicker.

The localisation levels for the bikes are high, while the rest would be imported from the parent company in Japan. Suzuki expects with its brand already embossed is the Indian customer’s psyche besides a low purchase price and quality levels that are on par with the rest, the bikes will find many takers.

The company announced that Heat will be priced below Rs40,000, which however would also depend on the sops the auto industry gets in the upcoming budget. The Zeus with disc brakes and other add ons is expected to cost an additional Rs 3000-4000. The motorcycle arm, 74 percent of which is owned by the Japanese giant, 26 percent being held by the Sheel family.