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KTM launches next gen RC 200 at Rs.1.71 lakh & RC 390 at Rs.2.25 lakh

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World’s popular sports bike manufacturer KTM launched their 2017 RC 200 and RC 390 in India with a host of super sport features at a price of Rs.1.71 lakh and Rs.2.25 lakh (Both ex-showroom price, Delhi) respectively. The duo has been provided significant cosmetic changes on the exterior and plenty of new other updates. Deliveries for both the bikes are expected to begin by last week of January.

RC 200

RC 200 gets new style through cosmetic tweaks as a new livery, striking graphics on the fairing and a white fuel tank representing its popular black and white paint scheme. The old underbelly exhaust still continues to be a part of this machine. The old 199cc engine that complies with BS-IV norms has been retained to produce 25hp power and 19.2Nm torque. It is coupled to a six speed gearbox. The front disc brakes have bulked up from 280mm to 300mm.RC 200 has been given an aluminum swing arm and upside down suspension.

RC 390

RC 390 scores higher than the little brother in terms of new features. Similar to the cosmetic tweaks on the RC 200, this elder one gets a new black and white paint scheme with new graphics on the fairing where the existing KTM badge has been shrunk and pushed up while a bigger RC 390 badge occupies the space. The orange trellis framework has been extended all the way up to the rear seat panel where an RC 390 badge once again appears. This bike gets ride by wire technology, a slipper clutch, higher ground clearance and a bigger 320mm front disc which halts the vehicle easily. ECU based acceleration enables in better throttle response. The underbelly exhaust has been replaced by a side mounted exhaust and the new aluminium exhaust is said to comply with Euro-IV emission norms. The ABS sensor has been adjusted for better safety while the instrument cluster gets new features. The bike also gets a new Bosch fuel pump with renewed fuel pump pressure. Lesser vibrations are noted due to the rubber cushions on the fairing. The RC 390 is powered by the existing 373.2 cc that continues to fire 43.5bhp and 36Nm of torque mates to a six speed gearbox.

KTM machines have always been worth every penny spent and these upgraded twins are expected to carry forward the same expectations in terms of performance. Rumours are that the company plans to upgrade the Duke model too by the end of this year.

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Norton shakes hands with Kinetic Group to launch their bikes in India

At the recent EICMA Motorcycle Show 2017, Kinetic Group announced their decision to launch the world famous UK based Norton Motorcycles in India in the coming year. Kinetic Motoroyale has entered into a Joint Venture with Norton Motorcycles to form Kinetic Norton that will locally assemble and sell Norton Motorcycles in India. The partnership is said to be a 51%-49% agreement with Kinetic having the majority share thereby representing Norton in South East Asia.


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Avantura Choppers debuts with Rudra and Pravega

• Two new Chopper motorcycles Rudra and Pravega launched from an Indian Brand

• Will be available as custom made to order motorcycles

• Rudra and Pravega priced at Rs.23.90 lakh and Rs.21.40 lakh respectively

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Will India get BS-IV compliant Royal Enfield models?

Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.


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Royal Enfield BS-IV range of vehicles launched in India

Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.


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Honda Activa 125cc- the first scooter in India launched with BS-IV

Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.


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Yamaha FZ 25: What’s unique with this machine?

Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.


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Hero launches Glamour 2017 in India at Rs.57,775

All new Hero Glamour was launched in the country recently with latest style and technology in addition to the upgraded BS-IV engine. It appears in two variants- a drum brake and a disc brake variant at Rs.57,775 and Rs.59,755 (Both ex-showroom prices, Delhi) respectively. Another fuel injected version, Glamour FI has also been launched with only a disc brake variant priced at Rs.66,580 (ex-showroom price, Delhi). Hero has started selling the 2017 model bike through all its dealerships across the country through prebooking options. The older version still continues to be on sale until stocks last at its price, which is around Rs.10000 lesser than the new one.


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BMW Motorrad officially launches its global portfolio in India

BMW Motorrad commences Indian operations through BMW group officially. Initially the brand used to sell its products through importers here in Mumbai and New Delhi. But now, the global portfolio comprising of premium motorcycles from the brand reaches India through company’s official dealership network in India. The dealership network is expected to begin with stores at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune while the company plans to widen its presence in the country soon. Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune showrooms will be inaugurated in the upcoming three days.


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Harley Davidson launches Street Rod 750 in India at Rs.5.86 lakh

Harley Davidson, a brand that gained a lot of fan following in India since its first launch has come up with their latest offering, All-New Street Rod 750 in the country at a price of Rs.5.86 lakh. The 2017 iteration is based on the old 750 Street model and comes with few remarkable changes to captivate the youth here, special mention to the robust looks and a more powerful engine. In India, Harley Davidson progresses towards a wider audience through the launch of this iconic creation.


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Honda Africa twin to land in India by June 2017

Honda finally readies itself to launch Africa twin in the country by June 2017. It is expected to reach India as CKD units. The launch that was supposed to happen earlier was delayed due to an earthquake near the company facility in Hamamatsu, Japan which produced the assembly kits. The price for this adventure tourer is not yet officially known but it is expected to be anywhere between Rs.16-18 lakh. However, it is still unclear whether India might receive both manual and Automatic Dual Clutch transmission variant or any of these.


BIKE COMPARISON
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Intruder 150

STD
Rs 98,340

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Avenger Street 150 BS-IV

Standard
Rs. 88,516

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2017 KTM Duke range of bikes rolled out with few upgrades

Bajaj Auto with KTM has launched the Duke 2017 line-up of motorcycles with a new 250cc addition named Duke 250 that positions itself between Duke 200 and Duke 390. New upgrades in terms of design and technology are evident on the entire range, with Duke 390 having received the most of it.

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KTM Duke 390 spotted again!

While people around the globe have been surfing online to catch reports of the new bike from KTM, the Duke 390 was spotted testing at pune roads recently. Even though this is not the first time the bike has been spotted testing in India, bike enthusiasts are hoping the launch date is somewhere round the corner.

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DUKE 250- The new cub of the coalition

Ever since its Indian debut through a healthy collaboration with Bajaj, back in 2012, the celebrated Austrian motorcycle brand KTM has very well managed to enthrall the aspirant 'performance' (literally) biker in the average Indian with their shallow, yet powerful lineup, consisting of the RCs and the Dukes in their 200 and 390 guises. As part of the inevitable effort to cope up with the endless tide of time, the bikemaker had recently launched the latest avatars of these ready to race sets of wheels. That seemed fine and not so surprising then, but what left us with eyes popped out was the automaker adding up another model to its Duke lineup, dubbed the Duke 250- the fresh at heart, quarter liter naked bike. Its nothing else that we are now going to spend our time with...

ALTERNATIVE MODELS
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KTM RC 390

Rs. 2.41 Lakh TO Rs. 2.41 Lakh