It was more than a year back that Kawasaki launched their off road dirt bike for children, the KLX 110. Later months ago, the company introduced two more dirt bikes, KX 100 for starters and KX 250F for real riders. Now, they have come up with their fourth offering, KLX 140G for the passionate off-roaders. Belonging to this particular segment, all these four bikes are only allowed on off-road circuit tracks and are illegal on roads.
This mid-sized motorcycle, clamped on to a steel frame, is powered by a 144cc, 4-stroke, single cylinder engine coupled to a five speed manual gearbox. For suspension, the KLX 140G is fitted with telescopic forks on the front and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking duties are handled by a 220mm disc brake on its front and a 190mm disc unit at the rear. The exhaust pipe is raised for better ground clearance and looks that suit an adventure bike. The seat positioned at 780mm provides comfortable riding for all teens and adults. KLX 140 also gets 21inch and 18 inch spoke wheels on its front and rear respectively to balance well on the off-road terrains. However, being an off-roader, there are no headlamps, indicator lights or rear view mirrors as in other motorcycles.
Kawasaki KLX 140G is priced at Rs.3.91 lakh and are available through company’s dealerships.
Okinawa Autotech Pvt. Ltd, an electric two wheeler maker has launched an e-scooter in India named Praise. This is the company’s second electric scooter launched in the country. Ridge, their first ever electric scooter was launched earlier this year at Rs.43,702. Bookings for Praise have begun last month itself across all its dealerships in the country at an amount of Rs.2000. However, Okinawa remained silent on other details of this new scooter until launch.
TVS launched their new flagship motorcycle Apache RR 310 this week in India at Rs.2.05 lakh (ex-showroom). Being more than just a commuter bike with an attractive price tag, it competes against KTM RC390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Dominar 400 and the upcoming Yamaha R3.
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.
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.
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.
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.