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Bajaj launches BS-IV compliant Pulsar RS200 and Pulsar NS200

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Bajaj Auto launched the 2017 version of its two best performers, Pulsar RS200 and Pulsar NS200 with upgraded engines that comply with the BS-IV emission norms. As per the order from Government of India, all automobile companies are asked to upgrade their vehicles (both existing and upcoming) with BS-IV compliant engines before March 31st, 2017. This initiative was taken as a first step to curb the pollution levels in the country.

Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is charged with the existing 199.5cc, fuel injected, triple spark BS-IV compliant DTS-i engine that develops 24bhp and 18.6Nm of torque. The top speed for this model is 141kmph. The 2017 RS 200 features perimeter frame, twin projector headlamps, AHO (Auto Headlamp On) function, liquid cooling and also ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as an option. This fully faired bike is priced at Rs.1,21,881 for the non-ABS variant and Rs.1,33,883 for the ABS variant (Both ex-showroom prices, Delhi). There are no cosmetic updates on this variant other than the two new paint schemes in Racing Blue and Graphite Black.

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is also powered with the existing 199.5cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine that produces 23bhp and 18.3Nm of peak torque, while coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. Unlike the earlier model, there is also the presence of a new body coloured belly pan. The NS200 was discontinued by Bajaj Auto in 2015 to make way for their new launches AS150 and AS200. But the strong demand for this particular model pushed the company to relaunch the NS200 now, even without any updates except for the engine. The 2017 NS200 has been priced at Rs.96,453 (Ex-showroom price, Delhi) and is available in three new paint schemes- Graphite Black, Mirage White & Wild Red.

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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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Bajaj Auto launches Dominar 400, starting price at Rs.1.36 lakh

Bajaj has launched Dominar 400 with a heavy price tag; something that has been familiar here only with the Royal Enfield range of motorcycles. Entering the 1-2 lakh price range itself is a daring game, but seems like Bajaj has everything in place to claim its position in the premium bike segment.

ALTERNATIVE MODELS
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KTM 2017 Duke 200

1.50 Lakh TO 1.50 Lakh

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HONDA CBR 150R

Rs. 1.36 lakhs TO Rs. 1.41 lakhs

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ROYAL ENFIELD Classic 350

Rs. 1.48 Lakh TO Rs. 1.48 Lakh

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BAJAJ Pulsar RS 200 BS IV

Rs. 1.38 Lakh TO Rs. 1.51 lakhs