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Bajaj Kicks back again

Bajaj Launches the all-new Pulsar 200NS.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ducati wins Pikes Peak International Hill Climb AGAIN!

Carlin Dunne dominated the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, setting the new course record for motorcycles today from pole position for the second year in a row on a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S. This win marks Ducati’s third-straight victory at the historic "Race to the Clouds".

Both Dunne and Spider Grips Ducati teammate and six-time winner Greg Tracy finished the race under the 10-minute barrier, which is a first for any motorcycle in the race’s 90-year history. Dunne crossed the finish line at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak with the record-setting time of 9:52.819, beating his previous record of 11:11.32, while Tracy was less than six seconds behind, placing second with 9:58.262.


“Today was an emotional day,” said Dunne. “The year of work the Spider Grips Ducati team put into preparing for Pikes Peak got us across the finish line in under 10 minutes, an achievement we’re very proud of. When we heard that we won and broke the record for the second time, I was speechless. The one-two finish proves the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is the ultimate bike to conquer Pikes Peak.”

Dunne reached speeds above 144mph (230kmh) throughout the mountain’s straights, and traversed 156 turns, ranging from hairpin, blind, decreasing radius, and multi-apex turns, while consistently gaining elevation up the technical 12.42-mile (20km) course. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, or "Race to the Clouds", is situated in a range of the Rocky Mountains, 16km west of Colorado Springs and races from a start line altitude of 2,862 metres (9,389ft) to a finish line at 4,300 (14,100ft).

“Ducatisti around the world are celebrating the victory of Carlin Dunne and the Spider Grips Ducati Team – we are all very proud,” said Dominique Cheraki, General Manager of Ducati North America. “Three years ago we chose the Multistrada 1200 S to compete at Pikes Peak to showcase its on-and-off road capabilities, class-leading ergonomics, handling, and performance. When we were alerted that the entire course would be paved in 2012, there was no doubt that the Multistrada 1200 S was still the right choice and breaking the record today proves this.”

Source: XBHP

Piaggio planning to launch Fly125 in India

Piaggio recently re-entered indian scooter market with the premium Vespa LX125 . The Vespa life style scooter has been highly priced and now, to draw sales volumes, the company is now planning to launch another scooter- Fly 125cc.

The company hopes the Fly 125cc to give it an upper hand in the segment by taking on the likes of best selling scooters- Honda Activa, Suzuki Access and TVS Wego. The scooter which is already on sale in other markets is expected to be launched in India in the next couple of months.

The Fly 125cc will be powered by the same 125cc 10 BHP engine fitted on the Vespa. Fuel economy will be the strongest point of the engine.

The Piaggio Fly 125 gets telescopic front forks and hydraulic shock absorbers with pre-load adjuster at the rear. The scooter features drum brakes with front disk brake available as an option. There is no other information available as of now. We expect the scooter to be priced around Rs.50,000.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bajaj launches 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650

Bajaj Auto and Kawasaki launched 2012 model of its pro biking offering Ninja 650 in Pune on Thursday which is priced at Rs 5 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
New 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is the third premium sports motorcycle model introduced in India by Bajaj Auto Limited. Bajaj Auto has sold over 3000 Ninja bikes since its launch in the year 2009.


Commenting on this, Amit Nandi, vice president, Probiking, Bajaj Auto Ltd said, “ The superbike market is rapidly growing in India and over 6500 get sold in India every month. In KTM and Kawasaki we offer two of the sportiest motorcycle brands in the world through a sales and after-sales network that has been specially created to cater to the specific needs of motorcycle enthusiasts. With the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and 650R we created a category of ‘practical superbikes’ and as a result enjoy a dominant market share of more than 60 per cent in that category.”
He added, “KTM and Kawasaki are our global business partners and along with them we aim to build on our already dominant position in the sports motorcycle segment in India with the Pulsar. There are a number of initiatives in the pipeline on all these three brands that would be introduced over the next 18 months.”
New Ninja 650 has a 649cc engine that puts out 71.07 bhp of power. It comes with an adjustable windshield, revised suspension and a split seat.
The other cosmetic changes include new dual headlamps and doesn't come with ABS. The motorcycle will be available for sale at ProBiking dealerships in 60 cities.
The Ninja 650 will compete with Korean Hyosung 650R and 650N in superbike segment. Ducati monster 795 is also available in market for a slightly higher price.

Displacement:649.00 cc
Engine type:Paralle-Twin, four-stroke
Bore x Stroke83.0 x 60.0 mm (3.3 x 2.4 inches)
Fuel system:Injection. Digital fuel injection with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies
Fuel control:DOHC
Ignition:TCBI with electronic advance
Cooling system:Liquid
Gearbox:6-speed Manual
Transmission type,
final drive:
Driveline:O-Ring Chain
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type:Twin-pipe perimeter design, high-tensile steel
Rake (fork angle):25.0°
Trail:109 mm (4.3 inches)
Front Suspension41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.9 in.
Rear Suspension:Single offset laydown shock with adjustable spring preload / 5.1 in.
Front tyre dimensions:120/70-17
Rear tyre dimensions:160/60-17
Front brakes:Double disc
Front brakes diameter:300 mm (11.8 inches)
Rear brakes:Single disc
Rear brakes diameter:220 mm (8.7 inches)
Physical measures and capacities
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc:209.0 kg
Seat height:805 mm (31.7 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall height:1,181 mm (46.5 inches)
Overall length:2,111 mm (83.1 inches)
Overall width:770 mm (30.3 inches)
Wheelbase:1,410 mm (55.5 inches)
Fuel capacity:15.90 litres (4.20 gallons)
Other specifications
Factory warranty:12 months
Color options: Candy Lime Green

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bajaj to launch 4 new 125cc bikes

Bajaj Auto Ltd, India's second-biggest motorcycle maker, said it would launch four new 125 cc bikes in the fiscal year starting April, as it seeks to maintain profitability in a tough market.

Bajaj, which trails the leader Hero Honda, said 125cc bikes had grown to account for 36% of the market by sales, and had a higher share of its profitability.

"In view of this unmistakable consumer trend in favor of 125cc motorcycles Bajaj has planned to launch four new 125cc motorcycles in FY2008/09," Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj said in a statement.

"In an economy that is currently inflationary and in a market that is expected to continue to be generally difficult, Bajaj believes its strategy will continue to provide for stable profitability," Bajaj said.

MV Agusta Bestiale goes production

The MV Agusta Bestiale concept motorcycle attracted lots of attention when it was unveiled at last year's Paris Show, and now finally it has been confirmed this radical conversion is to go into production as a conversion kit.The designer of the striking MV Agusta Bestiale prototype has exclusively confirmed to MCN that the concept will go into production. A kit will be offered to convert existing MVs.

INDIAN AUTOMOBILE component manufacturers and tyre makers are planning to venture into uncharted territory of aircraft components production. Indian-based MRF Tyres, Minda NTS and Sundram Fasteners are moving ahead with plans to supply components to aircraft manufacturers.
Recently, American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, signed an agreement with Tata Automobile Limited (TAL) Manufacturing Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors. The Indian company would manufacture structural components for Boeing’s 787, Dreamliner airplane programme.
According to Ian Thomas, president of Boeing India, the company is planning for partnerships with Indian companies for different aircraft components. India’s leading tyre manufacturers MRF, has taken an initiative in this regard. The company is also making tyres for helicopters fore defence services.
Another company that is expected to provide components for the aircrafts is lighting manufacturer Lummux Industries, which is conducting a study on the market condition for aircraft lighting. This industry is looking for technology tie-ups with established players.
Indian companies have larger scopes in aerospace, especially in manufacturing mechanical, electrical, electronics and composites. There are also vast opportunities for design services businesses, as well.
Industry experts said,” gross profit margins in auto ancillaries are 10 to 12 per cent, but for the aviation space they are far higher.”

Source: Merinews

Friday, March 28, 2008

TVS Launches flame

TVS Motor Company on Wednesday launched the new 'TVS flame 125cc' with a Three-valve dual induction system utilizing universally accepted single spark plug ignition, in the Kerala market.

Speaking to reporters on the occasion, R Chandramouli, Senior Vice President, sales, TVS Motor Company, said "The engine of the new TVS Flame has been specially developed, patented and licensed to TVS motor company by AVL, Austria, the world leaders in internal combustion engine technology."

New TVS Flame 125^^^

The ex-show room price of the bike is Rs 46,000.

At the launch function, the keys of two bikes, which were sold, were handed over to the owners by Chandramouli.

The styling of the new TVS flame was inspired by the "delta wing" design found in the latest "fighter jets". He said this styling gives the bike a unique finish while creating superior "aerodynamics".

The bike boasts of 'several style statements including deltaedge headlamps with two position lamps,' he said.

The motorcycle conforms to future emission norms, BS-III norms to be applicable in 2010, he said.