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Friday, 30 November 2012

SANTI

Drought, a scourge of humanity, makes living impossible for farmers, destroying land, men and farm animals alike. With the death of cattle, and lack of water for irrigation, ploughing barren fields becomes futile. But not for Mr. Mansukhbhai Jagani an ordinary, not well educated farmer in Mota Devaliya village, Amreli district, in Gujarat who proved that “where there is a will, there is a way.” 

Mr. Mansukhbhai Jagani with santi

 
Santi
Using his old motorcycle, the farmer developed a machine system called Santi for small farm holdings, complete with attachments for tilling, weeding and sowing. Several farmers in the district have caught on to the idea, and there are now close to 40 Santis in the district. It costs between Rs. 14,000-18,000, making it much cheaper than other mechanical ploughs and it performs several functions such as weeding, ploughing and sowing for an acre. Being a school dropout, Mr. Jagani in his tiny workshop, at his Mota Devaliya village, tinkered with a bullet motorcycle and converted it into a ploughing tractor which is much cheaper than a real tractor. 

Mr. Mansukhbhai Jagani with santi
 
Extent of coverage
The bullet tractor ploughs an acre of land in just half an hour with only two litres of diesel. “When a farmer asked me for a replacement for his two bullocks, I got a flash in my mind inspired by a local mode of transport, the three-wheel taxi chakdo (common transport in the region), and designed what I call Bullet Santi,” says Mr. Jagani. The motorcycle’s engine was converted to a 5.5 HP diesel engine and the rear wheel replaced with an attachment with two wheels. Once a tool bar was fixed to the attachment this unique machine could carry out various farming operations such as furrow opening, sowing, inter-culturing and spraying. 
 
Cost effective 

A ploughing motorcycle named as "Santi".
 
The machine proves to be cost effective and fuel efficient, can plough an acre of land in just half an hour consuming only two litres of fuel. Ten hectares of land can be weeded in a day and the cost of weeding is a mere eight rupees a hectare.
The farmer says:
“This contraption can be attached to any motorcycle having with at least 325 cc (6.5 HP) by replacing the rear wheel with innovative assembly unit designed by me. Various agriculture attachments can then be attached to it for various farm operations such as shallow ploughing, inter-culturing, weeding, sowing and spraying.
“This device has the potential to improve productivity and reduce operating costs for farmers who are currently using bullocks but cannot afford the cost of tractors or power tillers.”
With the help of National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Ahmedabad, Mr. Jagani got a patent in India and in the U.S. for this device.

Excellent response
Mr. Jagani’s innovation was also displayed at the Indian Science Congress at Pune and at the Swadeshi Vigyan Mela at IIT, Delhi where he got an excellent response. He also got the opportunity to display his innovation in South Africa in an exhibition organized by the Department of Small, Medium & Micro Enterprises (SMME) of the Northern Provinces jointly with Commonwealth Science Council (CSC), London.

Global applications
The knowledge and skill of this rural genius impressed everyone present. In fact, his motorbike-polycultivator is considered a typical example of a product with global applications. With design inputs from NID, Ahmedabad, help in patent-application-filing from Boston, U.S., based THT, law firm and business-plan development by Sloan School of Management of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the innovation has literally gone places. 


 

LEARN TO SHIFT GEARS

You'll probably find that shifting a motorcycle is easier than it sounds. Once you get a feel for where and the how the clutch disengages, how much throttle is required for smooth acceleration, and how much effort the shifter needs, the whole process will become easier and require less concentration.

shifting gears

There are three basic controls to operate when it comes to shifting a motorcycle: the throttle, the clutch, and the gear selector. The throttle revs the engine, the clutch engages and disengages the transmission, and the gear selector selects the gear. Pull the clutch towards you using your left hand, and you can rev the engine without moving the bike forward. But release the clutch while the transmission is "in gear" (ie, not in neutral), and you'll move the bike forward.


shifting a motorcycle


The gear pattern is selected by clicking a lever with your left foot, and is typically laid out as follows:
  • 6th gear (if applicable)
  • 5th gear (if applicable)
  • 4th gear
  • 3rd gear
  • 2nd gear
  • 1st gear
  • Neutral
Proper shifting technique requires the following maneuvers to be performed smoothly and deliberately:
  • Disengaging the clutch
  • Selecting the appropriate gear using the shift lever
  • Slightly revving the engine (twisting the throttle)
  • Gradually releasing the clutch (and not "popping" it suddenly)
  • Feathering the throttle while releasing the clutch, which will accelerate the bike.
  • Revving the engine for acceleration until another shift is needed


    shifting a motorcycle

The mechanics of shifting a motorcycle is as easy as those six steps, but doing so smoothly requires practice. Know your controls inside and out, and get a feel for how they work. Practice riding in an environment like an abandoned parking lot, so you don't have to deal with traffic or other distractions. And most importantly, stay safe and aware during the learning process so you're able to focus all of your attention on the task at hand. 


Thursday, 29 November 2012

BMW F650 GS

  The all-new 2009 F 650 GS offers more power and more thrills per mile than ever before in the form of a 71 hp, torque-filled, twin cylinder engine. From touring, to off-road exploring, to sporty handling on the tarmac, this middleweight machine, based on the much anticipated F 800 GS, does anything and everything the ambitious motorcyclist could ever want. With a rigid steel tube trellis frame, it's sturdy. With a double-sided swing arm and chain drive, it's reliable. And with a low seat height and narrow design, it's ideal for darting through trees or traffic. Cast aluminum wheels and telescopic forks keep the ride smooth and precise at all times. Throw in disengageable ABS and even Tire Pressure Monitoring as options, and you get a road-hungry, enduro-styled motorcycle that can tackle anything in its path and beg for more.

BMW F650 GS

BMW F650 GS

BMW F650 GS

BMW F650 GS

BMW F650 GS SPECIFICATIONS:

Engine

    Maximum Power:    48 HP(32 kW) at 6,500 RPM
    Maximum Torque:    60 Nm@5000 rpm
    Engine Type:    Water-cooled 4-stroke in-line two-cylinder engine, two overhead camshafts, four   valves per cylinder, dry sump lubrication
    Bore:    82 mm
    Displacement:    798cc
    Stroke:    75.6 mm
    Compression Ratio:    12.0 : 1

 
Fuel Efficiency

    Fuel Reserve:    4 ltrs
    Fuel Type:    Unleaded regular, minimum octane rating 91 (RON)
    Fuel Economy:    20 kmpl
    Fuel Capacity:    16 ltrs


Dimension

    Length:    2280 mm
    Height:    1240 mm
    Width:    890 mm
    Saddle height:    800 mm

Weight

    Total Weight:    192 kgs

Drive Train

    Clutch:    Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated
    Gear Box:    Synchromesh 5-speed gearbox Built into crankcase

Safety

    Brakes:    Front-Single disc brake, Floating diameter 300 mm, double-piston floating caliper
                    Rear-Single disc brake, diameter 240 mm, single-piston floating caliper
   
Wheels

    Wheel Base:    1575 mm
    Wheel Type:    Cast aluminium wheels

Additional Features

    Model Name:    bmw f650
    tyre size:    Front-110/80 - 19 59H Rear-140/80 - 17 69H
    Chassis:    Tubular steel space frame, load-bearing engine
    starting:    Electric Start
    Bike Type:    sports bike
    curb weight:    175 kgs



PRICE OF BMW F650 GS: RS 9,75,000




Wednesday, 28 November 2012

AAMIR KHAN TO RIDE MAHINDRA PANTHERO 110 IN HIS UPCOMING MOVIE TALAASH

Mahindra & Mahindra, the leading SUV maker in the country, stepped into the two wheeler segment after acquiring Kinetic Engineering, which it renamed as Mahindra Two-wheelers. Not too long after the acquisition, Mahindra launched its first bike Stallio 110, which was unveiled by Aamir Khan, the bollywood superstar. However, the bike could not prove to be successful, as its gearbox had technical issues. Therefore, the company pulled Stallio 110 out of the market and since then, no other bike has been launched so far by Mahindra. Now, the company plans to relaunch Stallio 110 with a new name, Mahindra Panthero 110. Aamir Khan, who is also the brand ambassador of Mahindra Stallio, has ridden this bike in his upcoming flick Talaash, which is soon going to hit screens. In a teaser of the movie, we observe Aamir riding the bike while Rani Mukhrjee sits behind him.



This scene is considered as the first promotional video of the upcoming Panthero 110 across the industry and we agree with this wholeheartedly. The Stallio 110 or now the Panthero 110 as it has been newly christened, is a mass segment bike and will target college students as well as daily commuters. We recently reported that the bike was spotted during test runs at several places in the country and will be launched in January or February 2013.

The Panthero 110, being a mass segment bike will try to lure college goers and the youth, apart from the daily commuters. The bike has been spotted testing at several places in the country and is expected to be launched by early next year. Just like Mahindra's cars and SUVs, which has a name ending in 'O', the Stallio and now the Panthero too has followed the same nomenclature. The yet to be launched Panthero, except for the name, has most of the features, the same as Stallio.

The all new Mahindra Panthero would be powered by a 110cc, four stroke engine capable of delivering a maximum power of 7.3 bhp and a peak torque of 8 Nm. The engine is likely to come mated with a 4-speed manual gearbox. The other features of the new Panthero would be the same as Stallio.

We expect that the company will launch a full fledged promotional video at the time of the launch that will also feature Aamir. However, it will be very difficult for Mahindra to make its way into the jam-packed commuter segment as the Panthero has to face the heat of competition from the likes of Hero Passion XPro 110, Honda Dream Yuga and Twister and is likely to come with a price tag of around Rs. 45,000. 


HARLEY DAVIDSON FAT BOB TO BE RELEASED IN INDIA

American giant Harley Davidson is undoubtedly the most beloved bike round the globe, and it is so much in India as well. They have some of the best bikes in their Indian portfolio and now they are going to add a new bike Fat Bob in its Indian line up tomorrow, 22nd November. The Fat Bob will be made available across all Harley-Davidson dealerships in the country. Harley Davidson Fat Bob is expected to be priced at Rs. 10 lakh on road. Pricing is a big factor that is resisting Harley lovers to buy these wonderful rides. Harley Davidson is planning to establish a new manufacturing plant by 2014 to produce and assemble its bikes locally in India, and it will help them cut the prices of their bikes by upto 25%. So, we are expecting that the Harley bikes will get more buyers in future. For now, The Fat Bob will join the bike maker’s India line up which includes bikes like Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V Rod, Touring and CVO model range. 

HARLEY DAVIDSON FAT BOB

HARLEY DAVIDSON FAT BOB

HARLEY DAVIDSON FAT BOB



HOLLYWOOD KINGS AS RIDERS - 2

Matthew McConaughey


Matthew McConaughey on a bike

Matthew McConaughey on a bike

 

I first saw Matthew McConaughey on a bike in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. Everybody knows that motorcycles are Matthew’s passion. In 2007 McCanaughey teamed his love of bikes with his charity initiatives auctioning off his commemorative Texas Longhorn National Championship Tribute motorcycle when his alma mater won at the 2006 Rose Bowl.

Tim Allen

Tim Allen's Ducati Diavel

Tim Allen's Ducati DiavelTim Allen's Ducati Diavel
Tim Allen's Ducati Diavel

  Tim Allen's career has always focused on what it means to be a man, especially a man who loves power tools and making fast things go faster. It should come as no surprise that Allen is a visor-down kind of guy. In this case with a Ducati Diavel, a naked 162-horsepower machine meant to combine the comforts of touring with the performance of a sport bike.

Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday with Harley-Davidson Trike

Johnny Hallyday with Harley-Davidson Trike

Johnny Hallyday with Harley-Davidson

 For a man sometimes known as the French Elvis Presley, that would be Parisian-born singer and actor Jean-Philippe Smet, better known as Johnny Hallyday -  the commanding and somewhat quirky Harley-Davidson Trike is a fitting ride. With an overall length of 105.8 inches, a wheelbase of 66.6 inches and every creature comfort imaginable on two wheel , not to mention 6.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity that can hold up to 80 pounds, it might actually be the ultimate touring machine.


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

HOLLYWOOD KINGS AS RIDERS

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise in Ducati 1098 sport bike

Tom Cruise in Ducati 1098 sport bike

  No Hollywood A-lister is more vocal about his love for motorcycles than Tom Cruise. The global film icon often arrives at worldwide premieres astride a superbike of some sort, and is even reported to help plan bike-related set pieces for his movies, such as this stunt from "Knight and Day" with Cameron Diaz. In this picture, Cruise leans into a turn on a 160-horsepower Ducati 1098 sport bike, which can race to 60 mph in less than three seconds.


Brad Pitt 

Brad Pitt with Ducati

Brad Pitt with Ducati

Brad Pitt with Ducati

Brad Pitt with Ducati

 Brad Pitt is always in need for speed. He’s a huge fan of bikes, he’s obsessed with Ducati and, judging by the rumors, he makes sure his long time partner Angelina Jolie shares his obsession with speed and sexy bikes. According to reports, he presented Angelina with a super bike for her 35th birthday on June 4th.

Taylor Lautner

Taylor Lautner with a bike

Taylor Lautner riding a bike

Taylor Lautner riding a bikeTaylor Lautner riding a bike
  Starting with his days as werewolf Jacob in New Moon and other Twilight Saga movies, Taylor Lautner has been often seen riding a bike ever since, like in the photo above, Taylor Lautner riding a bike on set of his new movie Abduction.


HARLEY DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE

Harley Davidson, well acclaimed for its heavyweight motorcycles exclusively designed for cruising on the highway has added yet another feather to its cap with the introduction of Harley Davidson Electra Glide.

HARLEY DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE

HARLEY DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE

HARLEY DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE

This model is the ultimate dream machine for speed freaks and adrenalin lovers. The Harley Davidson Electra Glide being one of the most expensive bikes, it fits the bill of the discerning riders of all possible genres. Power packed and stylish, Electra Glide is well suited for short jaunts and long drives alike.

Harley Davidson Electra Glide is powered by a Twin Cam 110, 1803cc, air-cooled and EPSI fuel injected dual exhaust engine which produces 10 percent more torque than the other Harley tourers. The fuel tank has a maximum capacity for 17litres and the and the engine produces maximum torque of 155Nm at 3750rpm. Harley Davidson Electra Glide is designed with 6-speed cruise drive transmission which is coupled with the Brembo brake system. The ABS with the improved FL chassis and the rigid frame makes maneuvering of this behemoth pretty simple.

Harley Davidson Electra Glide is also loaded with six-speed gearbox and an amazing ground clearance of 130mm which allows the rider to enjoy an unadulterated cruise experience on the roads. The fool proof cruise control, wind deflectors, stereo, big bags and heated grips are some of the other comfort features of this hunky and muscular cruiser.

Harley Davidson Electra Glide Available Colors:

  • Burnt Amber/Hot Citrus
  • Scarlet Red Pearl
  • Riptitude Blue
  • Titanium Dust

Harley Davidson Electra Glide Specifications :

  • 1803cc, Twin Cam 110, Air Cooled Engine
  • Torque: 155 Nm at 3750 rpm
  • 6 Manual Gear Transmission
  • Length: 2494.00 mm
  • Bore: 101
  • Stroke: 111

Harley Davidson Electra Glide Safety Technologies:

  • Brembo brakes
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Cruise Control
  • EITMS system
PRICE OF HARLEY DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE: RS 34,00,000

Monday, 26 November 2012

INDIAN CELEBRITIES AND THEIR BIKES

John Abraham's Rajputana CustomJohn Abraham's Rajputana Custom




John Abraham, the renowned actor and bikes admirer from Bollywood owns a custom built motorcycle which is handcrafted by the Jaipur based bike builder, 'Rajputana Custom'. Rightly titled as the light foot, this motorcycle entitles a lightweight design, right from the front mask to the rear bumpers. The bike embraces a 500 cc engine from the most acclaimed two-wheeler manufacturer in India, Royal Enfield. Literally, all of the integrated parts on this machine are built by hands, thus portraying the true value of customization. The motorcycle equips a girder suspension system and an internal throttle assembly. The leather-wrapped single seat is supported by a leaf-spring suspension system, which is exquisitely customized to suit John Abraham's weight. Other parts like drum brakes, handle bars, fuel tank, fenders, spokes, rims, etc., are sculpted with perfection to reflect the actor's attitude in every inch of the bike. 

Shahid Kapoor's Yamaha MT-01


Shahid Kapoor's fascination on the wheels started much earlier before he dived into his acting career. The young Indian Actor owns a Yamaha MT-01, one of the most incredible motorcycles built by the manufacturer. The bike equips a massive V-twin engine that has a displacement capacity of 1670cc and literally generates exhilarating torque with mind-boggling acceleration. Mated to a constant mesh five-speed gearbox, this bike churns out a maximum power of 66.3kW with a peak torque of 150 Nm. A few years back, Shahid Kapoor enthralled the people at Yash Raj Studios when he entered the place on this bike. Other celebrities like Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan and John Abraham too witnessed the scene and enjoyed his bike's elegance.

Sanjay Dutt's Fat Boy

The well-known Bollywood actor, Sanjay Dutt owns the Fat Boy that was built by one of the most admired bike builders in USA, Harley Davidson. In fact, the manufacturer's presence in India has stupefied many of the bike enthusiasts with their incredible line-ups of massive motorcycles. Fat Boy encloses a 1690cc air-cooled twin-cam engine that is coupled with an Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection system. Mated to a six speed transmission system, this motorcycle twists out 132 Nm of torque. To everybody's surprise, this bike entitles an Anti-lock Braking System, which is customary on the mid-range four wheelers only. The actor relishes riding this bike on the roads of Bandra, in Mumbai.

Zayed Khan's Ducati 999

Zayed Khan is another passionate biker in the Bollywood industry. The renowned actor had performed a few daring bike stunts in his movies. In reality, he like to roar on the roads soaring to high speeds. The actor admits that he is born with racing instincts and his passion towards bikes is truly natural. His bike stunts in the movie 'Blue' were so natural and scary, not only to his parents but also to the viewers. Racing Ducati 999 at high speeds was quite dangerous, still the actor enjoyed his shoot in Thailand, owing to the motorcycle's mind-boggling ride and handling. To add up, this bike's stunning performance had made the actor to keep the motorcycle with him. Apart from speed, Zayed khan expects quality and smooth riding as well, in his bikes. 


ROYAL ENFIELD BULLET ELECTRA 5S

The Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 5s which now comes with Twinspark UCE engine is a mean machine if dimensions are concerned. The overall height of Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 5s Electra is 1120mm. The bike's length is 2140mm and the width is 810mm. While the saddle height is 800mm. The ground clearance of Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 5s Electra is 140mm. Whereas the wheelbase of the machine is 1370mm.


Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 5s

Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 5s

Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 5s

Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 5s


The Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 5s Electra has got big tyres and wheels. The wheels' size is 19 inch. The tyres specifications are 3.25x19 inch for both the tyres. The bike has been loaded with multi-spoke wheels for the sake of classic look. Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 5s Electra is blessed with front disc brake that not only enhance the look of the machine but ensure instant braking.



Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 5s Specifications:


VEHICLE SUMMARY

Name: Bullet Electra 5S

Type: Commuter

Top Speed: 100kph



ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

Displacement: 346cc

Engine: 346cc, 4-Stroke

Maximum Power: 18 Bhp @ 5000 rpm

Maximum Torque: 3.26 kgm @ 3000 rpm

Gears: 5 Speed

Clutch: NA

Bore: 70

Stroke: 90

Cylinder Configuration: NA

Engine Block Material: NA

Chassis Type: NA

Cooling Type: Air Cooling

Carburetor: NA



DIMENSIONS

Length: 2120.00 mm

Width: 750.00 mm

Height: 1080.00 mm


OTHER SPECIFICATIONS

Weight: 175.00 kg

Ground Clearance: 140.00 mm

Fuel Tank: 14.50 ltrs

Wheelbase: 1370.00 mm

Electrical System: NA

Headlamp: 35W/35W

Battery Type: 35/35W

Battery Capacity: 12V

Horn: NA

Wheel Type: Spoke

Wheel Size: 3.25x19-3.25X19 mm



ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SAFETY

Suspension(Front): Telescopic, Hydraulic damping

Suspension(Rear): Swing Arm with adjustable and Gas filledShock Absorbers

Brakes: Drum 7" Dia Twin lead, Disc Break 280mm- Optional

Brakes(Rear): Drum 6" Dia Single lead

PRICE OF ROYAL ENFIELD BULLET ELECTRA 5S: RS 70,000


Sunday, 25 November 2012

APRILIA SHIVER 750GT ABS

After bringing a breath of fresh air to the naked bike category, with Shiver Aprilia raises the technological bar once again in the sports touring segment with the Shiver 750 GT, an innovative Sports Tourer, the perfect combination of sports handling, versatility and value in true Aprilia style.
APRILIA SHIVER 750GT ABS

APRILIA SHIVER 750GT ABS

APRILIA SHIVER 750GT ABS

APRILIA SHIVER 750GT ABS
A two-cylinder engine with almost limitless torque, comfortable for two, excellent aerodynamic protection and a chassis that has become a benchmark, are just some of the distinctive features of the Aprilia Shiver 750 GT which, thanks to its dynamic and technological characteristics, is without a doubt a point of reference of the segment, proving once again that Aprilia has what it takes to offer even the most demanding motorcyclists exactly what they want, also with a high technological content.
The equipment of the bike brings the technical level of the segment to new heights, with Aprilia’s offer far above that of its competitors. The integral Ride by Wire accelerator, the mapping management controlledby the rider (Sport, Touring and Rain), and the brakes with radial calipers, are truly unique solutions for the sports touring segment and make the Aprilia Shiver 750 GT a sophisticated bike, and a real one-of-a-kind. The added aerodynamic protection in fact, expands the range of use of the Shiver 750 GT notably, making it a “all-round” bike with a complete range of use. From daily commuting, to a trip in the summer, the Shiver 750 GT will meet your needs to perfection, making your rides a pleasure - intuitive, brilliant and safe.

VEHICLE SUMMARY
Name:    Shiver
Model:    750 GT ABS
Type:    Naked

ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS
Displacement:    749.9cc
Engine:    749.9cc, 90° V-twin
Maximum Power:    95 Bhp @ 9000 rpm
Maximum Torque:    82 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Gears:    6 Speed
Clutch:    Multi-plate in oil bath
Bore:    92
Stroke:    56.4
Cylinder Configuration:    NA
Chassis Type:    Modular tubular steel frame
Cooling Type:    Liquid Cooling
Carburetor:    NA

DIMENSIONS
Length:    2265.00 mm
Width:    800.00 mm
Height:    1210.00 mm


OTHER SPECIFICATIONS
Fuel Tank:    16.00 ltrs
Wheelbase:    1440.00 mm
Electrical System:    NA
Headlamp:    NA
Battery Type:    NA
Battery Voltage:    NA
Battery Capacity:    NA
Battery Charger Type:    NA
Horn:    NA
Wheel Type:    Alloys
Wheel Size:    front: 120/70 ZR 17 rear: 180/55 ZR 17 mm
Colors:    Nero Competition, Damasco Red, Crowd Silver

ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SAFETY
Suspension(Front):    43 mm upside-down fork
Suspension(Rear):    Aluminium alloy swingarm
Brakes:    320mm disc
Brakes(Rear):    240mm disc


PRICE OF APRILIA SHIVER 750GT ABS: RS 9,90,000



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