Thursday, 25 April 2013


Suzuki has unveiled a semi-faired version of GW250 at the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai, China. We know that there have been rumors for more than a year now for the Suzuki GW250 aka Inzuma. We were expecting the bike in India as Suzuki Motor Corporation already released the GW250 in the USA . The GW250S, which is being produced by Changzhou Haojue Suzuki Motorcycle Co. (Suzuki’s joint venture in China), LTD is boasts a half fairing to the standard GW250.The GW250S also receives a higher handlebar with the semi fairing, which provides better wind protection. 

The GW250 is a naked bike, while the GW250S is a semi-faired version. We are expecting the naked version in India as it will be more affordable than the semi faired version and other rivals Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 300R. The GW250 boasts high-quality finish carried throughout chassis using aluminium parts that not only makes the bike look good but also keeps overall weight down helping to increase performance, agility and economy. To compliment great performance, GW250 comes with hydraulic disc brakes both on the front and rear, and also a comprehensive instrument panel including a gear indicator, service reminder and 3-mode RPM indicator allowing you to select the gear change prompts that suits the type of riding you require, including an economy mode for changing gear to achieve optimal fuel consumption. Suzuki GW250 will take on the likes of the Honda CBR250, KTM Duke 200. Suzuki GW250 is expected to hit the markets sometime in May-June 2013 with a price tag of around Rs. 1.75 lakh.

Suzuki GW250 Specifications and Details:

Suzuki GW250 Engine Specifications:
Engine capacity: 248cc
Engine: 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC
Bore: 53.5mm x 55.2mm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Starter: Electric
Ignition: Electronic (Transistorised)
Fuel system: Fuel Injection
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Drive: Chain

Suzuki GW250 Dimension:

Overall length: 2145mm
Overall width: 760mm
Overall height: 1075mm
Wheelbase: 1430mm
Seat height: 780mm
Ground Clearance: 165mm
Fuel capacity: 13.3litres

Suzuki GW250 Suspension and Brakes:

Front suspension: Telescopic, Coil spring, Oil damped
Rear suspension: Swing arm, Coil spring, Oil damped

Suzuki GW250 Brakes:
Front brakes: Disc
Rear brakes: Disc

Suzuki GW250 Tyres:

Front tyres: 110/80-17-inch
Rear tyres: 140/70-17-inch


Monday, 22 April 2013


Honda had launched its cheapest bike Dream Neo at Rs. 43,150 on 17th of this month. It features Honda’s proprietary Honda Eco Technology (HET), with ‘improved piston and combustion chamber design’, and Intelligent Ignition Control, which makes Dream Neo to deliver best-in-class mileage. Honda Dream Neo comes with some best in class features like maintenance free battery, viscous air filter and tubeless tyres. Its 109cc engine develops a maximum power output of 8.25bhp at 7500rpm and max torque of 8.63Nm at 5500rpm. Ground clearance is 179mm while wheelbase stands at 1258mm.


Mr. Keita Muramatsa – President & CEO of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said, “Dream Neo is Honda’s next big leap towards creating deep inroads into the Indian commuter segment. Our newly opened Technical Centre comprising of R&D, Engineering, Purchase & Quality teams, overcame the challenge of improving mileage and meeting the competitive price point. Backed by our new product launches and network expansion, Honda aims to grow over 150% in 100-110cc motorcycle segment YoY. Overall, we are confident of customer demand for Honda 2 Wheelers and eye 43% growth with 39.3 lakh unit sales in FY’14.”


Elaborating on Dream Neo, Mr. Y. S. Guleria, Vice President - Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said, “Creating a new paradigm in mass mobility, Dream Neo is Honda’s most affordable and most fuel efficient 2 Wheeler ever in India. While Dream Neo is loaded with attractive and best-in-class features like top mileage of 74 kmpl, it is being delivered at a truly aggressive pricing to delight Indian customers. Finally, Dream Neo is a package which is hard to resist by 100-110cc mass motorcycle customers.”

Honda Dream Neo Specifications:

Honda Dream Neo Engine Specifications:

Type: Air Cooled, 4 stroke , SI Engine
Displacement: 109cc
Bore x Stroke: 50.0mm X 55.6mm
Compression Ratio: 9.9 : 1
Net Power: 8.25 bhp @ 7500rpm
Torque: 8.63 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Fuel System: Carburettor
Starting System: Self/Kick
Air Filter: Viscous air filter
Transmission: 4 Speed constant mesh
Gear Shift Pattern: All back (N-1-2-3-4)
Clutch Type: Multiplate, Wet Clutch

Honda Dream Neo Dimensions:
Kerb Weight: 105kgs
Length: 2009mm
Width: 737mm
Height: 1074mm
Wheel Base: 1258mm
Ground Clearance: 179mm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 8.0 Litres

Honda Dream Neo Chassis:
Frame Type: Diamond type

Honda Dream Neo Suspension:

Front: Telescopic Suspension
Rear: 5 step spring loaded suspension

Honda Dream Neo Tyre:

Front: 80/100 - 18 tubeless
Rear: 80/100 - 18 tubeless

Honda Dream Neo Brake:
Front Brake: Drum Brake – 130 mm Dia
Rear Brake: Drum Brake – 130 mm Dia

Honda Dream Neo Electricals:

Ignition Fully Transisterised
Battery: 12V 3 Ah (Maintenance Free)
Head Lamp 12V 35/35W

The Dream Neo will be available in three different prices:

Honda Dream Neo Kick / Drum / Spoke with tuff-up tube at Rs 43,150
Honda Dream Neo Kick / Drum / Alloy with tubeless tyre at Rs 44,150
Honda Dream Neo Self / Drum / Alloy with tubeless tyre at Rs 47,240

Wednesday, 17 April 2013


Bajaj Auto slipped to the third spot by losing second position to the Honda. Though it’s only a month, Bajaj is already into the damage control mode. Recently Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto told Money Control that the company is planning to launch 3-4 new products in 2013, which is Bajaj's attempt to regain its lost position.


 Mr. Bajaj said, “We have several launches lined up for this year. There are at least two new Pulsars- one that will be smaller than the Pulsar 200cc and another that will be much bigger. This is going to help us defend our leadership in this space and that is very important for us. However our main focus will be on the Discover brand and segment. The launch of the Discover 100T in January and our ability to sell 25,000 - 30,000 units a month had given us a new foothold in the commuter segment because it is for the first time in our history that we are selling units of a 100cc motorcycle in such large numbers.”

Bajaj Pulsar is Pulsar 375 which is based on the KTM Duke 390 is likely to make a great impact. While the other Pulsar series bike, which is said to be a sub-200cc bike, is still under the wraps. Bajaj has a full-fledged line-up of bikes at the moment and no spot is vacant in the sub-200cc category. So, it might be a new 150cc Pulsar family bike boasting the same design that of the Pulsar 200 NS. The bike will compete with upcoming Honda CB Trigger and other 150cc bikes like Yamaha FZ series. The new bike will be sold parallel to the existing Pulsar 150 and it might feature some of the first in class features.

Saturday, 13 April 2013


The all new Bullet 500 in a new Forest Green colour has been launched by the Iconic motorcycle brand Royal Enfield. When the bike was teased earlier on the Royal Enfield's official site, fans mind were only on the bike. One big change in the bike other than the colour is the dropping of the fuel injection to make it more cost efficient (cost yet to be announced). The new Bullet 500 uses a carburetter instead of the fuel injection, which results in a significant drop in its power and torque figures.


New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Technical Specifications:

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Engine:

Type: Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Twinspark, Aircooled
Displacement: 499cc
Bore x Stroke: 84mm x 90mm
Compression ratio: 8.5:1
Maximum power: 26.1 bhp @ 5100 rpm
Maximum torque: 40.9 nm @ 3800 rpm
Ignition system: tci unit, multi curve
Clutch: wet, multi-plate
Gearbox: 5 speed constant mesh
Lubrication: wet sump
Engine oil: oil 15W50 API, SL grade
Fuel supply: carburettor with throttle position sensor
Air cleaner: corrugated paper element
Engine start: electric/kick

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Chassis & Suspension:

Type: Single Downtube, Using engine as stressed member

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Suspension:

Front Suspension: Telescopic, 130mm travel
Rear Suspension: Twin gas charged shock absorbers, 80mm travel

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Tyres:

Tyres front: 90/90 – 19-inch
Tyres rear: 120/80 – 18-inch

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Brakes:

Brakes front: 280mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Brakes rear: 153mm drum, single lead internal expanding

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Dimensions:

Wheelbase: 1370 mm
Ground clearance: 135 mm
Length: 2140 mm
Width: 810 mm
Height: 1110 mm
Weight: 188 kg
Fuel capacity: 13.5 Litres

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electricals:

Electrical system: 12 volt – dc
Battery: 12 volt, 14 ah
Head lamp: 60/55 w, halog
Tail lamp: 12v, 21w/5w 

Friday, 12 April 2013


Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. has now established Yamaha Motor Research and Development India Pvt. Ltd. (YMRI) in Surajpur, State of Uttar Pradesh. Few say that it is to become the motorcycle R&D headquarters in India. This initiative is intended to increase Yamaha’s manufacturing competitiveness in the country. The function of the India Procurement Centre established last year has been transferred and incorporated into the new company, and will now operate as the India Integrated Development Centre.
YMRI was established in February this year to function as the core of the second Integrated Development Centre, following the establishment of the ASEAN Integrated Development Centre in Thailand last year. The YMRI will be the fifth overseas R&D headquarters for Yamaha Motor Group following Italy, Taiwan, China, and Thailand. The new Integrated Development Centre aims to contribute to India's operations by "change drawings", tailoring reforms to design, maintenance, and production standards, optimizing them to fit the Indian market and provide low-cost models to customers.

 Speaking on the occasion Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO & Managing Director, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. said, “We at Yamaha strongly believe in constant innovation. The R&D centre will help us to put channelized effort in conceptualization of new models and parts keeping in mind the changing customer preferences. This will help us not only to develop models and parts for India market but also to develop models and parts for export markets as well”.

Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. has now established Yamaha Motor Research and Development India Pvt. Ltd. (YMRI) in Surajpur, State of Uttar Pradesh.

Explaining the development further, Mr. Toshikazu Kobayashi, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Research and Development India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We plan to achieve lowest cost models and parts in the world through INDRA (Innovative and New Development based on Responsible Analysis) activity meant to provide optimized specification thorough investigation in product life cycle. This activity will significantly help us in reducing the cost yet rolling out products that meet all customer aspirations and market standards.” Future plans include the setup of the new Chennai site to develop models intended for the Indian market and Global market, based on model platforms developed in Japan.

The motorcycle market in India has been growing constantly in recent years owing to political and economic stability and financial growth - the market scale reached around 14 million units in 2012 overtaking China to become the world's largest motorcycle market. The market is expected to grow further, reaching 16 million units in 2015. In this environment, Yamaha has been aggressively launching models in the premium and deluxe bikes segment and breaking into the rapidly growing scooter category, achieving domestic sales of 350,000 units in 2012. Based on the new medium-term plan commencing this year, Yamaha will continue to launch products in the scooters category while expanding the sales network, and constructing and launching the second factory in Chennai by 2014. Sales of 500,000 units in 2013, and 1 million units in 2015 are expected.

Thursday, 11 April 2013


Bajaj Auto has launched the Kawasaki Ninja 300 at Rs. 3.5 lakh. Ninja 300 will replace the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, which has been discontinued with effect. The Ninja 300 looks alike the new 2013 Ninja 250R, which is being sold in the international markets. The Ninja 300 is available in two different colour options- White and Ninja Green. Bookings were opened recently with a Rs. 40,000 token amount, while the deliveries will be commenced shortly.

Bajaj Auto has l aunched the Kawasaki Ninja 300 at Rs. 3.5 lakh.

The new Kawasaki Ninja 300 is basically the 2013 Ninja 250 R with a bigger 300cc, Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin cylinder engine, which returns a maximum power output of 38bhp and with a peak torque of 27Nm. The new Ninja 300 features a new front fascia, which includes a redesigned headlamp cluster having two headlamps instead of 250R's single headlamp. It has a new petrol tank, body panels, graphics and rear light cluster. It also features new alloy wheels and new revolutionary slipper gear for better performance. The ride and handling of the bike is also improved by a great extent, it becomes sharper and direct and feels controlled on almost all speeds. The city rides are easy now and you will enjoy riding it hard on highways and on tracks.

Bajaj Auto has l aunched the Kawasaki Ninja 300 at Rs. 3.5 lakh.

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Engine:

Type: Liquid cooled, 4 stroke parallel twin
Displacement: 297cc
Bore and stroke: 62.0x49.0
Compression ratio: 10.6:1
Valve system: DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system: Fuel injection with dual throttle valves
Ignition: Digital
Starting: Electric
Lubrication: Forced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission: 6 speed, return
Max power: 39Ps@11000rpm
Max torque: 27NM@10000rpm

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Chassis:

Type: Tube diamond; steel
Wheel travel: Front: 120mm, Rear: 132mm

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Tyres:

Front: 110/70x17
Rear: 140/70x17

Kawasaki Ninja 300R Suspension:
Front suspension / wheel travel: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak with 5-way adjustable preload / 5.2 in.

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Brakes:

Front: Single 290mm petal disc. Caliper: Dual-piston
Rear: Single 220mm petal disc. Caliper: Dual-piston

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Dimensions:

Overall length: 2015mm
Overall width: 715mm
Overall height: 1110mm
Wheelbase: 1405mm
Ground clearance: 140mm
Seat height: 785mm
Curb mass: 172kg
Fuel tank capacity: 17 litres


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