Tuesday, 28 May 2013


TVS has recently joined hands with BMW Motorrad to jointly develop motorcycles for the Indian and international markets. Currently, TVS has motorcycles under 200cc, while BMW Motorrad sells motorcycles over 600cc, which means their is a significant gap between their line-ups. The 250-500cc segment is known as entry-level performance bikes, which are quite popular now-a-day. The reason is pretty clear, these mean machines provide both power and efficiency at an affordable cost. So, the entry level performance bike segment is the best segment to work on for this alliance, as the new line-up won't overlap their respective line-ups. The alliance will work on TVS’ engineering and manufacturing skills and BMW’s technical expertise in building performance motorcycles.

TVS has recently joined hands with BMW Motorrad

We have already seen that synergising strategies is quite successful in the automotive industry. The BMW-TVS alliance will also work on the same model on which some big players are already working like Nissan-Renault. So, both the brands will jointly develop a product and sell it under their names separately with minor tweaks to give them separate identities. By adopting this model, the product reaches to more buyers and you won't have to pay extra to develop separate products. BMW Motorrad is known for high end performance bikes and tourers and their smallest capacity motorcycle at the moment is the 650GS. In past few year, demands for such large capacity bikes have been shrunk and BMW is loosing its traditional markets, so it was necessary for them to reach new emerging markets. BMW Motorrad is always known for expensive bikes, and in emerging markets like India you have to keep the price in check. BMW's JV with TVS is the step in the same direction, it will help reduce the input costs to enter the sub-500cc segment.

TVS has recently joined hands with BMW Motorrad

TVS Motors' Chairman Venu Srinivasan recently spoke to Overdrive, where he discussed the benefits of the agreement, he said, “We are certainly pleased at TVS as this gives us the ability to produce products above 250cc that we do not make today.” In India, the 200cc bike segment has got a significant popularity in past few years and bikes like KTM Duke 200, Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 250R are performing well in India. It also motivated TVS to develop a 250cc motorcycle, which will be launched in early-2014. Now when TVS has stepped in an alliance with BMW, we are expecting that further development of the bike will be carried out in Berlin. However, company officials claim that the first model from the alliance will take at least 18 months.

“These products will be manufactured by us in India with two different styles, features and specifications, one for BMW for sale throughout the world and one for TVS,” added Srinivasan about the production plans. As we already reported the agreement is only for developing and producing motorcycles and it will be up to the individual companies to market and sell the motorcycles, which means that both TVS and BMW will share their products separately like before. However, in India, BMW has only two dealers at the moment. As the production of the newly developed products is expected to begin in India, BMW will have to develop a larger sales network, so they can match-up with the production. Stephan Schaller, President BMW Motorrad said, “In view of changing motorcycle markets, demographic developments, and increasing environmental demands we are expanding our product range so as to tap into fresh growth potential.” He further added, “In future we will be able to offer vehicles in smaller capacity classes in addition to the BMW Motorrad core segments.”

Saturday, 25 May 2013


John Abraham who is known for his love for bikes holds some of the best bikes, and he is also the brand ambassador of Yamaha India. His collection includes bikes like Yamaha RD-350, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R, Suzuki Hayabusa, Yamaha R1, FZ1000 and VMax. He said in an interview that he treats his bikes at par with his girlfriend! John takes care of his bikes personally and rides them often. Even his ringtone is the exhaust note of his R1.

John Abraham Gifts a Yamaha VMax to Sanjay Gupta

John Abraham recently appeared in Sanjay Gupta's underworld-based flick 'Shootout At Wadala', which has been well received by the audiences. To celebrate the success of the movie, John gifted the Yamaha VMax to Sanjay, the director of the movie and a close friend. With delight Sanjay Gupta tweeted "I am now a very proud owner of The Yamaha VMax Motorcycle thanks to my hero John Abraham. Can't wait to go on a really long ride on my new beauty. Thank you John. This is the best gift ever. The sweet bike of success :-)"

John Abraham Gifts a Yamaha VMax to Sanjay Gupta

We also know that John recently gifted a Harley-Davidson to his co-star Akshay Kumar to celebrate Housefull 2's success. John is also fond of luxury sports car, and he recently bought an all black Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560-4, better known as one of the most beautiful supercar of all time. John also owns Audi’s Q7 luxury SUV and a Maruti Gypsy. 


Wednesday, 22 May 2013


Royal Enfield is doing well for past few years, and now they are looking to become a global leader in the 250-650cc bike segment. The Royal Enfield , which is owned by Delhi-based Eicher Motors, is one of the smallest bike makers in India by volume, but now the company is exploring the developed markets such as the US and Europe to power its global ambitions. Royal Enfield is the oldest company in the country to manufacture bikes, and it is a reckoned manufacturer of cruiser bikes globally, it presently exports motorcycles to the US and Europe from India. Recently, Hero MotoCorp and Bajaj Auto, the volume players of the Indian market has ventured into new markets like Africa and Latin America in an attempt to capture bigger share globally; while these two chose emerging markets Royal Enfield is willing the same by developing markets.


Business Standard recently spoke to Mr. Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director & CEO, Eicher Motors, who said, "We want to be a global leader in the mid-size category. We believe we can become a leader over the 5-10 years. We have started planning for this. We have built a world class facility whose quality is on par if not the best. We aim to have a significant share in each country in the mid-size category."

"Traditionally the development countries like the US and Euorpe have been the markets for us and they will continue to be important markets but biggest growth is emerging markets where people are looking at upgrades", added Lal.

In the Indian market, Hero, Honda, Bajaj dominate the entry level segment while Japanese players like Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki rules the mid category whereas BMW, Ducati and others rule the premium segment. Royal Enfield is doing well in the domestic market, but export figures are not that great only 3 percent of overall sales, which as of last year stood at 113,000 units. With the commissioning of a new plant at Oragadam, Chennai the company hopes to take the export share to at least 10%.

The Oragadam plant has an initial installed capacity to produce 150,000 units annually, which will be extend to 250,000 units per annum by 2014 in the second phase. Royal Enfield is also expanding its older plant as well, so that the annual production can reach at 500,000 units in the next few years. With the increased production capacity, Royal Enfield is also expecting better sales and its sales estimate for the year and hopes to sell 175,000 units as against 150,000 units estimation earlier.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013


Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto revealed that Bajaj Auto is planning to launch 6 new Discover motorcycles in fiscal 2013-14. Bajaj Auto is currently leading the Indian sports motorcycle segment, which holds a total of 10 percent in the Indian market. But now, Bajaj Auto wishes to enhance in the Indian commuter bike segment, which holds a hefty 63 per cent of the total market.

Bajaj Auto is planning to launch 6 new Discover

These new bikes will be a big push from Bajaj Auto to capture a major stake in the market. In recent development, Honda has pushed Bajaj to third spot, and that is why Bajaj wants to ensure that they won't lose market share in future. The bikemaker is developing the 6 new Discovers, which will target daily commuters, students and executives, however Bajaj hasn't disclosed the details of the bikes. At the moment, Bajaj is selling four Discover motorcycles in India including Bajaj Discover 100, the Discover 100T, the Discover 125 and the Discover 150.

Bajaj Auto is planning to launch 6 new Discover

Rajiv Bajaj revealed this to MoneyControl in an interview, "We have several launches lined up for this year. We have at least two new Pulsars. I can say this much - one will be smaller than Pulsar 200NS and one that will be much bigger. So I think that is going to help us defend our leadership of this space and that is very important for us so two new Pulsars in this year."

Mr. Bajaj also comment on the sales target in the commuter space, "This year, our main focus will be on the Discover brand and Discover segment because I think after launching the Discover 100T in January of which we are able to already sell between 25,000-30,000 a month, this has given us a new foothold into the commuter segment because it is for the first time in our history that we are selling in large numbers a 100cc motorcycle which is a space more associated with Hero MotoCorp. We are selling large volumes of 100cc motorcycle wherein that motorcycle is the most expensive 100cc motorcycle in India today. So this is telling us that if people are willing to shell out five percent more for the Discover 100T, perhaps they have come to accept that this is an outstanding 100cc motorcycle. If we have managed to create that excellence then the next logical step is to scale that excellence. What I mean by that is this - currently in the domestic market, we sell between 100,000-110,000 Discovers every month."

Rajiv Bajaj also commented on the future plans, he said, "I would like to see that number grow significantly. When I say significantly, I mean to something that is over 150,000 a month. The Discover 100T provides us some answers as to how we could do that. So as of now, we have planned the launch of several new Discovers. In fact, I can say specifically that we have six Discovers that are being ready for launch for this financial year. We may or may not launch all six. We will launch somewhere between four and six depending on the competitive situation because whether we like it or not. Often what we do depends on what our competition is so somewhere between four and six new Discovers. I am very hopeful and I am very keen that with that, we should see a 50 percent increase if not more in the sales of Discover which would then catapult Bajaj Motorcycle volumes to the next level."

Saturday, 4 May 2013


Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) introduced their new 150cc sports bike CB Trigger last month, and now they have announced the prices of the Honda CB Trigger. With the CB Trigger, Honda is willing to get a bigger share in the 150cc sports bike segment. The CB Trigger is the updated Unicorn Dazzler, while the former is not doing good in terms of sales, Honda is betting high on this new Avatar.

Honda CB Trigger

The CB Trigger comes with some unique first-in-class segment features like Combi Brake System (CBS), which is operated by the foot brake and applies both the front and rear brakes simultaneously. With the new CBS system, the braking distance is reduced by 32% as compared to conventional braking. The bike comes equipped with 240mm front and 220mm rear disc brakes. Like other 150cc Honda bikes, the Trigger is also equipped with mono suspension. It derives its power from Honda’s proven 150cc air-cooled Spark Ignition engine, delivering a maximum power output of 14 PS at 8,500rpm and peak torque of 12.5Nm at 6,500rpm. Honda CB Trigger uses a lightweight and flexible diamond frame, which provides better handling and control for a sports model. The bike also gets a maintenance-free battery and a viscous air filter that is said to provide better dust resistance as compared to conventional filters. Honda claims the best-in-class 60kmpl mileage, which appeals college students and daily commuters.

Honda CB Trigger Engine:
Engine type: 4-Stroke, DOHC, 4-Valve, Single Cylinder, Air-cooled
Max. Power: 14bhp at 8500rpm
Max. Torque: 12.5Nm at 6500rpm
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Honda CB Trigger Electrical and Others
Starter: Kick & Electrical
Battery: 12V, 5 Ah
Ignition System: Full transistorized

Honda CB Trigger Suspension:
Type of Front suspension: Telescopic
Type of Rear suspension: Swing Arm Monoshock Suspension

Honda CB Trigger Braking:

Front brake: Hydraulic disc, 240mm with CBS
Rear brake: Hydraulic disc, with Single Piston 220mm with CBS
Honda CB Trigger Tyres
Front tyre size: 80/100 17"
Rear tyre size: 110/80 17"

Honda CB Trigger Colours:
Pearl Siena Red, Meteor Green Metallic and Black


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