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Monthly Archives: March 2012

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BMW F650 GS will be available for less than Rs.10 Lakhs in May

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Article by Raghu Raj Murmu
An off-road bike by BMW will cost between Rs. 8.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh (on-road, Pune). Shocking, isn’t it? The firm has decided to release the F650 GS motorbike next month in May. It has been dubbed as a motorcycle for adventure purpose. The parallel twin engine of this 798cc motorbike mounted on a trellis frame chassis pumps 71 bhp of power at 7000 rpm with a peak torque of 75 Nm at 4500 rpm, which is mated with a manual 6-speed gear box. This performing efficiency enables the machine to attain a top speed of 185 kmph easily over the 110/80/19 front tires and 14/80/17 rear tires which gives it an excellent road grip. This practical motorbike can do off-roading on most of the Indian terrains [...]

Affordable Ducati 798 Desmosport R Concept

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Article by Raghu Raj Murmu
Oberdan Bezzi, the famed automobile designer has finally come up with a conceptual Ducati 798 Desmosport R Concept layout to produce a version of this superbike which can be easily afforded by its aficionados who wish to own one, but can’t because it is just too costly. The concept scrounges a good amount of things from the previous versions of Ducati superbikes but at the same time it coalesce only the changes which are needed in order to make this new superbike within the reach of the buyer with low budget. Moreover, it should be convenient to manage on the street, keeping in mind the weight factor of superbike which is always on a heavier side, be it any brand. A midst a lot of assumptions [...]

KTM 690 Duke ‘Track’ Limited Edition for tracks, not road

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Article by Raghu Raj Murmu
A limited edition Track version by KTM will be manufactured soon out of its new 690 Duke. This will completely substratum on the machines, which competes in the 2012 KTM-promoted European Junior Cup (EJC).  After the successful performance on the RC8 R Track, the examples of 200 are to be fitted with the same specifications as of the EJC bikes that see multiple riders of more than 13 Nations blitzkrieg side-to-side in eight rounds for a support race for the WSC (world superbike championship). This new Track edition is not for the usual road commutation purpose at a price of a little less than BSP 10,000. Specially engineered with many KTM PowerParts, modifications in few standard parts and some [...]

Piaggio to launch Vespa LX 125 on 26th April

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Article by Raza Ahmed
On 26th April, 2012, Vespa LX 125 scooter was officially launched in Mumbai, followed by the inauguration of Vespa plant in Baramati, Maharasthra. The inauguration took place in presence of Mr. Matteo Colaninno, Group President, Piaggio. For the first phase, Piaggio is investing Rs 200 crore, targeting an annual production of 150,000 units. However, this figure will be flexible depending upon the demand an finance. Vespa faded out over a decade ago, and Piaggio is coming full fledged with the project by setting up 50 dealership networks across the nation, which will expand with time. Moreover, the Italian giant is planning for 100 percent localization of Vespa LX 125 to compete against local [...]

Suzuki Motorcycles to build a new plant at Rohtak, Haryana

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Article by Raghu Raj Murmu
The two-wheeler division of Suzuki Motor Corporation finally got the clearance from Haryana government to set up another manufacturing plant at Rohtak.  This project calls for a massive investment of Rs 2000 crore. The firm has been in the Indian automobile market since a long time but it has a very minimal market share to its credit in terms of sales. With this realization in mind, the firm has geared up to change the scenario by fabricating another plant for manufacturing bikes in Haryana. Since a long time meetings and conversations were happening between the officers of the firm and government of Haryana for the permission to establish this new plant, which finally materialized last weekend. [...]
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