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Sarath Kumar gets podium at CIV-Italian race

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Article by Vinod Khanchandani
Mr. Sarath Kumar, young Indian of Mahindra Racing created history at CIV-Italian Championship in Monza where he finished 3rd, achieving his 1st ever podium finish. This is for the first time an Indian has secured a position on the podium in Europe at international motorsports event. Sarath formerly placed 4th but moved up in rankings after 3rd position winner, Andrea Mantovani was ineligible because of powerplant irregularities. He moved off pretty well from the grid and quickly found a good position, which enabled him for recovering plenty of positions to finish 3rd in the 125GP. Currently, Mr. Kumar became the 1st Indian for scoring points in Championship during the 2nd round in Imola. Alternatively, [...]

2012 TVS Apache RTR series launched

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Article by Raza Ahmed
We recently brought you the Facebook teaser images of TVS new Apache, which was followed by spy images of the new motorcycle. From the images we could make out the cosmetic uplift of the new motorcycle, though there was no hint of the power plant upgrades. Finally, the cover has blown, and TVS officially launches the 2012 Apache series and it calls the new Apache twins as ‘Beast Themed Styling’. The entire 2012 Apache series will receive the cosmetic updates, including the RTR 160, RTR 180 and RTR 180 ABS. From the initial Facebook teaser images, it appeared that the Chennai-based two-wheeler manufacturer has employed new fairing for the Apache with twin headlamps. We were not completely [...]

India Superbike Festival 2012 Covered by IndianDrives

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Article by Vinod Khanchandani
Superbikes have always remained a must see shows by many commuters, bikers and others. There have been too many shows, events and others in other nations for gaining knowledge and for entertaining about these extreme machines, but such shows in India were unavailable. Not any more. The Indian Superbike Festival 2012 rocked Pune at the Amanora Town Centre and showcased plenty of mean and might machines with large engines revs as superbikes of all sizes and shapes. As per our interview with Mr. Sahil Bhandari, organizer, the main aim of this festival is to bring all the riders and commuters as well as manufacturers to one platform. It were not only be the super bikes and machines, which grabbed [...]

How to balance a Motorcycle wheel

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Article by Raza Ahmed
You may have heard of wheel balancing in cars, but what does wheel balancing have to do in motorcycles? To understand this, lets first understand the necessity of wheel balancing. The wheel is basically like a ring, with weight distributed across its circumference. Now, if the mass is unevenly distributed across its circumference, the wheel tends to vibrate or wobble at medium and high speeds. There could be several reasons for the irregular mass distribution – manufacturing fault, uneven wear, uneven braking, etc. An unbalanced wheel can give reduced performance and handling as the unbalanced mass can generate random forces. Having wheels precisely balanced is vital for safe riding and [...]

2012 KTM 990 SMT Preview

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Article by Vinod Khanchandani
The Austrian motorcycle manufacturing company has fitted its PowerParts Side Bags as standard as a part of changes to its motorcycle, the 2012 KTM 990 SMT. This famous long distance Supermoto bike fuses comfort, suitability and endurance with sports capability and components for everyday commuting and now provides increased levels of practicality by being supplied with authorized KTM twin panniers. Specifically designed and engineered for SM T, these PowerParts Side Bags mount quickly and easily to the models existing luggage rack and are erngineered for not disrupting the color and the lines of an Austrian motorcycle. Since fitting Antilock Braking System as standard last year, the company has [...]
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