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A few more week’s wait to get TVS Phoenix

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Article by Ayan Sengupta
It was during during the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo, when Indian two-wheeler manufacturer TVS India showcased its upcoming motorcycles and scooters that would be launched in 2012. Now the Chennai-based company seems to have geared up to fulfill its promise with its first launch of the year with an all new sturdy 125cc bike. The company baptized the commuter model line-up bike with the name Phoenix. If the bike is given a closer look, it would be found that Phoenix bears a strong analogy to Radeon concept. The concept was exhibited at the Auto Expo. The bike has been loaded with quite a few features, including front petal disc brake, digital instrument cluster along with an attractive all-black [...]

Ray brings 5000 bookings to Yamaha

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Article by Ayan Sengupta
It has recently been reported that Japanese two-wheeler giant, Yamaha’s dealers across India started taking bookings for the company’s much-awaited automatic scooter, Ray. As per information available now, Yamaha has actually succeeded in bagging around 5,000 pre-launch bookings for the soon to be launched Ray. The scooter, basically dedicated to the fairer sex, is being speculated to be a tough competitor for scooters like Honda Activa, Suzuki Access, Hero Maestro, Mahindra Duro, etc. Although the scooter is the main point of attraction for the pretty ladies, but at the same time the scooter is apt for everyone between the ages of 16 to 60 years. The 125cc single cylinder air cooled [...]

Kawasaki plans to bring in Ninja 300R & 400R

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Article by Ayan Sengupta
Whenever it comes to Kawasaki Ninja, it never fails to attract eyeballs towards it, be it on the roads or any news regarding it. The Jap two-wheeler maker brought in a breeze of excitement when it launched the new edition of popular Ninja 250R. It seems that the motorcycle maker is planning to do something similar yet again. The manufacturer has been reported to be planning to bring in 2013 Ninja 300R and Ninja 400R. The 300R is to feature a 299cc twin-cylinder engine with a capability to deliver a power of 39bhp @ 11,000 rpm. On the other hand, the latter model is to sport a 399cc twin cylinder powerhouse which can churn out a peak power of 43bhp, but at a much lower rpm of 9,500 rpm. Both the [...]

Hero-EBR collaboration: Hero Bikes to go aggressive on roads

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Article by Ayan Sengupta
It was during the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo, when it was noticed that Hero MotoCorp succeeded in attracting footfalls at its stall thanks to the unusual two-wheeler concept brought in by the manufacturer. The motive of Hero MotoCorp was pretty clear. The two-wheeler manufacturer geared itself up with the concept to target prospective women buyers. Baptized with the name Leap, the electric scooter features a small petrol engine along with the electric motor. The petrol engine acts as a range extender and battery charger too. An interesting fact behind the Leap is that it took mere 10-weeks by an American performance-oriented motorcycles-specialist company to conceive and develop the concept. After [...]

Comprehensive Review: Vespa LX 125

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Article by Ayan Sengupta
Vespa finally made a return to the Indian market just when the country is exhibiting promising growth in the scooter market. But the only thing that led to raised eyebrows was that the Italian manufacturer brought the Vespa LX 125 unusually high priced. Now the time has come to judge the justification of the price tag on a few parameters. Design: The Vespa model has always been well known for its design, ever since it has come into existence in 1940s, and so is the Vespa LX 125. One of the best things in its designs include the rounded front apron along with smart border giving enough space for the round halogen headlight. Vespa’s signature push-to-cancel indicators, better palm grips, [...]
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