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When it was launched in 2004, the V-Strom 650 came with an upright and comfortable riding position, good street manners and a reasonable price. The small V-Strom managed to outsell its bigger brother – the V-Strom 1000 and never got out of production. Now it’s time for the third generation of the middleweight V-Strom. So we took it out for a ride to see how things have changed in these years.

Suzuki’s V-Twin engine is more refined than ever there’s a different look, a slimmer fairing and narrower fuel tank and some welcomed additions such as the traction control. But not everything has been changed. For example, the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 has the same fork and brakes as the original.

We took it out for a ride in on every type of environment – from the city traffic to highway, to curvy roads and soft enduro. Here’s our video. You can watch it below.

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Suzuki India is planning big as senior officials are considering the country to be the global hub for their GSX-250R. The same is much awaited product among Indian buyers and one could possibly fall in love with its touring friendly engine as well as ergonomics.

But all this comes with a bitter condition that is not actually impossible but requires much more input from Suzuki than the present situation. Senior officials demand sales report that could ensure them of more than 1 million yearly sales by 2020. Going by the last report (August 2017), Suzuki Motorcycles India sold 47,745 units in one month.

Rounding off the figure and even counting good as well as bad days for Suzuki makes them good for almost good for 0.6 million in yearly sales. Taking this number to 1 million will take a lot of effort but still, 30 months of time is good enough to achieve this feat.

They were once selling half the number of units than present situation and expecting a million is not bad at all. Suzuki is even preparing a 150cc cruiser model for India, expected to add around 10,000 units of monthly sale and most probably being no one else than Suzuki GZ150. It actually carries a mind blowing cruiser design.

Apart from that, they hinted at a power scooter, most probably from Burgman series for the country. It can most probably carry 250cc engine and thus, could help Suzuki share the same with GSX-250R. The quarter liter Gixxer is powered by 248cc, twin cylinder engine producing 24.7 BHP at 8000 rpm and 23.3 Nm at 6500 rpm.

It weighs just 178 kg and thus, will keep riders happy at all times with power in everyday range. Suzuki will update its complete dealership network by an investment of around INR 1000 Crore. They currently have around 200 dealerships in India.

In an interview with Economic Times, Satoshi Uchida, MD, Suzuki Motorcycle India revealed the brand’s plans for the country. He said:

“Since we are a late entrant, we need to have a different approach. Our immediate focus is on the fast-growing scooter space and premium motorcycles. Our aim is to grab 10% share in the segments that we operate. Once we reach scale, then we may look at mass market. Our chairman wants us to achieve 1 million sales (per year, by 2020), but he says do it in a sustainable manner, we have to use both brake and accelerator.”

Key Specifications of Suzuki GSX-250R

Displacement 248 cc
Maximum Power 24.7 BHP @ 8000 rpm
Maximum Torque 23.3 NM @ 6500 rpm
No. of Cylinders 2
No. of Gears 6
Seat Height 780 mm
Kerb/Wet Weight 178 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres

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Cars steal the spotlight when it comes to electrification, but the motorcycle industry is undergoing a similar transformation. The gradual shifts towards zero emissions look a lot alike — some actors are well ahead of the curve and pioneering a new niche in their respective segments, while others are unwillingly hopping on the bandwagon to keep up with the rest of the industry.

Can’t name an electric motorcycle? Don’t worry, there aren’t many options to choose from right now. That’s set to change soon when major manufacturers like Harley-Davidson, KTM, Yamaha, and Honda come to the market with their own spin on the concept. Until then, here are the best electric motorcycles currently on sale in the United States.

Alta Redshift MX

Alta explains the Redshift MX is the electric equivalent of a 250cc dirt bike. The 261-pound machine offers 40 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque from a compact, water-cooled electric motor. A water-proof lithium-ion battery pack provides enough electricity for up to two hours of riding, and the Redshift never needs an oil change. Pricing starts at $14,995.

Alta Redshift SM

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The Alta Redshift SM is to the track what the Redshift MX is to the trail. Both use the same 40-hp electric motor linked to a 5.8-kWh battery pack, but the SM is equipped with lights and turn signals so it can be driven on the street. It has just 60 miles of range when it’s used as a commuter, 40 miles of range when the pace picks up on a twisty road, and it can go flat-out for up to 20 minutes on a track. It retails for $15,495.

Brutus 2 Café

The Café option turns the Brutus 2 into a head-turning café racer. The list of modifications includes down-turned handle bars, adjustable rear seats, and a stripped-down chassis that gives the bike the naked look that has historically characterized café racers. It’s equipped with a 10-kWh battery pack, but Brutus hasn’t published additional specifications such as range and output. Pricing is available upon request.

Brutus V9

While Harley-Davidson is busily working on building an electric motorcycle, the model is still a couple of years away from cruising down the boulevard. If that’s the style you’re after, Brutus has you covered with the 125-hp V9. The company advertises performance and acceleration that will make any sports car green with envy, though more specific details (such as pricing) haven’t been released yet. That’s a tall order — the fastest cars in the world are truly impressive.

Energica Ego45

The 136-hp Energica Ego45 is for riders who want a touch of luxury with their performance. Think of it as a two-wheeled Lamborghini, except it’s electric. It stands out with top-of-the-line components (including some that are 3D-printed), as well as design elements borrowed from the worlds of aerospace and racing. Act fast if you want one — production is strictly limited to just 45 examples. Buyers can work directly with Energica to create a custom, one-of-a-kind bike, and they can even pick it up directly from the factory in Italy.

Energica Eva

Energica brought together big names in racing to develop its lineup of performance-oriented electric bikes. Manufactured in Italy, the land of Ducati, the Eva is the most basic model in the Energica catalog. Underneath the muscular design hides a 95-hp motor with up to 120 miles of range when Eco mode is turned on. An 85-percent charge is available in just half an hour when the bike is plugged into a quick charger, so range anxiety becomes less of a worry.

Lightning LS-218

Lightning doesn’t beat around the bush — you know its bikes are electric as soon as you read its name. Instead of catering to commuters or casual riders, the company aimed the LS-218 directly at the top of the electric bike segment. It became the fastest battery-powered motorcycle when it reached 215 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in 2011.

Its specifications sheet is equally impressive. It gets a 200-hp, 168-lb-ft. powertrain with up to 180 miles of range. Brembo brakes keep the power in check. This is a full-blown superbike designed to race, as reflected by its asking price of nearly $40,000.

 

Sora by Lito

The Sora by Lito hails from the land of poutine — Quebec. Built entirely by hand, it turns heads with a design that’s as original as it is sharp. The bodywork is crafted out of carbon fiber to help offset the weight added by the bulky lithium-ion battery pack, and the bike is capable of hitting 60 mph from a stop in four seconds flat. The downside is its Porsche-like $104,000 price tag; that puts it in the same ballpark as a lot of highly desirable two- and four-wheeled machines.

Zero S

In many ways, Zero is the Tesla of the electric motorcycle industry. The California-based company has the technology figured out better than most of its rivals, so it offers a comprehensive range of products for all experience levels. Named S, its entry-level model is an urban bike that’s nimble and practical.
In its top configuration, the Zero S offers 60 hp, 81 lb-ft, and up to 153 miles of range when it’s ridden in a mix of city and highway conditions. Pricing varies between $10,995 and $16,690.

Zero DSR

The DSR is Zero’s dual-sport model. Based on the DS, the R designation signifies it receives an electric motor dialed up to 116 lb-ft, a custom-tuned suspension, and a Bosch ABS system for extra peace of mind. It boasts up to 138 miles of range in a combined cycle, which is plenty for on- and off-road adventures. The Zero DSR starts at $18,690.

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The BMW HP4 Race is one of the most exclusive and powerful superbikes ever built. Based on the S1000RR it costs €80,000 ($78,000 in US), and it features a carbon fiber frame, wheels and World Superbike specifications. Every unit is handmade, and we got the chance to unbox one and fire it up. Here’s our video of the BMW HP4 Race unboxing.

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Yes indeed, Kawasaki have released pictures and details for the 2018 ZX-10RR, though a quick word of caution, the ‘new’ details are very light indeed…

The only two updates are colours – the Showa canisters on the bottom fork leg are now silver rather than red, and the fork-top cap is now green, rather than red, and, that’s yer lot!

To be honest it didn’t need much change, it’s an ace bike as it is, did well in SBOTY this year and, as we all know, makes an incredible basis for a track/race bike.

And just a quick FYI – it’s going to be a reasonably quiet year when it comes to new bikes, there’s a few coming out but bar the new Ducati V4, but not huge amounts in the sports department.

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Kawasaki Z900 the limited edition paint scheme has launched by Kawasaki in INDIA. The estimated price of the bike is 7.68 lakh, The new edition offers a two new colors  I.e Black and Green.

While the Japanese producer didn’t say the correct numbers this variation will be accessible in, we trust this is companies planning to gage the market reaction. On the off chance that this variation figures out how to get great numbers, Kawasaki may influence it to some portion of the standard shading choices. The organization mentioned in the discharge about its aim to assess the shading choices relying upon the client’s reaction.

Kawasaki claims that other than the new the expansion of this new dark red paint scheme, there has been a couple of decals changes that improve the general interest. The Triumph Street Triple 765 and the Ducati Monster 797 adversary has possessed the capacity to locate a not too bad fan following in India. Yet, regardless it does not have the quality and the brand esteem that the Z800 conveyed.

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Sexy Taiwan mini electric motorcycle is a sight to see with 9 kWh LIPO Battery, CNC machined aluminum frame, 13-inch wheels, flawlessly made carbon parts and speedster electric motor performance up to 130 kph

Controller: Mobipus ( not confirmed )
Battery: 9kWh battery (88.2V/ 120Ah) LiPo (probably A123 – not confirmed)
Range: above 150km per charge.
Custom motor: Made RCE Power. Max performance to be determined
Wheels:13″
Top speed: 130kph (will be limited at 110kph)
Frame material: State of the art CNC’d aluminum and carbon-fiber
Est. production: 2019

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Watch the exclusive launch event for the new Bonneville Speedmaster, Bonneville Bobber Black & the Triumph Factory Experience, a landmark moment for Triumph and Triumph fans with legendary Triumph racers and motorcycles including Steve McQueen’s original Great Escape jump bike.

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IN THE CUSTOM WORLD, there are few more challenging builds than designing a motorcycle around a car engine. They’re heavy and torque focused, and trying to physically fit one into a production bike frame is easier said than done.

But what if your starting point is a car engine and you build everything around it? That’s what New Zealander Marcel van Hooijdonk did to create this incredible ‘Madboxer’ custom.

The Madboxer, as good a name as any for this machine, has been ‘in the build’ for over five years. A toolmaker by trade, Marcel is more than a dab hand behind a set of tools, so when a friend sent him an email with a photo issuing a challenge, he leapt at the chance to put his skills towards something a little different.

“It all started off as a bit of a challenge from a mate in Aussie, Harry, who came across an artist’s impression of a Subaru-powered motorcycle concept—with the comment “something for you to knock up in the shed, mate,” says Marcel.

The car engine was obviously the key to this build, and Marcel had a few options to choose from. The most readily available Subaru engine in NZ is the long-lived EJ series, with capacities ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 liters, and found in most Subarus since 1989.

Marcel passed over the ever-popular 2-liter mill, and instead went with a turbocharged EJ25 out of a second generation WRX.

To start the project off, Marcel checked to see if it was even possible to make the Madboxer a reality.

“I got a motor case and some tires, spaced it out, stepped back and grabbed a beer,” he says. After eyeballing it and putting together the mental plan on just how to proceed, the decision was made. “Yes, it’s doable.”

Now committed, Marcel had to lay the groundwork for his build with some serious screen time. Like most serious builders, he started with a computer, put together a CAD drawing, and got signoff from the regulatory body that covers all modified vehicles in New Zealand—the Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association (LVVTA).

“Once I had the motor block and wheels in place I started in AutoCAD, making drawings of the center steer hub, swing arms and the main chassis sides, he says. The drawings were also used for programming the CNC milling center and lathe, which carved out the individual pieces of the bike ready for assembly.

It wasn’t a straightforward job however, and took a few tries to get everything just right. Marcel also had to work out a steering system that met with the approval of the certification panel.

The bike slowly took shape, with a Kawasaki fuel tank, wheels sourced off the NZ eBay equivalent TradeMe, and a smaller twin-turbo unit from a Subaru Legacy replacing the big WRX turbo.

The result is an engine that runs very smoothly, even though it has no real flywheel as such. Marcel opted for a modified Japanese 2-speed automatic transmission, using a chain drive to get power to the rear wheel.

Like other “automatic” motorcycles, there’s no gear lever on the foot pegs—just a button on the handlebars to change gears. Braking is just like a scooter, with a bar-mounted lever for the Buell-sourced brakes.

After all the engineering work, it would be a shame if Madboxer became a trailer queen. But thankfully Marcel fought it out with the LVVTA certifiers and won the day.

“Being able to ride it was the aim right from the get-go,” Marcel explains. “So that did impact on the final design. The system here in NZ is not too bad; you forward your design at the beginning and a panel goes over it. Once you have approval you can start, but with inspections along the way.”

“You always think of something you would like to change, which has to then go back to the panel. At times it’s hair pulling—but now it’s all done and 100 per cent road legal, I must say it wasn’t too bad.”

The Madboxer is a thing of strange beauty. Tipping the scales at 313.5kg, it’s heavy by motorbike standards—but with a boxer engine, the bike holds the majority of its weight down low in the chassis.

With torque levels most bikes can only dream of, Madboxer is sure to fly down the road when ridden. And that’s just what Marcel plans for its future.

Words Mathieu Day-Gillett of Bike Rider Magazine | Images Lindsay Gibb

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YouTuber ‘Ride with Rahul’ is back with another superstar product in his ride review video. This time, it’s none other than Ducati SuperSport S, recently launched in India for INR 13.39 lakh. Rahul got the bike in Red and felt amazed from the very beginning, praising the position as being perfectly balanced between performance and touring.

He further explains how wider seat makes him feel like sitting higher than his usual 810mm high 390 Duke (even though SuperSport has 810mm seat height). As 80% of the power comes at just 3000 rpm, SuperSport S comes out as a perfect option for everyday riding.

Excessively soft seats are not that good for long rides and thus, SuperSport brings balance between the hard and soft side for perfect long ride experience. Movable front windscreen makes it one great option as one could adjust the same as per daily driving and highway needs.

The best part for SuperSport was its everyday use and their conversation even claims that occasional weekend trips would be a delight on Ducati SuperSport. The motorcycle comes with Ducati’s single sided swing-arm that even seems away from 959 Panigale.

Instrument console on the motorcycle is even mind blowing as one get all details regarding engine health, fuel and all other daily need values like odometer, trip-meter and tachometer. Driving modes, traction control and many other electronic features like quick shifter makes SuperSport S the most effective bike for its price.

Ducati SuperSport S is powered by a 937 cc, twin cylinder engine producing 110 HP at 9000 rpm and 96.7 Nm at 6500 rpm. Buyers get Brembo brakes, Ohlins fully adjustable suspension and just 210 kg of wet weight on Ducati SuperSport S. It seems to be a perfect package for those who wish to join Ducati for their quality and practicality in everyday riding.

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