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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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