Yamaha FZ 25 And Fazer 25 Launched With Dual Channel ABS In India

Both the Yamaha FZ 25 and Fazer 25 now come with a dual channel ABS setup, priced at Rs. 1.33 lakh and 1.43 lakh respectively.

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In addition to dual channel ABS, the updated Yamaha FZ 25 & Fazer 25 also get new colours

India Yamaha today launched the dual channel ABS (antilock braking system) versions of the Yamaha FZ 25 and Fazer 25. Priced at ₹ 1.33 lakh and ₹ 1.43 lakh respectively, the bikes were introduced, at the launch of the new-gen 2019 Yamaha FZ V3.0, which has been priced at ₹ 95,000 (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). Both the 250 cc motorcycles now come in new colour options as well, for the FZ 25, Yamaha has introduced three options – Dark Matte Blue, Matte Black, and Cyan Blue, while the Fazer 25 gets two colour options – Dark Matte Blue and Metallic Black.


Yamaha FZ 25 and Fazer 25 now come with dual channel ABS as standard

Yamaha FZ25

Apart from the aforementioned updates, the rest of the bike remains unchanged. Both, the Yamaha FZ 25 and Fazer 25 continue to be powered by the same 249 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine which puts out just over 20 bhp and 20 Nm of torque. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox and has been known to be one of the smoothest all-around motorcycles suitable for the daily commute, as well as the occasional long ride.


Yamaha Fazer 25 and FZ 25 ABS get the same 249 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine

In terms of features, the Yamaha FZ 25 comes with an all-digital instrument panel with digital speedometer, odometer, tachometer, trip meter and also gets a very useful fuel consumption read-out, and two-piece seat. The Fazer 25, on the other hand, comes with different material for the seat, two new LED positioning lamps below the headlamp, a new dual-horn, and the fairing. The rear sections of both the bikes are identical with rear tyre hugger, silver grab rails, and more.


Earlier this month, the company also introduced dual channel ABS version of the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 in India. The bike was priced at ₹ 1.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), a premium of ₹ 12,000 over the non-ABS version. Yamaha has introduced ABS technology in its FZ range over two months before the deadline, which mandates Anti-lock Brakes in bikes that are 125 cc and above, sets in, from April 1, 2018.

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2019 Yamaha FZ-S ABS Spied Undisguised; Ready For Launch

Yamaha launched the second generation of the FZ-S in 2014 and it is about time for a model update. Camouflaged test mules were already spotted a few days but recently completely undisguised photos of the motorcycle were revealed. Here’s a look.

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The new-gen FZ could be launched on 21st January, 2019

Yamaha will be launching a new motorcycle on 21st January, 2019. Now whether it is the MT-15 or the 2019 FZ-S V3, it is yet to be seen but here is the latest round of spyshots of the new-generation FZ-S and completely undisguised at that. With these new photos, it could be seen that the new motorcycle gets a new fuel tank, new panels and a new headlamp, most probably an LED unit similar to that on the FZ25. The other distinguishing bit that we could figure was the air-vent like structure towards the front of the fuel tank which is most likely beautification of sorts and might not serve any practical purpose.

Also Read: 2019 Yamaha FZ-S Spied Testing


(Expect the new-gen FZ-S to get ABS as standard fitment)

The seat on the new FZ will be a single-piece unit as opposed to the step-seat unit on the FZ V2.0. We would also like the new FZ to get a bump in power and torque output as the current model is the least powerful in its segment. The engine covers seem to be the same from the test mules which were spotted earlier. The alloy wheels too have a different design and look much better on the FZ-S V3.0 than on the current model. The rear section of the motorcycle along with the grab-rails and the exhaust will be new as well.

Also Read: Yamaha MT-15 Spied Testing; Launch Imminent

We expect Yamaha to offer ABS right from the launch, at least a single-channel ABS on the new-generation FZ-S. The current-gen Yamaha FZ FI V2.0 sells for ₹ 82,040 while the FZ-S FI sells for ₹ 88,042 (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). Expect the new-generation FZ to cost about ₹ 10,000 to ₹ 15,000 considering Yamaha offers ABS as standard fitment.


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BMW G 310 GS Vs Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS Comparison Review

An adventure on two wheels is what many riders dream about – heading out on a long ride, up to the nearest mountains, crossing fast flowing streams, over rocky and broken terrain. And the right and capable bike will certainly go a long way in making such a ride memorable and enjoyable. That is where adventure touring bikes come in, offering the comfort of long hours in the saddle, but at the same time offering some off-road capability to sail over gravel trails, broken roads and the like, when the tarmac disappears. The baby GS, the BMW G 310 GS, offers the entry into the coveted world of the BMW GS family, but there’s already a capable dual-purpose bike available – the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Both bikes offer similar touring capability, but there’s a lot of difference in how they are designed, how they perform, and how they are priced. So, let the games begin then.


Both the BMW G 310 GS and Royal Enfield Himalayan are dual-purpose adventure bikes

Design and Features

The BMW G 310 GS has the typical adventure-style front beak, dual-tone signature GS colours, and a tall, upright riding position. It may be the baby GS, but it looks like a big bike. And with a seat height of 835 mm, it’s got a tall perch, perfect for a commanding view of the road ahead, but riders of shorter height may find it a little daunting to tip toe on. The 41 mm gold-coloured upside down fork adds a touch of quality to the already superb build quality. The body panels are solid, and if quality is what one is looking for, there’s no doubt that BMW has it got covered. Fit and finish is superb, and the baby GS feels like it will age well, without any rattles or panels getting loose. And it gets dual-channel ABS, and ABS on the rear wheel can be disengaged by the simple push of a button.


The BMW G 310 GS is the better built, and better looking bike, but the RE Himalayan is rugged, and utilitarian

Comparatively, the Royal Enfield Himalayan’s design is rudimentary. It’s simple, utilitarian and looks rugged – built to take on the rough and the occasional tumble. And it’s got enough space to hook up panniers, and soft luggage and other essentials for a two-wheeled adventure. With a seat height of 800 mm, the Himalayan is also the more accessible bike; you can easily place both feet on both sides of the bike, and riders of different build and height will find it comfortable and easily accessible. The Himalayan now also gets dual-channel ABS, but ABS isn’t switchable, so experienced off-road riders may miss that feature of being able to lock the rear wheel, or get rid of the intrusive ABS, at least when riding off-road.

Also Read: BMW G 310 GS First Ride Review

On-Road Performance


On tarmac, it’s the BMW which offers more spirited performance – better acceleration, better cruising speed and a more comfortable ride

On the move, it’s immediately apparent that it’s the BMW G 310 GS which offers more spirited performance. The 313 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine is free revving, and as long as you keep it spinning above 4,500 revs, the GS feels entertaining to ride. The ride quality is plush and the seat offers a comfortable ride, although the front does tend to dive under hard braking. The brakes are quite good, and out on the highway, the G 310 GS will cruise comfortably at 120 kmph, going up to a top speed of over 140 kmph. But it’s the vibrations which begin to be apparent at high revs, and there’s a perceptible buzz on the footpegs, handlebar and fuel tank. And the fuel tank has only 11 litres capacity, so on a long ride, be prepared for refills before you cover 300 km on a tankful. The engine has a strong mid-range, but on the flip side, within the city, in bumper to bumper traffic, you have to constantly work the six-speed gearbox to be in the meat of the powerband. And that’s not a happy place to be in with the GS.


The Himalayan’s sweet spot is between 90-100 kmph; anything more than that, the vibrations begin to get bothersome

The Royal Enfield Himalayan now gets fuel-injected, and throttle response is crisper than before. So, compared to the earlier carburetted model, the new Himalayan feels eager to build up speed, but acceleration is not comparable to the GS. It makes less power, only around 24.5 bhp of it, and the engine’s character is typical of Royal Enfield singles. As long as you’re not in a tearing hurry to get anywhere, the Himalayan will chug along nonchalantly, and it can hit 130 kmph with the throttle pinned wide open and a long enough road, but it’s not happy at high revs. Between 90 to 100 kmph is where the Himalayan’s sweet spot is, and it will happily maintain those speeds over a day’s ride.


The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a relaxed performer; as long as you’re not in a tearing hurry to get anywhere, it’s got decent cruising ability

But where it excels is in the way the 411 cc air/oil-cooled engine delivers its torque of 32 Nm. So, without working the five-speed gearbox too much, the Himalayan will be happy to pull cleanly, and it’s a boon in city traffic. And that low-rev pulling power is also what is required when you’re traversing difficult terrain. The Himalayan also has a bigger 15-litre fuel tank, and that translates to more kilometres on a tankful of fuel. And while you’re at it, the Himalayan also has a comfortable ride, and the upright riding position and small windscreen helps a fair bit while riding for long hours on an open highway.

Off-Road Capability


The GS has decent off-road capability, and will quite easily do the occasional trail, but it’s happier on tarmac

Both the BMW G 310 GS and the Royal Enfield Himalayan are adventure touring bikes. These are dual-purpose bikes meant for long distance touring and taking on the rough when the tarmac ends. Neither of these bikes have hard-core off-road ability, but they are both made for trail riding and the occasional gravel road. Both bikes have 220 mm of ground clearance, and the GS gets a standard engine bash plate, although it’s made of plastic. The 41 mm upside down front fork dives under hard braking, but ride quality is surprisingly good, even over dirt trails and gravel roads. With an 18-inch front, 17-inch rear alloy wheel combination, together with 180 mm of suspension travel, the GS is equipped for mild off-road duties, but you will need to be careful over broken and rocky terrain.


It’s not a performance oriented ADV bike, but the Himalayan does most things expected of it quite satisfactorily

The Royal Enfield Himalayan, on the other hand, gets spoked wheels, and although no tubeless tyres, the front suspension offers 200 mm of travel. While a fistful of throttle may make the GS go sideways in the dirt, the Himalayan’s lack of power ensures the rear is reluctant to step out, even with the throttle pinned open. In a way, that’s the personality of the Himalayan; easy ride ability and relaxed cruising, and not meant for off-road shenanigans. But even less experienced riders new to dirt riding will appreciate how stable and composed the bike feels, and that low-end torque means it will thump over almost all kinds of surfaces. So, practically speaking, the Himalayan is the more rugged bike here and can take some fair amount of beating off-road. And it’s also got a more rugged engine bash plate than the BMW.



The handlebar of the G 310 GS is a tad too low for the rider to stand up and ride comfortably

The BMW G 310 GS is the better built bike in this comparison. It looks good, has superb fit and finish, and offers an entry ticket into the world of BMW GS. The GS also has better cruising ability and of course you get bragging rights of being the owner of a BMW GS. Picking a clear winner in this comparison isn’t so simple, primarily because of the huge price difference. But if pricing isn’t a consideration, it will also depend on the kind of riding you do. If you’re looking mostly at tarmac riding, and even long distance riding, the BMW G 310 GS is better suited for that. It’s more comfortable, has better cruising speed and of course it’s a BMW.


The BMW G 310 GS is the better built, and better looking bike, but it’s more expensive; the RE Himalayan is versatile, affordable and easily accessible

But if you’re looking at mostly trail riding, over broken roads and rocky riverbeds, the Himalayan can take that kind of beating. At ₹ 1.79 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), it’s more affordable, cheaper to maintain and will be cheaper to repair as well. Getting into the world of BMW GS may be tempting for some, but at ₹ 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom), the BMW G 310 GS costs nearly twice the Himalayan, and in this comparison, it’s the Himalayan which is the easier, more accessible, more affordable and more versatile adventure motorcycle, and that is why the Royal Enfield Himalayan is our pick in this comparison.


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Specifications BMW G 310 GS Royal Enfield Himalayan
Engine Type Single-Cylinder (water-cooled) DOHC Single-Cylinder (air-cooled) SOHC
Displacement 313 cc 411 cc
Max Power 34 bhp @ 9,500 rpm 24.5 bhp @ 6,500 rpm
Max Torque 28 Nm @ 7,500 rpm 32 Nm @ 4,250 rpm
Gearbox 6-speed 5-speed
Kerb weight 169.5 kg 191 kg
Ground Clearance 220 mm 220 mm
Starting Price (Ex-Delhi) ₹ 3.49 lakh ₹ 1.79 lakh
ABS Yes (Can be turned off) ABS
Traction Control NA NA
Seat height 835 mm 800 mm
F/R Suspension 41 mm USD/monoshock 41 mm telescopic/monoshock
F/R Brakes 300 mm/ 240 mm 300 mm(2 piston)/240 mm(single)
Fuel Tank Capacity 11 litres 15 litres

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 ABS Launched In India, Priced At Rs. 1.86 Lakh

The Bullet 500 is the first Royal Enfield bike to get ABS in 2019, and according to some of the dealers we spoke to, the next in line is the Bullet 350.

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After the rear disc brake version of the Royal Enfield Bullet 500, now we get the ABS model too

The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 has recently joined the list of RE bikes that have been introduced with ABS (Antilock Braking System). Priced at ₹ 1.86 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Bullet 500 is the first Royal Enfield bike to get ABS in 2019, and according to some of the dealers we spoke to, the next in line is the Bullet 350. Interestingly enough, it was just last month that the company introduced rear disc brakes in both the 350 cc and 500 cc Bullets, and the former is expected to get ABS by March 2019.

Earlier, towards the end of December 2018, Royal Enfield had also introduced the ABS version of the Classic 350 Redditch edition. This means that save for the Bullet 350, the company’s entire fleet now comes with dual channel ABS as standard and that too before the new stringent safety norm, which requires all bike above 125 cc to come with ABS, kicks in, starting April 1, 2019.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350
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Mechanically, the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 remains unchanged

There are no additional features introduced at this point, and the bike comes with the standard offerings like the Tiger-eye lamps, classic round headlamps, single-piece seat, pinstripes on the tank and side panels, and more. The bike, in its classic fashion, continues to come with spoked wheels, a 19-inch wheel up front and an 18-inch wheel at the back, shod in 90/90 and 120/80 section tyres respectively. Now, of course, both wheels come with disc brakes with dual channel ABS. The bike continues to use telescopic forks up front and twin shock absorbers at the rear.


Powering the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 ABS is the same 499 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with fuel-injection that produces 27 bhp and 41 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox.

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Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS Review

The Royal Enfield Himalayan isn’t exactly an all-new bike. It has been around since 2016, when Royal Enfield introduced the company’s first adventure-touring motorcycle. The Himalayan also got the first counterbalanced engine on any Royal Enfield, but the first carburetted Himalayan has had its fair share of complaints from owners, particularly about reliability and mechanical issues. Last year, the Royal Enfield Himalayan got two significant updates. First, the Himalayan was introduced with fuel-injection, and late last year, Royal Enfield also introduced dual-channel ABS. And now, we got to spend some time with the new RE Himalayan ABS, to see how much has changed.


The overall design of the RE Himalayan ABS hasn’t been changed; it’s a simple, purposeful design, not exactly beautiful, but looks utilitarian

What Has Changed, What Hasn’t?

The design and overall silhouette of the Royal Enfield Himalayan remains the same. It’s a love it, or hate it, sort of design. We like the functional, and almost industrial, bare-bones design, and it looks built to take on a lot of hard work. The overall design, body panels, cycle parts and even the engine remain the same. The engine also remains the same 411 cc, air-cooled engine, which puts out 24.5 bhp of power at 6,500 rpm and 32 Nm of peak torque at 4,250 rpm.


The 41 mm front fork is non-adjustable, but offers 200 mm of travel. Brakes are now non-switchable dual-channel ABS

The chassis, suspension, wheels and tyres also remain the same, as do the instrument panel and lights. But what has changed as mentioned earlier, is that the Himalayan now gets fuel-injection and standard dual-channel ABS. Those are the only changes, but they have made the bike feel different; the throttle response has improved, and so has stopping power, but we’ll get to that in some more detail.


The Himalayan’s instrument panel is packed with information, but is busy. The compass seems to have a mind of its own.

Also Read: 2016 Royal Enfield Himalayan Review

How Does It Perform?

The 411 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, single overhead cam engine has the same output as before, but what it now gets is electronic fuel injection, and the difference is apparent from the time you press the starter button. The engine idles steadily with reassurance, and what has definitely improved is the acceleration. The fuel-injected engine feels smoother and more responsive than the earlier carburetted engine, and shift quality on the five-speed gearbox also seems to have improved significantly. Although shift quality is precise, it’s not exactly slick by modern standards. The clutch though is heavy, and if you’re caught in a bumper to bumper situation, working the clutch over and over again won’t exactly be a pleasant experience.


The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a relaxed performer; as long as you’re not in a tearing hurry to get anywhere, it’s got decent cruising ability

So long as the traffic is moving, the Himalayan is a relaxed performer on tarmac. The engine’s got a strong low and mid-range, and you don’t really need to keep working the gearbox to keep momentum going. But this is not a high revving engine, so the Himalayan still is happiest when you play with the torque and let it pull leisurely, rather than trying to get to triple digit speeds in a hurry. Out on the highway, you will get to around 125 kmph if you push it, but at those speeds, the engine isn’t the happiest.


The Himalayan’s sweet spot is between 90-100 kmph; anything more than that, the vibrations begin to get bothersome

Despite being a counterbalanced engine, the 411 cc single has more or less the same characteristics as either the Royal Enfield 350 cc or 500 cc engines. The only minute difference is that it revs a little bit more, but that doesn’t translate to any real performance gains. Cruising at 90-100 kmph is where the Himalayan’s sweet spot is, but at higher speeds, the vibrations on the handlebar, footpegs, seat and fuel tank will begin to get bothersome after sometime.


The Himalayan’s handling is predictable and neutral and it’s comfortable to ride for long hours

Handling and Braking

Handling on tarmac, for the most part, is predictable and neutral. This isn’t a bike to hustle around a set of corners, neither is it designed to be ridden that way. But the traditional double-cradle chassis keeps things taut and predictable, and even when taking on the occasional sweeping turn, the Himalayan feels planted and stable. But more than the motorcycle’s ability, it’s the lack of feel from the front end which will discourage you from pushing it hard around a corner. Of course, there’s the large 21-inch wheel, but the dual-sport Ceat tyres don’t offer the confidence to push the bike around a fast corner.


The dual-channel ABS cannot be switched off, even on the rear wheel, so riding off-road, the intrusive ABS becomes disconcerting

One of our grouses with the first generation Himalayan was in the braking department. And now, Royal Enfield has introduced standard dual-channel ABS on the Himalayan. Yes, there’s a definite improvement in the braking department, but the two-piston caliper gripping the single 300 mm disc doesn’t quite offer the bite or confidence to shave off triple digit speeds in a hurry. And the ABS isn’t switchable as well. So when you’re riding off-road, over loose surfaces and the like, the intrusive ABS becomes disconcerting, and sometimes downright disturbing. But that small windscreen, upright riding position and easy ergonomics make it easy for a long day in the saddle, and couple that with a sorted ride quality, it’s quite the comfortable mile muncher, as long as you’re not in a tearing hurry to get anywhere.


With 220 mm of ground clearance, and 200 mm front suspension travel, the Himalayan can take on a lot of hard-core off-road terrain

Off-Road Capability

With an 800 mm seat height, the Himalayan is easily accessible to riders of different heights and build, and reaching the ground with both feet is easy for my near 5 foot 10 inch frame. The low seat height will be helpful to wade across mountain streams with a rocky bed, or across mud and slush when the going gets tough. And the 32 Nm of torque ensures you will chug across most obstacles and rocky or sandy terrain without a care in the world. And speaking of rocky terrain, the Himalayan also offers 220 mm of ground clearance, and a standard engine bash plate, so no worries about oil spilling out of a broken crank case, or getting stranded while tackling such terrain.


The dual-sport Ceat tyres of the Himalayan offer decent grip, even over loose surfaces

The 21-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel combination of spoked wheels is perfect when the road ends and the going gets tough. The tyres which feel somewhat vague around a sharp corner on tarmac now begin to show their purpose. They are nowhere near comparable as more expensive and proper off-road knobby tyres, but grip levels of the Ceat tyres over gravel and sand are quite satisfactory. The 41 mm front fork isn’t adjustable, but offers 200 mm travel, and that means there’s no bottoming out, even when you are jumping over rocks, ditches and sandbanks. And yes, the rear monoshock also offers 180 mm of travel. With a kerb weight of 191 kg, the Himalayan isn’t exactly light, but it’s still light by adventure bike standards, so even when you end up dropping it, it’s easy to pick up, straddle and ride on. And in case you break something, it won’t cost you a fortune to repair, or replace.


The Himalayan’s biggest strengths are accessibility, affordability and versatility


The Himalayan’s performance on tarmac may not exactly be earth-shattering, but once the road ends, and the trail begins, its easy-going performance makes things a lot simpler. Even riders with limited or no exposure to dirt riding will find the Himalayan’s stability and off-road capability a whole lot of fun. At ₹ 1.79 lakh (ex-showroom), the Royal Enfield Himalayan is the most affordable adventure touring motorcycle available in the market right now. With a strong sales and service network, and easy availability and cost of spares, it’s also easy to live with. And that’s the Himalayan’s biggest strength.


It’s not a performance oriented ADV bike, but it does most things expected of it quite satisfactorily

The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a simple, bare-bones motorcycle which is affordable, approachable and is built for a leisurely two-wheeled adventure. It’s not an out and out motocross bike, or has the performance to make you pull a wheelie in the dirt, or even pull off a proper power slide. If you’re looking for a modern, sophisticated and performance-oriented adventure motorcycle, you shouldn’t even go looking at the Himalayan, because it may leave you seeking a lot more, because this is no Triumph Tiger or BMW R 1200 GS.


The Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS is a simple adventure tourer which does the job, while being easy on your pocket


But if you’re looking for a simple, affordable and easily accessible bike to ride some dirt trails without being overwhelmed with performance or expensive repair bills, the Himalayan is just the right bike for that kind of job. Affordability, accessibility and versatility are its biggest strengths, and with that price tag, there’s no other motorcycle on sale right now which offers those qualities. In fact, riding the Himalayan over a couple of days, you begin to appreciate its simplicity and the capability it offers, and those are the main reasons you should consider one.

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2019 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 ABS Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 1.39 Lakh

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The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R15 ABS bookings are open at dealerships pan India

Yamaha Motor India has kick-started the new year with the launch of the 2019 YZF-R15 V3.0 ABS priced at ₹ 1.39 lakh (ex-showroom). That’s a price hike of ₹ 12,000 over the non-ABS version. The third generation of the very successful R15 series was launched at the 2018 Auto Expo and the motorcycle has gone on to become a brisk seller for the manufacturer. With ABS, the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 gets an extremely important safety feature that was otherwise missing on the brilliant package it is and comes with dual-channel ABS as standard. The next few weeks will see Yamaha update its existing products with ABS in a bid to comply with the upcoming safety regulations.


The 2019 Yamaha R15 ABS is offered in three new colour options

Yamaha R15 V3.0

Speaking on the updated YZF-R15 V3.0 ABS, Yamaha Motor India – Chairman, Motofumi Shitara said, “The Call of the Blue brand campaign introduced in 2018 was the beginning of a new outlook that has effectively hit the right note – Yamaha’s true DNA of style, sporty and excitement. The New Year 2019 will also be exciting in Yamaha and it is ready with the heart revving products. A brand known for leading generations of stylish ride through improved technologies, Yamaha has now engineered to implement a dual channel ABS to the YZF-R15 Version 3.0. The initiative to offer dual channel ABS in YZF-R15 Version 3.0 has endowed Yamaha as the trendsetter in the 150 cc class, by introducing it for the first time in the particular segment. Yamaha will continue to optimize the thrill of riding with its style and excitement.”

The 2019 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 is the first motorcycle in the 150 cc class to get dual-channel ABS as standard. The bike does not get any mechanical upgrades for the new year and continues to come equipped with VVA technology, Assist and Slipper clutch, LED headlamp and taillight and more. The ABS unit too comes with adjustable fluid pressure that allows for immediate braking on slippery roads. Power continues to come from the 155 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine tuned for 19 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm of peak torque available at 8500 rpm. The motor is paired with a 6-spees gearbox.


The 2019 R15 ABS continues to use the same 155 cc motor with 19 bhp on offer

The new Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 ABS will be available in new colours though including the all-black Darknight along with Thunder Grey and Racing Blue. The R15 first year sales doubled up the targeted production given the strong demand, and the ABS equipped version is expected to see better control on the bike as well. Bookings for the R15 ABS are already open at Yamaha dealerships pan India.


Meanwhile, Yamaha is gearing up to launch a new two-wheeler on January 21 in the country. The company has been tight-lipped about what the new bike will be but it is likely that the company’s next offering could be the FZ V3.0. It’ll be interesting to see though if the new FZ gets dual-channel ABS as well. More details on the new offering will be available closer to the launch.

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2019 Bajaj Pulsar 150 ABS Twin Disc Spotted At Dealership

The 2019 Bajaj Pulsar 150 ABS will be based on the twin disc brake model which is already on sale in India.

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Bajaj Pulsar 150 ABS will get a single channel unit with a 260 mm disc upfront & 230 mm unit at the rear

Images of the 2019 Bajaj Pulsar 150 with a rear disc brake and ABS (anti-lock braking system) have recently surfaced online. The images of the motorcycle were clicked at a dealership and the bike is likely to feature a single-channel ABS. Similar to the standard Pulsar 150 Twin Brake variant, which has been on sale in India, the ABS model too comes with a 260 mm disc up front and a 230 mm disc at the back. We see ABS rings on both the wheels, but the bike is likely to feature a single-channel setup.


2019 Bajaj Pulsar 150 Twin Disc ABS will get a 260 mm disc up front and 230 mm disc at the rear

Bajaj Pulsar 150

The Bajaj Pulsar 150 Twin Disc ABS model we see in the images is coloured in the lazar black shade with red highlights, black engine guard, and black and chrome exhaust. The bike is likely to come with the same features that the non-ABS twin disc Pulsar 150 gets, like the split seats, split grab rails, always on headlamps (AOH), and more. The bike will come with 17-inch wheels shod in 80/100 section tyre up front and 100/90 section tyre at the rear, and both tubeless, of course. The suspension duties will be handled by 37 mm front forks and twin suspension with Nitrox shock absorbers at the back.


2019 Bajaj Pulsar 150 Twin Disc ABS will continue come with 17-inch alloy wheels

There will be no change in engine option, as the bike will be powered by the existing 149.5 cc 4 – stroke, SOHC – 2V – Air Cooled, single cylinder engine, equipped the company signature DTS-i technology. The motor is tuned to offer about 14 bhp @ 8000 rpm, and develop 13.4 bhp @ 6000 rpm.


2019 Bajaj Pulsar 150 Twin Disc ABS will be powered by the existing 149.5 cc engine

The Bajaj Pulsar 150 ABS is likely to go on sale soon, before the April 2019 deadline, which mandates ABS for all bikes above 125 cc motorcycles.


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2019 Bajaj Avenger 220 ABS Spotted Ahead Of Launch

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The 2019 Bajaj Avenger 220 ABS will start arriving in dealerships by January 2019

The 2019 Bajaj Avenger 220 is the newest motorcycle ready to hit the dealerships now equipped with Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS). The small capacity cruiser was recently spotted with the safety feature ready to hit the showrooms and you can expect the launch sometime in January 2019. Like the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200, the new Avenger 220 also gets a single-channel ABS unit and will be seen on both the Cruise and Street versions. The safety feature will also extend to the Avenger 180 that was introduced last year replacing the 150 cc model.


The 2019 Bajaj Avenger 220 gets a single-channel ABS unit similar to the RS 200

Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220

The government has mandated ABS on all two-wheelers above 125 cc and manufacturers have until April 2019 to meet the new safety norm on two-wheelers already on sale. All new two-wheelers launched need to have ABS in place as a standard fitment. For two-wheelers below 125 cc, Combined Braking System (CBS) has been made mandatory.

Barring the safety feature, the 2019 Bajaj Avenger 220 gets no changes and continues to draw power from the 220 cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine tuned for 19 bhp and 17.5 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a 5-speed gearbox.


The 2019 Bajaj Avenger 220 does not sport any other updates


Prices haven’t been revealed yet but expect the 2019 Bajaj Avenger 220 ABS to be priced at a premium of around ₹ 10,000 over the current asking price of ₹ 96,222 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Avenger 220 has limited rivals in this space and will compete against the Suzuki Intruder 150 that also comes with ABS and the Royal Enfield Classic 350 ABS. Apart from Bajaj, Piaggio has also introduced ABS on the Aprilia SR 150 and Vespa SXL and VXL 150. The next few months will also all manufacturers introduce the safety feature on their offerings ahead of the deadline. Spy Image source: Rushlane

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Aprilia SR 150 ABS To Arrive In January 2019, Prices Start At Rs 82,000

The Aprilia SR 150 will come equipped with a single-channel ABS unit and new MRF tyres, and a price increase of almost Rs. 10,000 over the non-ABS versions.

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Deliveries for the Aprilia SR 150 ABS will begin by mid-January, bookings are now open

Piaggio’s Aprilia SR 150 has earned a reputation of being a fun 150 cc scooter in the market and the model is all set to be updated with ABS in January 2019. The Aprilia SR 150 ABS will start arriving at dealerships starting next year and bookings are already open for the updated model. The Aprilia SR 150 willl now come the single-channel ABS system with prices starting at ₹ 82,000 for the standard version, while the SR 150 Carbon is priced at ₹ 83,000; whereas the range-topping Aprilia SR 150 Race is priced at ₹ 88,000 (all prices, ex-showroom). That’s a hike of almost 10,000 over the non-ABS versions. Earlier this year, Piaggio had introduced the refreshed versions of the Aprilia SR 150 and the Vespa range in the country with new connectivity features and colour options

Also Read: 2019 Aprilia SR 150 Range Launched In India With More Features

Aprilia SR 150

Apart from ABS, the Aprilia SR 150 will also come with new MRF tyres in place of Vee rubber that has so far been a good performer on the scooter. No other major upgrades are expected on the scooter that draws power from the 154.8 cc single-cylinder engine that churns out 10.25 bhp and 11.4 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a CVT unit. On the Race version, the SR 150 gets an optimised gear ratio for faster acceleration at low speeds. The scooter comes with telescopic forks up front and monoshock absorber at the rear. Braking performance comes from a disc at the front and a 140 mm drum brake setup at the rear.

With the price hike, the Aprilia SR 125 becomes a more lucrative option priced at ₹ 66,169 (ex-showroom), and continues to be the entry-level offering in the Aprilia range. As per the mandatory rules, the 125 cc scooter will come with Combined Braking System (CBS) as standard starting April next year.

Piaggio will also roll out the Vespa VXL 150 SXL, VXL 150 and Elegante 150 with ABS in January as well. The changes will remain the same as the SR with MRF rubber and single-channel ABS on offer. The Vespa range though makes more power from its 150 cc motor belting out 11.4 bhp and 11.5 Nm of peak torque. Expect prices to increase by around ₹ 10,000-12,000 on the Vespa scooters with prices presently starting at ₹ 92,257 (ex-showroom).

Also Read: 2019 Vespa Range Launched In India


As part of the upgrades for model year 2019, the Aprilia and Vespa scooters come with a new semi-digital instrument cluster that features a digital display for the fuel gauge, odometer, and trip metre. The speedometer continues to be an analogue unit. You also get USB charging port under the seat. In addition, there’s the new Bluetooth connectivity feature as well that connects your smartphone with the scooter and gives you access to a host of information via the ‘Aprilia Connect’ mobile app. The app offers features like navigation, mobile connectivity, distress button and vehicle tracking. It is available on iOS and Android devices.

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“Have To Get Six-Pack Abs On Mom’s Request”

Salman Khan outside his farmhouse in Panvel.

New Delhi: 

Salman Khan, 53 today, told media persons that his New Year resolution is to workout to make six-pack abs, on his mother Salma Khan’s request, reports news agency IANS. Salman Khan was speaking to the reporters outside his Panvel farmhouse on Wednesday, where he celebrated his birthday with his family and friends. “Four days ago, my mother told me that now this four-pack body will not be enough and she asked me, ‘What is your resolution for Next Year?’ So, I told her, ‘Nothing.’ Then she told me, ‘You have to achieve six-pack body.’ So, now that means, I have to be disciplined and I am doing that,” Salman Khan was quoted as saying.

“I am going to gym in the morning and evening. I run for one hour and control my food eating habits. She has told me achieve six-pack body which will be simple for me according to her and it is easy for me so, I am going to gift my six-pack body to my mother in the New Year,” Salman Khan added.

Salman Khan is currently making Bharat with director Ali Abbas Zafar and co-stars Katrina Kaif, Disha Patni, Tabu and Sunil Grover among others. Salman Khan shared the film’s progress report with IANS: “We have shot film in Delhi and other places. Around 30-35 days of shooting is still remaining and it will be completed in film city.” Bharat is produced by Salman’s brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri and it is a remake of Korean war drama Ode To My Father.

Salman Khan, star of films like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and the Dabangg series, told IANS that he’s happy with the “love and respect” he’s received from movie-goers. “I feel happy for that reason only. Stardom matters in one way that I have been working from so long but the kind of love and respect people gave me that make me really happy. I am happy that people believe in me and there is nothing more important than trust,” Salman Khan said.

Salman Khan’s Race 3, which released on Eid this year, fared well at the box office despite being panned by film critics. Salman also launched his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma (married to Arpita Khan) this year with Loeyatri, which did not yield positive results.

Salman Khan, who has launched several aspiring artistes, is also backing the debut project of Mohnish Bahl’s daughter Pranutan opposite newcomer Zaheer Iqbal, who is the son of Salman’s childhood friend. “Mohnish Bahl is childhood friend of mine and he has worked with me as well (Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun?). Now, I have got the opportunity to launch her daughter. Zaheer’s father is also childhood friend of mine. Once he gave me Rs 2,011 as a loan then, it increased up to Rs 11,000. So, I had to repay that loan to him with interest at some point or the other. I felt it’s the right time to do that,” Salman Khan said.

Celebrities such as Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Anil Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Mouni Roy, Sajid-Wajid, Ameesha Patel, Sooraj Pancholi, Dino Morea, Jimmy Sheirgill, Mahesh Manjrekar, Rajat Sharma, Sohail Khan, Zaheer Iqbal, Warina Hussain, Dia Mirza and Sonu Sood attended his birthday celebration in Panvel this year.

(With inputs from IANS)

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