EICMA 2018: Harley-Davidson LiveWire Unveiled


The Harley-Davidson LiveWire is the first electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle which will be available on sale in 2019.




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The Harley-Davidson LiveWire will be launched in early 2019

Harley-Davidson unveiled the production-ready electric motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy. The H-D LiveWire is due to be released commercially in 2019, and although Harley-Davidson has stated that the bike uses a permanent magnet electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery, but other important details like price, weight, and range of the batteries haven’t been announced yet. The electric drivetrain sits low in the chassis, contributing to lower centre of gravity and better handling, according to Harley-Davidson.


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The LiveWire can be charged through a standard Level 1 charger

Since the LiveWire is electric, there’s no clutch or gearshifter; just a twist of the throttle is all it takes to make the bike move. Users will be able to charge the bike via a Level 1 charger, and for quick charging there’s optional Level 2 or 3 DC fast chargers. A full-colour, touchscreen TFT display sits above the handlebars and provides riders information like speed, and presumably, even range. The TFT screen also allows the rider to access the interface for Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, music and more. The main battery of the LiveWire features a RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System), composed of lithium-ion cells surrounded by a finned, cast-aluminium housing . An additional small 12-volt lithium ion battery powers the lights, controls, horn and instrument panel.

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The design is Harley-Davidson, but with streetfighter appeal

The powertrain is a stressed member of the aluminium chassis, and the LiveWire uses high-performance, fully adjustable Showa suspension. The Showa BFRC-lite (Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite) monoshock rear suspension is complemented by Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) up front. Harley-Davidson says the suspension delivers exceptional low-speed damping control and is ideal for urban riding conditions. Braking is handled by Brembo Monobloc front brake calipers gripping dual 300 mm diameter discs, with cornering-enhanced ABS and traction control system. Also on offer are seven selectable riding modes – four of which are set as standard from the factory and a further three modes that can be user-defined.

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Details like pricing, range and weight of the LiveWire haven’t been announced yet

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Harley-Davidson states that the LiveWire will be on sale next year, and details on pricing and the pre-order process will be announced in January 2019. So far, there’s no word on availability in India, but it’s unlikely Harley-Davidson India will introduce the LiveWire in India yet. The electric motorcycle will first be launched in advanced markets with better electric charging infrastructure. We expect the LiveWire to be first launched in Europe in early 2019.

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EICMA 2018: 2019 Suzuki GSX-S125 Unveiled


The new Suzuki GSX-S125 is for the global markets and as of now Suzuki is not planning to bring it to India.




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The new Suzuki GSX-S125 is powered by a 124 cc engine which produces 15 bhp and 11.5 Nm of peak torque.

EICMA motorcycle show as always has brought a good dose of excitement even this year for motorbike enthusiasts with various concepts and fun to ride motorcycles that are on display. Mind you! When we say ‘fun to ride’, we are not only referring to the ones having big capacity or mid capacity engines but also the small displacement bikes, like the 125 cc motorbikes which have made their way to the EICMA 2018. The one we are particularly talking about here is the 2019 Suzuki GSX-S125 which has been unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show this year and is as exhilarating. However, this motorcycle is for global markets and will not make it to India which is bit of a pity as it could have pioneered a new entry level performance motorcycle segment. At present, the 125cc segment in India is only dominated by commuter motorcycles.


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The new Suzuki GSX-S125 is powered by a 124 cc, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine which produces 15 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 11.5 Nm of peak torque at 8000 rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The fuel injection system has six sensors and uses a 32mm throttle body. The new GSX-S125 weighs 133 kg and has an upright seating position.

The 2019 Suzuki GSX-S125 is equipped with a 290 mm petal-design single disc with dual-piston calipers at the front and 187 mm petal-design disc with a single-piston caliper at the rear. More importantly, it gets two channel ABS which Suzuki calls compact ABS system as it weighs just 0.59 kg. It is equipped with 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels shod in 130/70 profile tyre upfront and a fatter 90/80 profile tyre at the rear.

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The GSX-S125 also has a fairly long equipment list. It gets full LCD instrument cluster which along with the traditional details also displays coolant temperature and has an engine oil change indicator and programmable engine RPM indicator light. Moreover, it gets a vertically stacked LED headlight in a stylish looking cowl. In the global market it will rival the likes of the Kawasaki Z125 and the upcoming KTM Duke 125.

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EICMA 2018: Stunning MV Agusta Superveloce 800 Concept Revealed


The stunning MV Agusta Superveloce 800 uses the F3 800 supersport as its base and builds a unique offering that pays homage to the Italian brand’s racing heritage.

MV Agusta makes some of the most gorgeous motorcycles in the world and going by its latest concept, its future offerings will be as stunning as well. The Varese-based bike maker has revealed its all-new MV Agusta Superveloce 800 concept at the ongoing EICMA Motorcycle Show, which gives a glimpse of the upcoming middleweight motorcycle that will arrive globally in the second half of 2019. The MV Agusta Superveloce 800 uses the F3 800 supersport as its base and builds a unique offering that pays homage to the Italian brand’s racing heritage.

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(The MV Agusta Superveloce 800 concept takes inspiration from the racing bikes of 1970s)

The design language is every bit stunning with a mix of modern lines and retro elements from the bikes of 1970s. The round headlamp simply looks spectacular with the yellow illuminating LEDs and so is the smaller, circular taillight with the rear cowl. The daytime running light has been built into the instrument cluster. The bike is wrapped in carbon fibre bodywork that is also inspired by the retro motorcycles, while a new rear subframe over the standard F3 800, makes way for a dual seat instead of a single seat on the standard model. A lovely throwback is the old school fuel lid on the tank, complete with the leather strap.

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(The circular taillight looks different and we hope is seen on the production model)

We particularly like the new asymmetrical 3-1-3 exhaust on the MV Agusta Superveloce 800 concept, with two tips placed on the right and one on the left side of the model. The concept also uses a TFT screen for the instrument console, which brings a touch of modernity to the offering.

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(The Superveloce 800 concept uses the F3 800 as its base)

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MV Agusta hasn’t revealed power figures on the Superveloce 800 concept. On the standard F3 800, the 798 cc three-cylinder motor produces 146 bhp and 88 Nm of peak torque, paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The top speed is rated at 269 kmph. For the concept though, the Italian manufacturer does say that the power figures will be in excess of 150 bhp from the Superveloce 800 when it goes in production.

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EICMA 2018: 2019 Yamaha Niken GT Leaning Motorcycle Unveiled


The three-wheeled 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is mechanically similar to the standard model but gets additional equipment which make it a better touring motorcycle.




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The new Yamaha Niken GT has gotten more comfortable and suitable for longer commutes.

We first saw the Yamaha Niken three-wheeled motorcycle last year at EICMA and this year, the new Yamaha Niken GT that’s been unveiled at the 2018 EICMA in Milan, Italy has definitely gotten more comfortable and suitable for longer commutes. Instantly noticeable are the 25-litre panniers which also feature grab handles for the rear passengers and has a 12-volt outlet to charge a smartphone or any other gadget. The 2019 Niken GT also gets a centre stand unlike the standard Niken. Moreover, it gets a taller windscreen, wider seats and heated handle bar grips.


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Mechanically the 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is similar to the standard three-wheeled Niken. It is also based on the Yamaha MT-09 and has two 15-inch wheels with modified cycle parts which help it lean at corners. The wheels are connected to the frame with two separate pairs of inverted forks which allow the Niken GT to lean through corners just like a regular two-wheeler. It is powered by the same 847cc in-line three-cylinder engine which is seen in the MT-09. The engine develops 114 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of peak torque at 8500 rpm. The 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is equipped with a standard slip and assist clutch, quickshifter and three-mode traction control. It also gets cruise control which is effective from fourth gear and over the speed of 50 kmph.

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The Niken was the first three-wheeled motorcycle from Yamaha and as radical it may look, Yamaha is sure about this design and is planning more such motorcycles. Earlier, the company had also acquired the leaning three-wheeler designs and concepts from a Norwegian firm called Brudeli. The Yamaha Niken is already on sale in some of the international markets like the UK and US for $ 15,999. However, the company as of now is producing the Niken in limited numbers and has similar plans even for the 2019 Niken GT.

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EICMA 2018: The KTM 390 Adventure Is Not Here, But On Its Way


The KTM 390 Adventure was a highly anticipated model set for an EICMA debut this year, but was a no-show much to the disappointment of enthusiasts. So where is the 390 Adventure and when do we see it then? Read on to find out.




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The KTM 390 Adventure has been spied multiple times

Earphones plugged in, eyes glued to the laptop screen and a high heart rate. The KTM press conference at EICMA 2018 was eagerly awaited by motorcycle enthusiasts in India and the globe. EICMA seemed to be ground zero this year for the highly awaited KTM 390 Adventure, where traditionally the Austrian bike maker has unveiled its every new offering over the years. So, by that logic, an unveiling this year of the 390 ADV would translate into an India launch in early 2019. But alas, the 20-minute long press conference saw the brand unveil its larger capacity enduro bike and the new KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R. The KTM 390 Adventure was nowhere to be seen hidden under the sheets. Comments on the live webcast were full of the same question and so was our Facebook and Twitter feed. “Where is the 390 Adventure?” So what went wrong here and how did we all collectively conclude that the KTM 390 Adventure was so close? Read on to find out.

Also Read: KTM 390 Adventure India Launch Confirmed In 2019

On June 14, 2018, KTM had sent out a press release “officially” announcing that the KTM 390 Adventure is indeed on its way and will “arrive in 2019 in India.” The last four words were the big take away here – enough for potential buyers to break fixed deposits and look for loan options – even though the brand never categorically said that an EICMA 2018 debut was happening. It was just assumed that this will be the approach the company will take, given its yearly tradition.

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(The KTM 390 Adventure will be capable of carrying heavier loads | Photo Credit: Bike Social)

This wasn’t even the first time the brand mentioned the 390 Adventure in public space. At the updated KTM RC 200 and RC 390 launch in 2017, Bajaj Auto Managing Director, Rajiv Bajaj had announced that the design for the 390 Adventure was finalised, which will be the Austrian bike maker’s smallest adventure motorcycle yet. A year later, a press release from the manufacturer seemed like part of the plan with the launch assumed to be less than a year away. However, it’s clear that the 390 ADV is still some time away from showing up in showrooms.

Also Read: More Spy Pics Of KTM 390 Adventure

So why would Bajaj-KTM send out a press release so early? A move that’s out of line for a company that usually doesn’t speak about its future products too often. The larger consensus has been to keep the motorcycle relevant amidst new competition and shift attention from the then much talked about BMW G 310 GS. A direct rival to the 390 Aventure, the launch “assumed” earlier than expected, would certainly stop a lot of buyers to wait out another couple of months instead of heading over to the BMW showroom and get the Indo-German tourer. While it’s not clear if the move worked or not, it certainly has left a lot of fans disappointed, to say the least.

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(The 390 Adventure will share most of its cycle parts with the KTM 390 Duke)

What Happened To The KTM 390 Adventure?

It’s certain that the KTM 390 Adventure is coming! The brand has gone to great lengths to change the chassis on the original 390 Duke so that the Adventure version could be spawned. The model has been spotted testing on several occasions too, so they won’t abandon the project midway.

Having said that, the 390 Adventure might still be a year away from its launch. If KTM decides to continue the tradition, an EICMA 2019 unveil for the 390 Adventure would make sense, while a launch in December 2019 would still be in-line for India with what the bike maker had announced in June. Could KTM bring the model exclusively to India first prior to EICMA? That would mean some commitment, wouldn’t it? We have reached out to KTM India for details and will update this piece as and when the manufacturer responds.

Also Read: KTM 390 Adventure: What To Expect

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With the Euro 5 emission norms coming up in Europe and BS6 norms slated for India in 2020, KTM could be working on bringing the new 390 Adventure that meets these norms directly, as most manufacturers will do next year. The basics will still be shared with the KTM 390 Duke, so do expect to see a Trellis frame, 373 cc single-cylinder engine, TFT screen and LED headlamps; albeit, with changes including the long travel suspension setup, wire-spoked wheels, larger fuel tank, revised ergonomics and more. If the 790 Adventure is anything to go by, the 390 ADV will be promising and worth the wait. The question is how long?

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EICMA 2018: Benelli TRK 250 Unveiled


With the TRK250, Benelli is looking to tap into the growing quarter-litre adventure tourer segment that already has the likes of Kawasaki Versys-X 250, Suzuki V-Strom 250 and the likes.




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Globally, the production version of the new Benelli TRK 250 is set to be launched in 2019

The much anticipated Benelli TRK 250 adventure tourer has finally made its public debut at the ongoing EICMA show, in Milan, Italy. The new quarter-litre adventure tourer from the Italian two-wheeler maker was revealed alongside the Leoncino 250. The bikes come powered by a 249cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine the churns out 24.5 bhp at 9000 rpm and develop a maximum torque of 21 Nm of 7500 rpm. As for the transmission duties, they are taken care of by six-speed gearbox.


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The Benelli TRK 250 is built on a steel tube frame, while the suspension duties are handled by a 41 mm upside-down fork up front and an oscillating swingarm with central shock absorber, with 51mm travel at the rear. The braking duties are handled by a 280 mm single floating disc with 4-piston caliper in the front and a 240 mm disc with a single-piston caliper at the back.

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Globally, the production version of the new Benelli TRK 250 is set to be launched in 2019, however, whether the bike will come to India or not is still unknown. With the TRK250, Benelli is looking to tap into the growing quarter-litre adventure tourer segment that already has the likes of Honda CRF250L, Kawasaki Versys-X 250, Suzuki V-Strom 250 and the likes.

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EICMA 2018: BMW R 1250 GS Makes Public Debut


The BMW R 1250 GS has finally made its public debut at the ongoing EICMA show in Milan Italy. The bike is expected to come to India sometime next year.




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2019 BMW R 1250 GS is powered by a new 1,254 cc boxer-twin engine that come with Shiftcam Technology

BMW Motorrad has finally pulled the wraps off the new 2019 BMW R 1250 GS adventure tourer at the ongoing EICMA 2018, in Milan. The bike has been revealed to the public just a couple of months after BMW released the official specifications and images of both the standard GS and the Adventure variants. The model in the images is the top-spec BMW R 1250 GS Adventure that is a more off-road friendly version that comes with spoked wheels, crash guard, hand guards and metal panniers, among others.

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BMW R 1250 GS is powered by a new 1,254 cc boxer-twin engine with a variable valve timing system

The new 2019 BMW R 1250 GS and the R 1250 GS Adventure are powered by a new 1,254 cc boxer-twin engine that now comes with a variable valve timing system, which BMW calls ‘Shiftcam Technology‘. The system adapts to control throttle response and offer bottom-end and mid-range torque to propel the motorcycle through constantly changing surfaces, providing grip and low-end grunt and traction in challenging terrain. The engine also comes with a longer stroke and a bigger bore thus gaining 9 per cent more power and 14 per cent more torque. The motor now makes 136 bhp at 7750 rpm and 143 Nm at 6,250 rpm.

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BMW R 1250 GS comes with an updated electronic package

The bike now also comes with an updated electronic package features riding modes (Road and Rain), ABS, automatic stability control (ASC – which is BMW’s traction control system) and Hill Start Control as standard equipment. The bike also comes with an updated semi-active electronic suspension and now features ‘automatic load compensation’. BMW also offers the optional Riding Mode Pro system that includes Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), ABS Pro, Hill Start Control Pro, and Dynamic Brake Assist.

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BMW R 1250 GS gets a multi-functional instrument panel with a 6.5-inch full-colour TFT display

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Other features include a multi-functional instrument panel with a 6.5-inch full-colour TFT display, revised LED headlamps and LED daytime running lamp. Visual updates include a redesigned fuel tank, intake ports, a brushed aluminium radiator guard, and new graphics. The bike now comes with three colour options of matte grey, black and the tricolour HP scheme of white, blue and red with gold rims. The bike is expected to come to India sometime in 2019.

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EICMA 2018: Hero XPulse 200 Concepts Explained


We take a closer look at the four new concepts based on the Hero XPulse 200, the newly unveiled XPulse 200T and also tell you the launch schedule for the upcoming motorcycles.




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Hero showcased 4 custom motorcycles at EICMA – Scrambler, Desert, Flat Tracker, Cafe Racer

Hero MotoCorp unveiled the XPulse 200T at EICMA 2018, a model that will be going into production next year. The Hero XPulse 200T will be sold alongside the more adventure-friendly XPulse 200 with the launch scheduled for both bikes in early 2019. While this is the second outing of the XPulse at EICMA, the bike maker spiced up things this time with four new concepts based on the adventure motorcycle. With the idea to showcase the capabilities and versatility, Hero XPulse based Cafe Racer, Scrambler, Flat Tracker, and Desert concept look intriguing. Increasing the stakes, Hero says that it will try and put one of these concepts into production, based on the votes each of these concepts receives. The company is also likely to offer a host of components separately across the XPulse range, as part of its new vertical – the accessories business. Let’s take a closer look at what these models have to offer.

Also Read: Hero XPulse 200T Unveiled AT EICMA 2018

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(The Hero XPulse 200T has been confirmed for production and will launched next year)

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The Hero XPulse 200T is a ‘Tourer’ and the has been reworked to be more rider-friendly when spending long hours on the saddle. Compared to the standard version, the XPulse 200T gets revised ergonomics for a more relaxed riding posture, while the load carrying capacity has been increased with its large luggage plate. The model will further differentiate itself with a 30 mm lower ground clearance, taller gearing, and different handlebar. The bike will ride on a 17-inch front wheel instead of a 21-inch on the adventure (ADV) version and a different setup for the suspension. It is also expected to ride on more tarmac-friendly MRF as opposed to the dual-purpose CEAT tyres on the XPulse 200 ADV. The feature list will remain identical with LED head and taillights, single-channel ABS, digital instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone-based navigation.

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(The Scrambler concept gets front fork gaiters, engine bash plate, flat seat, and a wide handlebar)

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The Hero XPulse 200 Scrambler concept looks interesting and gets a bulk of changes to make it look minimal and off-road friendly. The matte grey paint scheme looks good on the concept, complete with the yellow highlights. Key design updates include front fork gaiters, aluminium finished bash plate, flat seat, and a wide handlebar. The bike rides on wire-spoked wheels and also gets a small fly screen mounted on the LED headlamp. Lastly, the high mounted side-exhaust comes with heat protector, and the concept does look ready for production. Meanwhile, the company also displayed Scrambler themed accessories alongside the bike including a half helmet, bags, ankle length boots and more. 

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(The cafe racer concept gets a retro paint scheme, clip-on handlebars and golden front forks)

Hero XPulse 200 Cafe Racer

Bringing a retro feel to the XPulse 200, the cafe racer concept is well executed, and is in fact Hero’s second attempt at making a cafe racer. The Hero XPulse Cafe Racer concept is finished in a white shade with red pinstripes and comes with golden USD forks, clip-on handlebars, and a single seat. The bike also gets LED indicators while the rear gets a minimal look with the taillight. Hero also showcased a retro helmet and boots alongside the cafe racer concept.

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(The Desert concept gets higher ground clearance, fatter forks, and an underseat exhaust)

Hero XPulse 200 Desert

Another take on the retro theme, the Hero XPulse 200 Desert concept further adds functionality with the increased ground clearance, dual-purpose tyres, bash plate, and fatter USD forks. The seat is also narrower, while the bike now gets an under seat exhaust, with what seems to be a grab rail finished in red. The bike also gets a flat handlebar. The XPulse 200 Desert looks ready to tackle the dunes, while accessories include a motocross helmet and a leather jacket with the Desert concept.

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(A 200 cc Flat Tracker on a budget sounds like a good idea)

Hero XPulse 200 Flat Tracker

If you ever wanted to try out flat tracking, essentially going sideways on a motorcycle, the Hero XPulse 200 Flat Tracker just might be your answer, that too on a budget. The flat tracker would be a fun take on the 200 cc motorcycle with a wide handlebar, alloy wheels with a fatter rear tyre, serrated foot pegs, minimal seat, and a high mounted exhaust. The manufacturer also showcased riding boots and a helmet with the flat tracker concept.

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Hero says the four custom motorcycles “enables the company to develop and co-create new variants, which can act as the right vehicle to focus on specific customer needs and markets across the globe.” The bikes will be drawing power from the same 200 cc single-cylinder fuel-injected motor tuned to produce 18 bhp at 8000 rpm and 17.1 Nm of peak torque available at 6500 rpm. With the Hero XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T scheduled for launch early next year, the bikes are expected to be priced around the ₹ 1 lakh (ex-showroom) mark. The Hero XPulse won’t have a direct rival when it goes on sale, which will make it a lucrative choice in the entry-level adventure and tourer segments.

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EICMA 2018: Kawasaki Z400 Revealed


The Kawasaki Z400 is the naked version of the Ninja 400 replacing the Z300 in the company’s line-up globally.

An expected debut, Kawasaki has revealed the 2019 Z400 naked motorcycle at the 2018 EICMA Show in Italy. The new Kawasaki Z400 is the stripped version of the Ninja 400, minus the fairing, clip-on handlebars and the aggressive riding position. What you get instead is the same powerful engine and chassis as the Ninja 400, with minimal body panels. Globally, the new Z400 replaces the Z300 in the bike maker’s line-up and will compete against the KTM 390 Duke, Yamaha MT-03 and the likes.


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(The Kawasaki Z400 looks identical to the Z900)

Like the outgoing Z300, the new Z400 shares design language with the larger Z models, which is based on the animalistic Sugomi styling. The design language remains aggressive and likeable but the sharp lines have been toned down for a more flowing look. The twin headlamps styling that now come with LEDs, has been carried over and sits more upright too. The muscular fuel tank and the tail section are similar to the Ninja 400. The overall design does make it look like a baby Z900.

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(The semi-digital instrument console looks basic on the Z400)

Like the Ninja, the Kawasaki Z400 is underpinned by a new steel Trellis frame with the newly developed engine used a a stress member. The 399 cc parallel-twin motor is tuned for 44 bhp, which is a 6 bhp increase over the Z300. The torque remains the same at 38 Nm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox and comes with an assist/slipper clutch. The Z400 tips the scales at 167 kg (kerb), which is a 1 kg lower than the Z300.

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(The Kawasaki Z400 makes 6 bhp more power than the Z300 from the new 399 cc motor)

Other features include fatter 41 mm front forks and a monoshock suspension setup at the rear, while braking performance comes from a larger 310 mm front petal disc and a 220 mm disc at the rear. ABS is offered as standard. The Z400 also rides on a larger 150/60R17 rear tyre.

The Kawasaki Z400 has been confirmed for the European and North American markets for now, but the company is yet to confirm if the model will make its way to India. That said, the model will be rather expensive if brought to the country with prices expected to start a little over ₹ 4 lakh (ex-showroom), given the pricing on the Ninja 400.

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EICMA 2018: BMW F 850 GS Adventure Unveiled


New BMW F 850 GS Adventure is the more off-road and touring friendly variant of the BMW F 850 GS.




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The BMW F 850 GS Adventure gets a large 23-litre fuel tank, and more technology

BMW Motorrad has unveiled the 2019 BMW F 850 GS Adventure model at the ongoing EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. In India, BMW Motorrad has already launched the new middleweight adventure family with the same parallel-twin engine, the BMW F 750 GS and the BMW G 850 GS, each with a different state of tune and power output. And now, the more off-road, and touring friendly variant, the F 850 GS Adventure has been unveiled to the public in Milan. The F 850 GS Adventure will likely be launched in India sometime towards the second half of 2019.


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The BMW F 850 GS Adventure gets a larger fuel tank and more features, but the engine is the same as the standard F 850 GS

The F 850 GS Adventure is powered by the same 853 cc, parallel-twin engine as the standard F 850 GS. On the 850, the engine makes 95 bhp at 8250 rpm, and peak torque of 86 Nm at 6250 rpm. On the Adventure, the differences are more in features than purely technical, adding more comfort and capability. The new Adventure models gets a 23-litre fuel tank, and at the front is an adjustable windscreen, along with adjustable gear and brake levers. The engine is now framed and protected by a crash bar, and also standard is a luggage rack at the rear.

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The BMW F 850 GS Adventure is off-road and touring-ready, with more features than the standard F 850 GS

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The 850 GS gets two riding modes – Rain and Road, together with ABS and automatic stability control (ASC), and these features are carried over to the Adventure variant, but it adds more customising options, including Dynamic, Enduro, and Enduro Pro riding modes. There’s also electronic suspension, dynamic traction control, as well as a 6.5-inch TFT colour display, and an intelligent emergency call system. So far, BMW Motorrad hasn’t announced pricing for the BMW F 850 GS Adventure yet, but we expect an European launch and pricing by spring of 2019, followed by the India launch towards the end of 2019.

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