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    2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Debuts With New Colour Options

    2021 Kawasaki ZX25RKawasaki Ninja ZX-25R is by far the most powerful quarter-litre superbike in the global market
    Kawasaki has launched the latest 2021 iteration of Ninja ZX-25R with an updated colour palette in Indonesia. The baby Ninja made its global debut in July last year and has richly earned applauds from all quarters. The fully-faired motorcycle is exclusively made in Indonesia and is currently retailed in a few select international markets.
    New Colour Options
    The 250cc lightweight supersport motorcycle has been termed as an efficient track machine as well as a good daily commuter. It is retailed in two trims-Standard and Special Edition. For 2021, the Japanese superbike manufacturer has introduced new paint schemes. The Standard version is available only in Metallic Spark Black finish.
    On the other hand, the top-spec model of ZX-25R Special Edition is offered in three colour options including Lime green/Pearl blizzard white, metallic graphene steel gray, and probably the most attractive of them all Passion red/pearl blizzard white.
    Other than the updated colour palette there has been no changes made to this mini sports bike. The motorcycle retains its overall design in its latest iteration. In fact, its design is somewhat similar to the standard Ninja 400.
    2021 Kawasaki ZX25R
    Prices for the 2021 iteration of ZX-25R starts at IDR 98,850,000 (approx. INR 5.10 lakh) for the standard non-ABS trim and IDR 116,000,000 (approx. INR 6 lakh) for the Special Edition variant which comes with ABS. While there are a host of entry-level quarter-litre superbikes in the market, it holds a unique distinction of packing an inline-4 cylinder liquid-cooled 250cc engine underneath.
    ZX-25R Specs & Features
    The 250cc motor delivers a mind-boggling 51 bhp at 15,500rpm and a peak torque of 22.9 Nm at 14,500 rpm. This unit is paired to a 6-speed gearbox with an assist and slipper clutch for smooth and precise gearshifts.
    Speaking of its hardware, its suspension setup comprises 37mm USD forks from Showa with Separate Function Fork-Big Piston at front whereas a backlink gas-charged shock absorber with spring preload adjustability is placed at rear.
    Braking is taken care of by a 310 mm radially mounted single disc brake with four pistons at the front and a 220 mm single rotor with a single calliper at the rear wheel. A dual-channel ABS handles safety but only in the top trim. Ninja ZX-25R has a very accessible saddle height of 785mm. At a kerb weight of 182kg, it is interestingly heavier than Ninja 300 and Ninja 400. Some of the features on offer include traction control, a bi-directional quick-shifter, electronic throttle valves and power modes. More

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    2021 Honda Gold Wing BS6 Launch Soon – Packs In A Range Of Updates

    2021 Honda GoldwingIn its BS4 format, Honda Gold Wing retailed at a price of Rs 29 lakh
    Already available in international markets, 2021 Honda Gold Wing will soon be launched in India. It is one of the popular touring motorcycles in North America, Australia, Western Europe and its home market Japan. The motorcycle has a long history, having debuted as GL1000 way back in 1975. Over the years, continuous improvements have made Gold Wing one of the most hi-tech motorcycles currently in production.
    2021 Honda Gold Wing – What’s new
    One of the key updates in 2021 Honda Gold Wing is support for Android Auto. Earlier it was offered only with Apple CarPlay. Just for records, Honda Gold Wing was the first commercially produced motorcycle to start using a tech platform designed for cars. It goes on to show the level of advancement the motorcycle has been equipped with.
    2021 Gold Wings along with the ones produced from 2018 onwards have support for Android Auto. When connected to the user’s smartphone, tools like Google Maps, Waze, and Google Assistant can be accessed. Users have access to weather updates, music streaming services, playlists and telephone numbers. When used with a compatible Bluetooth headset, users can take calls on the go.
    Visually, 2021 Gold Wings get some new colour options and styling updates. For example, the motorcycle now comes with solid red tail lights. Graphics are also part of the update on some models.
    2021 Honda Goldwing
    2021 Gold Wing is available in five trims, the base standard model, Gold Wing automatic DCT, Gold Wing Tour, Gold Wing Tour automatic DCT and Gold Wing Tour Airbag Automatic DCT. Colour options vary based on the trim and include Deep Pearl Gray, Metallic Black, and Candy Ardent Red.
    2021 Honda Goldwing
    Other updates include more comfortable seats on the Tour models. The trunk is now bigger and offers 11 litres of additional storage. The sound system has been updated with a 55-watt capacity unit.
    2021 Honda Gold Wing powertrain
    Gold Wing comes with an 1833cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. The motor is capable of generating max power of 125 hp at 5,500 rpm and max torque of 170 Nm at 4,500 rpm. Depending on the variant, the transmission is 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic DCT. The overdrive seventh gear in automatic version is especially designed for highway cruising. DCT variants come with reverse and walking mode.
    Honda Gold Wings offer four ride modes of Tour, Sport, Rain, and Econ. As compared to earlier generations, 2021 Gold Wing has 22% higher fuel efficiency. This has been made possible with the motorcycle’s lighter weight and improvements in engine and intake system. As per EPA standards, 2021 Honda Gold Wing has fuel efficiency of 42 miles per gallon. More

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    Piaggio One Electric Scooter Specs Revealed – Up To 100 Kms Range

    Piaggio Electric Scooter
    Retail sales of Piaggio One electric scooter are scheduled to commence in Europe in the coming weeks
    Piaggio One will be offered in three trims – One, One+ and One Active. The difference between these trims is primarily in their range and top speed. It is to note that this is the second electric scooter from Piaggio Group. The first was all-electric Vespa Elettrica, which was unveiled at 2020 Auto Expo.
    Piaggio One styling and features
    Targeted primarily at the younger audience, Piaggio One comes in a trendy package. It gets a range of monotone and dual-tone colour options. Although it borrows several styling bits from Vespa, Aprilia and Piaggio scooters, it still gets a unique identity. Some key features include sleek vertically positioned dual headlamps, single piece seat, sporty side panels and edgy tail lamp.
    Piaggio One is designed to ensure comfortable journeys for both the rider and pillion. The scooter has a spacious footwell and offers plenty of storage space in the underseat compartment.
    Piaggio One trims and specs
    Base model Piaggio One will be equipped with a 1.8kWh battery pack that will send power to a 1.2kW motor. Range is 55 km and top speed is 45 kmph. Mid-spec One+ model uses a larger 2.3kWh battery pack. However, the motor is the same as the base model. Top speed of One+ is 55 kmph whereas range available is up to 100 km.
    Piaggio Electric Scooter
    Top-spec Piaggio One Active utilizes the same battery as One+, but gets a more powerful 2kW motor. It has top speed of 60 kmph and can travel 85 km on a full charge.
    Piaggio One scooters have been equipped with removable batteries. This makes it easier for users to charge them in the comfort of their homes. The battery can be charged from 0 to 100 percent in around six hours. Any standard power outlet can be used to charge the scooter. Other key features include all-LED lights, fully digital instrument cluster and USB charging.
    Piaggio One electric scooter utilizes a single-sided trailing-link front suspension. Rear unit comprises double-sided swingarm attached to twin shock absorbers. The scooter has disc brakes at both ends.
    Piaggio Electric Scooter
    Piaggio One India launch
    It is unlikely that Piaggio One will be launched in India at this point of time. Piaggio does have plans to launch electric scooters in India. However, that would most likely be electric versions of either Vespa or Aprilia. Piaggio electric scooter for India will be a lifestyle product that will go up against the likes of Bajaj Chetak, TVS iQube and Ather 450X. More

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    Two Wheeler Retail Sales May 2021 – Hero, Honda, TVS, Bajaj, RE, Suzuki, Yamaha, Jawa, BMW

    Image for reference.Every two wheeler OEM reported lower retails and dip in market share in May 21 when compared to that in the previous month
    Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) has released vehicle retail figures for May 21. It may be seen from the attached table that every segment has noted a de-growth following nationwide lockdown being announced. The past month saw three wheeler sales dip 76 percent while tractor sales fell 57 percent. Passenger vehicle registrations declined by 59 percent while CV registrations saw a 66 percent de-growth MoM.
    Urban and rural markets have both been hit by the ongoing pandemic that entered its second phase and peaked in May 21 resulting in an even further negative impact on buyers. However, FADA is optimistic that retails should bounce back in June 21 as has been evident in the first 10 days of this month.
    MoM Two Wheeler Registrations
    When assessing two wheeler registrations on a month-on-month basis, it can be seen that it was a significant de-growth. Retail figures of two wheelers that stood at 8,6134 units in April 21, dipped to 4,10,757 units in the past month. Every two wheeler OEM has reported de-growth not only in terms of retail sales but has also seen market share diminish by a significant extent.
    Hero MotoCorp was once again at No. 1 in terms of retail sales with 1,92,968 units sold last month, down from 2,99,576 units sold in April 21. Market share dipped from 34.63 percent held in April 21 to 46.98 percent in the past month.
    Two Wheeler Retail Sales May 2021
    Hero MotoCorp had halted manufacturing facilities on April 22 and while its 3 plants located in Gurugram, Haridwar and Dharuhera resumed single-shift operations on May 17, the three located in Neemrana, Halol and Chittoor only commenced partial operations on May 24.
    Hero MotoCorp was followed by Honda at No.2, with retail sales of 78,343 units in May 21 and a markets share of 19.07 percent. These figures had stood at 2,17,832 units and 25.18 percent respectively in April 21. The four models in the company lineup that added good numbers to retail sales were the Activa and Dio in the scooter segment and the CB Shine, Hornet and CB350 in the motorcycle segment.
    TVS Motor, Bajaj Auto
    Retail sales of TVS Motor stood at 57,652 units in May 21 and market share was at 14.4 percent. This was against 1,28,365 units sold in April 21 when market share was at 14.84 percent. TVS Motor with lower retail sales in India is concentrating on global markets. The company opened a new 3S retail outlet in Baghdad from where models such as the StaR HLX 150 commuter motorcycle and three-wheeler TVS King Deluxe Plus are sold.
    Bajaj Auto also posted de-growth in May 21 in terms of retail sales which dipped to 45,550 units, down from 98,041 units sold in April 21. The safeguard the interests of its customers during this pandemic situation, Bajaj Auto announced extension of free service and warranty period expiring between April 1, 2021 and May 31, 2021. This has now been extended up till July 31, 2021.
    RE, Suzuki Yamaha
    Retail sales and market share dipped for Royal Enfield, Suzuki and Yamaha. RE sales dipped to 14,942 units in May 21 from 42,120 units retailed in April 21 while Suzuki and Yamaha sales stood at 9,469 units and 9,182 units respectively, down from 33,699 units and 4,817 units retailed in April 21.
    In the months ahead, one can expect the highest number of new launches from Royal Enfield with patents being filed for several new motorcycle names that include Shotgun, Hunter, Sherpa, Roadster, and Scram.
    Failing to cross the 1000 unit mark in retail sales were Piaggio(667 units), Classic Legends(643 units) and BMW India (144 units), while in the sub 100 range units were Kawasaki (55 units), Triumph Motorcycles (23 units) and Ducati with just 1 unit retailed last month. More

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    Royal Enfield 650 Scrambler Is Trail Ready – Modified From INT 650

    Royal Enfield INT 650 customized as a scrambler
    Customized Interceptor 650 has the looks and aptitude for some exhilarating off-road fun
    In addition to domestic market, Royal Enfield 650 twins have emerged as popular options in several global locations as well. The twins are also preferred for customization projects. Glimpses of the latest mod job with Interceptor 650 come from far far away Argentina. This time the bike gets transformed into a rugged looking scrambler. This project has been executed to perfection by leading custom motorcycle builders STG Tracker.
    Interceptor 650 scrambler design and features
    Overall styling of this custom Interceptor 650 scrambler looks familiar to that of Triumph scramblers. To ensure that the essence of Royal Enfield is not lost, the bike modifiers have retained key components such as the round headlight, fuel tank and frame. And of course the engine has been left untouched as well.
    The list of changes is pretty long and includes block patterned knobby tyres. These will ensure that much needed traction on dirt roads and slush. At the front, the stock fender has been removed and replaced with a custom raised fender in metallic shade. Vital parts have been given enhanced protection, for example, the headlight that gets a metallic mesh grille.
    Similarly, a large bash plate has been installed at the bottom to protect the engine. The bash plate has perforated design theme with small holes that compliments the bike’s rugged character.
    Royal Enfield INT 650 customized as a scrambler
    Another notable change is the custom side mounted exhaust system. This is wrapped in a metallic heat shield that has the same styling as the bash plate. At first glance, these are the features that immediately grab your attention.
    In other changes, the customized Interceptor 650 gets custom tail light and minimalistic tail section. The custom seat also looks classy in its tan leather finish. As compared to the stock version, this custom bike looks taller. This is likely due to the raised suspension as well as knobby tires.
    No engine tweaks
    The stock engine has been left untouched in this customization project. The 648cc, parallel twin, single overhead cam, air/oil-cooled unit is capable of generating 47 bhp of max power at 7150 rpm and 52 Nm of max torque at 5250 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed constant mesh transmission.
    Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 utilizes a tubular steel frame with bolted trussing. Suspension system comprises standard front forks and twin coil-over rear suspension. Braking duties are performed by 320 mm disc at the front and 240 mm disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS is offered as standard. More

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    Tarform Luna Electric Cafe Racer Unveiled – Looks Radical And Minimalistic

    Tarform Luna Electric Cafe RacerPre-bookings for Tarform Racer Edition is open for fully refundable deposit of USD500
    After showcasing Scrambler Edition, Brooklyn-based automotive startup Tarform Motorcycles has unveiled a cafe racer variant named Racer Edition. Both electric motorcycles carry a price tag of USD 24,000, which is approximately INR 17.50 lakh. Bookings are open for both and deliveries are scheduled to commence in the coming months.
    Tarform Luna cafe racer styling and features
    Tarform Luna Racer Edition shares several of its features with the Scrambler Edition. The upper body, seat, and the under body are largely similar on both bikes. The key differentiators for Racer Edition include its knobby tyres, a sportier headlamp cowl, and firmer suspension. In comparison, the Scrambler Edition has retro styled headlamp and standard street tyres.
    Both bikes are equipped with the same machined, single-piece handle bar. But the one on Racer Edition comes in a blacked-out theme. Other components like the wheels, foot pegs and swingarm are also done in black. These changes ensure a sportier look and feel for the cafe racer in comparison to the Scrambler Edition.
    The equipment list includes a snazzy, round shaped full colour digital instrument cluster. It displays speed, riding mode, and battery percentage. Other key features include Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, all-LED lights, keyless start, blindspot detection with haptic feedback, three riding modes, 180° rear view camera, and regenerative braking. The bike is also equipped with a sound generator that works as a safety feature to protect road users and pedestrians.
    Tarform Luna Electric Cafe Racer
    Tarform Luna Racer Edition powertrain
    The bike utilizes a 10 kWh battery pack connected to a 55 HP motor. It has max range of 120 miles (approx. 193 km). The range will vary depending on the ride mode selected. Tarform Luna Racer Edition has a top speed of 120 mph and can reach 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The bike can be charged from 0 to 80% in 50 minutes.
    Tarform Luna Electric Cafe Racer
    Talking about hardware, the bike utilizes a hand fabricated trellis frame. It has Öhlins front and rear suspension and disk brakes at both ends. The bike is built around the idea of sustainable mobility.
    It has components made from recycled aluminium, flax fibres and biodegradable leather. The bike is future ready, as it can be upgraded with new battery systems and software.
    Customers buying any of these Tarform motorcycles will be eligible for federal income tax credit worth 10% of the purchase price. The max tax credit available is USD 2,500. Customers will also be eligible for incentives available at the state and local level. Tarform Racer Edition and Scrambler Edition are being offered with attractive finance options, starting at USD 400 per month. More

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    Komaki Electric Scooters, Motorcycle Online Booking Platform Launched

    Komaki Electric MotorcycleWith social distancing as the new norm, every automaker in India is embarking on the digital route
    The obvious hesitancy of buyers to venture into showrooms has caused some concern for automakers in the country. The new social distancing norms, the scare of venturing out, fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus in closed spaces and new government restrictions have make leading automakers pursue the digital mode of increasing sales.
    Auto makers such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, Kia, Toyota, Tata Motors, Mahindra and Mercedes Benz were quick to follow the digital route amid the earlier lockdown announced by the Government of India. These automakers partnered with leading online portals such as Google and Facebook bringing global digital expertise to their dealer networks. Along with carmakers, two wheeler makers are also following a similar path.
    Komaki Online Bookings Platform
    Komaki Electric Vehicle has introduced a new online booking portal komaki.in/book-now, whereon customers can make their bookings of the company range of electric scooters from the comforts of their homes. Following the booking, the customer will then be directed to the company’s nearest dealership for the remainder of the process. Here the customers can purchase their vehicle, make online payments and will be offered after sales service.
    Komaki announced two e-scooters and one electric motorcycle earlier this year. These include the Komaki TN95 and Komaki SE electric scooters, along with the Komaki M5 electric motorcycle. Prices start at Rs.96,000 for the Komaki SE while the Komaki TN95 carries a price tag of Rs.98,000 and the Komaki M-5 high-speed electric motorcycle is priced at Rs 99,000.
    Komaki Electric Scooter
    Noting heavy demand for these e-bikes in the country, the online portal makes it easier for customers who wish to avail these environmentally friendly and cost effective scooters. The Delhi based two wheeler make also plans to launch models with batteries that can offer a range of upto 220 km.
    The new batteries will be manufactured in-house with cells imported from Korea. The batteries will be light weight and will be capable of fast charging. Charging time of 4-5 hours is what is being estimated while with regenerative braking technology, the bikes will need charging every 4 days. All batteries will come in with 3 year warranty to include 2 years coverage and free service in 3rd year.
    Talking of the three electric vehicles recently launched, the Komaki SE is presented in Solid Blue, Metallic Gold, Jet Black and Garnet Red. It receives a full digital color instrument cluster and disc brakes.
    Komaki TN95, gets larger dimensions, metallic guards, digital instrument cluster and park and reverse assist. Komaki M-5 electric motorcycle a first-of-its-kind offering. It is presented with two colors of Silver and Gold and is directed to a younger segment of buyers in the country with its innovative design and styling. More

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    New Benelli Electric Motorcycle To Be Based On QJ7000D – Gets Helmet Storage Space

    New QJ7000D could be sold as Benelli’s first electric motorcycleSeveral of Zhejiang Qianjiang’s motorcycles will be launched globally under Benelli nameplate
    Part of China-based Zhejiang Qianjiang, Italian manufacturer Benelli could soon foray into the electric motorcycle segment. The shift to electric is inevitable and the sooner it’s done, the better it will be for a company’s long-term prospects.
    Now that QJ7000D electric motorcycle has been showcased at 2021 Beijing Motor Show, there are speculations that this product could be introduced in global markets under Benelli. Images are credit to QQMTC.
    It is to note that QJ7000D electric motorcycle has been developed by a new company named Qianjiang Electric Vehicle. Just like Zhejiang Qianjiang, this new company is also part of Geely Group. It will function as a part of Zhejiang Qianjiang. The new company is expected to focus primarily on developing electric vehicles.
    QJ7000D electric motorcycle design and features
    Just like other motorcycles manufactured by Qianjiang, this too looks flamboyant and extravagant. The bike has a beefy profile towards the front, while the rear section is much sleeker. The bike’s fairing has a dual-tone colour theme of blue and grey, which creates an exciting contrast with the blacked-out components.
    New QJ7000D could be sold as Benelli’s first electric motorcycle
    The bike has an aggressive front fascia with a sleek quad-light setup, uniquely shaped rear view mirrors and V-shaped windscreen. One of the innovations on this bike is that the space underneath the fuel tank can be used to store a helmet. Other key features include USD front forks, single disc brake, and central rear shock absorber. The bike is expected to be offered with dual-channel ABS as standard.
    New QJ7000D could be sold as Benelli’s first electric motorcycle
    QJ7000D electric motorcycle has been equipped with chain transmission and gearbox. It has a fully digital LCD instrument panel that displays a range of information such as speed, gear position, battery percentage, distance travelled, time, etc. The instrument console is likely to offer Bluetooth connectivity. This can be used to access various features when connected with the user’s smartphone.
    The bike has a split seat design and is expected to offer a comfortable riding position. Another key feature is rear tyre hugger that holds the sleek turn signals and number plate.
    New QJ7000D could be sold as Benelli’s first electric motorcycle
    QJ7000D electric motorcycle powertrain
    Details about the motor and battery have not been revealed. However, it can be estimated that the motorcycle could match the performance of a 600cc petrol-powered sports bike.
    It remains to be seen when QJ7000D electric motorcycle could be introduced globally under Benelli. Not sure if it will be launched in India. Even if it does, it is not happening anytime soon. More