Hero Electric Scooters
Currently, Hero Electric has thirteen models under its lineup that are categorised into two segments- city speed and comfort speed
Being extremely confident of growth in electric mobility in the two-wheeler segment in future, Hero Electric has announced that it would be investing a whopping Rs 700 crore in this segment. A large chunk of this investment would be spent on increasing the production capacity in the coming years.
In an interaction recently, Hero Electric managing director Naveen Munjal confirmed that the homegrown EV manufacturer will invest this amount over a period of next three to four years. He further informed that the current production capacity of 75,000 units annually will be ramped up to 10 lakh units per annum.
Expansion EV market
In the first phase of expansion itself, the capacity will be enhanced to 3 lakh units. According to Munjal, at present, the industry is witnessing a doubling of market share each year and would corner at least 10% of the two-wheeler market in the next five years. Hero Electric currently commands 40 percent of the electric two-wheeler market in India and will continue to keep pace with the growth.
Munjal further went on to add that at the current rate of growth, India’s electric two-wheeler market will reach 20 lakh units in five years. Further with the help of favourable policies the industry could expand by 20 percent to around 40 lakh units per annum.
Hero Electric Scooter – Photo
Overall market share for electric two-wheelers has risen from 40,000 units in 2017 to 1.7 lakh units in 2020-21. Out of the total sales in the electric two-wheeler segment last year, Hero Electric alone accounted for 53,500 units. In fourteen years since its inception in the Indian market, Hero Electric has so far sold 3.5 lakh electric scooters across the country.
Hero Electric & Rivals
The current portfolio of Hero Electric comprises thirteen models in six platforms that are broadly categorised into two segments- city speed and comfort speed. There are currently no offerings in the high-speed segment from the manufacturer and the company says that it will continue to demand in this category and will formally enter only when demand has pierced into the mass market.
Even though electric mobility in India is yet to reach its full potential, competition has intensified in recent months with many new players venturing into the market, especially in the two-wheeler segment.
Players like Ather Energy have been able to set new benchmarks in this segment while many others like Revolt, Okinawa and Simple Energy have exciting offerings up their sleeves as well. Hero Electric’s direct rival would be Ola Electric in terms of large manufacturing capabilities. More
Hero Electric Scooters
Galaxy Custom Motorcycle With 3 Engines. Image – Bike ExifThe Galaxy has been made with the objective of participating in Land Speed Racing
Once in a while we come across an engineering marvel that makes us wipe our eyes and maybe even scratch our heads. Now, branding the latest case as a marvel would be an outstretch but it surely does make us carry out the last two acts. If you think you have witnessed insane aftermarket modifications that can’t be matched, this one might force you to rethink.
When you see a single motorcycle is powered by three engines, yes you read that right – three engines in one motorcycle, probably can be called MotorsCycle. You can easily judge for yourself the number and kind of mod jobs that would have been carried out. Named ‘The Galaxy’, this behemoth is powered by three bored-out CB750 motors which essentially makes it a 12-cylinder 2,508cc glory.
Galaxy Custom Motorcycle With 3 Engines. Image – Bike Exif
Idea of Three Engine Motorcycle
This motorcycle is a creation of California-based custom motorcycle builder Mitsuhiro ‘Kiyo’ Kiyonaga who intends to take this monster to Land Speed Racing. Kiyonaga started his aftermarket workshop in Los Angeles in 2013 and his first project ‘Cherry Blossom’ was a custom-built stretched land speed racer that featured a turbocharged Honda CB750 engine housed in a frame built from scratch.
A few years later he followed it up with another 1970s top fuel-style bike but powered by twin motors this time and named it ‘Gekko’. Even though the Galaxy was Kiyo’s pet project which he has dreamt of since his childhood, it was seriously materialised only when his first two motorcycles were acquired by Haas Moto Museum. Work on the bike only started when owner of the museum, approved and officially commissioned the project.
Galaxy Custom Motorcycle With 3 Engines. Image – Bike Exif
Galaxy- Powertrain specs
Coming to its specification, Galaxy draws its energy from three four-pot motors sourced from F2 large port heads. Each of these engines has been bored-out to 836cc has been completely rebuilt with balanced and lightened crankshafts, performance cams, oversized stainless steel valves and heavy-duty connecting rods. Special care was taken to ensure that each internal configuration was in line with the original spec.
Galaxy Custom Motorcycle With 3 Engines
Hardware Spec & Design
The motors are held by a three-piece chassis that constitute a tubular upper frame, and two huge engine mounting plates that also act as a rigid swingarm. Front half of Galaxy has been integrated into the frame which hides the pump, fuel tank, battery and all other functional components under its skin.
That tail section is a hand-built aluminium piece that can hold up to 9.5 litres of gasoline for the oil-sucking engines. A tiny port found at back is essentially an outlet for the engine breather hose.
Galaxy Custom Motorcycle With 3 Engines
The alloy wheels made out of aluminium are a piece of art with holes cut out on the front wheel in order to limit the effect of crosswinds at high speeds. With stretched-out ergonomics, ‘rider triangle’ was carefully calculated that offers impressive control and grip when racing across salt tracks.
The designer claims that every component on the bike has been modified and built by hand without aid of any designing software which deserves high applause. The Galaxy now finds shelter in the same museum as Kiyo’s previous two projects. However, Kiyo is yet to tick off all boxes and that would happen only when he takes to Land Speed Racing.
Image – NM ke TalksThis is the second time in 2021 that CT and Platina range have undergone price revision
As may be recalled, Bajaj had increased prices of its motorcycles earlier this year in January. Along with CT and Platina range, prices were increased for most other motorcycles such as Pulsar range, Avenger and Dominar. Now, prices have been increased once again for CT and Platina range. It is possible that other Bajaj motorcycles may also witness a price hike in the coming months.
Bajaj’s move to increase prices is in line with industry trends. Most other two-wheeler manufacturers had increased prices at the time of New Year and later as well. In most cases, the price hike has been attributed to rising input costs. It includes higher cost of raw materials as well as increased handling and transportation charges.
Bajaj CT Range – April 2021 prices
One of the most affordable commuter motorcycles in the country, Bajaj CT variants have become costlier in the range of Rs 1,356 to Rs 1,696. CT100 KS Alloy new price is Rs 49,152, as compared to Rs 47,654 earlier. CT110 ES Alloy updated price is Rs 53,498, an increase of Rs 1,696 over the earlier price. CT110 ES Alloy X new price is Rs 55,494, as compared to Rs 54,138 earlier.
CT100 is powered by a 102 cc motor that churns out 7.9 PS of max power at 7500 rpm and 8.34 Nm of peak torque at 5500 rpm. It is mated to a 4-speed gearbox. The bike has top speed of 90 kmph. CT110 utilizes a 115.45 cc motor that generates 8.6 PS at 7000 rpm and 9.81 Nm at 5000 rpm. Gearbox and top speed is same as CT100.
Bajaj Platina / CT range prices increased – April 2021
Bajaj Platina Range – April 2021 prices
Platina range starts with 100 KS Alloy variant, which will now retail at Rs 52,915. This is an increase of Rs 749 over the earlier price. Platina 100 ES Drum variant is now priced at Rs 54,669, as compared to Rs 53,920 earlier.
Platina 110 ES ABS new price is Rs 67,424, which is Rs 1,504 more than earlier. Platina ABS was launched in March at Rs 66k. It can be described as a disruptive move by Bajaj, as currently there’s no other bike in this segment to offer ABS.
Platina ABS targets users who want to have better safety in their everyday commutes. Talking about Platina 110 H-Gear Disc, the motorcycle is now cheaper, priced at Rs 63,424. The earlier price was Rs 64,301.
Revised prices for CT and Platina range look reasonable and are unlikely to adversely impact sales. Even with the increased prices, Bajaj CT and Platina range will continue to be the most affordable commuter motorcycles in the country. More
2021 Benelli 302RIn India, new Benelli 302R will be pitted against Kawasaki Ninja 300, TVS Apache RR 310 and the upcoming KTM RC 390
Benelli has had a busy start to 2021 with as many as three new models launched namely TRK 502, Leoncino 500 and TRK 502X. For the better part of 2020, Benelli had just one offering under its lineup in the form of Imperiale 400. However, the Chinese-owned Italian bikemaker has promised to be back with a bang with a host of new offerings for this year.
The next big launch for Benelli is most likely to be the updated 2021 302R that has been officially unveiled. The latest iteration of the fully-faired motorcycle comes with a revised styling, new features and an updated engine to satisfy the latest emission norms. Images of the entry-level faired superbike were leaked earlier last month revealing certain details of the upcoming motorcycle.
2021 302R comes with a redesigned front face which is sharper and more aggressive than its predecessor. The overall silhouette gets tweaked thanks to a slimmer and sleeker fairing and a reshaped fuel tank that certainly looks more attractive than the previous iteration with a stocky, overweight and broad front end. The front fascia features a vertically stacked LED projector headlamp that is flanked by fairing-mounted turn indicators that also double up as LED DRLs.
Changes have been made to the tail section as well with an LED taillight and new air vents under the pillion seat. Overall, body panels have improved and become smoother accentuating the bike’s aerodynamic properties.
2021 Benelli 302R
The body also features new attractive body graphics which enhance the bike’s sporty appeal. Major ramification has been carried out on its frame which now weighs 22 kilos lighter at 182kg. This would mean a much better power to weight ratio which is expected to translate into better on-road performance.
Engine, Hardware Specs
Speaking of performance, it is powered by an updated 300cc, parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine that complies with the latest Euro-5 emission norms. This motor now kicks out 34.5 bhp at 11,000 rpm and 27 Nm of peak torque at 9,000 rpm which is marginally lower than the BS4 model. It will be coupled with a six-speed gearbox. Hardware configurations are kept intact with 41mm upside-down forks at front with preload adjustability and a mono-shock unit at rear.
Features on offer
Braking duties will be carried out by dual discs with 4-piston calipers at front and a single disc at rear. Safety net will be provided by dual-channel ABS as standard. Among other features on offer, the new 302R will come with a revised cockpit featuring a new TFT instrument display replacing the analogue-digital instrument console.
2021 Benelli 302R
The digital display shows readings from the speedometer, odometer, fuel level, temperature gauge and gear position indicator. It also receives new backlit switch gears that look more attractive and premium.
The updated 302R is set to go on sale in China at a price of CNY 29,800 (approximately INR 3.38 lakh). In India, it is likely to be priced around Rs 3.50-3.60 lakh (ex-showroom). Upon its launch, it will rival the likes of TVS Apache RR 310, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the upcoming KTM RC 390. More
Image – MRD VlogsBajaj Pulsar RS200 competes against the likes of Yamaha YZF R15 and Suzuki Gixxer 250 SF
It is the season of price hikes as automotive brands continue to battle shortage of parts, increase in transport cost, etc. Almost all manufacturers hike prices of all or some of their products during this period. Bajaj Auto too has decided to increase prices of Pulsar RS200.
It is to be noted that in the last round of price hikes, it was the Pulsar RS200 which did not receive any price hike. And this time, the flagship Pulsar has gotten its due price hike.
New Price April 2021
Although the latest price hike is not reflected on the company’s official website as of yet but dealer reports suggest that the faired sports bike is bound to receive a significant price increment of Rs 5,005. As per certain media reports, Pulsar RS200 will now be retailed at a price of Rs 1,57,184 (ex-showroom).
That is a substantial hike considering the bike receives no updates of any sort. Pulsar RS200 was supposed to mark the beginning of the faired lineup of Pulsar motorcycles but unfortunately, it hasn’t received an overwhelming response.
Bajaj, Ex-Sh, Delhi in Rs
This also kept Bajaj from giving the motorcycle any significant update since its launch. Also, the price at which it has been offered makes better sense for customers to save a few bucks and settle for the Pulsar 220F.
With the latest price revision, it is now directly pitted against Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0. While the former has more horses to offer, the latter offers better control on the road and also more features. Pulsar RS200 is one quick motorcycle, probably the quickest in its segment, and we don’t have the slightest doubt. However, its on-road performance does not justify the high price it demands.
In its BS6 avatar, Pulsar RS200 is powered by a 199.5cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that pumps out 24.1 bhp at 9750rpm and a peak torque of 18.7 Nm at 8000rpm. This unit is coupled with a six-speed gearbox and can clock a top speed of 141 kmph. The suspension setup of the motorcycle consists of telescopic forks at front and a mono-shock at rear. Braking duties are handled by 300mm disc at front and 230mm disc at rear respectively that are assisted by dual-channel ABS.
Features on offer
As far as features are concerned, it is offered with twin-projector LED headlamps, a semi-digital instrument console, clip-on handlebars and backlit switchgear. The instrument console reads out information from the speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge and service-due indicator. It is available in a solitary trim with three colour options- Burnt Red, Metallic Pearl White and Pewter Grey.
Image for reference. Credit – Vimal SumblyThe RE Meteor 350 was launched in India in Nov 2020, made its way to European markets in Dec 2020 and has now entered the US
Royal Enfield had launched the Meteor 350 in India in November 2020. In India, the motorcycle has been averaging sales of 8k units a month. Waiting period is high, as bookings numbers continue to rise. The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 has also made its way to global markets and has now been introduced in the US.
The RE Meteor is offered in three variants of Fireball, Stellar, and Supernova and priced from USD 4,399 that converts to Rs.3.28 lakhs for the Fireball variant. Price of the Stellar variant is about Rs 3.6 lakh and that of the top of the line Supernova variant is about Rs 3.75 lakh.
In India, these variants are priced in the range of Rs 1.84 lakh to Rs 1.93 lakh. Prices are on the higher side in the US, because there is import duty added. RE motorcycles sold in the US are exported from India as CBUs.
Key Features of Royal Enfield Meteor 350
The Meteor 350 borrows some styling cues from the now discontinued Thunderbird 350 and 350X. It gets Tripper Navigation system as one of its major highlights and is the first model in the company lineup to receive this feature. Tripper Navigation is a small screen situated next to the instrument cluster which allows customers to connect their smart phone via Bluetooth and via the RE mobile App to take advantage of turn by turn navigation.
Royal Enfield Meteor 350
On board features also include retro styled head lamp with an LED ring, side turn indicators, a tear drop shaped fuel tank, comfortable seat for a more relaxed ride position and alloy wheels. Ergonomics are enhanced with high set handle bars, forward set foot pegs and a low slung seat.
Like the Thunderbirds, the Meteor 350 rides on 19 inch front and 17 inch rear alloy wheel fitted with tubeless 100 section front and 140 section rear tubeless tyres. It gets a kerb weight of 191kgs, thus making the Meteor 350 lighter than the Thunderbird 350X by around 6 kgs.
Power and performance on the Meteor 350 come is via a new 349cc, air cooled, SOHC, 2 valve motor with fuel injection. The engine makes 20.4 hp power at 6,100 rpm and 27 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm mated to a 5 speed transmission. Suspension is via 41 mm telescopic front fork with twin 6 stage preload adjustable shock absorbers at the rear. Braking is handled via 300mm front disc and 270mm rear unit with dual channel ABS offered as standard.
In terms of competition in India, the RE Meteor 350 contends with the Honda H’Ness CB350, Jawa Perak, Benelli Imperiale 400, Honda CB350RS and the Bajaj Dominar 400. In a similar price range competition also includes Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 and KTM 200 Duke. More
Honda Grom Image for referenceHonda presently retails four models under its miniMoto range- Grom, Monkey, Trail 125 and Super Cub C125
Recently Honda filed a patent that reveals a motorcycle featuring an electric powertrain. At first glance, the design and stylings in the patents seem heavily inspired by Honda’s monkey bike Grom, that recently went under the knife and got a makeover.
However, after careful observation, we find out that it is not just an electric version of Grom but a completely different motorcycle designed from the scratch. If it reaches production, this mini electric-motorcycle will be positioned as a fun-to-ride motorcycle.
Concept Electric Mini Motorcycle
The patent images show the battery pack being housed in a monocoque-style chassis while the electric motor mounted behind the power source. Instead of conventional telescopic forks, the design shows a setup similar to Hossack-type fork arrangement seen on Honda Gold Wing. At rear, the hardware setup consists of double wishbones and girder-style forks along with a mono-shock that is bolted to the front of the battery case.
Reports indicate that the patents filed are merely part of a concept that is unlikely to reach production anytime soon. This concept bike could be showcased in one of the many upcoming auto shows around the world in the near future.
Honda Electric Motorcycle Patent Leaks
While this may or may not reach production level eventually, what it does reveal is that the Japanese auto giant is looking to develop a fun-to-ride compact motorcycle running on battery-powered cells. As of now, the patent filings suggest that Honda is looking to develop a variety of options as far as electric mobility is concerned.
Honda Electric Motorcycle Patent Leaks
Honda Grom in India
Currently, Honda retails four two-wheelers under its miniMoto range in international markets- Grom, Monkey, Trail 125 and Super Cub C125. As mentioned earlier, Grom was recently facelifted in October last year following which it was launched in the US late last year and in Europe earlier this year. Grom is clearly the most popular of all the miniMotos by Honda with over 7.5 lakh sales across the globe since its launch back in 2014.
In January this year, Honda also filed a patent for the latest generation of Grom in India. Honda had filed patent for previous gen Grom too, a few years earlier, but Grom never made it to India. Instead, the Indian market got a minibike called Navi that failed to penetrate into the market and was discontinued after a while.
There has been no word from Honda regarding the launch of Grom in India although chances are slim. We are also not clear whether Honda has any plans to bring any electric two-wheeler to India anytime soon. More
Harley Davidson Pan AmericaWith Pan America, Harley will be targeting the country’s younger audience base
Looking to start its new innings in the Indian market, Harley-Davidson will be launching Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special in June. As may be recalled, Pan America was launched globally earlier this year in February. In the Indian market, Harley will be selling these motorcycles as part of its distribution and sales agreement with Hero MotoCorp.
Pan America 1250 key features
One of the USPs for Pan America is its unique design that looks rugged and powerful. Some of the key features include 6.8 inch touchscreen TFT display with Bluetooth and navigation, LED turn signals, tall windscreen, sleek dual seat, upswept exhaust and short tail section.
The motorcycle comes with 5V USB-C port that can be used for charging as well as updating the instrument console. Pan America offers a comfortable, upright riding stance, which would be suitable for both on-road and off-road environments. Colour options for Pan America include Vivid Black and River Rock Gray.
Pan America 1250 Special is a premium version, which offers a range of exclusive features. Special variant has additional colour options of Gauntlet Gray Metallic, Deadwood Green and Baja Orange with Stone Washed White Pearl (dual-tone).
Harley Davidson India website adds Pan America
Some of these include LED headlamp with adaptive lighting, brush guard, heated hand grips, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), multi-position rear brake pedal, aluminium skid plate, hand wind deflectors, adaptive ride height and tubeless laced wheels.
Pan America 1250 powertrain
Pan America is equipped with a 1,252 cc motor that is capable of generating 152 PS of max power at 8750 rpm and 128 Nm of peak torque at 6750 rpm. Users can choose from five pre-programmed ride modes of Sport, Road, Rain, Off-Road and Off-Road Plus. Advanced users can create their own customized ride mode, wherein they can adjust various settings such as power delivery, engine braking, cornering ABS, and cornering traction control.
Talking about suspension, Pan America has 47mm inverted front forks and hydraulic monoshock rear suspension. Both front and rear suspension offer compression, rebound and spring preload adjustability. Braking duties are performed by radially mounted, monoblock, 4-piston calliper at the front and floating, single piston calliper at the rear. The motorcycle utilizes 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.
Pan America measures 2,265 mm in length and has a wheelbase of 1,580 mm. It has dry weight of 242 kg and offers 175 mm ground clearance. Pan America 1250 base variant is expected to be priced at around Rs 20 lakh. The Special model will be pricier by around Rs 2-3 lakh. Prices will be revealed at the time of launch. More
Hero SplendorEvery major two wheeler maker with the exception of Royal Enfield has reported YoY de-growth in March 21
Despite March 2020 being an extremely challenging month, a month like no other in either the near or distant past, two wheeler registrations stood strong. The country face the onslaught of the Novel Corona virus and went into shut down and lock down mode by the third week of March 2020.
Yet when comparing retail sales of major 2 wheeler OEMs, it can be seen that March 2020 registrations were significantly higher than that of March 2021. Total two wheeler registrations had stood at 18,45,837 units in March 2020 which dipped 35.25 percent to 11,95,268 units in March 21. MoM retails however increased 9.53 percent from 10,91,288 units sold in Feb 21.
Hero MotoCorp Retails Top the List
Taking into account retail sales of Hero MotoCorp, FADA has reported sales of 3,96,573 units, down 49.71 percent over 7,88,626 units retailed in March 2020. MoM sales however increased 13.13 percent as against 3,50,533 units sold in Feb 21. Hero MotoCorp also noticed its market share increase from 32.12 percent held in Feb 21 to 33.18 percent.
Honda retails also dipped 20.85 percent in the past month. As per FADA statistics revealed, retail sales stood at 3,13,101 units in the past month, down from 3,95,579 units sold in March 20. MoM retails however increased 5.41 percent as compared to 2,97,029 units sold in Feb 21. Honda market share however, dipped from 27.22 percent held in Feb 21 to 26.20 percent in the past month.
Two Wheeler Retail Sales March 2021 vs March 2020 (YoY). Source – FADA
TVS and Bajaj retails also suffered a de-growth of 30.38 percent and 38.41 percent respectively while both the two wheeler majors also noted a fall in market share.
Royal Enfield Retail Sales Growth
As per numbers released by FADA, the only two wheeler OEM to report YoY retail sales growth was Royal Enfield. Sales which had stood at 55,905 units in March 2020 increased 7.66 percent to 60,189 units in March 2021. Feb 21 retail sales had stood at 52,713 units, marking a 14.18 percent MoM increase. Market share also increased from 4.83 percent in Feb 21 to 5.04 percent last month.
Other OEM Retail Sales
Other OEMs such as Suzuki, Yamaha, Piaggio and Jawa all reported YoY de-growth in terms of retail sales while MoM sales increased for all except for Yamaha that also posed a 0.81 percent de-growth. Yamaha sales which had stood at 44,413 units in Feb 21, dipped marginally to 44,055 units in March 2021, a difference of 358 units MoM.
Two Wheeler Retail Sales March 2021 vs Feb 2021 (MoM). Source – FADA
Jawa, BMW Motorrad, Kawasaki, Triumph and Harley along with Ducati also posted lower YoY retail sales though each of these OEMs with the exception of Triumph saw a MoM sales increase.
Where retail sales of other OEMs and electric scooters were concerned, retail sales in March 21 stood at 10,066 units, up 187.44 percent over 3,502 units sold in March 20 while MoM sales increased 74.97 percent as against 5,753 units retailed in Feb 21.
Disclaimer: The above numbers do not have figures from AP, MP, LD & TS as they are not yet on Vahan 4. Vehicle Registration Data has been collated as on 07.03.21 in collaboration with Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India and has been gathered from 1,274 out of 1,481 RTOs. More