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    Yamaha Sales Dec 2022 – RayZR, R15, FZ, Fascino, MT15, FZ25

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    New Aprilia 300cc Sports Bike Spied In India – RC 390, Apache 310 Rival

    A single-cylinder engine displacing between 300 to 400 cc and power figures to match its rivals are expected from new Aprilia sports bikeNew Aprilia 300cc-400cc sports bike for India spied. Images – EVO IndiaThe premium end of 300cc sports bike segment is currently occupied by KTM RC 390, TVS Apache RR 310, BMW G 310 RR and Honda CBR300R. Kawasaki Ninja 300 comes close with its Rs. 3.4 lakh price tag. Keeway has spotted an opportunity here and recently launched K 300 R. However, Italians have been surprisingly absent from this segment.Sure, we had the Benelli 302 R with its massive body and dual disc brake setup at the front which looked like a proper superbike. But it was offset by its heft and after that, no Italians have ever stepped into this segment. Until now. There is a new kid on the block who is under testing to have a piece of this pie. It is a new Aprilia sports bike spotted testing in Baramati.New Aprilia Sports BikeThe new motorcycle is wrapped to the gills with camouflage and has testing equipment strapped on its back monitoring various parameters. Design language is mostly in line with what this Italian marque offers under its RS lineup. In effect, it looks like a toned-down version of an RS 660, which is not a bad thing in any way.Even though it was clad with camouflage, the front fascia does resemble that of an RS 660. It gets a twin headlight setup with a pilot lamp in the centre. These are likely to be LEDs as every other bike in this segment provides LEDs. Taillights and blinkers are likely to be LED too.New Aprilia 300cc-400cc sports bike for India spiedSeating posture looks fairly committed. There is a decent amount of lean to reach its handlebars and rider footpegs are rear-set. This gives a lot of leverage for the rider to tip the motorcycle into a corner. The front wind deflector looks to be a little lower in angle and its chunky fuel tank seems to provide enough grip for the rider.Componentry is likely to change until it reaches the series production phase. That said, this test mule offers USD forks at front and a mono-shock unit at the rear. Swingarm looks like it is an aluminium unit and not a box-section unit. Disc brakes at front are skinny, like the ones found on current gen KTM RC 390.Engine & PricingEngine specs are not yet known. It can be speculated that it would displace between 300cc to 400cc with a single-cylinder architecture and make around 35 to 40 bhp of power and 35 Nm of torque. Features like ride-by-wire, liquid cooling, slip and assist clutch, quick shifter (at least for upshifting), dual channel ABS, riding modes and a modern TFT display for instrumentation can be offered.New Aprilia 300cc-400cc sports bike for India spiedAprilia is not very popular in India where motorcycles are concerned, despite a strong presence globally. We get the RS and Tuono lineup in both middleweight and liter class segments. When Japanese offerings in middleweight and liter classes are brought into picture, Aprilia’s offerings come off as expensive.If only Aprilia had launched RS 150 and Tuono 150 in India and established a brand identity in the affordable sporty motorcycle segment, it could have been a lot easier to launch and market this upcoming motorcycle. That said, pricing can go to Rs. 3.5 lakh (ex-sh).Source More

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    Top 10 500cc+ Motorcycles Dec 2022 – 650 Twins, Ninja, Tiger, Trident

    500cc+ motorcycles sales almost halved at a rate of 48.52% YoY over December 2021 with just 1,372 units sold last monthRoyal Enfield 650ccRoyal Enfield 650 Twins, Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 usually register positive growth in both YoY and MoM analysis. Since November 2022, 650 Twins have lost market on a large scale. This might be due to the wait for Super Meteor 650 launch or the fact that people tend to not buy vehicles at the end of a year and hold on for a fresh year.Either way, the fact that Royal Enfield has halved its numbers from 2021 at 51.06%, stands tall. With just 1,126 650 Twins sold in December 2022 over 2,301 units sold last year, RE lost 1,175 units in volume. Despite that, RE 650 Twins still have over 82% of 500cc+ motorcycles market share.Top 10 500cc+ Motorcycles Dec 2022The most affordable motorcycle in the 200 bhp club, Kawasaki ZX-10R, climbed up the ladder and secured 2nd spot with 33 units sold. With just 10 units to beat, there was 230% YoY growth. Despite being the most affordable 4-cylinder motorcycle in India, Kawasaki Z900 sold just 30 units and saw a decline of 11.76% as opposed to 34 units sold a year ago.Arch-rivals Tiger 660 Sport and Versys Sport sold 19 and 18 units respectively and took 4th and 5th spot on this list. Versys 650’s growth was 500% YoY. At 6th, 7th and 8th spots we have Triumph Trident 660, Kawasaki Ninja 650 and Triumph Speed Twin respectively. They sold 16, 14 and 13 units in December 2022. There was no positive growth to show.500cc+ Motorcycle Sales Dec 2022Triumph’s Tiger 900 and Bonneville T120 sold 10 units each. But it was the T120 that showed a growth of 400%, whereas the Tiger 900 saw a decline of 70.59% and lost 24 units in volume. From Harley-Davidson, we have Sportster S and Pan America at 11th and 12th spots selling 9 and 8 units respectively. Sportster S maintained sales, while Pan America showed 700% YoY growth as opposed to just 1 unit sold last year.Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX and Suzuki Hayabusa both sold 8 units each and fell into the red. Triumph Street Twin sold just 7 units and saw sales drop by 22.22%. Kawasaki Z650, Harley-Davidson Fat Bob and Fat Boy 114 sold 5 units each. Z650 and Fat Boy 114 maintained neutrality, Fat Bob lost 1 unit in volume and saw a decline of 16.67% YoY.Bikes With Sub 5 Unit SalesIn India, more than half of the big bike sales didn’t reach 5 units per month in December 2022. Kawasaki Vulcan S, Versys 1000 and Triumph Tiger 1200 managed to sell just 4 units each. Versys 1000 maintained neutrality, and Vulcan S dropped by 63.64% YoY. Harley-Davidson Nightster, Triumph Bonneville Bobber and Rocket III sold 3 units each.Only Bonneville Bobber showed a positive growth of 200% YoY, while the rest didn’t. Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster sold just 2 units and halved its sales from 4 units in 2021. There are 5 motorcycles selling just 1 unit in December 2022 and none of them showed any positive growth. They are Kawasaki W800, Z650 RS, Triumph Street Triple, Aprilia RSV4 and Harley-Davidson Street Glide.Speaking of bikes that sold zilch, there are a lot. Low Rider Special, Low Rider, 883 Iron, and Forty-Eight from Harley-Davidson, Street Twin, Street Scrambler and Bonneville T100 from Triumph, Suzuki V-Strom 650, and lastly, CBR650R and Goldwing from Honda. In total, 500cc+ motorcycles sales accounted for 1,372 units and almost halved as opposed to 2,665 units sold in December 2021 and lost 48.52% sales YoY and 1,293 units in volume YoY. More

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    TVS Sales Breakup Dec 2022 – Jupiter No 1, Raider Beats Apache

    TVS iQube electric scooter sales increased significantly to over 11k units in Dec 2022TVS Raider beats Apache in sales – Dec 2022TVS Motor Company has reported a 9.95 percent YoY growth in domestic sales in December 2022 while exports fell 24.22 percent. Sales (domestic + exports) in the past month stood at 2,26,390 units down from 2,32,568 units sold in Dec 2021. There was a growth of 9.95 percent in terms of domestic sales to 1,61,369 units in Dec 2022 from 1,46,763 units sold in Dec 2021. Exports on the other hand fell 24.22 percent from 85,804 units shipped in Dec 2021 to 65,021 units in the past month. It was also a MoM de-growth as total sales (domestic + exports) had stood at 2,61,726 units in Nov 2022.TVS Jupiter was most in demand in domestic markets. Sales increased 4.48 percent YoY to 39,849 units in Dec 2022, up from 38,142 units sold in Dec 2021. It commanded a share of 24.69 percent in the company lineup while it was the 6th best-selling two wheeler in the country in the past month with a market share of 4.50 percent.TVS Domestic Sales Dec 2022At No. 2 was TVS Raider with a YoY growth of 140.37 percent to 26,063 units from 10,843 units sold in Dec 2021. This was a 15,220 unit volume growth with a 16.15 percent share. TVS Motor Co noted a dip in demand for the XL, Apache and Ntorq in Dec 2022. XL sales fell 5.75 percent YoY to 25,961 units while Apache suffered a 5.75 percent YoY de-growth to 22,181 units. Ntorq sales also dipped 3.96 percent to 16,191 units in the past month from 16,859 units sold in Dec 2021.Tremendous growth was seen in the case of TVS iQube electric scooter sales. While the company had sold 1,212 units in Dec 2021, sales jumped 813.45 percent YoY to 11,071 units in Dec 2022. TVS iQube is offered in three variants of Standard and S. Sales have recently crossed the 50,000 unit milestone since the updated version was introduced in May 2022.TVS Sales Breakup Dec 2022TVS Sport sales also increased in domestic markets by 2.12 percent to 7,386 units from 7,233 units sold in Dec 2021 while Radeon sales increased 9.65 percent YoY to 5,635 units. Sales of the Pep+ dipped 33.40 percent to 2,461 units in Dec 2022 even as the company had sold 3,695 units in the same month last year. Zest sales increased by 4.76 percent to 2,441 units while the company reported de-growth of 52.61 percent and 36.87 percent respectively for the Star City (1,916 units) and RR310 (214 units) in Dec 2022.TVS Exports Dec 2022TVS suffered de-growth of 24.22 percent in terms of exports in Dec 2022. Down to 65,021 units from 85,804 units shipped in Dec 2021, every model on the company portfolio has seen lower exports except for the Jupiter and Victor. TVS Star City and Star City 125 topped the list with 23,853 units and 22,640 units shipped in the past month respectively. However, this was a de-growth of 26.09 percent and 15.58 percent over exports in Dec 2021.There were also lower exports for the TVS Sport, down 9.69 percent to 5,451 units when compared to 6,036 units shipped in Dec 2021. Apache exports also fell by 52.08 percent to 4,434 units. TVS Motor Co has noted a good increase in demand for the Jupiter in global markets. Exports increased 2324.77 percent to 2,643 units in Dec 2022, up from just 109 units shipped in Dec 2021. This was a volume growth of 2,534 units.TVS Exports Breakup Dec 2022Exports of Raider (2,498 units) and Ntorq (2,098 units) fell by 44.40 percent and 58.37 percent respectively in Dec 2022. There was increased demand for the Victor with 1,120 units shipped in the past month, up 40 percent over 800 units exported in Dec 2021. Thereafter, TVS XL (234 units), RR310 (38 units) and Wego (12 units) each suffered a YoY de-growth in terms of exports. More

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    Royal Enfield 650 Modified At Rs 1.5 L – Yamaha FZX LED, Fairing, Alloys

    Because Royal Enfields are considered blank canvases, custom jobs like Kintsugi GT 650 fully-faired Cafe Racer are more appealing than stockRoyal Enfield 650 Modified by Renovatio Motor WorksDo you want a fully-faired Cafe Racer with a proper retro appeal? Your options are pretty much nonexistent. There needs to be more Cafe Racers in the affordable category, to begin with. We only have Royal Enfield Continental GT 535 of the past and Continental GT 650 of the present. If you still want a fully-faired Cafe Racer, after-market modders like Renovatio Motor Works are your best friends.This is a New-Delhi based modding company providing aftermarket custom jobs. Their latest modification is done on Royal Enfield Continental GT 650. The stock bike has been transformed into a fully faired Cafe Racer with a lot of flash value. It looks much more eye-catching than a stock bike and is a real head-turner.Royal Enfield 650 Modified by Renovatio Motor WorksRoyal Enfield – Kintsugi GT 650The name for this beauty, Kintsugi GT 650, was based on a concept of embracing flaws and imperfections. The enthusiastic Akash Kamble of Renovatio Motor Works has put in a lot of thought and effort in creating this eye candy of a machine for a customer. Modification cost is Rs. 1.5 lakh, over the cost of a base vehicle, and it is worth every penny.For starters, there was no effort to make it bulbous and look like a thick boy. Instead, this custom fairing is made to complement the sleek body and profile of a stock donor bike. This looks cohesive and like it was meant to go on a Continental GT 650. There are scoops on this fairing for air intake and exposed engine guard. There are frame sliders on this as well.Royal Enfield 650 Fully Faired Cafe RacerThe sleek front cowl houses an aftermarket headlight from Yamaha FZ-X with LED DRLs and a projector headlight intact. Turn indicators seem to be bar end types at front, while there are minimalist LED turn indicators at the rear. Bar end mirrors would have completed the look fabulously, but custom jobs usually go with the customer’s taste.Seat has a quilted pattern cover and a custom cowl. This cowl is removable and can accommodate a pillion. Taillight is integrated into this cowl and comes straight from a Benelli bike. Front forks, engine and exhaust system are finished in gloss black, which looks very appealing.Add-Ons18” Wire-spoke wheels from stock donor bike are replaced with 17” alloy wheels. Front-wheel is wrapped with 110/70-17 Apollo H1 Alpha and 150/60-17 at the rear. Front-wheel is finished in a tasty gold shade and at the rear, the owner requested a metal disc finished in gloss black to be incorporated without a welding job on rims. Kudos to the team to pull it off neatly.Kintsugi GT 650’s fuel tank, rear cowl and fairing are finished in Icy White with dashes of Cosmic Blue with golden pin striping. There are no changes mechanically and the 648 cc parallel-twin engine is retained with 47 bhp of power and 52 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Looking at the finished product, the quoted Rs. 1.5 lakh seems to be well worth it.Source More

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    Jawa 42, Yezdi Roadster Gets New Colour For 2023 MY

    Jawa 42 Sports Stripe will now also be seen in a metallic Cosmic Carbon while Yezdi Roadster will sport a glossy Crimson Dual Tone2023 Yezdi Roadster New ColourIt may be recalled that the company had recently introduced Jawa 42 ‘Tawang edition’ at Torgya Festival in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. Jawa Yezdi has now updated its colour palate for 2023 MY.Jawa Yezdi Motorcycles starts off the New Year by adding two new colour schemes to its highest selling bikes – Jawa 42 Sports Stripe and Yezdi Roadster. Along with this new paint scheme, Jawa 42 is also offered in Galactic Green (Matte), Halley’s Teal (Matte), Lumos Lime (Matte), Starlight Blue (Matte), Comet Red (Glossy), Nebula Blue (Glossy), Allstar Black, Sirius White, Orion Red. Jawa 42 Cosmic Carbon is priced at Rs 1,95,142 (ex-showroom).Jawa 42, Yezdi Roadster – New ColourYezdi Roadster on the other hand receives a glossy Crimson Dual Tone. With these new additions, the Yezdi Roadster is now offered in 6 paint schemes which also include earlier colours of Smoke Grey, Sin Silver, Hunter Green, Galliant Grey and Steel Blue. Yezdi Roadster Crimson Dual Tone will cost Rs 2,03,829 (ex-showroom).Jawa 42 Sports Stripe Cosmic Carbon pays tribute to nature’s purest element. It is powered by a 293cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder, fuel injected engine offering 27 hp power at 6,800 rpm and 27.03 Nm torque at 5,000 rpm mated to a 6 speed transmission. It gets front disc and rear drum brakes, while the Jawa 42 also receives an anti-locking braking system.2023 Jawa 42 New ColourYezdi Roadster with its new colour scheme offers a dual tone colour option to buyers. It is powered by a 334cc, fuel injected, liquid cooled, DOHC single cylinder engine that makes 29.7 hp power at 7,300 rpm and 28.95 Nm torque at 6,500 rpm.The Roadster also sees its engine mated to a 6 speed transmission and gets dual channel ABS by Continental. It also gets A&S clutch which relates to the best in class braking system. Yezdi Roadster competes with the RE Classic 350, RE Hunter 350 and Honda H’ness CB 350 in its segment.Jawa Yezdi 2023 Plans Classic Legends brought in the Jawa brand in 2018 and introduced Yezdi motorcycles in January 2022 with three bikes Yezdi Roadster, Scrambler and Adventure. Set to add more updates to Jawa and Yezdi products in the coming year, the company has also planned network expansion across the country. With around 400 touchpoints in India, plans are afoot to expand to 500 outlets by Dec 2023.Even as a case was filed by Ideal Jawa Employees Association against the use of Yezdi trademark and a recent court ruling has banned Classic Legends from using the same, the company has stated that production and sales will continue while they will be challenging the court order and expect to see a favourable outcome. More

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    Ola Electric Scooter Front Fork Issue – Official Statement

    Even though Ola has been registering strong growth, it continues to be plagued by both software and hardware issuesOla Electric Scooter Front Fork breaks while ridingIn a recent incident involving Ola S1 Pro, the rider suffered serious injuries when the front fork suspension broke off. The owner claimed that the mechanical failure occurred when the scooter’s speed was just 35 kmph. However, as per Ola’s preliminary investigation, it is claimed that the incident actually involved a high-impact road accident.It is to note that several other users have reported similar cases of front forks breaking off. However, as earlier cases did not involve any major mishaps, they were not widely covered. Not many people were aware of this issue.Latest incident of Ola electric scooterOla’s official statementThe recent case was different, as the rider had suffered life threatening injuries and was admitted to ICU. In its official statement, Ola has stated that they have provided all the necessary support to the family of the rider involved in the accident. Ola has also informed that the rider is safe and is recovering.Talking about the incident, Ola says that vehicle safety and quality standards are their highest priority. Top-spec Ola S1 Pro electric scooter has the highest quality standards in all aspects. Moreover, it has been tested across challenging terrains and all-weather conditions. The scooter has been rigorously tested for more than 5 million km.Ola Electric official statementOla’s view about the front fork breakage issue is that such cases are rare and involve high impact accidents. Ola has more than 1.5 lakh scooters on the roads and only a few had the front fork issue. Ola says that the front fork arm has been tested with loads that are 80% more than the loads usually encountered by such scooters.However, as a precautionary measure and to assure community members, Ola has offered to get the scooters checked via their service network. Ola has also urged users to follow road safety protocols and wear a helmet.Possibility of manufacturing defects?As other users have also reported similar cases, it is possible that a specific batch of front forks may have manufacturing defects. Some people are also pointing fingers at the fact that Ola S1 and S1 Pro have only a single fork setup. However, Ola has already clarified that the front fork has been adequately tested.Change Org has highlighted the Ola scooter issue after the recent incident.A more detailed investigation needs to be done, as breaking of front suspension is not a common phenomenon. If we consider popular scooters like Honda Activa, there’s hardly any reported case of front fork breaking off. Even in accident cases, the front forks don’t just break off. This is true even when the scooter may be badly mangled.We pray for the speedy recovery of the rider and hope that such incidents do not occur again. Ola Electric needs to get to the bottom of these incidents and take appropriate measures to ensure that their scooters are completely safe. More

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    Yamaha Price Hike Jan 2023 – R15, MT15, FZX, FZ25, Fascino

    Among Yamaha price hike for Jan 2023, lowest percentage hike is for R15 V4 Racing Blue at just 0.54%, highest for FZ 25 at 2.04%Image – MRD VlogsYamaha India currently lacks big bikes and budget commuters. Not that Yamaha India never had any. As of now, new R7 and MT-09 have been teased and are set to launch. Yamaha might bring in R3 and MT-07 as well, which isn’t officially teased or confirmed. Till then, Yamaha’s motorcycle portfolio starts from FZ and ends with R15.Scooter portfolio starts from Fascino 125 and ends with Aerox 155. Yamaha periodically hikes prices of its vehicles across the range. Last such price hike happened in October 2022. Yamaha India has hiked prices for its vehicles for Jan 2023 as well. There is an increase in prices across the range, sans FZ and FZ S. Let’s take a look at the updated prices.Yamaha Motorcycle Prices Jan 2023Among all of its motorcycles, Yamaha FZ 25 and FZS 25 gets the highest price hike. Both models prices have been hiked by Rs. 3,000 and entry-level FZ 25 now starts from 1,49,900 (ex-sh). Interestingly, the smallest of FZ family, FZ-FI and FZS-FI with 149cc engines gets no price hike. This is Yamaha’s highest-selling vehicle and is understood why it is exempt from this hike.FZ-X gets a hike of Rs. 1,500 with new prices starting from 1,34,400 (ex-sh). Stepping up the price ladder, we have Yamaha MT15. This model has different pricing for varied colours. However, the price increment across the range for MT15 is Rs. 1,000. Prices now start from 1,64,400 for Black shade and go till Rs. 1,66,400 for MotoGP Edition (prices ex-sh).Yamaha Motorcycle Prices Jan 2023R15S a.k.a. R15 V3, also gets a price hike of just Rs. 1,000. Being a generation old, new prices fall below R15 V4 at Rs. 1,62,900 (ex-sh). Speaking of R15 V4, all the non-M variants that miss out on a quick shifter and additional tech, get a price hike of just Rs. 1,000.But R15M V4 Metallic Grey gets a price hike of 2,500 and WGP 60th Edition and MotoGP Edition gets a price hike of 1,500. As a whole, R15 V4 prices now start from 1,79,900 for Metallic Red and go till 1,93,400 for MotoGP Edition (all prices ex-sh).Yamaha Scooter Prices Jan 2023Yamaha’s scooter portfolio gets a price hike across the board, unlike motorcycle portfolio where FZ is exempt. Range starts from Fascino 125. There is a flat Rs. 1,000 hike for drum brake variants and Rs. 1,700 increments for disc brake variants. In effect, revised pricing for Fascino starts from Rs. 77,100 and goes till Rs. 88,730 for Special Edition (prices ex-sh).Yamaha Scooter Prices Jan 2023Same logic applies to RayZR as well. Drum brake variants have been hiked by Rs. 1,000 and disc brake variants by Rs. 1,700. Yamaha’s flagship scooter, Aerox 155, gets a price hike of Rs. 1,500 for both standard variant and MotoGP variant. Prices for RayZR now start from Rs. 81,230 and Aerox 155 from Rs. 1,40,800. More