Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Yamaha FZ16 Does 1610 Kms In A Day

Well certainly that is no feast for the bike to cover 1610 kms in a day, after all its a Yamaha but it truly is a feast for Mr. Melroy Alphonso who undertook this tedious journey and came out on top. He came across the Iron Butt Association of USA which has certification for long distance rides called the saddlesore1000. In this ride you have to complete 1,610kms (1000 miles) in a period of 24 hours. He had to locate a suitable route where the roads were good and traffic was light. For proof the ride has to have petrol receipts, logs, witness forms for verification process. He choose the route of Mumbai to Eklinji and back to Mumbai covering a distance of 1650kms. Eklingji is located in Rajasthan which is at a distance of 15kms north from Udiapur. So the route was Mumbai (Maharashtra), Surat (Gujarat), Udaipur-Eklingji (Rajashtan) and turn back and come back to Mumbai thus completing the required 1,610 kms.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Yamaha India discontinues 3 models

Yes, the Alba, G5 and the Gladiator has been officially discontinued. According to the news published on Hindu Businessline, the production of these 3 models has been discontinued since April 2010..!!
Low demand for these models seem to be the reason for the discontinuation for these models. But according to me it is just a rejig and repositioning of the product portfolio of Yamaha India (as the Alba and Gladiator is still present in the form of the YBR 110 and the SS125 and YBR 125).

Hero Honda Passion Pro Ownership Review (Krishna)

This bike looks very much like its former models. However, a few changes have been made in the looks department. The tail lamp is now considerably better looking than it was before, although the lamp itself isn’t fitted properly. From the side it’s a great looking bike and the body appearance is rather heavy.

 The bike is available in 6 different colours and all in all it all adds up to a pretty cool and sporty looking motorbike. The Passion Pro has a 100cc 4 stroke, single cylinder engine. It has 4 gears that can take you all the way up to 100 km/hr. However, at the higher speeds it can be a quite bumpy and uncontrollable ride. Everything is smooth and comfortable up to about 75 km/hr which is fine considering that this bike was never created with the intention to be a bike that you could use for escaping the police.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kawasaki W800 Bonneville-rival is real (NOT in India)

Kawasaki is about to reveal a bigger replacement for the defunct W650 Triumph Bonneville replica, confirming internet speculation.
The bike will be called the W800 and feature a largely similar chassis, but feature a disc brake at the rear and power hiked to match Triumph’s own modern-day Bonneville, at around 60bhp.
Kawasaki’s original W650 was popular with customisers, especially in Japan, but it was always hampered by its authentically flat 49bhp parallel twin motor.
If Kawasaki keeps a lid on the price, the W800 should give the reborn Bonneville serious competition – the W650 was widely praised for out-retroing the Hinckley bike until it was discontinued in 2006.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Honda PCX125: first stop-start two-wheeler ( not in India)

Honda’s PCX125 is the first two-wheeler with fuel-saving stop-start tech. Pull up to some lights and after three seconds of idling, the engine cuts out. A blinking orange light marked ‘stand by’ (like a DVD player) lets you know you’re in ‘idle stop’ mode. A twist of the throttle fires it back up again with next to no delay.

Understanding Bike Insurance Policies in India

Two wheeler insurance encompasses vehicles such as motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, auto cycles and even motorized pedal cycles. All two-wheeler insurances in India are governed by IMT (Indian Motor Tariff) and the basic principle of all motor insurance policies is the same as that which is applicable to liability insurance or property insurance in general. The salient feature of two wheeler insurance is that the owner of the vehicle should have a legal relationship to the vehicle and will be benefitted by the safety of the motor and also stands to lose by and damage or injury to the vehicle.
Following are the two main types of two-wheeler insurance policies
Act Only Policy: It’s a liability policy that covers mainly liability towards third parties. It covers against any damage or injury to the insured vehicle and its accessories
  • By Fire/explosion/lightning
  • By strike or riot
  • By natural calamity (flood/ earthquake/ cyclone)
  • By accident(s)
  • By malicious act
  • And/or by any damage to the vehicle on road, inland waterway, rail, air or elevator.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Suzuki Slingshot 125cc Launched – Suzuki Intensifies The 125cc Segment

Suzuki has finally launched a 125cc commuter under a typical name ‘Slingshot’. This bike is seen as an upgrade to their decent performer Zeus. Slingshot sports a 125cc single cylinder engine borrowed from Zeus.

Overall Length 2035 mm
Overall Width 770 mm
Overall Height 1075 mm
Wheelbase 1265 mm
Ground Clearance 160 mm
Kerb Mass Spoke Wheel Cast Wheel
Kick and electric starter Kick and electric starter
127 kg 128 kg

Type Air cooled, 40-stroke, 1-cylinder, SOHC
No. no cylinders 1
Bore X Stroke (mm) 53 X 55.2
Displacement (CM3) 124 cc
Compression Ratio 9.1:1
Carburetor VM18
Starting KS and ES
Air Cleaner Non-woven fabric elemnt
Lubrication system Wet sump

(question and answer)Tyre pressure for bullet Electra (UCE)

Hi all its Manu here.
Couple of weeks back I have taken the delivery of Electra (UCE) 350 and I am quite happy with that.

But I always feel that, when I take turns, bike is not stable and looks like it is wobbling at the back .

I am maintaining the tyre pressure of 25psi at front and 35psi at rear.

When I asked the royal enfield showroom guys, they said that
it should be 20 to 22 psi at front 28 to 30 psi at back.

But I am not sure about it. As a habit I used to fill 26 F,36 R always for my HH ambition and RK.( Both are sold now anyway) and so I am doing almost the same for the bullet also.

Bullet experts, Please through some light on this.

(send your questions to ask@hotbike.in)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Yamaha Launches YBR125

In a rather surprising event, Yamaha also launched a new bigger version of the existing YBR 110, the YBR 125. This comes after a very recent launch of SS125 in this segment.

It still remains a mystery whether the smaller YBR would be axed. YBR comes equipped with the same Gladiator’s 125cc engine with exactly the same tune.
Main Points:
  • Engine: 123.7cc 4 stroke SOHC Air Cooled
  • Power: 11PS @ 7500 rpm
  • Torque: 10.4Nm @ 6500 rpm
  • Brakes: Both drum
  • 18 inch alloy Wheels
  • Pricing: YBR 125 is priced at Rs 47000 ex showroom Delhi