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BIKE India February 2021

BIKE India has fixed that urge with a truly adrenaline-pumping passion magazine that caters as much to the super-bike fanatic as to man-on-the-road commuter. Dedicated in its entirety to the country’s burgeoning biker community, the magazine is emerging as a biker’s bible, not just in India, but across Asia. BIKE India magazine is produced by die-hard motorcycle enthusiasts with over 25 years of hands-on experience, who strive to deliver unbiased and extensive reviews of latest two-wheelers produced across the globe.

Next Gen Publishing Limited
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
readers write

Dual-purpose Motorcycle I am in the market for a dual-purpose motorcycle. I have shortlisted the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Hero Xpulse 200? My budget will cover a used Himalayan or a brand-new Xpulse. Which motorcycle should I go for, considering that I have no off-road experience and I am keen to learn? Shiamak Mehta, via social media Hello, Shiamak, Both motorcycles are quite fun and easy to use off road. For long road trips, the Himalayan will be better thanks to its larger engine. Otherwise, the Xpulse 200 will suit your needs just fine. Trustworthy Garage I own two motorcycles and so far I have been servicing them at the authorized service centres. Nowadays, I find that I am not satisfied with the quality of work they do and I do not agree with their…

1 min
top 3 q

Questions about the H’Ness CB 350 @itz_me_wanderer_ asks: ‘Is it a cruiser or a city motorcycle?’ The CB 350 is capable of touring. It is reasonably quick, comfortable on the highway, and completely devoid of stress at 100-110 km/h. It is great fun in the city as well. @hmzbinarif asks: ‘How fuel-efficient is it?’ About 30 km/litre with a mix of city riding, highway blasts, and a few high-speed runs. @ahmed_ak02 asks: ‘Does it vibrate at high speed?’ The vibrations are minimal and not irksome at all. Questions about the KTM 250 Adventure @lokhande9997 asks: ‘Is this better or should I go for the 390 Adventure?’ For weekend off-roading and daily commuting, this is more than enough. However, if you want to do long road trips at higher speed, the 390 Adventure will be a better option. @whiplash_sunmeet asks: ‘Is…

16 min
‘spirit of passion’: apt name for an epic build

THE BMW R 18 FIRST EDITION IS MORE ART THAN motorcycle, a fact that is evident the first time you lay eyes on it. The intricacy of the bodywork, the excellent craftsmanship and the exquisite finish of the motorcycle are aspects to be admired for hours on end. One man did more than just admire. Dirk Oehlerking from Kingston Custom decided he could take the R 18 a step further with a few rather tasteful additions. The work is not subtle. Not at all. Kingston Custom’s metalworking prowess is easily visible in the massive fairing that covers almost half of the motorcycle. Head on, the motorcycle looks like a locomotive straight out of a dream; unreal and captivating. Interestingly, the inspiration came from the stars of a bygone era — the…

1 min

Honda Navi 125 on the Cards? When introduced, the Honda Navi looked unusual, adorable, and made many of us all googly-eyed. Sadly, this didn’t translate into sales volumes and the cute, little Navi was phased out. If you loved the puny moto-scoot and always wanted to buy one, maybe, there’s still hope. According to the rumour mills, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) have patented the 2021 Honda Grom 125 in India and there are sketches doing the rounds that offer a glimpse of what the new model could look like. However, before you break your piggybank, do keep in mind that HMSI have filed a few patents earlier, too, but either these models never made it to our market or were completely different from the international model. Fingers crossed. First Ather…

2 min

TVS XL Completes 40 Years For the last four decades, TVS Motor Company’s moped, the XL, has helped provide mobility to people living even in the remote parts of the country. The first model was officially launched in India back in 1980 and, over the years, the company has sold over one crore units of this moped. As a matter of fact, the company claims that one TVS XL 100 is sold every 60 seconds. This iconic model is now exported to over 10 international markets and continues to be available in our country in the BS6 avatar. Honda H’ness CB350 Heads to Japan The made-in-India Honda H’ness 350 is now available in Japan. This light and easy, old-school motorcycle is called the GB350 in that market and has an asking price of…

3 min
new products

Castrol Power1 Ultimate Series OIL IS THE BLOOD OF A MOTORCYCLE, confirming its gravity to our two-wheeled companions. Castrol have been one of the biggest in the industry, producing high-quality lubricants for motorcycles the world over. Recently, the company launched the new “Power1 Ultimate” series which is aimed at better protection, endurance, engine temperature management, and a smoother ride and acceleration. Castrol sent us a few containers of the new Power1 Ultimate 15W-50 sports bike oil — a five-in-one fully synthetic liquid. “Woo hoos” are in order. We shall be testing Castrol’s claims and are indeed excited by this prospect. In addition, Castrol also sent us a goodie bag containing a T-shirt, a torch, a cup, a key-chain, and stickers, all of which are quite pleasing to the eye. However, the important…