BIKE India

January 2022

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.

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1 Min
separate the wheat from the chaff

THE YEAR HAS GONE BY UNDER THE DREADFUL SHADOW OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC as I write this first editorial of the year 2022. In the olden days, you had to have some basic knowledge of automobiles to get a job with an automotive magazine to test bikes and write reviews. Today all you need is a smartphone to put up a video with a “first ride review”. The other day, I was told that the days of printed magazines are over; now you have to do videos. I am not averse to that, but what about credibility and accuracy of content? A number of videos and a lot of information are available online, but, unfortunately, most of that is rubbish. One of my juniors attended a first ride. A journalist with more…

8 Min
tvs-owned norton reveal new café racer

SINCE THE TIME INDIAN AUTO MAJOR, TVS MOTOR Company, acquired the iconic British motorcycle marque, Norton Motorcycle, we’ve been waiting with bated breath to see what they pull out of their hat. Finally, the company has taken the wraps off an entirely new prototype called the V4 Café Racer, based on the Norton V4SV. Since it’s been termed as a prototype, we may expect the V4CR to make it to production soon. Even the new model is expected to be hand-built and it will carry a sizeable price tag. Although both the bikes share a common platform, the café racer will have a shorter subframe and, true to its character, will have a more focused riding stance than the super naked. Like its sibling, the 185-hp, 1,200-cc V4 will power the…

2 Min
readers write

Next-level Adventure Are the KTM 890 Adventure and the Yamaha Ténéré 700 likely to be launched in India anytime soon? Kushalappa, via social media Dear Kushalappa, Oh, those are lovely motorcycles from what Adam Child had to say, but there is no news about either of them making its way to India soon. We will bring you an update as soon as we receive any confirmation. Local Confusion I am confused about the conditions for valve clearance setting in my motorcycle. Some say that it has to be set when the engine is cold while my local mechanic insists that the engine needs to be hot. What is the correct procedure? Dipankar Ghosh, via social media Dear Dipankar, All tolerance settings must be performed on a cold engine because when the engine is hot, the metal components…

1 Min
top 3 q

Questions about the Aprilia SR 160 @moto.maddz asks: How is the throttle response and the quality of body-panels? The throttle response and the quality of body-panels are the same as in the previous iteration of the SR 160. @rahulsingh200ce asks: What do you have to say about the suspension? The suspension is set up on the stiff side, as expected for a sporty scooter. The ride quality is decent at high speed but could be improved for lower speeds. @kingzpradhan8681: Does it have a new LED headlight? Yes, the headlight and tail-light are new LED units. Questions about the Yamaha Aerox 155 @anand_world asks: Is it worth the money? The Aerox 155 brings a lot to the table and it is certainly worth the money. @jitendrakerwal asks: Can it do long rides? Yes, this scooter has both the power and comfort…

5 Min
mile  munching

AN ANNUAL TRADITION RELIGIOUSLY followed by fellow motorcyclists is riding down to the largest biking festival in our country: the India Bike Week. Considering the current state of affairs with regard to the pandemic and to keep the event as safe as possible, this year’s edition was held at Aamby Valley City, near Lonavala in Maharashtra. While the boys at the office were a little disheartened to know that the ride this year would not be to Goa, they made things interesting by picking three extremely different motorcycles. Ducati Multistrada 950 S I don’t think I really need to explain why I picked the Multistrada 950 S for this ride. This was my first encounter with the renowned and beautiful Italian adventure tourer. From my point of view, the 100-kilometre-long ride was…

3 Min
the big brands

DUCATI Keeping in tune with their race-ready machines, the Ducati stall was placed at the Aamby Valley Drag Strip alongside the India Bike Week venue. A unique sight for the public was the limited-edition, top-spec Ducati Panigale V4 SP that was showcased alongside the other Ducati models. The bike was launched in India last month for a staggering Rs 36 lakh (ex-showroom). This makes it one of the most exotic and expensive motorcycles on sale in our market. The 1,103-cc “Desmosedici Stradale” 90° V4 motor is capable of putting out 214 hp at 13,000 rpm and 124 Nm of peak torque at 9,500 rpm. Even with all this mighty power, the bike has a kerb weight of just 194 kilograms owing to the heavy use of lightweight and carbon-fibre parts. HERO MOROCORP Though…