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BIKE India May 2019

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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dismal trend

TWO-WHEELER SALES HAVE WITNESSED A STEADY DECLINE OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS and this has prompted most of the manufacturers to cut down production. Incidentally, the health of the automobile industry is a good indicator of how the economy is doing. Last month I was in Portugal to ride the all-new BMW S 1000 RR at the Estoril racetrack. The bike is truly a rocket ship. You may read my first ride report in this issue. The problem I face while riding these 200-plus-PS motorcycles is that I am sore for three to four day after the ride. This is due to not riding a motorcycle on the racetrack on a regular basis. The last time I rode a motorcycle on a racetrack was in January 2018 when I had gone…

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yes, that’s a flying motorcycle!

LED BY FOUNDER AND MAD SCIENTIST LUDOVIC LAZARETH, THE BRAND HAS MADE A YAMAHA NIKKENesque three-wheeled machine in the past, called the LM847. The kicker is its ticker, though ― because it is powered by Maserati’s 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. Yep, they went there and this time around they’ve set their sights a little higher. No, wait, scratch that, they’ve set their sights a lot higher... you could go so far as to say they are aiming for the skies. Yep, the latest bonkers machine from the French tinkerers is codenamed LMV 496 and, yep, it straight up flies. You can ride it around on regular tarmac with wheels planted firmly on the ground or, if the whim catches you, switch into flight mode and the wheels expand outwards with…

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revolt smart motorcycle launch in june

ENTREPRENEUR RAHUL SHARMA, CO-founder of the mobile phone brand Micromax, has entered the electric two-wheeler industry. His new venture, Revolt Intellicorp Pvt Ltd, set up at an investment of about Rs 400-500 crore, aims at developing India’s first AI-enabled motorcycle. With their headquartered in Gurugram (erstwhile Gurgaon) and a manufacturing facility in Manesar, Haryana, the firm has a production capacity of 1.2 lakh vehicles commissioned for phase one. The company’s R&D is said to be working for nearly two years to develop the AI-enabled motorcycle and has released a sketch of their first product which promises to offer performance on a par with conventional ICE motorcycles. Recently, a test mule of this smart-motorcycle was spied near the manufacturing facility near the National Capital Region. The new model is a fully electric, AI-enabled motorcycle…

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slump in scooter sales after 13 years

THE SCOOTER MARKET HAS BEEN POSTING A CONSISTENT AND seemingly unrelenting growth in the last decade or so, contributing to nearly a third of all two-wheeler sales in India in the process. However, for the first time in 13 years, the scooter market has taken a bit of a nosedive. Despite India’s punters buying a massive 67 lakh units worth of scooters in the 2018-19 fiscal year, this number signifies a 0.27 per cent drop compared to last year. Turbulent finances and a lack of jobs have been cited as possible reasons for this slump. Since the biggest consumers of scooters in the recent past have come from the rural and semi-urban demographics, the paucity of employment opportunities has hit this segment particularly hard. Furthermore, the ever-growing and fluctuating fuel prices,…

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prestigious award for ducati diavel 1260

THE NEW DUCATI DIAVEL 1260 HAS WON the “Red Dot Award: Best of the Best” in the Product Design category. This is the third accolade for Ducati, following the success of the Ducati 1199 Panigale in 2013 and the XDiavel S in 2016. The Red Dot Design Award is a prestigious product and communication design award, hosted in Essen, Germany, by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen since 1955 and has prize categories for product design, design agencies, and design concepts. This year, over 5,500 products from all over the world were submitted, out of which the Ducati Diavel 1260 was chosen as the winner by a jury consisting of 40 international experts. The Ducati Diavel 1260 was unveiled at the Ducati World Première 2019. Its muscular lines and imposing front end give the…

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george francis is no more

VETERAN MOTOR SPORT PHOTOGRAPHER, George Francis, passed away following a brief illness, leaving behind a wife and a son. Francis (57) had been covering motor sport for over 30 years and was considered to the most sought-after motor sport photographer of our country. His last major assignment was the MRF Challenge in February this year at the MMRT, Chennai. Following a brief stint at the Indian Express, Chennai, Francis turned to photography after quitting his job in 1984. Having cut his teeth in the pre-digital era, he had grown up wanting to be a priest but went on to become a permanent fixture at virtually every motor sport event in India for over three decades. Many motor sport enthusiasts and former racers expressed their grief and shock on the social media. Aspi…