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BIKE India

October 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.

Country:
India
Language:
English
Publisher:
Next Gen Publishing Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
₹80
₹350
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the ev conundrum

TWO-WHEELER SALES HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS AND THE ROAD ahead does not look too promising either. High fuel prices, pay cuts, and unemployment have had an adverse impact on the sale of new two-wheelers and the government does not seem to be doing anything about it. Electric vehicles (EV), on the other hand, seem to be witnessing a lot of traction due to the high petrol prices, but how good and how economical are they? Even with all the subsidies most of them are as expensive as a regular scooter; in some cases, even more expensive. The second problem is charging these EVs. If one cannot pull out the battery pack and take it home, how does one charge it if one happens to live in an…

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11 min
expannia reveals electric motorcycle concept

THE FOLK AT EXPANNIA HAVE A CLEAR FOCUS ON THE FUTURE, WITH plans to develop an expansive range of electric vehicles. They have recently revealed a render of what is slated to be their first product, an electric motorcycle that’s sure to turn heads. The bike will be powered by a 20-to 25-kW (27- to 34-hp) motor that should be good for a top speed of 120 km/h, while the proposed 6.0-kWh battery is expected to net a 100-kilometre range between charges. The motorcycle sports a conventional fork up front and a monoshock at the rear. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a chain. Design elements include the truncated tail section, faux air intakes cut into the bodywork, and mock exhausts exiting the rear. Expannia is headed by Jose Luis…

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3 min
readers write

One of the Huskies or Jawa? I find myself a little confused about which motorcycle to buy: one of the Husqvarnas or the Jawa 42. My daily use is around 20 to 25 kilometres in the city, besides occasional long rides. The motorcycle I have in mind should not be too heavy and it must have an efficient supporting network for spare parts and maintenance. What would you recommend? Priyesh Singh, via social media Dear Priyesh, The Husqvarnas will certainly fit your requirements because they are light and they have Bajaj’s extensive service network to rely on. We also suggest you look at the Bajaj Dominar 250 and the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V; they also have similar attributes that may just meet your needs. ’Busa Backache? Is the new Suzuki Hayabusa good for touring…

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1 min
top 3 q

Questions about the TVS Ntorq 125 Race XP @capt._n3mo_ asks: Is cornering possible? Yes, cornering is one of the most enjoyable things to do on this scooter and it does so without much effort. @diptarka_d asks: Is it a good choice for taller riders? I am six-foot two inches tall. Our staffer who rode this scooter is also six-foot tall and he said he felt slightly cramped but not uncomfortably so. We suggest you take a test-ride to be doubly sure. @musafir_abhishek asks: What is the top speed? The top speed in Race mode is 98 km/h (claimed). Questions about TVS Raider 125 @pradhish_despicable_007 asks: Quality-wise, is it nice and durable? The Raider’s plastics and switchgear are of a good quality and consistent with the Apache range. @ruffbird91 asks: Why have they launched this 125-cc motorcycle when the trend is…

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7 min
fast and fabulous

THE DUCATI MULTISTRADA IS now in its second decade and, as far as I can remember, the Multistrada moniker has always been accompanied by at least three numbers: 950, 1200, 1260, and so on. For 2021, the Multi comes bearing an alphabet and only one number, V4, and it has made the biggest statement yet so far as Multistradas are considered, nay, so far as ADVs are concerned. This Multistrada V4 S has an absolute firecracker of an engine, riding dynamics to kill for, and a well-equipped electronics suite Whether parked or in action, this behemoth from Bologna will turn heads. Even those who are not interested in motorcycles will spend a few seconds of their life running their eyes over the Multi’s lines and drinking in its muscular yet elegant stance.…

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1 min
india spec talk road test #249

Ducati Multistrada V4 S Price: Rs 23.10 lakh (ex-showroom) Overall star rating: DIMENSIONS Length: 2,301 mm Width: 1,020 mm Height: 1,460 mm (lowest windscreen setting) Wheelbase: 1,565 mm Saddle Height: 840-860 mm Ground Clearance: 218 mm Kerb Weight: 243 kg ENGINE Configuration: Liquid-cooled, 90-degree, V4 Valve-train: DOHC, four valves per cylinder Displacement: 1,158 cc Bore x Stroke: 83 mm x 53.5 mm Compression Ratio: 14.0:1 Fuelling: Electronic fuel-injection Maximum Power: 170 hp at 10,500 rpm Maximum Torque: 125 Nm at 8,750 rpm TRANSMISSION Clutch: Wet, multiplate, slipper Gears: Six-speed Primary Drive: Gear Final Drive: Chain Gearshift Pattern: One down, five up CHASSIS Type: Monocoque frame Front Suspension: 50-mm fully-adjustable USD fork, Skyhook adaptive damping, 170-mm travel Rear Suspension: Fully-adjustable monoshock, remote adjustment for preload, Skyhook adaptive damping, 180-mm travel Front Brake: Dual 320-mm, semi-floating discs, Brembo monobloc four-piston calipers, cornering ABS Rear Brake: 265-mm disc, Brembo two-piston caliper, cornering ABS Front Wheel: 19-inch, alloy Rear Wheel: 17-inch, alloy Front Tyre: 120/70 ZR19, Pirelli…

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