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BIKE India January 2020

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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Country:
India
Language:
English
Publisher:
Next Gen Publishing Limited
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
swedish flavour

This is the first editorial of 2020 and we have a new brand of motorcycles launched in India in the form of Husqvarna. The Swedish brand is owned by KTM and will be sold through KTM dealerships. The India Bike Week (IBW) was held on the 6th and 7th of December and drew a record crowd. It is that time of the year when the Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) is held and the jury consists of all the leading motorcycle and auto magazines and websites. Unlike last year, when we had a runaway winner in the Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor, this time the competition was closely fought and the winning margin was just one point and the winner was Hero Xpulse 200. It is not just about making the best…

9 min.
the huskies are here

THE MUCH-AWAITED Husqvarna motorcycles have finally landed on our shores. The two bikes are the Svartpilen 250 and the Vitpilen 250. They share their platforms with the KTM 250 Duke. While Svartpilen is Swedish for “black arrow”, Vitpilen means “white arrow”. That is why the Vitpilen will be sold only in white and the Svartpilen only in black. The Svartpilen 250 will be a scrambler and the Vitpilen 250 a café racer. The details available as of now are that both bikes get the same 250-cc, single-cylinder engine which makes 31 hp and 24 Nm of peak torque. Both get the same steel trellis frame with an upside down (USD) fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear with 17-inch wheels. Braking duties are shouldered by a 320-mm disc at…

1 min.
readers write

Pipes Where from Did You ? Get Those XWhich exhaust system have you installed on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 that you took to the recent India Bike Week? Where can I buy them from? Jitendra Khatri, via social media Dear Jitendra, That exhaust system is a custom job designed by our editor, Aspi Bhathena. If you are interested, you may get in touch with him at aspi.bh@gmail.com. By the way, we were able to dyno-test the motorcycle at IBW and there is a full story about it in the pages that follow. Where Do I Sign Up? How do I sign up for the job of a motorcycle journalist at Bike India? Tenzin Rapten, via social media Dear Tenzin, To be part of our team, you have to be a motorcycle enthusiast who is adept at…

1 min.
get in touch...

@bikeindia /bikeindia /bikeindia /bikeindia www.bikeindia.in bikeindia@nextgenpublishing.net S.No. 261/G.L.R. No. 5, East Street, Camp, Pune 411001. NOTE: Dear Readers, Thank you for the large number of letters! However, we request you to send them in a proper format. Firstly, please ensure that your letters are part of the e-mail itself, and not an attachment. Only pictures, wherever necessary, may be sent as attachments. Secondly, please mention the subject in the subject line. For example, if your letter is for the ‘Readers Write’ column, please mention READERS WRITE in the subject line. If it is a technical query to be answered by us, please mention TECHNO MAIL and so on. Otherwise your mail could land up in the spam bin. This will ensure that your letters and queries are published regularly. – Editor…

1 min.
which seat do i choose?

I am a motorcyclist with an appetite for good food and travel. This combination of interests has left me with a Kawasaki Ninja 650 and a gut that is beginning to precede the rest of my person. I am looking at supplementing the seat on my motorcycle with either an air-cushioned seat or a similar gel-based solution. What are your views on both of them? Hamza P, via social media Dear Hamza, Air-cushioned seats are quite comfortable, yes. They also have the advantage of being portable and convenient to pack. While gel-based seats are more comfortable, they cannot be folded away for easy storage. Furthermore, we have heard from some of our readers that the gel seats get quite warm on summer days and are not as comfortable as usual. Taking these…

8 min.
success or failure?

IT WAS A TASK I’D BEEN PUTTING OFF FOR SOME TIME. My office storage closet is a good size, but it was filled to the ceiling with magazine issues I’ve contributed to in some way, plus sundry photographic equipment, printing supplies, and the like. It’s also the official hiding place for Christmas and birthday gifts, which means everyone is under instruction to keep out. Useful. The magazines have been piling up, two volumes deep on every shelf, and had reached the point where there was literally no room for any further copies. There was nothing for it but to go through the lot, keeping the odd magazine of special value, but reducing the rest to just the applicable pages. In and around my other duties, it has taken over a month.…