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BIKE India July 2020

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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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in this issue

2 min.
the slow crawl to normality

THE COUNTRY IS LIMPING BACK TO NORMAL LIFE ― OR, AT LEAST, A SEMBLANCE thereof ― after being shut down for nearly two-and-a-half months. However, even now there are a lot of restrictions on how many people there can be in an office, shop or dealership at a given time. Decent sales numbers still seem a distant prospect. The prevailing social distancing norms should promote the sale of two-wheelers, for people would prefer to travel in or on their personal mode of transport rather than be packed like sardines with total strangers on a local train or a municipal transport bus. Nevertheless, the manufacturers will still have to struggle to sell their two-wheelers because the government is not being helpful in any way, be it reduction in the GST or a…

19 min.

Weightless FURY Limited-edition Ducati Superleggera V4 is under production, only 500 units to be made ANOTHER BONKERS BIKE FROM BOLOGNA IS IN THE WORKS. THE LIMITED-edition Ducati Superleggera V4 is currently in production. With only 500 units in the offing, this is going to be a rather exclusive bike for those lucky enough — not to mention wealthy enough — to own one. “Superleggera” means “super-light” in Italian and Ducati have taken that name to heart. The Superleggera V4 may be based on the Panigale V4’s platform, but it also has the unique distinction of being the first and only series production bike to have its frame, subframe, swing-arm, and rims constructed from lightweight carbon-fibre. The fairing is made of carbon-fibre, too, and helps bring that kerb weight further down, along with the…

3 min.
readers write

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 An Adventure-seeker’s Dilemma I need your experienced advice. I intend to go in for an ADV/tourer. After…

1 min.
is this the right oil?

Hope everyone at Bike India is doing well during these troubled times. I have a question in mind: would you recommend using Motul 300V for the Royal Enfield Himalayan BS4? The recommended grade is 15W-50. I want to use the specified grade only, but many people say that fully synthetic 300V 15W-50 is not ideal for the Himalayan. Is that so? Arunava Das, via social media Hello, Arunava, Interesting question. The 300V is a performance oil and better suited for track-day machines than a daily-use Himalayan. There’s no harm in using it for your bike, but it would be a little bit like overkill, because the Motul 300V is an expensive oil for premium motorcycles and your Himalayan will run just as well on a more cost-effective semi-synthetic option from Motul. We…

8 min.
rev-happy hooligan

IN MANY WAYS MV’S DRAGSTER 800RR HASN’T CHANGED much since the original model was launched just over five years ago. The latest RR is still a tuned and firmed-up version of the standard Dragster. It’s a hard-accelerating, quick-steering naked triple, unmistakable with its swoopy shapes and spectacular wire-spoked wheels, the rear wearing a gigantic 200-section tyre. But as the latest 800RR powers out of a bend with its front wheel feeling light, its 12-valve motor revving hard and its trio of stubby silencers slicing the air with a three-pot scream, there’s no doubt that this Dragster is a significantly different motorcycle — and a better one. My most vivid memory of the original RR is of riding it on a roughly surfaced road in the hills of northern Italy on its launch.…

1 min.
bike india spec talk

MV Agusta Dragster RR (2020) Price: € 18,490 (approximately Rs 16 lakh, ex-showroom) ENGINE Configuration: Liquid-cooled transverse triple Valve-train: DOHC, 12 valves Displacement: 798 cc Bore x Stroke: 79 x 54.3 mm Compression Ratio: 13.3:1 Fuelling: Digital fuel-injection with ride-by-wire Maximum Power: 140 hp @ 13,100 rpm Maximum Torque: 86 Nm @ 10,100 rpm Clutch: Wet multi-plate Transmission: Six-speed CHASSIS Type: Steel trellis frame Front Suspension: 43-mm USD Marzocchi, 125-mm wheel travel, adjustment for preload, compression, and rebound damping Rear Suspension: Sachs monoshock, 124-mm wheel travel, adjustment for preload, compression, and rebound damping Front Brake: 2 x Brembo four-piston radial calipers, 320-mm discs Rear Brake: Brembo twin-piston caliper, 220-mm disc Front Wheel: 3.50 x 17-inch; wire spoked Rear Wheel: 6.00 x 17-inch; wire spoked Front Tyre: 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II Rear Tyre: 200/50 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II Rake/Trail: Not disclosed/103.5 mm Wheelbase: 1,400 mm Seat Height: 845 mm Ground Clearance: 135 mm Tank Capacity:…