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BIKE India December 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.

Next Gen Publishing Limited
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
looking back, looking forth

THIS IS THE LAST EDITORIAL IN THE YEAR 2020. THE YEAR JUST FLEW BY WITH OVER THREE months of total lockdown and some curbs still in place. We, at Bike India, tried to do our best to bring the latest news and first ride reports to you even during the lockdown period. The long-awaited Meteor from Royal Enfield is finally here and it marks a big step in the right direction. It is a totally new motorcycle, unlike in the past, starting with the engine, which is an overhead cam unit with two valves per cylinder, although I would have preferred a four-valve unit. The frame is also all-new with the engine as a stressed member. The Meteor is a big step up and you may read a detailed report in…

3 min
readers write

Spell Out the Difference, Please I’m sure you’ve got the Meteor 350 bike at hand. The only question is whether the engine is completely different from the previous one or just like the old Royal Enfield Thunderbird’s. Will it be comfortable to run at a constant speed of 100 km/h and free from vibrations? Sarada Shankar, via social media Hello, Sarada, Yes, we do have the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 parked in our garage. To answer your question, yes, the engine on the Meteor is markedly different from the unit on the old Thunderbird. The new engine is a 349-cc air-oil-cooled SOHC unit, whereas the old UCE in the Thunderbird was a 346-cc air-cooled OHV construction. The bore and stroke on both units are different, too: the UCE had 70 mm x 90…

1 min
suggest a suitable bike

This Diwali I am planning to buy a new bike. My budget is within Rs 1.38 lakh. My height is 5.5 feet. In a year I will be riding only for 65 to 75 days, that is, during my vacation only. I work within the Indian armed forces. Please suggest a motorcycle suitable to my purpose. S Hainary, via social media Dear Hainary, You will be able to buy a 200-cc bike within your budget. The TVS RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 are good options. Test-ride both and see if you are comfortable on them. If not, a cruiser like the Suzuki Intruder 150 and the Bajaj Avenger are also within your price range and their low saddle height will ensure that reach isn’t an issue.…

1 min
ktm 250 adventure

THIS IS KTM’S SECOND LAUNCH IN THE small-capacity adventure segment along with its elder sibling, the 390 Adventure. The segment itself has been gaining momentum now with five motorcycles in the 200-cc to 400-cc category, all of which offer something a little unique. The story would seem to continue with the 250 Adventure as it does sit smack-bang in the middle in banking circles with the two Indians lighter and the two Europeans heavier on the wallet. Its price tag of Rs 2.48 lakh (ex-showroom) is tempting indeed. The 248-cc DOHC, four-valve, single-cylinder heart of this motorcycle beats at a rate much liked in motorcycle conversations when ridden on the 250 Duke. Figures of 30 hp and 24 Nm of torque are capable yet forgiving digits for the learner and yet…

1 min
ducati introduce panigale v4 sp

Ducati’s flagship Panigale family of sport bikes have a new member with the introduction of the Panigale V4 SP, marking the return of the Italian marque’s SP suffix. Short for Sport Production, these two letters haven’t been used on a Ducati superbike since 2012 and have made a return for the 2021 line-up. The Panigale V4 SP sits just below the WSBK homologation-spec V4 R and is powered by the same 1,103-cc, 214-hp Desmosedici Stradale motor that we know from the standard Panigale V4 and V4 S; although it gets a few components from the more expensive V4R and Superleggera models. These include the STM EVO-SBK dry clutch, carbon-fibre wheels, winglets, and front mud-guard as well as the Superleggera’s 330-mm discs with Brembo Stylema R calipers up front. Other trick bits include…

1 min
ducati multistrada v4 breaks cover

THE ALL-NEW DUCATI MULTISTRADA V4, A sports-tourer with that beautiful brute of an engine, has been officially launched by the Bologna motorcycle brand. This is the Italian company’s attempt at the best ‘Multi’ ever, which is indeed a big task considering the regular Multistrada line-up is by no means a slouch. What we have here is Italian styling, ergonomics for the long haul, and that V4 heart, all of which amount to synonyms of the word “exciting”’. The Ducati Multistrada V4 is made available in three variants: Multistrada, Multistrada S, and Multistrada S Sport. All three Ducati Multistrada V4’s will be powered by a 1,158-cc Granturismo V4 motor that makes 170 hp and 125 Nm of torque. The bike weighs in dry at 217 kg and boasts of maintenance intervals of 60,000…