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BIKE India June 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.

Next Gen Publishing Limited
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
adding fuel to the fire

The last two months have been very difficult for all of us on account of the second wave of the pandemic which has forced the state government to enforce a lockdown with a view to bring down the number of cases that had crossed the 60,000 per day mark in the state. Despite all the headwinds, we have been able to bring out the issue for this month. The fuel prices did not go up for a month just before the state elections. Once the elections were over, though, those prices have begun going up nearly every day and have breached the Rs 100 per litre mark in the state. The cost of diesel has crossed the Rs 90 mark. This is a time when the people of the country have…

2 min
readers write

Which 160? Which 160-cc motorcycle should I buy? My priorities are great fuel economy, comfort, ease of use, value for money, and good service infrastructure. Please recommend the right bike to me. Ravi, via social media Dear Ravi, Based on your requirements, the Honda Unicorn looks like it can fulfil all of those rather well. Do test-ride the motorcycle before making a final decision, though. Slippery Customer Watched your review of the Castrol Power1 Ultimate oil and noticed that you had used a 15W-50 oil for the R15. I own an R15 (version 3.0) and its recommended grade is 10W-40. If I use 15W-50 in my motorcycle, will it not affect my engine’s reliability? Akhil, via social media Dear Akhil, Using a slightly higher grade of oil (as we did) will not do any harm to your engine. In…

1 min
top 3 q

Questions about the Honda CB500X @ashishamonkar asks: Is it really worth it at the current price? Really? Maybe not, but it is a compelling package. @thesumitbhatnagar asks: How is it when compared to the Kawasaki Versys 650 and the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT? In terms of outright performance, both those motorcycles are more powerful but the Honda is the easiest to ride and the most comfortable for beginners. However, the V-Strom is the best for off-road use. @tmsidharth__ asks: What is the cruising speed? The Honda CB500X can cruise at 120-140 km/h. Questions about Eeve Ahava @mihirkarnick asks: What is the range and how long does it take to recharge the batteries? The company claims a range of around 60 km, but from our road test, the scooter returned a maximum of 41 km on a full charge when…

2 min
new products

Bluarmor Blu3 E20 The Bluarmor Blu3 E20 is also a helmet cooler just like the Blu3 A10 but equipped with additional Bluetooth connectivity. The E20 comes bundled with a set of speakers and a microphone for the helmet, adding the perk of infotainment along with the cooling inside the helmet. Besides the “dynamic” fan speed setting on the Blu3 E20, the single flat-surface button is used to control the functionalities of the device, including the option of picking up calls and awakening the voice assistant in a smartphone. The Bluarmor Blu3 E20 is quite interactive as it comes with a dedicated smartphone app. Bluarmor Blu3 A10 The Bluarmor Blu3 A10 is a compact cooling system that comprises a fan and a water-soaked cartridge. The fan sucks in ambient air, channels it through the moist…

11 min
adventure h-d style

LAST YEAR IT SEEMED LIKE HARLEY-DAVIDSON WERE ON THEIR WAY OUT of our market, but the motor company is back with a bang: a fresh 2021 line-up, and their first ever adventure bike. The Pan America 1250 has been a long time coming and has finally been launched at Rs 16.9 lakh for the Standard variant, while the top-end Special retails for Rs 19.9 lakh (all prices ex-showroom). This pricing positions it just above the current crop of middleweight adventure bikes such as the Triumph Tiger 800, Honda Africa Twin, and Ducati Multistrada 950, but below full-size ADVs like the BMW R 1250 GS. The Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 is built around steel and aluminium frame components, held together by the company’s first oversquare V-twin which acts as a stressed member…

11 min
the sharp end

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT THAT the 1290 Super Adventure S is an adventure bike, right? The proof is in the name, for one thing, and in its many adventure-class features, from the basics — slim fairing, adjustable screen, big fuel-tank, and long-travel suspension — to details including hand-guards, luggage rack, and centre-stand. Except that with this latest member of KTM’s long-legged family, being confined to that traditional category does not make sense at all. I have just stepped off the orange bike after a morning of throttle abuse on the roads of the English Midlands. My adrenaline levels are high, my driving licence is twitching, the tyres’ edges are hot. My first impression is that this thrillingly rapid and improbably sweet-handling 1290 is undoubtedly Super but only nominally an Adventure.…