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BIKE India August 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
the fuel dilemma

AS WE ENTER OUR 17TH YEAR OF PUBLICATION, THE INDIAN ECONOMY IS STILL RECOVERING FROM the second wave of the pandemic. With the threat of a third wave on the horizon, the outlook for the next six months is still cloudy. The automobile industry, often considered to be the barometer of the health of the economy is also in a challenging situation. High fuel prices have made owning any automobile an expensive affair. More than 60 per cent of the price of fuel is in the form of taxes and blaming the oil producing countries is a deliberate distraction. Over the last two years, the government has raked in over Rs 2 lakh crores as fuel taxes and risks killing the goose that lays the golden egg. Rising fuel prices will…

1 min
forging ahead in trying times

THIS MONTH BIKE INDIA CELEBRATES ITS 16TH ANNIVERSARY. IN 2005, WHEN A NASCENT publishing house was embarking on a challenging journey, we had to take a call as to whether we would do what every other publication was doing and start an auto magazine that covered everything from two-wheelers to trucks or bring out a dedicated bike magazine. While cars normally grab the limelight, motorcycles tend to be given a stepmotherly treatment. How many times do you see a motorcycle enjoying a prominent display on the cover of an automotive magazine? For the past 16 years, we have given two-wheelers the prominence they deserve and even today Bike India remains the only dedicated two-wheeler magazine in the country. The country is going through a difficult time what with the COVID-19 pandemic creating…

2 min
readers write

Nostalgia for the Fury Loved Sarmad Kadiri’s article on the Royal Enfield Fury. I owned a 1987 model with the rubberized paint on it. I bought it from an elderly gentleman who had managed to do 8,000 kilometres over 10 years and warned me of the ridiculous power it could bring to the table. Had the bike for over six years and covered over 80,000 km. Experimented everything then possible with it. Had a couple of major accidents as well but we survived everything. One day, I came back from an official tour and found the motorcycle missing. Turned out that my father had sold the Fury off without my permission. I even reached out to the buyer who promptly refused to return the motorcycle. To date my search for a…

1 min
top 3 q

Questions about the Bajaj Pulsar NS125 @kwin006 asks: What are the tyre sizes? The motorcycle has tubeless Eurogrip rubber at either end. The front is an 80/100-17 while the rear is a 100/90-17. @p1_hajare asks: Which one is best? The Bajaj Pulsar 125 or the NS125? For the everyday commute, the Pulsar 125 will do but the NS125 is an option if you would like a little bit of sportiness too. @abhishek_xavier asks: How does it handle? The NS125 is an agile motorcycle and is easy to handle. It does a good job of handling the urban chaos too. Questions about TVS i-Qube @vophs_rongphar asks: What is the range from a single charge and how many hours does the battery need to get fully charged? The scooter takes nearly 8.5 hours to charge fully (on the portable charger, not…

17 min
track-only ktm rc 8c revealed

KTM HAVE LAUNCHED A BESPOKE TRACK-ONLY MODEL, THE RC 8C SUPERSPORT, OF which only 100 units will be made. These are meant to carve and blitz racetracks. Designed and developed in partnership with Kramer Motorcycles, customers would get the closest thing to a race bike. Well, it is a race bike. The 140-kilogram lightweight machine is powered by a 128-hp, 889-cc LC8c motor, also seen in the 890 Duke R, but with a greater focus on drive out of corners. The fuel-injection system developed by Dell’orto does its tech wizardry to accurately adjust the fuel mixture for each cylinder. You even have a five-inch TFT AIM MXS 1.2 RACE dashboard that stores all data into the AIM RaceStudio for later study. Switchgear promotes functions such as wet and dry mapping, engine braking…

2 min

New Scram 411 Incoming Royal Enfield will sooon introduce the new Scram 411, a road-biased scrambler version of the Himalayan. What sets it apart is the absence of a windscreen and fork gaiters and different tank extensions. There aren’t any tubular tank braces, and the headlight will be held in place by conventional brackets. The big change, however, will be a smaller front wheel which, instead of the standard 21-inch, could be a 19-inch unit with more road-friendly rubber. The bike will come with a single-pod instrument cluster with a Tripper navigation pod, similar to the Meteor 350’s. The Scram 411 could be priced more aggressively than the Himalayan models. There should be more subtle differences to go with the styling too. Will the 411-cc single be tuned to punch out…