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BIKE India September 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

2 min
a superlative iteration

THE BIKE INDIA ISSUE THIS MONTH FEATURES QUITE A FEW RIDES, INCLUDING THE Royal Enfield Classic 350, Harley-Davidson Pan America, and Benelli 502C cruiser as well as a Triumph Trident road test. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 has come a long way from the Bullet that it is derived from. The Bullet was originally designed and built in England and also manufactured in India under licence. Over the last 50 years, the Bullet has seen a lot of changes but nothing compared to the changes and improvements that the new bike has received. Indeed, the new bike is so good that it is different from its older iterations like chalk and cheese. It has improved in every department, starting with engine refinement and performance, both of which are far better than…

9 min
triumph turn up the heat

WE KNOW THAT TRIUMPH BUILD OUTSTANDING MOTORCYCLES THAT ARE GREAT FUN to ride, and the recently-launched Trident 660 proves this yet again. Now the British firm has revealed the second bike built around its excellent new 660-cc platform, and this is our first look at the Tiger Sport 660. Triumph have released these images of a camouflaged Tiger Sport 660 that honestly doesn’t leave much to the imagination. It is clear that the bike has wide bodywork, twin headlamps, generous radiator shrouds, and a tall windscreen. While the single-piece seat looks comfy, the raised handlebars hint at a comfortable and upright riding position. It gets 17-inch alloys shod with sporty, road-biased rubber, so this is definitely an entry-level, tarmac-bound adv-style tourer, similar in nature to the Kawasaki Versys 650. The motor,…

2 min
readers write

Hunter or Meteor? Any official update about the launch of the Royal Enfield Hunter 350? I have booked a Meteor and the sudden hike in price has put me in a fix. Should I cancel my booking and wait for the Hunter or should I go ahead with the Meteor? Please advise me. Abhiraam A, via social media Dear Abhiraam, There is no official news about the launch of the Hunter and that launch is most likely to be preceded by that of the new Classic. Therefore, we do not expect it in the near future. If you do not want to wait that long, we suggest that you go ahead with the Meteor. Enfield or Highness? Which motorcycle is better for use on the highway: the Honda H’ness CB350 or the Royal Enfield Meteor 350?…

1 min
top 3 q

Questions about the Yamaha FZ-X @iam_navsharma asks: Is it better than the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V? Both motorcycles serve a different purpose. The Apache is a naked streetfighter while the FZ-X is more of a scrambler/cruiser. @srivignesh_gujare asks: How is the power-to-weight ratio? Even though the FZ-X is four kilograms heavier than the other FZ models, the extra weight is hardly felt and the acceleration is similar. @vimmi4u asks: Does it have switchable ABS? This motorcycle has a single-channel ABS and it is not switchable. Questions about Suzuki Hayabusa GSX-1300R @streethawk_1 asks: Do you feel its weight of 260 kilograms while riding the motorcycle or moving it around in the garage? Yes, when moving the motorcycle around in the garage, but not while riding, even at a low speed in traffic. @kabeeramaangaya asks: Does it heat up very quickly? It…

9 min
suzuki’s bargain still packs a punch

THIS IS MORE OF A TWEAK THAN A COMPLETE OVERHAUL and, remember, the roots of this engine date back to the GSX-R1000 K5 from 2005. Capacity, bore and stroke, and compression are the same as before, with new camshafts, camchain, and valve springs, along with a new slipper clutch among the most significant changes. There is also a completely new exhaust (to meet Euro 5 norms) along with smaller and lighter electronically controlled throttle bodies. The 40-millimetre throttle bodies (down from 44 mm) have been designed to give a smoother feeling upon opening. The end result is an increase from 150 hp at 10,000 rpm to 152 hp at 11,000 — not a huge step. However, the increase in rpm is interesting. Peak torque is down from 108 Nm at 9,500…

1 min
bike india spec talk

Suzuki GSX-S1000 Price: £10,999 (Rs 11.33 lakh) ENGINE Configuration: Liquid-cooled, in-line four Valve-train: DOHC, 16-valve Displacement: 998.6 cc Bore x Stroke: 73.4 x 59.0 mm Compression Ratio: 12.2:1 Fuelling: Electronic fuel-injection Maximum Power: 152 hp at 11,000 rpm Maximum Torque: 106 Nm at 9,250 rpm Clutch: Wet, multiplate, slipper Transmission: Six-speed CHASSIS Type: Aluminium twin-spar frame Front Suspension: KYB 43-mm USD fork, 120-mm travel, Fully adjustable Rear Suspension: Monoshock, 130-mm travel, Preload and rebound adjustable Front Brake: Twin 310-mm discs, radial Brembo Monobloc four-piston calipers Rear Brake: 250-mm disc, twin-piston calipers Front Wheel: 17-inch, alloy Rear Wheel: 17-inch, alloy Front Tyre: 120/70 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 Rear Tyre: 190/55 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 Rake/Trail: 25°/100 mm Wheelbase: 1,460 mm Seat Height: 810 mm Ground Clearance: NA Tank Capacity: 19 litres Weight: 214 kg (kerb)…