Heavy Bikes On Indian Roads

By Divya Sai on 1/30/2008

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2300 cc Bike on Indian Roads

After Harley Davidson, now its UK's famous bike manufacturer Triumph's turn to run and burn its tyres on Indian roads, by the end of this year.

"We plan to get in a series of models from our line-up," Nick Bloor, whose family owns the Triumph brand, said.
Bloor, the export manager for the company, said Triumph was negotiating with seven to eight firms in India, that includes Bajaj Auto and a lifestyle product maker.
"We are here to formulate a strategy for getting into India and are confident to find a partner by the middle of this year," he said.

The models that the company is planning to launch includes 2300-cc 'Rocket III Touring' cruiser, covered in chrome and infused with Triumph's original and authentic styling.

Urban sports bikes like the 675-cc 'Street Triple' and the amazing 'Daytona 675', that won the Best Supersport in both the Supertest and Masterbike 2007 track tests in Spain, could also come in. 

However, with import duty, price could be a deterrent. The Rocket III, the company's flagship product, costs around 12,000 pounds in the UK and would cost you well over Rs 18 lakh after a duty of about 110%

"These products cater to a different and niche segment and we come here with an eye on the future. We feel it is an exciting market with fantastic growth potential," Bloor said. 

Modern classics like the 865-cc 'Bonneville' and a deluxe version of the sixties icon, the 'Bonneville T100' could also come in.

"Powered by air-cooled parallel twins, their performance, brakes and fuel injection are tuned to current times, even though they are classic," Bloor said.

So, when are you planning to ride one ?

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Bajaj Discover 150CC

By Divya Sai on 1/22/2008

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Although a very successful marketing & response to their 150 cc bike "PULSAR",  recent price hike in that model due to new added features (digital speedometer, LED tail light etc.), Bajaj has lost some of its customers - who shifted themselves to either Bajaj Discover 135cc or 125cc or to any other company.
To minimize the large price gap between their 135cc Discover & 150cc Pulsar, now they have introduced an improved version of Discover - Bajaj Discover 150cc.

The new features include - a digital speedometer, comparable with that of XCD Dts-Si 125cc.
Back tail light again looks similar to XCD - sleek & LED.

The front engine covers can be compared to that of new TVS Flame 125cc fitted with the front indicators.

The front wheel - ofcourse with disc brake.

But the overall looks are not much different, when compared to its ancestors Discover 135cc & 125cc.

According to the people in AutoExpo'08 the bike may be launched in another 5 to 6 months. So let's wait & watch !!!

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TVS X-Fossil

By Divya Sai on 1/18/2008

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TVS is all set to launch a new bike in its electric bike's section, But believe me its not like any other small electric moped kind of bikes, but truly stylish both in terms of looks and technically too, 
According to Venu Srinivasan, chairman and managing director of Chennai-based TVS, “X-Fossil is a concept bike which we have showcased. We want to show that even electric bikes have the power and style.

“It has already evoked quite a response. We will study the interest shown by customers and consider its commercial production viability,” Srinivasan said.

Although technical details are not much available, as it is still a Concept bike : The bike can attain a maximum speed of 140 Km/hr and it reaches 0 to 100 speed in just 3.2 seconds. 
And for its looks, have a look below on the pics :-

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The All New Pulsar 220 CC - Chrome Edition

By Divya Sai on 1/15/2008

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Bajaj's New Pulsar Edition in 220 cc - The Chrome Edition, displayed at AutoExpo 2008.

Not much information is available about its features but pictures are certainly available :

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The All New Bajaj XCD DTSi Sprint 2008

By Divya Sai on 1/14/2008

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Although a big success in terms of marketing and sales but with many complaints regarding the quality and features against Bajaj XCD 125 cc, Bajaj has made an all new XCD DTSi Sprint, as a new variant of its previous edition XCD DTS-Si which will hit the market in another 6 to 8 months, here are just some of its improved features :
(1). Improved Digital meter.
(2). Made the back tail light more wider ( but angle's not so perfect.....see the pictures below)
(3). Disc brake included (so it may raise the price too )
(4). Nitrox Suspension ( this is coool )
(5). Larger Alloy wheels
Pictures straight from AUTOEXPO 2008 :

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Flame or XCD

By Divya Sai on 1/14/2008

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The important fact that all of us are waiting to know is their  " fuel efficiency ". According to the person at the TVS section in the AutoExpo2008, the company's claim is 112 km/l as against 109 km/l of that Bajaj XCD (the main competitor of Flame). And when talking of ON ROAD mileage, with XCD being at 65 - 70 Km/l, Flame is excepted to give atleast 70 - 75 Km/l.

Compare them technically below :


Engine [CC]  == >
124.8 cc (Flame) --- 124.58 cc (XCD

Engine Technology   ==>
CCVTi, 3 Valve 4 Stroke (Flame) --- Digital Twin Spark - Swirl induction (DTS-SI) (XCD)

Max. Power ==>
10.5 bhp @ 8250 rpm (Flame) --- 9.5 bhp @ 7000 rpm (XCD)

Max. Torque ==>
10 nm @ 6250 rpm (Flame) --- 10.85 nm @ 5000 rpm (XCD)

Gear Box ==>
4 gear constant, mesh (Flame) --- 4 gear constant, mesh (XCD)

Clutch ==>
Multi plate - wet type (Flame) --- Multi plate - wet type (XCD)

Carburettor ==>
MV Type (Flame) --- Side draught type (XCD)

Compression Ratio
10 : 1 (Flame) --- 9.5 (+/- 0.5) : 1 (XCD)


Tyre Front ==>
2.75 x 18 (Flame) --- 2.75 x 17 (XCD)

Tyre Rear ==>
3.00 x 18 (Flame) --- 3.00 x 17 (XCD)


Brake Front ==>
Drum - 130 dia. (Disc optional) (Flame) --- Drum type (XCD)

Brake Rear ==>
Drum - 130 dia. (Flame) --- Drum type (XCD)


Suspension Front ==>
Telescopic hydraulic fork (Flame) --- Telescopic (125 mm travel)                                                              (XCD)

Suspension Rear ==>

Twin tube 5 step adjustable (Flame) --- Swing arm with 5-step

                                                           adjustable Shock absorbers with Dual 'SNS' type Spring (105 mm travel) (XCD)


Overall Height ==>
1070 mm (Flame) --- 1200 mm (XCD)

Overall length ==>
2030 mm (Flame) --- 1980 mm (XCD)

Overall Width ==>
760 mm (Flame) --- 760 mm (XCD)

Wheelbase ==>
1320 mm (Flame) --- 1275 mm (XCD)

Ground Clearance ==>
165 mm (Flame) --- 170 mm (XCD)

Kerb Weight ==>
123 Kg (Flame) --- 113 Kg (XCD)

Fuel Tank Capacity ==>
8.0 L (Low fuel warning : 2 L) (Flame) --- 8.0 L (Reserve : 1.8 L)                                                                      (XCD)

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TVS Flame 125CC - Colours

By Divya Sai on 1/14/2008

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It's Desire On Fire

TVS Flame - Finally arrived !
Thanks to the AutoExpo 2008 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi....where the bike was first seen in Northern India. As the bike came out to hit the market after a long judicial fight,  people are now very eager to know about this bike as much  as possible. Let start with the most basic feature - the outer look or graphics or simply call it colors of the bike.As displayed in the AutoExpo there are presently 4 colours available, as diplayed below :-
1. Red with black
2. Orange with black
3. Yellow with black
4. Silver with black

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