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Yamaha FZ 25: What’s unique with this machine?

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Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.

Here are few features that make the FZ 25 distinct from the existing models:

• Representing the FZ series with the popular street fighter design, it is available at an unbelievable price of Rs.1.19 lakh, which makes it one of the most affordable motorcycles in India from this segment.

• FZ 25 is powered by a new 249cc single cylinder, fuel injected engine that is also BS-IV compliant. Mated to a 5-speed gearbox, the motor develops 20.6bhp at 8000rpm and 20Nm of torque at 6000rpm. This is one of the most powerful engines to have been manufactured by Yamaha in India.

• The engine that features Blue Core Technology is said to have improved the fuel efficiency of the bike compared to others keeping it at 43kmpl.

• The suspension duties are handled by huge 41mm telescopic front forks and monoshock suspension at the rear while disc brakes of 280mm at the front and 257mm at the rear carries out braking performance.

• FZ 25 comes with full LED headlamps and tail lights, wide alloy wheels, an all-digital instrument cluster that includes two trip meters and instant fuel economy indicator along with an Auto Headlamp On feature. However, there is a drawback that an ABS hasn’t been provided due to limitations on the pricing factor.

• The low seat height of 795mmis comfortable for all age groups. The ground clearance has been kept at 160 mm like the FZ-S while the kerb weight at 148 kgs seems pretty much manageable. Fuel tank capacity is 14 ltrs, reasonably enough for long journeys.

• FZ 25 openly challenges the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Honda CBR250R and KTM Duke 200.

• FZ 25 is available in three colour schemes of blue, white and black across all Yamaha dealerships in the country.

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MV Agusta 2017 Brutale 800- Few things you want to know

MV Agusta launched the 2017 iteration of their popular model Brutale 800 in India last month. The previous generation of the same never reached India and as a result, this model seems to have enticed quite a few luxury bike enthusiasts in the country. It was launched at an ex-showroom price of Rs.15.59 lakh.


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Know more about Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900

Piaggio Group recently launched two superbikes named Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900 in India, from their flagship brand Aprilia. The bikes originally priced at Rs.13.33 lakh (Shiver 900) and Rs.13.84 lakh (Dorsoduro 900) are sold at an introductory price of Rs.11.99 lakh and Rs.12.50 lakh (all prices, Ex-showroom Pune) respectively until June 30th, 2017. Aprilia that has marked its presence in the country earlier through bikes like Tuono and RSV4 adds two more to their Indian line-up through this launch.

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Will India get BS-IV compliant Royal Enfield models?

Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.


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Royal Enfield BS-IV range of vehicles launched in India

Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.


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Honda Activa 125cc- the first scooter in India launched with BS-IV

Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.


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Bajaj Auto launches Dominar 400, starting price at Rs.1.36 lakh

Bajaj has launched Dominar 400 with a heavy price tag; something that has been familiar here only with the Royal Enfield range of motorcycles. Entering the 1-2 lakh price range itself is a daring game, but seems like Bajaj has everything in place to claim its position in the premium bike segment.


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Hero launches Glamour 2017 in India at Rs.57,775

All new Hero Glamour was launched in the country recently with latest style and technology in addition to the upgraded BS-IV engine. It appears in two variants- a drum brake and a disc brake variant at Rs.57,775 and Rs.59,755 (Both ex-showroom prices, Delhi) respectively. Another fuel injected version, Glamour FI has also been launched with only a disc brake variant priced at Rs.66,580 (ex-showroom price, Delhi). Hero has started selling the 2017 model bike through all its dealerships across the country through prebooking options. The older version still continues to be on sale until stocks last at its price, which is around Rs.10000 lesser than the new one.


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BMW Motorrad officially launches its global portfolio in India

BMW Motorrad commences Indian operations through BMW group officially. Initially the brand used to sell its products through importers here in Mumbai and New Delhi. But now, the global portfolio comprising of premium motorcycles from the brand reaches India through company’s official dealership network in India. The dealership network is expected to begin with stores at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune while the company plans to widen its presence in the country soon. Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune showrooms will be inaugurated in the upcoming three days.


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Harley Davidson launches Street Rod 750 in India at Rs.5.86 lakh

Harley Davidson, a brand that gained a lot of fan following in India since its first launch has come up with their latest offering, All-New Street Rod 750 in the country at a price of Rs.5.86 lakh. The 2017 iteration is based on the old 750 Street model and comes with few remarkable changes to captivate the youth here, special mention to the robust looks and a more powerful engine. In India, Harley Davidson progresses towards a wider audience through the launch of this iconic creation.


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Honda Africa twin to land in India by June 2017

Honda finally readies itself to launch Africa twin in the country by June 2017. It is expected to reach India as CKD units. The launch that was supposed to happen earlier was delayed due to an earthquake near the company facility in Hamamatsu, Japan which produced the assembly kits. The price for this adventure tourer is not yet officially known but it is expected to be anywhere between Rs.16-18 lakh. However, it is still unclear whether India might receive both manual and Automatic Dual Clutch transmission variant or any of these.


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