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Hero Motorcorp launches HF Deluxe i3S at Rs.46,630

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Yet another silent launch in the Automobile market, HF Deluxe i3S was launched in India recently at a price tag of Rs.46,630 (Ex-showroom New Delhi). While uncertainty prevails over the number of variants this motorcycle has, news confirm the availability of a self-start variant for now. However, it can be assumed that the kick-start variant may be offered at a lower price if at all it becomes available in the market.

This all new commuter developed using the iSmart technology exhibits striking body graphics with i3S badge on its profile making it intelligent inside and handsome outside. Some other features include AHO (Auto Headlamp On) and 18 inch wheels. The new HF Deluxe i3S has a decent ground clearance of 165mm and a kerb weight of 110kg. It gets 130mm drum brake at both ends while suspension duties upfront are handled by telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers. At its rear a swing arm with two-step hydraulic shock absorbers carries out the suspension duties.

The HF Deluxe i3S is fitted with the same 97.2cc engine as the HF Deluxe, coupled to a four-speed gearbox that develops 8.36PS power and 8.05Nm of peak torque. The most attractive feature about this motorcycle is that it is based on the iSmart technology that promises better fuel efficiency by shutting down the engine automatically when not in use for more than 5 seconds thereby preventing loss of fuel. The engine can be restarted by pressing the clutch lever after this shut down function. Period!

Image: Official Hero Website

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Norton shakes hands with Kinetic Group to launch their bikes in India

At the recent EICMA Motorcycle Show 2017, Kinetic Group announced their decision to launch the world famous UK based Norton Motorcycles in India in the coming year. Kinetic Motoroyale has entered into a Joint Venture with Norton Motorcycles to form Kinetic Norton that will locally assemble and sell Norton Motorcycles in India. The partnership is said to be a 51%-49% agreement with Kinetic having the majority share thereby representing Norton in South East Asia.


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Avantura Choppers debuts with Rudra and Pravega

• Two new Chopper motorcycles Rudra and Pravega launched from an Indian Brand

• Will be available as custom made to order motorcycles

• Rudra and Pravega priced at Rs.23.90 lakh and Rs.21.40 lakh respectively

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

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.


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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.


bike COMPARISON
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Intruder 150

STD
Rs 98,340

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Avenger Street 150 BS-IV

Standard
Rs. 88,516

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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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Hero launches i3S Achiever 150cc in India

Ever since Hero and Honda parted ways, the former had been paying royalty to Honda for the technology they continued to use for their motorcycles. That’s when Hero decided to build their own R&D unit and later, as a result, Splendor i3S was launched.

ALTERNATIVE MODELS
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HERO HF Deluxe i3s

Rs. 56,342 TO Rs. 56,342