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Royal Enfield takes its cover off the 3 new Custom-built Twins at Wheels and Waves 2018

KeralaOnRoad | Jun 18, 2018
img On the occasion of the 7th edition of Wheels and Waves held in France, The Indian Motorcycle Manufacturer Royal Enfield confirmed that they have unveiled 3 new Custom built bikes in their twin-cylinder platform which is first of its kind.

Wheels and Waves is a motorcycle festival held in Biarritz, France every year to bring along the motorcycle culture along with Surf and Skate together. The festival celebrates not just machines but the entire culture of riding and surfing and is one of the most unique yet amazing festivals out there.

Also to be noted is that Wheels and Waves is one among the most anticipated events in the motorcycle lifestyle. This year, the event saw the arrival of the beast-looking twin-cylinder custom build motorcycles from Royal Enfield adding much joy to the celebration.

The event witnessed three new motorcycles- Rohini, The Lock Stock and the Interceptor. All three feature a retro-style design which from an Indian Bike manufacturer is for the first time.

The introduction of the Interceptor saw the Company’s first modern day 650cc powered twin-cylinder engines. The three unveiled motorcycles are also based on the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650.

If you look forward to the new custom build motorcycles, then you’d sure love the news that the Company has also collaborated with a custom house –Young Guns Speed Shop. The Custom house is based in Switzerland and Old Empire Motorcycles based in UK. The collaboration is aimed at working on new concepts based on the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650.

The news doesn’t end there. Royal Enfield has also developed another drag bike which will feature an 865cc engine. Looking at the pace this company is going at, we surely expect some great looking motorcycles on the road soon!

Honda begins delivery of 2018 Gold Wing in India

KeralaOnRoad | Jun 17, 2018
img Honda Motorcycles has started deliveries of its flagship premium touring motorcycle Gold Wing 2018 in India, priced at Rs 26.85 lakh. Last year, this motorcycle was showcased at Tokyo Motor Show and it had made its Indian debut at Auto Expo 2018.

The new 2018 Gold Wing delivers an exceptional performance by being lightweight with its rigid twin-spar aluminium frame. It also gets a single sided Pro-Arm swingarm that makes the handling more responsive.

This new bike comes loaded with features such as 7.0-inch TFT screen compatible with Apple CarPlay, keyless ignition, heated grips and seats, cruise control, full-LED lighting and an electronically adjustable screen etc. Gold Wing 2018 is the first motorcycle in the world to receive the Apple CarPlay Integration feature.

The liquid cooled flat-six, 24-valve, 1,833 cc engine of Gold Wing 2018 produces 125 bhp at 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 170 Nm at 4,500 rpm. There is a special low speed walking option in its transmission, and a reverse gear which makes easy handling of this bulky motorcycle. Hill Start assist, electric windscreen adjustable for angle and height, cruise control, throttle-by-wire and four different riding modes, such as Tour, Sport, Econ and Rain are the other attractions.

Gold Wing 2018 comes equipped with ABS and Dual-Combined Braking System (D CBS) as standard.

Maruti Swift makes it to One lakh sales, sets a milestone in 145 days

KeralaOnRoad | Jun 14, 2018
img Maruti Suzuki on Wednesday proudly announced that its most selling hatchback Swift has crossed 1 lakh sales, setting a milestone in a matter of 145 days. This particular car is the fastest to reach this scale of sales.

The Swift was launched in the year 2005 and since the launch, over 1.89 million units of them were sold in India. Interestingly, the 20 millionth vehicle produced in the country also turned out to be a Swift, added the Company Officials.

Looking at the success of the newly launched Swift, R S Kalsi , Senior Executive Director, Marketing and Sales , expressed that the instant connect of new Swift with their customers are delightful and that they will remain committed to bring quality products with superior features in the future as well.

Mr. R S Kalsi also added the company is very grateful to their millions of Swift patrons for continual trust in their Brand Swift.

The newly launched Swift has been tweaked from all its edges to make it different and appealing to its buyers. The Car is built on Suzuki’s 5th Generation HEARTECT platform. Performance of the car has been improved with their superior power to weight ratio.

What’s more highlighting about the car’s features is the introduction of AGS – Auto Gear Transmission technology. Other features include Infotainment System with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Mirror Link compatibility and Voice Recognition. All these features are quite popular among the tech savvy customers.

The Swift has been winning hearts ever since its debut in the country and this milestone set is no wonder. Cheers to Maruti Suzuki!

Bajaj launches a new variant Pulsar 150 Classic at a reduced price than the outgoing one

KeralaOnRoad | Jun 14, 2018
img Bajaj has launched a new variant, Pulsar 150 Classic, to its Pulsar 150 Line up. Being cheaper than the former variant (Twin Disc) the Pulsar 150 classic is priced at Rs 67,437(ex-showroom Mumbai).

Even though this variant is based on Pulsar 150, the new variant comes without features like rear disc brake, split-seat, and tank extensions, graphics etc, which are all present in the Standard offering. These exclusions resulted in the decrease in price.

This new variant opts for a black paint scheme with blacked out components. Other than these changes, the Pulsar 150 Classic mechanically remains identical to the standard model. 149cc, single-cylinder engine, mated to a five speed gearbox, develops 14hp at 8,000rpm and 13.4Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. The frame and suspension are also kept unchanged. Braking jobs will be handled by a 240mm disc brake at front and a 130mm drum unit at the rear.

The details are not available in Bajaj’s official website yet, but as per the reports from different sources, this variant has already reached the dealerships and is ready for deliveries.

The affordable rate of this variant should help Bajaj to achieve a stronger foothold in the entry-level commuter segment. This vehicle will compete with the models such as Honda Unicorn 150, Hero Xtreme Sports, Hero Achiever etc.

World’s second richest temple Tirumala Tirupati to use electric cars soon for official commute

KeralaOnRoad | Jun 14, 2018
img The introduction of electric cars has resulted in a boon ever since the major hikes in fuel prices have come. Many countries have already adopted the concept of electric cars and are running successfully as well.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam will be the first and only temple in the world to have come up with an idea of using electric cars for their official medium of commute. Earlier in March 2018, the state road transport corporation had run its first electric bus on the Tirumala road.

As part of the electric car initiative, the Andhra Pradesh Govt. will deploy a total of 350 electric cars throughout the state by the end of June. Among the deployed vehicles, 50 of them will be used by the TTD officials in Tirumala.

Managing Director of New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP), Mr. M Kamalakar Babu, has mentioned that they have shook hands with EESL ( Energy Efficiency Services) and formed an agreement from whom they’ve been hiring electric vehicles on a monthly basis. “The plan is to deploy 50 vehicles at first in the selected areas including TTD”, he added.

In concern with the costs, NREDCAP has agreed to pay EESL a sum of Rs 20,000 for each vehicle every month and another 20,000 rupees every month to maintenance department dealing with the payment of drivers. The chosen drivers will be treated with special courses regarding the efficient use of batteries and gears installed in the vehicle. Each of the vehicle costing Rs.11 lakh is said to be under the ownership of the State government after 6 years of use.

By the end of June, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) will acquire the Electric vehicles. Greater Vishakapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), APSPDCL, APEPDCL and the Secretariat in Amaravati are others who will follow suit.

The vendors for supplying the charging equipments have already been finalized by the APSPDCL in accordance to the norms set by the Union Government.

Electric Vehicles are most known for their performance efficiency. The proposed EVs are said to deliver a mileage of 120km on full charge. It takes a total of 6 hours via AC charger and over 1 hour 30 minutes via DC charger for charging the vehicle. The chargeable amount for the vehicle is only Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 per km.

Such initiatives are by all means a very innovative and great step towards achieving an eco friendly environment.