Triumph Street Twin Review

Written by & Pictures : Javed Ali Khan

The very idea of doing a long ride is exciting and if you are planning to do it all alone, well, you would prefer a motorcycle which excites you because at the end of the day it’s you and the motorcycle who are left with each other’s company. With this thing in my mind, I went ahead and started my calculations which eventually lead my heart deciding the bike I should take. And there I was, standing with Triumph Motorcycles #StreetTwin and thinking why I listened to my heart when my mind clearly told me that it is more of a city beast.


Well, believe me, the misconception I had regarding Street Twin of only being a capable City motorcycle broke and I am glad that I listened to my heart. The Street twin is Triumph Motorcycles entry level Bonneville in India which is the cheapest motorcycle from Bonneville family but that does not mean that it is less than anything. The best part about our journey was that the bike had not even clocked 6000 km on the odometer. This does not mean that previous riders had not experimented with testing the limits of this beautifully crafted motorcycle.


Style, Design and the oomph factor
The way street twin has been designed leads to a confusion of it being referred as a product from RE but once a look with a consistent pause is given, the words – reference – are taken back and mistake is realised. While undertaking our journey to Shimla we had multiple stops for snacks and coffee which always tasted different and so were the questions which were asked. Right from being declared as a cousin of RE’s classic to a modified RE standard, we utilised every opportunity and made people aware of the fact that it was Triumph Street Twin.


The best thing about the street twin is its naked retro look based on classic theme which makes it one of the most beautiful bikes available in the market which does not require unnecessary accessories to look exciting. The front is remarkable with round headlight coolly sitting on those short front shockers which are covered with a cover made out of rubber for extra protection (pun intended), indeed a necessity especially for the Indian weather conditions.

The brass coloured bend pipes coming out of the engine which are beautifully connected to the silver coloured silencers, make an everlasting impression and forces you to not to ignore the overall appearance. The seat is almost plain except a small step-based design and is the only thing which you would like to modify or change in the complete bike to make your long journey more comfortable.


As far as the overall appearance is considered, street twin has everything at the right place especially when you compare it with the price at which it is available in the market.

Engine, Performance, Ride & Handling


Well I have tested the Triumph T100 in the past and I found it to be a very safe bike as it never forces you to go all out to express the crazy child with in you. Rather T100 was more of a person who has decided to become more mature and responsible right after getting married or is almost on the verge of getting married. Coming back to street twin, the looks of this #beautyonwheels slowly and steadily, first, brings out the child out of you which happens when you are riding this bike within the city and once you are out on straight stretches and curvy roads, this bike forces the child within you to express its craziness by reaching almost 160 Km on odometer and pushing this small but fast bike in corners at high speed.


The only problem which we found was that the soft suspension setting at the rear made it vulnerable to bounce a bit in access while cornering on bad road patches at high speed. So, if you want to test the limits as far as cornering is concerned than we suggest you to do it on a good surface and not on roads where potholes welcome you with open arms.


The 900cc HT 8 valve engine is a parallel twin, which produces 80 Nm torque at 3200 rpm making the engine smooth as butter and free of vibration even after crossing 100km on speedometer. This 900cc beast is linked to a five-speed gearbox which makes it one of the most economically sound motorcycle as we almost got an average of 18 Kmpl while in city and 22 Kmpl on highways. The ride-by-wire mechanism brings enhancement to throttle, its responsiveness and overall feel of the bike is amazing.


The bike boasts of anti-lock braking system which gives you the confidence of testing the potential of this motorcycle in terms of speed and traction control mechanism always keeps a check on the child within you which is always looking for an opportunity to do something crazy. We were impressed by the torque assist clutch mechanism which made the ride an experience worth remembering and yes the access to all the features of the bike through a simple switchgear made this bike more user friendly as you become aware of the potential this bike has.

The Verdict
We will be very crisp and clear as far as ‘verdict’ is concerned. We did not like the seat and would suggest you to change the seat if you plan to use street twin for long rides too. Secondly the rear suspension was on a softer side which made the bike to jump or should I say wobble a bit in access while cornering on bad road patches, ones which are full of potholes.
Right from the appearance to performance the street twin is a masterpiece with very few issues, as mentioned above, which can easily be overlooked. If I have to buy a motorcycle for myself as a beginner to gain understanding about how a ‘almost a litre’ bike feels then indeed it will be a street twin.

Jawa – Pictures of Test Mule

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Pictures: Shared via Whatsapp

 

With all the buzz going around for #JawaMotorcycles yet to be launched product, things got a bit more exciting on 31st of October, 2018 when someone circulated pictures of the Test Mule of the Jawa motorcycle which has been registered in Maharashtra. This is normal as the 293cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC motored motorcycle is going to be launched in Mumbai on 15th November, 2018.

If we are correct then the fully camouflaged motorcycle was being driven to Mumbai, where it will be showcased for the very first time, from Pithampur plant in Madhya Pradesh where it is being manufactured. Recently, Mahindra had shared the glimpse of the all new engine in a media event which filled the market and the lovers of Jawa with excitement.

Mahindra is trying hard to keep the price of the final product as competitive as possible and take a bite into #RoyalEnfield’s current market share. It should be noted that in the two wheeler market Mahindra has not been that successful with products like Mojo, Gusto etc.

We are eagerly waiting for the launch of the motorcycle and hope that Mahindra will bring back the magic of Jawa which would eventually give a breath of fresh air to Mahindra Two Wheeler’s segment.

Ms. Aishwarya Pissay to participate in Baja Arajon 2018

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Pictures: TVS Motor Company

A very positive news for Indian automotive and racing arena. Ms. Aishwarya Pissay from Bangalore has been selected to be a part of four-member squad – consisting of Adrien Metge, Michael Metge and Spaniard Lorenzo Santolino – of Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team for upcoming Baja Arajon world rally 2018. The rally starts from 20th July 2018 and ends on 22nd July 2018 in Spain. It should be noted that Ms. Pissay is the first Indian women factory racer to participate and compete in Baja Arajon. Ms. Pissay shared that this will be her first international rally and is grateful to TVS racing for giving this opportunity to her.

Team Manager – TVS Racing, Mr. B. Selvaraj shared that they are fielding a new team which consists of first Indian woman to participate in Baja World Rally and is waiting to see how the dynamics play out.  Ms. A Pissay has many feathers under her belt which involve winning:

  1. Raid De Himalaya 2017
  2. Dakshin Dare 2017
  3. Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), 2017
  4. TVS Apache Ladies One Make Championship 2017

The fact that the team will be using Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team’s Dakar machine – RTR 450, takes the whole experience to another level. We wish and hope that team Sherco TVS Rally does great and MS. Aishwarya Pissay tastes a win and makes India proud.

 

 

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TVS Apache RTR 200 4V 2.0 launched

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Few days ago the very idea of owning a motorcycle with slipper clutch in India meant either buying a Kawasaki Ninja 300 or KTM Duke 390. But within few days everything changed as TVS Motors announced and officially posted on their website the arrival of the Apache RTR 200 4V R2.0 race edition which is fitted with A-RT slipper clutch where A-RT stand for Anti-Reverse Torque. TVS motor, by introducing slipper clutch, is trying to reflect upon the racing DNA of RTR series.

The introduction of A-RT slipper clutch at a price which varies from Rs.95,000/- to 1.08 lakh, Ex-showroom Delhi, is indeed a tough task for other manufacturers to achieve. The all new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V R2.0 also boasts of well sculpted fly-screen for an aggressive racing stance and new sticker combination for that sporty look to allure more customers and creating a rush in the lane leading to booking counter. Oh! Please ignore the words in Bold.

Carrying it forward, there are three variant which are available – RTR 200 4V R2.0, RTR 200 Fi 4V R2.0 and RTR 200 4V ABS R2.0 with five colour combinations of black, grey, red, white and matte black. The racing DNA is highlighted by the FI  which has twin spray fuel-injection and the dual -channel ABS with Rear wheel lift-off protection which detects and helps to recover wheel lock.

The whole game comes down to one thing, THE PRICE. Yes we are discussing it again because it is the price of RTR 200 4V R2.0 with slipper clutch which excites not only us and but also the prospective customers. At a price ranging from Rs. 95000/ ex-showroom for the RTR 200 4V R2.0 to Rs.1.08 lakh ex-showroom for the RTR 200 4V ABS R2.0, TVS has played a psychological price game which must have confused the competition. And yes this time don’t ignore the words in Bold.

Triumph Launches Speedmaster

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#Triumph, the name speaks for itself especially when the owners list includes names like #SteveMcQueen to current Heart throbs like #TomCruise and #DavidBeckham, has brought back the real cruiser culture in India. To strengthen its position in the Indian market where they launched around 5 products in 2017 – Street Triple S & RS, Street Scrambler, Tiger Explorer XCx and Bonneville Bobber – #TriumphIndia has recently launched #Speedmaster with a price tag of Rs.11.11 Lakh, Ex-Showroom. Speedmaster carries the authentic ‘British custom’ attitude with a pure reflection of Bonneville’s timeless DNA and features of Bobber.

The actual Speedmaster is almost similar to what it was designed initially and that is why you straight away fall in love with curves which are given in right amount at right places. The #beautyonwheels has a very responsive high torque 1200cc engine. The 8-valve liquid cool parallel twin engine has 270-degree crank which churns out 76 BHP and 106 Nm torque. This gives a linear trajectory to the engine for a smooth and refined ride along with pulling power which gives confidence to the rider. The torque assists wet multi plate clutch system is synchronised with a 6-speed gear box for taming highways and long rides. The motorcycle boasts of features like full LED headlight with DRL, single button cruise control, ride-by-wire fed by twin throttle bodies, road and rain riding modes, ABS & traction control, immobiliser and high Functionality Single clock.

The best thing about speedmaster is the list of equipment which comes as standard –  Full LED headlight with DRL, Single button cruise control, Ride-by-wire fed by, twin throttle bodies, Road and rain riding modes, ABS & traction control, Immobiliser, torque assist clutch, trip computer. Apart from this Triumph is giving 2 years unlimited Kilometres warranty with first major service interval at 16000 Kilometre. Also, the bike has a seat height of 705mm which is good for people with short height.

The Speedmaster has accessories which redefine the ownership experience. Owners can opt for Highway which is meant for touring and Maverick which comes with single seat set up, meant for riders who give preference to its machine.

Riding high on the success of its current product range, Triumph India is expecting great year ahead.

Jawa Motorcycles – The Legend Reborn

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Pictures: Jawa Motorcycles

‘Oh Yesssss, Legend Reborn’, that was our reaction when we saw the all new engine, which still resembles the old but dependable, of Jawa motorcycle.  The design of the engine says it all, as it shows the kind of exercise done by the team from Classic Legend and Mahindra Automotive, the very DNA of the original bike is retained. The engine shows that the feedback of current and past owners has been taken up seriously and it is reflected in pure essence. We are very excited and eager to see how the remaining bike would look like.

Classic Legends Pvt. Ltd. and Mahindra automotive have done quite good research and have come out with an engine which looks promising. The best part was that the current owners and also those who once in their life rode this beautiful motorcycle were contacted and based on their feedback and keeping in mind the current state of norms and technology, a product is on its way to the market which still resembles the actual Jawa. The curves when compared with the original Jawa are almost same and the best part is that the silencers are so similar to the original two-stroke jawa.

The Engine itself is a piece of an art which is result of collaboration with Italian engineers. It is a 293cc liquid cooled, single cylinder DOHC engine with 27bhp and 28 Nm of torque which means that Jawa will be amazing for long rides and smoother during city traffic but one has to wait for the final product launch. We have heard that the team behind the product has gone miles so that the sound of this beautiful 4 stroke is at par with the original two-stroke engine.

That would be Music to our ears. Waiting eagerly.

And yes if everything goes as planned, we expect the official launch by next month.

 

#LegendReborn

Triumph Motorcycles India first ever road safety ride – Jammu to Kanyakumari

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Pictures: Triumph Motorcycles India

Triumph Motorcycles India has been quite active in the riding circle by conducting customer centric programmes like road safety workshops with focus on two-wheeler safety, spreading awareness through screening of educational films etc. For the very first time they are conducting ‘Road Safety Ride’ which began – 31.05.2018 – from Jammu of erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir and will end in Kanyakumari.

Mr. Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India Pvt. Ltd. says, “As a responsible automobile company, it is imperative that we are active participants in the initiative that educates and encourages people to ride safely. Two-wheeler riders are at a higher risk on the roads. The key to safe riding is a combination of defensive driving, adherence to traffic rules, situational awareness, always wearing riding gear and following common road sense.

Mr. Varad More is taking the journey on behalf of Triumph Motorcycles and each Triumph dealership will become a point for safety demonstrations for motorcyclist.

One can keep an update with regards to this initiative via social media handles of Triumph Motorcycles India.

BMW Motorrad Launches G310R & G310GS in India

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Pictures: BMW Motorrad

BMW Motorrad has added two new motorcycles in its portfolio in India. With the launch of G 310R and G 310GS company has made owning a BMW easier and people friendly.  These two #beautyonwheels cater to two different breed of motorcycle enthusiasts. For the ones who prefer riding around city and on tarmac would prefer G 310R which is a dynamic all-round roadster which is quite sporty in nature. For those of you who prefer off-road and adventure will definitely will get bold by the looks of G 310GS. With these motorcycles BMW Motorrad has entered sub-500 cc segment where Royal Enfield’s Classic 350 is doing great business. It is worth sharing that Bajaj Dominar is slowly and steadily picking up the pace. Although, both motorcycles have been developed in Munich, Germany by BMW Motorrad but they will be produced in Hosur, India by cooperation partner TVS Motor Company.

Mr. Dimitris Raptis, Head of Region Asia, China, Pacific, South Africa, BMW Motorrad said, “the all-new BMW G 310 R and the all-new BMW G 310 GS have opened up another important chapter in BMW Motorrad’s history and will lay a strong foundation for future growth.”

 

Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “Both the offerings are set to redefine their segment as they are ideal for young people, novices, returning riders and many other motorcyclists.”

BMW Motorrad has used an attractive line for marketing i.e. Make Life A Ride (#MakeLifeARide) which quite clearly reflects the approach and character of the two products they have launched. Both motorcycles share the same 313 cc 4 valves & two overhead camshafts water-cooled single cylinder 4-stroke engine with power equal to 34 horses and a maximum torque of 28Nm for that initial push. The engine is capable of achieving, as per BMW Motorrad, 0-50 Km/hr in 2.5 seconds and reach up-to 143km/hr

 

Both, G 310 R and G 310 GS boast of 2-channel Anti-lock Braking System, torsionally stiff, highly robust tubular steel frame, upside-down fork at the front while at the rear there is an aluminium swinging arm in conjunction with a spring strut and 6-speed gearbox. BMW Motorrad is providing Standard warranty for three years and unlimited kilometres, with an option to extend warranty to fourth and fifth year.

The way both motorcycles have been priced by BMW Motorrad, it is to be seen how customers will react. G 310R is INR 2.99 lakh and G 310GS is INR 3.49 ex-showroom, available on attractive finance schemes through BMW Financial Services India with all-inclusive monthly instalments starting at INR 6,999 and INR 7,999 respectively.