TVS Apache RR One Make Series – Top 12 racers selected

 

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TVS Apache RR One Make series is to begin from June 2018 and TVS Racing – factory racing arm of TVS Motor Company is finally out with the top 12 racers selected for the megaevent. The event is the very first as far as TVS Apache RR One Make Series is concerned and will be conducted as part of Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC).

 

B Selvaraj, Team Manager, TVS Racing stated that, “the response across the country was phenomenal. This further translated into the number of entries and we were delighted to see new names spring into the final 12. We are glad to have such spirited and talented individuals on our platform and look forward to see them compete fiercely in the cup astride Race tuned TVS Apache RR 310. I wish them all the best for the cup.”

The selection rounds were conducted at the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) in Chennai. The selection was open to riders with a podium finish in INMRC or any One Make Championship and only 40 qualified for selection round out of 287 entries. TVS Racing has made changes in the RR 310 by equipping it with a free-flow exhaust, modified foot- peg to provide race ergonomics, race tuned Electronic Control Unit and improved induction system.

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.

‘Race to the Clouds’- initiative by TVS Apache

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The Apache Owners Group (AOG) initiative by TVS Apache saw another event in our very own Delhi, the Capital of India. A ride, ‘Race to the Clouds’ was flagged off on 27th of July, 2018 which saw 30 TVS Apache owners from   across the country participating, including three women riders. The 14 days ride started from Delhi and will cover 2600 Km distance across 5 cities and will conclude at Nubra Valley on 3rd of August, 2018.

TVS Apache was launched back in 2006 and since then TVS has been bringing different models under Apache brand. As of now Apache series boasts of TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, RTR 200 4V, RTR 180 ABS, RTR 180, RTR 160 and RR 310. TVS even has its own Apache race series giving opportunity to budding riders.

The initiative of bringing all TVS Apache owners together has made a positive impact as almost 3000 customers in more than 35 cities are member of the group.

TVS Motor Company Successfully Concluded Apache Owners Group (AOG) South Chapter

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Apache series has pushed TVS Motor Company to new heights as more and more people line up at the dealership. An increment, which was done silently, in the price of recently launched RR 310 itself speaks about the success it has brought for the Indian manufacturer. To improve upon this faith shown by customers and to have an engaging relationship with its customers, TVS Motor Company has taken up an initiative and under this they successfully concluded Apache owners Group (AOG) South Chapter.

To make the experience rich and interesting, a visit was made to the state-of-the-art Mysore manufacturing facility where motorcycles of TVS Apache series are built for customers across the globe.  A detailed tour was given, almost 150 TVS Apache owners participated, for that ‘first-hand’ experience and understanding of what goes behind the screen. Riders from cities of Bengaluru, Kochi, Coimbatore, Calicut, Chennai and Madurai came together for the two-day event which was flagged simultaneously from Bengaluru and Coimbatore on April 6, 2018 and concluded on April 8, 2018 in Mysore.

AOG or Apache Owners Group has presence in 30 cities with over 3000 passionate and like-minded customers who are brought together because of one common thing – that racing DNA which is indeed a unique experience in itself. The Apache series was launched in 2006 and has products ranging from 160, 180, 200 and the recently launched TVS Apache RR 310.

Jawa Motorcycles – The Legend Reborn

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‘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.

 

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Triumph Bonneville T100 Review

Words: Javed Ali Khan

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Triumph Bonneville T100 price, ex-showroom, is Rs.8.70 Lakh. Now you must be thinking why I have started this article by quoting the price and not with some great anecdotes or one liner to attract your attention. Well it is so because motorcycles like T100 don’t require such things. Also, it is said, according to some people, that at the end of the day one always looks at the number of features provided when compared with the amount of money spent while making a purchase.

Well, if this is your approach towards buying a motorcycle, then believe me you are totally wrong because then you are one of those people who want to buy a motorcycle to reach your destination from point A to point B. Please stop right here. But if you are someone who thinks its not only about reaching your destination rather it’s about the memories you make during the journey which in future you will cherish and share with your grandchildren then please feel free to continue reading this piece and yes do share your thoughts, obviously after going through the complete article.

Attention seeker – Style, Looks and Colour

Triumph Motorcycles are one of those manufacturers in the world who have managed to retain the old-world charm and classic genes in their product without ignoring the technological advancement. First look at T100 and your eyes send signals to the heart that nothing is as beautiful as this legendary icon. We had with us – Fusion White and Aegean Blue and apart from this there are two more options available – New England White/ Intense Orange and Jet Black as far as colour options are concerned.

The paint job, the quality of chrome, the design of tank, the circular speedometer – reprising 1959 Bonneville – and seat makes the T100 aesthetically more sound and attractive as compared to its nearest competitor. It works like a cleansing agent for heart and soul and brings peace, patience and calmness and, believe it or not, positive changes to the character of an individual.

I had this #BeautyOnWheels, which has parallel-twin engine, with me for 4 days and it was only once that I crossed the 100Km mark. I knew a light flick of the throttle would have shown the effectiveness of ride-by-wire mechanism and I could have crossed 100Km mark many a times but while riding T100 you are stopped from doing it. Well It is a bit difficult to explain but it is important for me to make you understand this feeling of not being harsh on T100. I know that we all have, at one point of time, taken our girlfriend or wife for a spin on a motorcycle and always thought that it should, the ride, never end. Well it is the same feeling with Triumph T100 but minus your girlfriend or wife.

The triumph Bonneville T100 comes with 150 options of customizing as per your own taste but that would cost you a good amount of cash. But the way T100 is, the headlight, the silencer – oh they are so cool and beautifully placed, the instrument cluster, the chrome sticker on the tank and every part and from every angle makes you to realise that there is no hard and fast need of customisation at the time of the purchase. This – customisation –  is something which can do after sometime in case you want achieve more out of the T100.

The Calm Beautiful Beast – Engine, Performance, Ride & Handling

#TheCalmBeautifulBeast, as I refer to T100, is a liquid cooled 900cc parallel-twin engine with 8 valves with crank at 270° which creates 54 horse power and 80NM Torque. These are not mere numbers but the reason why T100 becomes aggressive at the click of 1st gear and by the time it reaches 3000rpm the beast approaches 100Km figure with a calm and composed manner and beyond 120Km it again starts acting in aggressive manner. Torque of 80NM makes this 200+Kg beauty act like a rocket and helps you to beat the city traffic with ease and the linear acceleration makes it a calm highway cruiser.

T100 given to us had only 1100Km on the odometer and hence was in neat condition. The Km to litre figure during our time spent with this #BeautyOnWheels was not much to brag about as it gave merely 18Km/litre. We covered around 200 km and it is important to note that 35% of the time we used t100 on highway and a good 65% of the time in bumper to bumper traffic of Delhi. With the passage of time and many more km on the odometer we expect the fuel consumption to increase up-to 22-24 km/litre. As per Triumph Motorcycles, it is because of the new Liquid Cooling system there is an increase of 29% in fuel economy when compared with the older air-cooled model but it is the only reason why riding during summer becomes a small problem. The radiator throws air directly on the legs of the rider which may force you to take breaks during long journeys, but that would happen only during summers.

A very important thing which I learnt while riding T100 was that one needs to ‘Un-Learn’ everything to ‘Learn’ something new. The very first time when you try to change the lane while riding T100, it feels like that you have to put in more effort as compared to what you had thought. To cut it short, changing lane while riding T100, initially, is a bit interesting task but once you are able to sync yourself with this calm beast, there is no looking back and you start exploring more and try to test the limit.

But here is what is important, do not test the limit, not because you are not capable of doing it or T100 not capable of it but because doing so would be wrong as T100 commands respect and needs to be driven at a respectable speed, which according to me is anywhere between 80 to 100 Km/hr.

The T100 chassis and suspension allows it to eat any kind of Potholes in an easy manner without letting the rider losing either confidence or focus. This confidence is also backed by single 310mm floating disc with Nissin 2-piston floating caliper at the front and single 255mm disc with Nissin 2-piston floating caliper at the rear along with ABS.

 

The Verdict

There are manufacturers who make motorcycles and then there are manufacturers who create ART in the form of MOTORCYCLES. Bonneville T100 is a motorcycle which is a #BeautyOnWheels and #TriumphMotorcycles have created a perfect art form which can never get old rather it grows on you and keep tinkling with that corner of your heart which reminds you that there is more to life than a normal routine of reaching point A from point B. Triumph Bonneville T100 tells you that it is the journey which defines you and not the destination.

 

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

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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.

Is This The End? Tata Nano The People’s Car

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The dream of Mr. Ratan Tata of giving Indians the cheapest car in the form Nano which saw the light of the day way back in 2008 is now at verge of its end. Yes, you have heard it right. Tata Nano was called ‘People’s car’ by many, was also referred as ‘Lakhtakiya’ which means something which costs under 1 lakh. In June this year only one unit was produced and as far as exports are concerned, Nano could not even open up the account.

 

The car which indeed made its place into the hearts and garage of Indian car buyers was loved and hated by many at the same time. A few incidents of Nano bursting into flames gave it a negative image from which it could not recover till now. But it also gained love and admiration to an extent that famous American Talk show host Mr. Jay Leno bought one Nano for his garage and took it to America. The only problem was that as the Nano was not road legal, he had to use the track of LAPD for testing the car.

The best thing about Nano is that

  1. it is small
  2. easy to manoeuvre
  3. has space for four
  4. a person as tall as 6ft. can fit into it easily

and the most important thing was its air-condition which was so effective that even Jay Leno said that it is better when compared with his McLaren F1.

It is to be seen whether Tata motors would finally end the production of Nano or will revive the brand and the product by introducing it into electric form. We believe that Nano can, any given day, do well as compared to MS Alto, Renault Kwid or Datsun Go but for that Tata motors have to go back to drawing board and come up with a strategy which helps Nano in gaining customers confidence.

Mini Urban Drive in India

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Mini, the brand which is owned by BMW, started its very own ‘Mini Urban Drive’ platform in India, which promotes and provides ‘Go-Kart’ like feeling among its users. The very first drive was held in August in Bengalauru where products like New Mini Hatch, New Mini Convertible, The All New Mini Countryman and the flagship Mini Clubman were present. The event will be organised throughout India in 7 major cities which are Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Chandigarh and Delhi and will over by October, 2018. The idea behind the event is to promote and showcase the safety and performance hidden in the various models of Mini.

This is what Mr. Vikram Pawah, Chairman, BMW Group India said, “The MINI Urban Drive provides a perfect opportunity for auto enthusiasts to be inspired by MINI’s ultimate combination of driving fun, top-notch quality and unique style. It offers participants not only the legendary driving experience of a MINI, but also significantly increasing safety at the wheel- whether in everyday traffic, performing rapid overtaking manoeuvres or at full –throttle on the racetrack. With MINI Urban Drive, we continue to extend the MINI lifestyle to more customers and look forward to welcoming more members to the MINI way of life.

Through out the event trained Mini Sales consultants will be present to assist users in a professional manner and provide details related to the products available for the drive. This would help customers to identify the Mini matching their lifestyle. Not only this, Mini India is accepting the booking of its products during the course of event.

BMW support for flood-affected customers in Kerala

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Kerala recently faced one of the worst floods in its history. Keeping in mind the issues to be faced by car owners, BMW India has decided to extend special service support for flood-affected customers in the State. A special task force has been deployed at various service points to assist the customers in best possible manner and bring vehicles back on roads. Spare parts availability is being prioritized and arrangements are being made to satisfy the demand arising out of flood affected vehicles.

 

BMW has increased the team size of technicians and service advisors for faster repairs and deliveries of affected vehicles. They have also come up with complimentary Road Side Assistance for towing of vehicles. The customers are being provided ‘On-site insurance support’ and surveyors for swift and fast insurance claims. Chairman of BMW Group India, Mr. Vikram Pawah, said, “Continuous heavy rainfall in Kerala region and flooding of low lying areas across the state is a cause of great concern. We stand with our customers in meeting any challenges they might have to face due to inclement weather conditions. BMW India has taken special measures to ensure that its customers receive prompt response to their service and insurance requirements.”

 

The support with regards to insurance claims involves daily visits of surveyors – Both, BMW partnered and Non-BMW collaborated insurance companies – for fast assessment and processing of insurance claims. Also, BMW India has requested that customers should not attempt to re-start the engine of a stalled vehicle as it may damage the engine. The owners of the vehicles getting affected by the flood can call BMW Roadside Assistance at 18001032211 for assistance.