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By relying on volume production, Yamaha wants to achieve its target of capturing 10% of the Indian market share in the coming years. With bikes like the Yamaha SZR, they’ve been doing a pretty good job in capturing the imagination of the youth.

In order to achieve their objectives, Yamaha recently launched a number of models under the SZ series, one of which is the SZ-R.

The Yamaha SZ-R has the same design as the SZ-X, although the bike does come with a number of modifications, including new color options and the addition of a new front disc brake. In addition, the Yamaha SZ-R comes with a tachometer and a tank protector that has been fitted to the fuel tank to make it appear even larger. The bike also has a clear lens flasher, a colored handle grip end bar, and painted muffler end caps along with special graphics.

Finally, the SZ-R comes powered with a 153cc air cooled, 4 stroke, SOHC, 2-valve engine that produces 12 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 12.8Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. It’s not a world-beater, but it’s got enough juice to make a difference to whoever is riding the saddle.

Find out more about the Yamaha SZ-R after the jump.


The Ducati 350 GTL first broke into the scene in 1975 when designer Tumidei decided that an update of his 1965 design was in order. But at that time, Ducati’s line-up of bikes only concentrated on small singles and those big, bad, and powerful V-Twins.

Undaunted, the Italian bike maker pushed forward with the release of the 350 GTL in ’75. The surprising success of the bike pushed Ducati to introduce the 500 Sport Desmo two years later in 1977, followed by the 500 Super Sport, and finally, the GTV model in 1978.

As far as the bike that was being offered at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, the 350 GTL - CN: DM350B/035718 - it came in original condition, complete with a two-tone red and black paint finish, alloy rims, and a 350 cc SOHC parallel-twin engine mated to a five-speed transmission.

Expected bidding price for the Ducati 350 GTL was expected to hit anywhere from €3,000 - €4,000, which is about $3,800 - $5,200 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $2,273.

With a market that’s growing more and more competitive by the day, Honda is bringing the CBR 150R to compete against the likes of the Yamaha R15 V20 and the KTM Duke 200 . Even better, they gave this bike a special edition treatment courtesy of a unique Repsol livery.

Fitted with a 150 cc, DOHC 4-stroke, 1-cylinder engine and mated to a six-speed transmission, the CBR 150R Repsol Edition is a serious contender to the throne of the entry level sports bike. At the heart of this bike, you will find a radiator with a cooling system and the a injection system (PGFM-FI).

The bike is also available in two variants - Standard and Deluxe - with both offering a unique riding experience to the rider. For the Standard version, it will have a cost of around 116,385 Rupee whereas the Deluxe has a cost of around 117,385 Rupee.

With all of these items in tow, the CBR 150R Repsol Edition has a great chance to be the rival for the other bikes, especially for the Yamaha R15 and KTM Duke 200.

Find out more about the Honda CBR 150R Repsol Edition.


The Honda CBR 250R is returning to India with minor changes, something that should be music to the ears of a lot of people.

For the styling, this CBR 250 comes with some new color options, such as the combination of Blue-White-Red. The plastic quality has been increased and the engine is now more powerful and efficient due to the re-mapping of the ECU.

Speaking of the engine, the CBR 250R employs a 250 cc one-cylinder engine that produces 25 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 22.9 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. Compared to the KTM Duke , the CBR 250R is heavier, weighing 167 kg compared to only 136 for the Duke. Nevertheless, the difference shouldn’t be all that significant considering the CBR 250R carries some additional features that its rival does not.

Among these features include a Combi Brake System (CBS) and a re-setting of the ECU that riders can have as an added option.

Find out more about the Honda CBR 250R after the jump.


The Honda VRF 1200F has been described as the future of Honda’s fleet of motorcycle. Coming with a complete package of style and advanced technology, the VRF 1200F is proof that a bike can be both powerful and fuel efficient.

Thanks to its 1,237cc engine that’s capable of generating 170 horsepower, there are few bikes in the world that can compete with this Japanese buzz saw. Moreover, the 6 Speed Cruise Drive Transmission that was used in this super bike and the V-4 type of engine have been accommodated to assure enhanced performance. In addition to the engine, this bike was chrome finished and the body has given an aerodynamic shape.

Honda has been known as a company that puts forth an effort in producing completely glorious products to their costumers. Honda also has a high expectation for good sales with the release of this bike in India. So, yeah, a lot is riding on the VRF 1200F to be the bike it’s claimed to be.

Helping in all that hype are a number of new technologies that have been added to the street bike, particularly a Dual-Clutch-Transmission (DCT) which can be used with separate modes for Drive, Cruising, and Sports purposes. This aggressive bike also comes with an electric start and a paddle shift which supports manual changing of gears.

To make sure that the rider and the pillion feel comfortable, this Honda VRF 1200F is fitted with a wealth of comfort and advanced features. The long and wide seat of this bike offers a painless riding experience to the rider as well as the pillion.

Find out more about the Honda VRF 1200F after the jump.


Not everybody in India’s growing motorcycle market wants a bike that’s more powerful than they can handle. That’s good because TVS’ new bike, the Sport, isn’t cut out for the extreme mongers. Where it lies is in the hearts of those that enjoy a stylish motorbike with enough power to impress your peers.

As far as its looks are concerned, the TVS Sport has been dressed in dual tone color graphics. Meanwhile, the fuel tank of the TVS Sport is slight and the dual toned-side panel offers an attractive look. Moving on to the lights, the TVS Sport has been fitted with a multi-reflector clear headlamp and taillights that come with a clearer profile. The all-black style of the Sport also adds a look of aggression, and when combined with the graphics, makes for a bike that’s as eye-catching as it is mechanically capable.

Speaking of its performance, the TVS Sport is powered by 100cc, four-stroke engine that produces 7.8 horsepower at 7,500 RPM and 7.5 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 RPM. Combine that with a 4-speed constant mesh transmission, a front telescopic hydraulic fork, a rear suspension with 5 stage adjustable shockers, and standard drum type brakes with alloy wheels and you have a motorbike that not only looks the part of winner, but performs like one too.

Find out more about the TVS Sport after the jump


Indian bike maker TVS knows the value of introducing new models, especially in a market as big as India. That’s why for their 2012 line-up, TVS has developed a new variant of their sports bike range, called the Star City.

Don’t mistake it for a Honda or a Yamaha , despite what the overall look of the bike shows you. The Star City stands proud, thanks to a dual tone body color, a new headlamp, new indicators, and a choice of six different color options, ranging from Blue, Green, Red, Crimson, Gold, and Silver.

More than just its distinctive looks, the Star City also packs an impressive powertrain that features a 110cc CVTi engine and produces 8.2 horsepower at 7,500 RPM and 8.1 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 RPM. Power from the engine courses through a four-speed transmission, with the fuel consumption rated at an impressive 83.9km/liter. Rounding out the features for the TVS Star City is an econometer, which gives the riders information about the fuel consumption, enabling them to be aware of how much gas is left on the tank.

Find out more about the TVS Star City after the jump.

The all new Hero Honda Splendor Pro has arrived with bolder looks and the appearance of a bike that carries similar styling dynamics to the older versions of the Splendor.

The new Splendor Pro is about as stylish as a bike can get for this segment. The sleek body graphics add some appeal to the bike while the front and rear face give off the same feel of a sports bike. The bike’s front cowl sports stylish graphics that enhance the bike’s sporty appeal as well.

In addition to the impressive looks, the Hero Honda Splendor Pro is also a very economical bike, an important characteristic for a bike in the Indian market.
It also has 11 liters of fuel tank capacity along with one liter of fuel reserve.

Finally, the Splendor Pro is powered by a 97.2 cc air-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder OHC engine that produces 8 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 8.04 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm.

Find out more about the Hero Honda Splendor Pro after the jump.


With the most recent Worldcrosser accessory package offered by your Yamaha dealer, you now have the opportunity to make over your Super Ténéré into the Super Ténéré Worldcrosser. Yep, anytime you can turn your bike into one of the toughest long-distance bikes that’s ever been built, you do it without batting an eyelash.

Supplied as retro-fit parts, the Worldcrosser kit comes with lightweight carbon body panels and special black anodized chassis protectors that make your Super Ténéré ready for the toughest adventure.

There are a few caveats, though. One is that the Worldcrosser kit does not come with the Akrapovic exhaust, a fog lamp kit, or pure off road tires, as shown in the images. You can get an Akrapovic exhaust system and a fog lamp kit as added accessory items from authorized Yamaha dealers.

Nevertheless, the XT1200Z Super Ténéré Worldcrosser brings the adventure bike concept to a new level. It’s complemented with special kit parts and comes featured with intelligent technology. There’s no doubt that this go-anywhere bike brings class-leading performance and controllability together with superb long-distance capabilities.

Find out more about the Yamaha Super Ténéré Worldcrosser after the jump.


If you want to talk about a true one-of-a-kind classic Ducati, it doesn’t get any better than the Ducati 860 GT Polizia. On the same vein that the American police rode Harley-Davidsons for years, its European counterpart used Ducatis.

This particular 860 GT Polizia, which was put on auction at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, was built on a 750GT frame, with 750 tanks and side covers. In addition, it carried a powerful 864 cc SOHC V-twin engine that was mated to a five-speed transmission.

As a 1981 model, this 860 GT Polizia - CN: DM750S/755495 - was used by the Bologna Police Department and came with a windshield, leg shields, and side panniers, as well as a black paint and chrome finish.

Its condition is still impeccable even after all these years, and is highlighted by a relatively low mileage considering its age and the purpose it was used for (patrolling the mean streets of Bologna, Italy back in the 80’s).

Expected bid price for this 1981 Ducati 860 GT Polizia was pegged at around €4,000 - €6,000, which is about $5,200 - $7,800 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $10,606.


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