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When the controversy between Bajaj and TVS came to an end with the new judgment and the agreement from the Madras high court for allowing the re-launch of the TVS Flame DS 125, it marked the first step in bringing the bike out on the Indian roads.

The TVS Flame DS 125 comes with a similar design and look of its predecessor with some modifications in the form of a new elegant black theme. But with its own styling cue, the TVS Flame DS 125 still carries a few features similar to its elder brother, the Apachi, including the design of the headlamp, fender, rear view mirrors, body colored shock absorber springs, and the special engine cowl.

Despite all that, the TVS Flame DS 125 is still as unique a bike as you can get on the Indian market, particularly because it’s the first motorbike in India that comes powered with a 3 valve CC VTi (controlled combustion variable timing intelligent) engine.

Other features of the TVS Flame DS 125 include a 240mm front disc brake, which is complemented with a unique triangular delta edge exhaust that delivers the smoothest sounds, lowest emissions, and also the most excellent performance. The TVS Flame DS 125 also supported by neatly – lockable storage, a water-bottled-sized storage in front of the tank, which will be useful for a rider’s everyday use.

Find out more about the TVS Flame DS 125 after the jump.


Big things are in store for the Indian motorcycle market, thanks to Indian bike maker TVS. That’s because the company is launching its new product, the TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS.

TVS claims that the Apache RTR 180 ABS is the first bike in the Indian market to come equipped with Anti-Lock Braking System, a technology that will now allow its customers to take advantage of the new technology.

But more than just being ABS-ready, the Apache RTR 180 was designed to be a looker, and for all intents and purposes, it is one. For starters, racing GT graphics adorn the bike, providing a look that exudes racing sophistication. The luminous rims and the race crouch mirrors are also part of the bike’s set-up, highlighting the bike’s RTR racing pedigree. Bull horn grab rails have been ergonomically designed to aid the pillion rider in holding on tight while a superbike-style rear fender comes with a replaceable and functional mud flap and a dual texture seat to provide a comfortable seating arrangement.

Powering the Apache RTR 180 is a 177.4 cc 4-stroke engine that produces 17 horsepower @ 8,500 rpm and 15.5 Nm @ 6,500 rpm.

Find out more about the TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS after the jump.


When you have a bike that’s being described as "splendorful," you know the people behind it are doing a great marketing job for the product. Not that the Hero Honda Splendor NXG needs publicity help because it’s already "splendorful" enough on its own.

Designed with new graphics and stickers that complement the bike’s basic body shape, the new Splendor NXG was given aesthetic and aerodynamic touches to improve it’s overall fuel efficiency, as well as its reliability and low cost maintenance. The facelift done on the Splendor NXG highlights the strengths of the bike’s redesign, complete with an attractive meter console and visor, black alloy wheels, and clear lens winkers. These features make it more appealing to a whole new market of motorcycle enthusiasts in India.

As far as performance is concerned, the Hero Honda Splendor NXG comes packed with a pretty impressive powertrain that features a 97.2cc air-cooled, four-stroke single cylinder OHC engine that produces 7.8 horsepower at 7,500 RPM and 8.04 Nm of torque at 4,500 RPM.

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


If passion were manifested in a bike, that’s what the Passion Pro is all about, making it one of strongest and most popular bikes in the Indian two-wheeler market.

In terms of style, the Passion Pro comes with a design that speaks to its sleek shape and aggressive looks. It comes available in a whole blend of exciting colors, including Black & Sport Red, Vibrant Blue, Force Silver, Sports Red, Black & Frost Blue, and Palace Maroon. Plenty of new technologies have also been fitted into the Passion Pro, including a new digital-analog speedometer, a stylish visor with black-tinted windscreen & clear–lens indicator, a radical twin bulb tall light, and new custom graphics.

More than just its looks, the Passion Pro is complemented by a very powerful and efficient 97.2 cc air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder OHC engine that produces an impressive 7.8 horsepower at 7,500 RPM and 8.04 Nm of peak torque at 4,500 RPM.

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

Hero Honda feels so strongly about this bike that they apparently had no problems calling it the Super Splendor. Then again, the motorcycle company is always looking at improving its product line, which explains why they have taken to great lengths to improve the Super Splendor model past its rather optimistic name.

Designed and developed to be better than ever before, the 2012 Super Splendor carries plenty of improvements, highlighted by a new 125cc "Quantum Core" engine that delivers the best fuel efficiency in the Hero MotoCorp family. This powertrain is capable of hitting 9 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 10.35 Nm at 4,000 RPM with an impressive top speed of 56 miles per hour.

On top of its engine credentials, the Super Splendor also boasts of a Trip-Meter that measures distance during travel, a peephole to check the engine oil level, a large utility box, a broad muffler with its own heat shield, a multi-reflector headlight and tail-light, a translucent visor, and a pass switch & push cancel indicator switch.

The combination of new engine and new technology has allowed the Super Splendor to live up to its name. Not that it should make a whole lot of difference because the bike is already stellar in its own regard.

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

If looks could engulf us in flames, the Victory Arlen Ness Signature Series, which made its debut in 2004, is a bonafide scorcher on two wheels. And for the 2012 model, Arlen decided that a splash of added attitude just may be what pushes this bike over the top.

If you like futuristic styling, the Victory Arlen Ness Vision is a bike that will definitely make heads turn, particularly the use of heavy black paint on the bike, as well as the abundance of chrome and accessories directly in contrast to the collection of Ness. The bike also comes with custom graphics such as this fiery and blazing graphic detail. On top of that, the bike also has comfortable seats that make long journeys a pleasure to make. Add that to the Ness radio display, Ness flamed engine covers, and a comfortable leather seat, and you have a bike that’s just itching to be taken out on joyrides.

Speaking of joyrides, that wouldn’t be possible if you have a bike that comes with a mediocre powertrain. Fortunately, there’s nothing mediocre about the Arlen Ness Vision, including its 106-cubic-inch Freedom V-Twin engine that produces a stout and very capable 97 horsepower.

Find out more about the Victory Arlen Ness Vision after the jump.


Victory Motorcycles isn’t playing hard-ball with its customers; they just have a bike called Hard-Ball that they pulled the covers off recently in Long Beach, California.

In typical High-Ball fashion, the 2012 Victory Hard-Ball arrived in one no-nonsense color: Matte Black with tasteful red pin striping. For an old-school look, the bike received black spoke wheels - 18" on the front and 16" on the rear - shod with blackwall Dunlop Elite tires. The Hard-Ball’s triple-disc brakes with standard ABS are fully modern binders.

The 1731cc Freedom 106 provides a spirited ride with a wide spread of power on the High-Ball, and despite a little larger fender on the front end, steering is still light enough, even with the absence of a fairing most baggers or tourers sport. The Hard-Ball also features a single-overhead cam with four valves per cylinder and self-adjust cam chains with hydraulic lifters. The 106 Freedom V-Twin also breathes through a modern Electronic Fuel Injection with dual, 45mm throttle bodies, and split dual exhaust with a crossover pipe for enhanced performance. The powertrain is mated to a 6-Speed overdrive transmission with "Neutral Selection Assist and helical-cut gears to ensure every shift is as quiet and smooth as the one before."

As for handling, the chassis design of the bike comes with a longer wheelbase (65.7" worth), a higher seat (26.25"), and more ground clearance (5.8"). The Hard-Ball also adds some touring amenities, safety and comfort, including a larger air-deflecting battery cover, split dual exhaust, and a longer rear fender.

Find out more about the Victory Hard-Ball after the jump.

We all love limited edition pieces of anything, and in the case of a Victory motorcycle, we’d sign up for the Crossroads Classic Limited Edition. The 2012 Cross Roads LE is a numbered model which includes exclusive paint, graphics, pinstriping, a classic leather seat and saddlebags with custom stitching, wire wheels, a different windshield, cool chrome light bar, fender bumpers, and saddlebag rails with tip-over protection.

Plenty of new digs, right? Wait, it gets even better.

With the Crossroads Classic LE, you also get to pick your color, saddlebag style, windshield style, and over 48 different customization combinations for the touring motorcycles. A list of Pure Victory accessories can also be added to the program, taking it to another level of custom and added levels of protection and comfort. Windshields, touring seats, backrests, heated handgrips, and cruise control are but a few of the aftermarket upgrades already available for the 2012 Cross Roads LE.

More than just styling, the Crossroads Classic LE also comes with an air-adjust rear suspension makes it easy to optimize the bike for solo or two-up riding. ABS, cruise control, dual-disc front brakes, inverted forks, and a 5.8-gallon tank round out the package. The aforementioned engine type used in the Victory is a Freedom SOHC V-Twin engine that delivers an impressive 109 lb/ft of torque, making the bike a distinct cruiser that not only packs quite a punch, but can also be customized to your liking.

Find out more about the Victory Crossroads Classic LE after the jump.

As far as luxury cruisers are concerned, there are plenty of options to choose from in its segment. But if you’re looking for a bike that has a Victory badge on it, the Vision Tour will answer your call. Returning in full-luxury format and providing riders with comfort, protection, convenience, and much cargo space, the Vision Tour makes no bones about all the benefits that come with it as a luxury cruiser.

The distinctive body style of the Vision Tour incorporates a full fixed fairing with the set-up of the bike fixed for touring, thanks to the side-storage compartments, and a lockable trunk with 29 gallons serving as extra cargo space. At the trunk of the Vision Tour is a passenger backrest with additional audio speakers incorporated to pair with the ones integrated in the fairing. The bike also features a comfortable 2-up seating, a low driver seat height of just 26.5", an electric windshield height control, heated seats, and heated handlebar grips.

Handling is also a premium quality of the Vision Tour with the linked abs providing Victory Vision riders with confidence-inspiring braking. High resolution sensors on each wheel monitor the wheel’s speed, and should they sense anything out of the ordinary, the abs system provides instant, effective braking, slowing down the bike and allowing the rider to maintain control the whole way.

Find out more about the Vision Victory Tour after the jump.

When Victory introduced the Cross Country in late 2009, it didn’t take long for the bagger to become a market favorite. This bike provided a fresh face in the factory bagger segment with the edgy lines of its fork-mounted fairing, a beautifully crafted tank with a raised spine, sharp lines and strategic recesses, and handling that its competitors wished they could match.

Now that the Cross Country has its legs under it in the segment, 2012 offered the perfect opportunity to release its full touring credentials in the Cross Country Tour.

As a take on the Cross Country, the Cross Country Tour comes with plenty of new features, including a taller windshield, the addition of a big top-case that doubles as a passenger backrest, extra speakers for the stereo system, new lower fairings, and a slick new system of vents and deflectors which allow riders to channel air flow to their liking. The Tour’s tall, wide windshield helps pocket the rider in a cocoon in mostly still air while the new topcase provides a contoured, padded backrest. When passengers are kicking back in the improved accommodations of the bike, the extra speakers integrated into the top-case makes for a great listening experience as their hair is being blasted off by the wind.

The large fork-mounted fairing of the Cross Country Tour now wears new, clear wind deflectors located on the fairing’s lower edge. The deflectors, along with the airflow controls in the lowers, are what Victory calls the Comfort Control System.

Find out more about the Victory Cross Country Tour after the jump.


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