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2018 Arch Motorcycle Method 143

2018 Arch Motorcycle Method 143

The new flagship for Keanu Reeves’s motorcycle company is as evil as it gets

With what started out as a custom weekend project for Hollywood’s Keanu Reeves, Arch Motorcycles has come a long way ever since it set up shop back in 2007. Joined by a self-taught engineer Gard Hollinger, the company started making production models soon and has to date made three models.

With two models in their existing lineup, Arch Motorcycles expanded their dream project with the brand new flagship model showcased at the EICMA 2017. Called the Arch Method 143, it is a power cruiser that boasts of a powerful V-Twin engine underneath its hood and surrounded by a carbon fiber mono-cell chassis and exquisite materials all around.

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Royal Enfield unveiled colourful new Thunderbird X

Royal Enfield unveiled colourful new Thunderbird X

Four new dapper colors for both 350cc and 500cc

Royal Enfield is having colorful new entries into their 2018 lineup, and ironically, they look even the more retro and chic. Called the Thunderbird “X” series, the Chennai based firm has added vibrant new colors to their Thunderbird models which made its debut back in 2000.

Although it never crossed the pond to North America, the Thunderbirds (both 350cc and 500cc) are very popular with the millennials back home in India. Now, Royal Enfield wants to entice the same breed of customers with splashes of colors and never before seen features on the thumper.

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Indian Motorcycles unveiled the Jack Daniel's Limited Edition Scout Bobber

Indian Motorcycles unveiled the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Scout Bobber

Two American legends come together to create a motorcycle tribute

In 2016, Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniels, two legendary American brands joined forces to commemorate JD’s 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866. This occasion led to Indian Motorcycles building a very limited number (150 units) of the Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle models, all of which were sold barely under 8 hours within the launch.

For 2017, the same stalwarts came together again to produce yet another limited edition of the iconic spin-off of the sumptuousness Indian Chieftain and christened it as the Jack Daniel’s Chieftain. Carrying the legacy forward, the same folks have now created a gold & black Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Scout Bobbers.

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2018 Indian Chieftain Elite

2018 Indian Chieftain Elite

Shine on you crazy diamond

For the year 2018, Americas oldest brand will give the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of its predecessors intact of being the vintage charmers. For its third installment (the first being the Roadmaster Elite and the second is the Springfield Dark Horse), the Polaris owned manufacturer has launched the 2018 Indian Chieftain Elite.

An ultra-premium bagger boasts worldly comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. It is everything the Chieftain stood for, and this time, the Elite rises higher with the high-flake Black Hills Silver color hand paintjob, industry-leading Ride Command system with a 200-watt premium audio system and much more premiumness.

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Gallery: Indian Chieftain Elite

Gallery: Indian Chieftain Elite

Indian Motorcycle launched a limited edition variant of their highly acclaimed Chieftain model called the Chieftain Elite. An ultra-premium bagger that gets high-flake Black Hills Silver color hand paintjob, industry-leading Ride Command system with a 200-watt premium audio system and much more premiumness.

The model features new 19" Front Wheel showcases a 10-spoke, contrast-cut wheel, electronically adjustable tinted windshield, Ride Command system upgraded to a 200-watt stereo boom box, genuine leather saddle, Billet aluminum rider and passenger floorboards, new pinnacle mirrors and updated, smaller hand controls for improved ergonomics.

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Indian Motorcycles launched the new Chieftain Elite

Indian Motorcycles launched the new Chieftain Elite

Gets a premium hand paintjob of Black Hills Silver color

For the year 2018, Americas oldest brand will give the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of its predecessors intact of being the vintage charmers. For its third installment (the first being the Roadmaster Elite and the second is the Springfield Dark Horse), the Polaris owned manufacturer has launched the 2018 Indian Chieftain Elite.

An ultra-premium bagger boasts worldly comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. It is everything the Chieftain stood for, and this time, the Elite rises higher with the high-flake Black Hills Silver color hand paintjob, industry-leading Ride Command system with a 200-watt premium audio system and much more premiumness.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

The low slung roadster gets oomphed up at the factory

Paying regards to what their customers made, Harley-Davidson decided to add two new models to their already strong Sportster series, factory-costumed Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. Yes, the Iron now also comes with the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine running under the hood apart from the 883cc.

Taking inspiration from their customers, the Milwaukee brand created the new Iron 1200 giving it an all-new character and soul making it look very much like a custom motorcycle. It gets pimped up with equipment that was previously available only as exclusive HD parts and accessories, yet still retains the aggressive throwback styling.

“A modern take on what’s been putting big grins on the faces of Sportster motorcycle riders for decades,” says Harley.

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Gallery: Harley-Davidson Forty Eight Special and Iron 1200

Gallery: Harley-Davidson Forty Eight Special and Iron 1200

The Bar and Sheild brand launched two new motorcycles in their Sporters lineup as part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade. The Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special factory customs.

These machines pay regards to the throw-back styling trends developed all over by the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine.

Taking inspiration from what Harley customers were doing with their Sportster models since generations, the Milwaukee brand created the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special and gave them an all-new character and soul making it look very much like a custom motorcycle.

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Harley-Davidson launches two factory-custom Sportsters with a little more oomph

Harley-Davidson launches two factory-custom Sportsters with a little more oomph

The Iron 1200 and the Forty-Eight Special

That is exactly what the new models are all about. The Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. These machines pay regards to the throw-back styling trends developed all over by the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine.

As part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade, Harley-Davidson has already introduced 10 new ones this year: nine new Softails and the Street Rod. Now, the Bar and Shield brand has added two more models in their Sportster lineup, their first after the Roadster was launched back in 2016.

Following the footsteps of what Triumph did with theBonneville Bobber, BMW with its R nineT range, Indian with the Scout Bobber and Ducati with their Scrambler series, Harley is trying to rake up its falling sales with these factory-customs.

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Finally someone made a Royal Enfield Bobber

Finally someone made a Royal Enfield Bobber

KR Customs from Chennai used a Classic 500 as base

Royal Enfield, has been the spoilt choice for many custom bikers and builders around the globe. They are mental, and they are a gold find for its simplistic construction and the liberty for customization. You can chop it up and put them together, and they will carry a whole new charm.

With the soul of ’go anywhere, do anything’ taking up a new meaning every time it goes under the axe, folks from KR Customs in Chennai (the same place Enfields are made these days) have couped up a retro bobber out of the bullet maker’s best-selling model, the Classic 500.

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TVS Motors unveiled a brand-new Hybrid motorcycle, the TVS Zeppelin concept

TVS Motors unveiled a brand-new Hybrid motorcycle, the TVS Zeppelin concept

A 220 cc motor gets tethered to a 1200W electric motor

India’s third largest two-wheeler manufacturer, TVS Motors, is having a ball back home in India. It might not be a world player yet, but don’t fool yourself from having your doubts about it. It is the same firm that BMW Motorrad tied up with to make their G 310R, and those bikes are selling like hot cakes everywhere. Then came the Apache RR 310 fully-faired sportsbike that carries over the powertrain, suspension unit, chassis, brakes, radials and the exhaust from the entry-level naked German.

For a company whose strength lies in its goal of designing and development of new products that are a continuous source of inspiration, it showcased its future products at the recently concluded Indian Auto Expo. It was the TVS Zeppelin hybrid gas-electric cruiser concept that made all the noise at the TVS stalls. It not only sounds interesting (just like the band) but also looks like a proper well-made motorcycle.

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UM motorcycles showcased the Renegade Thor electric cruiser

UM motorcycles showcased the Renegade Thor electric cruiser

Gets three battery capacities that can take the bike from 50 miles to 170 miles

UM-Motorcycles (United Motors) may not have been a brand name anyone of us have it at any corner of our brains, but it is an 18-year-old American global company headquartered in Miami with R&D centers and offices in Miami, India, Italy, and China. With manufacturing facilities in India and China.

The company makes commuter motorcycles, scooter, DSR Series of Euro IV compliant 125 cc Dual Sports bikes, Renegade series of cruiser motorcycles and the Xtreet naked motorcycles. Adding to their lineup, UM has taken a bold step into the electric powered motorcycles by launching their all-new Renegade Thor.

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Indian Motorcycles power kit to boost engine size to 1901cc

Indian Motorcycles power kit to boost engine size to 1901cc

Promises 20% increase in power and 15% increase in torque

When Polaris took over the operations of Indian Motorcycles, they literally revived the brand from the dark shallows of abyss and created a niche for the brand worldwide. Now, Indian Motorcycles has successfully lifted itself up to the pinnacle and has even snatched the throne away from Harley-Davidson.

Adding another jewel to their crown, Indian is providing a power bump kit to all their 2018 models running the Thunder Stroke 111 engine with a 116-cube Stage 3 Big Bore Kit. It promises to give out a 20% increase in power and 15% increase in torque figures.

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Triumph is bringing back the Speedmaster under the Bonneville heritage.

Triumph is bringing back the Speedmaster under the Bonneville heritage.

The new British Icon will land on 03.Oct.2017

Over the past fifteen months, Triumph has been sweating it out on the arena and treating us with exceptionally new modern classics over and over again. Their Bonneville range is selling as fast as they can make them; and just when you thought it’s time for them to take a well-deserved breather, they just pushed themselves into uncharted territory.

Luckily, we don’t have to wait for EICMA or the biennial INTERMOT for us to find out because the British brand has just teased the new Bonneville Speedmaster. Scheduled to be unveiled on the 3rd of October 2017, the Speedmaster will be making a comeback after it was struck off the shelves in 2014.

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For the first time, the Ducati's Devil looks sane.

For the first time, the Ducati’s Devil looks sane.

Diavel S gets an all new Iceberg White paintjob and its looks just as good.

First showcased at the EICMA motor show in Milan 2015, the xDiavel took all eyeballs for a trippy show. Long and low, with sleek and sexy lines, forward controls and a low seat height, this bike was something totally new from the Italian company known the world over for blending impeccable design and high-performance machines. Something like putting purists into a realm of more content and less bitter.

The bike always had a menacing outlook to it that was both handsome and evil at the same time. Rightfully it was quoted as ‘The Gentleman and The Bastard’. Now, the brand has given the premium ’S’ variant of the bike a whole new character that contradicts its otherwise antagonist outlook. And they did that by just having the bike painted in Iceberg White.

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2015 - 2018 Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom

2015 - 2018 Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom

Vintage American Cruiser Style

According to Honda , cruisers are meant for relaxed, comfortable riding. I don’t think it’s unfair to say that nothing says “laid back” quite like the vintage American cruisers from the 1950’s (or so), and Honda made an honest attempt to capture that look and feel of yesteryear with these rides, the big brothers to the Rebel range. Maybe just a little too honest – is that a mechanical drum brake I see? Still with a 745 cc engine and a wide-ratio transmission, the Shadow Phantom and the Aero, which wasn’t brought forward after 2016, fill the "cruiser" slot quite adequately for Honda.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda Shadow Phantom and Shadow Aero.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Breakout

2018 Harley-Davidson Breakout

New Engine Choices, New Chassis, New Attitude

Once again, the Motor Company takes what’s old and makes it new again with its revamped-for-2018 Softail lineup, and the drag-tastic “Breakout” is one of the models that made the jump to the new MY18 range. Harley offers this bobber-burner with the 109 pound-foot, Milwaukee-Eight 107 and the Mil-8 114 that boasts a total of 119 pounds o’ twist. The ground-up Softail-family rebuild contains myriad changes from the remarkable to the mundane that go way beyond a handful of re-arranged trim packages. We’re talking about the re-invention of the whole range with capabilities meant to offset the loss of the Dyna family, and technology that is more in line with the current industry standards. We’re talking a renewed focus on the Softails as H-D’s sole (or should it be soul?) cruisers. This is it; the drag-tastic sub-model of the range that Harley has pinned its mid-size hopes on for the foreseeable future.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Breakout.

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2018 Indian Roadmaster Elite

2018 Indian Roadmaster Elite

It’s Nostalgia. It’s sumptuous. It’s self-indulgence.

It is basically all possible "adjectives" that describes exactly those things. This right here is the cream of the crop of Indian motorcycles and is heading to raise the bar for comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. It is everything the Roadmasterstood for, and this time, this Elite rises higher with the industry-leading Ride Command system, a 300-watt premium audio system, chrome front and rear bumpers, passenger armrests and stylish pinnacle mirrors.

For the year 2018, this American oldest brand will give the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of its predecessors intact of being the vintage charmers. One of them will be this Indian Roadmaster Elite which is the most ultra-premium of all Indians and the only one to get real 23K gold leaf badging on the tank. Real Gold.

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