2017 KTM Duke 250
When the first Duke hit the streets a few decades ago, it was not here to make friends. The bike changed the game and re-wrote the rule books. A bold call to all to head to the straight narrow and embrace the life that lives at the very limit.
In 2011 the Duke family gained a new member, namely the small 125 Duke and was followed by the 690 Duke and the 990 Super Duke R in 2012. We got the first Duke 200 in 2013, and since then there has been no turning back for the Austrian Orange. Releasing the refreshed 390, they had completed the goal of leading the boards of the segment. But, looks like KTM had other things in mind for us.
Now in 2017 came a surprise from KTM when they launched the Duke 250 along with their updated 200 and the new phenomena called the 390 Duke. Although KTM had once rubbished news about the brand planning to get the Duke 250, this launch has been a wild card. Meant only for the South Asian markets, the 250 could make a scene on American roads too and is built in India by Bajaj.
2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
The Austrian manufacturer had a superlative field day at the EICMA in Milan, Italy. Taking the covers off the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, KTM shows of having no plans to be dethroned as the brand that gives us outright thrill seeking motorcycles along with being competitive.
When the flagship Super Duke was released in 2014, it blew us away and reigned supreme in the super naked market. It was a lethal weapon and had to be tamed. This time, it has got ton loads of updates for 2017 making this animal go berserk. KTM prefers it to be called ‘The Beast 2.0’.
2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z 250
After making a sweet spot in the hearts of enthusiasts with its Ninja 300, Kawasaki had struck again with its yet another onslaught in the entry-level performance motoring, Z250. It was first launched in 2013 for the Asian markets post which the Japanese Green team gave the Z300 for Australia and Europe.
Designed and engineered on the lines of the bigger Z’s, the Z250 also promises to give the thrills of the Ninja in a more affordable package. After the Ninja 300, we were speculating that Kawasaki might launch its Z300 on our shores, but that seems out of the question at the moment. Nonetheless, we stay optimistic with this Z250 making rounds of eastern roads. It gets Euro IV compliant engine, new color schemes, and the much needed ABS. Good news is never too late.
Aprilia’s New Baby Streetfighter Looks Like A Shrunk Down Tuono V4
In the motorcycling industry, it’s sort of an unsaid rule to follow up a successful faired sportbike with an equally bonkers but more versatile streetfighter, and we’ve seen all leading manufacturers do this from time to time. The latest one to do so is Aprilia, who has taken the wraps off the new GPR250S naked motorcycle, based on the fully-faired GPR250R sold in Asian markets.
KTM’s new 790 Adventure R comes out of the dark
Unveiled to the world along with the production-ready 790 Duke at the 2017 EICMA, the Austrian manufacturer gave us their first hint at the 790 Adventure R Enduro production-prototype motorcycle that is underpinned by the same mechanicals as the Duke.
KTM has since then been teasing us with glimpses of the lightweight enduro motorcycle undergoing testing around the world. Fortunately, it has opened the blanket completely at the European Adventure Rally a few days back to provide an exclusive first look of the model year 2019 KTM 790 Adventure R.
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.
Before Orange County Choppers, there was Harley Davidson, and while Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. duke it out as to who is the fairest of them all, Harley Davidson is and will always remain the American motorcycle manufacturer. That being said, Ford has chosen to dress up an F-150 in full HD design.
The 2011 Harley-Davidson F-150 will get a new standard 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 411 HP and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. It provides an improved maximum trailer towing capacity of 9,300 pounds. "This engine has tons of torque and already has been proven in the field with both the F-150 SVT Raptor and Super Duty," said Mike Harrison, V8 engine program manager. "The exhaust for the Ford Harley-Davidson edition has been specially tuned to feature a throaty V8 rumble customers will love." The engine can be equipped with a SelectShift Automatic transmission.
The exterior of the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 will look a lot brighter with its six-bar-shaped billet-style satin chrome grille and "Harley-Davidson" satin chrome badging. It will also come with 22-inch forge wheels in black or silver and will sit lower thanks to the standard, fully integrated deployable running board.
The interior of the F-150 will see plenty of technological upgrades, including a voice-activated Navigation System, a 4.2-inch productivity screen, power moonroof, and Remote Start System. The interior trim panels will be dressed in Tuxedo Black paint while all of the interior chrome components will have a premium stain finish. The Premium leather-trimmed seats and console lid come with handmade cloisonné badges that are manufactured by the same company that makes badges for Harley-Davidson.
The 2011 Harley-Davidson F-150 is the perfect truck for any true HD fan, but, be careful, this truck is going to cost you. Last year’s model was almost double the price of the standard F-150.
Press release after the jump.
KTM unveils a limited edition RC 390 and a race-spec SSP300 kit
It’s been five years since KTM introduced the Duke and RC series and since their launch, they’ve sold like hotcakes. It inevitably attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new sharper styling and plenty of exciting features. There is hardly any fault regarding the overall packaging of KTM with their RC and its approach towards performance-oriented segments of motorcycles. But, KTM believes in remaining at the top of the podium.
Which is why KTM has given their RC series yet another update that sharpens its racing DNA. Hence it also gets the “R” at the end. It is a standard RC 390 that gets upgraded with top-spec equipment ready for the Supersport 300 competition and we can also avail the optional and dedicated SSP300 Race Kit which aligns with the international SSP 300 FIM regulations.
Launched in 2012 for the 2013 model year, the Ninja 300, displaced the old Ninja 250 with a few more cubes. This sport-bike looking ride offers the market a lightweight, easy to handle option with a 296 cc engine, a six-speed transmission and just enough alphabet-soup tech acronyms to be modern without whacking the price. As far as being a starter bike, yeah, you can call it that. It’s also for folks that want a sport-bike look in a commuter bike or just to have a bike with a smaller engine size so it doesn’t smack your wallet on insurance premiums. It’s smooth, it’s flickable and I might even call it a sport-bike trainer. As a starter or a trainer, you’ll outgrow it; but for a lightweight, fun bike, this could be your huckleberry.
Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja 300.
Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?
The beginning of this century saw the world views changing gradually towards climate change and the need to preserve the environment. This, along with stringent policies, has forced the manufacturers to develop motorcycles that can run cleaner fuel and extract the maximum economy from it, sometimes even at the cost of performance.
Bad news for people who seek the element of thrill, but a pretty good one for someone living in urban jungles where folks prefer commuting on a motorcycle rather thank a car for its practicality and frugal fuel-efficiency. Then there are us few who love the idea of putting serious miles on two-wheels and living the adventure.
We here have compiled a list to give you the best available tools for such situations and save some money on gas while at it.
KTM has something special for the 2014 690 Enduro R, starting with new bodywork that further complements what is arguably the best engine and chassis package the off-road world has in the market today.
Thanks to its versatile character, the KTM 690 Enduro R can go beyond the limits of paved roads. On the tougher tracks the motorcycle is helped by a pair of rugged tires and a single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, liquid-cooled engine with a displacement of 690 Cm³. The unit puts out a maximum power of 66 hp and is combined with a six speed, claw shifted transmission.
The KTM 690 Enduro R also weighs only 139 Kg, an important characteristic considering that it’s being marketed as an agile bike ready to tackle a wide range of terrains.
All components are mounted on a tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 KTM 690 Enduro R.