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Ducati Unveils Monster 1200 25º Anniversario Edition

Only 500 units of this beauty will be built, each most probably sporting an eye-watering price tag
The iconic Ducati Monster was first introduced in 1992 at the Cologne fair, and commenced production in 1993. Having sold over 3.2 lakh units now, accounting for over 40 per cent of Ducati’s overall sales, the Monster has come to be regarded as the bike that saved the Italian bikemaker from possible insolvency in the early 90’s.
Cut to the present and Ducati has announced the arrival of the Monster 1200 Anniversario Edition, celebrating 25 years of the legendary motorcycle. Only 500 of these motorcycles will be developed, with an exclusive livery derived from the 2008 Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore, running from the flyscreen through the fuel tank and ending at the rear seat cowl.
The quilted saddle with the “25th Anniversary” logo sits perfectly in sync with the colour scheme. To add to the exclusivity, the Ducati Monster 1200 also receives a golden trellis frame with the limited edition serial number engraving and forged Marchesini wheels with W spokes.
Furthermore, parts like the brake and clutch levers, fuel tank cap as well as the plate holder are milled from aluminium, while the mudguard, keyhole cover and heat shield are treated in carbon fibre.
Powering the Monster is the same Testastretta 11°, liquid-cooled, L-twin motor that puts out 149PS of power at 9,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 124Nm at 7,750 rpm.
It's also packed with electronics, including three riding modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which supplies information to the ABS, Bosch Cornering and Ducati Wheelie Control systems. In addition, the bike also gets ride-by-wire, traction control and a quickshifter for clutchless up and downshifts. Finally, there’s the full-colour TFT screen with a user-friendly interface and DRL’s for daytime visibility.
Mechanically, the Monster uses a tubular steel trellis frame which uses the engine as a stress member. It employs 48mm upside down front forks and a rear monoshock, both from Öhlins with full adjustability. Anchoring the Monster are twin 330mm discs paired with top-of-the-line Brembo M50 monobloc calipers up front and a single 245 mm rear disc paired with a Brembo twin-piston caliper.
The Monster is the second bike from Ducati’s stable to receive the ‘Anniversario’ treatment. Expected to be priced at approximately Rs 30 lakh, ex-showroom, the bike is an exclusive machine that is bound to dig deep into your pockets. There’s no word of how many units will be allocated for India; however, do expect it to hit Indian shores pretty soon, just like the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario did when it was unveiled.

Courtesy: ZIGWHEELS

Jun 29, 2018
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Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak vs Multistrada 1260 S - What’s Different?

Ducati launched the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak shortly after the standard 1260 and 1260 S variants, which were introduced earlier this month. Read on to find out the what the Pikes Peak edition offers over the S variant
Ducati India launched the Multistrada Pikes Peak edition to coincide with its record-breaking victory at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition. True to its name, the motorcycle comes with various features that make it the most agile Multistrada money can buy. At 21.42 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India), the Pikes Peak edition is priced at a premium of Rs 3.36 lakh over the 1260 S. So, let’s take a closer look to see what it packs over the Multistrada 1260 S.
While the Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S look more or less the same, the Pikes Peak edition wears a racing-inspired livery on the bodywork. The Pikes Peak variant features a shorter carbon fibre-plexiglass windscreen, whereas the 1260 S comes with a much larger touring windscreen. Carbon fibre is also present in the front mudguard, front fuel tank cover and front side bulkheads of the Pikes Peak edition. The seats feature an exclusive red stitching to demarcate it from the 1260 S. These additions make the Pikes Peak edition look a whole lot sportier than the 1260 S, or even the standard Multistrada 1260, for that matter.

The Multistrada 1260 S features Ducati’s SkyHook semi-active control unit actuating the 48mm Kayaba inverted front forks and Sachs monoshock, both of which are fully adjustable. For the Pikes Peak edition, the Bolognese bike manufacturer has employed Ohlins inverted forks at the front and Ohlins TTX36 monoshock at the rear. These are mechanically adjustable. Another addition that the Pikes Peak edition packs is the lightweight Termignoni exhaust system.

While the 1260 S rolls on five-spoke lightweight alloy wheels, the Pikes Peak edition gets forged aluminium wheels, which are 3kg lighter than the ones on the 1260 S. All three variants come shod with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres. At 229kg kerb, the Pikes Peak edition is 6kg lighter than the Multistrada 1260 S.

Ducati left no stone unturned to make the race-spec Multistrada 1260 as fast as possible. They got rid of all the unnecessary bits like the hand guards, engine protector, headlights and taillight. They also used forged magnesium wheels in the race-spec motorcycle to reduce unsprung weight, and also to improve agility. The race bikes featured a stock engine with a race-spec ECU remap topped off with a custom Termignoni titanium full exhaust system for unrestricted power flow. Sadly, Ducati has not revealed the power figures of the race-spec Multistrada. To give you a perspective, though, the stock version of the 1262cc Ducati Testastretta DVT liquid-cooled L-twin motor produces 158PS at 9500rpm, and 129.5Nm at 7500rpm. The Multistrada 1260, 1260 S, Pikes Peak edition and the race-spec motorcycle feature the same 6-speed transmission with Ducati Quick Shifter (up and down).

The race-spec bike uses the same suspension setup as the production Pikes Peak, albeit tuned by Race Tech with height adjustment as well. It also uses Brembo M50 callipers that bite into the stock dual 330mm front discs with the aid of a WSBK-spec master cylinder. The braking setup for the rear wheels is believed to be the same 265mm disc seen on the stock motorcycle. Finally, Ducati also equipped the race-spec bike with custom-made Rizoma rear-set footpegs instead of the stock units for better cornering clearance.


Courtesy: ZIGWHEELS

Jun 29, 2018
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Cleveland CycleWerks To Commence Sales In October

The company will enter India with two models: the Ace and the Misfit

The wait for a Royal Enfield alternative might finally be over. Cleveland CycleWerks, the American two-wheeler manufacturer which recently showed off its products at the Auto Expo 2018, will commence sales this October. The announcement was made through the company’s social media accounts.

Cleveland CycleWerks originally had plans of launching its motorcycles in June 2018 but with the dealership network setup still underway, the launch had to be pushed to this October. For their Indian operations, the company will be collaborating with Hyderabad-based Laish-Madison Motor Werks for production and distribution of its bikes. The bikes will take the CKD route from China and will be assembled at CCW’s Pune Plant.

Speaking of the bikes, CCW showcased four models at the Auto Expo 2018: the Misfit, the Ace Deluxe, the Ace Scrambler and the Ace Cafe. Of these, only the Ace and the Misfit will be launched this October.

The Ace is a small and compact neo retro-styled bike with clean lines and simplicity written all over it. It gets a round chrome headlamp, a single-pod analogue instrument console, a classic teardrop-shaped fuel tank and stubby retro styled fenders.
As the name suggests, the Misfit is designed to be a maverick. The cafe racer-inspired bike gets a blacked out theme, which contrasts with the fluorescent lime green paint job on the panels really well.
What's interesting is that the 229cc motor used to power these bikes are essentially a licence-built variation of the well proven Honda CMX250’s engine. So reliability could be a big plus for these bikes. The 229cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled mill produces peak power of 15.4PS at 7000rpm and a max torque of 16Nm at 6000rpm. It comes mated to a 5-speed transmission.
The Ace employs a conventional diamond-type frame, although here the engine acts as a stressed member. In comparison, the Misfit uses a tubular, steel-backbone-type dual-cradle frame. Suspension duties are taken care of by upside-down forks upfront while the rear gets twin hydraulic shock absorbers with 5-stage preload adjustability. Anchoring the bike is a single 298mm disc coupled with a 2-piston caliper while the rear receives a 210mm disc with a single-piston caliper. Tyres measure in at 110/70-17 and 130/70-17 for the Ace, as opposed to the Misfit’s slightly slimmer 120/70 rear section tyre.
The Ace range and the Misfit are expected to be priced between Rs 2 lakh-2.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will compete will the UM Renegade Sports S (Rs 1.64 lakh) and the well established Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X (Rs 1.98 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi).

Courtesy:- ZIGWHEELS


Jun 21, 2018
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Ducati SuperSport Gets New Colour That Adds More Flair

The Ducati SuperSport gets a new matte-finished Titanium Grey paint scheme with red rims and frame that replaces ‘Ducati Red’ in international markets

The Ducati SuperSport is one of the most sensual-looking motorcycles ever made by the Italian bike manufacturer. In fact, it even won the ‘Most Beautiful Bike Of the Show’ at the 2016 EICMA. Now, Ducati has updated the SuperSport with a new matte-finish Titanium Grey colour. Along with the frame, the wheels too get the red colour treatment and enhances the sporty stance of the motorcycle. The optional pillion seat cover and the panniers will also be offered in this colour, says the company.

The new colour will be available in the international market from July, and its prices will remain unchanged too. Currently, it retails at £11,795 (around Rs 10.57 lakh) in the UK. In India, the SuperSport retails at Rs 12.04 lakh (ex-showroom India) for the Ducati Red variant. The SuperSport S variant will continue to be available in Star White Silk and Ducati Red. Here’s Ducati’s official statement on the new colour variant:

Press Release:

Ducati presents a new colour scheme for the SuperSport range

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 19 June 2018 – Ducati springs forward to 2019, with the presentation of the new and stylish colour scheme for the SuperSport which will be available with a matt Titanium Grey fairing paired with red wheel rims and frame.

The new colour scheme, which combines a sporty style with an elegant look, is a reinterpretation of the colours that characterised some of Ducati's most iconic sports models in the past. The SuperSport says goodbye to the traditional Ducati Red and debuts with the new Titanium Grey with a matt finish which is made yet more attractive and unique by the red of the frame and wheel rims. The rear seat cover will also be available in the same colour combination, as will the plastic inserts decorating the side panniers, both items featuring among the wide range of Ducati Performance accessories (pictured below).

The SuperSport S, fitted with Öhlins suspension, Ducati Quick Shift up/down and rear seat cover, will continue to be available in Ducati Red as well as in the much-loved combination of Star White Silk, with red wheel rims and frame.

The new colour scheme will be available starting from July at Ducati Stores. The price of the SuperSport range remains unchanged.

The Ducati SuperSport is the bike for those eager to ride sports-style on everyday roads. Fun and versatile with true Ducati sports styling and zest, the SuperSport makes riders feel like racers. Equipped with a 937 cm3 twin-cylinder Testastretta 11° engine, it delivers 110 HP and a full yet linear torque curve. While a mean lean road machine, the SuperSport has decidedly approachable feel thanks to easy handling, the confidence-inspiring Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch ABS + Ducati Traction Control), the awesome price-quality ratio of the equipment and the long maintenance intervals.

Courtesy:- ZIGWHEELS


Jun 21, 2018
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Apart from minor graphics update, the litre-class sports tourer remains unchanged

Kawasaki India has launched the 2019 edition of the popular Ninja 1000 litre-class sports tourer at a price tag of Rs 9.99 lakh. It costs exactly the same as the outgoing version as Kawasaki will continue to sell it via the SKD (semi-knocked down) route. Sadly, the Ninja 1000 doesn’t receive any performance upgrades over the older version. Kawasaki has also retained the styling of the motorcycle. The only changes seem to be the new body graphics.

Powering the motorcycle is the same 1043cc engine which churns out 141.9PS of power at 10000rpm and 111Nm of torque at 7300rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a 6-speed transmission.

Press Release -

MY2019 Ninja 1000 launched in India 

India Kawasaki Motors, one of the leading brands in premium two-wheeler segment in India, has launched MY19 Ninja 1000 in India.

The price of MY19 Ninja 1000 remains unchanged as it is available for INR 999,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). There are no technical changes in the specifications of MY19 Ninja 1000, however there are minor graphical changes. Known for its modern aggressive styling with sharp and edgy lines Ninja 1000 comes with ABS and the 3-mode Kawasaki Traction Control.

In the Pune Plant of India Kawasaki Motors, Ninja 1000 is assembled as a SKD product. Mr. Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors, said ”We are glad to inform all our stakeholders that MY19 Ninja 1000 is being launched in India on a same day when it is getting launched in other countries. We always have seen a positive response to Ninja 1000 in the India market because it offers everyday comfort and enhanced touring performance.”

Ninja 1000 has some top features like chin spoilers which are similar to those on the Ninja H2 and Ninja ZX-10R models and lower profile dual LED headlights which feature low and high beams that offer excellent brightness. Other features like Assist and slipper clutch, Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System and ample torque for easy take-off contribute in unique power and handling of Ninja 1000. Ninja 1000 will continue to be available in two colours namely black and green. The bookings are open and customers can visit their nearest dealership to enquire about the Ninja 1000


Courtesy : Zigwheels

Jun 19, 2018
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