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Ducati Riding Experience Track Days to be held on October 13

Ducati has announced its first Ducati Riding Experience (DRE) Track Days in India. It will be held at the Buddh International Circuit on October 13-14, 2018. The program is designed to help riders improve their riding skills.

DRE Track Days is open for all Ducati owners and non-Ducati riders who ride a sports bike with an engine capacity of 600cc and above. The Ducati Scrambler does not qualify for the track day. Entry is free for all Panigale V4 owners. Registration fees for other Ducati owners is Rs. 10,000. Additionally, participants can also test ride a Panigale V4, 959 Panigale and SuperSport for Rs. 5,000, Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 2000 respectively. Non-Ducati riders can also experience these bikes by paying Rs. 16,000 for the Panigale V4, Rs. 12,000 for the 959 Panigale and Rs. 10,000 for the SuperSport.

DRE training will be provided by Ducati test rider Alessandro Valia. All Ducati owners will get 3 track sessions of 20 minutes each and 3 laps on one of the aforementioned test ride bikes. Participants will receive a DRE certificate and fan kit. Technical assistance will be provided to all Ducati owners. Spare parts will be offered at discounted rates.

Non-Ducati riders will get 2 track sessions of 20 minutes each and 3 laps on a test ride bike.

Courtesy :-  Team BHP

Sep 11, 2018
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2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon 800 unveiled

Ducati has just revealed an updated Scrambler 800. The bike, which will go on sale in international markets from November 2018, gets cosmetic tweaks, tech, and features as part of the update. We can expect this model to arrive in India shortly after it hits markets in Europe and the USA.

The Scrambler has proved to be a success for Ducati, with sales of over 55,000 units since its debut around four years ago. In light of this, the Italian bike maker appears to have not wanted to fix something that’s not broken and the cosmetic changes have been kept to a minimum. The most prominent ones are the LED turn signals and new headlight with an LED DRL that is quite similar to the one on the Scrambler 1100. The bike also gets redesigned tank panels and a muffler cover that is now more cylindrical. Ducati has added a new ‘atomic tangerine’ colour as well.

The similarities to the Scrambler 1100 go further in the form of borrowed 10-spoke alloy wheels and a brushed aluminium finish on the engine casing. Like the 1100, the smaller Scrambler now gets cornering ABS, which, as Ducati explains, allows “you to make a panic stop while at full lean without crashing”. Interestingly, when launched, the Scrambler 800 will be the most affordable motorcycle in India with this tech.

The motorcycle also gets new switchgear that is said to be more ergonomic. The indicators also have the self-cancelling feature. Ducati has also said that the bike's revised seat is flatter and comfortable for both, the rider and pillion. The website also states that the bike features an improved suspension setup and we hope this translates to a plusher feel, as the outgoing model is known to be a bit harsh. Other mechanical changes include a hydraulic clutch control with adjustable levers, both features seen on the Scrambler 1100 as well. Lastly, the new Icon features updated graphics on the instrument cluster along with the Ducati Multimedia System that allows Bluetooth connectivity. When paired, the screen will show data like calls, messages and music information.

When we recently rode the Scrambler 1100, one of its appealing factors was how it felt a lot more premium than the Scrambler 800. Happily, these additions should go a long way towards making the Scrambler Icon feel a lot more premium. That said, these updates could come with a small price hike and the current Scrambler Icon starts at an already high Rs 7.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 

Expect to see these updates spread over the rest of the Scrambler range as well in the coming months.

Courtesy :-  Autocar

Sep 11, 2018
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BMW Showcases HP4 Race-inspired G 310 RR Supersport In Japan

The fully faired motorcycle features carbon-fibre body panels and looks ready to hit the track
If you thought the BMW G 310 R was a tad underwhelming, wait till you see this. Here’s the carbon-fibre spec BMW G 310 RR Supersport which was recently showcased at the BMW Motorrad Days event in Japan.
Although it might just be a prototype for now, doesn’t it look striking? On the design front, the G 310 RR takes inspiration from the limited edition, track-only version of the BMW S1000RR - the HP4 Race. The fairing gets a subtle nose spoiler at the front and gill-shaped slits on the side to aid aerodynamics. It also gets faux headlights, giving it the appearance of a track-ready race motorcycle. Oh, did we mention that all this comes finished in carbon-fibre? 
Based on the images, it’s quite hard to tell how many of its components it shares with the standard G 310 R or even the TVS Apache RR 310 for that matter. However, if you look closely, you’ll notice that there are some similarities in the wheel and suspension setup.
The BMW G 310 R is powered by a 312cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that’s also seen on the TVS Apache RR 310. This motor churns out 34PS of power at 9500rpm and 28Nm of torque at 7500rpm, mated to a 6-speed transmission.

As mentioned earlier, this particular model seems to be a display unit. However, we’re not ruling out the chances of seeing the race-spec BMW G 310 RR Supersport compete in the World Supersport 300 Championship. The Bavarian giant is expected to showcase the machine at both INTERMOT in October and the EICMA Show in November. So stay tuned for more details.

Source - Oliepeil.nl 

Courtesy :-  Zigwheels

Sep 11, 2018
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2018 Royal Enfield Classic Signals 350 ABS launched at Rs 1.62 lakh

First Royal Enfield in India to offer ABS; costs about Rs 15,000 more than the standard Classic 350; sales start today.

Royal Enfield has launched the new Classic Signals 350 ABS at Rs 1.62 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune). The new motorcycle pays homage to the Indian Air Force and Army and carries a premium of around Rs 15,000 over the standard non-ABS Classic 350. The Classic Signals 350 is also the first Royal Enfield motorcycle on sale in India to be equipped with dual-channel ABS. The bike will be sold through dealerships only, and not online.

This variant of the Classic 350 is available in two matte colours (blue and brown) and both, feature brown-coloured seats. Both bikes also get saddle bags and large windscreens. It also gets a unique serial number painted on the tank in large font. Enhancing its retro appeal are blacked-out elements like the exhaust muffler, engine, rims, handlebar and the headlight bezel. The bike also has a metal Royal Enfield badge on the tank finished in gold and green. While the bikes are being displayed without rear seats, Royal Enfield has said that it will provide them with the motorcycle.

Mechanically, the new Classic Signals 350 remains identical to the standard motorcycle. It’s powered by a 346cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine producing 19.8hp and 28Nm of peak torque. Power is transmitted via a 5-speed gearbox. Also, the Classic Signals 350 features a rear disc brake as opposed to 153mm drum unit as seen on the standard bike.

In related news, the limited-edition Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus went on sale in India last month. It was inspired by the Royal Enfield Flying Flea which was used by British Paratroopers during World War II. The 250 units of the Classic 500 Pegasus edition allotted to India (1,000 units globally) were sold in just 178 seconds, via Royal Enfield’s official website.

Courtesy :-  Autocar

Aug 28, 2018
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Avanturaa Choppers opens its first showroom in Bangalore

 In November 2017, Avanturaa Choppers had launched the Rudra and Pravega models in India. Now, the bike maker has opened its first showroom in the country, which is located at The Driven Cafe on Residency Road, Bangalore. The company plans to open two more dealerships - one in Delhi and one in Hyderabad.

Avanturaa Choppers opened sales after it received ARAI certification for the Rudra and Pravega, although pre-bookings had opened on November 24, 2017. The Rudra is priced at Rs. 23.9 lakh, while the Pravega costs Rs. 21.4 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The bikes are now available for test rides as well.

The bikes are designed by Kevin Alsop, founder of Big Bear Choppers, USA. Both use a 2,032 cc, V-twin, push-rod actuated engine. They have Beringer disc brakes with 6-piston calipers at both ends.

Courtesy :-  Team-bhp

Aug 28, 2018
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