Author: UnniKrishnan

Royal Enfield Bike Prices

Royal Enfield Bike Prices

Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield was a brand name under which The Enfield Cycle Company Limited of Redditch, Worcestershire sold motorcycles, bicycles, lawnmowers and stationary engines which they had manufactured. The first Royal Enfield motorcycle was built in 1901.

In the year 1955, Enfield Cycle Company collaborated with Madras Motors in India to form Enfield of India, located in Chennai, and started congregating the 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle in Madras. At first, machines were assembled from components which were imported from England. Since 1957, Enfield of India acquired the machines necessary to build components in India, and by 1962 all the components were made in India.

Royal Enfiled Classic 350

The Classic 350 is perhaps Royal Enfield’s best selling motorcycle and that’s a no-brainer considering the motorcycle’s vintage design and Royal Enfield’s well-known legacy. Recently, Royal Enfield launched the ‘Redditch’ series of the Classic which has further enhanced the desirability quotient.

The combination of timeless looks and the modern engine makes a strong case among the current crop of run-of-the-mill motorcycles.

Also Check out: Royal Enfield VS UM Renegade

  SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE: 346cc

POWER: 19.80 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

TORQUE: 28 Nm @ 4,000 rpm                                                                          

 

 

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Carburetor

BRAKE TYPE: Disc

NO.OF GEARS: 5

FAMILY GUY

FUEL TANK: 13.50 litres

RESERVE TANK: 2.50 litres

TOP SPEED:  130 kmph

0 - 60 kmph: 3.20 seconds

MILEAGE: 37 kmph

KERB WEIGHT: 187 kg

 

Royal Enfield

The legendary Bullet 350 needs no introduction. Now with an all new Unit Construction Engine. This classic machine has kept pace with advances in engineering and ergonomics without diluting its impeccable pedigree.

The Bullet 350 is now available in two different options, one with original old school Royal Enfield badging without a disc brake and electric start. And one with new colour schemes and the electric start and the disc brake, which was branded as the Electra earlier. Over the years, the Bullet has evolved and still stayed true to its essence of being an old-school cruiser.

 

  SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE: 346 cc

POWER: 19.80 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

TORQUE: 28 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Constant Vacuum Carburettor

BRAKE TYPE: Drum

NO.OF GEARS: 5 

SIMPSONS

FUEL TANK: 13.50 litres 

RESERVE TANK: 2.50 litres 

TOP SPEED: 95 kmph

0 - 60 kmph: 3.60 seconds 

MILEAGE: 37 kmph

KERB WEIGHT: 180 kgs

THUNDERBIRD 350

Although Royal Enfield has been selling the Thunderbird in India since the year 2000, it was only by 2009 that the brand updated the motorcycle comprehensively by introducing the 346 cc unit construction engine (UCE) that now powers all their 350cc models.

The Thunderbird 350 is poised to enhance the pleasure of leisure motorcycling amongst touring enthusiasts. Thunderbird 350 with its distinctive "black" makes a distinct statement on the roads.

  SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE: 346 cc

POWER: 19.80 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

TORQUE: 28 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Constant Vacuum Carburettor

BRAKE TYPE: Disc

NO.OF GEARS: 5

SIMPSONS

FUEL TANK: 20 litres

RESERVE TANK: 2.50 litres

TOP SPEED: 107 kmph

0 - 60 kmph: 7.70 seconds

MILEAGE: 30 kmpl

KERB WEIGHT: 192 kgs 

HIMALAYAN

The Himalayan is an ‘all-rounder’ motorcycle built on an all new platform from Royal Enfield. It is a 411cc adventure motorcycle which was partly developed in the United Kingdom. The motorcycle brings a series of firsts for the brand.

In terms of styling, it goes by a purposeful design language. Minimalistic styling and no fancy curves and creases. The motorcycle comes in white or black with a neat Himalayan graphic running across the centre of the motorcycle.

The Himalayan cradles a rider in its low seat height, the handlebars and footpegs work in perfect sync to unite the rider with the motorcycle for a comfortable upright posture. The inherent mounting points in the front and back let you strap up and set off anytime, while the LCD instrument cluster keeps you in the track of miles to maintenance.

  SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE: 411 cc

POWER: 24.50 bhp @ 6,500 rpm

TORQUE: 32 Nm @ 4,500 rpm

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Electronic Fuel Injection

BRAKE TYPE: Disc

NO.OF GEARS:  5

SIMPSONS

FUEL TANK: 15 litres

RESERVE TANK: NA

TOP SPEED: 134 kmph

0 - 60 kpmh: NA 

MILEAGE: 32 kmpl

KERB WEIGHT: 182 kgs

BULLET 500

The new Bullet 500 is essentially the motorcycle with the timeless, iconic, handcrafted design of the legendary Bullet now powered with a solid 500 cc Unit Construction Engine for better combustion, superior power delivery and improved fuel economy.

The Bullet brand has a cult following and with the addition of this new bike, the company wants to bring back the legacy.

The iconic Bullet is now available in an all new shade of Forest Green with the same aristocratic pinstriping now in a silver finish symbolic of automotive royalty.

 

  SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE: 499 cc

POWER: 26.10 bhp @ 5,100 rpm

TORQUE: 40.90 Nm @ 3,800 rpm

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Electronic Fuel Injection

BRAKE TYPE: Disc

NO.OF GEARS:

MOJO JOJO

FUEL TANK: 13.50 litres

RESERVE TANK: 2.50 litres

TOP SPEED: 110 kmph

0 - 60 kmph: 4.59 seconds 

MILEAGE: 30 kmpl

KERB WEIGHT: 193 kgs

CLASSIC 500

Armed with a potent fuel injected 500cc engine and clothed in a disarmingly appealing post war styling, this promises to be the most coveted Royal Enfield in history.

For those who want it all. The power, the fuel efficiency, the reliability and simple yet drop dead gorgeous classic styling. The classic turns heads not because it wants to but because it can’t help it. You will appreciate its beat not just for the sound, but also for the muted feeling of strength and power that it signifies.

The Classic range is one of the highest selling motorcycles in Royal Enfield’s range. Don’t be surprised if a dealer asks you to wait for six months before you get your bike.

  SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE: 499 cc

POWER: 27.20 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

TORQUE: 41.30 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection 

BRAKE TYPE: Disc

NO.OF GEARS: 5

SPONGEBOB

FUEL TANK: 13 litres

RESERVE TANK: 2.50 litres

TOP SPEED: 131 kmph

0 - 60 kmph: 3 seconds

MILEAGE: 32 kmpl

KERB WEIGHT: 190 kgs

DESERT STORM

The Classic Desert Storm comes to you with a “sand” paint scheme reminiscent of the war era, a time when Royal Enfield motorcycles proved their capabilities and battle worthiness by impeccable service to soldiers in the harsh conditions of the desert.

Donning a younger look with styling cues one would expect only from a genuine Royal Enfield: single cylinder air-cooled pushrod engine, 1950s style nacelle and toolboxes, traditional paint scheme and buffed engine components, this motorcycle is all set to bring you the pleasures of modern motorcycling while reflecting the aura of eternal classic styling.

At the back, the Desert Storm features a short silencer for that 1950’s look. Royal Enfield, however, says it is available as an optional accessory and for off-road use only.

 

  SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE: 499 cc

POWER: 27.20 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

TORQUE: 41.30 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection

BRAKE TYPE: Disc

NO.OF GEARS: 5

FAMILY GUY

FUEL TANK: 15 litres

RESERVE TANK: 2.50 litres

TOP SPEED: 131 kmph

0 - 60 kmph: 4.75 seconds

MILEAGE: 32 kmpl

KERB WEIGHT: 187 kgs

CLASSIC CHROME

The Royal Enfield Classic Chrome is based on the Classic 500 with a rather generous dose of chrome on it. Like the Classic 500, the new Classic Chrome retains the quintessential British styling of the 1950s: simple, harmonious, well proportioned.

The Chrome sports a seat with a leather finish and adds to the visual appeal of the motorcycle. Built of old-fashioned metal, in clean elegant lines of Chrome combined with a rich paint finish, the design of the Royal Enfield Classic Chrome is a tribute to the retro look of post war British motorcycles.

Standard features on this bike include a single piece analogue speedometer, electric start but no fuel gauge. What you do get instead are warning lights for various things like battery and low fuel. The Classic Chrome is available in two colours black and maroon both dark shades that will hide well behind the chrome parts. 

 

  SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE: 499 cc

POWER: 27.20 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

TORQUE: 41.30 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection

BRAKE TYPE: Disc

NO.OF GEARS: 5

FAMILY GUY

FUEL TANK: 14 litres

RESERVE TANK: 2.50 litres

TOP SPEED: 131 kmph

0 - 60 kmph: 4.75 seconds

MILEAGE: 32 kmpl

KERB WEIGHT: 187 kgs

THUNDERBIRD 500

The Thunderbird 500 is poised to enhance the pleasure of leisure motorcycling amongst touring enthusiasts. With its distinctive "black" styling, this motorcycle makes a distinct statement on the roads.

Launched in 2005 in the 350cc avatar, it got the 500cc engine in 2013 and shares this mill with the standard 500 and the Classic 500.

In terms of features, the Thunderbird 500 gets an electric start, full instrument panel with digital trip meter and a host of other sensors like side stand and low oil. The RE Thunderbird 500 is available in four major colors Lightning, Stone, Marine and a shade called Flicker Black.

  SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE: 499 cc

POWER: 27.20 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

TORQUE: 41.30 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection 

BRAKE TYPE: Disc

NO.OF GEARS: 5

SPONGEBOB

FUEL TANK: 20 litres

RESERVE TANK: 3.50 litres

TOP SPEED: 130 kmph

0 - 60 kmph: 4.65 seconds

MILEAGE: 32 kmpl

KERB WEIGHT: 195 kgs

CONTINENTAL GT

The Royal Enfield Continental GT is the lightest, fastest, most powerful Royal Enfield in production. It’s a machine with a story, a nod to motorcycling’s finest hour; a painstaking collaboration. It is also the best expression yet of a cultural phenomenon that has simply refused to fade away - the café racer.

The Continental GT gets the UCE engine from the Classic 500 which has been re-bored for an increased capacity of 535cc.

The machine also gets a remapped ECU and Paioli suspension. The Continental GT is available in two shades GT Red, GT Black, and GT Yellow.The Continental GT is the fastest and lightest single-seater motorcycle from the Royal Enfield and is being rolled out from the company’s new facility at Oragadam near Chennai.

  SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE: 535 cc

POWER: 29.10 bhp @ 5,100 rpm

TORQUE: 44 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection

BRAKE TYPE: Disc

NO.OF GEARS: 5

SIMPSONS

FUEL TANK: 13.50 litres

RESERVE TANK: NA

TOP SPEED: 142 kmph

0 - 60 kmph: NA 

MILEAGE: 26 kmpl

KERB WEIGHT: 184 kgs

How to Identify Custom Motorcycles

How to Identify Custom Motorcycles

Custom Motorcycles Wheels and Souls.club

CUSTOM MOTORCYCLES

Custom motorcycles are defined as any bike which has been heavily modified from its stock form or a bike that's been built by hand from the ground up.
Motorcyclists tend to be individualists, being part of a crowd all using the same bikes, with all the same colours, are not things that make classic owners tick.

Bobber Bikes

The Bobber (custom motorcycles) arose in the 1940's due to racing. Back then, motorcycles were big, heavy tanks, with huge fenders and lots of extra decorative sheet metal.

People wanted to make their bikes faster, and one of the easiest ways to do that was to strip as much excess weight from the bike as possible. This included fenders, turn signals, even front brakes.

As you can see from the above image.

Cafe Racer

The Cafe Racers (custom motorcycles) are lightweight, lightly powered motorcycle optimised for speed and handling rather than comfort – and for quick rides over short distances.

They are meant for going fast between one cafe to another, that how they got their names on paper they’re the bikes with a frame that’s straight and very aggressive riding position.

 

Chopper

Choppers (custom motorcycles), on the other hand, were "born" in the 1960's when folks started to get creative with their motorcycles. They started piecing bikes together from surplus parts, removing parts, cutting (chopping) fenders and other parts down to make them smaller, and typically cutting (chopping) and extending the front forks. Other modifications included "ape hanger" handlebars, a "sissy bar" for the passenger, and modified exhaust pipes.

Rat Bike

Rat Bikes are custom motorcycles that have fallen apart over time but been kept on the road and maintained for little or no cost by operating kludge fixes.

The concept of keeping a motorcycle in at least minimally operational condition without consideration for appearance has probably characterised motorcycle ownership since its earliest days. While the origin of the term rat bike is unclear, it may be attributable to custom motorbike magazines, and retrospectively applied.

 

 

Spotting a Rat Bike in India is as normal as spotting a Royal Enfiled.

Rat Bikes
Motorcycles Under 1.5 Lakhs In India

Motorcycles Under 1.5 Lakhs In India

Mid Range Motorcycles

Motorcycles Under 1.5 Lakhs:

Performance biking is growing in popularity every day and motorcycle are becoming more than just a means of transport. For the enthusiast they are means of unwinding, taking a break from the boring daily routine, feeling that rush you get only on a motorcycle. So what exactly can you get your hands on for this kind of money and which is the best bike you can get for less than INR 1.5 lakhs? Find out in our list of the Best Motorcycle Under 1.5 Lakhs in India here.

We have made the list for both Sports and Cruiser Motorcycles in India.

Motorcycle
Pulsar AS 200
Apache RTR 200
KTM Duke 200
Dominar 400
Honda CBR 150R
Gixxer SF
Renegade Sports S
Classic 350
Motorcycle Thunderbird 350

Tell us what you think about the best bikes in India under 1.5 lakhs via the comments section below.

 

Also Checkout: Royal Enfield 350 VS UM Renegade Commando

Importance of Motorcycle Windshield

Importance of Motorcycle Windshield

Windshield

Motorcycle Windshield

As the name suggests, ‘Motorcycle Windshield’ protects you from wind blast to your face and chest while riding your bike and also decreasing wind blast reduces riding fatigue. It's that simple.

In bad weather conditions, a motorcycle windshield offers increased comfort and protection from the elements.  You don't ride in the rain hoping to get wetter or ride in cold weather hoping to get frostbite. You use a windshield to manage better riding in bad weather.

Installation of a windshield results in more comfortable and fun ride, less turbulence from wind results in more miles you can ride without fatigue. Windshield shows its importance more in long highway rides.

WIndshield

Benefits

Wind Protection:

Less air pushing against your body results in a more comfortable and enjoyable ride. Shows its importance more in long highway rides.
After installing windshield there's less air pushing your face and body which results in lesser fatigue and comfortable ride.

Windshield

Debris Protection:

Motorcycle Windshield is all about its functionality, shielding you from wind, weather and other unwanted materials and looks cool at the same time.While riding at night, usually it happens that flying ants attracted towards motorcycle’s beam light and sometimes hit our helmet instead.You can ignore this with windshield installed on your bike.

Once, my friend Abhishek was travelling on his bike when suddenly from nowhere a brick came flying and hit his chest.
You guys might me thinking this is crazy, yes it is. There were two kids fighting on the road pavement when the other
kid threw a brick, bad aim it went and hit our friend Mishra. Bad Luck Bro! A windshield could have saved you ;).

Windhsield

However, before buying a motorcycle windshield you need to keep this one point in mind:

Height

A windshield that sits just below your line of vision while seated comfortably is a good option. You should be able to see it without straining and yet be comfortable dropping your head down to look through the glass.

If your windshield height is up too high, over to your nose or line of sight, then windshield will block your view of the road. In rain, the windshield can block rain to come over to you but at the same time, you cannot see through the windshield, if windshield in up too high.

Windshield

Windshield considered as accessory mainly for cruise bikes, but you can find many variants in the market for sports bikes as well which is functional at the same time. If you don’t have one, install it on your motorcycle.You will realise its significance soon.

Also Checkout: 4 Must have Riding Gear

Tips to Avoiding Back Pain on Motorcycle Rides

Tips to Avoiding Back Pain on Motorcycle Rides

Tips to avoid backpain

Riding your motorcycle is fun, but when you ride for longer periods of time, your body will start protesting.
Especially if you're living in the metro cities of India 😉
If you think about it or analyse it, your back will take all the strain off your riding posture.

Here today I'll be sharing few tips on avoiding back pain on motorcycle rides.
A lot depends on several factors; your body measurements, your motorcycle type and some parts of your motorcycle.

Your riding comfort depends upon the type of bike you own/ride.

There are three types of motorcycles:

1. Standard

Your body is by default straight up, feet are directly below you and your hands straight.

2. Cruiser

Your body is straight, your hands are straight (unless you are riding an extreme ape handlebar) and your feet are slightly ahead of you. Your legs will “hold” your body less than the Standard type, but your body will remain reasonable straight.

3. Sports

Your body must lean forward, and at higher speeds, your torso will be required to fight a strong wind, while your hands are lower and your feet are behind you. In other words, there is a lot of stress on your body, one of the reasons you can not really go that far on a sports motorcycle.

Tips to avoid back pain

Tips to avoid back pain

Tips to avoid back pain

Tips to avoid back pain

1. Neck Pains while Motorcycle Riding

Move your head towards your shoulder, smoothly but continuously. Breathe out along the movement and exhale completely as you finish it.

You should notice how your neck muscles stretch and strengthen. It is typical to hear your cervical vertebrae adjusting themselves along the movement; it is an unmistakable signal that you are producing the desired result.

Repeat this exercise several times while still.

Tips to avoid back pain

2. Stiff Arms

Gently swing your elbow, supported by your right hand, in order to strengthen your shoulder.

Repeat on the other arm. Put both hands behind and stretch gently.

Repeat several times.

Tips to avoid back pain

3. Lower Back Pain

 Don’t worry! – You are one of 99 per cent of riders who suffer lower back pain.

Tips to Prevent Lower Back Pain: 

  1. Check your bike’s seat
  2. Check the suspension and tune it to your riding conditions
  3. Pay special attention to cold wind; stop it from reaching your lower back

Gently stretch yourself while holding the left handlebar grip with your left hand and with your right hand on the back seat (facing right), then do it the other way around (facing left); repeat it several times. This is a quite a relaxing exercise for your lower back.

Tips to avoid back pain

4. Sharp pain on Upper Back and Shoulders

If you have a sharp pain in your upper back and shoulder blades, you are facing a trapeze contracture.

Tips to reduce Upper Back Pain:

  1.  Buy a lightweight Helmet
  2. Try not to keep the same position on your bike for a long time – turn your head from time to time and let your shoulders have some rest
  3. Carrying a backpack can be the root of the problem and make it worse
  4. Warm water showers and warm baths will relieve symptoms immediately
  5. Wearing a scarf or bandana is a great way of preventing contractures on your back

Stretch the back of your neck with your hands, open your arms widely and swing them gently. Repeat the exercise several times.

Tips to avoid back pain

5. Numbness of Hands and Fingers

Stretch your arms and cross both hands’ fingers, stretch gently, relax and repeat several times.

Tips to avoid back pain

As you can see, your back ache comes from different areas, and you can help yourself by exercising regularly or trying out the tips above or you can also change some part of your motorcycle.

Happy Riding Janta.

Also Read: Bike Riding Hand Signals

GST effect on Indian Two Wheelers

GST effect on Indian Two Wheelers

The Goods and Service Tax (GST) or a unified proposed bill for deduction of tax has been in talks for a considerable time now. Four of these GST slabs which include the Integrated GST Bill 2017, The GST (Compensation to States) Bill 2017,  the Central GST Bill 2017 and the Union Territory GST Bill 2017 have been passed by the Rajya Sabha. None of the passed bills is directly impacting the Indian automotive industry. However, may have an indirect effect once introduced by July 2017.

The expectation from the Indian Automotive industry is positive as there would be better transparency and one single percentage of tax levied on the consumer instead of a number of location based taxes such as Octroi.

 

At present two wheelers are levied a combined tax rate of around 23 to 24 per cent. This number is expected to be brought down to 18 percent, after GST in place. Before you start jumping with joy expecting the price of your favourite two-wheeler to be reduced, do remember that changing safety and emission compliance requirements will raise the prices of products.

Bike factory

ACMA (Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India) are happy with how things are moving. They believe removing the multiple taxes, which has a cascading effect on prices. Creating a one India market is actually the government’s way of plugging the gaps in their agenda of making business an easy and trouble free affair.

Here’s what some key manufacturers in the industry feel about the passage of GST bill:

Sunil Munjal, joint MD, Hero MotoCorp

 

The Goods and Service Tax (GST) bill will significantly help the industries. As most companies organise their warehousing and logistics based on the difference of taxation in various states. The implementation of the bill will allow warehouses to be made in accordance to the compatibility, with both the production and the market. As standard tax rates will be applied throughout the country.

The GST rate and other terms of the tax are yet to be finalised. We expect the effective tax rate to come down (from the current 28% - 35% taxation rate as the two-wheeler sector faces as many as 13 different types of taxations). The new simplified and uniform tax structure will reduce the cascading effect of tax-over-tax. Provide a 360 degree ease of doing business for the complete automobile ecosystem.

Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycles & Scooter India

 

Roy Kurian, VP, Sales and Marketing, Yamaha Motor India

 

The introduction of GST is a significant step to promote trade and industries, especially for the manufacturing sector. The impact on the automotive sector can only be gauged after the RNR (revenue neutral rate) is announced. However, it is certain that the taxation system will get simplified and more transparent. The overall rate is expected to come down benefitting manufacturers which will eventually benefit the end consumers.

Tax reforms have been a topic of discussion and the passing of GST Constitution Amendment Bill in the parliament is the most significant reform since independence and we welcome such a historic move. We have a complex tax structure that includes indirect taxes, duties & surcharges, where GST will help in making this uniform throughout. We will wait and watch till we have clarity on the rate of tax applicable to our industry.

Vimal Sumbly, MD Triumph Motorcycle India

 

What should the Government ideally do?

Is reduce taxes for lower segments to a considerable extent as most of these categories are the prime contributors in the country.

Also Read: Boom in Indias Motorcycle Segment

Boom in Indias Motorcycle Segment

Boom in Indias Motorcycle Segment

2015-16

Recognised as the next booming category in the motorcycle market is the mid-size motorcycle segment (250cc - 800cc) by all the major OEMs.This segment is driven by motorcycle giants of India Royal Enfield, which is the oldest player in this category and operating in India for decades, on the back of a strong demand for its products. According to our analysis, Royal Enfield is estimated to contribute close to 480,000 units, accounting for a whopping domestic market share of close to 96 percent, to the overall segment sales.

chart for Fy2016

The rise in the demand for midsize motorcycles, roughly understood as a category with engine displacement in the range of 250cc-800cc and a price-tag likely to be Rs 100,000 and above, reflects a number of economic factors at play. These mainly include rising per capita income, a large base of premium commuter users migrating to bigger motorcycles, a trend of riding groups that is catching up across the country and growing aspirational values associated with bigger motorcycles.

Biker Groups

To capitalise on these potential factors, the companies are also picking up the pace in bringing new models in the booming space. For example, January 2015 to January 2016 has seen at least 12 new model additions in this segment from companies such as Triumph Motorcycles India, India Kawasaki Motors, India Yamaha Motors, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), DSK Benelli and even Mahindra Two Wheelers.

2016-17

As the month of March 2017 drew to a close, the Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the ban on the sales and registration of BS III vehicles across the country. Of course, this sent the automotive manufacturers into a tizzy, with many of them offering cash discounts on their models. This led to a huge boost in the sales numbers for almost all manufacturers over the last two days of March 2017. Were these two-wheeler manufacturers able to clear their two-wheeler stocks in time, this is a question that we will answer soon but it definitely added to the overall end of FY 17 sales numbers. All two-wheeler manufacturers listed here have shown positive growth, with the exception of Bajaj Auto. Here is a lowdown on how each company fared in the month of March 2017 for two-wheeler sales.

All Bike Brands

 1. HERO MotoCorp                                 

Splendor Hero

Unit sales March 2017 March 2016 Percentage growth
Overall 6, 09,951 units 6, 06,542 units 0.53%

2. Royal Enfield

RE 350

Unit sales March 2017 March 2016 Percentage growth
Domestic 58,549 units 50,059 units 17%
Exports 1,564 units 1,261 units 24%
Total business 60,113 units 51,320 units 17%

3. Honda

Honda Activa

Unit Sales FY 2016-17 FY 2015-16 Percentage growth
Overall 50, 08,103 units 44, 83,462 units 12%

4. Bajaj

Bajaj Pulsar

Unit sales March 2017 March 2016 Percentage growth
Domestic 1,51,449 units 1,76,788 units -14%
Exports 92786 units 87461 units 6%
Total business 2,44,235 units 2,64,249 units -8%

5. Yamaha

Yamaha FZ1

Unit sales March 2017 March 2016 Percentage growth
Domestic (including Nepal) 76,144 units 60,032 units 27%

6. Suzuki

Suzuki Gixxer

Unit sales March 2017 March, 2016 Percentage growth
Domestic 36,029 unit 20,673 units 74%

7. TVS

TVS Apache

Unit sales March 2017 March 2016 Percentage growth
Domestic Two-Wheelers 216,995 units 200,190 units 8.4%
Motorcycles 95,671 units 86,776 units 10.3%
Scooters 84,173 units 68,161 units 23.5%

The most affordable bike in the midsize segment comes from Royal Enfield, which is the age-old four-stroke, single cylinder, 346cc Bullet 350 (on-road price tag of close to Rs 1.05 lakh, Delhi). Meanwhile, at an on-road (Delhi) price tag of close to Rs 8 lakh, Honda’s CBR 650F is understood to be the most expensive in the segment.

4 One Day Trips from Delhi

4 One Day Trips from Delhi

Trip from Delhi

Travelling is an integral part of life and I have pointed four one-day trips from Delhi for our Janta living there. In school and college, it is likely that you will receive some kind of encouragement to travel, study or work abroad. It may seem like you have a lot going on so you don’t seriously consider these opportunities or maybe you write them off since you plan on travelling later in life. I would encourage travelling at any age, but the earlier you can learn the lessons travel teaches the better.

When you are young you are still finding yourself and preparing for your school and career. The skills and experience you gain from travelling can give you life-long personal benefits as well as a leg up in the professional world.

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Damdama Lake

Distance:    63.4 km Via NH48

Time:           1h 52min.

Best Time: October to March and Late Summers and Monsoons

Damdama Lake

Damdama Lake is a hotspot for adventure sports and activities near Delhi and is a regular option for students, corporates and families.In the serene location, one can enjoy boating in row boats, paddle boats and motor boats. Damdama is known for its splendid adventure sports facilities such as Parasailing, Kayaking, Valley Crossing etc. Damdama lake is a natural home for birds, & more than 190 species of birds, migratory as well as local and therefore excellent for bird watching especially in Winter.

Lake can dry up and it can be hot in Summer, so best season to visit is Winter.

Neemrana Fort

Neemrana Fort

Distance: 129.2 km Via NH48

Time: 2h 43 min.

Best Time: July to March and during winters, as Rajasthan has soothing weather at that time

Neemrana Fort Palace is the crown jewel of the Neemrana Group Enterprise. Built in1464 AD, and restored in the 1980s, Neemrana Fort-Palace is India`s oldest heritage resort.
Fort is spread over 25 acres over 12 levels and has 6 acres of palaces tiered over 12 levels commanding spectacular views.

Reasons for Visit:

  1. Built in 1464 and restored in the 1980s, it is the oldest heritage hotel in India
  2. Recreational facilities include swimming pool, health club, TV/video room and indoor games Activities include mountain climbing, dune walks, zipping, exploring the 500 metres deep step well
  3. Recommended for heritage getaways, special occasions, corporate off-sites and inbound stopovers
  4. 3 conference halls and 3 outdoor venues for corporate meets, weddings and other events
  5. 40+ Rooms with heritage character offering views of the countryside and surrounding areas
  6. North-Indian Rajasthani cuisine with a few Continental or Oriental dishes at random to suit a range of tastes and palates

Keep in mind:

  1. No TV in rooms
  2. 5 km's drive in a vintage car and a multimedia tour of the Fort at an extra cost
  3. Special live performances organised on certain weekends

Murthal

Distance:    42.4 km Via NH44
                        55.5 km Via NH334B

Time:            1h 6min.
                        1h 45min.

Best Time: Anytime is the best time

Murthal

The main attractions here are the typical village temples of Goddess Kali, Lord Shiva and Hanuman.
The dhaba's are also popular out here and the Punjabi authentic food you get here is delicious.

Taj Mahal

Agra

Distance:   232.4km Via Taj Express Highway
                      245.5km Via NH509
                      254.4km Via NH19/NH44

Time:          3h 45min
                      4h 59min
                       5h 32min

Best Time: Between November to March

Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. When you talk about Agra, one thing has to stand out - yes, the Taj Mahal.
Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites and Taj Mahal features in the 50 most popular tourist destinations in the world.
History, architecture, romance all together create the magic of Agra which is almost the lifeline of Indian tourism.
History fanatics, as well as architecture buffs, can have a ball here with the sheer expanse of the Mughal art and culture on display.
Apart from the evergreen Taj Mahal, this is ideal for all history zealots, whether from archaeology, or culture, or even literature.
Also, ideal for the foodies, owing to the vibrant cuisine of the city.
Apart from being a tourist hotspot, Agra is also famous for its art and crafts industry, which includes the royal craft Pietra Dura, marble inlay and carpets.

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Group Bike Riding Hand Signals

Group Bike Riding Hand Signals

Although motorcycle hand signals are something that most riders learn as part of their motorcycle license exams, often they are forgotten and not used when actually needed. For example, if your signal lights are damaged, or if you’re riding in a large group, communication between riders via hand signals are critical to staying safe at all times. Here’s a useful infographic to help serve as a refresher for some of the more common hand signals.

Left Turn

For letting the group know you are turning left. Make the signal by extending your left arm straight out with your palm facing down.

Hand Signals

Right Turn

Let the group know you are turning right. Bend your elbow 90 degrees, then point your clenched fist at the sky to complete the signal.

Hand Signals

Stop

When the leader of the group makes the “stop” signal, it should cause a chain reaction going all the way back to the last rider in the group. Make the signal by bending your arm 90 degrees, keeping your palm open, and pointing your fingers down at the road.

Hand Signals

Speed Up

Use it to tell the rest of the group to match your pace by increasing their speed. Extend your arm and swing your palm in an upward direction to give the signal.

Hand Signals

Slow Down

This signal is useful because motorcycles generate intense engine braking forces, which do not activate the rear-facing brake light. Extend your arm and swing your palm down toward the road to tell everyone in the group to slow down.

Hand Signals

Follow Me

Used to announce a new, often self-appointed group leader. Make the signal by extending your arm forward at the shoulder with your palm facing outward.

Hand Signals

You Lead/Come

AKA the “YOU! Follow me!” signal. It has 2 distinct parts. Start by pulling up alongside the rider you want to follow or lead. In one motion, point to their bike and then swing your arm forward. Repeat this motion until the other rider understands.

Hand Signals

Road Hazard

This is a “2 in 1” signal. If the hazard is on the left, point with your left arm. Point with your right foot if the hazard is on the right.

Hand Signals

Refreshment Stop

Indicate your intention to stop at a gas station or restaurant. Make a “thumbs up” with your left hand and gesture toward your mouth (or the front of your helmet) as though your thumb is a straw poking up out of a glass of water.

Hand Signals

Turn Signal On

To make a “blinking” gesture using your left hand, alternate between extending your fingers and making a fist. Use this signal to let another rider know he left his blinker on, allowing him to save face during the next comfort or refreshment stop.

Hand Signals

Pull Off

The pull off signal is given when the reason for the stop is something other than a comfort or refreshment stop.

Hand Signals

Cops Ahead

Let your fellow riders know about police activity up the road by patting the top of your helmet with your left palm. Use caution and respect all laws when riding your motorcycle.

Hand Signals

Fuel

When riding with most groups, running out of gas will earn you a nickname you probably won’t like. Communicate your need to refuel by pointing to your fuel tank using your left index finger.

Hand Signals

Proper signalling is crucial to safety, like during large group rides or track days, important hand signals should be communicated during a pre-ride meeting.

 

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Bike Tyres

Bike Tyres

Tyre Man

Bike Tyres are the very important parts of a vehicle, more importantly in a motorcycle. As motorcycles depend more on balance and road grip, proper tyres play a crucial role in providing a safe and enjoyable ride. If you own a motorcycle, then ample knowledge about your bike’s tyres are very important, as this comes handy while replacing worn out tyres or upgrading to better quality tyres, and will benefit both the bike’s performance and your safety. Whether driving regular bikes or high-end sports bikes, the right tyres always improve the safety and ride quality for the riders.

There are various types of motorcycle tyres to choose from many prominent brands. It is also very important to know about the right tyre size while shopping for your motorcycle tyres, and for this the knowledge about the different motorcycle tyre size numbering system is also important.

The image at right shows two tire sizes you might see. Let's break down the numbers.

The first, a 130/90, is a common size for Harley-Davidson tires. The 130 represents the width across the face of the tread in millimetres. This may not be exactly identical from one brand of tire to another. Each manufacturer varies slightly, and the curvature of the tire’s profile can affect the overall measurement, but the tolerances are close enough that one will fit where another goes, as long as you're sticking to stock sizes.

 

The second tire example, in the alphanumeric system, conveys the width with the letter “T.” Tire width charts are widely available in tire catalogues and online, so to save space, we’ll omit them here. (For those curious, the “M” indicates “Motorcycle.” Every alphanumeric tire you’ll run into will start with an “M.”)
The 90 represents the aspect ratio. The aspect ratio is the height of the sidewall expressed as a percentage of the width. Thus, this tire has a sidewall height of 90 percent times 130 mm or 117 mm.

The next item you’ll see is the rim size expressed in inches. Were this tire a radial, we would see a capital letter “R” separating the aspect ratio and rim size. Since that is not the case here, you can be certain this is a bias-ply tire. Were this tire a bias-belted tire (like a bias-ply tire with additional, stiffening layers of fabric placed over the body plies), a capital letter “B” would separate the aspect ratio and rim size. It's easy to see this tire is made to be mounted on a 16-inch wheel.

Other information shown are speed ratings and load ranges. Load ranges give the maximum weight a tire can carry, and speed ratings list the maximum speed at which the maximum load can be carried.

Tyres

Race Tyers

Allows sharp turns at tight spots. Offers great acceleration from a standstill, allows high speed turns and are very durable for race track usage.

Tyres

Sports Tyres

Designed for power performance on road, their radial pattern offers better road grip. These provide better handling with all riding conditions and are more durable than race tyres to handle tough road conditions.

Off-Road Tyres

Design for tough off-road usage. Tyres feature a knobby design. These are secured with rim locks to prevent them from spinning on the rim in rugged terrains.

Cruising Tyres

Offers great grip on a variety of road conditions. Offers better grip for wet weather conditions with superb stability control.

Touring Tyres

Designed for long distance rides in all sorts of weather conditions. These offer excellent, stable rides and optimal driver control.
Before making a tyre purchase, make sure that they suit the motorcycle model type. Also, thoroughly check the tyres for proper tire standards.
Also make sure that both the tyres of your bike are of the same type, and do not mix and match.

Tube VS Tubeless Tyres

Nowadays, Tubeless tyres have become a very preferred and common safety feature on the various bike models available in the market. The Tubeless tyres retain less heat, are safer and will never pop out when they get punctured, possibly causing a wreck. The tubeless tyres also stay connected to the rim better.

On the other hand, the tubed tyres offer more convenience to the motorcyclists on the daily run. The tubes are easier to repair as well as replace when these get damaged. However, the tire pressure is the one thing that the riders should always keep an eye for, whether tubed or tubeless tyres.
Low air pressure can lead to damaged tyres and thus cause hazardous rides and poor road grip.

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