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2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec launched at ₹ 51,000 (on-road)

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The 2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec has been launched at ₹51,000 (on-road, Delhi). The Platina brand is one of the more successful brands from Bajaj in recent times and now the company has brought in some enhancements to this bike. These enhancement s are purely cosmetic ones. This has been introduced to garner additional sales during the festive season and also bring in some excitement for the bike.

The biggest draw for this bike is the introduction of LED daytime running lights. The Bajaj Platina Comfortec is now the only bike in the 100-150cc segment to feature an LED DRL. According to Bajaj Auto, the 2017 Platina ComforTec with DRL consumes minimal power and also delivers better fuel consumption figures, compared to other bikes, with the automatic headlamp on (AHO) feature. The AHO feature is now standard for all two-wheelers in India.

What more does the 2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec have? Read further as we share more details.

Eric Vas, President, Motorcycle Business, Bajaj Auto said,”With the introduction of this upgraded Platina ComforTec, we have made a superior product even better. Customers shall love the combination of comfort, superior mileage and LED DRL styling that the new Platina offers,”

2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec Price

On-road, Delhi Price₹51,000

The bike has been priced at 51000 (on-road, Delhi). High fuel efficiency and easy maintenance along with comfortable seating are highlights of the Bajaj Platina ComforTec.

2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec Design 

The Platina was first introduced in the market in 2006 and has been getting regular updates in styling and design. The main attraction to the 2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec is the addition of LED daytime running lights. It is the only bike in its category to offer the same. Though the main criteria of choosing a bike in this category is price and mileage, the looks are pretty neat for an entry-level motorcycle. The LED DRL adds a more premium feel to the bike. It looks crisp and neat.

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The instrumentation is basic with a speedometer on the left and a fuel gauge with a neutral indicator on the right side. Getting started on the bike is now a smooth affair, as it comes with an electric starter. The seating posture is upright and the saddle height (798mm) is ideal for riders with average height.

2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec Specifications

Engine102cc single cylinder DTSi
Peak power8bhp @ 7500rpm
Peak Torque[email protected] rpm
Transmission4 speed

The Platina ComforTech is powered by a 102 cc DTS-i engine. This engine has a power of 8bhp at 7500rpm and a torque of 8.6 Nm at 5000rpm. A 4-speed gearbox does duty on this bike. It has not yet been upgraded to a 5-speed unit.

2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec Mileage

City75 km/l
Highway85 km/l
ARAI certified104 km/l

The2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec comes with a claimed mileage of 104 km/l. In real life conditions it will return around 75km/l in the city and around 85 km/l on the highway. This a highly fuel efficient bike.

2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec Features

  • LED DRL
  • Auto Headlamp On (AHO)
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Electric Start
  • Long Travel Suspension
  • Longer seat
  • New Decals

2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec Colours

The 2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec is available in two new colours:

  • Ebony black (with silver decals)
  • Cocktail wine (with red decals)

2017 Bajaj Platina ComforTec Dimensions

Length2000 mm
Width840 mm
Height1060 mm
Wheelbase1255 mm
Ground Clearance190 mm

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VIDEO REVIEW: TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 ABS

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That’s a big name! Does it live up to it? Find out with us as we put the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 ABS through it’s paces and give you a comprehensive verdict. Is it better than a Pulsar? Is it worth the extra money when compared to the Hero Xtreme?

The bike gets a four stroke oil cooled engine that makes 21bhp and 18Nm of torque. The engine comes paired to a five speed gearbox with a slipper clutch for easy upshifts and down shifts on the move. It gets a telescopic front forks up front and a mono-shock at the rear. It gets a LED headlamp and tail lamp. The 17-inch tubeless tyres come with disc brakes and dual channel ABS. The bike gets a 12L fuel tank and has a kerb weight of 149kgs. The bike gets a lot of styling and technology from the TVS Racing in the form of the Race Derived O3C tech which keeps the engine cool, a race breed split cradle chassis, race tuned KYB suspension, optional Pirelli race spec tyres and a double barrel exhaust.

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This is one exciting bike! Watch our video to find the results produced by the Apache RTR 200 with the above mentioned racing specs and features. What is our verdict? Click below to find out.

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VIDEO REVIEW: Hero Xtreme 200R

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The Hero Xtreme 200r is the sportiest offering from TVS. The bike gets dual disc brakes and ABS. The 200cc 2 valve engine makes 18bhp and 17Nm of torque. The bike gets a combination of the an digital speedometer and an analogue tachometer for its intrument instrument cluster. The bike serves as a perfect balance for the rider in being a commuter bike and showing off its sporty nature. The bike gets telescopic suspension at the front and at the rear it gets a 8 way adjustable monoshock suspension. The Xtmere 200R gets tubeless 17-inch tyres at the front and the rear. The Hero Xtreme 200R is a great bike for daily use too. Apart from the usual specs, the bikes design is a little underwhelming and is not the type of look that will set your heart racing. The front is plane and the headlight has a halogen lamp. The tail-lights do get a LED unit but are not the best looking in the business. The most exciting part of the bike has to be the graphic in the fuel tank. It is the only part of the bike that shouts I’M SPORTY! The Xtreme 200R could have been a better looker, but we think that TVS will want to make sure that the bike also appeals to the rider upgrading from a normal Hero Splendor and the change is not to ‘Xtreme'(no pun intended) This Hero is going to take on the Pulsars and the Apaches available in our country. In the below video we put it through it’s paces and give you a comprehensive verdict.

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The Hero Xtreme 200R comes at a price of Rs 91,000 (Ex-Showroom, Mumbai)

Also Check Out: Our detailed review of the Royal Enfield Interceptor

What are your thoughts on the Hero Xtreme 200R? Will you buy this bike over the TVS Apache? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Classic Legends to bring back Yezdi and BSA next year

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We have all just witnessed the rebirth of Jawa last week. The icon is back in India after a lengthy break. The bikes launched were the Standard Jawa, the Perak and the 42. The company was revived by Classic Legends, a company that was setup by Anupam Thareja, with the aim of reviving old motorcycle marquees and bringing them into the 21st century. According to one publication, the company’s next agenda is to bring back the brands, Yezdi and BSA. These are exciting announcements for many enthusiasts.

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A little background on the Yezdi first, the company was founded by Farrokh Irani who was the owner of Ideal Jawa. These motorcycles were based on existing Jawas but with distinctive mechanical architecture and design. Some of the models produced in India under the Yezdi nameplate were the Roadking, Monarch, CL-II and the 350 Twin. Other bikes that came later in the Yezdi stable were the Jet and the Colt, which were 60cc step-thrus derived from the Jawa Pionyr and Jet. Another place where the Jawa and Yezdi’s were different was design. The Jawas were more uniquely styled and generally acclaimed for their prettier styling and design. The Yezdis on the other hand featured boxier lines and were favored by the youth and were more suitable for motorsport inclinations.

While it’s too early for Classic Legends to reveal any kind of timeline and date for the launch of the Yezdi brands we can speculate that the engines coming in will be starting from the 250cc range. The Yezdi Roadking was a great bike that featured a 2 stroke, 250cc engine. It was also added with a unique semi-automatic clutch. The Roadking got smore suspension travel and a higher ground clearance than its Jawa siblings. We could see this bike be introduced as an Enduro style ADV.  The other engine will be a 350cc engine which was featured on the Yezdi 350. This bike was a derivation of the Jawa Type 634. The modern adaptation will also feature the engine’s twin cylinder charm.

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So when will all this goodness come our way you ask? Right now Classic Legends will be focusing all their energy and might on making the Jawa relaunch a success with swift deliveries, opening new dealerships and making sure after sales service and service centers are fully operational. We can thus see the rebirth of Yezdi and BSA only in 2020 or by the year end an announcement of some kind by Classic Legends.

Are you excited about old bike companies coming back? Were you a Jawa or Yezdi owner? Would you buy a new Jawa or Yezdi? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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KTM 390 Adventure: Skips EICMA 2018, 790 coming to India first?

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We were the first to reveal earlier that the the KTM 390 Adventure will be launching in 2019. The company has now, officially addressed that this bike will surely be launched in 2019. Adventure biking in India is quickly catching up. Buyers are vying for better and more powerful adventure bikes. The most awaited adventure bike will be finally here. Yes, the all new KTM 390 Adventure will be coming to India. KTM is getting ready to launch this bike, finally. This bike is set to settle scores with the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the BMW G 310 GS. The Enfield and the G 310 GS are already ready garnering their own fan following. The pricing of the KTM bike will be highly crucial and important to keep itself competitive with the G 310 R. This bike will also compete with the Kawasaki Versys 300.

We were expecting to see this bike being unveiled at the 2018 EICMA show. The bike is being touted for a launch next year. One publication has said that KTm might bring the 790s first to India and will then release the KTM 390 Adventure at the end of the year.

The 390 Adventure will be an all new bike. KTM has taken the leap and decided to enter this market in India, while many others are still contemplating. After the success of the Duke and RC series, the adventure bike will be the next big bet for KTM. It will also be getting other higher capacity adventure bikes within its portfolio to India.  What si the KTM 390 Adventure all about? Is it worth waiting for? We share our detailed preview.
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New Bajaj Chetak Scooter – Chetak will make a comeback

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We were the first to state that Bajaj has been working on new scooters. We were first to get the news that Chetak will make a come back with a MotorOctane Exclusive last year, when we got the leaked images of the New Bajaj Chetak Scooter. The Chetak was initially offered as a geared scooter, however this time it will be non-geared, automatic CVT scooter. Bajaj has been working on motorcycles seriously, as they dominate the two-wheeler segment across the globe. But scooters are also important (more…)

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Bajaj CT 100: Commuter bike icon

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Starting its life as Bajaj Boxer, this bike had a name change as the Bajaj CT 100. Bajaj stopped production in 2006 to give way for the Bajaj Platina. But in 2015 due to nostalgic feel and demand Bajaj launched this evergreen bike again. This Bajaj CT 100 has had a career longer than that of the Undertaker and has been unbeaten. Built to rival tanks, loved in rural and urban markets and passed by many fathers to their son’s. Are just a few traits of the CT 100. I was not fortunate enough to learn on the Bajaj CT 100 but I surely learnt on the Bajaj Chetak. Now in 2017 just two years after the re-launch let’s have a look at how this bike is doing.

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Royal Enfield Classic 350 – Why is it loved around the world?

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Royal Enfield has been a large contributor to the substantial and consistent growth in two-wheeler sales, in India. Making itself a significant manufacturer was not an easy task for the company. The major contributor to this high growth has been the Royal Enfield Classic 350. The bike took everyone by surprise when it was introduced a few years back. Here was the revamped ‘Bullet’ and it was faster, lighter and more reliable. This British marquee is a well revered brand and has had a strong individuality which very few motorcycles have. In India, this bike brand has lived through decades and whilst others of its era started to go defunct, RE re-discovered itself and was back with a bang!

Such was its comeback, that even established Japanese brands in the country started to feel the shivers. The concoction was simple, the company used its heritage and classic appeal in the best possible way. It built on what was the most important area – camaraderie. The company focused on getting ‘Royal Enfield’ or ‘Bullet’ fans together and celebrate. Later, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 went on to become a best seller.

It all started with an expedition to Leh, Ladakh, way back in 1997, when Royal Enfield took a major leap in getting together riders in to the ‘Bullet Club’ from different cities and ride all the way to Leh, which was then a lesser known destination to the masses. That was when the bike club culture started catching up in a big way and rest is history. Eventually many Royal Enfield clubs started springing up across the country. In the late 1990’s and 2000s, when riders wanted a touring motorcycle, which was tough and could take anything thrown at it, the choice was clear, it had to be a Royal Enfield!

The famous ‘Bullet’ was redesigned in 2009, it now comes with a one-piece, air-cooled engine and gearbox. The shift from the cast iron engine block to the new aluminium alloy block has made a world of difference to its performance and reliability. Carrying on the legacy of the Bullet, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 was born and it continues to be a favourite, while being the company’s best seller. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 has a class of its own and is very retro. This is one model loved by people all around the world, where Royal Enfield is being sold. It is the most economical heritage bike in the world. Read further to know more about this machine.

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Bajaj Dominar 400 gets more expensive

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The price of the Bajaj Dominar 400 has gone up by Rs. 2000 (ex-showroom). This is the second time the price of the bike has gone up in quick succession. The Dominar was launched with new colour options for 2018. There were three colours that got added and additionally the alloy wheels also got a new gold colour.

Bajaj Dominar 400 has won the ‘Bike Of The Year’ award at the MotorOctane 2W Awards 2018. India’s only exclusive two wheeler awards were held in January this year and comprised of several categories of two wheelers. The Dominar 400 has won the most coveted trophy, which is the Bike of the Year. Team MotorOctane got the opportunity to present the trophy to the entire R&D team of Bajaj Auto, who are the real individuals responsible in bringing this bike to life from the drawing board, in the avatar that it is.

The Bajaj Dominar 400 was the unanimous choice of the jury, who had weighed the motorcycle on several parameters which included Styling and Design, Performance, Ride and Handling, Safety, Features and also the price vs value equation. The Dominar 400 had to beat a variety of motorcycles to win this award. The trophy was presented to Team Bajaj Auto at their Akurdi plant.

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KTM Duke 790 coming in 2019

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The KTM Duke 790 will be coming to India. This motorcycle was showcased at EICMA last year in November. The Duke 790 is the latest in the Duke series from the KTM. The Duke brand has become very popular in India, within a short span of time. It had given a breath of fresh air to Indian motorcycling. It also created new benchmarks, which the competition is trying to catch up with. Earlier there were rumors about the Duke 690 making it to India. However, now it seems that it will be the 790 which will come here.

This will be one of its kind motorcycles in the country. It comes with futuristic styling. The bike is extremely aggressive in its stance.The bike is light and boasts of superior handling as compared to the 690. The sharp styling of the bike will make it unique in its segment. Want to know more about the KTM Duke 790? When will it come to India? Read further.
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Bajaj Avenger 400 in the works

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We were the first to bring you news about the new Bajaj Avenger 400. Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto had also confirmed about more action within the Avenger series. The Dominar 400 has taken Bajaj to a new level and the company wants to offer this engine is a differently styled bike. Bajaj Auto is looking at offering the same engine in a new cruiser. The Avenger comes with a 150cc and 220cc engine.

A 400cc Avenger will give an edge to the company to take on rivals like Royal Enfield. There is no other cruiser, currently in this segment. There are cruiser bikes from UM, they are under 300cc. The new 400cc bike may not carry Avenger branding. There might be a new sub-brand in place. What will the new Bajaj Avenger 400 be like? Will it be worth buying. We share some details. (more…)

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Bajaj V15 Review

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A commuter bike that will have cafe racer type styling. This was a very good concept by Bajaj. Even though this concept was started by Hero on its Splendor Classic Pro. Bajaj got it on a 150cc bike. This will improve the performance and they tuned the exhaust for a good note. To add more value to it, there was the INS Vikrant metal added to it. This attracted more buyers to it. Bajaj as a brand has been innovative with this bike and the company is looking at adding more variants to the Bajaj V15 or as some call it Vikrant bike.

At the moment, it comes with a stylish design and high quality paint job. The 150cc engine churns about 12bhp of power and 13Nm of torque. This engine comes mated to a five-speed transmission. This is the same engine like that on the Avenger, but it has been tweaked for different throttle performance.
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Ducati Diavel Diesel Edition commences deliveries in India

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The Ducati Diavel is one of the most exclusive bikes in the world. The machoism that it displays is matched by very few bikes. Ducati have launched a limited edition of the Diavel and the deliveries of this bike have already begun. What is the Ducati Diavel Diesel all about? Read further to know more.

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2018 Honda CBR650F facelift launched at ₹ 8.03 lakhs (on-road)

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The Honda CBR650F has been updated and comes in the form of the 2018 Honda CBR650F facelift. The bike has been launched at ₹ 8.03 lakhs (on-road). The CBR 650F gets some updates this time. It gets a redesigned fairing and new color options and graphics. The engine delivers a power of 85.2bhp and a maximum torque of 60.5Nm. The new CBR650F claims to have improved the gear ratios to provide better performance.

The Honda CBR 650F has been in a class of its own and an affordable option for those who love in-line fours. It brings in a refined approach to sports bike riding and is not too aggressive in its riding stance. This makes it comfortable for everyday riding and thus increases its utility value. What is new in the 2018 Honda CBR650F? Read further to know more.

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Royal Enfield Carberry 1000cc launched at ₹ 8.08 lakhs (on-road)

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A first for a Royal Enfield, which is a 1000cc bike has been launched in India at ₹8.08 lakh (on-road). Now this bike has not been launched by the company themselves. This bike, known as the Carberry Double Barrel 1000 is now available to buyers in India. It carries a V-Twin engine which is built upon the existing engine base. The Royal Enfield Carberry 1000cc has a carbureted engine and has a long stroke which carries forward the legendary thump synonymous to Royal Enfield. Carberry Motorcycles is originally an Australian company, now based in Chhattisgarh, India. The company has been customizing Royal Enfield bikes and this is the latest from them.

The bike has created quite an excitement amongst RE fans, though it is not launched by the bike manufacturer itself. What else does the Royal Enfield Carberry Double Barrel 1000 have? How powerful is it? Is it worth buying? We tell you more about this Indian litre-class bike.

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The Royal Enfield Carberry 1000cc is a treat for Royal Enfield fans and a unique motorcycle that adds a classic flavour with a bigger engine.

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Honda Africa Twin (CRF 1000L) Review

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Honda Africa Twin is quite a popular name across the world. The one we are talking of is the CRF 1000L which carries this popular ‘Africa Twin’ badge. This name became popular in the 80’s after the Honda NXR 750 won the erstwhile Paris-Dakar (Africa) rally, that too 4 times. This Honda Africa Twin has been recently launched as the premium adventure motorcycle scene in India is growing. There are many bikers who want to upgrade and who love adventure touring. While the options for such buyers have been very limited, the Africa Twin brings in something new to the table. What is this all about? Read further in our Honda Africa Twin (CRF 1000L) review.

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