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Mahindra Authentic North East Adventure – Experience of a lifetime

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Given a choice I’d travel to every new place all by myself and explore it as if it’s being discovered for the first time ever by someone. And why not, the very idea of seeing things with a fresh eye, every time, can infuse anybody with a child-like excitement and curiosity to touch, feel and question every little experience on the way, which to my mind is an amazing feeling … and as you’d agree, if you are surrounded by a crowd of people who’ve been there done that a plenty of times before or have a different understanding of an adventure road trip altogether, it can completely take the fun out of the whole thing.

When Mahindra Adventure invited us for a drive into the enchanting north east hills, I was in two minds. Riding in long serpentine convoys orderly supervised and watched over all the time by professional tour organizer’s eyes didn’t really ring the bell initially. Not to undermine the fact that it indeed is a must for safety and convenience of the troupe, but still. To look at the brighter side of it though, there was an opportunity to mingle with people from different walks of life who could manage to pull themselves out of the routine & drudgery. I’m sure with a decent bit of an effort, to explore and enjoy the breath taking sights spilled all across the north eastern states, plus an opportunity to drive some proven 4×4 SUVs from Mahindra stable on an adventurous journey through unforeseen terrain was surely an exciting bet. I couldn’t resist for long and decided to jump in right away!

Room full of strangers 

The journey was scheduled to begin from Radisson Blu Guwahati, and a customary briefing session was scheduled for all participants on the arrival day. The organizing team sensitised us on safety aspects and the need to align with each-other and act like one single team. For many others like me, however, it was an opportunity to interact with few fellow travellers & realize how strange people coming from vastly different backgrounds can be so close in terms of their expectation from an adventure expedition like this. For some obviously it was a first ever road trip so far away from home. After a while of listening and exchange of some basic niceties with fellow travellers it was time to catch up on a good night sleep for a charged-up start of our first day drive.

Bunched up together 

A big fleet of Scorpios and XUVs awaited us in the hotel parking lot next morning. These macho looking machines were dressed in white body paint and sported the bright red Mahindra Adventure badging, sitting snugly on to the front fender. It looked like the support team prepped these up the previous night with all essential checks done and we were ready to roll in no time. As per plan, the convoy was to cover around 400 kilometres over a mix of plains and hilly terrain that day.

An arduous day long journey through some treacherous mountain roads led us into a small hilly town called Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh. Short conversations during multiple scheduled halts en route our destination, helped everyone get introduced to one another a little better. Norphel Retreat, our place of stay in Dirang, is situated on the banks of a beautiful mountain river. This was our first night in the hills, cold winds and falling temperatures pushed everyone to unpack and get the woollens out. A bonfire in the hotel lawns later along with traditional ethnic performances by locals ticked off the day as complete. I must say that the group’s excitement kept energy levels high through the evening.

Bonding with nature

Next day, we passed through some dense forests en route to Tawang, our next place of halt. The thick vegetation in the hills of Arunachal is much different than what one would see in the northern part of the country. After a few landslide hit roads and winding uphill roads, we reached the highest mountain pass on our journey – Sela Pass. The beautiful Sela Lake at an altitude of 13,700 feet made for a breath taking view of the place, while a wide variety of colourful wild bushes around the lake literally put life into the surroundings.

We reached Tawang by evening & were welcomed by a sudden cold shower and steep climbs on the way to our abode for the night. A few hundred kilometres of driving together in the hills in close coordination brought all participants closer. The difficult task of remembering everyone’s first names in a large group like this didn’t seem formidable any longer. By now, we all were used to sharing random anecdotes & cracking silly jokes while on the run, thanks to the wireless radio broadcast installed in each car. Evening was meant for relaxing after another long day’s drive and some fun time together with the group. The famous Tawang Monastery and a high altitude lake destination were on the itinerary for next day.

What an experience!

Day began early as usual, all geared up and excited with the thought of exploring new places during the day. Just a few kilometres away from Tawang city, as we progressed further up into the hills, we witnessed a host of native Himalayan bushes and shrubs carrying snow deposits on them from the snowfall last night. Roads gradually started giving way to broken trails and tar roads converted to mud trails. With China border just a few kilometres ahead of us, presence of heavy artillery around was but obvious. Army Trucks along with the Howitzer Guns dotted the scenic landscape. It was time to test the offroad capabilities of our vehicles in some extreme weather conditions. Had it not been for the robust and resolved suspension of Mahindra vehicles journey ahead wouldn’t have been so enjoyable.

Highlight of the trip was a visit to the most amazingly picturesque Sangetsar Lake, formed when an earthquake hit the region in the year 1971. Pristine still water of the lake reflected a beautiful sky on the other side making it a hot spot for couples wanting to get clicked with stunning backdrops. The return back from Sangetsar Lake was equally enthralling. Just after few minutes of driving, the convoy found itself in the middle of a snow blizzard. The landscape changed its colour from a mysterious red and brown to a fairy tale white. The scenic beauty outside the car window acted like a magnet for all. Every small halt converted into a mini photo opportunity. The bone chilling winds and the increasingly tricky road covered with fresh snow was hardly a deterrent for the elated folks. Practically everyone in the convoy stepped out to walk on snow, play with it and absorb the sight to the maximum. We all by now felt like one big family on a long overdue joyride together.

Journey continues…

We returned back to Dirang the next day. A surprise riverside lunch organised by XSO team for us will stay in memory for long for many, I’m sure. A few of the participants including me had to skip the balance part of the trip scheduled for Kaziranga, Shillong and a some exotic high altitude lakes, the region is famous for. Nevertheless, the new found friends and adventure junkies met during the short sojourn will stay in memories forever. Mahindra Adventure along with XSO did a splendid job when it comes to delivering a great adventure experience while at the same time ensuring safety and comfort for all. It was an experience that forced me to change my opinion on organised adventure trips.

Finally, as long as the convoy keep rolling, even if individually and separated by miles, I’m sure it will surely find its way back to the next round of adventure.  Till then.. Ciao!

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  1. Sindhu Sankaran

    November 10, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Very well written piece!!! Amazing pics too!!

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Race at MMRT – TVS Young Media Racer

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TVS Young Media Racer

Mumbai – 6th July, 2018

I am stuck in slow moving traffic, a usual monsoon evening for Mumbai in the rainy season. While this is normal, I was a little tense because I had a flight to catch. The check-in counters had already shut and the along with the flight, I was also going to miss my second race with ‘TVS MOTORSPORTS’ at the Madras Motor Racing Track in Chennai. Before the horrible thought had sunk in god intervened. The flight had been delayed by 30 minutes. The non-stop rain had made me late and also delayed the flight. Who knew a delayed flight would turn out to be a blessing in disguise. So here I was, with my boarding pass to Chennai and another chance to get on the race track. Having already experienced dread at the airport, I was wondering how this race would be.

TVS Young Media Racer garage

Also Read: The Training session for TVS Young Media Racer

Chennai – 6th July, 2018 (mid-night)

TVS had arranged our stay at Fairfield by Marriott at Sriperumbudur near Chennai. We needed a good night’s sleep because the next two days meant a lot of action for us racers.

Chennai – 7th July, 2018

Next morning, I met the other racers and our team coordinators for breakfast, post which we left for the track. We reached MMRT in the morning at around 8:30am. Entering MMRT is quite a different feeling for me. This is the place where we underwent our training with TVS TEAM FACTORY WORKS, the place where I stepped into the adrenaline fueled world of racing. Our free practice session was scheduled at 10:30am. During the practice session we got comfortable with our Apaches flying around track. We are given a half an hour of practice time to feel the track, the curves and also to see how our designated bikes are performing. This was vital because they we could have minor alterations or adjustments done before our qualification round. I was given bike number 10 for this race. After the practice session, I asked the team of mechanics to work on the handlebar as it was a little too tight in right handers, the tyre pressure had to be corrected and one of the foot pegs was replaced due to massive vibrations at higher rpm. Post this at 1pm it was time for our qualifying round. The best lap timings would decide our position on the grid. Having been on this track for our training sessions, most of us were a little more confident being here and as this was going to be a faster track than our previous round at Kari Motor Speedway, which is too technical to race at. The qualification round was a little too tough a competition than expected and everyone was surprised by the results. I finished 8th out of 10 riders with my best lap timing being 2 mins 41 secs. Finishing far behind the guy who finished first, I wasn’t happy with my performance. Maybe it was over confidence that got the best of me. Post this round, we went for a track walk with our mentor, Harry Sylvester. Having walked the entire 3.7kms track, he explained to us our braking points, apex points and suggested what gears we should ideally be using on any particular turn. The track has 12 turns and 3 straights, which make it quick and relentless. We learnt about the track in much more detail and by now all of us in our head knew what mistakes me made during qualification. We were now more prepared for the next day.

TVS Young Media Racer track

Chennai – 8th July, 2018 – Race Day

Even though monsoons were in full swing here, the rain gods were pitiful. Maybe they wanted to see us race. The weather was far better than the last time we were on this track. It was peak summer when we started our training and would feel as if we were wearing body ovens rather than riding suits. But thankfully, it was cloudy and breezy this time and we could definitely maintain our cool. Our race was scheduled at 3pm. The race would last 6 laps that equaled to a total of distance of 23kms. Being positioned at number 8, I was far behind on the grid. Seconds before the signals went off, one of the riders had a false start which confused us all. The race started in complete chaos. To worsen the situation, I too had a bad start and watched the rest of the pack vanish ahead on the first straight and turn into Turn 1 after that. I had a lot to catching up to do. With our instructors tips running through my head and the mental pressure to go faster I started hunting down the pack. Making ever turn as crisp and neat as possible became a mission. I was braking late as possible and hitting every apex at maximum speed. I overtook two riders over the course of 6 laps and another position as a rider had crashed and couldn’t finish his race. Finally all said and done, the final outcome of the race placed me at 7th position with my best lap timing being at 2 minutes 30 seconds. I was glad that I managed to shave off a good 11 seconds off by best time from the qualification round. Maybe it was because of the mental pressure of being last, the track walk or just every rider’s goal to be on pole.

TVS Young Media Racer racers

Final Thoughts
I wasn’t very happy with my performance in this race and had expected better results. But that does not dissuade me, every lap and every race teaches me more and maybe the next race at the Buddh International Circuit would turn out to better. My overall experience with round two of the ‘TVS Young Media Racer Program’ has been great. It is because of their great team, our mentors who support us, a lot of man hours put in by the mechanics, the pit crew and the marshals that something like that has been made possible. Headed back with a certificate of participation in hand and a lot of happiness for my co-racers who finished at the first three positions, it was time to celebrate.

Stay tuned to know more about the next race at the Buddh International Circuit. We are excited for this one. Hoping that the experience of riding on an F1 track would be memorable and much faster.

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5 things you should avoid with a brand new car

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A brand new car is a big investment and the pride and joy of an owner. The reality however is that the car is still a mechanical tool that will wear and tear after a while. The car with its daily use and abuse will become less efficient over a long period. Some problems may surface sooner than you think. A lot of these problems can be postponed and avoided if you treat the car in a certain manner when it’s brand new.

In addition to these tips below, do refer to your owner’s manual and the proper break-in period for the car and its servicing schedule. Also during an emergency while driving, one must not adhere to these tips and do the needful to be safe. Personal safety is more necessary than anything else.

Don’t Floor the Accelerator

New Maruti DZire 2017 pedals

 

The reason for this is that the pistons in your brand new engine have some amount of spring tension in them and the combustion gases produced exert force on the pistons cylinder wall to make it move more freely. The gas pressure required for this is very low. The more power and fuel applied makes more pressure and the cylinder walls of the pistons will wear out and not evenly. This is why manufactures have run in periods for their cars where for e.g. – the car should not exceed 4000rpm at any given time except for an emergency. This ‘run in’ period will make sure all the imperfections of the cylinder wall are smoothed over and there are no hotspots on the wall that will cause a problem in the future

Don’t Shift At Redline

Audi Q7 instrument cluster

 

There are some people who will say that their car has a very tall 3rd gear and they like to use it completely till the point the rpm allows. Yes, that is a good thing for acceleration. But in a brand new car where the engine is working out imperfections and the gearbox and clutch are being worked in, that is wrong. The car will be more economical to run and the transmission will have less load on it f quick upshifts will be done. The rpm on cars also varies. The petrol engine on most cars has a high rpm available. The rpm available on a diesel engine is lower. Also in cars there is a rev limiter which does not allow the car to exceed the rev range and in automatic and new cars with clever ECUs the car changes gears n=more quickly to be in the meat of the power band in the rev range and not be at high rpm wasting fuel.

Don’t Use Cruise Control

Camry Hybrid - Cruise Control Stalk

Cruise control is good and a feature that is great for long distance drive to ease fatigue. But in a new vehicle, the car should be treated with different loads of speed. Especially in manual cars that cannot shift gears for themselves, will hold the engine and the rpms to a certain speed which will put a lot of load on the car. Let the engine exercise with different loads of power and performance. The clutch and engine need to get used to a different varying condition and that is why one should avoid a long distance road trip on a brand new car which will involve the car sitting at one constant speed and rpm.

Avoid Short Distance Drives

New Honda City 2017 motion 2

I know what you are thinking, don’t do a road trip but also don’t drive for a small distance, where is the logic? When we say not to drive short distances. We mean to say that the engine in a new car needs to operated enough on any outing that everything can come up to operating temperature. Engine wear at a constant temperature is best for the engine to experience higher and varying loads in the future.

Avoid Towing

Isuzu-D-Max

Your can do it, doesn’t mean it should do it. Any car should be allowed to reach its break-in period where everything has been starched to its maximum and the capacity of the car to lug more weight than its own is alright. Till the break-in period, the cars suspension, wheels, engine and other mechanical bits will be exercised and ready to haul more than its own and its occupants weight.

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“That was fast” – Jaguar Art of Performance Tour: Experience

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The Art Of Performance Tour

The Jaguar Art of Performance Tour is an event that comes once a year to every major city in the country and always leaves enthusiasts and customers with a massive grin on their face. Having being a veteran of this experience for the past 3 years and given the opportunity to experience it again I did not say NO. The event involves experiencing all the cars Jaguars make in India and enjoying them at their absolute limit. When I mean absolute limit; getting a behemoth like the XJL to brake hard and handle like you were ferrying a head of state away from a terrorist ambush or driving a Jaguar F-Type like you boosted it from Gone in 60 Seconds. There are instructors on scene that briefed us and explained us how to proceed with the three distinct parts of the event – Lane change activity, the slalom test and an acceleration run. Read below to know more about this activity now. We were told about the driver aids and other features that will make sure we are safe and help us unleash our inner – Lewis Hamilton without killing or wetting ourselves.

Lane Change Test

The lane change test involves accelerating hard, suddenly changing lanes and braking hard. The aim of this test is to find out the vehicles weight transfer and dynamic ability. We were shown how a car would react under a high pressure situation where a split second decision needs to be made. The car we tested here were the XE, XF and XJ. The XE and the XF were really good in this test. The most surprising was the big XJ that did not understeer and stopped on a dime in the braking box.

The Art Of Perfomance Tour - Lane change

Slalom Test

In this test we had to hustle a car from left to right and pit in the braking box as fast as we could. The test oversees the cars handling, grip and acceleration through corners. Of all the cars we drove here; the Jaguar F-pace, the big SUV was surprising agile. The car which really left an impression was the nimble and smooth baby XE. The XF was also overall the most effective car here for me. With the race car driver chaperoning me sitting beside me telling me, ‘that was plenty fast’. According to him it was the fastest he had seen someone apart from themselves maybe, complete this test. Ah flattery; all part of the experience!

The Art Of Performance Tour - Slalom

Acceleration test

The above tests were fun and technical. The last test was the acceleration run. There were two Jaguar F-Types on duty for that. I was the first to reach this test and made a straight bee line for the hot red SVR waiting for its first sortie. I got into the car, adjusted the steering, the seat and smiled for the cameras like a F1 driver giving people joy rides. Then the real racecar driver beside me gave me my instructions, don’t touch the gear leaver; he’ll handle that. My job was to mash the accelerator pedal as hard as I could and keep the 567bhp monster in a straight line. The car jumped of the starting line and the surrounding were a warp. And before we knew it, the braking point was there and the fury died down with a touch of the brakes. We then turned around and let the car unleash its fury back to the pits again. With the car slowing down and crackle from the exhaust on the down shifts subsiding, the experience was over.

The Art Of Performance Tour - F type

The Jaguar Art of Performance that took place in Wadala, Mumbai was a great experience. We in the cars were not doing a mundane test drive but were scaring and surprising ourselves with the cars performance and full capabilities. It was worth getting up early on a Sunday!

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Most scenic location in Maharashtra – you might have been seen!

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Konkan Trip with Vishakha

How could you miss out on the most scenic location in Maharashtra! This is the best route that has never been taken. We encourage you to take this route and go out and explore the beautiful Maharashtra. Let us support this. Ridergirl Vishakha is a part of this and this entire road trip was possible because of our sponsor partners Coco by DHFL insurance. A new insurance brand that offers renewal and claims all easily through the web/mobile.

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The Training – TVS Young Media Racer

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“The adrenaline and stress of an adventure are better than a thousand peaceful days” – Paulo Coelho

If that is something you believe in then you probably know that motorsports can bring you to the peak of an adrenaline rush. We are talking about fast bikes leaning across turns and the sound of blaring exhausts zoom past you while you watch them go from the spectator stands. We were at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore to witness this ourselves for the
MRF MMSC FMSCI INDIAN NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE CHAMPOINSHIP 2018.

TVS Motor Racing

The season will have three races over the next two months .The first round of races started off on the 8th of June spanning over two days and ending on the 10th of June 2018. Under the banner falls the national championship, TVS One Make Championship, TVS One Make Championship for women, TVS Young Media Racer & Honda One Make Cup.

A weekend with heated track action, fast riders, race spec bikes, pit crews, adrenaline and cheering crowd is what you imagine when you hear ‘RACING’ and this weekend was exactly about all of this. But hold on….I am not a spectator! I am here at the Kari motor Speedway as a competitor. Yes, TVS Racing has given us media personal a chance to get a first hand track experience. Under the YOUNG MEDIA RACER PROGRAM, 12 journalists and motovloggers from different parts of the country were chosen. We received a training session last month on the Madras Motor Racing Track in Chennai under the guidance of our instructor Harry Sylvester, a six time national champion Jagan kumar and KY Ahamad.
Here we were shown videos and trained step by step about the basics of motorcycle racing, it’s rules and tricks. The team at TVS Racing was really patient and we were given all the attention we needed. Harry Sylvester was patient enough to answer all our queries and questions whereas Jagan Kumar and KY Ahamad led us in two different teams on the track.

TVS Motor Racing

Every time a new thing was thought to us. We would get back on to the track to apply what we learnt. Step by step, one at a time so that we do not get confused by the information overload. They also made sure each and every participant got a chance to ride right behind our instructors to closely observe what was being thought to us.
Being a first timer on the track I felt very comfortable and confident. TVS provided us with full racing gear except for we had to carry our own DOT CERTIFIED, DOUBLE D RING HELMETS.

We got our hands on the race spec modified TVS APACHE 200.4V with a slipper clutch. The bike handled superbly and went around the corners like a piece of cake. I was surprised to learn what all this bike is capable to do on track. Lots of track technicalities were inculcated into our minds. Including braking, riding posture, turning for apex, checking the entry points, how to enter a turn and how to exit a turn at maximum possible speed. We were explained exactly where we should place our feet while not changing gears and how much should be the % ratio of braking and how to divide the braking efficiently between the front and rear brakes. To make things easier, the track was even temporarily marked so as to get a better judgment and make learning easier. Our instructors made sure as to give as much as personal attention to each of my fellow riders.

TVS Motor Racing

Apart from basics, we were educated about the various rules one has to follow on the track, the flags and penalties. A start off so as to not pop a wheelie and if we do, we were also trained on how to control it without falling.  We were shown training related videos, slides and some racing related motivational videos made by TVS.

We were also provided with contact numbers for our trainers and instructors so as to call them and get our future queries answered. The team at TVS is always happy to oblige and open to feedback and suggestions. By the end of our training session all of us participants had also become good friends and enjoyed learning together as a team.

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How to make a smart decision while buying a used car?

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How to make a smart decision while buying a used car?

We are always worried while buying a used car. We always have the worry of getting fooled. We have heard about being fooled by used car dealers, banks and even some third parties during any kind of dealing in used car.. With a new car it is still simpler as there is a set price from the automaker. There is a sticker price. Whereas, used car buying and selling is a tricky business. The fact is, used car dealers and banks are used to deal with people on a daily basis for cars and we aren’t. They are much more experienced in this process. They can manipulate things, especially with the pricing. Hence, we recommend you to read these five crucial steps and understand how to tackle used car dealers for getting the best deals. (more…)

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Top 10 affordable FI (fuel injected) bikes in India under ₹1.5 lakhs

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Yamaha R15 V3 3

There are so many bikes in different categories, variants and different price points available in India. But the big question of the bikes is, being affordable because reasonably priced bikes are the ones that move the most units in India. For the following bikes we have kept the maximum price range of ₹1.5 lakhs and listed out the best available in that price range-

Bajaj Dominar 400

Bajaj Dominar 400 blue motion 5

The Bajaj Dominar uses a motor based on the KTM 390 engine. The difference is that the Dominar uses a different cylinder head and is tuned differently from the 390. The Dominar puts out a respectable 35bhp and 35Nm of torque, which is not as powerful as the KTM but it’s no slouch. It is also one of the best-equipped motorcycles here, coming with dual-channel ABS, a powerful LED headlight and a digital LCD instrument console. Bajaj Dominar 400’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.48 lakh (Ex-showroom)

Yamaha Fazer 25

Yamaha Fazer 25 front three quarter

The Fazer 25 shares its engine with the FZ25. The air and oil cooled engine produces 20bhp and 20Nm of torque. This bike’s main advantage over the FZ comes in the form of added wind protection, along with its 14-litre fuel tank, makes the Fazer 25 a good long-distance motorcycle. Like the Dominar 400, this bike also gets an LED headlight. Unfortunately, ABS is not an option that is offered on this bike by Yamaha who offers it else where in the world. The Yamaha Fazer 25’s price starts from around ₹1.28 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Mumbai)

Bajaj Pulsar RS 200

The Pulsar RS 200 uses a fuel-injected version of the 199.5cc engine seen on the NS 200. The Pulsar’s liquid-cooled motor churns out 24bhp and 18Nm of torque. The RS also gets ABS, though it is only a single-channel system. A digital-analogue instrument cluster and twin projector headlamps mean that this bike features decent levels of equipment; although the bike’s design may not be to everyone’s taste. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.26 lakh (Ex-showroom). The Pulsar RS200 is available in only 2 variants. The top-end variant Bajaj Pulsar RS200 ABS is priced at ₹1.37 lakh.

Yamaha R15 V 3.0

Yamaha R15 V3 2

The latest iteration of Yamaha’s sharp and focused track tool, the R15 version 3.0, uses a 155cc liquid-cooled engine putting out 19bhp and 15Nm of torque. This motor has a strong top-end without sacrificing low and mid-range power with peak power at 10,000rpm. While the R15 misses out on ABS, it does get a slipper clutch. LED headlights and an LED tail lamp are also standard on the R15. The Yamaha YZF R15 V3’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.27 lakh(Ex-showroom). YZF R15 V3 is available in only 1 variant.

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0_ABS (1)

The Apache RTR 200 4V is also available with a fuel-injection system, the latter is supplied by Bosch. The FI variant commands a hefty premium of ₹12,700 over its carburetor alternative. The fuel-injected version produces 21bhp and 18Nm of torque from its 197.75cc air- and oil-cooled engine. This updated RTR features a slipper clutch as standard which is a really good thing. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V  is priced at  ₹90,716 on wards (Ex-showroom, Mumbai). It is available in 8 versions.

Suzuki Intruder FI

Suzuki Intruder 150

The Suzuki Intruder is the only motorcycle here that is a cruiser, mimicking the design language of the larger Intruder motorcycles. It is a long and low motorcycle with a very comfortable ride. Its 155cc engine is also available with a fuel-injection system over the carb unit. The motor churns out 15bhp and 14Nm of torque. The Intruder comes with single-channel ABS, digital instrumentation shared with the Gixxer and is also seen on the Burgman Street. It also gets an LED tail-lamp as standard. The FI variant comes at a premium of Rs 6,901 over the carburetor version. Suzuki Intruder’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.04 lakh (Ex-showroom). The Intruder is available in only 2 variant. The top-end variant Suzuki Intruder FI is priced at ₹1.09 lakh

Suzuki Gixxer SF FI

suzuki gixxer SF rear disc motion

The first motorcycle on this list to dip under the 1 lakh-rupee-mark is the Suzuki Gixxer SF FI. The Gixxer’s engine figures are identical to that of the Intruder. Like the Intruder, the Gixxer is also available with a carburettor to command a lower price but with a tiny price increase you can get a fuel injected version of the bike. For a premium of Rs 7,000 the SF can also be had with single-channel ABS. The Suzuki Gixxer SF FI is priced at ₹1,01 onwards (Ex-showroom, Mumbai). It is available in 2 versions – ABS and SP ABS.

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V FI

2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 front three quarter

Like the RTR 200 4V, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is also available with carb and fuel injection options. The fuel-injected variant produces 17bhp while the carburettor variant churns out 16bhp. TVS charges a premium of Rs 6,000 for the fuel-injection version, which is quite significant when one compares it to the Suzuki Gixxer SF. The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is priced in Mumbai at ₹77,813 (Ex-Showroom price).

Yamaha Fazer FI

The smaller version of the Fazer features an air-cooled 149cc engine making 13bhp and 13Nm of torque. Like its larger sibling, it features good wind protection and comfortable ergonomics. One of the Fazer’s strongest points is its refinement – something that is partly achieved with the implementation of fuel-injection. The Yamaha Fazer-FI’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹88,143 (Ex-showroom). Fazer-FI is available in only 1 variant.

Hero Glamour Programmed FI

Hero Glamour 125cc

Finally, we come to what is the cheapest fuel-injected bike in the country – the Hero Glamour Programmed FI. The 124.7cc motor in the Glamour puts out 12bhp and 11Nm of torque. The bike also gets a front disc brake, and an LED tail-lamp. With its fuel-injection system, it offers a level of convenience that no other bike in the segment can match. If you want a fuel-injected commuter, this is the recommended and only choice for you. Hero Glamour FI’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹72,903 (Onroad Price Mumbai).

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5 cars we wish were on sale in India

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Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford F-150 Raptor

 

We have seen this thing fly, swim and climb. Videos of the Ford Raptor pick-up truck doing something other than driving in traffic will always do well. The Raptor is a full size American pickup truck with a setup that is inspired for the Baja rally. This truck is now powered by a 3.5-litre EcoBoost rather than a V8. But that is okay because of it still has the power to make this radical truck jump from mountains into dunes. If the budding truck scene in India ever explodes, Ford please put our names down for one with the Black Ops livery.

Dodge Demon

There is already one muscle car in India. But with the supercar and performance scene getting hotter in India, we really hope another outlaw from Detroit lands here soon. Dodge makes a muscle car called the Demon which is an 800bhp street stripped muscle car that can do a sub-10 second quarter mile pass. This is thing comes prepped from the factory to go drag racing with slicks and a full kit. Imagine a cold winter night, on Mumbai’s Marine Drive, this car pulls up next to a 5.0 Mustang. Imagine the carnage.

Skoda Octavia Combi

Our affair with estate cars in India ended as quickly as khaleesi’s marriage to Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones. It was a love story too good for this world. But we haven’t forgotten them. And I haven’t forgotten the Octavia Combi. They are good looking, super practical and sometimes like the super expensive Audi RS6 shows us, great sleepers that can hunt down supercars.

Subaru WRX STi

 

The car that was breed for rallying and making the Mitsubishi Lancer quake at WRC, it’s the Subaru WRX STi. It can keep up with supercars on a racetrack and can give some sports cars a pretty good thrashing. The beating it can take off road with its AWD system is legendary. If they ever come to India, we want one with a metallic blue paint job and massive gold MOMO alloys.

Volkswagen California

Yes, it’s bigger than a ‘normal car’. Yes, it would be a commercial vehicle in India. But this could be the car that kicks off the whole caravaning culture in India. It has a bathroom, a bed, a shower, a desk, a kitchen. It is your ideal home away from home. We would love one if we every need to shoot a few videos for a few days straight.          

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7 steps to follow while buying a used car

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Buying a used car is a complicated process. So far, our market isn’t organised and this makes it difficult for the buyers to pick up the correct car. There has been no authority to state anything on the used car valuation. Here we share with you, seven simple steps to purchase a used car which will help you get a good deal on used cars. (more…)

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BMW G310R launched at ₹ 2.99 lakhs (ex-showroom)

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The BMW G310R has been launched at 2.99 lakhs (ex-showroom). Buyers have been waiting for its launch, ever since it was first revealed. The bike was also showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. The BMW tag is expected to pull crowd and a high response for this bike is expected.  G310R is expected to be the volume churner for BMW. The company has a partnership with TVS, who will be contract manufacturing this motorcycle under BMW brand. This bike will be manufactured for BMW at their Hosur plant. Infact, there will be many common components with the TVS Apache 310 RR. This includes the engine, chassis, brakes, alloy wheels and few more parts. The bike will be tuned in a different manner and also the styling of the G310R will be unique. This is a naked design, which is also very popular among riders.

First seen at EICMA 2015, the G310R is now being sold in several European and American markets. Some South Asian markets are also selling this bike. The TVS BMW G310R is likely to be priced lower than the KTM Duke 390. This will also be one of the attractions in addition to the BMW badge. While it will not be as powerful or feature loaded as the Duke 390, it will pack in enough juice for the price tag it will come at. Read further about the BMW G310R Price in India, Specifications, Power, Top Speed and all other details.

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Electric Scooter to Ladakh – Episode 1

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We ride Okinawa Praise to Ladakh! This is our first episode, where we take the Okinawa Praise – an electric scooter from Gurgaon to Ambala in the first leg. Check out all the details.

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7 Tips to protect your car from rains!

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We have shared the following tips to protect your car from rains. Follow these and your car is safe for this monsoon. What all has to be done? Check out our video on 7 Tips to protect your car from rains.

What are the tips?

  1. Free car check-up: Get your car check up done for free. Almost all car makers will offer you free car check up in monsoon and this will be apt for your car too. If anything majorly wrong, you can get that checked and rectified immediately.
  2. Tyres: Get your tyres inspected. These are one of the most vital part of your car. As these are the only things that touch the road. Ensure that your tyre treading is sufficient and if not, then replace immediately. If the tyres have crossed an age of more than 4-5 years, then too replace them at once. Ensure your spare tyre has air in it and it isn’t puncture. You will not want to get stuck in the rains with 2 flats instead of one.
  3. Wipers: Again one of the most essential things. Always replace your wipers at the start or just before monsoon. It is important. This is because the rubber on the wipers hardens in summer heat and this means not proper cleaning during the rains.
  4. Cloth: Never remove the fog of your windscreen from inside with your hand. This will leave finger prints on them and will affect your vision. Its advisable to use a piece of clean cloth for the same.
  5. Your safety: For your safety, always ensure your tool kit has all the equipment. All the First Aid Kit medicines are valid and not expired.
  6. Always charged: Ensure you have enough water in the car to drink and something to eat also. Carry sufficient power charge or mobile charging cable so your mobile doesn’t run out of juice.
  7. Fragrance: Your car shouldn’t be moist and stinky. For this purpose ensure, you have a air freshner in the car. Add newspaper on your floor mats if they are made of fabric and change them weekly or twice a week if needed. The better solution is to replace your mats in the rain with rubber or plastic ones. These are easier to maintain and clean in the rains.

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2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Automatic (CVT) launched at ₹ 7.8 lakhs (on-road)

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The Hyundai Elite i20 facelift was launched earlier this year. Now the automatic (CVT) variant has been introduced, the prices of which start at ₹ 7.8 lakhs  for the Magna variant and ₹ 9.3 lakhs for Asta variant (on-road, Delhi). With this launch the i20 gets better options. The good part is that unlike earlier, the automatic now comes in two variants – Magna and Asta. The CVT comes only in petrol. The diesel version come with a 6-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic in the diesel version. The Elite i20 2018 gets cosmetic changes and some added features.

The dimensions of the car are the same as earlier. There is no change in the overall length or height. The interior space is also the same. The Elite i20 car is priced similar to what it was earlier. The engines shall be the 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines on offer. There are many new features on offer. Hyundai will raise the bar in this segment with many new features on the i20. Things that have gone missing will now be offered on this vehicle. The Korean auto maker has seen a major growth in this segment and now with the Baleno in the market, Hyundai will want to enhance the premium hatchback even further. We new i20 car is offered with a lot of brownies, and there are some first-in-class as well.

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The new Hyundai Elite i20 2018 facelift needs to meet the standard the hatchback has already set in the market. It is a difficult task, but if it is achieved then the brand will achieve success with it.

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Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta Comparison

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The name Innova is synonymous with utility vehicles in India. The completion has never managed to come close to the Innova in terms of sales and popularity. Tata had tried to challenge the Innova with the Aria, however it did not achieve much success. The new Toyota Innova Crysta came as a new generation vehicle and offers more options, better features and space. Tata too has upped its game and had launched the Hexa. The Tata Hexa competes squarely with the Toyota Innova Crysta. Both the MUVs offer good features, are spacious and also high on utility. They both also offer an automatic transmission. Both vehicles set a new benchmark in this segment in terms of looks, styling and features. Let’s see the Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta comparison.

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Toyota Innova Crysta doesn’t just have a higher price but it gets additional features too. The Japanese MUV feels more premium than the Hexa on the inside.

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Peugeot 208 – Premium Hatchback for India?

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The French automobile giant Peugeot will be entering India once again and the Peugeot 208 will be the first car it starts selling here. We were the first to spy this car in India, 2 years back and bring this news you. During that time, the company had stalled its India plans owing to the European crisis. Now, PSA group (Peugeot) has partnered with CK Birla group for manufacturing cars in their Chennai facility itself. The Peugeot 208 will be their first product in all likelihood.

The Peugeot 208 has also been spied testing alongside Hyundai i20. The Hyundai Elite i20 will be a direct competition to the Peugeot 208. The company will try to price the 208 in line with the Elite i20. This is the major competition. The 208 will come with petrol as well as diesel engines. In terms of features, it will get all the bells and whistles.

The Hindustan Motors plant in Tamil Nadu is where this car will be produced. It has also been spotted there on numerous occasions. The PSA Group is setting up its plant in Tamil Nadu itself. Initially, there were rumours that Peugeot could be looking at Gujarat. That was the initial plan as the Peugeot test mules came to India through the Navi Mumbai port itself. The company has evaluated the best suited products for the Indian market. The company is coming in JV with Hindustan Motors, which is one of the oldest car brands in India. While HM has a rich heritage, It never had any strong brand apart from the Ambassador, which was their best seller. Even Mitsubishi, never took off really, partnering with HM. Lets see how Peugeot takes this game forward. Read further to know more about the Peugeot 208.

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