The 2017 Kawasaki Z250 has been launched at INR 3.39 lakhs (on-road, Delhi). The Z250 has been the entry level Kawasaki in India and is the naked version of the Ninja 250/300. The new model is essentially the same bike but it now gets a BS-IV compliant engine. There is no other change in the 2017 Kawasaki Z250.
2017 Kawasaki Z250 Price
Kawasaki Z250 Price
|Variant||Price (on-road, Delhi)|
|Z250||INR 3.39 lakhs|
The price of the Kawasaki Z250 has gone up by around INR12000. That is not much of a difference actually. The 2017 Kawasaki Z250 is a twin cylinder bike and hence the pricing is on the higher side compared to its single cylinder competitors.
Kawasaki Z250 Specifications
|Engine||250cc, twin cylinder, liquid cooled|
|Power||31.50bhp @ 11,000 rpm|
|Torque||21Nm @ 10,000 rpm|
Kawasaki Z250 Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||145 mm|
|Seat Height||785 mm|
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Kawasaki Z250 Design
The Kawasaki Z250 is essentially the older Ninja 250, without the fairing. The Ninja currently comes in a 300cc avatar, with some upgrades. The Kawasaki Z250 is undoubtedly a stunning bike. It is built proportionately too. It looks quite premium and also big as compared to its engine capacity. The headlamp cowl is compact on the Kawasaki Z250 and it looks aggressive as well. The cowl houses a multi-reflector headlamp inside. It also has a short and stylish visor on top. The Kawasaki Z250 looks like a more agile and purposeful version of the Ninja 250.
The headlamp comes in the form of a daytime running lamp (DRL), which means that the headlamps stay on, as long as the engine is running. The headlamp cluster is a bow-shaped one. It looks quite mean. The clear instrument panel is well laid out and is easy to read. A large analogue tachometer is dominating this part while the speedometer is a digital one placed on the bottom right side. This includes a fuel gauge, trip meter and a digital clock too. What it lacks is a gear indicator, which would have been a welcome inclusion.
The switch gear is of good quality and feels nice to use too.Its the same with the grips, levers and bar ends that exude a premium feel. The mirrors find its place on the handlebar. The size is big enough, though I would have preferred a wider field of vision. This could be achieved by using a more convex one.
The well-chiseled fuel tank has a capacity of 17 litres, which is of great assistance during long rides. The side panels bear decals that read ‘Z’ and help in beefing up the stance of the motorcycle. A very well-sculpted bottom fairing also adds to the looks in a big way. The rear has integrated grab handles with sleek split seats. This compliments the overall styling of the bike.
Kawasaki Z250 Colours
The Kawasaki Z250 comes in just one colour option, which Kawasaki calls the ‘Candy Flat Blazed Green’. This colour is actually very striking and adds to the overall appeal of the bike, making it stand out in a crowd. It’s a little darker than that of the Ninja and has a matt effect. The colour actually distinguishes the bike as a Kawasaki, from a distance.
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Kawasaki Z250 Engine
The engine of the Kawasaki Z250 is identical to the older Ninja 250R. The 249cc, liquid cooled four-stroke parallel-twin cylinder that makes out 31.1 [email protected] rpm and a torque of 21 [email protected] This is a very refined engine and also revs smoothly. At the low end, the power delivery is quite mild but starts building up around 6000 rpm. The mid-range and top-end of the power band are areas where the bike can be enjoyed the most. Hence, to extract more juice, one needs to keep it above 4000 rpm at least.
Do not expect the bike to shoot off on wringing the throttle. Power delivery is pretty linear and at no point do you get a sudden rush of power. The lack of low end is evident when you come out of a corner or curve, specially, on an incline which is a bit disappointing and one has to keep a low gear to extract better punch. A lower gear helps it be in its power band. The six-speed transmission is well mated and the shift quality is smooth too.
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Kawasaki Z250 Ride
The well-built chassis actually feels quite strong. The Kawasaki Z250 comes with telescopic shock absorbers in the front and a mono-shock suspension at the rear. The suspension setup is on the stiffer side and provides good stability on twisting roads, while banking hard. Straight line stability also is nice. Bad roads are not where you would like to ride the Kawasaki Z250 on. It is best to avoid bad roads on this bike. I found the seat also to be a bit harder than the rest of the Kawasaki offerings, hence not very comfortable. The riding position leans towards the aggressive side. There is a recess on either side of the fuel tank for the knees, which help the rider to have better control.
The brakes on the Kawasaki Z250 are very effective and provides the necessary retardation required. It has a 290mm front and 220mm rear disc brakes with twin piston calipers. There is no ABS, which is disappointing. I think all motorcycles costing upwards of INR 2.5 lakhs, should come equipped with ABS. The bike weighs 168 kgs and is pretty manageable, be it riding in heavy traffic or even parking in tight spots and it is good fun too.
The Kawasaki Z250 delivers on most counts. It has sharp, striking looks and is a head turner. Also, it can be used for daily commutes with ease, as well as those sportier weekend rides. The only downside is that it doesn’t provide the kind of brisk acceleration at low revs that one would be wanting while weaving through city traffic, especially in stop-go situations. You would feel it more if you are used to some single cylinder scorchers.
The Z250 is a fine motorcycle, no doubt, but does fall in a questionable field, where the Ninja 300 is already there and the Z300 has been revealed internationally, which may make an entry into India sooner or later. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 also has an easier riding position, is more comfortable with better seats and delivers more power. However, if you are looking for a twin cylinder motorcycle and the additional cost for the Ninja 300 is a huge ask, moreover, if you are a naked bike fan, the Z250 will just fit the bill. This is one bike which will last long too.
2017 Kawasaki Z250
Honda CB300R Neo Sports will be launched under Rs 2.5 lakhs (Ex-Showroom)
The Honda CB300R Neo Sports is a bike that is made with a lot of different style and ideas in mind. Is it retro, is it a cruiser, is it a naked bike? We will find out soon. The Honda CB300R Neo-Sports Café puts Japanese craftsmanship to work and brings together with the two main components one looks for in a bike – style and performance. According to the company, the design of the bike is themed as a retro café-racer. The all-new CB 300R is built to make the rider feel invincible. The one thing we can confirm and has been announced by the company is that the Honda CB300R Neo Sports Cafe is coming to India at an ex-showroom price lower than Rs 2.5 lakhs.
So when is this bike launching, what are the specifications and should you wait for it? Find out below.
Honda CB300R Neo Sports Launch
The bike will launch in March this year. This will be a big launch for the company and many will be excited about this retro stlyed cafe racer. Honda will sell this bike under their Superbike line-up.
Honda CB300R Neo Sports Price
The price for this bike has not been announced yet but the company has said that the bike’s ex-showroom price will be under Rs 2.5 lakhs. This means that there will be a lot of customers who will want to upgrade say from an Apache 180 or an FZ25 that will want this bike. It will also serve as an alternative big 300cc plus bikes like the Ninja, Bullet and the Duke. We think the ex-showroom price should be around Rs 2.30 lakhs.
Honda CB300R Neo Sports Design
Lets talk about the looks. The Honda CB300R Neo Sports is a retro cafe racer. Its bold new look contrasts brushed alloy radiator shrouds with a blacked-out engine and an underslung, upswept exhaust. The all-new steel tubular frame and stout-looking, 41mm upside-down front forks, provide agile handling as well as character. And with a round headlight, taillight, and indicators that are all LED, this bike is made to be seen and stand out everywhere. Neo Sports Café round LED headlamp is built with unique lighting for every riding situation. The 28.6 mm diameter handlebar in the middle area is designed to have a tapered shape for more secure and stable control.
The Honda CB300R Neo Sports gets a new Full LCD Multifunction Meter Gear with shift warning lights for when the engine speed reaches the specified range. And the Peak Hold function, which allows you to ride exactly how you wish.
Honda CB300R Neo Sports Specifications
The engine returns peak power of 32 bhp at 8,500rpm, with peak torque of 27.5Nm at 7,500rpm mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Honda CB300R Neo Sports Cafe features exhaust pipes that are resplendent in Neo Sports Café style. The interior features a 2-room structure, providing powerful and aggressive engine sound while increasing the efficiency of the acceleration response. The 7-level Preload Adjustment rear shock absorbers support all riding conditions, whether riding in the city or touring. The first of the large, 41mm silver front-back chokes are the same size as Honda’s big bikes. This provides excellent balance in all road conditions. Additionally, providing confidence in braking at any speed are 296mm disc brakes
on the front of the radial mount, and 4 pot calipers.
Honda CB300R Neo Sports Competiton
The bike will compete with latest offerings from BMW and Jawa but will also go up against the Dominar, KTM Duke and the TVS Apache RR310.
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2019 Yamaha FZ FI ABS spy shots reveal bike!
The new 2019 Yamaha FZ FI ABS is expected to be launched on the 21st of January. After the R15, this new has been due. Yamaha’s R15 has been doing well and the new R15 V3 has been doing good numbers for the company. The new-gen FZ FI will get better performance and a more dynamic chassis. So in terms of performance, features what can we expect? The brand has been doing well in the affordable performance segment. The FZ25 is an excellent product and even winner of MotorOctane’s Youth Bike of the Year 2018. Yamaha hasn’t been offering ABS on the 150cc segment and this will it get it? Read further to understand more of this.
2019 Yamaha FZ FI ABS
2019 Yamaha R15 V3 ABS launched at Rs 1.39 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The R15 is a really great bike with characteristics loved by enthusiasts who would let it loose on the track. Now with the 2019 Yamaha R15 V3 ABS, the manufacturer is finally offering ABS which will be mandatory for the company to offer under the upcoming BS6 laws. The R15 V3 does not get a single channel ABS unit that most manufacturers would think is cost effective. The bike will actually get a dual channel ABS unit which will make the bike extremely safe and aid the rider more effectively.
The 2019 Yamaha R15 V3 ABS will mostly be offered with only an ABS model and the R15 V3 non-ABS model is going to be discontinued.
2019 Yamaha R15 V3 ABS Price
Though we expected a significant price increase, the price of the R15 is still not bad. The extra Rs 2000 is now for the Darknight edition, which is a new color scheme offered. We would also like to point out that the R15 was earlier offered with a MotoGP livery. We have no word yet if that option is still available.
|YZF-R15 Version 3.0 ABS||Jan-19||Rs. 141,000/-||Darknight (New color)|
|YZF-R15 Version 3.0 ABS||Jan-19||Rs. 139,000/-||Racing Blue|
|(Ex-showroom Delhi)||Thunder Grey|
2019 Yamaha R15 V3 ABS Design
The bikes looks will remain largely the same. The low stance with the mean high pillion seat will continue to make this bike look like an aggressive track monster. With its weight (wet) of 142 kg and a massive 170 mm ground clearance, the new Yamaha R15 V3 ABS with dual channel ABS gets a stylish look from its fully digital instrument console, LED head and tail light and an added ABS logo. The R15 does also come with a different livery in its MotoGP edition.
2019 Yamaha R15 V3 ABS Specifications
The newest addition here will be the 2019 Yamaha R15 ABS will be getting a dual channel ABS unit. The bike will continue to get a single cylinder liquid cooled engine that will make 19bhp and 15Nm of torque. This engine will continue to be paired to a 6-speed gearbox. It will also continue to get dual disc brakes that will now be paired with dual channel ABS. Tyre size will be 17-inches for both front and rear.
2019 Yamaha R15 V3 ABS Colors
2019 Yamaha R15 V3 ABS Competition
The 2019 Yamaha R15 V3 ABS will be competing with the Pulsar RS200 and with it’s increased price, the Bajaj Dominar too.
2019 Yamaha R15 V3 ABS
A brilliant track-focused bike made more brilliant with the addition of dual channel ABS.
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KTM 390 Adventure spied in Pune, will get on-board navigation?
We were the first to reveal earlier that the KTM 390 Adventure will be launching in 2019. The company has officially this year addressed that this bike will surely be launched in 2019. Adventure biking in India is quickly catching up. Buyers are looking out 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. 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 very crucial and important to keep itself competitive with the G 310 R. This bike will also compete with the Kawasaki Versys 300.
What is the KTM 390 Adventure all about? Is it worth waiting for? We share our detailed preview.
KTM 390 Adventure
VIDEO REVIEW: TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 ABS
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.
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.
VIDEO REVIEW: Hero Xtreme 200R
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.
The Hero Xtreme 200R comes at a price of Rs 91,000 (Ex-Showroom, Mumbai)
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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.
Classic Legends to bring back Yezdi and BSA next year
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.
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.
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.
New Bajaj Chetak Scooter – Chetak will make a comeback
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…)
Bajaj CT 100: Commuter bike icon
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?
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.
Royal Enfield Classic 350
Bajaj Dominar 400 gets more expensive
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.
Bajaj Dominar 400
Bajaj Dominar 400 looks appealing and the best bit is the pricing with its features on offer. It gets the best in class features at a highly affordable price.
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KTM Duke 790 coming in 2019
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.
KTM Duke 790
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Bajaj Avenger 400 in the works
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…)
Bajaj Avenger 400
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Bajaj V15 Review
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
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.