Ducati is all set to launch the Diavel 1260 in India on August 9. It is likely to go on sale at Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom), which will make it Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh more expensive than the previous-gen model. The 1260 moniker comes courtesy a larger 1262cc DVT L-twin motor that replaces the 1198cc L-twin of the previous Diavel. This iteration is not only larger but makes more power and torque. The 1260 will get an additional ‘S’ variant which gets fully adjustable Ohlins suspension, machined alloy wheels, Brembo M50 monobloc brake calipers and bi-directional quick-shifter.
Ducati has done well in the design department and the new Diavel 1260 looks sharper and meaner than before. The new headlamp features all-LED lighting while the front LED turn indicators are incorporated into the radiator shrouds. Other notable features include a digital TFT screen that features a multimedia system and keyless ignition.
The new Diavel 1260 weighs 5kg more than before and seat height is up by 10mm. In the handling department, the rake and trail are down by 1 degree and 10mm respectively. Wheelbase, though, has increased by 20mm. The new Diavel 1260 gets new electronic rider aids plus Bosch Cornering ABS as standard across both variants.
When launched, we expect the new Diavel 1260 to command a premium of around Rs 50,000 over the older Diavel.
KTM unveiled the 1050 Adventure at the 2014 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. The 1050 Adventure will be the first litre-class offering from KTM in the Indian two-wheeler market. Powering the bike is a 1,050cc V-twin motor churning out 96PS of peak power.
The 1050 Adventure is a modern KTM ADV bike, well equipped with Ride Mode Technology, ABS, and traction control. The ABS can be shut off, as well as the traction control, and the level of electronic intervention is dependent on the chosen ride mode
Though the KTM 1050 Adventure is an entry-level offering, KTM have been generous on the motorcycle as it features goodies such as ride-by-wire throttle, three ride modes (Sport, Street, Rain), traction control, a slipper clutch and ABS. Another novel feature on the KTM 1050 Adventure is the fact the windscreen, handlebars, and foot pegs are all adjustable.
Other details include the expected KTM trellis frame (made from chrome-moly steel and powdercoated orange), plus top-quality WP suspension hardware, dual-plug ignition, Keihin engine management, and a slipper clutch. Also noteworthy are cast wheels, plus adjustable footpegs, an adjustable handlebar and an adjustable windscreen.
As soon as you realise you have a flat tire, do not abruptly brake or turn. Slowly reduce speed and scan your surroundings for a level, straight stretch of road with a wide shoulder. An empty parking lot would be an ideal place. Level ground is good because it will prevent your vehicle from rolling. Also, straight stretches of road are better than curves because oncoming traffic is more likely to see you.
Never attempt to change your tire on a narrow shoulder near oncoming traffic. Keep moving (slowly) until you find a safer spot. While driving on a flat risks ruining your rim, replacing a rim is better than being hit by an inattentive driver.
Make sure to consult your owner’s manual and review their specific steps on how to change a flat tire for your vehicle
Your hazard lights or “flashers” will help other drivers see you on the side of the road. To avoid an accident, turn them on as soon as you realize you need to pull over.
Once stopped, always use the parking brake when preparing to replace a flat tire. This will minimize the possibility of your vehicle rolling.
Wheel wedges go in front of or behind the tires to further ensure the vehicle doesn’t roll while you fix the flat tire. If you’re changing a rear tire, place these in front of the front tires. If your flat tire is at the front, put the wheel wedges behind the rear tires.
Bricks or large stones will work just as well as “real” wheel wedges. Just be sure they’re large enough to stop the car from rolling.
If your vehicle has a hubcap covering the lug nuts, it’s easier to remove the hubcap before lifting the vehicle with the jack. If your lug nuts are exposed, you can skip ahead to Step 6.
Use the flat end of your lug wrench to remove the hubcap. This will work for most vehicles, but some hubcaps need a different tool to come off. Consult your owner’s manual for proper hubcap or wheel cover removal procedures.
Using the lug wrench, turn the lug nuts counterclockwise until you break their resistance. You may have to use force, and that’s ok. Use your foot or all of your body weight if necessary.
Loosen the lug nuts about ¼ to ½ of a turn, but don’t remove them completely yet. Save that for when it’s time to remove your tire/wheel from the vehicle.
The right place for the jack is usually beneath the vehicle frame alongside the tire that’s flat. Many vehicle frames have molded plastic on the bottom with a cleared area of exposed metal specifically for the jack. To safely lift and avoid damage to the vehicle, follow the instructions for jack placement in your vehicle owner’s manual.
To prevent the jack from settling under the weight of your vehicle and coming off balance, place a small cut of 2×6” wood beneath it before attempting to raise your vehicle. This tactic is especially helpful on asphalt.
With the jack properly positioned, raise the vehicle until the flat tire is about six inches above the ground.
Never put any part of your body under the vehicle during or after raising the vehicle with the jack.
Now it’s time to remove the lug nuts all the way. Since you’ve already loosened them, you should be able to unscrew them mostly by hand.
Gripping the tire by the treads, pull it gently toward you until it’s completely free from the hub behind it. Set it on its side so that it doesn’t roll away.
Now place the spare on the hub by lining up the rim with the lug bolts. Push gently until the lug bolts show through the rim.
Put the lug nuts back on the lug bolts and tighten them all the way by hand. Once they are all on, check each one again, tightening as much as possible. You will tighten them with the wrench after lowering the vehicle to the ground.
Use the jack to lower the vehicle so that the spare tire is resting on the ground but the full weight of the vehicle isn’t fully on the tire. At this point, you should tighten the lug nuts with the wrench, turning clockwise, as much as you can. Push down on the lug wrench with the full weight of your body.
Bring the vehicle all the way to the ground and remove the jack. Give the lug nuts another pull with the wrench to ensure they’re as tight as possible.
If the hubcap you took from the flat tire will fit your spare, put it in place the same way you removed it initially. If it doesn’t fit, stow it away with the tire when you stow your equipment.
You have before you a jack, a lug wrench, wheel wedges, your flat tire, and possibly a hubcap. Don’t forget to put all of them in your vehicle before driving away.
You should check the tire pressure of the spare tire to make sure that it is safe to drive on. “T-Type” temporary spares, also called “mini-spares,” require 60 psi (420 kPa). If the tire needs pressure, drive (slowly) to a service station immediately.
Temporary spare tires aren’t made to drive long distances or at high speeds, so drive cautiously until you’re able to visit a tire technician. A professional should be able to determine whether your tire needs a repair or if it’s time to replace it.
Aside from taking your tire to a professional, the above procedure shouldn’t take more than 15 to 30 minutes to change a tire. Just be sure you don’t leave out any steps.
It’s beneficial practice changing a tire in your garage or driveway to ensure you’re ready to handle this situation if it ever happens to you.
Knowing how to fix a flat tire is great, but regular tire maintenance is even more important. In addition to reviewing this guide regularly, remember to do the following:
All of these precautions will extend the life of your tires and reduce the likelihood of a flat. While there’s no way to prevent flat tires completely, proper care can improve performance and ensure your tires last as long as possible.