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KTM announces Great Ladakh Adventure Tour from August 21

July 10, 2021 / 0 Comments / 76 / Bike News

Have a KTM Adventure 250 or 390? Lucky you, pack your saddlebags, bring that Riding Jacket on, Tighten your gloves, strap your helmet and Flip that throttle.

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  • 14-day tour exclusively for KTM Adventure owners covering specially curated and uncharted routes.
  • Led by KTM Experts.
  • Exclusive Pre-tour mentorship sessions.
  • Special motivational talk by Padma Shri Ajeet Bajaj.
  • High altitude Adventure Academy training.
  • Pro-Experience of a lifetime – Explore the less-traveled route to Tso Moriri, conquer the world’s highest motorable passes, ride through dry riverbeds and sand dunes.
  • Adventure Sports Insurance covers up to 5 Lakh per person.
  • Registrations begin on

9th July 2021: KTM, World’s No. 1 premium motorcycle brand, has announced the Great Ladakh Adventure Tour from August 21 to September 3. The 14-day tour is conceptualized as the apex adventure event under the property of KTM Pro-Experiences and will see the participation of KTM 250 and 390 Adventure owners from across the country.

The Great Ladakh Adventure Tour promises to be an experience perfectly suited for the KTM Adventure machine and the rider. Special routes have been curated through the less-traveled paths of Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, and Siachen by Padma Shri Ajeet Bajaj and his team at Snow Leopard Adventures – and award-winning tourism company. Riders will conquer over 2,300 km traversing multiple terrains like tarmac, hills, sand dunes, dry riverbeds, slush, gravel, mud, river crossing, forests, and twisties.

  • The route planned is as follows – Chandigarh- Manali- Jispa- Sarchu -Leh- Nubra Valley- Pangong Tso- Tso Moriri-Sarchu- Manali- Chandigarh.

The Great Ladakh Adventure Tour will be led by KTM Experts –Varad More, Nilesh Dhumal & Sangram Patil, who will also conduct pre-tour mentorship sessions and train the riders for this once in a lifetime experience. There will also be a special motivational talk by Padma Shri Ajeet Bajaj which will set the tone for the tour. One of the key highlights of the tour is the special set of high-altitude Adventure Academy training at Nubra, which will be conducted at 12000+ ft.

  • Customers can visit the Ktm-BAJAJ page for registrations. The cost of the tour is pegged at ₹ 35,000. One of the key inclusions in the tour cost is the Adventure Sports Insurance cover up to ₹ 5 lac per person.

Commenting on the initiative, Sumeet Narang, President Probiking said, “The KTM Pro-Experiences are designed to help our owners open to their full biking potential. We want them to know that they ride a high-performance motorcycle that is built to deliver a superior experience on the street and off-road. The Great Ladakh Adventure Tour is going to be an apex Pro experience in exploring Ladakh which is unbound, untamed and unseen from an adventure rider’s perspective. The tour promises to test the capabilities of both the man and machine, with a series of experiences specifically crafted for the same. We are confident that the riders who take this tour will witness a remarkable improvement in their adventure riding skills, understanding of their KTM machine, and confidence to navigate any terrain. A range of exclusive experiences like visiting the Siachen, Tso Moriri, and the high-altitude Adventure Academy with KTM Experts add a high degree of authenticity to our promise of delivering a differentiated Pro-Experience to our owners. We welcome our Adventure owners to register themselves for this flagship event.”

We wish Ktm India All the very best for this event.

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Ducati is back with New Panigale V4 & Diavel

June 19, 2021 / 0 Comments / 67 / Bike News


New Delhi, 7th June 2021: Luxury motorcycle brand Ducati today announced the launch of the much-awaited Ducati Panigale V4, and Diavel 1260, expanding its BS-6 range in India. With the launch of these new models, Ducati has already delivered on 8 of the 12 bike launches promised for India in 2021.

Ducati launches the much-awaited BS6 Panigale V4  and Diavel 1260 in India

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  • All new MY21 Panigale V4 and V4 S launched at INR 23.50 Lacs and INR 28.40 Lacs respectively (Ex-Showroom India)
  • All new MY21 Diavel 1260 and 1260 S launched at INR 18.49 Lacs and INR 21.49 Lacs respectively (Ex-Showroom India)
  • Bookings are now open across all Ducati dealerships, deliveries to begin immediately

Panigale V4 / V4S

For 2021, the Panigale V4 and V4 S are BS6 compliant while maintaining the maximum power and torque levels from the 2020 model. The BS6 version of the Desmosedici Stradale engine delivers 214 Hp of Power at 13,000 rpm and 124.0 Nm of torque at 9,500 rpm. In order to eliminate any loss of power with the switch to BS6, the exhaust uses larger catalysts (+10 mm in length) and with a new technology of impregnation of noble metals, essential for maximizing the ability to convert polluting gases.


Co-developed by engineers from Ducati Corse and the Ducati Style Center, the new PanigaleV4 model range features a series of structural, aerodynamic, & electronic changes designed to increase stability & responsiveness for an exciting experience on the track. The new generation aerodynamic package on the PanigaleV4 now mirrors that of the V4 R. It includes a.) Plexiglas, headlight fairing and side fairings, b.) Lateral extractors for efficient airflow over the radiators, c.) Aerodynamic appendages.

The Panigale V4’s electronic package has also evolved and now includes the latest generation Ducati Traction Control which is even more predictive: the DTC EVO 3 with a strategy derived from Ducati Corse. Thanks to the continuous monitoring of the angular acceleration of the crankshaft and the speed of the rear wheel, the system prevents slippage of the rear wheel in mid-corner, when you reopen the throttle at the maximum lean angle. This translates into a more neutral behavior of the bike when exiting the corners, giving the rider a better feeling.

The electronics package oversees every aspect of the ride: some controls supervise start, acceleration and braking, others govern traction and others again lend a helping hand on corners and out-of-the-corner stretches. It consists of the following:

  • ABS Cornering EVO
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 3
  • Ducati Slide Control (DSC)
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
  • Ducati Power Launch (DPL)
  • Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2
  • Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO
  • Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO

The Panigale V4 for 2021 features a new Riding Mode strategy that allows the rider to make quick comparisons between two different configurations on the track to define the best set-up. The Race Riding Mode has been split into two specific mappings for track use (Race A and Race B), now freely comparable in the individual parameters, which complement the already existing Sport and Street. The Riding Modes allows the riders to choose between four different pre-set riding styles to offer the Panigale V4 behavior that is perfectly adaptable to the rider, the type of track, and the environmental conditions.

Among the features added to the Panigale V4, V4 S for 2021 is the chain guard fin, an important safety precaution that allows you to avoid dangerous contacts with the chain and crown in the event of a slide. In addition, for those who use the bike all year round, there is now provision for heated grips, while the ignition key has a new, more modern, and elegant grip.

The Panigale V4 and Panigale V4 S models are also equipped with new self-bleeding brake and clutch pumps which were used for the first time on the Superleggera V4.

Diavel 1260 / 1260 S

Representing the best in cruising, the Diavel had stunned riders with its personality, design, sport naked handling, and a thoroughbred engine. For 2021, the BS6 model keeps those innate characteristics intact while becoming a lot more environmentally conscious.

The Diavel 1260 BS6 model is heavier by 5kg and tips the scale at 249 kg kerb. The Ducati Diavel 1260 S, on the other hand, is 2kg lighter than the standard model. While the weight has increased, the 1262 cm³ Ducati Testastretta DVT engine with variable cam timing makes 3bhp more than the predecessor. The twin-cylinder Diavel 1260 puts out 162 Hp at 9,500 rpm and 129 Nm at 7,500 rpm. A gearbox is a six-speed unit and the Diavel 1260 S gets a two-way Quick Shifter as standard. Engine bore and stroke on the twin-cylinder Ducati Diavel 1260 engine are 106 and 71.5 mm respectively.

The riding position and ‘power cruiser’ ergonomics so popular with first-generation Diavel enthusiasts remain unchanged. What has changed is the chassis setup. The Diavel sports a prominent tubular steel Trellis frame. Anchored to it is an aluminum swingarm, sized to give surprising cornering agility, superb ‘feel’, and easy riding. In terms of suspension, the Diavel 1260 mounts fully adjustable 50 mm forks.

Damping compression and spring pre-load adjustment are on the left fork tube, while rebound adjustment is located on the right tube. At the rear, instead, the Diavel 1260 mounts a mono-shock with adjustable spring preload and damping rebound. The Diavel 1260 S, instead, is equipped with a fully adjustable Öhlins 48 mm fork and a fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber, also fully adjustable.

Both the bikes provide the riders with improved and upgraded riding modes. This Diavel 1260 is compatible with the Ducati Link App: this lets riders set ‘journey mode’ (a combination of Load Mode and Riding Mode) and personalize the parameters of each individual Riding Mode (ABS, Ducati Traction Control, etc.) in a user-friendly manner via their smartphones. Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, and Urban) give the bike three distinctive personalities.

The Diavel 1260 mounts a 6-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that dynamically measures roll and pitch angles and the speed of relative changes in attitude, raising performance and safety standards even higher. Sophisticated electronics guarantees both extraordinary performance and maximum safety.

The electronics package includes Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Power Launch (DPL), and Cruise Control. Additionally, the bike also gets the “Dragster” mode coiled which can be unleashed thanks to Ducati Power Launch (DPL). This system guarantees an awesome – yet safe – start thanks to optimized control of the maximum available torque with DTC always on and constant monitoring of the pitch angle by the IMU.

The Diavel 1260 dashboard consists of a TFT screen with a separate warning light module, positioned, respectively, below and above the handlebars. The dashboard has four different display modes. The Default mode provides a minimal must-have level of information, presented in an attentively styled manner. The other three, instead, are the classic Track, Full, and City display modes associated with the Riding Modes.

It’s also possible, with the bike parked or on the move, to choose between the Sport, Touring or Urban Riding Modes. The Diavel 1260 S also features the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS): Bluetooth-connecting a smartphone to the dashboard lets the rider see and handle incoming calls/text messages on the screen and display info on any music being listened to.

Priced at INR 18.49 Lacs, the Diavel 1260 is available in Total Black while the Diavel 1260 S priced at INR 21.49 Lacs is available in Ducati Red and Thrilling Black. The Panigale V4 is priced at INR 23.50 Lacs whereas the Panigale V4 S is priced at INR 28.40 Lacs. Both the Panigale versions are available in Ducati Red. (All prices are ex-showroom, India)

Bookings are now open across all Ducati dealerships in Delhi – NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata & Chennai, and deliveries will begin as soon as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

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Honda Gold Wing : Bike with an Airbag

June 19, 2021 / 0 Comments / 55 / Bike News

New Delhi, June 16, 2021: Redefining the gold standard of luxury touring, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. today launched the 2021 Gold Wing Tour in India. The new model will make its way to the Indian market through CBU* route from Japan (*Completely Built-Up). 

The 2021 Gold Wing Tour will be available in two variant options – Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with airbag & Manual Transmission.

Equipment & Styling

The styling presents a unique silhouette and counterpoints comfort with the dynamic abilities of chassis and engine, with the traditional Gold Wing premium level of fit, finish, and materials. Its ‘face’ is daringly forward-slanting; combined with the compact fairing proportions, it presents an energetic frontal signature.

The key line of the body, stretching front to back, highlights the differing upper and lower bodywork functions. A central element is the fairing, with its sharp and solid flat surfaces, and its nuanced aerodynamic detailing. It adds a tension that hints at the performance potential on offer. Also on display is the motorcycle itself – the double-wishbone front suspensionflat six-cylinder engineexhausts – in all their functional beauty. Drawn together, the design elements create a cutting-edge style, underpinned by incredible levels of engineering and electronics.

Comfort, heat management, and air management are also high on the Gold Wing Tour’s agenda. The fairing channels airflow around the rider and pillion, effectively providing a pleasant cooling breeze. An extended electric screen operated from the left handlebar provides excellent wind protection yet, at the same time, a sense of space and freedom when required. Screen angle and height adjustment are step-less.

From a seating perspective, rider and pillion are separated. The rider’s seat shape is comfortable and supportive while allowing movement and easy ground reach. Both rider and pillion now benefit from a luxurious new suede/synthetic leather seat cover; the angle of the pillion backrest also relaxes from 16 to 23.

All lighting is LED and the Gold Wing Tour is equipped with dual LED fog lights. The lower portion of the headlights uses polished optical lenses on both sides to create a jewel-eye low beam light signature. Using a high beam (in the upper portion) creates a stereoscopic impression. The front auto-cancel indicators are housed in the mirrors.

When riding, the speed that is been set with the cruise control switch is shown in the bottom left area of the speedometer. Through Throttle By Wire (TBW), the system achieves a smooth transition to the specified speed and an ultra-smooth operation, especially when going uphill. In the case of manual transmission, squeezing the clutch or brake, or twisting the throttle cancels cruise control. For the DCT variant (in AT mode) after completing the deceleration with the cruise control system in operation – and resuming the previous speed – the Gold Wing returns to the pre-set with an appropriate shifting schedule.

Luxurious instrumentation creates a unique cockpit. Different low-contrast colors with dark tones applied to the dials, of which the peripheral areas form cone-shaped slopes to create a feeling of depth.

The 7-inch full-colour TFT liquid crystal display screen provides all the information for the audio and navigation systems, as well as managing riding modes and suspension adjustment. Information is displayed in differentiated segments in very functional order, so the rider can get all the relevant data with the minimum of eye movement.

Brightness adjusts automatically and the rider can also choose from 8 brightness levels. Tyre pressure is displayed as a numerical figure in the bottom left area of the instruments.

The Smart Key activates all the motorcycle’s systems and incorporates the emergency key. The ignition and handlebar lock can be turned on/off while just carrying it.

For 2021, an additional 11 liters for the rear top box brings the total capacity to 121 liters. With the Smart Key present, a push button opens all of the boxes which makes the luggage operation simple. The unlock button on the Smart Key enables the passenger instant pannier access.

The Gold Wing Tour is compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, so the rider can utilize the personalized information and content inside their smartphones, such as telephone numbers and music playlists. Bluetooth connectivity is also available and there are two USB Type-C ports to plug into.

Upgraded lightweight speakers achieve superb sound quality with vivid presence. A passenger audio control switch is available to ensure an even more pleasant riding experience.

The navigation system is displayed in the central area of the instruments and includes a gyrocompass – which ensures continued guidance even inside a tunnel.  The capacity of the fuel tank is 21.1 litre.

Chassis & Handling

The Gold Wing Tour’s die-cast, aluminium twin-beam frame is designed to package the engine in a tight space; its structural thickness is optimized in each area to deliver a smooth and stable ride, from walking speed upwards, whether on tight city streets or out on the open road.

Another benefit of the double-wishbone front suspension is the reduction in sliding friction (from bump deflection and steering input) that a standard telescopic fork creates, as the stanchions travel up and down in the fork leg. Bearings are used in all shaft bush areas for steering and suspension stroke to further reduce friction.

The steering input – via the dual fork holders – is also separated from the suspension provided by the single shock absorber, and the motorcycle’s yaw moment makes it nimble and easier to steer. In addition, patented steering cross tie-rods connect the handlebars to the front axle and the handlebar pivot, delivering an entirely natural feel to the rider.

Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS) optimally distributes braking forces to the front and rear wheels. The use of a single, light circulation type ABS modulator – integrated with the brake ECU – keeps weight down within the braking system. It also operates in linkage with the current riding mode of choice, automatically adjusting the braking characteristics to the riding situation.

The Gold Wing Tour also benefits from a Pro-Arm swingarm, which attaches to the frame on its left side. The right side serves as a maintenance access. This allows much greater freedom of design and makes the machine easier to manage; it also contributes to stability. Pro-Link provides progressive suspension action and comfort while spherical joints are used throughout, canceling out torsion.

Damping level adjusts electrically relative to riding mode. Stepper motors housed within the front and rear shock absorbers move needles to control oil flow, tailoring damping force for the riding situation. Rear spring preload is also electrically adjustable. Separate from the 4 riding modes, there are 4 settings of preload relative to load from soft to the hard- single rider; rider with luggage; rider with pillion, and rider with pillion fully loaded with luggage.

Engine & Performance

The 1,833cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke 24-valve SOHC flat-6 engine produces peak power of 93kW @ 5,500rpm and peak torque of 170Nm @ 4,500rpm. The bore size of 73mm matches the stroke of 73mm; the left and right cylinders are offset by 4mm and the cylinder sleeves are aluminum. Throttle By Wire (TBW) engine management adds 4 rider modes to alter character and power delivery, linked to suspension damping and the Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS) – Tour, Sport, Econ & Rain.

Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) seamlessly monitors and maintains rear-wheel traction, in all riding conditions, for an extra layer of riding confidence. Its level of input, too adjusts via TBW relative to riding mode selection. Complementing the engine’s deep bass signature the exhausts emit a powerful throb, without excessive noise.

The Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) combines the generator and starter motor into one component, with the generator effectively becoming the starter motor when supplied with reverse power. Helical gears are employed for the ISG driving gears, which reduces mechanical noise.

Key characteristics of Idling Stop (on the DCT option) are the ultra-quiet start-up of the engine thanks to the use of ISG, and the smooth starting feeling achieved through a combination of DCT and TBW control. When stopping at a traffic light with Idling Stop on, the engine automatically stops after 3 seconds and, when restarting, the rider only needs to turn the throttle, which immediately starts the engine.

The Gold Wing Tour has Hill Start Assist (HSA) on both Manual and DCT variants. This eases the effort of starts on the different grade of the slope. When setting off – even when the brake lever is released – the hydraulic pressure temporarily retains braking force (for about 3 seconds) so starting on the uphill slope with the throttle is possible.

Transmission System

The 6-speed manual gearbox is fitted with a ‘cam damper’ between the clutch and transmission, separating each inertial mass, reducing noise and improving shift quality/durability. A cam assist and slipper clutch (with fewer discs and reduced hydraulic friction in the release mechanism) replace the traditional hydraulic assist clutch. This reduces clutch load at the lever by 20% and smooths downshifts; the slipper mechanism also contributes to the high-quality downshift feel. It also includes an electric reverse feature.

The third generation Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) features 7-speeds, with clutch feel, shift speed and rpm range of up/downshifts tailored specifically to each riding mode. It also features a creep forward and back function. It is optimised for low speed maneuverability, with close ratios reducing shift-shock. In the higher speed range, they are set wider apart to reduce engine rpm. In both speed ranges comfort is improved as shifting up or down is of the highest quality.

Color, price & availability

Starting today, Honda has opened the bookings for the 2021 Gold Wing Tour at its exclusive premium dealerships – BigWing Topline in Gurugram (Haryana), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Kochi (Kerala) & Hyderabad (Telangana). To book online, visit Customer deliveries will commence by the month of July.

2021 Gold Wing Tour Manual Transmission DCT + Airbag
Color Pearl Glare White Gunmetal Black Metallic נMat Morion Black

ex-showroom Gurugram


INR 37,20,342 INR 39,16,055

For further details, customers can also visit the official website ( or give a ‘missed call’ on dedicated enquiry number – 9958223388.

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Triumph is back with Bonneville Bobber BS6 in India

May 26, 2021 / 0 Comments / 66 / Bike News

After almost a gap of a year, Triumph has bought the Bonneville back, No not the chocolate! We are talking about the all-new Triumph Bonneville Bobber. The Bobber has been one of Triumph’s most popular motorcycles. The 2021 model has all the previous generation Bobber’s peerless authenticity and engineering innovation and adds all of the Bobber Black’s category-defining capability new 2021 Bobber that delivers the best of both worlds.

What’s new to offer?

  • Featuring Bobber Black’s category-defining capability
  • Enhanced engine performance & high specification equipment
  • Updated BS-VI compliant 1200cc high torque engine
  • Priced at INR 11,75,000 ex-showroom pan India

Significant updates include enhanced engine performance for an even more responsive and thrilling ride, higher specification technology and equipment, and an all-new blacked-out, chunkier style. With a range of 77 genuine Triumph accessories on offer, including an alternative high bar set-up, luggage and choice of seating options, and its class-leading adjustable seating and footpeg position, the Bobber has been designed for riders to adapt to suit them and their style.

Colors available:-

The new 2021 generation Bobber comes in three distinctive color options, with a new Matt Storm grey and Matt Ironstone scheme, a new Cordovan Red scheme, and a classic Jet Black option.

BS6 compliant? will there be power loss as compared to the old one?

The 2021 Bobber also exceeds EURO 5 requirements, giving lower emissions than the previous generation, and excellent fuel economy. Riding distance is also enhanced by the new, larger, 12-liter fuel tank which gives you up to 33% more range. Triumph’s sophisticated ride-by-wire system ensures precise throttle control and enables the two enhanced riding modes – ‘Road’ and ‘Rain’.  These adjust both the throttle response and traction control settings to add to confidence and safety in all conditions.

The new Bobber is powered by Triumph’s latest generation Bonneville 1200cc, high-torque British twin-engine. Thanks to a reduction in inertia, this updated 2021 engine is more responsive, and its torque curve is fuller and smoother. The charismatic 270-degree firing interval gives a beautifully smooth and linear power delivery, with the new engine delivering a notable lift at 5,500 rpm. Peak torque is an exceptional 106Nm at a low 4,000 rpm, and peak power is 78PS at 6,100 rpm.

The unique twin airbox intakes are located under the seat, while the straight-line exhaust pipe runs cleverly conceals the catalyst box. Slash-cut, sawn-off peashooter silencers complete the picture and deliver a rich and raw Bobber sound. A very high service interval of 10,000 miles or 16,000 kilometers helps keep the ongoing cost of ownership low.

How well does it grip on the road?

The 2021 Triumph Bobber now features a 16” fat front wheel and new, chunkier 47mm front forks, giving a really muscular and imposing front-end presence. The new front wheel is complemented by Bobber’s wide rear wheel setup. Both have a classic wire-spoked design, with black rims. The Avon Cobra tires have been specifically developed for the Bobber, with lightweight construction for excellent high-speed maneuverability and class-leading stability.

Braking performance?

The Bobber is equipped with premium Brembo 2-piston calipers and twin discs, for excellent and controlled stopping power, while on the rear is a single-disc setup. Triumph’s sophisticated ABS and switchable traction control are standard for added safety and security.

Suspension Setup?

Central to the Bobber’s authentic hard-tail look is the floating aluminum seat, with a mono-shock suspension and distinctive “swing-cage” swinging arm, which ensure great wheel control and added comfort. The seat is ergonomically optimized and sculpted for comfort, with a beautifully stitched deep foam pad. The seat height is only 690mm, making it an extremely accessible motorcycle to ride.

The riding position is adjustable – and the seat can be re-positioned ‘up and forwards’, or ‘down and backward’ to optimize comfort and control for all sizes of riders. The instruments are adjustable too, so they can be tailored to match.

New blacked-out style and detailing

The Bobber has all of the signature hallmarks and beautiful details that are widely appreciated worldwide – minimal steel fenders with a centre ridge and return edge, wide flat bars with broad, adjustable levers, sculpted top yoke, rubber gaiters, classic rear ‘drum brake’ inspired hub, side-mounted ignition barrel, black painted bar end mirrors, LED bullet indicators and a new, signature full LED headlight.

For added visibility and where market legislation permits, for 2021 the headlight features Triumph’s signature LED Daytime Running Light. And adding to the minimalist style for 2021 are new black engine covers, cam cover and sprocket cover, giving the Bobber a new, meaner, moodier edge.

For 2021 the instruments feature a new bezel, including a metallic embellisher with subtle Bonneville branding.  There’s a new dial face, with translucent silver markings, and more integrated warning lights. The multi-function display is controlled by an easily accessible handlebar mounted scroll button.

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Suzuki launches the 2021 Hayabusa in India

April 29, 2021 / 0 Comments / 177 / Bike News

The Suzuki Hayabusa was one of the dream motorcycle of every auto-enthusiast when John rode it in the movie Dhoom. Ever since the motorcycle has got immense attention, there were very few Ninja’s, Triumphs back then. Japnese Engineering ruled the market in India such as the Suzuki’s, Yamaha’s, Honda’s. Suzuki, launched the third-generation model of its flagship Sport Bike, the All-New Hayabusa.

Under the product concept “Ultimate Sport”, inherited from the very first generation, the All-New Hayabusa has further evolved the unique styling design with outstanding aerodynamic performance and superior riding performance. Various mode selections are offered for each electronic control system to better fit varying riding scenes from city riding to touring, racetracks, and better serve for riders’ preferences and skill levels.

Key features:

1) S.I.R.S features SDMS-α
(Suzuki Drive Mode Selector Alpha)-

– Factory presets: 3
– User-defined settings: 3

2) Active Speed Limiter

3) Launch Control System (3 modes)

4) Suzuki Easy Start System

5) Low RPM Assist

6) Cruise Control System

7) Combined Brake System

8) Motion Track Brake System

9) Slope Dependent Control System

10) Hill Hold Control System


Instrument Cluster and Features:

The newly-installed Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) features SDMS-α, which offers a choice between three factories presets, (A: Active, B: Basic, and C: Comfort), as well as three user-defined settings (U1, U2, U3). Each one of these selects the mode settings as a group for the Power Mode Selector, Motion Track Traction Control, Anti-lift Control, Engine Brake Control, and Bi-directional Quick Shift systems. The rider uses switches on the left handlebar to change modes and settings, and the current settings are displayed on the TFT LCD panel located in the center of the instrument cluster, between the Hayabusa’s large analog speedometer and tachometer.

Engine & Performance:

All New Hayabusa is powered with 1340cm3 four stroke fuel injected liquid-cooled DOHC, in-line four engine to deliver 140kW (190PS)/9,700rpm power and 150N-m/7,000rpm torque. Additionally, Intelligence embodied in the electronic control systems enhance and advances the riding experience.

Price kitna hai?

The BS6 Compliant All-New Hayabusa shall be dispatched in the middle of May 2021, retails at INR 1,640,000 (ex-showroom Delhi.

Colours Available:

Total Three colours namely

1) Glass Sparkle Black/ Candy Burnt Gold,

2) Metallic Mat Sword Silver/ Candy Daring Red

3) Pearl Brilliant White/ Metallic Mat Stellar Blue.

Suzuki’s take on Covid-19 Precautions:

To ensure utmost customer convenience during the current COVID-19 situation, All-New Hayabusa can be booked at the click of a button through ‘Suzuki at your Doorstep’ with the booking amount of INR 100,000. Integrated within Suzuki Motorcycle India’s official website

Currently, the Motorcycle stands sold out for the Indian market.

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Honda Launches Two New motorcycles under 600cc segment, CBR 650R & CB 650R

March 31, 2021 / 0 Comments / 310 / Bike News

Honda introduced the CBR 250 back in 2011 for the Indian Two Wheeler market. Since then it has been ruling the segment. After the overwhelming response on the CBR 250, Honda planned to make this bike more affordable since the 250 was very expensive back then. They bought CBR 150cc which looked identical to CBR250. For the past 4-5 years there was a considerable growth in sales of high cc segment motorcycles where CBR650 was launched somehow on the sales part the motorcycle couldn’t perform well as it was an expensive affair to maintain the motorcycle and availability of spares was an issue. But surely Honda has reworked on this and we see many premium products from Honda the latest one to be the all-new HondaCB500X which was launched a few days ago. Honda is back with the new surprise.

March 30, 2021: Giving the free-spirited riders a chance to go on full throttle, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. today launched the new 2021 CBR 650R and CB 650R in India. The new models will make their way to the Indian market through CKD* route. (*Completely Knocked Down).The CB 650R is for young riders seeking a combination of exhilarating four-cylinder engine performance and light, versatile, refined chassis handling. The 2021 model has received a range of detail improvements to enhance comfort, usability, and practicality.


  • The frame is a twin-tube type that enables a highly efficient downdraft intake layout while taking advantage of the supple characteristics of steel
  • Tightly wrapped and aggressive, the CB 650R’s Neo-Sports Café style features the signature compact ‘Trapezoid’ proportion of short, stubby tail and short overhang headlight.
  • The long fuel tank is a key motif of the family design; its smooth lines accentuate the solidity of real metal surfaces and crown the engineering of the four-cylinder engine. Small side panels accentuate the minimalism, as does the rear mudguard made from steel.
  • With its four-cylinder power unit clearly on display, the CBR 650R’s ramps up the pure sporting appeal; dual LED headlight cluster.
  • The seat unit is compact and truncates the rear of the machine, adding to the hard-edged sense of purpose. New side panels accentuate the minimalism, as does the steel rear mudguard/number plate mount. The aggressive riding position starts with clip-on handlebars that mount beneath the top yoke, matched to rear-set footpegs.


The 649cc, DOHC 16-valve engine, in-line four-cylinder performance, with the classically fast ‘pick-up’ through the rev range and hard-hitting, high-revving top end. Max net power of 64 kW arrives @ 12,000rpm with max net torque of 57.5 Nm delivered at 8,500 rpm.

Both models come with Assist/slipper clutch that eases upshifts and manages hard down changes. The assist mechanism reduces the clutch lever operating load, and the slipper mechanism reduces rear-wheel hopping due to sudden engine braking caused by downshifting improves ease of handling, and provides a more comfortable and smooth ride. The 4-1 side-swept exhaust has been designed to deliver a spine-tingling roar as revs climb.


Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The system adjusts engine power to optimize torque at the rear wheel, reducing rear-wheel slip. The rider can choose to select the ON / OFF setting with the torque control (TC) switch on the left steering wheel. To match the improved engine and suspension performance both the models wear dual radial-mount four-piston brake calipers gripping 79.2 cm2 floating dual discs in the front and 25.4 cm2 disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS gives smooth braking in both wet and dry conditions.

The Showa Separate Function-Big Piston (SSF-BP) USD Forks come with a damping mechanism and spring on the right & left fork. This system offers reduced weight, superior rigidity, and overall excellent performance along with adjustability for spring preload. Aluminum wheels with premium 5-spoke Y-shaped spokes help reduce un-sprung weight. The light hoops have a greater influence on handling than the numbers alone suggest.

Advanced information on the go:-

The digital LCD instrument cluster is easier to read. Advanced informatics like Gear Position, Digital Speedometer, Digital Bar Graph Tachometer, Dual Trip Meters, Digital Fuel Level Gauge & Fuel Consumption Gauge, Digital Clock, Water Temp Gauge, Gear position, Shift UP Indicator keeps the rider informed on the go.

COST & Colours available:-

The CBR650 and the CB650 could be yours at:-

 CB 650R CBR 650R
Color Candy Chromosphere Red Grand Prix Red
Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic

ex-showroom Gurugram


INR 8.67 Lacs INR 8.88 Lacs


Advanced Security system:-

New smart ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) technology detects sudden braking and automatically activates the front and rear hazard lights, which flash to warn any nearby vehicles. Giving peace of mind to the rider is the new Honda Ignition Security System (HISS), an electronic anti-theft device that automatically disables the starting of the engine by means of electronic control.


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Born on Race Track, BMW M 1000RR launched in India

March 27, 2021 / 0 Comments / 227 / Bike News

Remember as a kid you always had dreamt of having a motorcycle that is fully faired? We always had one as a toy and wish to own one in the future. It always starts with a cycle, then a motorcycle, and then a sports bike. To fulfill your wish BMW has launched their all-new BMW M 1000RR – the first M model from BMW Motorrad in India. Available as completely built-up units (CBU), the motorcycles can be booked at all BMW Motorrad India dealerships from today onwards.

BMW Motorrad follows the philosophy of the strongest letter in the world – M. It is synonymous worldwide with success in racing and is aimed at riders with particularly high demands regarding performance, exclusiveness and individuality.

The BMW M 1000RR can be yours at:-

The motorcycle is available in two variants at an ex-showroom price as follows –

The all-new BMW M 1000 RR                              –   INR 42,00,000

The all-new BMW M 1000 RR Competition      –   INR 45,00,000

What all does the New RR offer?

The all-new BMW M 1000 RR.

The all-new BMW M 1000RR is the first M model from BMW Motorrad and is based on the BMW S 1000 RR.

The M design of the all-new BMW M 1000 RR is dynamic indicates ultimate racetrack performance. With its extremely compact layout, minimized weight, optimized chassis technology, and the most powerful BMW Motorrad standard engine of all time, the M RR is uncompromisingly designed for use on racetracks. The M RR is slim and slender from the front with its characteristic split face, the black matt T-shaped fresh air flap, and the new M winglets. In addition, a generous surface design with only one joint not only ensures a high-quality and competitive overall impression but also optimum flow characteristics and high aerodynamic quality. The integrated LED headlights give the bike a dynamic and aggressive look. The iconic sidelight in a dynamically U shapes signature makes the new M RR clearly recognizable as a BMW from the front. The asymmetrical color arrangement makes the M RR look unique. The engine cover in granite grey, the fuel filler cap painted black, blue spring strut, M brakes, M carbon wheels and M brake calipers with blue anodized coating in combination with the M logo lends a sporty flair.

The all-new BMW M 1000 RR is available as a basic version and optionally with the M Competition Package that converts this super street bike into a weekend racetrack machine. The M Competition Package includes – M GPS-lap trigger, Passenger Kit, Pillion Seat Cover, Carbon Pack (M Carbon Front and Rear Mudguard, M Carbon Upper Fairing Side Panel, M Carbon Tank Cover, M Carbon Chain Guard, M Carbon Sprocket Cover), M Billet Pack (M Engine Protectors, M Brake Lever Folding, M Brake Lever Guard, M Clutch Lever Folding, M Rider Footrest System)

The all-new BMW M 1000 RR is fitted with a newly developed water/oil-cooled 4-cylinder in-line engine with a displacement of 999 cc. It is based on the BMW S 1000 RR engine, which has been comprehensively modified as a high-performance racing engine. It generates a peak output of 212 hp (156 kW) at 14,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 113 Nm at 11000 rpm to deliver a supreme level of engine power. The M RR sprints from 0-100 Km in 3.1 seconds and can achieve a maximum speed of 306 km/h.

The intake ports are redesigned to significantly increase the peak power range relevant for super-sport and racetrack use. BMW ShiftCam Technology provides the all-new BMW M 1000 RR an excellent torque curve that is captivating even at low and middle speeds. The variable camshaft control BMW ShiftCam is an entirely new technology that provides supreme rideability along with an additional increase in power across the entire engine speed range, reduced emission and fuel consumption levels, optimized running smoothness and refinement.

The newly developed suspension has enhanced the riding dynamics as well as achieved significantly reduced weight. The all-new BMW M 1000 RR features a Flex Frame which is the optimum interplay between the frame design and the engine as a load-bearing element. It improves the aerodynamics of the motorcycle and helps keep the weight low. The new layout of the mainframe has a leaner fuel tank and seating area trim sections for further improved support and knee grip.

For ideal adaptation to varied conditions of use, the all-new BMW M 1000 RR is fitted with the four modes ‘Rain’, ‘Road’, ‘Dynamic’ and ‘Race’ as standard. For the world of racetracks and motor racing, the Riding Modes Pro option offers additional three riding modes (Race Pro 1-3) that are freely programmable. These enable individual adaptation of the most diverse control functions such as Engine (throttle), Engine Brake, Traction Control, Wheelie-Control, ABS, and ABS Pro to suit the rider’s own skill level and riding style. Another feature that comes with the ‘Pro Modes’ is Launch Control and pit lane limiter for perfect race starts and precise speed in the pit lane.

The Multifunctional instrument panel – the TFT display of the all-new BMW M 1000RR. With 6.5″, riders can have the perfect overview. The Pure Ride screen displays the essentials or one of three Core Ride screens that display other important information. BMW Motorrad multi-controller gives the rider quick access to vehicle and connectivity functions. Phone and media functions can be used without having to install an app.

A comprehensive range of optional equipment and original BMW Motorcycle accessories is available for further individualisation of the all-new BMW M 1000RR.

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Ather 450, smart choice?

March 10, 2021 / 0 Comments / 198 / Bike News

A year ago India geared up to introduce new norms for emission control caused due to automobiles, called the Bharat Stage 6. The intention was to reduce the carbon footprint from vehicles and help to reduce global warming. From 2020 to date, we have seen a significant amount of expansion in the electric vehicle market. Needless to say the amount of hype generated in youth when Tesla confirmed its existence in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Electric Vehicles have a gradual growth in the market with over 20 Ev manufacturers as competitors. One of them has grabbed the attention of young youths, called the Ather. An Indian Electric Vehicle company founded in 2013 by Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain. This hype is for two reasons, one since Ather looks way more futuristic than other competitors and second being the most expensive, do you think it’s worth spending 1.8lacs for an Electric scooter? let’s find out.

Ather has two variants namely the 450plus and the 450x. Both look very similar in design and share the same frame as well.  Few differences between the two:-

Differences 450+ 450X
Torque 22Nm 26Nm
Acceleration(0-40kmph) 3.9sec 3.3sec
Gradeability 18 degrees 20 degrees
Riding Range(RIDE) 60kms 70kms
Riding Range (ECO) 70kms 85kms
Total Range by (IDC) 100kms 116kms

(IDC-Indian Drive Cycle)

Ather can be yours : (Mumbai price)

  •  450PLUS  –  1,50,000/-
  • 450X          – 1,80,000/-

The major difference between the two models is the riding modes, Warp mode which is available only on the 450x. What is the warp mode? All the One Plus users must have heard about the Warp charger unfortunately, Ather’s Warp mode is not related to fast charging. Stay with us and we will let you know about Warp mode in our Riding experience.

Instrumental cluster:- A 7inch TFT LCD display that can be controlled by a toggle switch or simply by touch. We have  sim card on mobile phones, Ather also gets a sim card and works only when the network is available. Yes, you guessed it right it comes with a renewable subscription which is added cost. The TFT is a multi-info device that shows plenty of information such as google maps, Tyre pressure monitor, Bluetooth to attend calls on the go & listen to music as well, Ather Mobile app which allows your phone to connect to Ather’s TFT, gets an android with a 1.3GHz Snapdragon Processor you may ask why? To get new software updates released by Ather and to remove bugs that might show up when using other apps. The display is IP65 rated which means it is waterproof.

Exterior:- The 450+ and 450x look very similar and is very difficult to differentiate between the two. The Chassis is made of aluminum alloy which makes it light and weighs 108kgs.  The headlights are located on the front panel and are LED setup, the DRL is located on the handle integrated with indicators all are LEDs thus reducing the load on the battery, unlike the conventional bulbs. On the dashboard, we have a  7inch TFT LCD display that doubles up as an instrument cluster, it is touch adaptive and can be controlled by a switch on the right in case you find it difficult to touch while commuting. The side stand and mirrors are beautifully crafted and suit the futurist design of Ather. The rear end gets a tail-light with integrated side indicators, it gets a saree-guard as well.

Riding position:- The riding comfort triangle is good can be improved. Footpegs for the pillion are placed a little bit forward might be a problem for a few people. Gets a decent ground clearance of 160mm, scrapping a speed breaker is almost impossible.


Riding Experience:

The overall weight of the rider and the weight of the motor is intelligently placed, right under the rider’s Center of Gravity (C.G)  thus it feels very nimble on corners, unlike the other scooters where the end feels slightly heavy. It gets telescopic suspension on the front which pops the front end when front brakes are applied, this tends the rider to lose confidence while braking around a corner. The rear suspension gets a Mono-shock which keeps the 450x planted around the corners. In terms of bringing the ather to a complete stop, the 450 gets equipped with disc brakes for both front and rear sourced from BYBRE, the brakes are assisted with a combi-brake system. The Belt which helps to transmit power from the motor to the road wheels is made of carbon fiber and does a great job with a blip of throttle without any lag. But it makes a sound as if you’re flying an airplane, the friction between pulley and belt produces a squeaky whistle sound which is at times infuriating.

Servicing cost

  • Ather recommends to service twice a year, i.e once in 6 months which costs roughly around 2.5k each service.
  • Ather Users have an option to pay 2800/- upfront for a year which will include those two services.

Ather Connectivity Cost:-

  • The plans range from 400/quarterly to 1100/quarterly
  • You have to choose one and need to update quarterly, else your Ather might show bugs and give issues while riding

Ather is also giving 3 years  50% Cashback program on both the models. In the ownership months between 30-36th month, you can return your Ather back to the company and get the assured value of about 50% of the price you have paid while buying this Scooter. One of the best ways for a company to trust their product. But this might be a limited period offer we are not sure about how long this offer is valid.

Charging cost: two options available DOT and GRID

  • Dot charger is available for personal use and is installed at the personal residence where one full charge of around 3 units will cost you 20-25INR per charge. It takes around 6hrs to fully charge 0-100%. This charger is free with every Ather.
  • GRID Charger is a public-oriented charging station that costs NIL as of now, in Mumbai they 7 charging stations. it takes 2hrs to fully charge 0-100%.



The million-dollar question, should you buy Ather 450?

As we said Ather is not like any other electric bikes it’s a mixture of performance and fuel economy. In terms of I.C engine Scooters, that’s not the case, you get either of the ones to choose from either performance or fuel economy. Just to give a clear picture we have to choose Aprilia 160 which is performance-based and Suzuki Access 125cc which gives maximum fuel efficiency in the lot. We have compared these two scooters with Ather 450.

Consider a scenario, you commute daily for 20kms a day to-n-fro throughout the year. So with respect to fuel efficiency and service costs and the price of the scooter you buy. We have considered these to be a few points where money is a major aspect. We compare all the three two-wheelers on these parameters and then calculate which one is pocket-friendly for daily commuting.

On-Road cost 1.11 lakh 89000 1,70,000
Distance traveled 20kms/day 20kms/day 20kms/day
Mileage 35kmpl 55kmpl 116/ charge
Fuel Tank Capacity 7L 5.6L
Fuel Prices 97.57/ltr 97.57/ltr 25/- per charge
Service cost ( 1 paid service ) x 4 1100/-  x 4 (service every 3 months) 1333/- x 4 (service every 3 months) 2800 (two services are done at 6-month interval)

Graphical Representation for a clear understanding:-

As the graph indicates the most expensive amongst the lot is the Ather 450x but if you also focus on the traveling cost it is a drastic margin between the three and this is just for 1 year. To top it up, Ather has also introduced a scheme where 50% of the cost will be returned after three years which you might not get on other two-wheelers.

Points where Ather steals the show:

  •  TFT display shows almost every information a rider could ask for.
  • Warp mode is impressive and doesn’t lag.
  • Supports fast charging.
  • Build quality is good.
  • Advantage of riding in floods. (Motor is IP66 rated)

Where Ather can improve:

  • ABS is a must for both 450+ and 450x.
  • Ather connectivity should reduce their subscription plan cost.
  • More power grids needed pan India.
  • Expensive as compared to other EV’s.
  • Belt noise is very irritating.
  • Improve ride quality, increase headlight (LED) throw.
  • No provision to add any Auxiliary parts.

The cost of Ather is expensive as of today, but we can expect it to be in the affordable range in the future since the battery pack is imported from South Korea it is expensive. We have tried to keep reality in front of you and thought of what an average Indian would do before buying a scooter. Ultimately based on our facts it’s you, who have to decide which scooter you have to buy.



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First E-Scooter by OLA

March 8, 2021 / 0 Comments / 205 / Bike News

OLA we all have atleast used this cab service once for sure. OLA a company started by two entrepreneurs Bhavish Aggarwal & Ankit Bhati. The mission for OLA as a company was to build mobility for a billion people. No wonder we see so many cabs around. The company started expanding overseas by having business in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. As there was an increased amount of cars on road it was obvious OLA had contributed a fair bit to global warming. To overcome that and to contribute to a low carbon footprint the company is on a mission to go Electric.

Here are some key points, to sum up, media interaction with Mr. Bhavish Aggarwal, Chairman OLA.

  •  OLA like to call this project as FutureFactory, also World’s Largest Two-Wheeler manufacturing company
  • The total annual capacity of the factory will be  10 million and will be ready by 2022
  • Phase 1 of the factory should be ready by  June 2021 with the rollout of 2 million products annually
  • 10 production assembly lines
  • 3000 robots with A-I Powered working on industry 4.0 principles

The OLA production facility is widespread across 43 acres located in the Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu, India. The factory comprises of all stations such as Battery, Paint shop, Welding, Motor, etc. The Factory aims to roll out a new OLA E-scooter every 2 seconds once it is set to work at full capacity. Since all manufacturing is in-house, the factory will be having its own test track.

Since its such a widespread factory you may ask about increased electricity megawatts which will power the future factory:

  •  The sustainable factory means it has, Mega-block with a solar roof-top which will generate power and be used for the future factory. Solar and renewable energy powered thus reducing global warming.
  • The 2-acre central forest inside the Mega-block
  •  100 acres forest on the site.
  •  Every tree protected during construction and transplanted.
  • 10,000 direct employment to be created by Ola (additional jobs
    created by vendors and suppliers)


We have not received any technical specifications for the E-scooter, but we surely have the images. All the best OLA.

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All new Bajaj Platina 100 ES

March 3, 2021 / 0 Comments / 151 / Bike News

The word ‘Platina’ is derived from the word called platinum, yes the one which is expensive than gold. It is an alloy of many metals which makes it the second-highest valued metal. Bajaj found this name to be real as the Platina is a perfect blend of comfort, city commute, reliability, and higher fuel efficiency. Platina was introduced to the Indian Two-Wheeler market in 2006, since then it has gained over 7 million reliable customers.

Today Bajaj has launched the all-new Platina 100 ES ( Electric Start)

02, March 2021: Bajaj Auto, has launched the updated Platina 100 ES at a phenomenal price of INR 53,920  ( Ex-showroom Delhi) an affordable price for an entry-level city commute motorcycle.  The Platina is available in two exciting colors, the Cocktail Wine Red and Ebony Black both come with Silver decals.

Added features of the motorcycle:-

  • Equipped with ‘Comfortec Technology’. it comprises of Nitrox suspension for the rear, and 20% more suspension travel for both front forks and rear spring-in-spring suspension. The seat is redesigned making it longer and softer making long and short commute comfortable. Footrest plays an important role in the comfort triangle thus making it wide would give the rider enough room to adjust.
  • The new Platina 100 ES comes with a 102 cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC, air-cooled engine.
  • DRL setup making it look modern.
  • Tubeless tires thus avoiding sudden breakdown when you’re on a ride
  • New age mirrors making blindspots more visible.



Engine type Single Cylinder, SOHC, Air Cooled
Engine capacity 102cc
Bore X stroke 47 X 58.8 (mm)
Power (PS @ RPM) 7.9PS@ 7500rpm
Top speed 90 kmph
Transmission type 4 Speed constant mesh Transmission


BRAKES FRONT 130 mm Drum
REAR 110 mm Drum, With CBS
TYRES FRONT 80/100-17, 46P, Tubeless
REAR 80/100-17, 53P, Tubeless



Wheel Base 1255
Saddle height 804
Turning radius 1930
Ground clearance 200


Kerb weight 117
Gross vehicle weight 247

We will test the motorcycle in Road Test Review series. Will this Platina be as fuel-efficient as its previous one, that’s a story left for our comprehensive review. Thank you for your time.

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