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

March 31, 2021 / 0 Comments / 72 / 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.

Design:-

  • 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.

Powerhouse:-

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.

Performance:-

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
Price

ex-showroom Gurugram

(Haryana)

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 / 48 / 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 / 34 / 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 modes ECO/RIDE/SPORT ECO/RIDE/SPORT/WARP
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.

APRILIA 160 SUZUKI ACCESS 125 ATHER 450X
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 / 78 / 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 / 79 / 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.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

ENGINE:

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  AND TYRES:

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

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT:

DIMENSIONS (mm)

LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 2006 X 704 X 1076
Wheel Base 1255
Saddle height 804
Turning radius 1930
Ground clearance 200

WEIGHT (KG’S)

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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Honda CB350 RS launched in India

February 17, 2021 / 0 Comments / 105 / Bike News

We had recently come across the Honda H’ness ( Highness) by October 2020 it was the first offering in the CB family.  Now here comes the latest addition to the CB family the new CB350RS. This motorcycle shares the same motor as the CB350 H’ness and comes with added bells and whistles such as the RS badge, slipper clutch to name just a few. What does the RS  mean? Road Sailing Concept – RS.

Speaking on the rich legacy of CB Brand, Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Brand CB stands for realizing dreams of a true motorcycle enthusiast. Since the launch of the CB92 in 1959, it has pushed the boundaries of technology. Itis a beautiful overlap of performance, comfort, style, technology, and reliability. Last year, Indian riders got a chance to experience the ‘made in India’ CB brand and elevate their pride of fun riding. Today, we are excited to add another chapter to the CB series. Exhibiting the true legacy of CB Brand, the CB350RS will add value for the Indian customer by providing contemporary style and superior stance, further enhancing the fun biking culture.”Elaborating on CB350RS, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Carrying forward the legacy of CB brand, the all-new CB350RS is based on “Road Sailing Concept – RS”. It defines the character of the bike’s smooth performance on the road with a sailing feel & comfort for the rider. The CB350RS is crafted to suit the rider’s lifestyle with its sophisticated urban style and a powerful advanced 350cc engine. It’s a call to all the riders to gear up and live Your Story’

Launch date? Price?

As most of the motorcycle manufacturing companies are gearing up to the 350-500 cc segment Honda motorcycles & scooter India pvt, are no different. As Royal Enfield has been ruling this segment for past many decades, it was time to target this range of motorcycles.

New Delhi, February 16, 2021: the advanced design and sporty design of the Honda CB350 RS is the second offering in the CB (City Bike) family which is made in India for the World’. This beauty can be yours at an attractively priced, starting at INR 1, 96,000(ex-showroom PAN India).

Aesthetic changes:

  • Massive tank.
  • Fork boots.
  • Round LED headlamp with unique ring design.
  • Eye-shaped LED winkers.
  • Under seat sleek LED tail lamp.
  • Sporty grab rail.

 

What’s different from the CB350 H’ness?

-Technological advancement:

  • Assist slipper clutch
  • Advanced digital-analogue meter
  • Honda selectable torque control (HSTC)

 

-Performance:

Strong & powerful 350cc engine, 4 stroke OHC (Over Head Camshaft) with PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection)

 

-Grip and convenience:BY

Wide pattern tyres, ‘tuck and roll’ seat design, skid plate underneath.

 

Technical advancement:

With the new cb350rs Honda has given the rider to flaunt more, by introducing more smart features in this segment.

  • Slipper clutch:- Shifting gears without pressing the clutch, thus reducing clutch lever operation and reducing fatigue of the rider in stop and go traffic conditions. Increasing comfort in rides that involve frequent gear shifting.

 

  • Advanced digital-analogue meter:-When the whole world is shifting to digital Honda made sure it offers the riders with few inputs of digital and analogue to suit the retro sporty look of the Honda CB350 RS.The new speedometer involves details like the torque control, side stand indicator with engine inhibiter (mandatory these days) ,ABS, gear position indicator, and battery voltage. The rider is further enhanced with fuel efficiency details which is further divided into three modes

Real-time mileage: Gives out the live fuel efficiency

Average mileage:  According to the riding pattern & condition it displays the average.

Distance to empty:  Displays how much the motorcycle can travel before the tank is empty.

 

  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC):-

A torque control system helps in maintaining the same speed on the rear wheel. It detects the speed of the front wheel and the rear wheel calculating the slip ratio and further controlling the engine torque by increasing or decreasing the quantity of fuel in the FI( Fuel Injection) system.

Performance: 

ENGINE CC 350cc, 4 stroke OHC single cyclinder
Max Power 15.5 KW @5500rpm
Max Torque 30 Nm@3000rpm
Cooling System Air Cooled
Bharat Stage 6
Fuel PGM-fi

The CB350RS is powered by a 350cc, air-cooled 4-stroke OHC single-cylinder engine, which produces max power of 15.5 kW@5500 rpm. The advanced PGM-FI system using on-board sensors constantly ensures optimum fuel delivery to the engine as per the riding conditions allowing efficient combustion and lesser emissions. It delivers a category-leading max torque of 30 Nm@3000 rpm, which makes it an easy-going versatile motorcycle for an urban daily city commute. The engine uses an offset cylinder position that reduces the sliding friction and an asymmetrical connecting rod ensures minimum energy loss while combustion. It uses a closed crankcase with a wall between the crankcase and transmission reducing energy loss due to internal friction.

The air cooling system maintains highly dense air intake to improve efficiency and ensures favourable combustion in all rpm ranges by keeping the engine temperature within an ideal range. The piston cooling jet improves the engine’s thermal efficiency, leading to improved fuel efficiency. The main shaft coaxial balancer placed on the cylinder eliminates both primary & secondary vibrations making CB350RS a perfect riding companion.

CB350RS comes with a large tailpipe of 45mm that optimizes balance with the muffler capacity, producing a bold low-pitched sound. A single one-chamber structure in the expansion chamber helps deliver a rich thumping exhaust note when you wind on the throttle. Exhaust pipes are double-skinned to prevent heat discoloration and intact the visual appeal for a long.

Style and looks:

The beautiful blend of retro-modern converts the cb350rs into more of a scrambler type of motorcycle. The chrome shining beautifully on the tank gives more of a heritage look and difficult to miss out. The smart design of 7-y shaped alloy wheels improves handling as the weight reduces and maneuverability is better than the spokes on the classic 350. It gives a modern roadster aesthetic appearance. CB350RS is styled to stand out from every direction. Round-shaped LED Headlamp with a unique ring design accentuates the retro-modern look. The new eyes-shaped LED blinkers are bright enough. The tail light is redesigned and placed under the seat which gives a complete look to the motorcycle. The muffler on the side gets a smoky-black finish accentuated with the use of chrome. Front forks are offered with boots to give rugged look and avoiding dust & increasing the life of fork seals. The grab rail is intelligently placed and goes unnoticed as the color is the same as the rear fender.

 

 

Comfort and safety:

ABS (Antilock Brake System) one of the safety system which avoids the wheels from locking when brakes are applied in an emergency, this allows the rider to maneuver the motorcycle more easily. The Honda CB350 RScomes with dual-channel ABS meaning, both the wheels have ABS.

The front caliper sits on a brake rotor with 310mm while the rear gets a 240cc providing sufficient braking performance in most situations. The rider maintains grip with a road by using wide pattern tires (front- 100/90, rear – 150/70) to increase stability in different riding conditions. The 19-inch front wheel gives a distinctive modern look coupled with a 17-inch wheel at the rear providing a lower rear stance. The half-duplex cradle frame in steel pipe is used for a soft steering feel. Load allocated to the front is optimized by mounting the engine at the low position to lower the center of gravity, which affects the overall riding feel and maneuverability of the motorcycle.

A highly rigid box-section steel tube is used for the swing arm to effectively reduce distortion and transmit a torque of the driving force to the road surface improving the overall comfortable riding experience. The skid plate underneath provides extra protection for the engine so you can take on streets and offroad effortlessly. The ‘tuck and roll’ design of the seat gives superior cushioning providing a relaxed ride for daily commuting as well as during long-distance rides. Honda CB350 RSoffers a forward-leaning riding position to match the sporty riding stance. Large section front suspension not only enhances the massive imposing image but also provides immense comfort on rough roads. The pressurized nitrogen-charged rear suspension provides a highly responsive rear damping performance.

Go on a smarter ride using Eco Indicator that uses sensors to measure the riding speed and injected fuel volume to determine the economical riding. Engine Start/Stop Switch gives the convenience of turning off the engine on brief stops with the flick of a switch. Ensuring the safety of riders in low visibility conditions is the Hazard Switch feature. A bolder and muscular 15-liter fuel tank and top-class mileage ensure an unstoppable longer ride.

 

Colours available:

 

Honda CB350 RS will be available in two colour options – Radiant Red Metallic and Black with Pearl Sports Yellow. Starting today, Honda has opened the bookings for Honda CB350 RS at its premium dealerships –Bigwig Top line & Bigwig across India. For further information, customers can visit Bigwig website www.hondabigwing.in

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Hero Optima HX Review

February 13, 2021 / 0 Comments / 91 / Bike News

Road-test review of the Hero Optima HX 

Pros:

  • The beautiful design feels very close to a conventional scooter unlike some e-scooters which feel too unconventional
  • Extremely silent, just like the way e-scooter should be
  • Surprisingly, 2 full-sized adults can easily commute without any melodrama
  • LED headlight offers good illumination at night
  • Storage compartment in the front was quite useful and the USB charger adds to the convenience
  • Removable battery increases the portability by a significant margin, very helpful
  • Anti-theft feature – Alarm is loud. We can immobilise the scooter completely and can’t be mobilised even by pushing it 
  • Very competitively priced at 65k on road, Bangalore

Cons: 

  • The short-range of 80 km is a deal-breaker
  • Poor braking ability is a letdown
  • Top speed limited to 40 kmph cripples rideability
  • Quality of materials is average, significant room for improvement
  • Charge meter is very complex to understand in volts and acts finicky. A simple % display would have made a lot more sense
  • Not possible to store a full-size helmet under the seat
  • There is a minute lag between throttle input and the bike moving, bigger pain on steep inclines 
  • The limited dealer-service network has to lead to long waiting time for some of the customers even for essential spares

 

Technical Specifications:

Range: 110 km/ch.(claimed)

Battery Type: Advanced Lithium-Ion

Numbers of Battery: Single Battery

Battery Capacity/Rating : @c5 48V / 28Ah x 2

Battery Charging Time: 4-5 Hours

Max. Speed : 42 km/hr.

Motor Type: BLDC Motor

Motor Power: 550 W (Peak Power: 1200 W)

Charger: 6A with voltage and temperature protection”

Wheel Size/Tyre Size (F&R) : 90 x 90 x 12 TL CEAT/Continental

Kerb Weight 83 kg

Ground Clearance: 140 mm

Front & Rear Brake: Drum Brake

Chassis/Frame: Reinforced High Strength Steel Chassis

Key Features

Bag Hook, Round Charging Point, Glove Box, USB Port, Bold Styling, Maximum Comfort, Aerodynamic Body Design, Large & Comfortable Seat, Stylish Wheels, Reinforced High Strength Steel Chassis, front and rear suspension both are telescopic suspensions

The Optima HX is the city-speed variant of Hero Electric’s Optima range of electric scooters. It is capable of providing a realistic range of 80 km on a single charge if we take away the specs sheet for a moment. Its top speed is 42 km/h. It comes with the quick-charge feature which reduces the charging time by a good margin. Hero Electric says that the Optima HX will be a perfect option for customers who are looking for a reliable electric two-wheeler for city commutes that can offer good performance and comfort. Not just that, the removable battery is going to be a trump card for the blue lad as it bound to offer a lot of conveniences. 

Styling

The best part of the design of the Optima HX is it looks very similar to a conventional scooter. Optimistically, quite surprisingly considering EVs are known for the step-treatment by the design department. Kudos to the team for plonking in an LED headlamp that illuminates the road beautifully at night. More than adequate for the city ride. The lovely shade was surprisingly a head turner and 10/10 people loved the shade. There are 2 small dams housed below the headlamp which complements the modern theme of the electric scooter. The alloys complement the chic styling of the HX. The front storage space is a big plus considering that it will widely be used in the city for grocery runabout.  Moving to the rear of the Optima HX, the design language follows the conventional philosophy. The clear lens tail lamps are nothing home to write about. The rear grab handle provides extra support when needed, the. quality of which could be better. There is a decent storage space for a full-face helmet and the battery is removable by unplugging the main wire, however, we urge you to exercise extreme caution while doing so. The charging time for which should be around 6 hours in a conventional home charging. Once the battery is fully charged, the electric supply is cut off to prevent overcharging. This should be helpful as in most of the cases, the charging would pan overnight. 

LED Headlamps

Decent under-seat storage

The battery is removable

The battery is displayed in volts:

Drums for the front and rear:

Ride

Once you gently tap the throttle of the Optima HX, you realise that there’s a bit of lag, probably half a second to the time it starts to sprint, if you have experienced turbo lag in some of the cars, this should be familiar. Honestly, it was a concern when we were starting off the HX from steep inclines, say a flyover. A couple of seconds into the sprint, you realise the true essence of this electric scooter, thanks to the pin-drop silent electric motor. Probably, this is the best bit we found in the HX. It behaves exactly how an electric scooter is supposed to. In Fact, we were impressed with the dynamics on broken roads, something where the Ather 450x miserably failed at. It would be a crime to expect brisk acceleration from a mere electric scooter which has a threshold of 40 km. The Optima HX does most of the job well for the grocery rounds and daily errands, throw a couple of flyovers to it and it won’t complain much but we sincerely urge you not to get ambitious with its driveability, just like the way you would from an Anther after paying twitch the moolah! The blessing in disguise of the limited top speed is the brakes are mediocre, in fact, we were puzzled by the lack of bite from them. While we do understand that you would be doing minimal double-digit speeds with it, the braking ability should have at least been acceptable if not being ambitious with the brake pedal.  The handling of the Optima HX is just perfect, it’s neither an ardent task nor the handle is feather-light, this should be a boon to riders who are new to the world of riding scooters. The quality of the horn too was acceptable.  

Hero Electric has also partnered with Autovert Technologies to offer what is described as ‘alternative ownership models’ for Hero Electric’s new customers. Under the partnership, Autovert, a fintech start-up, will allow new customers of Hero Electric to opt for subscription-based plans for an all-inclusive price at the time of purchasing a new Hero Electric two-wheeler. The all-inclusive subscription plans will start for as low as ₹ 2,999 per month and will allow Hero Electric customers to avail of the electric two-wheeler, along with bundled services such as comprehensive insurance, service and maintenance, loyalty bonuses and upgrade options like every product under the Hero Electric umbrella, this too comes with a 3-year warranty.

Verdict 

In a nutshell, Hero Electric has managed to offer a bundled package of driveability, practicality, an extremely silent motor at a very affordable price. Honestly, we really think electric vehicles make more sense at this price range for their limited usability coupled with limited charging infrastructure. Of course, someone with deeper pockets can opt for the Ather 450x which offers a much more plush experience with its intuitive features but it’s not the most optimum bang for your buck. The hero does everything that the Ather can to fulfil your city touring needs, albeit in silence. Given a choice, we would pick the Optima HX over the Ather 450x 10/10 times. After all, the EV space is screaming for value for money proposition and the Optima HX is a very strong answer to it. 

One of the most untapped areas of doubts would be if you could ride in water because flooding is common in low slung and suburban areas, also will there be loss of warranty if the electric motor fails due to water entering the vehicle. Yes, we can drive in water but not in the flooded area. It’s alright if the water level is up to 6-8 inches from ground but anything beyond that would be ambitious.

After a long stint with the Hero Optima HX, we were fortunate enough to get our hands on the Ather 450X and the Ampere Magnus Pro, which completed our electric-trio experience. With many kilometres on the odo in all the 3 electric scooters, this is how it fared vs its arch-rivals.

Advantages of Hero Optima HX Vs Ather 450X:

  • Extremely silent motor aligns with the core characteristics of an EV
  • Lightweight, making it easy to manoeuvre in city 
  • Cheaper costs 65,000 on-road Bangalore which is less than half the price of Ather
  • Looks like a conventional scooter unlike the polarising design of Ather 450x
  • The battery is removable which makes it a very convenient proposition
  • Front storage  space will be very helpful in carrying bags for daily errands

Advantages of  Hero Optima HX Vs Ampere Magnus pro:

  • Cheaper at 65,000 INR Vs 90,000 INR of Ampere
  • Has a storage space in the front
  • Much better handling than the feather-light handle of the Ampere
  • Has a slightly higher top speed at 42 kmph vs the 35 kmph of Ampere Magnus in the low mode

 

With its relatively affordable cost compared to its rivals. the Hero Optima HX would be the electric scooter we would prefer to live with, just that the brakes could be improved, making it a stellar proposition for the experimental crowd who are ranting about the exorbitant fuel prices, of course helping to heal the world to make it a better place, for you and for me for the entire Human race. Go Green!

 

Honda Roars in with H’Ness – CB350

September 30, 2020 / 0 Comments / 387 / Bike News
Honda H'Ness

Making a grand entry in the mid-size 350-500cc motorcycle segment, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. today announced its global unveiling of the brand new Honda H’ness – CB350. Built with 9 new patent applications, H’ness – CB350 is the 3rd BSVI model in the Honda’s BigWing portfolio – its exclusive Premium Bike vertical.

  • Classic style meets modern aesthetics: Honda’s originality with a timeless sense of design
  • Power at heart: Big powerful 350cc, 4 stroke OHC single-cylinder engine with PGM-FI technology
  • Rich thumping exhaust note creates a distinct statement on the roads
  • Segment First Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) maintains rear wheel traction
  • Segment First Honda Smartphone Voice Control system (HSVCS)* – convenient connectivity
  • Segment First Assist & Slipper Clutch ensures less fatigue and more comfort
  • Segment First Advanced Digital- Analogue Speedometer displays real-time advanced information
  • Segment First Full LED Setup (front & back) for extra visibility
  • Comfort & convenience: Wide section rear tyre, dual disc brakes with dual-channel ABS, Engine Start/Stop Switch, Hazard Switch, 15-litre fuel tank
  • Bookings open at Honda’s BigWing dealerships and website from today

Honda H'Ness

 

Also marking their Digital presence on this global unveiling of H’ness – CB350 were Mr. Noriaki Abe (Managing Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. & Chief Officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.) and Mr. Masayuki Igarashi (Operating Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Chief Officer, Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania), Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO, Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd) from Japan.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Globally, CB series of motorcycles symbolize Honda’s history of challenges. For more than 60 years, Honda has consistently given the prefix “CB” to models representing on-road sports. Also, the riders have always been the focus in the evolution of the CB. It was once again the Indian riders who motivated the development of H’ness – CB350. To this end, the latest technologies are generously reflected in its 9 new patent applications. Today, we are proud to usher in a new motorcycling culture in the mid-size segment with this global unveiling of H’ness – CB350.”

 

Elaborating on Honda H’ness, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The basic value of H’ness is in its majesty which enriches rider’s motorcycling experience to “go further with free spirit”, encounter new roads and landscapes with Honda’s unrivalled reliability. With its authentic roar, upright road presence & a wide range of new values, H’ness – CB350 delivers an unmatched riding performance. H’ness – CB350, proudly takes forward the rich legacy of Honda’s CB DNA and provides the joy of riding through a wide range of situations like daily use in the city or long road trips. Get ready for a true companion that radiates royalty & evokes emotion.”

CLASSIC STYLE MEETS MODERN AESTHETICS

Honda H'Ness

With an eye on the future and respect for the past, H’ness – CB350 blends Honda’s originality with a timeless sense of design and substantial character. The style resonates with the new age motorcyclists’ sense of self-expression and uniqueness.

From the dominating front facia with handlebars, suspension and large wheels H’ness – CB350 looks confident and commanding.

Dual-tone fuel tank* with bold Honda mark provides a heritage inspired look that attracts every eye on the road. Further highlighting this bold and classic outlook is the big powerful 350cc engine with machined fins.

Stunning 7-Y Shaped spoke alloy wheels compliment the dimension of H’ness – CB350 and announce a distinctive modern roadster look. Chrome plated parts (exhaust, mirrors and fenders) and wider rear section tyre define a bold macho look with retro yet modern appeal.

POWER AT THE HEART

At the heart of Honda H’ness is the big powerful 350cc, air cooled 4 stroke OHC single-cylinder engine equipped with PGM-FI technology. It delivers a category leading max torque of 30 Nm@3000 rpm which make it an easy going versatile motorcycle be it for daily city commute or longer weekend rides.  The evolved sensors, developed through computer simulations, makes it a machine that fully respects the riders wish delivering them an ultimate sense of comfort and controllability.

Main shaft coaxial balancer placed on the cylinder eliminates both primary & secondary vibrations, making H’ness – CB350 a perfect companion for longer rides, offering a highly attractive engine feel that transmits throbs from the long-stroke engine.

H’ness – CB350 comes with a large tailpipe of 45mm that optimizes balance with the muffler capacity, producing a bold low-pitched sound. A single one-chamber structure in the expansion chamber helps deliver a rich thumping exhaust note when you wind on the throttle. Exhaust pipes are double skinned to prevent heat discoloration and intact the visual appeal for long.

The engine uses offset cylinder position that reduces the sliding friction and asymmetrical connecting rod ensures minimum energy loss while combustion. It uses closed crankcase with a wall between crankcase and transmission reducing energy loss due to internal friction.

The air cooling system maintains highly dense air intake to improve efficiency and ensures favorable combustion in all rpm ranges by keeping the engine temperature within ideal range. The piston cooling jet improves engines thermal efficiency, leading to an improved fuel efficiency.

AHEAD OF THE CURVE

Exhibiting Honda’s finest craftsmanship that ‘Excites the World’, are 5 segment first features:

Segment First Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) helps in maintaining rear wheel traction by detecting difference between front and rear wheel speeds, calculating the slip ratio and further controlling engine torque via the fuel injection. HSTC can be turned ON/OFF using a switch on the left side of meter. A ‘T’ indicator in the digital display flickers when the system is engaging.

Segment First Honda Smartphone Voice Control system (HSVCS)* allows riders to remain in touch with the world while enjoying the exciting riding experience on H’ness – CB350. To deepen connect of the riders, DLX Pro variant is equipped with the world’s first-ever Honda Smartphone Voice Control system (HSVCS) developed in-house. Rider can connect his smartphone with the motorcycle via Bluetooth through HSVCS application. Once connected, rider can operate the system with controls on the left side of the handle bar to use distinct features such as phone calls, navigation, music playback and incoming messages. To facilitate complete concentration on riding the information accessed will be communicated from the helmet headset speaker**.

Segment First Assist and Slipper Clutch makes the gear shifts smoother while reducing clutch lever operation load ensuring less fatigue and more comfort during a rides that involve frequent shifting.

The heritage inspired Segment First Advanced Digital – Analogue Speedometer presents intelligent information on the go. It integrates details like HSTC, ABS, side stand indicator with engine inhibitor, ECO indicator, mileage features, HSVCS, gear position indicator and battery voltage meter. The ride experience is further enriched with fuel efficiency details displayed in 3 modes – real time mileage, average mileage and distance to empty.

Segment First Full LED Setup (both front & back) allows rider to banish the darkness and light up the darkest of paths also adding an oomph to the style quotient.

COMFORT & CONVENIENCE

Honda H’ness gets Dual channel ABS prevents wheels from locking when brakes are applied in emergency or when operated on slippery roads ensuring a greater sense of confidence. Anchoring the motorcycle is a large 310mm disc brake up front and 240mm rear disc providing adequate braking performance.

Large section front suspension not only enhances the massive imposing image but also provides immense comfort on rough roads. Pressurized nitrogen charged rear suspension provides highly responsive rear damping performance.

Engine Start/Stop Switch gives the convenience of turning-off the engine on brief stops with flick of a switch. Ensuring safety of riders in low visibility conditions is the Hazard Switch feature.

Chrome plated dual horn* not only add to rider’s convenience but also amplify the premium look.

19-inch front tyre exhibits a distinctive modern roadster style along with an increased stability in different road conditions. Giving a comfortable lower stance is 18-inch 130 section rear tyre for an enhanced ride quality and improved overall road grip.

The half – duplex cradle frame in steel pipe is used for a soft steering feel. Load allocated to the front is optimized by mounting the engine at low position to lower the center of gravity, which immensely impacts the overall riding feel and maneuverability of the motorcycle.

A highly rigid box-section steel tube is used for the swing arm to effectively reduce distortion and transmit torque of the driving force to road surface improving overall comfortable riding feel.

Tailored for complete control, the riding position features a closely set handlebar and a positional relationship between seat and footrest has been designed to allow the rider to hold on firmly in any riding condition.

Dual seat with superior cushioning is provided to make your daily and highways rides immensely comfortable. Fuel tank capacity of 15 liters gives a sense of freedom from frequent pit-stops during long rides.

VARIANT & COLORS

Starting today, Honda has opened the bookings for H’ness – CB350 at its premium BigWing dealerships.

H’ness – CB350
Variant DLX DLX Pro
Colour Precious Red Metallic Athletic Blue Metallic &
Virtuous White
Pearl Night Star Black Pearl Night Star Black & Spear Silver Metallic
Mat Marshal Green Metallic Mat Steel Black Metallic & Mat Massive Grey Metallic

 

Honda will also be offering a special 6-year warranty package (3 years standard + 3 years optional extended warranty) on H’ness-CB350.

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ROYAL ENFIELD LAUNCHES SERVICE ON WHEELS

July 30, 2020 / 0 Comments / 322 / Bike News, Uncategorized

New service initiative aimed at safety and convenience

  • 800 units of Service on Wheels motorcycles deployed across dealerships in the country
  • Purpose-built motorcycles that offer authorized, reliable and hassle-free service at doorstep for customers

Bengaluru, July 28, 2020: Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment (250-750cc) announced the launch and roll-out of Service on Wheels, a new, customer-friendly initiative, aimed at safe, seamless and hassle-free motorcycle service experience to customers at their doorstep. Under this initiative, Royal Enfield has deployed 800 units of purpose built Royal Enfield motorcycles across the dealerships in the country.

Service on Wheels is a fleet of mobile service-ready motorcycles. The Service on Wheels motorcycles are purpose-built, and equipped to carry tools, equipment and spare parts to undertake upto 80% of all typical service and repair requirements at the doorstep of a customer including scheduled maintenance service, minor repairs, critical component testing, parts replacement, electrical diagnosis, and more. Customers can be assured of the quality of service as Service on Wheels will be handled by trained and authorised service technicians equipped with lubes and parts that will have a 12 months warranty. Customers can now book the Service on Wheels by contacting their nearest Royal Enfield dealership outlet.

A fleet of 57 units of ‘Service on Wheels’ motorcycles have been deployed in the state of Karnataka across all its authorized dealership outlets.  

Speaking on the launch of this new initiative, Mr. Lalit Malik, Chief Commercial Officer, Royal Enfield, said, “Customer Satisfaction through Retail and Service Excellence is a huge focus for Royal Enfield. We are committed to constantly enhancing the purchase and ownership experience and the brand interface for the customer. Last year, we launched 600 new Studio Stores to take the brand retail experience all the way to tier II and tier III towns across the country. The recent launch of several service initiatives, and the launch of Service on Wheels today, endeavours to enhance the service experience for the customer in a way that is hassle-free and convenient without compromising on service quality. We will continue to innovate and add value to the overall consumer experience journey through the implementation of various sales and service ideas going forward.”

In addition to Service in Wheels, Royal Enfield offers a slew of initiatives that ensure Contactless Purchase and Service Experience. From easy Home Test Rides, to e-payment options for motorcycle purchase and service, to pick-up and drop facilities, these initiatives aim to ensure maximum safety and convenience for the customer. Royal Enfield’s ‘Ride Sure’ program offers 3 attractive ownership packages for a worry-free motorcycling experience. Customers can opt for an Extended Warranty package of additional 2 years or 20,000 km , over and above the standard warranty. Royal Enfield also offers contactless vehicle servicing with pick-up and drop facilities available at its dealerships.

About Royal Enfield:

The oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-sized motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic bikes. With its new manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield is able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. With more than 40% growth every year for the last 5 years, Royal Enfield is fast becoming a very important player in the global mid-size motorcycle market and is working towards re-inventing this space with motorcycles that are evocative and engaging and great fun to ride.

 

Royal Enfield’s motorcycle line-up includes the newly launched Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650, powered by a modern 648cc twin cylinder engine. Royal Enfield also manufactures the Classic, Bullet and Thunderbird models in 350cc displacement and the purpose-built Himalayan powered by the new LS410 engine. Royal Enfield operates through 18 company-operated stores and 940 large format stores and 500 studio stores in all major cities and towns in India, and exports to over 50 countries across the world including the USA, UK, several European and Latin American countries, as well as the Middle East and South-East Asia.

Royal Enfield also organizes and supports many motorcycling events and rides globally, more prominently the Rider Mania – an annual gathering of Royal Enfield riders from all over the world to the lovely beaches of Goa, and the Himalayan Odyssey, the most arduous motorcycle ride over some of the toughest roads and highest mountain passes in the Himalayas. Royal Enfield also conducts the popular ‘One Ride’ where people around the world ride out on their motorcycles on the first Sunday of April.

Royal Enfield reopens retail network across India

June 23, 2020 / 0 Comments / 553 / Bike News

Introduces digital sales and service initiatives to ensure customer safety

  • More than 90% of retail network now open – Sales and service operations resumed across more than 850 dealerships
  • Introduces online and digital initiatives to allow for Contactless Purchase and Service experience with maximum compliance to safety guidelines

Bangalore, June 19, 2020: Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment (250-750cc), today announced that it has reopened and resumed operations at more than 90% of its retail network across India. The company’s facilities, offices and stores across the country remained closed in compliance with government guidelines between March 22 and May 5, 2020. Since May 6, the company has gradually restarted its commercial and manufacturing operations in a phased manner. As of today, more than 850 stores and 425 studio stores across India are operational for sales and service. In Bangalore, Royal Enfield has resumed its sales and service operations with 20 stores and 1 studio store to offer seamless sales and service support to customers, with all necessary safety guidelines issued by the government. Overall, in Karnataka, 30 stores and 17 studio stores have commenced operations. While most of these stores are completely operational, the stores in certain cities are functioning partially or on alternate days as advised by local authority guidelines.

In an effort to enhance customer satisfaction and ensure maximum safety and convenience to customers, Royal Enfield has rolled out a slew of initiatives that offer Contactless Purchase and Service Experience. Through several digital and online conveniences and ‘At-your-doorstep’ services, Royal Enfield aims to provide customers a seamless and hassle-free purchase and ownership journey.

Speaking about the initiatives, Mr. Lalit Malik, Chief Commercial Officer, Royal Enfield, said, “Our focus is to bring more value and engagement to our customers across all levels of brand interaction to create an involved purchase and ownership experience that is seamless and hassle-free. These initiatives will ensure safety of our customers and give them more options to be connected with the brand, without compromising on the ownership experience. We have created an engaging and convenient online approach that brings the world of Royal Enfield to the customer’s fingertips, and allows him or her to remain connected with the brand. The array of online and digital customer-centric initiatives we’ve launched is an initial step towards the larger digital journey we will undertake. This is only just the beginning and we aim to introduce a plethora of new digital features that will facilitate seamless interaction, higher functionality and most importantly, an outstanding customer experience”

Customers can now bring home their favourite Royal Enfield motorcycle in three simple steps without as much as walking into a store. An Online Discovery of your favourite motorcycle on the Royal Enfield website can be followed by a Home Test Ride and an Online Booking facility available on the website itself. Customers can go through the gallery of motorcycle variants and colour options, choose genuine accessories to enhance appeal and functionality of the motorcycle, and have a look at the kitted-up motorcycle before booking it online. The customer can then connect with the closest local dealer and complete payment formalities through e-payment options available across Royal Enfield dealerships and the motorcycle can be delivered at the customer’s doorstep.

On the service front, Royal Enfield has deployed Service on Wheels – a fleet of mobile service-ready motorcycles. The Service on Wheels motorcycles are purpose-built, and equipped to carry tools, equipment and genuine spare parts to undertake almost 90% of all typical service and repair requirements at the doorstep of a customer, and will even be deployed as RoadSide Assistance vehicles. Service on Wheels is accompanied by authorised Royal Enfield technicians who strictly adhere to all safety related guidelines. E-payment options will be available to the customer for a truly contactless service experience. The Royal Enfield Service on Wheels motorcycles will be available across all dealerships by July.

Should the customer choose to bring the motorcycle to the service centre, the company has a set of strict safety guidelines in place to ensure sanitization and distancing. Motorcycle pick-up and drop facilities will be available across select cities. All Royal Enfield stores and service centres will follow all prescribed safety precautions, including sanitization of facility and display and test vehicles, mandatory use of facemask, and thermal screening at the entrance for staff and visitors. All commercial transactions at the store and service centre will be accepted through online / digital payments only. The customer lounge at the store and workshop and the apparel trial rooms will remain closed.

 

About Royal Enfield:

The oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-sized motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic bikes. With its new manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield is able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. With more than 40% growth every year for the last 5 years, Royal Enfield is fast becoming a very important player in the global mid-size motorcycle market and is working towards re-inventing this space with motorcycles that are evocative and engaging and great fun to ride.

Royal Enfield’s motorcycle line-up includes the newly launched Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650, powered by a modern 648cc twin cylinder engine. Royal Enfield also manufactures the Classic, Bullet and Thunderbird models in 350cc displacement and the purpose-built Himalayan powered by the new LS410 engine. Royal Enfield operates through 18 company-operated stores and 940 large format stores and 500 studio stores in all major cities and towns in India, and exports to over 50 countries across the world including the USA, UK, several European and Latin American countries, as well as the Middle East and South-East Asia.

Royal Enfield also organizes and supports many motorcycling events and rides globally, more prominently the Rider Mania – an annual gathering of Royal Enfield riders from all over the world to the lovely beaches of Goa, and the Himalayan Odyssey, the most arduous motorcycle ride over some of the toughest roads and highest mountain passes in the Himalayas. Royal Enfield also conducts the popular ‘One Ride’ where people around the world ride out on their motorcycles on the first Sunday of April.

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