Bike Reviews

Honda Cliq Scooter: First Ride Review

Honda Cliq – the newest and least expensive scooter from Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India. The automatic scooter segment in India is dominated by Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI). In fact, the Honda Activa is not just the largest selling scooter in India, but is now also the largest selling two-wheeler, inching out mass market 100-110 cc commuter motorcycles ... Read More »

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review

You could be fooled into believing it’s an all-new motorcycle, the new Kawasaki Ninja 650. It now gets styling inspired by its bigger supersport sibling, the ZX-10R, and that itself is a very good thing indeed; the 2017 Ninja 650 looks much, much, better than the earlier model. And yes, it looks like a proper sportbike now, with a completely ... Read More »

SWM Superdual first ride

SWM’s new Superdual might not be big on bhp, cylinders or electronics, but it’s a proper little do-anything, go-anywhere machine. Big adventure bikes are now caught up in the same power and technology race as sportsbikes, but who really needs a superbike on stilts and knobblies, or can afford their five figure price tags? It’s refreshing to find the Italian-built ... Read More »

Yamaha R15 V3.0: A closer look

The Yamaha R15 was one of the first desirable, and affordable, sports bikes in India. While its initial run was largely successful, arguably on account of a first mover advantage, it has been somewhat eclipsed in the past few years by heavy competition. But Yamaha, it seems, is not one to step down from a challenge. Enter the R15 V3.0, ... Read More »

TRIUMPH BOBBER ROADTEST – A BOBBER EACH WAY

TRIUMPH IS THE LATEST TO ROLL OUT SOMETHING A BIT LEFT FIELD IN ITS BOBBER. JUST LIKE DUCATI LAID CLAIM TO THE STREETFIGHTER TITLE, NOW TRIUMPH HAS DECIDED TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THE BOBBER TAG.   The concept of buying an old sports bike and turning it into a streetfighter is probably within the ken of any motorcycle enthusiast. Just ... Read More »

Hero MotoCorp drops 10 bikes from line-up

In light of the mandatory switch to BS-IV emission norms from April 1, 2017, the move for all two-wheeler manufacturers in India has been clear – either convert existing models to be compliant with the new, more stringent emission norms, or stop selling them. And following the mandate, most manufacturers have converted most of their existing line-up to fall in line ... Read More »

TOP 10 LEARNER 125CC MOTORBIKES

IF you’re 17 or over and have done compulsory basic training you can ride a 125 on a provisional licence with L-plates. While it’s always tempting to buy the fastest, flashiest 125 you can afford, there’s a lot of sense in opting for something cheaper, more durable and crash-resistant so you can save your dosh for that bigger bike after ... Read More »

Ducati Monster 797 first ride review

Design and features   Why am I staring at a cone, instead of looking where I’m going. That’s because, I am looking at where I want to go. Confused? Well, I was too, until my instructor Lek told me that it’s the ultimate way to be smooth and quick on a bike. He is one of the chief instructors at ... Read More »

Trek Emonda S5 road bike review: will Lance Armstrong sign my friend’s jersey?

Trek Emonda S5: ‘I’ve always had a soft spot for the brand.’ My friend Adam sent me to Austin, Texas, with a task: “Can you get Lance Armstrong to sign my US Postal Service jersey?” It’s like asking someone going to Newcastle if they can persuade Gazza to autograph an old Magpies shirt. Austin is a big place. Almost a ... Read More »

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review

HIGHLIGHTS 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 gets sportier, sleeker and lighter New styling inspired by Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R New Ninja 650 is more agile, more planted than outgoing model You could be fooled into believing it’s an all-new motorcycle, the new Kawasaki Ninja 650. It now gets styling inspired by its bigger supersport sibling, the ZX-10R, and that itself is a ... Read More »