Bike Reviews

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Review

TVS Motor Company’s Apache series held its ground in the performance-oriented 150-180cc bike segment in India for a while now. The latest addition to the Apache line-up here, the new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, aims to further fortify the company’s performance products in addition to taking the performance pedigree of the Apache series a notch higher for TVS. The ... Read More »

Cannondale Slate review : first ride

So, my much-anticipated first few rides aboard Cannondale’s latest creation are under my belt, but what to make of a bike that has no clear identity? It’s the question I was asked most of all: what is it? Mostly followed by: is it a cyclo-cross bike? Or is that one of those ‘gravel bikes’? Cannondale’s answer to both would be, ... Read More »

Best entry-level road bikes under $1000

We’ve tested six of the biggest-name road bikes for around $1,000 / £650 / AU$1,300: the Cannondale CAAD8 Sora 7, the Trek 1.2, theMerida Ride 200, the Giant Defy 3, the FocusCayo Al Sora and the Specialized Allez E5 Sport. To get a good feel for these machines, our four-rider test group rode these bikes on a regular test track ... Read More »

DSK Benelli TNT 600 GT, TNT 600i Review

For first time superbike buyers, and even riders upgrading to a superbike, the mid-size superbike segment is one which is of keen interest. And naturally; this is a segment of motorcycles with decent ‘big bike’ looks, brag-worthy performance and some street cred. Typically, this segment straddles the 400-800cc displacement bikes, catering to buyers with diverse budgets – ranging from 4 ... Read More »

New bikes in India for 2016 from Bajaj Auto

2015 was a very good year for the motorcycle industry in India, and now it is time to see what this year will bring. People will now be on the hunt for new bikes in India for 2016, and we already know that Bajaj Auto will be adding three new models to the line. The company is to launch a ... Read More »

Reid Ares fat bike

Fat bikes are an interesting breed, with a pretty niche use. If you’re not familiar, they’re designed for flotation either in sand or snow, but are still capable for all purpose trail riding (though it’s a pretty different experience). Yet for many of us, the price tag is too much to justify ‘yet another bike’. Enter Reid, with its Ares ... Read More »

Honda CB Shine SP: First Review

The 125cc motorcycle space is a special place for Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India. Alongwith leading the automatic scooter segment with its immensely popular Honda Activa, HMSI is also the undisputed leader in the 125cc segment, with its popular 125cc motorcycle Honda CB Shine. With a frugal, yet refined motor, comfortable ride and reliability, the Honda CB Shine is indeed ... Read More »

Carbon road bikes: are they worth the money?

You have to go back to 1998 to find the last non-carbon bike used to win the Tour de France, yet it’s still a material regarded with suspicion by many cyclists. The sceptics claim it isn’t as durable as steel, alloy or titanium and is liable to be unrepairable after a crash. Everyone has a horror story of carbon failure ... Read More »

2015 BIBLE OF BIKE TESTS

Welcome to Bike’s 6th annual Bible of Bike Tests, the most comprehensive mountain bike gear guide in the industry. This year we pummeled 36 cross-country, trail and all-mountain bikes on some of the finest singletrack Central Oregon has to offer. Each and every review represents the experience of multiple testers, and the “Roundtable Reels” videos accompanying each report include both ... Read More »

Honda CBR 650F Review

The 150 and 250 CBRs have given Honda a good indicator at India’s growing need for sports bikes and so the CBR 650F arrived with huge expectations. But the launch of the bike in August turned out to be a disappointment with the ex-showroom price of 7.3 lakh despite the bike being a CKD. So does it pack enough performance ... Read More »