Bike Reviews

2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan FI review, test ride

It’s been a rocky ride for the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The bike received high praise at the test ride event in Shimla, where it impressed in the environment it was designed for and named after. But then things went a bit downhill, with numerous reliability issues creeping up. Royal Enfield eventually stopped sale as they set about developing the BS4-spec bike, and they also used ... Read More »

2017 Avantura Choppers Pravega review, test ride

Avantura Choppers isn’t a chop-shop. You cannot toss your motorcycle keys at them and ask for your bike to be re-imagined, in the same way that you wouldn’t expect it from Royal Enfield or Harley-Davidson. This is no make-shiny garage; Avantura Choppers is India’s newest motorcycle manufacturer. Scepticism comes naturally to us, being the thinking spenders we are, and this ... Read More »

2017 Ducati Monster 797 review, test ride

The Monster has always been an honest, no-nonsense motorcycle and, for a motorcycle that wears its 24-year lineage on its sleeve, it looks deliciously modern. This is good, because what Miguel Angel Galluzzi nailed in his first attempt (he is also responsible for the Aprilia Dorsoduro, RSV4 and Tuono – see the impressive pattern?) has evolved into a naked-bike icon, ... Read More »

Sherco TVS RTR 450 FX First Ride Review

“Holy mother of … *#@#!” I muttered with trepidation, together with a silent prayer, as I realised I’m airborne astride an enduro bike, the first of its kind I’ve ever ridden. I’m not what you’d call a particularly religious person, but this morning I needed divine intervention, more than riding skills, waiting for the bike to hit terra firma. The ... Read More »

Avantura Choppers Rudra, Pravega First Ride Review

If you’ve grown in the 2000s as an auto enthusiast, American television really opened you to the world of choppers, cruisers and custom motorcycles. These were outrageous creations that would later be delivered to their respective owners. They were anything but subtle and that’s what made American choppers so iconic. Over the years, a lot of custom bike houses in ... Read More »

Avantura Choppers Rudra, Pravega First Ride Review

If you’ve grown in the 2000s as an auto enthusiast, American television really opened you to the world of choppers, cruisers and custom motorcycles. These were outrageous creations that would later be delivered to their respective owners. They were anything but subtle and that’s what made American choppers so iconic. Over the years, a lot of custom bike houses in ... Read More »

Suzuki Intruder First Ride Review

The Suzuki Intruder name isn’t new. In fact, the first Suzuki Intruder was launched more than three decades ago, in 1985. Over the years, the Suzuki Intruder has seen several revisions, and has made a mark as a beefy, new age, muscular cruiser motorcycle from the Japanese manufacturer’s stable. Over the past few years, Suzuki has seen considerable sales growth in India, but largely ... Read More »

Ducati Monster 797 Review

The Monster has been an integral part of Ducati’s range in India. But apart from the Scrambler series, Ducati did not quite have a motorcycle that could have catered to first-time performance motorcycle buyers. Something that was purely Ducati and not a Scrambler! Enter the Ducati Monster 797. It the most affordable Monster model and according to Ducati, it could the perfect bike ... Read More »

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled Review

Back in the ’60s, young, carefree riders in America used to strip their motorcycles bare, use knobbly tyres, beef up the suspension and ride across the rather treacherous desert passages. These bikes used to be called desert sleds. The ’60s was also the Scrambler era, also stripped down bikes for use both on tarmac and off it. The Scramblers were ... Read More »

Ducati Monster 797 Review

The Monster has been an integral part of Ducati’s range in India. But apart from the Scrambler series, Ducati did not quite have a motorcycle that could have catered to first-time performance motorcycle buyers. Something that was purely Ducati and not a Scrambler! Enter the Ducati Monster 797. It the most affordable Monster model and according to Ducati, it could the perfect bike ... Read More »