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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Honda CBR 150R goes on sale. Can it beat the Yamaha R15 2.0?

Now that the Honda CBR 150R is officially on sale in the Indian market the inevitable question comes to mind. Can it do achieve what it was launched for? Can it become a stiff competition to it's only competitor which has now been relaunched in a new avatar as the Yamaha R15 version 2.0? Well, in the looks department personally I don't think it can take on the R15. Even specs wise they are quite similar. So let wait and watch till both the bikes get pitted against each other in the market. Till then I have a poll for all my readers to participate and vote for their choice.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ducati up for sale. Mahindra potential buyer

(Reuters) - The Italian private-equity owner of Ducati is looking to sell the motorbike brand for up to 1 billion euros ($1.32 billion), three times its initial investment, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Investindustrial, which is backed by the Bonomi family, had sounded out a Hong Kong public listing for Ducati in 2011 but a sale to a rival or large car group was more likely now, the FT said.

People close to the situation told the paper that possible buyers could include Indian motorcycle group Mahindra (MAHM.NS), as well as Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) and BMW (BMWG.DE).

"Ducati is now a perfect company but the further growth it requires needs the support of a world-class industrial partner," Investindustrial's chairman Andrea Bonomi told the paper.

"This year, we will work towards that partner."

In November, Ducati chief executive Gabriele Del Torchio said the motorbike maker had raised its share of the markets where it operates around the world to 10.7 percent, up from 8.5 percent in 2010.

A spokesman for BMW said the motorcycle manufacturer best known for its R 1200 GS Adventure enduro and the S 1000 RR supersports bike was not interested in a purchase of Ducati.

Volkswagen declined to comment. VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech, who said he drives Ducatis himself, admitted a few years ago that he regretted not having acquired the brand back then when Ducati could have been bought "for peanuts." ($1 = 0.7582 euros)

(Reporting By Drazen Jorgic, additional reporting by Christiaan Hetzner in Frankfurt; Editing byJohn Mair and Helen Massy-Beresford)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The KTM Duke 200 or the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS - Brothers in Arms

Bajaj Auto Ltd., has decided to completely take out the competition in the Indian motorcycles market. And there could be no better time than now. Hero the market leader has recently split from it's erstwhile partner Honda. Hero has no strong product for the market at the moment apart from relaunching old bikes in new graphics. Honda is too young in the Indian market to get things right and start wining market share. Bajaj has been preparing for this moment. They chose their allies well and unlike Hero Moto Corp instead of splitting with their old Japanese friend Kawasaki they took the onus to market Kawasaki products in the Indian market on behalf of the Japanese Giant. Moreover, they made new friends in Europe as well. Bajaj tied up with KTM and started secretly developing new products for the Indian market in collaboration with their newly formed ally KTM apart from launching & marketing KTM products in the Sub-continent.  

Bajaj infact plays out the oldest trick in the book. They launch both KTM Duke 200 along side the latest Generation Pulsar 200NS to compete with each other which has a KTM inspired heart with super-bike looks inspired by definitely KTM and the Honda CBR liter class. Nevermind that and all points go to Bajaj since they have got their strategy just right. Both the bikes are almost equally priced and have almost similar pricing with the KTM (around Rs. 1.18 lacs) a tad bit expensive than the Pulsar (around Rs. 1 lacs). Bajaj have not only kept the Pulsar brand alive but they have shown their dedication and commitment to it very strong & loyal customer base by showing it's R&D process in the new bike. It's a completely new motorcycle compared to the outgoing generation of the Pulsar. Every styling details gives it a bike bike feel and quality is much more improved compared to other Indian motorcycles.

This bike will not only give competition to Yamaha street fighters like the Indian Fazer & FZ series, it is also likely to compete with the Yamaha R15 V2.0 & the CBR 250R in terms of market share. Though my guess is that in terms of ride quality and handling the R15 V2.0 & the CBR 250R would be far superior than the Pulsar 200NS. And from a purist point of view comparing the Pulsar or the Baby Duke with the R15 V2.0 or the CBR 250R is like comparing apples with oranges.

Here's a quick look at the specs and some pics of both the bikes:-




DesignSingle-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
Displacement200 cm³
Bore72 mm
Stroke49 mm
Starting aidElectric starter
Transmission6-speed, claw shifted
Engine lubricationForced oil lubrication with 1 rotor pump
Primary gear ratio22:72
Secondary gear ratio14:43
Cooling systemLiquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
ClutchClutch in oil bath / mechanically operated
Ignition systemContactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment


FrameTubular space frame made from steel tubes, powder-coated
ForkWP Suspension 4357
Shock absorberWP Suspension 4618 EM
Suspension travel Front150 mm
Suspension travel Rear150 mm
Brake system FrontDisc brake with two-pot brake caliper
Brake system RearDisc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs - diameter front300 mm
Brake discs - diameter rear230 mm
Chain5/8 x 1/4” (520) O‑Ring
Steering head angle65°
Wheel base1,361±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded)170 mm
Seat height (unloaded)810 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx.10.5 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx.125 kg



Type SOHC - 4V - Liquid Cooled
Combustion system
Triple spark
Ignition system
Independent spark control through ECU
Crankshaft Type
Max Power
23.52 PS @ 950
Max Torque
18.3 Nm @ 800
72 mm
49 mm
199.5 cc
Fuel system
Carburettor, UCD 33
Air filter
Paper element
Exhaust system
Exhaust TEC enhanced centrally mounted


Frame Type
Pressed steel Perimeter Frame
Wheel Base
1363 mm
Length x height x width
2017 mm x 1195 mm x 804 mm
Seat ht-Rider
805 mm
Ground Clearance
167 mm
Vehicle Kerb weight
145 kg
72/73 kg
Fuel Tank capacity
12 L


Front suspension
Telescopic Front Fork with Antifriction Bush Dia 37
Rear Suspension
Nitrox Mono Shock Absorber with piggy back gas canister


Petal Disc with floating caliper
Petal Disc with floating caliper


Dia 280 mm Disc
Dia 230 mm Disc


100/80 - 17, 52 P, Tubeless
130/70 - 17, 61 P, Tubeless


10 spoke 2.5 x 17, Alloy
10 Spoke, 3.5 x 17, Alloy


0-60 kmph
3.61 sec
0-100 kmph
9.83 sec
Max Speed
136 Kmph


Braking Distance - Both brakes (60 - 0 Kmph)
16.33 meter


DC Ignition
Head Lamp
HS1 35/35W
Tail/Stop Lamp
0.3/3 W, LED