KTM to launch 750 models in conjunction with CFMoto in 2022

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KTM signed a strategic cooperation agreement with CFMoto 11 years back. The JV allows CFMoto access to the 790/890 LC8c compact twin-cylinder engine platform while KTM stands to benefit from the manufacturing prowess of CFMoto.

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There has been a massive increase in cooperation level. CFMoto is developing a trio of 750 cc motorcycles based on the tried and tested 790 LC8c motor – 750 Duke, 750 Adventure and 750 Supermoto T. These models will form a new product range for KTM and help acquire newer riders. All the 750 models will be earmarked for the Chinese domestic and global markets.

📍 750 Duke (Naked or Roadster)
📍 750 Adventure (Adventure Tourer)
📍 750 Supermoto T (Supermotard)

These will be manufactured at the new CFMoto factory in Hangzhou, China. KTM should unveil the final production models at EICMA 2021.

The 750 LC8c platform will be positioned between the 890 and the 490 parallel-twin platform being developed by Bajaj in India, which is also expected to be showcased soon. The 750 models will be priced considerably lower than the 890 Duke and Adventure, to allow more riders to upgrade within the KTM family from their current 200/250/390 motorcycles while also providing exceptional value to the experienced riders.

Which of the three models are you interested in? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Husqvarna partners with Replay for an exclusive line of motorcycles

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Exclusive editions of Husqvarna Vitpilen 701, 701 Supermoto and 701 Enduro LR created to mark collaboration with Italian casual clothing brand.

Husqvarna Motorcycles and premium Italian casual clothing brand, REPLAY make perfect teammates with both brands being renowned for stylish, high-end products and a flair for innovation.

The partnership started in 2020 with the REPLAY logo proudly displayed on Husqvarna Motorcycles’ official Moto3 machines. It marked the beginning of a new chapter for both Husqvarna Motorcycles and REPLAY, as Husqvarna Motorcycles re-entered the Moto3 World Championship, while REPLAY took a strategic step into the motorcycle sector.

Recently, the REPLAY collaboration has inspired a limited edition of just 10 machines with exclusive components and graphics. The strictly one-off run features the Vitpilen 701, 701 Supermoto and 701 Enduro LR. Each special edition has a new colour scheme and logos reflecting the Husqvarna Motorcycles and REPLAY branding.

The sporty lines of the Vitpilen 701 are accentuated by the new colours created for the REPLAY edition. The special version of this dynamic roadster, with its punchy, large-capacity single-cylinder engine and lightweight chassis, also features Technical Accessories from the Husqvarna Motorcycles catalogue. The Vitpilen 701’s singularity of purpose and spartan aesthetic are unmistakable in this special edition.

On top of new colours and graphics, the 701 Supermoto features also special Technical Accessories from Husqvarna Motorcycles for the REPLAY edition. Furthermore, the machine delivers a class-leading power-to-weight ratio and unrivalled agility with its 74 hp single-cylinder engine and 148 kg state-of-the-art chassis.

The super-versatile 701 Enduro LR ‘long range’ also receives the REPLAY treatment with a new colour scheme and a host of Husqvarna Motorcycles Technical Accessories. With nearly twice the fuel capacity of the standard 701 Enduro, the LR model takes intrepid riders even further, on-road and off.

To experience the unmistakable joy of riding Husqvarna motorcycles, these limited REPLAY edition models will soon be handed out to selected celebrities.

As well as the limited REPLAY editions, there will also be a special run of machines from Husqvarna Motorcycles with unique graphics to mark the collaboration with REPLAY. Look out for these in a number of REPLAY pop-up stores scheduled to appear internationally in Europe and Japan.

As expected from Husqvarna Motorcycles and REPLAY there is much more to come over the next few months, with a series of exciting initiatives reflecting the values of innovation and style shared by the premium brands.

Florian Burguet – Vice President Global Marketing Husqvarna Motorcycles: “Collaborating with REPLAY has given Husqvarna Motorcycles the perfect opportunity to establish a relationship with a brand with which we have many shared values. REPLAY’s focus on producing premium quality products, their progressive, forward-thinking approach to development and their flair for innovation sets them apart from others in the fashion world. We are proud to have the REPLAY logo adorn our Moto3 machines for the second year since our return to World Championship road racing. We look forward to continuing our productive relationship with REPLAY.”

Matteo Sinigaglia – CEO Fashion Box SpA: “Forming a close partnership with Husqvarna Motorcycles allows REPLAY to step forward in the motorcycle world together with a brand that is known for its commitment to innovation and progression, the perfect partner for us to stand beside. Creating authentic experiences is something we value highly – a belief shared by Husqvarna Motorcycles and something that is key to developing the strong link between our two brands.”

What do you think about the Replay limited edition motorcycles? Let us know in the comment section below.

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CFMoto enters Europe with 2021 models

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CFMoto had signed a strategic agreement with KTM for middle-weight segment. The first model to be launched from the CFMoto stable based on the 790 LC8c platform is the 800MT adventure tourer, slated for a Q2 2021 launch.

Now, we get to know that CFMoto has prepared an onslaught of models for Europe as MY2021 models. The motorcycles have a fresh design thanks to Kiska Design – who have been aiding the design and branding process for every KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas motorcycle.

The first catchment would include multiple small and medium-capacity models.

The entry variant is the 300NK naked which can be a good beginner motorcycle. The 292 cc single DOHC, four valve powertrain produces 27.9 hp and delivers the power in a smooth fashion. This would augur well for novice or new riders. It comes equipped with a tubular steel frame, USD forks, the rear monoshock is preload adjustable, dual channel ABS. A 795 mm seat height and 151 kg kerb weight ensure that the motorcycle does not intimidate new riders.

On the other side of the naked spectrum, the 650NK comes equipped with a liquid cooled, DOHC, four valves, parallel-twin motor which belches out 57.6 hp of peak power at 8,500 rpm and 62 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. And just like the 300NK, it has a tubular steel frame, USD forks, preload adjustable rear monoshock and dual channel ABS. The 800 mm seat height, 195 kg wet weight and 17 litre fuel tank make it more suitable for seasoned riders.

The same 650 cc parallel twin powers two more models in CFMoto’s 2021 lineup – 650MT and 650GT. The 650MT is an adventure tourer, sharing all the cycle parts with the 650NK but gaining a 18 litre fuel tank, 830 mm seat height (30 mm higher) and ~10 kilograms. While, the 650GT comes with a touring-friendly fairing, 19 litre fuel tank and a 800 mm seat height.

Pricing has not been divulged yet for the 300NK, 650NK, 650MT and 650GT. However, Italian dealers expect the first models to hit showrooms by June 2021. CFMoto also intends to ship the 800MT and 700CL-X to Europe in 2022.

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The Indian launch for the 300NK, 650NK, 650MT and 650GT models is expected by June 2021.

We may have to wait a little bit longer than our European counterparts for the 800MT and 700CL-X though.

Are you excited for the 2021 CFMoto models? Let us know in the comment section below.

Hero MotoCorp launches Virtual Showroom for Digital Sales

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Hero MotoCorp launched a virtual showroom feature to enter the digital sales arena. The virtual showroom will provide a seamless digital purchase experience to the customers who are presently unable to visit a dealership owing to the ongoing pandemic.

Hero MotoCorp states that the new virtual showrooms promise to ‘discover, engage and purchase’ the company’s bikes and scooter by providing a fully digital experience. It will offer a complete 360-degree view of the space as well as the product. It will also allow a user to browse and explore the complete technical details of each and every Hero model from the comfort of their home.

Commenting on the initiative, Naveen Chauhan, Head – Sales and Aftersales, Hero MotoCorp, said, “At Hero MotoCorp we are constantly striving to enhance our customer buying experience. Considering the need for social distancing and catering to the digitally savvy customers, it is imperative for our services to be present at the customers’ fingertips while providing a holistic experience right from the beginning of their purchase journey. This feature is in line with our commitment to build value-led initiatives. Soon after launching our messaging app based chatbot services, we are now bringing a Hero showroom straight to the customer’s room.”

As per the company, the new feature allows the customer to request a callback and enquire about the vehicle of the choice. Simultaneously, the option of direct purchase is also available.

Using the Hero MotoCorp’s 3D Product Configurator,  accessible via the official website, customers can get a firsthand digital view of all the trim options and variants available for each model. It also displays a 360-degree CGI view of the motorcycle, the available trim options, colors, and even the backdrop can be customized. Additionally, the 3D configurator offers an augmented reality feature which is compatible on all iOS and Android devices. 

Are you excited to partake in a digital purchase experience? Let us know in the comment section below.

Suzuki Gixxer 250, Gixxer SF 250 recalled in India

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Suzuki Motorcycles India has issued a product recall for select units of the Gixxer 250 and Gixxer 250 SF due to an engine vibration issue. This is a voluntary recall and only affects 199 units of the quarter-litre models which were manufactured between 12 August 2019 and 21 March 2021.

Per the notice posted on the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) website, the affected models may suffer from an increased engine vibration due to incorrect positioning of the balancer drive gear.

The template for marking the matching positions was not used by a supervisor, thus causing the issue. The vibrations may damage two of the six tail lamp mounting lugs, although it is highly unlikely to affect the function of the brake light. Suzuki Motorcycles India will fix the affected models free of cost, and the repairs could take a maximum duration of two to three hours.

2021 Suzuki Hayabusa is already sold out in India

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The MY2021 Suzuki Hayabusa was launched in India on 26 April, and the first lot has already been sold out in two days.

All 101 units from the first batch marked for India are now accounted for. The buyers of the first batch also received a complimentary rear seat cowl. The second batch is likely to arrive in the country soon, although the pandemic might play spoilsport.

The new model was launched at a price point of Rs 16.40 lakh (ex-showroom, India), thereby making it about Rs 2.65 lakh more expensive than the erstwhile model. For the price differential, you get a host of uprated cycleparts such as full-LED lighting, an LCD screen, and a revised design.

The 1340 cc inline-four engine has been retained, albeit with upgrades to meet the newer and stringent emission norms. Linked to a six-speed cassette-type transmission, the motor now belches out 187.7 bhp of peak power and 150 Nm of peak torque.

It competes with the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX in the Indian market.

Are you excited for the new Hayabusa? Let us know in the comment section below.

Production stopped at all four Honda manufacturing units in India

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As India battles the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, two-wheeler manufacturers have had to once again face supply chain issues and production bottlenecks. Close on the heels of Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter, India (HMSI) has also announced a temporary closure of production across all four plants in India – Manesar (Haryana), Tapukara (Rajasthan), Narsapura (Karnataka) and Vithalpur (Gujarat).

Production will be suspended for 15 days (01 May through 15 May 2021). The company will be closely monitoring the situation and take a call on resuming production basis the severity of the lockdown. Honda will carry out its annual plant maintenance during this period. Honda associates will continue to work from home to maintain business continuity and provide the required support to their customers and business partners. On the production front, only essential workforce will be allowed to enter and carry out their duties while following all the covid-19 guidelines and appropriate safety measures.

Yesterday, we had reported that Honda has registered a trademark for NX200. Atsushi Ogata, President & CEO of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India in an interview, stated that the company is under discussion to expand its product portfolio, and might leverage the Hornet 2.0 platform. There may also be an adventure tourer in the offing.

Honda might use the existing 184 cc motor producing 17.03 bhp and 16.1 Nm. While the motorcycle will be based on the Hornet 2.0 platform, expect some major changes to the chassis, possible 17-inch alloy wheels and disc brakes on both ends. It might sport USD forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear.

The NX200 will compete for sales with the Hero Xpulse 200T and KTM 250 Adventure.

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Royal Enfield Hunter 350 spied

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New spy shots have surfaced of the soon to be launched Royal Enfield Hunter 350 in Chennai.

The Hunter 350 gets a round headlamp, tail-lamp and indicators. The rearview mirrors are also round and seem to be mounted on sturdy handlebars. The test unit was sporting a single-piece seat and disc brakes at the fore and aft. The motorcycle is poised to get the tried and tested 349 cc motor from the Meteor 350.

What do you think about the Hunter 350? Let us know in the comment section below.

KTM Duke 890 Tech3 MotoGP edition launched in France

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KTM has released a limited edition DUKE 890 with special livery inspired by the Tech3 team in France.

Limited to only 100 models, the motorcycle looks absolutely smashing in the KTM’s official colors. It gets a generous dollop of after market parts to up the ante. The uprated cycle parts include a small belly-pan/spoiler located under the engine, an Akrapovič exhaust system, a pillion seat cover.

The motorcycle is listed in France for 11,699 Euros; Rs ~10.54 lakhs which is a price differential of 1.17 lakhs more than the standard model.

What do you think about the Duke 890 Tech3 MotoGP edition? Let us know in the comment section below.