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BMW K1300S HP

 

Traditionally, BMW motorcycles have been marketed toward silver-haired riders. That changed with the introduction of the S1000RR, aimed not at mature touring aficionados but at younger, performance-oriented sportbike enthusiasts. And while the success of the Bavarian manufacturer’s first true, race-ready superbike has grown its customer base, that has come at the expense of models further down the lineup. One such machine is the K1300S, which is now back with a vengeance, equipped with BMW’s own HP (for High Performance) package.

 

Limited-edition motorcycles are generally characterized by bolt-on goodies or a one-off color scheme; the K1300S HP gets both. The most appealing upgrades are an Akrapovic slip-on muffler and white/blue/black paint, but farther down you’ll find billet-aluminum rider and passenger footpegs and plenty of carbon-fiber body panels. An aluminum serial-number plate on the gas tank signifies the bike’s position in this 750-unit run.



The motor builds power in a surprisingly lax manner up to around 7000 rpm, without that in-your-face feel of the Kawasaki ZX-14R or Suzuki Hayabusa down low. Midrange power is more than adequate, however, and once the engine gets spinning it really impresses. Especially up top, where jail-worthy speeds are reached within seconds of clicking through the flawless electronic quick-shifter. Thankfully, that long wheelbase keeps the K1300 stable when stupidity overcomes logic.

 

As one would expect, these upgrades come at a cost: $20,255 to be precise, up $4700 compared to the base model. Assuming your eyeballs haven’t popped out of their sockets and you’ve continued reading, we’ll add that springing for the HP saves 40 percent compared to purchasing all of the upgraded parts and accessories individually. Whether that’s worth it to you depends on the size of your bank account, but in terms of comfort, refinement and performance, it’s hard to beat the BMW K1300S HP.

 

 

 

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Honda NC700X

Motorcycle manufacturers agonize over a lot of things, chief among them is how to bring new riders into the sport and how to encourage those who have left to slap down the old Visa card and jump back in. Honda’s recent success on this front is the CBR250R, an utterly conventional motorcycle that happens to be dead cheap and unexpectedly well built. That it’s scads of fun doesn’t hurt at all.

Honda is blurring a lot of lines with the NC. The basic architecture is, in fact, almost scooter-like, with a low-slung steel-tube frame encircling a lay-down parallel-twin engine. Careful packaging of the drivetrain allows a massive central storage compartment in the place normally used for fuel and an airbox; it’s big enough to swallow all but the largest full-face helmets. Fuel, 3.7 gallons of it, resides in a steel tank beneath the seat and rear bodywork you flip up the passenger saddle to find the filler cap.

 

 

And now we have the NC700X—the NC standing for “new concept” and the X denoting the adventure-bike version of it. A world model, meaning that it was developed in and for other markets, the NC-X is elsewhere joined by a fully naked version and a quasi-scooter called the Integra. Because ADV bikes are selling well here, American Honda selected the X to launch the line.

Honda is betting big that the NC700X’s low base price will lure people into dealerships. Once they arrive, they’ll be surprised by the bike’s very good fit and finish, complete feature set and extensive selection of accessories that Honda proudly says were developed during the basic design of the bike, not as afterthoughts. That the NC700X has such a gentle, forgiving nature should certainly help seal that deal.

Hero Ignitor

Right after getting separate from the long-lasting companion Honda Electric motor Company associated with The japanese a year ago, India’s biggest motorbike organization} Hero Ignitor MotoCorp offers came back this season having an brand new brand name identification to be able to undertake the 2 main competitors Bajaj Auto and the fast emerging Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India.


The most recent motorbike in order to campaign from the Hero MotoCorp flower within Haryana is actually christened because ‘Ignitor’ also it certain presents the outside make-up to the actual high quality 125cc section in the united states drop. Taking the help of the very same skeletal system since the Honda CB Stunner, the actual Ignitor will get delicate however amazing beauty changes which existing this along with spunkier attitude more than the Honda sibling.

An additional stage forward through Hero MotoCorp may be the inclusion associated with a few essential functions which make look within the Ignitor that have been lacking through the CB Stunner. For example the actual addition of the quit handle within the Ignitor, that is a reason for issue for several relevers even now since many of these choose getting a choice with regard to kick-start compared to depending totally within the self-start mechanism.

Even though Hero Ignitor is actually only the actual Honda CB Stunner below the pores and skin, the actual enhancements made on the outside make-up along with addition associated with significant functions as well as gear such as tachometer, electronic splash as well as tubeless tyres along with a cost associated with Rs. 55,900 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for your foundation version, really does the actual Ignitor a solid value-for-money proposal with regard to purchasers seeking to get their own on the job reduced 125cc section motorbike.