Massimo Tamburini T12
Holding a price tag of a whopping $1 Million. The exclusive motorcycle called The Tamburini T12 is designed by one the most iconic idol in the industry. Massimo Tamburini, an Italian motorcycle designer who was the man behind the two popular motorbikes, the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4.
Being the Chief designer for both Ducati and MV Agusta he was also the founder of Bimota. Constantly looking for perfection Tamburini always wanted to build a bike which would be as light as possible for its displacement class.
In 2008, Tamburini left MV Agusta with a contract to not work for 3 years with any other bike firm. On 2012, he secretly started working on his dream bike, later on inviting his old friend who worked at Ferrari, as a chief engineer.
On April 2014 Tamburini passed away as he was diagnosed with lung cancer leaving the project incomplete. That is when his son Andrew Tamburini, decided to fulfil his father’s dream and decided to give the final touch to the masterpiece.
If you remember, the Tamburini T12 prototype was showcased in 2016.
The T12 Masterpiece
The bike holds a sporty, sharp-edged look where aerodynamics plays a major role. If you notice, the bike slightly mirrors the look from the MV Agusta F4. Starting from the heart, the T12 churns an incredible 230hp which is powered by a BMW S1000RR In-line 4-motor engine.
While the motor has been tuned to world superbike specifications. Given its performance, the BMW engine was the best 4 cylinder motor at that time, being the reason why Massimo Tamburini chose for his creation.
Tamburini T12 Massino
The Tamburini has an unbelievable kerb weight of 154.5 kg. The motorcycle owns a military grade bespoke trellis frame that allows adjusting the rigidity of the structure without changing any components.
Contributing to its decreased weight the trellis frame is mated to cast magnesium swingarm plates and steering head.
Exclusively built for T12 is an underbelly 4 in 1 custom built titanium exhaust system by Arrow and Robert Marchesini forged magnesium rims.
Being a track only bike, the Tamburini T12 is featured with Pirelli slick tyres. The bike also gets Motec engine management system and a race-inspired instrument cluster from BMW S1000RR HP4.
Tamburini T12 Highlights
Following the T12 highlights are the electronic dash, rear sets and top yoke which are created from billet aluminium. MotoGP spec Brembo monobloc brakes. The cabling running all around the machine is aerospace graded.
The suspension units on both ends are sourced by Ohlins (the number one suspension manufacturer). And Staubli has provided with rotors and master cylinders with quick release lines.
The Tamburini body panels are crafted from carbon fibre. And all other components are CNC machined from high strength aluminium alloy. It also has an adjustable steering axis rake, trail and triple clamps offset.
Overall the bike is equipped with top-shelf parts and is a race-ready superbike. Tamburini T12 is a work of art projecting the future. The production of the bike is exclusively limited to only 12 Units.
Currently, the T12 is a track only bike with no road version planned at the moment.
The exclusive motorcycle is under the first production by San Marino based Tamburini Coarse. With a price tag of $1 Million, the Tamburini T12 Massimo is one of the most expensive bikes in the world.
TVS Apache RR 310 previously known as AKULA 310 has been one of the most awaited bikes of 2018. The RR 310 has hit the Indian streets creating a lot of gossips about how cool it is?
It’s performance on the streets and the rivalry with the 300cc segment sports bikes. Well, we have got our hands on the new TVS Apache RR 310. Took her on a ride to answer all your mind-boggling questions.
TVS Apache RR 310 Summary
|| Fuel Injection (FI)
|| 34 @ 9700 Rpm
|| 6 Speed
|| Front and Rear
|| 30 Kmpl
|| BI-LED Twin Projector
TVS Apache RR 310 Design
There’s no doubt TVS has built eye-catching looks on the RR 310. From sharp edges to the top build quality, the bike looks dashing from all the angles. From its looks, one can make out that TVS has presented much of track-focused bike.
The Bike’s dual headlamps bring much of a sporty feel and would surely make many heads turn. Though the motorcycle lacks grip rails for the pillion rider giving it less space and comfort.
TVS Apache RR 310 Specs
Talking about the most questioned aspect, the Apache RR 310 is powered with 312.2cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder engine that has been obtained from the BMW G 310R. So both bikes share the same torque and power figures. While TVS declares the bike top speed to be 160 kmph. The RR 310 is featured with dual channel ABS with front 300mm petal disc and rear 240mm petal disc.
The bike’s kerb weight is 169 kg which produces a power of 34PS at 9700 Rpm and 27Nm at 7700 Rpm. The Apache RR 310 hits a speed from 0-60 kmph in 2.92 Seconds. Sporting a 6-Speed manual transmission unit that assures a smooth transition experience.
TVS claims the mileage to be 30kmpl but in city traffic, the 310 gives between 21-25kmpl. Whereas on highways it gives around 28kmpl.
TVS Apache RR 310 Feel and Comfort
TVS and their series of Apache motorbikes are well known for their vibrations on the handlebars at high rev speed. The 310 gives just a hint of vibe at pick up, although you can feel the vibration crawling when you rev it harder at 6000rpm to 8000rpm point.
The motorcycle serves a great riding posture making it road-friendly. Handlebars are slightly raised so you don’t have to lean much and foot pegs are not set high.
TVS Apache RR 310
Long rides can be quite enjoyable which means that the rider gets less tiring. As there is ambient space for the rider to move, turn and fro. Sadly it isn’t the same with the pillion rider as there are no grab rails, the seat seems to be smaller making it quite uncomfortable and unsafe.
TVS has built an excellent heat management system on the Apache RR 310. Even on hot traffic days and long distance ride, the engine heat didn’t bother us at all.
TVS Apache RR 310 Riders Opinion
The bike is equipped with Aluminium Trellis subframe. Braking of the Apache RR 310 is quite smooth, thanks to the dual channel anti-braking system. The build quality is top notch with a carbon fibre body which does not give you that plastic feel. Considering the 300cc bike segment, the TVS Apache 310 RR has got the best tyres.
The bike promises undeniable handling experience prior to the suspension unit consisting of rear adjustable upside down (USD) fork suspension.
For better safety, the 310 comes with integrated AHO (Auto Headlamp ON ) headlamps which mean that the headlamps will be in Automatic mode.
When pillion on board the bike holds better tractability. Even on high gears, the bike’s pick up didn’t disappoint us on rapid acceleration. The Aerodynamics of the bike allows you to take sharp curves at high-speed air blasts.
TVS Apache RR 310 Competitors
Kawasaki Ninja 300
Considering that the TVS Apache RR 310 is a single cylinder and Ninja 300 has a parallel twin engine, the RR 310 has got a better output. Kawasaki Ninja 300 is more fuel efficient than what TVS claims Apache RR 310 mileage to be. Also to notice that the Ninja 300 is costlier being priced at Rs.4,17,825 (Delhi).
KTM RC 390
Apache RR 310 is more comfortable as compared to the stiff riding posture on RC 390. In terms of power, the KTM RC 390 churns out a power of 43PS @ 9000 rpm whereas the RR 310 produces 34PS @ 9700 rpm. Here too the KTM RC 390 is the costlier one being priced at Rs. 2,66,024 (Delhi).
Bajaj Dominar 400
Talking about performance the Dominar 400 produces 35PS @ 8000rpm and 35Nm @ 6500rpm giving a mileage of 26.50 kmpl. While the top speed reaches up to 137.4kmph. The bike is heavier than the RR 310 weighing 182 Kg. Bajaj Dominar 400 gets a fuel storage capacity of 13 Litres as compared to 11 litres on Apache RR 310. Bajaj has used Telescopic, 43 mm Forks on its bike where Apache has provided Inverted Cartridge Telescopic Fork on Apache.
DSK Benelli 302R
Benelli 302R is priced at Rs.3,69,220 (Delhi) is also high priced than the RR 310. The DSK Benelli 302R seems to be more fuel efficient and has got a storage fuel capacity of 14 Litres as compared to 11 Litres on TVS 310. The Engine type on Benelli is equipped with In-Line 2 Cylinder with a top speed of 147kmph.
TVS Apache RR 310
If you take a look at the competitors, TVS offers quite an action-packed Sports bike on this budget. Apache RR 310 marks its presence on racing tracks as well as can also be used for daily commuting on Indian streets. The motorcycle braking system is excellent.
The RR 310 is way more comfortable which gives less strain on your shoulders and back, as compared to RC 390 stiff posture. Engine Heat is not an issue on Apache RR 310 even on hot traffic days.
If you are into looks, The Apache RR 310 can surely impress a lot of souls.
Suzuki Intruder 150
Since 1985 a series of cruiser motorcycles named Suzuki Intruder had been built. Back then the Intruder class of motorcycles came with heavy machines.
Such as the Suzuki Intruder m109RZ, Intruder C1800R, VS750 Intruder and the list goes on.
Suzuki brought down to compete with Harley Davidson and other cruisers in the market.
A year back Suzuki decided to present Suzuki Intruder 150, a smaller version to include in the Intruder family.
Suzuki Intruder 150 Looks
Assuming your love for big looks, you would definitely mark a presence on the road with the Intruder 150. The bike takes the looks from its predecessor Suzuki Intruder M1800R.
The Suzuki Intruder 150 comes with LED projector headlamps, provided even Indicators and Tail lamp are LED.
The bike owns a massive tank but sadly can only accommodate 11 litres of storage capacity. Talking about the Speedometer, Suzuki has housed Intruder 150 with the same console as the Suzuki Gixxer 155 (All Digital).
Suzuki Intruder 150 Performance
The Suzuki Intruder holds the same 155cc Air Cooled engine from the Gixxer. The bike is equipped with Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP).
The motorcycle has a smooth 5-Speed manual transmission. Punching out a maximum power of 14.8 hp (horsepower) and a maximum torque of 14 Nm.
You might notice a small Wind Deflector which is quite helpful to minimize the wind from reaching the rider’s face. Especially when you start cruising beyond 80 kmph.
The Intruder 150 boasts a new Monoshock with a 7-Step adjustable switch. Suzuki has featured its bike front disc with Single Channel Anti Braking System (ABS).
Suzuki Intruder 150 Comfort
As the Bike is competing with Bajaj Avenger 150. To be honest the Suzuki Intruder 150 is quite comfortable than the Avenger. The handling and ride quality is quite impressive.
The Intruder seems to be quite shock-absorbent on rough terrain or bigger potholes.
Surprisingly the Suzuki Intruder takes dazzling corners. Higher footpegs being one hell of a reason to make it possible.
The motorcycle even feels light at low speed making it traffic friendly. Front tyre is tubeless and rear tyres being radial tubeless.
Suzuki Intruder 150 vs Bajaj Avenger 150 – Comparison
Suzuki has got down to compete with the most affordable entry class cruise, The Bajaj Avenger 150.
The Intruder 150 has got a flashy Iced outlook while the avenger appears quite outdated.
Both the motorcycles hold the same 150cc engine configuration. But Bajaj Avenger is equipped with Air-cooling which might help in taking continuous longer trips.
The Suzuki Intruder 150 gets a Single Channel ABS system on the front disc.
Making it the only bike in this segment and budget with Single channelled ABS. Considering Intruder to be Rs.20,000 more expensive than the avenger.
You can feel the power when you rev through the Intruder. Talking about the body, the giant bodywork is outsized as compared to the skinny tyres provided by Suzuki. The Company claims the mileage to be 45kmpl while it gives around 40kmpl in the city.
The Suzuki Intruder 150 sports Dual Exhausts which is little big and bulged out. You might face a tinge of a problem when you are in traffic. The Intruder comes with both carburettor and Fuel Injection (FI) systems.
There is a lot of useless weight elements used for highlighted looks.
Suzuki Intruder can cruise at a top speed of 115kmph. The bike is priced at Rs. 98,340 (Ex-Showroom Delhi).
Upcoming Bikes in 2018
A lot of companies have decided to Launch their best motorcycles in the upcoming year. Be it a cruiser, sports bike, or a Streetfighter. A couple of head turners are on the way. We have listed some upcoming bikes in 2018 which are surely going to hit the streets.
Bajaj Pulsar RS400
One interesting thing about this bike is that we get to see KTM’s 373cc engine, fitted in the Pulsar RS series. The RS400 is borrowing the engine from the Austrian company. This should make the KTM more enthusiastic, and for those who were waiting for Pulsar RS200 to have an increase in power, but not in the price.
Price: The Estimated Price of the upcoming pulsar is around Rs. 1.6 lakh
Specs: Special specifications are that they come with a Fuel-injected single cylinder 373.2cc
Bajaj Dominar 200
The Dominar 400 has proved successful for Bajaj. It does not only offer up a KTM 390 engine at a lower cost than a Duke or RC bike, but it also offers it in a comfier economical package. And it still offers a number of first-in-class features.
Price: The Estimated Price of the upcoming pulsar is around Rs. 80,000 – 90,000
Specs: Special specifications are that they come with a Fuel-injected single cylinder 199.5cc
Bajaj Boxer X150
Bajaj has a number of bikes coming up in 2018. Boxer X-150 is likely to launch in India by mid-2018. The X150 is the adventure skilled motorcycle that, gets offers features like on-off road tires and a higher front mudguard. The same 144.8cc single-cylinder engine is powered on the motorcycle as the Bajaj Discover 150. Prices are expected to start around Rs 50,000 approximately.
Estimated Price: Rs 50,000 – 55,000
Launch Date: Mid of 2018
Engine: Single-cylinder, carbureted, 144.8cc
Specs: Power: 12 BHP, Torque: 12.26 Nm, Transmission: 4-speed Manual
Royal Enfield Himalayan 650cc
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Royal Enfield has decided to up its game and wants to fight with the big bad higher CC Bikes, and is all set to launch a 750cc Himalayan. The Himalayan version is the most recent bike made by the company. SO, changing it with a bigger engine will be easier than to do it for any other bike. And, this may be the first time Royal Enfield uses a two-cylinder configuration on its bikes than its usual single Thumper.
Price: Rs. 3.5 – 4 Lakh
Special specifications: Fuel-injected twin cylinder 749.6c
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
Other upcoming bikes in 2018 are 650cc Royal Enfield is headed all the way in 2018. Currently, the Continental GT has a 535cc single-cylinder engine. Though this bike has not gained enough popularity as the other RE bikes. Maybe, that’s why RE thought it was necessary to give it a new engine. The Continental GT 650 features fuel injection which outputs maximum power of 46 BHP and 62 Nm of Peak Torque. Where the current model, the Continental GT 535 outputs a max power of 29.1 BHP and a peak torque of 44 Nm. The new bike is expected to have a twin-exhaust, each on either side of the bike.
Estimated Price: Rs. 3.5 Lakh
Special specifications: Air/oil-cooled, parallel-twin, SOHC, four cylinde
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V (Launched)
TVS Apache RTR 160
For an average Indian biker, the new Apache RTR 160 could be one of the most looked forwarded new launch of 2018. It will also be the most significant TVS bikes of 2018. The next Apache RTR 160 will be based on a completely new model bike with a fresh style and plenty of new features, re-tuned engine and many more.
Price: Estimated Rs 80,000 – 86,500
Special specifications: Carbureted, single-cylinder, 159.7c
TVS Apache RR 310 (Launched)
The Apache RR 310 is one of the most awaited bikes. Why? Because Of its Racing Capabilities and has the same engine as the BMW G 310 R. Yes, that also means that its pricing may not be the same as a typical TVS model. However, the Apache RR 310S is expected to make a mark on the Indian streets. This is a great bike in our list of upcoming bikes in 2018
Estimated Price: Rs. 1.7-1.9 lakh
Special specification: Fuel-injected single-cylinder, 313c
Honda CBR 300
Honda finally built this bike in the sub 500cc range to substitute the aged CBR 250. As we know the old CBR 250 was running behind its competitors such as the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha R3. Which had left behind Honda with latest updates and technologies used. Compared to their features and overall rating, they are a bit costly than the CBR 300.
The CBR 300 hosts a more powerful and refined engine compared to CBR 250. Honda has given a completely new design to the bike. And also have made the bike lighter in weight than 250.
Estimated Price: Rs. 2 – 2.2 Lakhs
Special specifications: Fuel-injected, single-cylinder, 286c
Honda CBR 250RR
This is the bike many would be eagerly waiting to lay their hands on it. A Sports bike with an enhanced engine and unmatched looks. With a majority of people opting for low displacement motorcycles, the CBR 250R is the bike that would break the trend.
KTM RC 390 and Yamaha R3 are the top rivals for Honda in this category.
No wonder this will be a successful bike in all of the upcoming bikes in 2018
Estimated Price: Rs. 1.8-2.1 lakh
Specifications: Fuel-injected, single-cylinder, 286 c
2018 Honda CBR650F
This a middleweight sports type bike from Honda and is similar to CB650F, which is a streetfighter bike. However, Since it isn’t a complete sports bike. It also has quite fair comfortable ergonomics and that makes this bike the best choice for daily commuting than most bikes in a similar category. 650F can be used with the same performance in both traffic and freeways.
Estimated Price: Rs. 6.5 – 8 Lakh
Special specifications: Fuel-injected, four-cylinder, 649c
Honda CB Hornet 160R
Honda Hornet 160
This could easily be one of the most important new motorcycles for Honda in 2018. The upcoming Hornet full fairing model will try to compete heavily with the New Suzuki Gixxer SF in the Indian market. Specifications are mostly the same. Prices are expected to start at roughly Rs 95,000. This upcoming Honda bike will most likely be the only fully-faired Honda motorcycle below Rs 1 lakh.
Estimated Price: Rs. 95,000
Special specifications: Carbureted, Single-cylinder, 162.7c
Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 (Launched)
Yamaha R15 Version 3.0
Following down the list of best upcoming bikes in 2018 we have R15 V3. This one is a treat for all the R15 lovers. As the bikes are set to get a whole new level of much-needed upgrades. Other than a new 155cc engine. Version 3.0 is expected to have a new look, new features, and new color options. It is also said that the bike will be getting a more comfortable handle.
Estimated Price: Rs. 1.2 – 1.4 lakh
Special specifications: Fuel-injected, single-cylinder, 149cc