Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Get Desert Dawgs motorcycle rain guards before 2009 price increase

Tis the season...for Desert Dawgs, that is! Stay warmer and dryer with our motorcycle rain guards. The Desert Dawgs eliminate road spray and keep you warmer without a bulky motorcycle fairing! Excellent fit; installs easily on motorcycle engine guard bar, highway bar or freeway bar. Ultra Pockets provide extra storage!

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BMW Recalls 2008 F650GS Motorcycles for Brake Disc Fastener Defect

BMW has issued a recall of certain 2008 F650GS motorcycles.

Due to production and assembly tolerances, the length of one or more of the front brake disc fasteners may be insufficient. If the length of a fastener was insufficient, this could result in the fastener not being tightened according to specifications. If this happened, the fastener could work loose from its threads. In some cases involving multiple fasteners, the brake disc could loosen, increasing the risk of a crash.

373 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

BMW Recalls 2008 F650GS and F800GS Motorcycles for Chain Sprocket Problem

BMW has issued a recall of certain 2008 F650GS and F800GS motorcycles.

The tightening of the chain sprocket fasteners may have resulted in various levels of torque being applied. It is possible for the fasteners to work loose from the sprocket, increasing the risk of a crash.

509 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Customer loves UltraTilt for mounting GPS on a motorcycle!

We just wanted to share the following comment from our customer, Dave: "The UltraTilt works great. I am VERY satisfied with it
and the mount after having used them on a 600-mile ride this weekend.
Very high quality in both pieces and I recommended them to fellow riders!
Thank you for the great service and for providing items that are actually
"Made in the USA." I really appreciate all you have done, thanks again."

For details about how the UltraTilt works with mounting a GPS on a motorcycle, visit our GPS eGuide Page.

Chrome Motorcycle Clock - "Talon" mounts to round bars

The NEW Talon Mount motorcycle clock is fast and simple to install and won't scratch your handlebar chrome. The body is triple-chromed billet aluminum. The unit is waterproof and shock resistant and has your choice of five different face styles. For details click here! (Also available with thermeter face.)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Mr. Motorcycle's word challenge game

I have a challenge for you.

Rules of the game. I pick the word, you get to tie that word into motorcycles in as few words as possible. The most creative one in fewest words wins bragging rights.

The word is Potato.

I'll go first since it's my blog.

"The sound a Harley makes while idling is Potato, Potato, Potato. "

(Of course I picked the easy obvious one! It's my game!)
However, this most likely guarantees me no bragging rights.

I'll do a poll on the best one after some entries are done in comments.

You'll have three days starting tomorrow morning.

Good Luck!!!!!

Sturgis video from DeluxeCAM motorcycle camera mount

If you've ever wondered how the DeluxeCAM motorcycle camera mount works, you should check out the video footage we took at the 2008 Sturgis rally. You can find it here:
Camera eGuide

We'll get more video footage when it warms up around here (Minnesota)! :-)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Triumph Recalls 2008 Rocket III Touring Motorcycle for Pannier Rail Weld Defect

Triumph has issued a recall of certain 2008 Rocket III Touring motorcycles.

There could be a missing weld on the back of the pannier rail. The pannier rail may, after time, be weakened leading to a full fracture of the rail and possible loss of pannier and rail from the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

8 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Top 10 Motorcycle Pictures of the Year 2008 from Motorcycle Views

The top ten motorcycle pictures were picked from pictures submitted to Motorcycle Views in 2008. The pictures are not ordered. They include three pictures of women on motorcycles, four pictures of men on motorcycles, and three pictures of motorcycles only.

The pictures were chosen for a variety of reasons. I looked at each picture, read each description, and picked those pictures that held my interest.

Check out the Top 10 Pictures for 2008.

Friday, December 26, 2008

DeluxeCAM motorcycle camera mount reviewed by Thunder Press Magazine

Thunder Press editors say, "a successful mating of the company’s eCaddy Deluxe mount and a Pana-Vise adjustable swivel camera mount."

To view the complete article:
Thunder Press

For details about the DeluxeCAM motorcycle camera mount:
Camera Guide

Hope your holiday's were filled with cheer!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday experience. I am truly blessed, and can say that I have nothing more that I could ever want, (except some not so important materialistic things) of course!

Seeing as I don't post pictures of my wife or kids, I'll share a couple of Christmas pictures of the cats and dog.

I don't have pictures with cats and their new mice, 'cause, well, they get them every year. I do have a few good ones though.

Can you find Beethoven the cat in this picture?

How about now?

(Wolfie on lower step, Beethoven on upper step)
Did anyone say Cheese????

Cy's new walkin boots (first time on his feet).
Doesn't look too happy does he???

Cy's new hedge hog

Cy's new moose

It was a joyous day with friends and family.
I hope yours was as well.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Harley-Davidson Guarantees Sportster Trade-in Value

Even in these tough economic times, Harley-Davidson has found a way to lure more customers into their showroom: Allow trade-ins at the original sale price.

Harley has a plan to allow their customers who have already purchased a recent Sportster to trade it in on a larger model but essentially cancel the depreciation on the Sportster. Here's an excerpt from an article by Rick Barrett of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    "Harley-Davidson Inc. (HOG) has announced a new motorcycle purchase program that guarantees the trade-in value of a Sportster when traded for one of the company's more expensive bikes.

    Harley riders who either buy a new Sportster or trade in their recently purchased Sportster between Dec. 26 and March 31 will get the bike's original manufacturer's suggested retail price when they trade up to one of Harley's Big Twin or VRSC motorcycles." -- Rick Barrett, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

Read the complete story.

Monday, December 22, 2008

cool art that I came across

It's called The Motor Lisa

New Bikes: Suzuki Shogun 125RR and 125SP

Suzuki Shogun 125 RR and Suzuki Shogun 125SP
(click to enlarge)

I know this post is a little bit late. I was thinking whether to include this bike or not on this blog because this blog is mostly about Yamaha cub bikes but I can't resist the temptation given by Shogun 125 SP by Suzuki.
When I was studying in secondary school, my father bought me a Suzuki Best 110. At that time, there were Yamaha SS 110 and RG Sports 110 as the contender to Best 110. So, I think it is also relevant to put it into this blog.
The wow element that I can find in this Shogun is on the installation of front and rear disc brake. Front and rear disc brake is very hard to find fitted on cub bikes. The bikes that I know have this kind of installation is Yamaha 125Z and Suzuki RGX 120 in Malaysia. In Thailand, it is a different story because they have a lot of cub bike fitted with front and rear disc brake like Honda Sonic, Honda Nova, Kawasaki Leostar, Yamaha X1R and many more.
The other good element in this Shogun is the availability of manual hand clutch which gives better acceleration and torque to the bike. The other bike that have manual hand clutch is Yamaha LC135ES only.
The sport rim is also my favourite because it features the Y-spoke. Y-spoke sport rims is used in many popular bike like Aprilia RS125 and Kawasaki Ninja ZX250R. Both which are also my favourite bike other than Yamaha.
The downside of this bike is the use of old style rear suspension which is still NOT monoshock. This make the overall looks of the bike look safe and nothing special. You can modified your LC135 to get front and rear disc brake, but it is much much harder to change the double shock system to monoshock system. One more thing is about the displacement(cc) of the Shogun. It is only 125cc where nowadays the buzzword is 135cc. I really think Suzuki need to do something about it.
For more information, head up to here.
Shogun 125 RR (Clutch auto) RM5,253.75
Shogun 125 SP (Clutch manual) RM5,400.25

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Bajaj Pulsar 300cc

During a conversion about new bikes in India, my friend was talking about Bajaj, India’s largest and world fourth largest two wheeler manufacturer revolutionary in India. Frankly speaking I am no fan of Bajaj Products I always believe in companies like TVS, Yamaha and Honda when it comes to biking.

Talking about my friend who alerted me about Bajaj’s upcoming release of a new powerful biking which is probably the BAJAJ PULSAR 300CC. At first it was 100CC then 120,150,180,200 and now its 220cc.

So now a 300 cc bike for Indian roads? Are we power drivers? Already Price of fuel is sky rocketing while traffic in parallel increases. Soon I went through a research over internet about Bajaj launching the new 300cc bike to confirm the news.

At last I concluded it is PURELY HOAX. Bajaj has officially not announced any plans to launch 300cc right now in India. So if you come across any news about it then it’s completely one of false gossips.

Above is the picture of Virtual stimulated photography of Pulsar claiming to be 300cc bike from Bajaj.

Lastly guys please don’t offend me I don’t like Bajaj products due to their constant discontinuation of vehicle models. Some of examples are they discontinued Sunny, Chetak, Cub, Super, Wave, Legend, Bravo, Eliminator, Wind 125, Kawasaki 4s Champion, Kawasaki KB 100 RTZ, Boxer and Caliber. No news at all about Blade and Sonic.

Do anyone ever thinked about the customers using the above model vehicles? Are they assured with any availability of Spare parts? So I usually depend on TVS and other companies! Although many companies constantly discontinue vehicles when they are out of fashion but Bajaj has a biggest list.

The new Pulsar 200 cc

Bajaj Auto Ltd unveiled 200 cc Pulsar DTS-i. The company hopes to sell 50,000 units of Pulsar per month from June, which will be available in 150 cc, 180 cc, 200 cc, and 220 cc engine capacities. In January, Bajaj Auto sold 43,000 units of Pulsar. Bajaj Auto will be unveiling its new platform of motorcycles in July-September this year. The company had last week announced exit from the 100 cc motorcycle segment.

The new Pulsar has many firsts to its credit. It comes equipped with an Oil cooler, which helps control engine oil temperatures at sustained high speeds and rpms, thus ensuring more stable engine oil viscosity. The 200cc DTS-I engine generates 18 Ps of raw pulsating power to provide riding excitement to performance hungry bikers. This makes the Pulsar 200 the most sporty and stylish powerhouse on two wheels to pace the Indian roads.

It’s also the first bike in India to feature both front and rear tubeless tires, which besides offering superior stability are safer than conventional tube types and in sync with the offerings abroad for similar applications. The rear tire is the broadest in its category to ensure better road grip and stability.

The new digital console is an advanced version of the latest Pulsar family. Apart from the Digital Odometer, Digital Speedo Meter, Digital Fuel Gauge and two Digital Trip Meters, the console on the 200 cc Pulsar DTS-I has indicators for Air filter condition, Engine temperature, Battery voltage and Oil level, all of which contribute to enhancing rider info for trouble-free riding.

Latest Technology in Bajaj Pulsar:

DTSi - Digital Twin spark ignition: This technology helps the motorcycle a phenomenal performance augmentation and its being introduced for the first time in Bajaj Pulsar. Twin Sparkplugs for better and faster combustion in Bajaj Pulsar: As per convention there is only one spark plug at one end of the combustion chamber. This somewhat results in slow burning of air fuel mixture. 2 spark plugs at the either end of the combustion chamber helps in better and faster combustion Ignition handled by Digital C.D.I: A digital cdi powered by 8 bit microprocessor chip handles the spark delivery thus gives maximum efficiency to the bike. Constant velocity carburetor in Bajaj Pulsar: The CV carburetor provides high level of performance.

Bajaj Pulsar 200cc Test Ride

I took a test ride & I enjoyed the ride. Seating is not cushy but it took the bumps & pot-holes with ease. The foot pegs are not commuter style & I didn’t like it as i ride commuter bike. but to my surprise my posture was upright. It is even balanced but i was not able to do quick turn maybe because the bike is heavy or i didn’t have the confidence on my riding on a new bike. But vroom it & it literally flied over pot-holed road. It loves to be man-handled but note it on a straight road! The mid-range power just surges & makes you want more. But in slow speed she doesn’t responds well.

About oil cooler its utility as i read is to keep the performance at same level at ideal temp. Gear shift is good but not totally devoid of false neutrals albeit less than previous ones. About top speed they say it goes to 120km/hr but i feel it is exaggerated, plz comment on this. I believe it will go to max 115km/hr. About mileage they tell it will give 45 km/. The styling is a bit of this & that i expected at least a modified tank with new styling but what we get is an attached tank attachment. Yes if you see value 4 money it is good. With 124 kph showing on the orange-lit LCD speedometer of the new Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi I’m on, I really should be doing other things. Like figuring out how to get the motorcycle to slow down for the uphill left turn that is coming up quickly.

It really isn’t a concern, as the brakes are the best I’ve used. If my visor were dry and my raincoat was still in my kit bag, I’d probably be seeing closer to 135 kph on the speedo right now. On my umpteenth fast-but-not-pushing-it lap of Bajaj’s Chaka plant test-track, I’m impressed with the motorcycle and what it represents. we haven’t had this classy, this fast, this good a performance motorcycle at all. It takes corners with a delightful, eager poise, is accurate like a surgeon’s scalpel and can brake hard with easy confidence. The throttle is superlight and crisp and I can already see all sorts of careless riders using it to scare themselves silly. More importantly, I can see hordes of serious riders grinning in delight. Bajaj’s design brief for the DTS-Fi was to create a no-compromise machine for the performance motorcycle enthusiast. This, they have achieved.

Bajaj Pulsar 200cc Road Test

The DTS-Fi isn’t intimidating, too heavy or bulky for a 220cc bike. Its front fairing is larger than the older Pulsar, packs better weather protection and mounts a pair of attractive and angular mirrors. The fairing additionally supports a unique brace of vertically stacked headlights, which offer chaste white light. We haven’t yet taken the DTS-Fi out at night, but the twin 55W projector low beam and 70mm parabolic high beam assemblies scream potency — with Pulsar trademark twin pilot lights also offering white illumination.

The switchgear on the Pulsar DTS-Fi is backlit and contact-free. Positive to the touch, they go a step further, offering self-cancelling turn indicators. Instruments on the new Pulsar intelligently vary intensity to offer bright visibility during daytime and a more subdued, less obtrusive effect at night. Speed can be read off an electronic speedometer, which also employs a contact-free digital pick-up. The handsome, large rev counter is analogue and rider-friendly. Meanwhile, the array of warning lamps is astonishing — all those little bulbs have been replaced by LEDs and you get a fuel gauge with reserve warning flasher, twin trip meters, air filter choked, battery low, oil low, fuel low, engine redline flasher and engine overheating/malfunction lights, apart from the usual neutral, indicator and high beam indicators. And you would do well to not lose your new Pulsar’s pilfer-proof keys; these are virtually non-duplicable.

Thoughtfully, there’s a tank pad on this Pulsar to protect from belt/zip scratches as you sit on a lightly stepped seat surrounded by sporty two-piece grab bars. Flank panels and an exquisite tail fairing are all-new, as are a duo of flush LED break lamps. Adding meaty substance to this bike’s proportions is a stainless steel silencer that ends in a substantial alloy canister. This alloy theme is tastily extended to various other bits including the wheels, clip-on handlebars, triple-clamp, footrest mounts and fuel filler.

Bajaj has packed a whole lot of innovation and hard work into the Pulsar’s 220cc Digital Twin Spark-Fuel injected (DTS-Fi) engine (see ‘Technology - Fuel Injection, p118). Though it’s a single-cylinder mill that still runs twin valves, that’s about where the similarities with the other Pulsars end. Firstly, this self-started engine has shed its kick lever. Next, this air- and oil-cooled engine features an oil-radiator and a capillary of internal oil galleries that circulate and cool oil to disperse excess heat. As the name suggests, fuel injection and twin spark plugs work in tandem towards obtaining the best possible combustion in any situation.

The fuel injection system is computer-controlled — here, complex computation algorithms factor in a plethora of data including intake air mass, crank position, intake air temperature, throttle position and engine speed before deciding and delivering a precise air-fuel mixture at the intake tract. The sequence in which the twin plugs deliver their sparks also varies all the time, and is perfectly controlled to match every individual condition. And then the DTS-Fi motor enjoys some regular Bajaj features like roller bearings for the rocker arm pivots and camshaft interfaces, as well as an exhausted resonator that bumps up torque lower down in the power band.

A counterbalance negates crank vibes, while the bike puts out a vigorous 20bhp power at 8500rpm. And 1.95kgm of torque is obtained at 6500rpm. The new Pulsar preserves its battery by tripping a circuit and pausing its engine-start sequence if the self-starter is engaged continuously for too long. It also automatically cuts the headlamp when the starter engages.

Fuel injection, like in any car today, translates into easy starts at any altitude or temperature. It also means cracking throttle response and an uninterrupted, flowing power delivery right through the rev band. In addition, you also can be assured of critical, behind-the-scenes benefits like good fuel efficiency and lower emissions. A five-speed, one-down-four-up gearbox does duty on the Pulsar DTS-Fi. Yet another significant feature is the exposed and ‘O’ ring sealed drive chain that comes with all links pre-lubricated and separately sealed for corrosion fortification caused by moisture and dirt. Expect this bike’s drive chain to offer minimal maintenance, increased reliability and good life in spite of running exposed to India’s harsh conditions.

We got to ride the DTS-Fi on Bajaj’s Chaka test track, and straight off we can tell you the bike sounds exciting and feels even better. Thumb the starter and its motor cracks in, immediately settling into a quiet and steady idle chatter. Clutch feel is spot on, with each gear clicking home with a positive shift action. Initiated Pulsar riders will immediately identify with this machine’s character-rich DTS-i whir as it fluently stretches stationary into fast-forward mode. The exhaust note, though soft and unobtrusive, also manages to offer a throaty tone.

Performance is smooth, linear and torque laden, a light throttle delivering responsive power low in the band. It’s near-impossible to go easy on this bike as it piles on the revs with the furious feel of a far smaller and lighter machine. Smooth, vibe-free power coaxes you to push hard, slam home quick-shifts and ride silly speeds all the time. It took only one lap to feel at ease and start pushing the DTS-Fi for all its brawn. Chaka’s back straight is long and allows opening up and getting up close and personal with all those 20 horses. This new Pulsar feels perky, swinging smoothly from one end to the other of its rev-band, instruments flashing out an approaching redline and signaling time for each new gearshift. The bitumen was wet under a light drizzle, but we did comfortably nudge 124kph, with some power still in hand.

The DTS-Fi is composed at high speeds, with ample room to snuggle under its large front fairing and peer through its tinted fly screen. Bajaj claims a 135kph top speed and 50kpl as fuel economy — but we will get the complete picture only after a comprehensive road test. Riding position on the Pulsar DTS-Fi is unashamedly sporty, with damped clip-on bars, footrest pegs and stepped seat, all falling neatly into position. This is a bike that doesn’t feel its 150kg — it feels light and even nimble while cornering on its 17-inch wheels. While 37mm, pinched clamp telescopic forks bring up the front, the rear uses adjustable, dual gas-charged shock absorbers and an elliptical swing arm that mounts on slick needle roller bearings. The new Pulsar surely promises sparkling ride and handling, although our brief and wet ride forces us to reserve comment till later.

Meanwhile, for the first time in Indian motorcycling history, tyres have gone tubeless and have been specially developed by MRF for the DTS-Fi. Which brings us to the brakes — you get hydraulic discs, both front and rear. The front 265mm disc offers progressive and sure braking, and although we were initially worried about the 230mm rear disc possibly being too powerful, both ends actually are reassuring when braking hard through the gearbox at the end of the long, wet straight. Our few moments with Bajaj’s Pulsar DTS-Fi reveal that it surely has the goods to take forward the performance baton from the 180 DTS-i. This is clearly a no-compromise bike that’s going to have the competition curling their toes and breaking into a cold sweat. With undeniably good looks, a more-than-generous helping of features and clever engineering, the important questions now revolve around the DTS-Fi’s performance, price and the reliability of all the new technology. We feel Bajaj will slot this one in well under Rs 100,000 – good value for money in India, and if the bike reaches out further, a bargain abroad.

Engine and Transmission:

Pulsar 200cc features India’s first oil cooled engine which delivers a maximum power of 18Ps@8000rpm making it most powerful engine offered by Bajaj. It’s an air cooled single-cylinder with an alloy barrel and head as well as twin valves. Oil cooler placed just below the fuel tank helps in further cooling of engine lubricant and keep the large 198.8cc motor cool. Digital twin spark ignition (DTS-i) and torque expansion chamber — ExhausTEC ensures the pulsar to provide sufficient levels of torque at low engine rpm levels and is optimized to provide torque distribution in the mid and higher range rpm levels. Pulsar 200cc features a five speed gearbox with one down and four up pattern.

For the face lifted Karizma the engine remains the same. Karizma scores over the pulsar when comes to torque, the bigger engine provides a healthy 18.35Nm@6000rpm against the pulsar’s 17.17Nm. The progressive feel, multi-plate wet-type clutch and the smooth five-speed gearbox are again the same as in the previous version. Pulsar 200cc clocks a top speed of 121kph against the 125kph offered by Karizma 223cc. Pulsar 200cc is not quicker as Karizma 223cc and it cruises to 60kph from rest in 4.73 seconds. The pulsar 200cc offers an impressive mileage of 38.3kpl in city and 42.4kpl in highway against the Karizma offers only 30kpl in city and a decent figure of 45kpl in highway. Performance figures are taken from auto car India.

Bajaj Pulsar 200cc Design

When comes to cruiser bikes power and style is the deciding factor but with proven engines style occupies the centre stage. The two bikes derive their styling from their previous version and have added some interesting features. Pulsar 200cc derives its identity from 180 and 150. Bajaj’s new additions in Pulsar 200cc are:-

*Black paint theme carried over to the front fork legs, the rear shock absorbers, and the swing arm, in addition to the engine and six spoke alloy rims, for deadly looks.
* A lowered Headlamp/Fairing assembly along with a high tail-end, giving it an aggressive, ready to pounce stance.
* An all Stainless Steel silencer with an aluminum muffler can for genuine sporty looks and long life.
* Sleek, Twin row, Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) derived from the upgraded pulsar 180cc along the split grab rail perfectly compliments the new rear chiseled looks.
I have seen many Bikers love to alter their Pulsar 150cc, 180cc and other bikes with modern diffuser, more powerful horns, replacing rear tyres with bigger tyres, raising the rear suspension to give a racing look and exposing the drive train which demands higher price . For those relief comes in the form of pulsar 200cc Bajaj has offered some of these as standard features
* It’s the first bike in India to feature both front and rear tubeless tyres, which besides offering superior stability are safer than conventional tube types and in sync with the offerings abroad for similar applications. The rear tyre is the broadest in its category to ensure better road grip and stability. Another first is the use of split seats in pulsar 200cc for styling and comfort.

Handling and Engineering

Pulsar 200cc is lengthier than new Karizma but its wheelbase is shorter than new Karizma which means you have to be careful with the Pulsar 200cc while negotiating a turn. Both the bikes offer disc at the front and drum brake at the rear as a standard feature. With the MRF tubeless tyres at the front and the back Pulsar gives excellent traction control. Even though Karizma features a 276mm disc at the front a little larger than 260mm offered in pulsar, the massive 150kg Karizma comes to halt in 18.36m from 60kph as against 16.47m taken by pulsar 200cc from the same speed. Both the bikes offer a commanding position for riders. But with split seats and carefully placed foot rest the pillion in the pulsar 200cc gets better visibility. The split seats are not only meant for the sporty look, but also resides a modest lockable and cable released storage under it.

Special features

In addition to the features mentioned in design section both these bikes have special features which increases their practicality Pulsar 200cc also leaves its drive chain exposed with O’ ring sealed, which is pre-lubricated to help it stay reliable inspite of running open without protection is one such example. Similar to its sibling Pulsar 220cc-soon to be launched, the pulsar 200cc bike throws away the kick lever and makes you to crank the engine only with your thumb unlike the Karizma which offers both self and Kick mechanism for cranking.

Both these bikes use best instruments and unheard features in any Indian bike. Both Pulsar 200cc and the new Karizma have Digital odo Meter, Digital Fuel Gauge and Digital Trip Meter. Pulsar 200cc features a digital console which uses only LEDs and intelligently varies its amber backlight intensity for viewing in either day or night. The new Karizma features a night vision in the digital console, which illuminates the console to bright neon yellow and makes the speedometer stand out in the dark, forming a stunning contrast. It also features powerful multi-reflector trapezoidal headlight with two pilot lamps for that added beam, an integrated clear-lens lamp tail light for better visibility at the rear. Real time clock is found only in the console of Karizma. Both these bikes use 15 liter reservoirs and bar end weights - which keeps off the vibration. Karizma has safety switch for clutch which actuates when the vehicle is started in gear.

Technical Specifications
Engine Type 4-stroke, DTS-i, Oil cooled
Displacement 198.8 cc
Max Power 18 Ps / 13.25 Kw
Max Torque 1.75 kgm / 17.17 Nm

Suspension Front Telescopic forks 135 mm stroke
Rear Triple rate spring, 5 way adjustable, gas charged NitroX shock absorbers

Brakes Front 260 mm hydraulically operated disc brake
Rear Mechanically expanding 130 mm drum type

Tyres Front 90/90 x 17” Tubeless tyre, shod on aluminium alloy wheels
Rear 120/80 x 17” Tubeless tyre, shod on aluminium alloy wheels

Fuel Tank Full 15 Lts ( 2 liters of usable reserve)

Electricals System 12V AC + DC
Headlamp 35/35W clear lens type with 2 pilot lamps

Dimensions Wheelbase 1345 mm
Weight 145 Kg

Yamaha FAZER 250CC

eres some pictures of Yamaha FAZER 250CC, bike was found in two different models, just look at both.

Specifications of Yamaha Fazer 250cc:

Dry Weight = 134 kg
21bhp @ 7500 rpm
Torque = 20.5926 NM / 2.10 kgm @ 6500 rpm
282mm Disk up front
130mm drum at rear
Compression = 9.80:1
CC = 249.0
Bore x Stroke = 74.0 x 58.0
Tank Capacity 19.2 litres
Fuel Injection = AISAN
Battery = 12V 6AH
Electric Start
Front tyre = 100/80/17 M/C 52S
Rear tyre = 130/70/17 M/C 62S
Engine = 4 stroke SOHC
Clutch = 5 speed
Suspension Front = telescopic
Rear monolink/monoshock
Prize = 70k to 80k


"The Bajaj 180 Dtsi is a great Indian bike"

What things have gone wrong with the motorcycle?

1: The chrome on the exhaust is not that good.

2: The paint job sucks, very poor quality paint job.
General comments?

I bought the Bajaj Pulsar 180 Dtsi after a lot of thinking and reading. I read almost all the reviews online.

Finally went to the Baja showroom. I will never forget that day, just as I walked in I saw my Bajaj 180 Dtsi, the only 180 in the show room, the look was amazing.

I asked them for a test ride, but due to some misunderstanding they gave me the 150 cc to ride. The bike was really smooth and unlike any other 4-stroke, I liked the pickup of the bike, it really pulled hard in every gear.

I walked back into the show room and told them that I would go for the 180 Dtsi. They asked me to go for the 150 instead. I was shocked, I said that I wanted to go in for the 180 Dtsi KS in the room. Finally after a day of waiting, I got to take out the bike. The ride was unbelievable. I felt good.


1) Change the engine oil every 1000 Ms or every month.

2) Check the chain, it gets loose often.

3) Keep the tires at low pressure, it gives great grip. It is dangerous to ride on a hard tyre.

This bike is almost maintenance free.

The first 2000 kms were really tense, the engine got really hot, that's because of the aluminum bore.

I changed the engine oil every month, that kept the engine noise at bay. The bike does crazy wheelies.

The stoppies are very small and might damage the front fork.


1) Speed & Pick-up: Greater Pick-up and crazy top speed, it is possible to go up to 140 if the exhaust and the carb are tweaked. The bike does 120-130 without any probs, 100 kms is too easy.

2) Mileage: The mileage is just great, I easily get 45-50 per liter. I once got 60 - I was shocked.

3) The crash bar is the best, it protects the bike from going into pieces, and might save you from getting stuck under the bike in a crash. Never, never remove the crash bar.

4) Stability: The bike is extremely stable, even in panic stops. If the air pressure in the tyres is correct. you can stop the bike in seconds.

5) Feel: Everything gives you a feel, clothes, perfume, shoes, and so does a bike. You need to find the bike that makes you feel on top of the world, and the Bajaj Pulsar 180 Dtsi gives me that feel.

The only thing that I hate about the bike is the paint job, it is very poor quality and will need repainting in 2 years for sure. It is prone to scratches.

A Guide To Bike Modification

Modified bikes have been a craze for younger people from the very decade of the invention of this wonder machine. Unlike any other vehicle, bikes are being modified into different shapes and looks. There are certain reasons behind the tendency of bike modification. Bikes, most of the times, are meant for younger people who always prefer changes and are eager to look different. Another reason behind bike modification is bikes are comparatively cheaper to modify.

It is a fact that most of the modified bikes are imitations of super-bikes. Younger people like to grab the attraction from the society, riding super-bikes. But the price stretching into few lakhs, results many of the super bikes out of reach to the middle class men, and the only option left out is to modify a cheaper bike into a super bike. Also the influences from entertainment industry and motor sports tempt people to modify their bikes to resemble that of their heroes.

There are two types of modifications, performance or looks. You can also go for both at the same time. Performance modification could no way give guarantee that it will imitate, superior bikes while looks modifications may give you the perfect satisfaction of a super bike. There are several modification kits available for each and every part of your bike. You can either alter the shapes or replace body parts with new moulded ones. If you are creative enough, you can have your own design and there are certain companies who will execute your ideas on your bike.

There are two types of modifications, performance or looks.
The body works are mainly done by using fiberglass reinforced plastic. This material offers you the quality of parts, perfect finish and a glazing surface. A majority of modification kits include clip on handlebars, stylish graphics and stickers, mag-alloy wheels, rear view mirrors, tuned exhaust silencer, specially designed seats etc... Also you can avail modified petrol tanks and mudguards.

It is always better to approach any experienced bike modifier than a local mechanic. Modification is not a change over from a cheaper bike to super bike, but it is just faking the physical appearance of super bikes. Thus even though you are riding a bike that resembles a highly superior bike, always aware of the limitations of the basic model.

Performance modification can increase the efficiency of the bike, to a limited extent, while body modification decreases millage and performance.

The most common modifications include removing the saree guard, rear view mirrors, increasing the size of the rear tyre, changing the handle bar, using alloy wheels and changing shock absorbers etc... Some people even go for an entire body alteration while keeping the engine as it is. You can also work on the sound of the bike.

When you take your bike to a modifier always remember in mind that by remodeling the machine, you are decreasing the market value of the bike, also bike manufacturers give the warning that every minute alteration made on the bike will affect the performance of the machine.


Hero Ultra Advanta

Hero Ultra AdvantaHero Ultra- the joint venture between Hero Group's company Hero Exports Private Ltd (HE) and UK-based Ultra Motor Company (UMC)- has come up with Advanta with number of advantages as an Electric Two Wheeler. Hero Ultra Advanta wears a new kind of stance with fresh styling work in handle bar, indicator lights and color finish that seems attractive in first look. Powered with a 250 watts Ultra motor Hero Ultra Advanta has an alternative pulling option of Pedal which, due to the light weight of Electric Bike, works effortlessly.

Teamed with a 36 V/15 AH sealed lead acid battery, Advanta is capable of delivering 45 Km of range after a single charge. Advanta offers a convenient storage space near the switch at front and a grille attached with the seat at rear. Available with an attractive price tag between Rs. 15,000-20,000 and host of user and environment friendly features, Hero Ultra Advanta is like a treat for young riders and a god thing to show off.

Company Name Segment Motor Power & Range
Hero Ultra Electric Scooter 250 Watts
45 Km Per Charge

Striking Features of Hero Ultra Advanta

  • Wearing a refreshing looks Advanta gives a stylish stance
  • Power of 250 watts motor is assisted with Pedal pulling option
  • Light weight body structure
  • Delivers 45 Km after a single charge
  • Large Alloy wheels with stylish rims
  • Convenient storage space
  • Ease of handling with better road grip

Available Color of Hero Ultra Advanta

  • Cream

Price of Hero Ultra Advanta

Boasting the hallmark features of cost, mileage and fuel advantage Hero Ultra Advanta is available for sale with a price tag between Rs. 15,000-20,000

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Technical Specifications of Hero Ultra Advanta

Speed25 kmph
Range45 km/charge
Vehicle weight50kg
Recommended Load Capacity75 kgs
Battery typeSealed Lead Acid
Operating voltage36 V
Battery capacity15 AH
Charger Type36 V, 2 A
Motor Power<250>
Pedal transmissionYes
Wheel size16" x 2.125"
Wheel TypeAlloy

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2009 FXD, FXDB, FXDC, FXDF, and FXDL Motorcycles for Jiffy Stand Defect

Harley-Davidson has issued a recall of certain 2009 FXD, FXDB, FXDC, FXDF, and FXDL motorcycles.

The jiffy stand spring anchor may have been built with a defective weld that may allow the jiffy stand assembly to not retract as intended. This condition could lead to a crash which could cause injury or death to the rider.

3285 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, December 19, 2008


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