Summer is here and we have tested Bajaj’s flagship motorcycle that has gone under the knife to bridge the gap with the competition in terms of both power and features. To find out, we pit it against its direct rivals the KTM 390 Duke and BMW G 310 R. Will the power-cruiser live up to its UG moniker or will it come across as a watered-down orange bruiser? Find out more in this issue’s cover story!
Next, Yamaha’s MT for the masses looks promising, with almost all the bells-and-whistles of the R15 V3.0 in an appealing, naked package. But is that all the MT-15 is? We find out, and at the BIC no less!
Finally, the BMW F 850 GS, the proverbial elder sibling to the F 750 GS, has 12 more horses, 4Nm more of torque and a lot more off-road specific wizardry. But does that justify the asking price? All this and more in the April issue of Fast Bikes India, on stands now!
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Dominar UG vs 390 Duke vs G 310 R – Bajaj’s Dominar has undergone its first comprehensive upgrade, with extensive changes that bring it almost on par with the KTM Duke 390. So will it finally usurp the king?
Yamaha MT-15 – Yamaha’s brand new offering promises R15 V3.0 levels of performance in a more urban-focused, spine- friendly package. So we sample it back to back with its faired iteration to better tell you if it can it make a dent in the ubiquitous Duke territory.
Benelli TRK 502 and 502 X – Benelli’s new-found partnership with the Hyderabad-based Mahavir Group has brought us the TRK 502 and 502 X. On the surface, these off-road capable ADV bikes seem to be aimed at enthusiasts with pockets not yet deep enough to afford the top-shelf stuff. But does that make them a compromise?
Ducati Hypermotard 950/ 950SP – Ducati’s groove seems to be about pushing limits, and it has sucessfully held its own in the bhp wars. So should the mental Hypermotard 950 supermoto show even a millisecond’s hesitation in proclaiming its Italian DNA? Nope. But you’ll need to read our story to know exactly how unapologetic it is!
Women on wheels : Pawani Khandelwal – With the success of Fitato and now the ‘Aatm Nirbhar’ initiative, we catch up with serial entreprenuer Pawani Khandelwal about what exactly makes her tick.
Cartier Concours d’ Elegance – Understanding motorcycles sometimes involves delving into the history of two wheels, which makes events such as this, with historic machinery such as these the ultimate treat for all classic bike aficionados.
BMW F 850 GS – After testing the F 750 GS in last month’s issue, we couldn’t wait to get our mitts on its faster, smoother, tech-heavy high-end variant. We put it through the paces and find out how much of a step up it actually is.
The other Hero – From a stunter who wanted to make a name for himslef, to a successful rally rider, Sathyaraj A has worn many hats and achieved more than most others. We trace his success story and marvel at his future plans.
TVS Young Media Racer programme – Not content with simply enjoying the Thrill of Riding, we have diversified into the Thrill of Racing too, setting blazing-fast laps at the MMRT on the equally quick TVS RTR 200 4V.
Bajaj : The World’s Favourite Indian – Did you know that India’s number one export is not engineers and doctors but commuter motorcycles? The Ed gets you up to speed on this home-grown wonder.
Masterclass – The motorcycle way of life involves understanding how they work. And getting a clear picture of this means tinkering with them. That’s what we’re aiming to provide in our helpfully-titled Workshop section, debuting this issue.
Giant Roam 3 – No, your eyes are not deceiving you. We reckoned the best counterfoil to the Thrill of Riding is when you’re the engine! So we bring you the Giant Roam 3, a bicycle that claims to be able to do it all, and then call its bluff.