What’s inside the September issue of Fast Bikes India magazine?
Americas have always been about gas-guzzling, fire-breathing V8s and window-shattering V-twins. And when one of the most thoroughbred bikemakers in the world decides to go the electric way, you must take notice. This is what’s exactly happening with the launch of one of the most radical motorcycles to have come from the land of The Big Apple. Yes, the Harley-Davidson Livewire is the first of many motorcycles that are set to redefine the Harley portfolio. The plan is to bring in a new breed of customers. But does the Livewire pack enough punch to replace the mid-weight, ICE-powered petrols? Find out in our exclusive, first ride of what promises to redefine the future of motorcycling.
Talking about the other end of the electric bike spectrum, we have ridden Revolt’s RV 400 motorcycle at a go-karting track in Delhi. The RV 400 will be India’s first electric motorcycle and is expected to affordably-priced. It’s made by the same folks who topped the smartphone charts with their range of Micromax phones so you already know what to expect. We also have a nutter of a story coming from our folks in the UK who have finally road-tested the Ducati Panigale V4R. The V4R has a mental, WSBK-spec engine that sees it redline at a whopping 16,500rpm but if you ride it back to back with the 999R, does it really stand out? Speaking of which, the 999R is Ducati’s race-spec machine from a decade ago. It was written off for many reasons but being a Ducati, it packs in a lot of soul. Back in India, we have pitted Yamaha’s street-brawler, the all-new MT-15 against KTM’s bestselling machine in India – the 125 Duke. We have also ridden the original, entry-level muscle bike from Yamaha - the FZ-S FI V3. And that’s not about it, there’s a lot more electric content headed your way this month:
Going against the flow isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But remember, it’s not Ducati or Suzuki who have brought the world’s first, properly capable electric motorcycle. It’s an Harley sans a V-twin! It has managed to rid the potato soundtrack in the mix but the jet-plane swoosh is equally impressive. Find out more about the Livewire as we peel of each layer of its electric character in the cover story.
Revolt RV 400
The first electric motorcycle in country was in the news for wrong reasons but let us assure you that it’s India. At least 70 per cent of it, for now. And by the end of the year, Revolt will make it locally. Should you spending your money on the RV 400 or opt for the more premium Ather 450?
Yamaha MT-15 vs KTM 125 Duke
If you’re a college kid, upgrading from your Honda Dio to a motorcycle, which one should be on top of your list? The obvious choices are KTM 125 Duke and Yamaha MT-15. But which one offers more bang for the buck while keeping your folks happy at the same time?
Yamaha FZ-S V3.0
The original gangster of the entry-level naked segment is back in a new avatar. But is it too little, too late? Has the competition moved on already?
Making your bike handle
A motorcycle’s handling is dependent on several factors including rake, trail, frame and a lot more! But is there more than meets the eye? Find out in this geeky story which will give you a lot of insight about why your bike handles like it does.
Greaves Ampere Zeal
A mainstream electric scooter with a soul. That’s what our road testers think about the all-new scooter from the house of Crompton. Does it have enough to go against the established brands?
Triumph Tiger Trails
Vijay Parmar takes the Tiger troupe to Spiti this month. This isn’t a run-of-the-mill feature where the rider experiences the motorcycle. Remember, Vijay is the lead rider as well as the trainer for the owners. Find out what goes behind the making of epic ADV rides.
Trek Domane AL 4
The Domane AL 4 is a lightweight, racing cycle that can help you hit the racetrack or even highways at high speeds? But it can do a lot more than just going fast, says Vishal Joshi.
Used bike guide: Suzuki Hayabusa
The Hayabusa is one of the most sought out superbikes in the used bike market today. We bring you a lowdown on how to go about buying one for yourself.
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