Sunday, May 31, 2009

Two wheeled car

I always wondered how nice it would have been if two wheeled bikes had their body closed like in cars. It would enable the rider to be free from the pollution, dust and heat in the environment. In places like India and China where there is an extreme population boom such vehicles could be very helpful. But I still don't understand what prevents them from being manufactured.

Segway Company introduced their new project “The Project P.U.M.A((Personal Urban Mobility & Accessibility) ” prototype. And the good news is this two wheeled Electric car is special designed for environmentally friendly.

This product also an eco-friendly alternative way for many of the short journeys that are typically made by car. It increases capacity to two passengers in a seated position; capable of carrying them up to anywhere between 25 and 35 mph (40 - 56 kph) for anywhere between 25 and 35 miles (40 - 56 km) on a single charge.

Friday, May 29, 2009

TVS NEO - Indonesia

Did you know the launch of a bike in Indonesia by TVS motors india? If not, then here is TVS NEO.

This bike has got a dual clutch to switch between manual and automatic transmission.
Technical Specification for TVS Neo
Max power: 8.5 bhp@8000
Max torque: 8.5 nm@4500
Ignition: Digital CDI
Fuel supply system: Carburettor
Transmission: Double automatic clutch, wet type
Gearbox: 4 speed constant mesh
Brakes: 220mm two-callier disc/110mm hydraulic drum (f), 110mm drum
Tyres: 2.50x17 (much, much stickier than our Indian goop, made by IRC, a local firm)
Length: 1940mm
Wheelbase: 1260mm
Ground clearance: 150mm
Weight: ~100 kg (± 1 kg between variants)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ducati 999

Had known about this bike while watching discovery channel and thought of sharing few facts about this mean machine to you all.

Ducati 999 sports a V twin engine and is half the size of the honda police bikes. Which means it weight half as less as them and still is agile, mean and fast. It clocks around 200 mph and has four valves per head of the v twin engine. With a 1000 cc engine it is powerful and an absolute speed monster. Even the exhausts of the machine is designed for maximum horse power. This machine has a max horse power of 139.

The length and size of the exhausts coming from each head differs. This is designed intentionally to give the machine the power it needs.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A disaster..

Sometimes you just wont know how things go against you all of a sudden. I had to pick up my friend about 25 kms from where I stayed in Bangalore and it was 8 PM already. And as I started from home, series of unfortunate events popped. The first thing; my clutch wire broke. I struggled a lot trying to start the engine and eventually managed to ride without the clutch till the mechanic shop.

If your clutch has gone for a toss, bring the bike to neutral by pushing the vehicle forward. Star the engine and push ahead and engage the first gear. And when the bike moves you don't need the clutch from then on. Depending on the speed engage and disengage the respective gears. Though not the right thing to do, it can atleast save some precious time especially when you are in a hurry.

The second horrific event, I was out of fuel. I wanted to fill it at the nearest station, but my attempts of trying to make my way to the mechanic shop sucked all of it. So I had to push. Make sure you are always ready for the journey well in advance.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Why have a car like Lamborghini?

If anyone has ever observed advertisements that promote dark skin turn into fair skin in 2 weeks, the first question that probably should run into your head is (if you are someone like me) why do we have to change a dark person fair? I mean isn't a dark skinned person beautiful? What is wrong in being dark? And the best part is that it does not just stop with women. These advertisements now tend to woo the society of men probably to tell them that no woman would ever fall in love with him unless he is fair.

Now, coming to the point. Try imagining the same situation in trying to design a car like Lamborghini. It runs on fuel, harldy gives a double digit on mileage per kilometer, and is expensive. The bottom line, only a few can afford it. So the question still remains, why do we need a car like this?

The amount of energy spent on designing a car like this is enormous. The mould, the structure of the vehicle demands it. Or else it would be like any other car in the market. Can't we just save energy by making people understand the simplicity of life? Think about it, and it does make a big difference. People are greedy and this is what makes them innovate things that are broadly meaningless to the world.

Hayabusa in Bangalore

Hayabusa now comes for 12.5 lacs as ex-showroom price in Bangalore. Not sure what the on road price would be. Maybe a couple of lacs more. And this is from Suzuki India. Have a look at their website.

Suzuki GS150R

The bike with a difference is right here. Looks masculine, has a neat look and is definitely in competition with other vehicles of its kind in the market now. However it would have to be promoted well to become hit on road.

Somehow I find suzuki lacking in trying to promote its products. Unlike TVS and Bajaj suzuki indeed has a tought competition in winning the hearts of the people. Lets not forget that these are one of the manufacturers of the fastest vehicles on planet. The Hayabusa... hope you all remember. And also the Intruder is worth a say.

Check out more information from the mouth of the horse here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Honda Jazz - Jazzing it all

Wow. It does looks like a combo of most of the vehicles on road. Its got a neat hatchback look of Hyundai Santro, the size of Toyota Innova, and a frontal look of the tremendously hit cars Honda City and Civic. This is the Honda Jazz I am talking about.

For more information check out the link

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Maruti Suzuki Ritz

The new car from suzuki offers you something special. It comes in both the petrol and diesel each having three versions. The launch of this vehicle is expected by the mid of this year (possibly May 15th). The cost of the vehicle is expected to range from 4 to 6 lacs.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bike Stunt Reality Show - Bajaj and MTV

A reality show of bike stunts (crazy, crazy, crazy) will be launched by Bajaj Pulsar in association with MTV starting end of July 2009. So for everybody who wants to Do or Get Bruised Badly just register and show off your skills. And yes it comes from the makers of the MTV Rodies and Splitsvilla. Hope you don't meet RAGHU!!!

MTV has said that participants of the Pulsar MTV Stunt Mania bike reality show will be taught death-defying stunts by Allan Amin, stunt director of Bollywood films. The auditions will be held in six major cities of India, Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Pune.

Venue: St. Micheal’s Academy Matriculation Higher Secondary School

Address: Gandhinagar, Adyar
Date: May 6, 2009
Time: 9 AM onwards
Entry from - Main gate

MTV Stunt Mania Chandigarh Auditions

Venue: Parade Grounds
Address: Sector 17, Chandigarh
Date: May 10, 2009
Time: 9 AM onwards
Entry From - Gate opposite to Shivalik View Hotel

MTV Stunt Mania Mumbai Auditions

Venue: Viacom 18 Parking Lot
Address: Parel East, Near Bata Showroom
Date: May 16th, 2009
Time: 9 am onwards
Entry from - Gate opposite HDFC Bank

MTV Stunt Mania Bangalore Auditions

Venue: St. Joseph’s Boys High School
Address: Museum Road
Date: May 23, 2009
Time: 9 AM onwards
Entry from - Residency Road Gate

MTV Stunt Mania Delhi Auditions

Venue: Ambedkar Bhawan
Address: Rani Jhansi Road
Date: May 27, 2009
Time: 9 AM onwards
Entry from - Main Gate

Pulsar MTV Stunt Mania Pune Auditions

Venue: Deccan College Ground
Address: Yerawada, Pune
Date: May 30, 2009
Time: 9 AM onwards
Entry from - Deccan College Road Gate

Sunday, May 3, 2009

My TVS Apache 150cc

Two years down the lane and my TVS Apache still rocks. It is quick, responsive and stable as it was before. I have no counts on the number of times I touched 100kmph, did bends and gimmicks with this beast. No qualms in having bought this one. I had a couple of terrible accidents though. Not that serious. I accidently tend to cluth the front brakes too hard oblivious to the fact that they are too responsive. Now this is dangerous for anybody. NEVER NEVER NEVER clutch your disk brakes so hard. It could be disastrous.

It took me a while to realise that the rear drum brakes helped a lot in preventing the vehicle from skidding. And it is always better to drive slow. I have now controlled my adrenaline of driving fast. Its not worth it to put yours and others lives in stake. But my beast is healthy. He rides as he did before. Its definitely a great bike.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

New Honda Activa

The activa now poses a refreshing new style, better mileage and new features making it the perfect family scooter in the country.

The following is the enhancements in the new Activa

* 110cc Honda engine
* 15% increased mileage
* Combi-brake in the Deluxe variant for shorter braking distance and stable braking * Headlights with Halogen lamp, clear winkers and elegant aluminium grabrail
* Increased underseat storage capacity
* Key Shutter.
* Available in six colors: Candy Lucid Red, Pearl Sunbeam White, Wild Purple Metallic, Space Silver Metallic, Geny Grey Metallic and Black.

Honda Dio

What a vehicle. It is fast, stable, noiseless, has a big comfortable pillion seat and lots. To me the best of it is the convernience of carrying things when you go for shopping. Its got a reasonable boot space under the seat, two different compartments cleverly crafted for your bike papers, and two helmet hooks. And yes the hook right under the seat for hooking anything you want to.

Its given me an average of 43 kmpl. And I recently travelled about 60kms at one stretch with it. And yes this has been one of the flagship vehicles for honda motors. So there is demand, there is style and there is something in it.

The onlt annohying thing I have faced with it is trying to kick-start it in the morning. With the choke on it takes a few kicks to warm the engine a little and then it is all set to go. I have the latest silver.

Get to know more at their website Honda Website - Honda Dio