Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tata's new SUV/MUV and Sedan

It was surprising to see Tata testing its new SUV/MUV in Sweden as well as here in India.

Here are three vid files showing the new SUV/MUV on test, caught by me in India. There was also a sedan, around 20% bigger than the current Indigo on test.

You may download VLC player to see the files. There is some issue with the files, u will have to reduce the playing speed as the files are being played very fast. For VLC, go to and search for VLC player.




Friday, February 22, 2008

More on the 2009 Aprilia RSV-4

The future is only getting better for European sportbike enthusiasts. With the current onslaught of exotic looking big-bore sportbikes like Ducati's 1098, MV's F4R and KTM's soon-to-be-released RC8, the boys from Noale, Italy are about to enter the new age with their replacement to the long in the tooth V-Twin powered RSV1000R.

Enter the all-new RSV 4, Aprilia's new liter-class superbike. The RSV 4 was released today, February 22, 2008, to 1,200 dealers at the International Piaggio Group Convention in Milan, Italy.

The machine's heart will be a compact, 65-degree V-Four (the company's first production four-cylinder engine), designed completely in-house by Aprilia's R&D department. The Italian company claims that the new engine was designed specifically for superbike competition, a racing segment that Aprilia has yet to have captured a major world championship in.

The bike will utilize advanced electronics and engine management technologies including a ride-by-wire system that will allow the engine to put out over 200-horsepower in race trim. The liberal use of high-end materials and electronic technologies will allow them to maximize both ride-ability and overall power output.

We can expect the RSV 4 to make its road debut later this year. Aprilia projects the bike to make its way to U.S. dealers in 2009 with a goal of it entering AMA Superbike competition in 2010. Aprilia has yet to release any pricing details.


Aprilia RSV-4 : First official pictures

Motorcycle News (MCN, UK) just put up the first official pictures of the Aprilia RSV-4 bike.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

xBhp T-shirts

xBhp : What is it? See
In short, xBhp is India's biggest biking community. We do have our own T-shirts. This is how they look

Front : The xBhp logo on the left side
Back : The xBhp more is never enough logo
Price : Normally Rs 250, reduced to Rs 175 for a limited time
Courier Charges : Rs 50/-
Sizes : S, M , L, XL,XXL

How to order:
For payment, you may transfer the cash into my AXIS (UTI earlier) Bank
A.c no : 386-0101-000-20226
Name of : Bunny Punia
Branch : Nerul, Navi Mumbai.

You may do so by:

- Going to an AXIS bank directly
- Or depositing a check into any AXIS Atm. For Outstation (other than Mumbai) checks, add Rs 20 to the total cost.

Last but not the least, you can get in touch by shooting a mail at

Friday, February 15, 2008

So finally the true Motorcycle VED evasion figures are out!

This week MAG , the BMF and the MCIA have all put out press releases concerning the release of the true Motorcycle Vehicle Evasion Duty evasion figures, which surprise, surprise are massively lower than the claimed 40% by the DVLA.

The actual figures from the Department of Transport into the true levels of VED indicates that motorcycle VED evasion is estimated at 6.5%.

What a climb down!! At least the truth is now out.

Ride safe!

Jon Booth

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More news on the 2008 KTM RC4

According to MCN, KTM has developed a single-cylinder RC4 sport bike weighing 290 pounds, and putting out 78 horsepower. While this horsepower from a single is impressive, it is the sub-300 pound weight that could make the production version of this bike a fabulous grin producer. The bike is expected to utilize a version of the 654cc single found on some of the current KTM models.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

MotoGP: Kawasaki unveil new Kawasaki ZX-RR for 2008

Kawasaki’s MotoGP team has unveiled the new 2008 ZX-RR for the first time.

These pictures are being seen for the first time today (Tuesday), just under a month ahead of the first MotoGP which will also see history made as the riders line up for the first night race in Qatar.

Check back to later for more details of the new Kawasaki ZX-RR, which will be ridden by John Hopkins and Anthony West.

Specification of the Honda MD250H

Moriwaki MD250H Powered by Honda
American Honda Motor Company Inc. is pleased to announce the Moriwaki MD250H Powered by Honda. A motorcycle purpose built to grow todays youth road racers into the racing legends of tomorrow.

249.4cc Liquid Cooled 4-stroke single (CRF250X based)
Moriwaki Twin Spar Aluminum
Suspension FR:
Inverted Telescopic
Suspension RR:
Front Brakes:
Radial Mounted Single Disk
Rear Brakes:
Hydraulic Single Disk
Wheel FR:
Lightweight 95/70/R17
Wheel RR:
Lightweight 115/70/R17
Starter Type:
Electric Pushbutton

Each MD250H will come with the following:

- Complimentary 1-year HRCA membership
- *Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals "Honda Pro Pit Kit"

The Honda Pro Pit Kit consists of the following:

* 2 cases (24 qts) HP4 (with moly) 10w40 oil
* 2 cases (24 qts) HP4 (non-moly) 10w40 oil
* 1 case (12 cans) Spray Cleaner / Polish
* 1 case (12 cans) Contact Cleaner
* 1 case (12 cans) Hondalube
* 1 case (12 cans) White Graphite Chainlube
* 1 case (12 20oz bottles) Hondabrite
* 1 case (12 quarts) HP Coolant
* 1 case DOT4 Brake Fluid

*Rider's with existing sponsors may decline this offer.

2008 Honda/Moriwaki MD250H

The following joint press release from Honda and Moriwaki Engineering announces the development of a light weight, 249cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke roadracer aimed at developing American youth. The MD250H (pictured above) will be sold through select U.S. Honda dealers at an MSRP of $11,699

Torrance, CA: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Moriwaki Engineering Japan are pleased to announce that a limited number of MD250H Powered by Honda race bikes will be offered for sale to riders eligible for the youth-oriented USGPRU road racing series.

The MD250H is powered by a 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke Unicam engine from Honda’s popular CRF250X that has been race tuned by Moriwaki Engineering. From the wheels up, the purpose-built twin spar aluminum-framed road racer is ready-to-roll, complete with a single radial-mount front disc brake, inverted fork, Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension, lightweight wheels and tires, works-style welded aluminum fuel tank and race-ready bodywork. Riders need only apply their own paint and graphics.

“Our goal in releasing the MD250H is to help develop youth and entry-level racing in America by providing high-quality, affordable entry-level machines that are fun to ride and easy to maintain,” said Honda Press Manager Jon Row. “To build enthusiasm for the USGPRU MD250H series, American Honda will be offering a corresponding contingency program worth $110,000”. Qualified racers may receive a Pro Honda Pit Kit consisting of $890 worth of oils and chemicals. Riders with existing oil and chemicals sponsors can decline this option. For contingency details, visit

Suggested retail price for the MD250H is $11,699. It will be sold exclusively through select Honda dealers. For more information about availability, contact your local Honda dealer, and for information about the race series, visit

Friday, February 8, 2008

Micron exhausts for the 2008 Suzuki GSX650F

Micron is out with after market exhausts for the new Suzuki GSXF650.
The exhausts are available in stainless steel or titanium and come with a connecting pipe which combined with the end can, weigh just 3.3kg! Thats less than half the weight of the standard can.
The company also say that the power goes up by around 4bhp. The range starts at 249 pounds.
See for more

Monday, February 4, 2008

2008 Triumph 1700 spied!

The motorcycle was spotted in Wales, in almost complete form, just missing a few Triumph Badges. Originally thought to be a 1500cc machine it looks like the engine has now been upped to 1700cc. The engine will be a liquid-cooled 1700cc Triumph parallel twin with 6-speed and belt-drive.

Source : MCN