Best bikes: KTM 890 Duke R, Aprilia RS 660, Segway Apex and more

Keep your eyes on the street

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A long list of brute bikes are getting ready to hit our roads this year. The good news is that each of these think they can slice up the competition

KTM 890 Duke R:

KTM's new 890 Duke R, showcased at the 2019 EICMA show,  it is the lighter and the more powerful successor of the hugely successful KTM 790 Duke that was launched two years ago. Powering the Duke R is an 889cc engine derived out of the 790cc LC8c parallel-twin. The bigger sized engine churns out 119hp, 16 more than the 790 Duke, and comes with a fully adjustable Apex suspension and Brembo Stylema monoblock brakes.

Harley-Davidson Bronx Streetfighter:

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Harley-Davidson has unveiled a styling prototype version of its upcoming Bronx Streetfighter motorbike. Positioned as a middleweight sporty motorbike, it  uses the smaller 975cc version of an all-new engine platform. The brand also got Brembo and Michelin to develop all-new brakes and tyres to give the Streetfighter a proper sporty performance.

Aprilia RS 660:

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Aprilia's new RS 660 production model, a  middleweight supersport, is powered by a forward-facing parallel-twin engine created by taking the front half of the manufacturer’s 1100cc V-four engine. Aprilia claims the DOHC parallel-twin will produce 100hp. It also gets adjustable traction and wheelie control, quickshifter for both up and downshifts, cruise control, and engine brake settings.

Also read: 2020 best bikes: BMW, Kenzo, Aston Martin, Triumph, and more

2020 BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR

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BMW debuted two new mid-size motorcycles at the 2019 EICMA show, the 2020 F 900 R and the F 900 XR. Both the new bikes are based on the manufacturer’s new 900-platform and are powered by BMW’s latest 895cc engine; it produces 105 horsepower — 10hp more than the previous F 850. Both the models come equipped with top-shelf ZF Sachs suspension, while semi-active electronic units are available as an optional extra. The duo also gets the updated 6.5-inch TFT colour instrument panel.

New Bike Launches

Damon Hypersport Pro:

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Vancouver-based Damon Motorcycles has partnered with telecom giant BlackBerry to create an AI-powered electric motorcycle called Hypersport Pro. The limited edition electric bike made its debut at the 2020 CES. Powered by BlackBerry's QNX technology, the electric motorcycle features CoPilot advanced warning system that uses an array of sensors. There is no word on the pricing or availability.

Also read: Bring back the retro with the all new Ducati, Kawasaki, Benelli and Triumph

Segway Apex:

Segway is best known for its two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporters. However, the company is slowly trying to get into other segments. Segway has followed up its electric dirt bike from last year with a new electric sports bike concept called Apex. Making its debut at the 2020 CES show, the Segway Apex has a top speed of 201kmph and acceleration from 0-96.5kmph in 2.9seconds.

2020 Suzuki Hayabusa:

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Suzuki has launched the final lot of the BS4 Hayabusa in India and it will be available in limited numbers till the new BS6 norms come into effect on April 2020. Suzuki is calling it the 2020 edition and will be available in two new colour schemes — Metallic Thunder Gray and Candy Daring Red. Identical to the previous year’s model, it is priced at Rs 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom), making it the most affordable motorcycle in its class.

Also read: Top 5 superbikes in India: KTM 790 Duke, Yamaha VMAX, Honda Africa Twin, and more

5 tips to ride safely in fog

With the drop in visibility in fog, the rider needs quicker reaction time. It’s always prudent to increase following distance which gives more room to brake safely

Always wear a reflective high visibility vest over the normal motorcycle gear for you to be easily spotted by surrounding traffic

Accelerate and decelerate gradually in foggy conditions with predictable riding behaviour. In case of a breakdown, make sure to get off the road and maintain a safe distance from it.

Helmets and eyewear tend to mist while riding in fog. Always keep enough tissue paper and cleaning cloth handy and apply anti-fog spray on the helmet visor and eyeglasses.

Never use high beam in fog and stick to regular headlamp mode. High-beam reflects off moisture droplets in the fog and further reduces visibility.

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