Honda has launched the new 2019 Africa Twin in India. The Japanese automobile giant will bring only 50 units to India, each of them priced at Rs 13.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The 2019 model arrives in a new Glint Wave Blue Metallic colour scheme with bright gold accents on the handlebar and spoke wheels. It comes with a throttle-by-wire (TBW) system and a seven-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system. The dual-sport motorcycle also gets three levels of power and engine braking, in addition to four riding modes – Urban, Touring, Gravel and User, which can all be individually programmed. The Africa Twin is powered by a 998cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine that churns out 89hp. The Africa Twin on sale in India is only offered in the dual-clutch transmission variant.
Revving on full charge
Zero SR/F: American electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero, often called the Tesla of the bike world, has revealed its flagship model, the SR/F. The e-bike features a completely new platform along with an all-new powertrain and electronics. The electric motor propelling it produces 110hp and 190Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheel via a carbon belt, enough to give it a top speed of 200kmph. Available in two versions of Standard and Premium, the former will recharge to 95 per cent in 80 minutes with the optional Rapid Charge upgrade, while the latter will do it in 60 minutes. Without rapid charging, the Premium can charge to 95 per cent in two hours, and the Standard in four.
Royal on the road
Royal Enfield Trials 350 and 500: Royal Enfield has added two new models to its product range, both built on the existing platform underpinning the popular RE Classic. The new models, Trials 350 and 500, use the same engine and gearbox as the ones found in the company’s standard Bullet range. The RE Bullet Trials 350 is powered by a 346cc engine that produces 20hp and 28Nm of torque, while the Bullet Trials 500 has RE’s 499cc engine that produces 27.5hp and 41.3Nm of torque. For off-roading, RE has added bigger and thinner 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel shod with CEAT off-road tyres. Also, both have enduro-motorbike-style taller handlebars, and shorter, narrower fenders at the front as well as the rear.
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The world's first flying motorcycle
Lazareth LMV 496: A French company called Lazareth recently demonstrated what is being lauded as the world’s first fully-functional flying motorcycle. The futuristic-looking Lazareth LMV 496, affectionately dubbed as La Moto Volante, has a four-wheel setup with a motorcycle seating and handlebar. In the road mode, the La Moto Volante derives its power from a 5.2-litre V8 engine made by Maserati and rides like a motorcycle. Each of the four wheels is equipped with hydraulic actuators that tilt them into a horizontal position once the flight mode is initiated. The hub of each wheel is fitted with a 96,000rpm Jetcat jet turbine that provides vertical thrust to the La Moto Volante and helps it get airborne. Lazareth claims that the flying bike takes just 60 seconds to transform from a road-going motorcycle to a flying quadcopter. The company says that two extra jets can also be added near the middle of the chassis to handle more weight. A demonstration video was published by Lazareth online which shows the flying bike being hover-tested on tethers to a height of 3.3 feet. The Moto Volante will be on display at Gitex electronics trade show in Dubai in October, where interested buyers can pre-order the flying motorcycle.
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