Riding your bike down an open highway is definitely a liberating experience unlike the rather mundane affair of driving in a typical enclosed vehicle. Everything you feel takes you to the next level, the riders sense of smell, sights and feelings are enhanced to a height where even the familiarity seems unusual. Gentle mists of aromas hits the riders air and every little whiff makes you euphoric. The horizons are never ending and shades of blue seep into the sky like a spilled bottle of ink. The trees greener as ever; the scenery becomes a part of the rider and the rider a part of the scenery. It becomes an overwhelming experience. The riders gets to feel limitless version of the world around him. The feeling of ultimate freedom that the road offers are just as life was meant to be and I'm sure there is nothing that can compare to rolling down the road, taking in everything the motorbike has to give.
Art on Wheels: MV Agusta Brutale 800RR
What is there not to love about the MV Agusta Brutale 800RR; a bike that sounds amazing and does everything that the rider wants. It is the top-spec middle weight performance naked from the Italian brand and has significantly more power than the standard Brutale 800. The 800 RR is powered by a 798 cc, in-line three-cylinder engine, which gives it 140 bhp of power at 12,300 rpm, and 87 Nm of peak torque at 10,100 rpm. It is light, with a dry weight of just 175 kg, and has a top speed of 244 kmph. Braking is handled by twin 320 mm discs gripped by double float discs at the front, while at the rear, there’s a single 220 mm single disc. It also has standard ABS which is switchable. The rear wheel lift-up mitigation also regulates the action of the front brake to keep the rear wheel firmly on the ground even under extreme braking conditions.
When it comes to features, the MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR gets a full, multi-map Ride by Wire throttle control, with a choice of four riding modes – Rain, Normal, Sport and Custom, 8-level traction control and up and down quick shifter with a hydraulic slipper clutch. The RR uses a 43 mm, fully-adjustable Marzocchi USD fork and a Sachs monoshock at the rear. Design-wise, the Brutale 800 RR looks identical to the standard Brutale 800, with the exception of the distinguishing RR badge on the fuel tank. The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is brought to India as semi-knocked down units (SKD) and assembled by Kinetic Group’s MotoRoyale venture. With the drop-dead gorgeous looks and reputation as one of the most entertaining middleweight naked bikes available today, the Brutale 800 RR is quite a delight for bike lovers in Nepal.
Faster than Ever: TVS RR310
Inspired by a shark, one of the world’s deadliest predators, the TVS RR 310 is crafted to impose power and agility and has been honed by rigorous testing and unlimited laps on the race track with key inputs and feedback by the TVS Racing Team. 35 years of racing-based expertise lies behind every TVS Apache RR 310; it has been conceptualized to have an aggressive and ready-to-attack silhouette. It is the most powerful Apache till date.
The RR 310 comes equipped with a Twin Over Head Cam shaft with a hollow cam shaft which carries 30% lower valve train mass. Finger follower with Diamond like Carbon (DLC) coating gives more durability and resistance to wear providing a high rev engine with the ultimate power delivery at top speeds. A Track Tuned 6-speed gearbox with extensive designing and testing in a state-of-the-art wind tunnel has yielded the best-in-class coefficient of drag to achieve maximum downforce, minimum wind blast and higher top speed.
The lightweight trellis frame offers higher stiffness with the best structural efficiency for total control, excellent dynamic response at higher speeds and ease of maneuverability to cut through city traffic. With a fuel tank capacity of 11 litres and a Max speed of 160 Km/h, the RR310 does live up to its tagline, Racing DNA Unleased. This is not a bike, this is a Racing Machine.
The TVS RR 310 has it all: performance, looks, power and agility, making it the hottest bike on the streets of Kathmandu. It has been designed to outshine all other competitors.
BMW G 310 R
The sleek, gorgeous, pearl white metallic beast is a thing of beauty. Seen from any angle, it screams sophistication, power and elegance and you cannot wait to get your hands on it. Beauty as well as a beast, the BMW G 310 R exceeds all your expectations. Produced in collaboration with TVS Motor Company, this naked bike is targeted for markets with a prominence of lower-cc bikes and meant to be released as an entry-level bike.
But don’t let its lower CC displacement fool you. BMW G 310 R gives a maximum torque of 28 Nm at 7500rpm. The bike can go as fast as 143 Km/h and has a tank volume of 11 liters. With its water cooled, single-cylinder 4 stroke engine, two overhead camshafts and wet sump lubrication, this bike will roar like a beast but still give you a smooth ride.
The G 310 R is perfect for the uneven streets of Kathmandu valley as it is equipped with cast aluminum wheels with BMW Motarrad ABS. State of the art ergonomics make it maneuverable, easy to handle and sporty at the same time; the essence of elegant riding. Agile and comfortable, the bike ensures stability without the unnecessary add-ons. BMW has outdone itself producing this lower CC bike without compromising safety, durability, power and elegance. Be it commuting to work, riding in heavy city traffic or to get out of the valley, the G 310 R’s performance will not disappoint you. This amazing bike will give you a taste of German engineering at its best.
In Nepal, the bike is sold exclusively by Torque Motors Trading Pvt. Ltd located in Naxal, Kathmandu. It comes in three different colors: Pearl white metallic, Cosmic black and Racing red. Get a feel of the beast and let it take you places; it will meet all your expectations. Choose your style and enjoy a fabulous ride with BMW G 310 R.
The Trailblazer: Yamaha XTZ 125
Weighing in at only 118 kg and offering 260mm of amazing ground clearance, the XTZ 125 can handle rocks, streams and shallow waterways, floods and swamps with ease. The suspension setup is Telescopic forks for the front and Monocross suspension at the back, both offering expanded travel for off-road riding. The front rim measures 21in while the back is 18in. Both the wheels are available with a spoke-type sequence of action to absorb the knocks.
Prepared to move swiftly through the city or travel unhindered into rough terrain. The XTZ has a monocross back suspension. At the same time, its designs and variations give it an energetic appearance.
Yamaha XTZ 125 has a 124cc, air cooled, four-stroke, single chamber (SOHC) motor that creates an intensity of 10.2 PS at 7500 rpm with a torque of up to 9.9 Nm at 5500 rpm. The carbureted cruiser comes with a 5-speed gearbox and air-cooling system.
The Yamaha XTZ 125 is brilliant and the price of Rs.399,900, the XTZ is steal at that price given its durability and stability.
From dirt to streets: Tekken 250
Tekken 250 performs equally well on city streets as well as on rough terrain and is gaining popularity in the Nepali market. What really attract your attention are the stout tires. The thick tires give the bike a solid look and a strong position. There is a 110/90-17 string tire in the front and a 130/80-17 string tire at the back. These tires alone give you a feeling of security and certainty and both tires come furnished with plate brakes for better stopping. They are ready to take on any type of terrain but the main issue with them is that they are not tubeless.
Tekken 250 is powered by a 223 CC motor that produces an output of 12.5 KW at 8000 rpm and a maximum torque of 17 Nm at 6,500 rpm. With a 6-speed transmission framework and the exhaust under the seat equipped with a twofold suppressor and steel suppressor pipe that looks alluring adds to the overall profile of the bike.
The structure of the Tekken 250 is unusual for any motorbike available in the Nepali market. It combines road and rough terrain qualities, and the outcome is an extremely cool-looking bike. The plastic body doesn't look or feel shoddy like other Chinese bikes, and appears to be very durable and well-assembled. The handlebar is wide, and makes maneuvering the bike quite simple. The seat is at 820 mm, and the wheelbase of the bicycle is 1,350. The clearance is at 260 mm, making it sufficiently high to be driven on all kinds of landscapes.
Overall, the bike is an alternative to expensive dirt bikes but it does provide comfort and power. It is priced at Rs.350,000 in the current market.