Mahindra Mojo 300 captured attention of biking community in the country when it made its presence felt at the Auto Expo 2010. But after a delayed launch, many have lost interest, especially once KTM Duke arrived. But, Mahindra re-ignited aspirations when they showed a near-ready variant at 2014 Auto Expo.
Yamaha R25, launched in Indonesia by PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing on 20thÂ May 2014 with a price tag of 53 Million Rupiah (approx INR 2.70 lakhs), is ready to make its way to various Asian and European countries in the coming weeks.
KTM to re-enter Brazilian market via local Dafra Motos this year and introduce 14 bikes by 2015 end. Bikes coming via CKD (Complete Knocked Down) route will be assembled at Dafra’s assembly plant at Manaus. KTM joins list of bikes assembled by Dafra; includes BMW, Ducati and MV Agusta.
Yamaha R25 bears a cool feature of indicating rider when engine speed crosses 7,000 rpm mark. A white LED light (Shift Timing Light) at the top of instrument console blinks rapidly when needle touches factory programmed 7,000 rpm count. As tacho pointer gets past the number, light stops blinking; not to disturb rider when revving higher intentionally.
Kawasaki Ninja 250 is one among competition agitated by Yamaha R25 launch in Indonesia. R25 has beaten segment rivals already on paper; booking is currently closed after recording 2,800 orders in 25 hours last month. Honda will respond to R25 threat with new Honda CBR 300R, global sales commencing in July 2015 starting with Australia, and US market in August.
Mahindra Two Wheelers Limited (MTWL) is in the works of establishing strong base in Indian commuter bike / scooter segment. Other than successful Centuro, current models are not selling well. Mahindra will launch a 110cc scooter codenamed G101 soon, spy shots of which have come up again!
If you intent to identify those 2,800 fans who booked Yamaha R25 online, its easy, check for finger nails! They probably bit them all off waiting very eagerly for delivery. Yamaha released a brief video of R25’s assembly to cool fans down, by indicating the rides are getting ready.
Yamaha Motor India in association with Dream Runners Foundation flags off Dream Runners Half Marathon 2014 (DRHM 2014) at Elliot Beach, Chennai this Sunday.