We get whisked away to exotic destinations to be wined, dined and entertained by importers while we get to sample the latest and greatest new bikes on offer. At least that’s what readers think when they read our publications. So, whilst that might be true, that is but one part of our jobs. In reality, we have to ride and report on anything and everything which comes our way, no matter how big or small.
Enter stage left, the Bajaj CT125, looking spiffy in black, with red and silver accents. Now, to digress a bit first, when I was a laaitie (back when Moses was still around), I started my biking journey on a 50cc Yamaha FS1 (know overseas as the ‘Fizzy’). I then moved on to a Suzuki A100, then a Suzuki GS450, which was followed by a Suzuki GSX750E (which I started racing with in the early 80’s) and then onto a Katana 1100. So I was quite curious to try out the Bajaj, because not everyone has either the skill and/or the finances to jump straight onto a big bike. Looking at the bike, it has some nice touches styling-wise, the little handlebar-mounted bikini fairing upfront sets the tone for the sleek styling through to the neat little upswept tailpiece which has a hand grabrail above it for passenger use, and as additional tying points for luggage.
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ROOKIE ROAD TRIP #2
I hope you all enjoyed my previous story and as promised here is the trip to the Numbi Hotel & Garden Suites in Hazyview… This trip came about much sooner than anticipated but with the knowledge that I now had about longer trips I was much more confident and excited for this one, especially since I had been to Hazyview briefly once before with my iron steed.
Michael Scott MOTOGP PIT LANE
Michael Scott - a regular in the MotoGP paddock since 1984 and familiar to motorcycle racing fans worldwide through his best selling books on the likes of Wayne Rainey and Barry Sheene has been covering MotoGP since long before it was MotoGP. Remember two-strokes? Scott does.
DESIGN TALK WITH MIRKO ZOCCO
Detailed explanation from designer Mirko Zocco of challenges facing the design team in creating the first Aprilia offroader for two decades, and how they resolved these
ANOTHER STORY OF CHARLEY AND FRIENDS’ MADCAP ADVENTURES...
Escape TO EXCELLENCE - MOTO MORINI X-CAPE 650
On and off-road test in Italy of the first new model produced by historic Italian marque Moto Morini since it was acquired by Chinese manufacturer Zhongneng in October 2018
BACK TO THE DIRT APRILIA TUAREG 660
First ride on Aprilia’s latest middleweight model, following on from the RS 660 and Tuono 660 unveiled last year as the third key element in Piaggio-owned brand’s return to offroad
War of the worlds could affect the Earth's entrails
The tectonic plates making up the rigid crust of the Earth are always moving, impacting life on our planet in various ways.
BAJAJ FINANCE RATING: SELL -Growth revived firmly in Q3FY22
Medium-term outlook bright; execution risk for new app not reflected in valuation; 'Sell' retained with TP of ₹6350
Bajaj Auto profit falls 17% at ₹1,430 cr as volumes drop
BAJAJ AUTO ON Wednesday reported a 17% decline in consolidated profit after tax (PAT), at ₹1,430 crore, for the third quarter ended December 31, 2021, on account of lower sales.
Three life insurers increase term plan rates by 10-30%
Three more firms expected to revise rates this month; others this quarter
Bajaj Auto retai sales dip 3% in Dec
BAJAJ AUTO ON Monday reported a 3% fall in its total sales at 3,62,470 units in December 2021. The company had sold a total of 3,72,532 units in the same month of 2020, as per a statement.
Pulsar Mania again
The new Bajaj Pulsar N250 and the F250 are here, two decades after Bajaj first declared “it’s a boy!”, to take the brand name into the next generation. We take both out for a spin to find out just how far they’ve come
बजाज लगा रही इलेक्ट्रिक वाहन विनिर्माण इकाई
बजाज ऑटो ने आज 300 करोड़ रुपये के निवेश की घोषणा की और इलेक्ट्रिक वाहनों के विनिर्माण के लिए नई इकाई अकुर्दी में काम शुरू कर दिया। इस इकाई में सालाना 5 लाख ईवी के उत्पादन की क्षमता होगी। अकुर्दी बजाज ऑटो की मूल स्कूटर चेतक की भी साइट है, जो घर-घर में मशहूर था। यह 5 लाख वर्गफुट में फैला है और यहां करीब 800 लोगों को रोजगार मिलेगा।
Bajaj sets up EV manufacturing unit
Bajaj Auto on Wednesday announced an investment of ₹300 crore as it commenced work at its brand-new unit at Akurdi, Pune, for manufacturing electric vehicles (EVS).
Bajaj begins work to set up EV production plant
₹300-cr unit to make 5 lakh EVs; first vehicle expected by June ‘22
BIKES OF 2021
2021 was a recovery year for the two-wheeler market, with brands bombarding enthusiasts with jawdropping launches across all categories. We’ve compiled a list of the best models launched in India this year.