Motorcycle News Of The Week: Jawa Dealership Network Announced, Triumph Speed Twin Debuts, Yamaha R3 Recall, New V4-powered Ducati Motorcycles In The Works, And More!

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Here’s all that happened in the motorcycling world this past week

Although the motorcycling world has calmed down a little after 2018 EICMA, the last week was by no means a less busy weekend. In case you missed it, worry not. Here’s everything you need to know to catch up.

Here’s where you can book your Jawa Motorcycles

Jawa and Jawa 42 will soon be thudding its way to our roads, with deliveries set to begin as soon as the first quarter of 2019. Keeping that in mind the company has announced a list of its dealership across 25 states and three union territories. More details of the dealerships here. Interested customers can walk into these showrooms, take a test ride and book the Jawa or the Jawa 42 for a refundable amount of Rs 5,000. You can also book the bikes online for the same amount. But, we personally recommend you take the former approach to see, ride and feel the bikes in the flesh before cutting the cheque. We will be riding the new Jawas next week, so make sure you stay tuned to our website and social media channels for the latest updates.

Benelli re-launches the TNT 300, 302R and the TNT 600i

Benelli has re-launched the TNT 300 (Rs 3.5 lakh), 302 R (Rs 3.7 lakh) and the TNT 600i (Rs 6.2 lakh) in India (all prices, ex-Delhi) as part of its second innings in the country. Compared to their older prices, the bikes have received a price hike of Rs 7000, Rs 8000 and 17,000, respectively. However, no additional changes have been done to any of them. It’s worth noting that these are introductory prices and can go up further after a few months. Bookings of the motorcycles are already underway for a token amount of Rs 10,000, with deliveries expected to start from the second week of December. Benelli also revealed the expected launch dates of the TRK 502 and TRK 502 X. To know more, click here.

Triumph Speed Twin makes a comeback

Retro motorcycles are all the rage these days. Banking on this trend, Triumph has added another model to its Modern Classic range with the new Speed Twin. The new motorcycle pays homage to the 1938 Speed Twin which was famed for its performance and handling.The new Speed Twin slots in between the Triumph Bonneville T120 and the Thruxton R cafe racer. Triumph India has confirmed that it will be bringing six bikes to India sometime in 2019 and the Speed Twin is part of the list. 

Yamaha YZF-R3 recalled in India

It hasn't even been a year since the new-gen Yamaha R3 was launched and the bike has faced its first recall. The Japanese manufacturer has issued a recall for 1,874 units of the R3 in India. The issue stems from a possible problem in the bike's radiator hose and torsion spring (clamp). This can cause the radiator coolant to leak and the torsion spring to widen in the affected motorcycles. Surprisingly, both the BS-III and BS-IV models of the bikes have been affected. Specifically, models manufactured between July 2015 to May 2018. Yamaha has confirmed that it will fix the issue free of cost at any authorised Yamaha services centres

UM Commando Classic Carb launched

UM Motorcycles recently launched the carb variant of the Commando Classic for Rs 1.95 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). This makes it around Rs 6,000 cheaper than the fuel-injected variant. While it packs the same 279.5cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, it now produces 23.7PS of power as compared to 25.15PS offered on the Fi variant. Torque figures, however, remain the same at 23Nm. While we haven't ridden the bike yet, the lower power figure should affect the bike's top-end performance, in theory at least. That said, we did ride the fuel-injected variant last year and here are our thoughts on it.

Incoming: More V4-powered Ducatis

Ducati's new Desmosedici Stradale engine marked a new era in the company's history, which until then was renowned for its L-Twin powerplant. And what better way to do that than fit it on their flagship hooligan, the Panigale V4. Given the positive response from customers and the fact that the bike has been garnering rave reviews across the globe, Ducati plans to add more members with a V4 heart. To know what we think these new models might be, click here.

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