Piaggio Group’s Aprilia Racing signs partnership agreement with BACKtoWORK24

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Milan, BacktoWork24 – a subsidiary of Gruppo 24 Ore and leading player in the Italian market for investment in small and medium-sized enterprises and startups by private investors — and Aprilia Racing — the technological development platform of the Piaggio Group and Italian centre of excellence for innovation in the technical/motorcycle sector — have recently signed a partnership that was presented at the Milan headquarters of the Gruppo 24 Ore on February 6.

The agreement aims to further the development and visibility of innovative startups and SMEs within the BacktoWork24 network, thanks to Aprilia Racing, recognized as a leading company at the national and international level, which will provide its international platform and one-of-a-kind technology.

As a result of this partnership, companies in the BacktoWork24 network will be able to field test their products and services using the tools of the Aprilia Racing MotoGP Platform, and to present their innovations through important visibility channels at the national and international level.

MotoGP spaces will serve as the location for technological testing and the development of innovative processes and services that, depending on their nature, can be developed independently or in concert with Aprilia Racing.

“The main objective of this operation,” explains BacktoWork24 CEO Alberto Bassi, “is to broaden the spectrum of opportunities for our companies through integration and collaboration with corporate companies. Over the course of 2017 we will select a panel of companies operating in different sectors to which Aprilia Racing will offer their assets, including an open-innovation approach.”

“We are pleased to have signed this partnership with BacktoWork24, which can in fact be a test case for visibility and the development of innovative new businesses,” said Romano Albesiano, Technical Director of Aprilia Racing. “Over the course of the MotoGP Racing Championship, Aprilia has had the honour of being the representative of Italianness in the world, and with this agreement we can provide our spaces synergistically in a circuit that reaches 15 different nations around the world. ”

Aprilia Racing, through the MotoGP platform, comes in contact every year with over 291 million viewers, of which about 2.5 of them are in the stands. In this context, startups will be introduced that, with dedicated activities during the races, private and showroom tests, b2b and b2c events,  and racetrack marketing activities in 15 countries and four continents, will have a unique showcase to introduce innovative products and services.

Presentation of the initiative was held on Monday, February 6, 2017, at 17:30 at the headquarters of the 24 ORE Group at Via Monte Rosa 91 in Milan. During the event, a space was provided where interested entrepreneurs could present their projects to the BacktoWork24 / Aprilia Racing team.

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Royal Enfield January 2017 Sales Snapshot

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Royal Enfield in India since a couple years is on a consistent rise. All the models with engine capacity upto 350cc (i.e., Bullet 350, Thunderbird 350 & Classic 350) recorded a sales growth of 25% from 44,234 units in January 2016 to 55,216 units in January 2017. And the segment’s year-to-date sales grew by 35% from 3,68,686 units to 4,96,239 units.

Sales of models with engine capacity above 350cc (i.e., Bullet 500, Classic 500 & Himalayan) grew by 28% from 3,476 units in January 2016 to 4,460 units in January 2017. Year-to-date sales of the segment grew by 33% from 38,992 units to 51,699 units.

Total domestic sales for the month of January 2017 stood at 59,676 units which is 25% higher than the 2016 January. Year-to-date total domestic sales grew by 34% from 4,07,678 units to 5,47,938 units.

This January’s exports stood at 1,543 units which is a whopping 171% over 2016 January sales(570 units). Year-to-date export sales grew by 86% from 6,513 units to 12,117 units.

Bosch announces a new line of chargers SmartCharge battery chargers/maintainers

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Broadview — Robert Bosch LLC, a worldwide supplier of automotive parts and systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the independent aftermarket, has announced a new line of SmartCharge Battery Chargers/Maintainers. The new high-quality, ergonomically-shaped chargers are designed with advanced safety and smart features and come equipped with a full accessory package. The accessory package includes fully-insulated and removable clamps, quick-connect harness with mounting rings, cable fuse for safety and protection, mounting hooks, and an SAE adapter for enhanced compatibility.

State-of-the-art technology and self-monitoring functions ensure that new Bosch SmartCharge Battery Chargers promote long battery life while delivering spark protection, overheating protection, reverse polarity protection and overcharging protection. The chargers will automatically switch between trickle and pulse modes, adjusting the charging algorithm according to the state of the battery. The new digital display, available on the SmartCharge Plus and SmartCharge Pro, allows users to see the status of the charge in real time and receive safety alerts.

The new Bosch SmartCharge line covers applications including passenger vehicles, classic cars, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and delivery vehicles. The SmartCharge Pro is also compatible with heavy-duty trucks. With three different models to choose from, Bosch SmartCharge Battery Chargers suit the needs of the professional technician as well as the DIYer.

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Yamaha’s all new FZ25 debuts in India

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India Yamaha Motor’s new offering FZ25 in Ballisitic Blue

New Delhi, 24th January 2017: India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. today launched the much awaited FZ25 to its successful and popular FZ Series. The new model FZ25 has been developed with a newly designed air-cooled, 249 cc, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve, single-cylinder, high-torque fuel-injected engine on a lightweight frame (148 Kgs) enabling the joy of control as the rider intends. These features will establish the FZ25 as a “Powerful, mid-class, street fighter” for the Next FZ World. The design emphasizes both the senses of mass forward layout and downforce, evoking the powerful muscles of an athlete. This newly launched street model delivers riding enjoyment as well as excellent fuel efficiency and environmental performance and is targeted for biking enthusiasts in the age group of 20 to early 30s.

The wide speculations finally made it to the much awaited grand launch today at the Pullman Hotel, New Delhi as Bollywood heartthrob John Abraham revealed the new model to public applause and delight. The FZ25 will be available at across all authorised Yamaha dealerships in three exciting colour schemes – “Ballistic Blue”, “Warrior White” and “Knight Black”. The new model will be available in the market beginning February 2017.

Based on a reliable 249 cc single-cylinder engine proven on sport bikes for the Japanese market, the model’s engine has been fine-tuned and optimized for the Indian traffic environment, primarily in the intake/exhaust systems and the ignition system. Building on the reputation, the new model has been developed with Yamaha’s New Generation Engine Development Ideal – ‘Blue Core’ featuring overall improved performance including fuel efficiency, acceleration and environmental friendliness. The model is compliant to BS IV emission standards.

With its maximum power output of 20.9 PS at 8,000 rpm and maximum torque of 20 N*m at 6,000 rpm, the new 249 cc model also offers an impressive array of new features including the LED headlight (First 250 cc model in India*) and an LCD instrument cluster with a high-quality look evoking a sense of innovation, a mudguard that moves with the swing arm, wheels with a spoke design like that of MT Series bikes and racing style footpads (rear seats) making it an irresistible option as the top-end model of the FZ Series. At the same time, it offers the nimbleness and easy-to-use character for daily use as well as riding excitement in a variety of usage scenes.

Speaking on the occasion,Mr Masaki Asano, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltdsaid, “The FZ series has been a great performer ever since its launch in 2008. FZ Series performed very well in India and crossed 1.3 Million sales since its launch and has developed as a strong brand in the deluxe segment. Now the deluxe segment customers can step up to a premium model and Yamaha is very happy to offer an option which is armed with more power, impressive new features, sporty look and aggressive styling. Introduction of new FZ25 Model in FZ family will surely appeal to today’s confident generation. With this launch, Yamaha will line up a compact FZ series only to enhance its solid brand image in performance motorcycles.”

Mr. Roy Kurian, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd.added, “FZ25 is a refined mix of raw power along with superb control and balance. The bike has been personalized for street smart, new age macho riders with aspiration to move towards a more powerful bike. For a powerful bike like this, it is important to have balance and control. Following the FZ legacy, the bike also inherits high level of riding performance and styling DNA worthy of its series. While the bike has been engineered for new age biking enthusiasts, its superior design and comfort makes it perfect for daily use as well.”

With the new launch, the company is confident that it will be able to make new inroads in the customer base especially those who wants to step up from the deluxe segment to premium. The company is very bullish on the new launch and is very confident that it will keep up with the strong growth numbers the company has witnessed in the last few years.


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Engine

Engine type: Air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve
Displacement: 249cm3
Bore & stroke: 74.0×58.0mm
Compression ratio: 9.8:1
Maximum horse power: 15.4kW(20.9PS)/8000r/min
Maximum torque: 20.0Nm(2.0kgfm)/6000r/min

Dimension

Overall Length: 2015mm
Overall Width: 770mm
Overall Height: 1075mm
Seat Height: 795mm
Wheelbase: 1360mm
Minimum ground clearnce: 160mm
Weight(with oil & a full fuel tank): 148kg
Minimum turning radius: 2.5m

Chassis

Frame type: Diamond
Tubeless tire size(Front): 100/80-17M/C 52P Tubless
Tubeless tire size(Rear): 140/70-17M/C 66S Tubless
Brake Type(Front): Hydraulic single disc brake
Diameter of brake disk(Front): 282mm
Diameter of brake disk(Rear): 220mm
Suspension type(Front): Telescopic fork
Suspension type(Rear): Swingram (Monocross)

Other Information

Fuel Tank Capacity: 14L
Carburetor type/Fuel Supply: Fuel injection
Clutch type: Wet,multiple disc
Transmission type: Constant mesh,5-speed
Shift type: Return
Shock absorber assembly type(Front & Rear): Coil spring/Hydraulic Damper
Headlight: LED
Auxiliary light: 12V,5W x 1
Brake/Tail light: LED
Turn signal light(Front & Rear): 12V,10W x 2
Fuel gauge: Digital
Clock: Digital
Speedometer: Digital
Fuel consumption indicator: Equipped


*All specifications as mentioned in India Yamaha Motors Pvt Ltd website

 

 

Harley-Davidson Factory Team Primed For Flat-Track Battle

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MILWAUKEE (January 28, 2017) – It’s a flat-track triple threat. The Harley-Davidson®Factory Flat Track Racing Team will unleash a three-rider squad in 2017. Former AMA Grand National champions Kenny Coolbeth Jr. and Jake Johnson and young flat-track star Brandon Robinson will race in the legendary Factory Team leathers.
The team was announced today during a live interview with Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson during ABC network coverage of ESPN’s X Games Aspen.

Gunning for the checkered flag aboard the fierce Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycle, the formidable trio of ace racers will chase a championship on the American Flat Track (AFT) series and fight to medal in the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing event at ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis. The racing season opens during Daytona Bike Week at the March 16 AFT Daytona TT on a new circuit featuring a jump to be constructed inside Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

“This edition of the Harley Factory Team will bring unmatched savvy and experience to the track,” said Harley-Davidson Vice President and Managing Director U.S. Mike Kennedy. “With a combined 59 Grand National wins and five AMA Pro Grand National championships, this line-up of riders knows what it takes to do battle with the lead pack and will be a force aboard our new Harley-Davidson XG750R Factory Racing bikes. If you are in Daytona for Bike Week, ride to the race and see the Factory Team in action on this exciting new TT track.”

The Harley Factory Team will field a fleet of Harley XG750R bikes for Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson. With a custom chassis purpose-built for flat track racing, the

XG750R flat tracker is powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 750cc Revolution X V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street®750, a motorcycle designed for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom attitude. The Revolution X engine is assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I’m excited to be one of the riders helping to push the XG750R to the front of the field,” said Robinson. “I’m sure I’ll be battling with Kenny and Jake to see who can make history and score the first win aboard the new bike. I’ve learned a lot racing against them. Now we’re working together to bring home a championship for Harley-Davidson.”

The race-modified Revolution X engine and a racing frame for the XG750R were developed in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsports. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model. The 750cc XG Revolution X V-Twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers.

Kenny Coolbeth Jr.

A three-time AMA Pro Grand National champion (2006-2008), the veteran Coolbeth has won 36 times in AMA Grand National competition, more than any active racer in the series. Coolbeth claimed three consecutive titles while racing for the Harley-Davidson Factory Team from 2006 to 2013. Aboard the Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 in 2016, Coolbeth won at the Springfield Mile and finished seventh in points. He was named the AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year in 1994 and won his first Grand National race in 2002. Coolbeth is 39 years old and lives in Center Hill, Florida.

Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson won consecutive AMA Pro Grand National championships (2010-2011) on Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycles and has won 20 times in AMA Grand National competition since moving up to the top pro class in 2002. In 2016 Johnson won on the Daytona short track and was fourth in the GNC1 season standings. Johnson won the AMA Pro Singles championship in 2006 and 2008 and was AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year in 2002. Johnson is 32 years old and lives on Coatesville, Pa.

Brandon Robinson

Brandon Robinson enjoyed a break-out season in 2013 with seven top-five finishes and three victories, including a sweep of both races on the Springfield Mile. In 2016 Robinson piloted the Kennedy Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 to his fourth career victory with a win on the Lima half-mile, notched two additional podium results and finished third in GNC1 points. In 2008 Robinson was the AMA Basic Twins class champion. Robinson is 26 years old and lives in Oxford, Pa.

Entering its 64th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing. The re-vamped 2017 American Flat Track series features 18 rounds of racing headlined by powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class.

Via harley-davidson.com

 

Suzuki starts exporting made in India Gixxer to Japan

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Suzuki Motorcycle has started exporting the made in India Gixxer to Japan. The manufacturer has announced that its first shipment of 720 units has already set sail from India. The Gixxer has thus become the first India-built Suzuki motorcycle to be sold in Suzuki Motor Corporation’s home country.

In addition to Japan, the Gixxer is also exported to some Latin American countries. Interestingly, the company’s four-wheeler arm – Maruti Suzuki, had also started exporting the Baleno hatchback to Japan last year.

The Gixxer is powered by a 155cc, single cylinder, air cooled engine which is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The models being exported to Japan are equipped with fuel injection and a rear disc brake. The Japan-spec Gixxer will be available in monotone as well as dual tone colour options.

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[CES 2017][Video] Hyundai reveals Ioniq electric scooter concept

CES 2017, Las Vegas:Hyundai revealed a scooter concept at CES to be used with the Ioniq Electric. The electric-powered scooter is stored inside the front door of the car and is charged when stored.

It’s aimed at getting people to and from their cars on the first and last mile of their journeys, although at this stage it is only a concept rather than a full production accessory for the Ioniq.

Niobium micro alloyed ferritic stainless steel for automotive exhaust system

By Prashant Poojary, Ferro Tech India Pvt Ltd. Emission regulations for vehicles have become increasingly stringent with the proposed nation-wide adherence to Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) emission norms by 2020. This decision will have cost implications for oil refineries as well as auto manufacturers to upgrade technology. Currently BS-IV fuel is being supplied to 13 cities,…

via Niobium microalloyed ferritic stainless steel for automotive exhaust system — Motorindia

India’s first electric reverse trike: Orxa Energies Mantis

Reverse Trikes are three wheeled vehicles with two wheels in the front and one in the rear. This design is used in the modern three wheeled vehicles due to its increased stability & fun factor compared to single front wheel designs.

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Orxa Energies Mantis

Orxa Energies is founded by Prajwal Sabnis and Vinayak Bhat in August 2015 and their first product is Mantis. The company is based out of Bangalore. They are currently in proof of concept stage and therefore exact details about the battery capacity and motor specifications of production vehicle are not known yet. Meanwhile, enjoy the prototype and explainer videos:


ATX 8080 Electric Scooter from Austin Electric Powersports

KTM E-Speed Electric Scooter Revealed 2016 — save the environment!!!


My thoughts about hardware startups:

I always used to wonder why there were very few hardware startups in India compared to the number of software startups. It can be because of various reasons, few reasons that occurred to me are:

  1. Capital: Hardware startups require more seed capital compared to software startups.
  2. Availability of People: There are many engineers who are interested to work on software startups whereas in case of hardware startups the number is comparatively very low.
  3. Availability & Accessibility of required resources: For software startups, resources like computer, internet & programming languages(like java, c, c++ …etc ) are easily available & accessible over internet or at college labs. For hardware startups, resources like machines, materials & software(like CAD, CAM & FEA …etc) are comparatively less available & accessible and are costlier to access.
  4. Traction: Gaining traction for hardware startups is tougher compared to software startups.
  5. Distribution: Software products and services can be easily distributed to the end user through internet whereas the hardware  startups require physical infrastructure to distribute their products and services.

And there can be many other reasons.

Let me know your thoughts about hardware startups in the comments section below.

September 2016, Two wheeler sales figures in India

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September 2016 car sales in India


Model wise sales figures:-

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Top 25:

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Source: AutoPunditz