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Despres makes it three

The Frenchman’s third Dakar victory gives KTM ten in a row

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RENCH BORN CYRIL DESPRES WON HIS THIRD Dakar title aboard the KTM 690m making it ten in a row for the bike manufacturer. His closest competitor and archrival, Marc Coma finished down in 15th after being handed numerous penalties. Norwegian rider, Pal Ullevalseter finished a surprise second after a steady ride which included just one stage win. Francisco Lopez from Chile finished third on his Aprilia. An emotional Despres said at the prize distribution in Buenos Aires, “All victories are good but this win is especially beautiful.” His rival Coma

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exhibited the same sentiment saying, “This was a tough Dakar but a beautiful Dakar.” Indeed, a lot of riders and drivers claimed this was the toughest event ever and although it no longer runs through the Sahara to finish in the now iconic Senegalese town of Dakar, the spirit of the competition is tougher than ever in South America. This year, in accordance with the new rules by the Amaury Sports Association which organises the Dakar, all the 690 bikes had to run with air restrictors to comply with the new rules for 450cc bikes.


French rider Cyril Despres clinches his third title in the world’s toughest rally

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BI AWARDS 2010

ACHIEVERS OF

EXCELLENCE

Our annual ritual of honouring the best from the world of two-wheelers, the NDTV Profit BIKE India awards 2010 took place in New Delhi last month. Here is a summary of the leaders in their respective categories and of course, the winner that walked away with the main crown Words Bunny Punia Photography Sanjay Raikar 38

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FIRST RIDE KAWASAKI Z1000

Magnum

FORCE Kawasaki’s massive city brawler is back with more power, lesser weight and the same aggression displayed by the original. Roland Brown gives it the once over Photography: Double Red

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HE A-397 THAT TWISTS FROM Ronda in southern Spain down to the Mediterranean coast is one of Europe’s great motorcycling roads, and the lay-by near the bottom has doubtless been the scene of many adrenaline-fuelled conversations over the years. This time was no exception. Our group of five riders had barely removed our helmets before we were jabbering excitedly about the near endless series of bends, the smooth surface, the lack of traffic…and especially about how well the Z1000 had handled it all. Kawasaki’s revamped four had been in its element: braking and cranking effortlessly through the countless sweeping curves, and accelerating with plenty of midrange grunt and a tuneful howl from its induction system. Its

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performance on that Ronda road confirmed what the rest of the day’s ride had already suggested: that this latest model has put the Z1000 back on track. It’s not before time for Kawasaki, who knew that serious changes needed to be made. The naked four had lost its way after the original, strikingly styled new generation Z1000 had helped to reignite the Big K brand in 2003. The softer, arguably more practical but definitely less exciting 2007 follow-up lacked the aggression that was a vital part of the model’s appeal. Now the big four is back again with more power, less weight and distinctly more of the attitude that made the original a hit. You’ve only got to glance at this bike’s dramatic profile to see that Kawasaki’s


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AUTO EXPO 2010

WHEELER

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The two-wheeler industry from India and around the world comes together in Delhi for the 10th Auto Expo to flaunt their latest offerings. We take you through the major action at one of Asia’s largest automotive exhibitions Words: Adhish Alawani and Bunny Punia Photography: Sanjay Raikar and Varun Kulkarni

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SHOOTOUT PULSAR 135 vs RIVALS

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Honda CBF Stunner The trendy 125cc city commuter gets a snazzy facelift and looks more ‘stunning’ than ever before

Bajaj PulSar 135 lS This new kid on the block is tagged as LS (Light Sport) which could well have been ‘Lethally Styled’

Honda uniCorn The most well-sorted 150cc in India that has set the benchmark for refinement across segments

An Indian at a sushi party Does the lightweight Pulsar have the right mix of spices to tingle the commuter’s taste buds? Or will they still prefer the Japanese offerings? Words: Sarmad Kadiri Photography: Sanjay Raikar

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SHOOTOUT JIVE VS ACTIVA

Jiving with the SCOOTERS? Adhish Alawani finds out if the new clutchless Jive is ready to take on the highly practical scooters in the Indian market Photography: Sanjay Raikar

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AST MONTH, WHEN I WAS ROAD testing the Jive (the new clutchless commuter from TVS), I was mighty impressed with the concept and practicality of this machine. Not only does it stand as testimony of a good piece of engineering, but also goes ahead of every other motorcycle in the current market by setting higher standards for modern commuters. The low capacity bikes and scooters have ruled the Indian market. And I

personally believe that the Jive is going to create an altogether new segment of practical and easy machines at extremely affordable price tags. While I was thinking about its novel transmission and ease of use in the traffic, it struck me that this bike is going to take the fight to the automatic scooters which are by far the best option for daily commutes in the chaotic, stop and go Indian traffic. Discussion on this topic with Aspi led me into a

comparison test of the Jive against a scooter. We picked the most popular scooter available in the market today, the Honda Activa and decided to pitch it against the Jive to gauge both on various factors like ease of use, utility, cost, efficiency, suspension and last but not the least, styling. Let me take you through my findings on each aspect as I compared the commuters and rated each one of them on a scale of ten points.

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Namaste Doctor

The god of motorcycling, Valentino Rossi visited India last month. Bunny Punia was lucky enough to chit-chat with the guru about his personal and professional life

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e often dream about meeting our mentors, heroes or personalities who have a fan following of a million people around the world. When we finally do, we are often left dumbstruck with sweaty palms and raised heartbeats, unable to express our joy. Like when you are face to face with nine time world motorcycle racing champion right here in new delhi. donning a blue and white fIat Yamaha t-shirt, rossi seemed unfathomed by all the mayhem that happened a day earlier at the Yamaha hall at the Expo. Understandably, bikers and the media wanted a closer look and being India, you can imagine what he went through. rossi, however, shrugged the entire episode by commenting, “It was good because it was my first time in India and it’s good to see so many people knowing you.

It was fun and a great pleasure!” of course, en route to the expo, he was shocked by the traffic mess and the road sense of twowheeler riders. rossi has often been seen as a very aggressive rider on the track. However, when he is not racing or competing, the Italian rider claims to be a very normal person. He is like a typical bachelor, hanging around with close pals or going for a ride near his hometown. Working out is very important for him in order to keep himself in shape for races. He adds, “It’s very important to be in good shape. more for me as I am not the same I was ten years ago. So, I have to train my body more, do it everyday and it includes gymming as well as running. For sure, when I was 20, I needed to do a lot less!” as for mental training, rossi believes in leading a quiet life and relaxing before a race weekend. racing and competing come naturally to

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