It is no hidden fact that most of the general public consider motorcycle riding an easier way to be checked into a hospital. Not surprising then this sentiment has had an adverse effect on motorcycle sales.
To overcome this, many big manufacturers like Ducati (Ducati Motorcycles To Get Radar) and KTM (KTM Developing Sensor-Based Active Safety Technology) have been developing futuristic laser- and radar-based technologies to avoid accidents and collisions. Now, an Israeli startup has joined the bandwagon with its ‘Collision Aversion Technology’ (CAT).
The aptly named startup, Ride Vision, has introduced a camera system that warns the rider if a vehicle comes too close for comfort. This system works with the help of two cameras fitted at the front and rear of the motorcycle. They cover an area of 180 degrees each, giving the system a combined all-round view of the road.
While this may sound simple in theory, applying it in practice is another challenge. There are tons of factors to consider. No two motorcycles are exactly alike. If you were to fit this system on every motorcycle, you’d need to recalibrate the cameras to every bike’s size, shape and design. Then there is also the matter of keeping it light and compact so as to not add more weight to the ride.
Clearly, with many concerns to address, it is hard to tell if this technology will ever see the light of the day. For example, the ECU needs to be smart enough to differentiate a potential threat from a bike or a car, along with more information. On the brighter side though, the company has raised 2.5 million dollars in funding, which should enable them with the required R&D of the product.
While the Knight Rider-esque motorcycles are still a few good years away, this certainly can be called a step in the right direction. Rest assured we will be bringing you every update involving rider safety technology.
One common way of travelling is by using motorcycles or bikes. They have the bigger advantage of being cheaper than cars, they take less space when it comes to parking, and the bike insurance is significantly cheaper than the car insurance.
Speaking of bike insurance, as is common in India, a two-wheeler insurance is mandatory for motorcycle owners. The main objective of bike insurance is to help protect people from traffic accidents. The insurance policy also helps in protecting the bike against any natural disasters-based damages such as earthquakes and landslides, other than occurrences such as theft fire or riots. Generally, the bike insurance policy is categorized into two policies. The first, known as “act only” policy, covers any type of damage on the bike, physical injuries, or even death. The second one is called “comprehensive” policy, and it covers damages caused by external forces—such as natural disasters, fires or burglary—as well as third party damages.
When buying a new motor vehicle, an insurance policy is included in the price. The insurance is only valid for one year, and the owner must renew the policy every year. The owner can choose to renew the same policy or multi-year two wheeler insurance policy with the same company or with a different one.
Every year new bikes are being released, and enthusiasts may be interested in looking for new ones to replace their old ones. But some even choose to keep using their old bike most probably due to financial reasons, or maybe they are already comfortable with the ones that they already have. One thing that comes to mind when it comes to shopping for bikes is the mileage. Specifically, which of the bikes sold tend to have the best mileage, or can travel the furthest without breaking down. Here, we list down the top 10 bikes in India that have the best mileage.
Honda Dream Yuga (Mileage: 72 km/l)
Initially billed as the “cheapest bike Honda has ever produced”, the model is first introduced in 2012. This model has the lowest mileage in this list, but can go up to 97 km/h in speed. The engine is a 109cc single cylinder air-cooled block with a 4 speed gearbox. The 130mm drum brake is in the front and rear; the Dream Yuga has no option for disc brakes. Just like the other models in the ‘dream’ series, it has a basic styling and a very conventional look. The 2016 model introduces two new colours, which are Black and Athletic Blue Metallic; in total, the model has 6 colours.
Honda Dream Neo (Mileage: 74 km/l)
After Dream Yuga, Honda then launched Dream Neo in 2013. This model, which is sold at a lower price than Dream Yuga, was released then to compete against its competitor, Hero Splendor. The mileage is slightly higher than its predecessor—BikeWale even listed this model as its 7th most popular mileage bike, compared to Dream Yuga which is placed at number 10—and in terms of design, it is similar to Dream Yuga, except it has different graphics and the tail section is more basic. Just like Dream Yuga, Dream Neo also has drum brakes at the front and the rear with a four-speed gearbox.
Honda CD 110 Dream (Mileage: 74 km/l)
After those two previous models came CD 110 Dream. Honda India released this model, which is cheaper than the two other modes of the Dream series, in 2014. In terms of mileage, it is similar to Dream Neo, and its design closely resembles Dream Neo, except that it has restyled graphics. In 2018, the model received an upgrade in terms of graphics, and its name is changed to CD 110 Dream DX. The engine is larger compared to its predecessors, which is a 110 single cylinder engine, but also has a four-speed gearbox as well. The basic colour for this model is black with five different graphics.
Yamaha Saluto RX (Mileage: 82 km/l)
Yamaha Saluto RX is the successor to the Yamaha Crux, and is “designed especially for the Indian roads”, as highlighted in Yamaha Motor India’s website. This model has the advantage of being light, which makes it easier to park or can reach a higher mileage. Speaking of mileage, this model is far better than the Honda Dream series, and the bike can travel up to a speed of 90km/h. The model implements a brand new platform and engine with BlueCore technology. Besides an 110cc air-cooled engine, this model is fitted with a four-speed constant mesh transmission. The Saluto RX is available in 4 colour schemes, which are black, matte black, blue and red.
Hero Passion Pro i3s (Mileage: 84 km/l)
Passion Pro is the “3rd Most Selling Bike in September 2018” on ZigWheels.com. It shares the mechanical bits with the Splendour model, and is promoted to those who want basic motorcycles with a splash of style. With an air-cooled single-cylinder engine of 97cc, the Passion Pro can travel up to a speed of 87km/h. When fitted with an ‘i3S’ Start/Stop System, the bike becomes more fuel efficient. The basic model has drum brakes whereas the top-of-the-line variant can be fitted with a front disc brake. Passion Pro is available in eight paint schemes.
Mahindra Centuro (Mileage: 85.4 km/l)
The Centuro model is the most popular Mahindra model ever. With a mileage of 85.4 km/l, the Centuro boasts the features of having so many technology but with a reasonable seling price. The model is fitted with an anti-theft alarm, and also introduces a digital dashboard that sends out reminders whenever you’re travelling on eco-mode or when your bike needs servicing. The bike is also fitted with lamps that make it easier to find when parked in dark areas. The Centuro uses a single-cylinder engine with 106cc, and is fitted with a four-speed all-up shift pattern gearbox. The model is available with 3 colours—black, silver and red.
TVS Star City Plus (Mileage: 86 km/l)
First showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo in 2014, the Star City Plus is an upgrade from Star City, TVS’s most popular model. The Star City Plus introduces some added features and cosmetic changes. The model also comes with a 110cc DLI engine and a four-speed gearbox. TVS Phoenix inspires the design upgrades of Star City Plus, with a crown visor, new rear-view mirrors, a muffler guard with stainless steel and side panel grills which is honeycomb-textured. The model has four colour options—black, blue, grey and scarlet.
Bajaj CT 100 (Mileage: 89km/l)
Bajaj is proud to claim that its motorcycle is the most affordable in India. With a 102cc single-cylinder engine, it can go up to 90km/h in speed, and has a 4-speed constant mesh transmission, with drum brakes on the front and the rear. Bajaj launched a newer version of the model, the CT100B, which a more affordable version than its predecessor, and is targeted to customers of rural areas. The selling point of the new model is that it has low maintenance but high fuel efficiency. The CT100 is available in four paint schemes.
TVS Sport (Mileage: 95 km/l)
TVS Sport, also known as the TVS Star Sport, is a ‘sportier’ version of TVS Star City, but it is based on the older version of Star City. Compared to a standard bike, the Star Sport has sportier graphics supported by a racier front cowl. The basic specifications of Star Sport are similar to Star City.The engine is a 109cc single cylinder, and is fitted with a four-speed sequential gearbox, and drum brakes on the front and the rear.
Bajaj Platina (Mileage: 104 km/l)
Coming at number 1 is the Bajaj Platina motorcycle. Positioned above the CT100, the Platina Comfortec is targeted at customers who want a hassle-free commuter motorcycle. To offer a more comfortable ride, the model is updated with a reworked suspension. The Platina Comfortec boasts an extremely frugal 102cc engine and is considered as one of the most fuel-efficient motorcycles in India, with a mileage that is the highest among others in this list. To increase the comfort levels, the model is fitted with a cushier seat and rubber footpegs. The overall design is basic and has a very conventional look.
When buying motorcycles, customers always look for many factors other than mileage. Some may want a simple design yet can travel very far, but there are also those who prefer a sports-type of motorcycle that is also comfortable at the same time.
Nonetheless, one must always look out for all information regarding the motorcycle that they are interested in buying. One thing is for sure, make sure that you ride the motorcycle safely on the road to reduce traffic accidents.