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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.
Khadi is no longer a dull, drab fabric meant only for politicians' wardrobes. A fashion show organised by the Khadi Gramodyog Board as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to mark the 75th year of India's Independence showcased the use of Khadi in traditional, as well as, contemporary and festive wear. From lehengas in resplendent Khadi silk to western clothes and casual wear, the models on Thursday night displayed new facts of the fabric.
Several well-known Indian designers including Ritu Beri, Farah Ansari, Rina Dhaka, Asma Husain, Aditi Rastogi and Himmat Singh showcased their designs. Gaurav Gaur directed the fashion show with clothes like lehengas, kurtis, kurta pajamas and partywear.
Lucknow's chikankari and silk artisans also participated in the event. A wedding collection in Khadi was the highlight of the show. "The show was based on the concept 'Khadi for nation, Khadi for fashion' and the fabric for all costumes was provided by Khadi Gramodyog Board," said a spokesman. (IANS/ MBI)
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Intel saw its stock tumbling by more than 8 percent after the chipmaker said the industry-wide component shortage affected its PC chip business during the third quarter (Q3). Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told CNBC late on Thursday that he didn't expect the semiconductor shortage to end until 2023. "We're in the worst of it now, every quarter, next year we'll get incrementally better, but they're not going to have supply-demand balance until 2023," Gelsinger was quoted as saying.
The company delivered its Q3 results with revenue up 5 percent (year-over-year) driven by strong demand in its DCG and IoTG businesses, despite the highly constrained industry-wide supply environment. "Q3 revenue was $18.1 billion slightly below our guide due to shipping and supply constraints that impacted our businesses," George S. Davis, Chief Financial Officer, said in a statement. He also announced plans to retire from Intel in May 2022. In the third quarter, the company generated $9.9 billion in cash from operations and paid dividends of $1.4 billion.
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According to the company, the demand remains strong in its PC business with particular strength in commercial, desktop, and higher-end consumer notebooks. In an earnings call, Gelsinger said that the digitization of everything accelerated by the four superpowers of AI, pervasive connectivity, cloud to edge infrastructure, and ubiquitous compute are driving the sustained need for more semiconductors. "The market is expected to double to $1 trillion by 2030. In that timeframe, the market for leading-edge nodes will rise to be over 50 percent of the total, while the market for leading-edge foundry services will grow at twice the rate of the semi-industry overall," he envisioned.
PC demand remains very strong, and "We believe the 2021 TAM (total addressable market) will grow double digits even as ecosystem shortages constrain our customer's ability to ship finished systems," Gelsinger added. "Customers continue to choose Intel for their datacenter needs and our third-gen scalable Xeon processor Ice Lake has shipped over 1 million units since launching in April, and we expect to ship over 1 million units again in Q4 alone," he informed. (IANS/MBI)
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Micro-blogging site Twitter has announced that its audio chatroom Spaces is now open to anyone who wants to host. The Spaces team in a tweet said that the users on both Android and iOS will now be able to host Spaces. "The time has arrived -- we're now rolling out the ability for everyone on iOS and Android to host a Space," the firm said in a tweet.
Earlier this year, the company had limited access to hosting Spaces to accounts with at least 600 followers, saying that it found these accounts would be more likely to have a good experience due to the existing audience. Twitter recently announced a new accelerator programme for creators on its audio conversation platform Spaces, to "discover and reward" around 150 creators with technical, financial and marketing support.
The 'Twitter Spaces Spark' programme is a three-month accelerator initiative. Those selected will get a stipend of $2,500 per month, $500 in monthly ad credits to spend promoting their Spaces on Twitter and early access to new Twitter features. They will also get support from Twitter's official social media handles, and "opportunities for prioritised in-app discoverability for well-performing Spaces".
Twitter has also announced plans to roll out paid Ticketed Spaces for iOS users where some hosts on its live audio feature can now sell access to Ticketed Spaces. Twitter had previously said that it will take a 3 per cent cut of creators' earnings from Ticketed Spaces. (IANS/ MBI)
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