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  • Some Essential Parts of Your Two-Wheeler You Should Know About

    by Almog Ramrajkar | Oct 08, 2021

    Two-wheelers are one of the most convenient and cheapest modes of commuting. Not only do they help you cover short distances in no time but also, they are the most fuel-efficient vehicle running on roads. There are little things in this world that can match the thrill and excitement of riding a two-wheeler. If you happen to be a bike enthusiast, you must be well-versed with the different parts of your all-weather companion on road. Also, motor insurance is important to protect you and your bike from any accident or mishap.

    However, it’s difficult to acquire a deep knowledge about all the essential parts that are common to every two-wheeler. This article is here to the rescue. Here, we have listed and described some basic two-wheeler spare parts, including engine, gear, clutch, accelerator, brakes, tires, fuel tank, and exhaust pipe. We’ve also listed some two-wheeler maintenance tips. Read on.

  • BS4 v BS6: Key Differences, Features and Norms

    by Rajendhar Thogari | Aug 18, 2021

    According to the norms laid down by the Central Government of India, the automotive industry in the country transitioned from BS4 to BS6 from 1st April 2020. BS6 or Bharat Stage 6 (or BS-VI) is the 6th iteration of the emission norm standardised and monitored by the Ministry of Environment and Climate change.

    BS4 vs BS6: What is the BS6 norm?

    Bharat Stage standards are based on the European (Euro) emission norms, a globally revered standard of vehicular pollution control measures. BS6 or Bharat Stage 6 standard is at par with the Euro 6 emission norms.

    BS4 vs BS6: Why did we switch from BS4 to BS6?

    Six among the top ten most polluted cities in the world are from India. The severity of air pollution in the country has worsened over time, and greenhouse emission from the motor vehicles largely contribute to the cause. Realising that something has to be done, the Central Government introduced the emission norms back in 2001. Since then, the policies have only been made tighter.

    BS4 vs BS6: Key differences between BS4 and BS6

    The country shifted from BS4 (BS-IV) to more stringent BS6 (BS-VI) norms. But how do they differ from each other? Let’s take a look.

    • A new BS6 compliant engine now powers new cars and motorcycles
    • BS6 compliant motor vehicles run on more refined BS6 fuel
    • BS6 engines exhaust less volume of harmful gases (nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases)
    • The combination of hydrocarbon and NOx (nitrous oxide) has declined by 43% in the BS6 diesel engines exhausts
    • The BS6 engines running on BS6 fuel produce 50% less the volume of Particulate Matter (both PM2.5 and PM10)
    • The BS6 compliant diesel cars come equipped with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to filter the exhaust fume
    • The sulphur content in the BS6-grade fuel has significantly been reduced to 10 PPM (Parts Per Million) compared to the 50 PPM in the BS4-grade fuel; an 80% decline in the PPM volume
    • BS6 vehicles come with built-in Onboard Diagnostic (OD) feature

    BS4 vs BS6: How does BS6 norm help the environment?

    With the air quality worsening in some major Indian cities, it was necessary to take steps to cut down on the pollutants. BS6 or the Euro 6 emission norms address this very need, which is also a global concern. Here are the direct effects of BS6 norms:

    Less sulphur content is better for the environment: With more sulphur content, the motor vehicles emit toxic sulphur dioxide gas in the air. This sulphur dioxide reacts with the water vapour in the air and creates H2SO4 or the dangerous sulphuric acid. This reaction causes acid rain. The reduction in sulphur content in the BS6-grade fuel makes it possible to equip vehicles with better catalytic converters that filter the pollutants.

    Reduced volume of particulate matter: In the BS6-grade fuel, there is a steep decline (50% decline compared to BS4-grade fuel) in the volume of Particulate Matter (PM2.5 and PM10). PM2.5 is a dangerous pollutant that causes lung cancer.

    BS4 vs BS6: Do BS4 vehicles run on BS6 fuel?

    Since the BS6 fuel is more refined, the BS4 vehicles can run on it. At least the petrol vehicles don’t face any hiccup. Further, with BS4 diesel cars, companies have claimed that one may not notice any significant issue in the short run. However, experts have expressed their concern stating that using BS6-grade fuel in the BS4-diesel vehicles may show some early wear and tear signs in the long run.

    That being said, there are numerous active BS4 diesel vehicles on the Indian roads which are running smoothly on BS6-grade fuel.

    BS4 vs BS6: How have the BS6 norms impacted car/motorcycle’s performance?

    When the BS6 norms were implemented, the car and motorcycle manufacturers tuned their engines to comply with the norms. This resulted differently in different segments of vehicles. Some of the cars now produce less power than their BS4 variants, albeit the decline is not that significant. On the flipside, BS6 cars offer a better fuel economy. The result is pretty similar in the case of motorcycles and scooters.

    Also, the on-paper torque figures for both cars and motorcycles have remained unaltered and, in some cases, have even increased slightly.

    It is important to know that with the introduction of BS6 norms, many automobile companies have refrained from launching their diesel vehicles. Whereas, some of the manufacturers have even discontinued their old diesel cars.

  • Avoid These Common Mistakes While Renewing Your Bike Insurance Policy

    by Rajendhar Thogari | Aug 18, 2021

    As per the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, all two-wheelers must have valid third-party insurance to ply on Indian roads. A standard bike insurance policy usually comes with a single year tenure, after which vehicle owners have to renew the policy. If the policy is not renewed on time, the owner may face a fine of ₹2,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 months. For a repetitive violation, the bike owner may have to pay a fine of ₹4,000 along with imprisonment for the same term.

    Digitisation has made bike insurance renewal easier, by almost nullifying the paperwork requirements. You can now renew your bike insurance from the comfort of your home by simply entering a few details on the insurance company's website and paying the renewal premium through electronic means.

    However, many two-wheeler owners end up making a few mistakes while renewing their bike insurance policy. These mistakes may result losing benefits or claim-related disputes. Listed below are some such errors which you can easily avoid:

    1. Not claiming your NCB

    The No Claim Bonus (NCB) is the insurance provider's reward to the policyholder for not raising a claim during the policy tenure. Often, customers forget to get this benefit at the time of renewal.

    The NCB is essentially a discount, which you should claim without fail. It reduces the net premium amount that you have to pay for the renewal of your bike insurance policy. You can claim the NCB within 90 days after the policy expiry date. However, we always recommend renewing your bike insurance policy well before the expiry date to ensure optimum coverage.

    2. Overlooking the terms & conditions

    Insurance providers might regularly modify their terms and conditions to abide by the regulatory changes and maintain business proficiency. You should not assume that the policy terms will remain constant. Read all terms and conditions carefully while renewing your bike insurance to know the policy exclusions, and ensure it still covers your requirements

    Knowledge of the terms and conditions will keep you aware of structural changes in your bike insurance policy. Hence, you will be able to make an informed decision regarding the switch to a new insurer. Most importantly, it will keep you informed of what you can rightfully expect as compensation when you make a claim.

    3. Not intimating the insurer about modifications

    Some motorcycle enthusiasts love to customise their rides. If you also make certain modifications to your bike, you must provide the details of each modification to the insurance company at renewal. This will avoid any disputes in the event of a claim.

    Many owners may think it is not a big deal if they do not provide the modification details. However, such negligence may render their cover ineffective and give the company a ground to reject or significantly reduce their claim amount.

    4. Providing incorrect details

    The biggest mistake (which you can easily avoid!) is giving incorrect details while renewing your bike insurance policy. You should carefully type in the details such as registration number, previous policy number, owner's name etc. while applying for renewal of the policy.

    The insurance cover may become invalid if the name of the vehicle owner is found to be incorrect. Hence, you should keep your bike's registration certificate and previous policy document handy while renewing the policy so that you don't miss out on the exact details.

  • BS6 Norms and Their Impact on the Two-Wheeler Industry

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 18, 2021

    India is home to some of the most polluted cities in the world. As per the data published by the World Health Organisation in 2016, excessive air pollution is the fifth largest reason for deaths in India. In fact, among the top 100 most polluted global cities (in terms of Particulate Matter PM10), 30 cities are from India.

    One of the primary reasons behind India's imprudent air pollution is the harmful emissions from millions of vehicles plying daily on roads. In Delhi alone, vehicular emissions contribute to 59%, 50%, and 18% of the harmful carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrous oxides discharge into the air.

    To curb the perennially rising air pollution in India, the Central Government laid down stricter BS6 emission norms for vehicles in 2017. Further, the Government made it mandatory for all cars and two-wheeler manufacturers to sell and register only BS6 compliant vehicles from 1st April 2020.

    In case you're wondering how the Indian two-wheeler industry has been impacted due to this BS6 norm, this article is for you. Here, you will know everything about the implementation of BS6 emission standard in India and how it will impact the pricing, hardware, fuel, lubricant technology, and manufacturing of the new bikes and scooters. Read on.

    What is BS6 emission standard?

    BS6, or Bharat Stage 6, is the most advanced emission standard for automobiles in India. It is equivalent to Euro VI norms, which is currently in place in various European countries. Considering the constantly rising air pollution in our country, the Indian Government decided to leapfrog directly from BS-4 to BS-6 emission standards to control vehicular pollution.

    Accordingly, the entire automobile industry was asked to phase out all their BS-4 vehicles and sell only BS-6 cars and two-wheelers after the deadline of 1st April 2020.

    How has two-wheeler manufacturing changed due to the implementation of BS6 norms?

    Transitioning from BS4 to BS6 norms requires significant changes in engine technology for two-wheeler manufacturers in India. These changes include improvements in engine combustion and calibration, enhanced fuel injection and cylinder pressures, and after-treatment solutions for NOx and PM.

    The BS-6 norms make it mandatory for two-wheeler manufacturers to introduce a fuel injection system for the first time in India. As an aftereffect of this system, carbon emission from the petrol engines of two-wheelers has reduced significantly. Also, the BS6 engines are observed to be less powerful but more fuel-efficient.

  • Is Two-Wheeler Insurance Compulsory for Electric Scooters?

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 18, 2021

    With the global temperature on a steady climb, the last thing the world needs is more pollution. When we deplete fossil fuels, we will eventually have to bank on an alternate power source. Many enterprises have realised this need and, therefore, have started manufacturing EVs (electric vehicles). To contribute to a greener future, the Indian automotive industry is making a gradual shift to electric power.

    Although electric vehicles have not been widely accepted by the Indian market yet, they're certainly a part of the future. The government is trying to push it, offering substantial subsidies to customers buying electric scooters or EVs in India.

    What is an electric scooter?

    An electric scooter is a two-wheeler vehicle like any other motorbike or scooter; the only difference is that an electric scooter does not run on petrol or diesel. Instead, an electric motor and a battery power it. Electric scooters cause zero-emission and zero noise pollution – making this category of two-wheelers the most viable alternative to deal with pollution.

    Registration and license: electric scooters in India

    Many prominent automobile manufacturers have introduced their electric scooters in India. And most of them do not require the rider to hold a two-wheeler license to ride e-scooters. Moreover, some e-scooters do not even need registration, which is a mandate for conventional motorcycles.

    The primary reason behind such exclusion is the amount of power the motors produce. Most of the electric scooters in India come fitted with a 250watt motor and can go up to 25kmph. This relatively timid nature of electric scooters eliminates any possibility of over-speeding and, therefore, makes them less vulnerable to possibly fatal accidents.

    This low-power-low-speed is why some of the electric scooters in India don't even need to have insurance. But the high-powered ones have different rules to follow. Keep reading to learn more.

    Two-wheeler insurance for electric scooters

    When it comes to e-vehicles, Indians have widely accepted the e-rickshaws, but the market for electric two-wheelers and EVs is still small. Despite the monetary benefits from the government, customers are shying away from these vehicles. This may be one reason why the government had not laid out any definitive rule or guideline for electric scooters' insurance (especially for the low-speed ones).

    However, there are other electric scooters in India - mighty beasts with high-powered motors that generate huge torque and power. In terms of top speed, these electric scooters are equivalent to their petrol counterparts and can reach up to a rate of 80-90kmph.

    You must hold a valid two-wheeler license to ride one of these powerful electric scooters in India. They also require registration and a valid two-wheeler insurance policy.

    Types of two-wheeler insurance for electric scooters

    If an owner of a two-wheeler vehicle wants to buy a two-wheeler insurance policy, there are two main options to choose from:

    Third-party insurance policy for electric scooters: Third-party insurance is a two-wheeler insurance policy covering only the third-party liabilities. In case of an accident where you hurt someone or damage third party property, this policy will cover the expenses – medical expenses in case of an injury caused to a third-party as well as other damages caused to the victim's vehicle or property. This type of insurance policy does not cover damage to your own scooter.

    Comprehensive insurance policy for e-bikes or electric scooters: In simpler words, this is a more inclusive two-wheeler insurance policy. A comprehensive two-wheeler insurance policy provides optimum cover for the insured vehicle against any man-made or natural disaster. Apart from third party liabilities, this insurance policy covers your scooter's repair expenses in case of accidents, theft and malicious damage.

  • Essential Parts of Your Two Wheeler You Should Know About

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 18, 2021

    Two-wheelers are one of the most convenient and cheapest modes of commuting in India. Not only do they help you cover short distances in no time but they are also fuel efficient. Few things in this world can match the thrill and excitement of riding a two-wheeler. If you happen to be a bike enthusiast, you must be well-versed with the different parts of your all-weather companion on the road.

    However, not many people have deep knowledge about the essential parts that are common to every two-wheeler. If you're also among one such person, this article is for you. Here, we have listed and described some basic two-wheeler spare parts, including engine, gear, clutch, accelerator, brakes, tires, fuel tank, and exhaust pipe. We've also listed some two-wheeler maintenance tips. Read on.

    1. Engine

    The engine of a bike or scooter is often called its heart. This is what powers a two-wheeler and is responsible for its performance. The combustion of the fuel takes place in an engine and after that, other parts of the vehicle start moving. For bikes, the engine is usually located on the front, whereas, for scooters, the engine is on the rear side.

    Regular inspection and servicing are essential for the longevity of the engine. Hence, you must take your two-wheeler for servicing every four to six months to keep its engine fresh and efficient. You should also add an Engine Protect Cover to your two-wheeler insurance policy, which will cover the repair expenses for regular wear and tear of your bike's engine. Our Private Car Package Policy comes with an Enginel Protect Plus add-on, which you can purchase at a nominal extra premium.

    2. Brakes

    Brakes are one of the most important components of a two-wheeler. They are used to decrease the speed of the vehicle. There are two types of brakes – disc brakes and drum brakes. You need to apply the brakes when you halt your moving vehicle.

    In the case of motorcycles, the front-tyre brake is located on the right-hand side of the handlebar whereas the rear-tyre brake is presented in the form of a lever that the rider can press with his/her right leg. In the case of scooters or mopeds, both the brakes are located on the handlebar.

    3. Tyres

    The tyres separate a vehicle from the road. As the name suggests, every "two-wheeler" is equipped with two tyre – one at the front and one at the rear. There are two types of tyre – tubeless tyre and tube tyre. Different thread patterns are designed on a tyre's surface to ensure adequate grip and friction with the road.

    Note that you should maintain an optimum tyre pressure all the time. It will help you maintain the balance of your bike, and also increase the fuel efficiency of your two-wheeler. Also, when the thread patterns of your bike's tires start flattening, you should change them.

    4. Clutch and gear

    Clutch and gear are a set of components that are exclusive to motorcycles or bikes. While the gear is used to control motion and torque, the clutch is used to apply brakes and change gears during the ride. Gears are usually presented as a lever that the rider can press with his/her left leg, whereas the clutch is located on the left-hand side of the handlebar.

    Like other mechanical parts, the clutch and gears of a motorcycle should be serviced regularly. The clutch should be adjusted to allow an optimum level of free play. An over-tightened clutch could cause difficulty in riding and also reduce the fuel efficiency of the motorcycle.

    5. Accelerator

    Accelerator is another important component, which is present in both bikes and scooters. It is present in the form of a throttle on the right-hand side of the handlebar of every two-wheeler. The accelerator is used to increase the speed of the vehicle while riding. When a rider revs up the accelerator in a clockwise direction, the speed of his/her two-wheeler increases.

    6. Exhaust pipe

    Exhaust pipe of a two-wheeler acts as a funnel, diverting high-pressure exhaust gases and releasing them into the atmosphere. It is also known as a silencer or front pipe in India. The exhaust pipe is usually made up of mild steel that may or may not be coated with grades of stainless steel.

    It's very dangerous to ride a two-wheeler with a choked exhaust pipe. This can cause harmful gases to accumulate within the gas chamber, leading to a blast in a worst-case scenario. Therefore, you should regularly clean your bike's exhaust pipe and ensure that there's no rusting at its surface.

    7. Fuel tank

    As the name suggests, the purpose of a fuel tank is to store fuel. The capacity of the fuel tank varies from vehicle to vehicle and it can range between 5 to 15 litres for a two-wheeler. There is a cap on the top of the fuel tank which is used to suffuse petrol into it. The fuel tank is usually located above the engine.

  • Here's How You Can Claim Third-Party Two Wheeler Insurance

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 18, 2021

    As per the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, third-party motor insurance is mandatory for all types of vehicles running on Indian roads. If someone is caught driving without a valid third-party insurance policy, he/she may have to pay a fine of up to ₹2,000 or face imprisonment for up to three months, or both.

    Hence, buying a third-party bike insurance policy is not a choice for two-wheeler owners in India but a mandatory obligation by law. But, do you know what exactly is third-party insurance, what are its benefits, and how to claim third-party insurance?

    In case you don't, this article is for you. Continue reading.

    What is third-party two-wheeler insurance?

    Third-party two-wheeler insurance protects the owner-driver of the insured vehicle against any legal liabilities that may arise in case his/her vehicle causes death, bodily injuries, or property damages to an unknown third party. It means that in case an insured vehicle gets involved in an accident and causes financial loss or damage to a third party, the insurance provider takes care of the legal expenses.

    As stated previously, a third-party insurance  policy is mandatory for all bikes and scooters running on Indian roads. A rider must carry the policy document all the time while riding his/her two-wheeler. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) fixes the premium amount for third-party insurance for different vehicles.

    What is covered by third-party insurance?

    The mandatory third-party insurance covers legal liabilities that can be claimed by a third party only when the owner or driver of the insured vehicle is at fault. It provides coverage for the following conditions:

    • Cover for third-party death or bodily injuries
    • When an insured two-wheeler causes bodily injuries to a third party, with the rider of the two-wheeler at fault, the third-party insurance will cover the hospitalisation or treatment costs of the injured person(s). In case the insured two-wheeler causes the death of a third party, the insurer will pay a compensation amount (as decided by the tribunal court) to the victim's kin.

    • Cover for third-party property damage
    • When an insured two-wheeler gets involved in an accident and causes damage to the surrounding property, the third-party insurance provider pays for financial losses to the victim. There is no limit on the maximum coverage amount for death or injury, but for compensation against property damage, the maximum coverage is capped at ₹7.5 lakhs.

    • Personal accident cover
    • Along with the basic liability cover, you can also include a personal accident cover of up to ₹15 lakh for the owner-driver of the vehicle. It means that in case the owner of the two-wheeler gets injured during an accident, the vehicle's insurance will cover the costs required for his/her treatment or hospitalisation.

    How to file a third-party insurance claim?

    The claim process for third-party two-wheeler insurance is a bit complex. You need to remember that the claim is entertained only if the victim or claimant can prove that the owner or driver of the insured vehicle was at fault, due to which the accident took place. A special tribunal court decides whether the insurer should pay the compensation to the victim and how much amount should be paid to him/her.

    Below are the steps in which you can register a third-party insurance claim:

    Click photographs or record visuals of the damages suffered by you.

    Note down the registration details of the vehicle which caused the damage. If possible, also note the contact number and details of the third-party insurance policy.

    Check if someone witnessed the accident and note their contact details. These eye-witnesses will be of great importance later.

    Register an FIR at the police station under whose jurisdiction the accident took place. You need to mention the exact details of the accident in your FIR.

    Register a case with the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal court with the help of a lawyer. You need to prove in the court that the vehicle owner was guilty by furnishing relevant documents, photos and videos, and eye-witnesses.

    The tribunal court will decide the compensation amount (if at all) the insurance provider needs to pay to you.

    Things to keep in mind while filing the claim

    Chances are that the tribunal court might reject your claim if it does not find it valid. Below are the things you should keep in mind while the third-party insurance claim:

    • Avoid running from the accident spot.
    • Try to take as many photos and videos before letting the vehicle(s) move.
    • Be honest. Don't exaggerate the accident to get your claim passed.
    • Seek immediate medical help in case of serious injuries.
    • Avoid any monetary settlement at the accident spot. Take the legal route.
    • Collect as much evidence as you can to substantiate your claim.
    • Be patient with the process. Don't get panic or angry.
    • Co-operate with different authorities at different stages.
    • Ensure proper documentation through the claim settlement process
  • How to Avoid Common Motorcycle Accidents

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 18, 2021

    Ride by the books and follow your instincts because your life is precious

    We all know that riding a motorcycle is fun. The joy of cruising on an empty road is a feeling only a true biker can understand. But, a motorcyclist also faces situations which are adverse and sometimes life-threatening. To be on the safe side, a biker needs to follow the rules by wearing proper gear, as well as following certain codes. Adhering to these can ensure the safety of others around you, as well as take you to your destination unharmed.

    When you are riding your favourite motorcycle, you ride like you mean it. You will not be pleased to see a single scratch on it and your loved ones will not be pleased to see a single scratch on you. Be it commuting to work or a bike tour, these following tips can save your life. Moreover, you should buy two wheeler insurance policies online, to secure yourself against any mishaps.

    Mind Your Surroundings

    Assuming that the roads are spotless, is idealistic but not realistic. There are bumps, ruts, holes and other obstructions that can prove harmful to a rider. Pay attention to all these while riding and also mind the traffic density and the movement of the pedestrians. Keep your eye on the rear-view mirror, to spot incoming vehicles. A speeding vehicle can startle and put you off road, unless you are aware of it.

    The Intersections

    Being aware of the intersections or turns, is a life saver. Most motorcyclists stumble while going through intersections because of other vehicles and their own inexperience. Whenever you come across any intersection, a sharp turn or a crossroad, keep your eyes on the indicators of other vehicles as well as the tyres. Doing this, will give you an idea of the direction other vehicles are taking.

    Maintain Safe Distance

    Whenever you go out on the road with your motorcycle, always choose a lane, preferably the left side of the road. Avoid commuting through the middle as other vehicles might be in a hurry. After you choose your lane, keep a safe distance from other vehicles. There can be scenarios where a vehicle overtakes and pulls over right in front of you or again changes its course without any indication. This can put you in real trouble and can be the cause of a nasty crash. So, it is recommended to maintain a safe distance to move by your own accord.

    Do Not Rush

    Rushing or speeding can take you to your destination before time. Rushing or speeding can also buy you a one way ticket to heaven. So, whenever you head out towards your destination, always adhere to traffic rules and maintain speed discipline. It is especially recommended not to speed while taking a sharp turn. Doing so can make you lose control of your motorcycle and cause a nasty pile up.

    Don’t Drink and Drive

    India is one of the notable countries, where every year, there are traffic incidents involving ‘drink and drive’. Going out for a revelrous night with friends is a good idea, but taking your motorcycle, while doing so, is not. If you have crossed your drinking limit, then opt for public transport or cabs. Above all, drink responsibly to ride responsibly.

  • 4 Bike Festivals Every Motocycle Enthusiast Should Have On Their Bucket List

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    Four fests that are a treat for bike enthusiasts

    Are you a motorbike enthusiast? Do you feel a lack of bike-centred activities and fests? Are you one of those who want the India Bike Week to last for an entire year? Don’t worry, there are plenty of such fests around the world that cater to your craving! These four are our best picks that promise revelry, great bikes and unbridled fun for hard-core bikers.

    Ireland Bike Fest

    Held annually in the town of Killarney, the two-day Ireland Bike Fest is one of the most exhilarating weekends for bikers and non-bikers alike. Home to three world famous lakes: Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and Upper Lake, Killarney is a breath-taking town teeming with scenic beauty.

    Imagine riding on the twisting tracks around the mountains, high above three gorgeous lakes, speeding alongside the sea on world-famous routes like the Wild Atlantic Way and the Ring of Kerry. There are also three live music shows and umpteen food and drinks stalls to soak up the excitement and thrill.

    Dubai Motorbike Festival

    The Dubai Motorbike Festival is one grand gathering of all local and international motorcycle communities and companies. The festival is aligned with the annual releases of the industry’s product lines and holds an exhibition showcasing the latest models and technologies.

    The festival is a platform for riders, bike enthusiasts, bike clubs, manufacturers and retailers to connect, share and indulge in everything related to two-wheelers. A stunt battle is held by the festival in two categories, sports bikes and ATVs. These test the balance, creativity and fearlessness of every competitor.

  • Two-Wheeler Insurance - A Must for Indian Roads

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    Startling Reality

    Take some time out to look at these statistics, collected from a recent survey report:

    1. An accident a minute

    One serious road accident in India occurs every minute. It means while you are reading this article, an unfortunate mishap would have occurred somewhere in India!

    2. 16 lives per hour

    16 lives are lost due to accidents on Indian roads every hour. Quick mathematics will tell you it works out to 1,40,160 deaths a year, which is more than the overall population of countries like Bermuda and Cayman Islands.

    3. 1 out of 4 times

    Two wheelers account for 25% of total road accident deaths in India. Yes, two wheelers are risk-prone, and one needs to take adequate precaution while driving them. Needless to say, abide by traffic rules, drive carefully and follow lane discipline to reduce the likelihood of causing an accident.

    However, lack of driving prowess may not be the sole reason of a mishap. You could be inconvenienced due to another rider’s mistake, as well. You could wear a helmet to protect yourself from a head injury. But, a few risks still remain. Let’s take a look at them.

    Risks Faced By Two Wheeler Riders

    1. Loss of earning capacity

    An accident might leave the rider with a permanent disability affecting his/her earning capacity. Or in case of fatal mishaps, besides the trauma of losing a dear one, families might have to shoulder the burden of loss of one earning member. These risks also apply to pillion riders.

    2. Two wheeler damage

    In all likelihood your bike or 2-wheeler could be damaged if it is involved in an accident. You will have to incur repairing charges. In a few cases, a severe impact could lead to irreparable damage, entailing a significant monetary expenditure.

    3. Medical Costs

    Two wheeler riders are also exposed to the risk of rising cost of healthcare, an unavoidable expense in case of accidental injuries. While we cannot eliminate the risk of physical harm we can invest in a simple solution that protects us against the financial repercussions of a road accident. Why worry? Instead be prepared to tackle the situation with ease.

  • Monsoon Tyre Care Tips For Your Bike

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    Essential tips for taking care of your bike’s tyre in this monsoon

    The monsoon season is not only difficult for you on the roads but also for your bike, especially the tyres. After all, they are subjected to conditions that are not conducive to riding. While you can have motorcycle insurance to cover up for any accident, it is better to take precautionary measures to avoid any mishap. Here are four essential monsoon tyre care tips for your bike.

    Make Sure Tyres Have the Right Pressure

    During monsoon, most riders tend to lower the tyre pressure. This is done to increase contact patch between tyre and the roads. However, it is not the right practice. This puts unnecessary stress on the tyre sidewall and makes it vulnerable to punctures.

    It also increases friction leading to the generation of more heat. This has an impact on the tyre's life. At the same time, increasing air pressure will lead to the reduction in contact patch that can lead to the loss of grip. It will also reduce your bike's stopping distance in an emergency.

    You must always:

    • Check tyre pressure once every couple of weeks
    • Use an accurate pressure gauge to measure pressure
    • Maintain pressure according to the recommendation of the manufacturer mentioned in the owner's manual. Insurance for bikes depends on whether you have followed all the instructions properly or not

    Try to Keep the Tyres Clean

    With so much mud and dirt around during rains, it is very difficult to keep the tyres clean. However, with a little care and attention you can achieve great results. You can apply a little wax on the sidewalls of the tyre to keep it shiny. Wax keeps away most of the mud from the tyres.

    You can use this simple and effective method to keep the tyres in top shape during the entire monsoon season. You can also use a tyre polishing foam. A little attention will go a long way in ensuring the longevity of the tyres.

    Purchase Tyre from a Reputed Manufacturer

    Ask any two wheeler insurance agent and he/she will always recommend you to buy your tyre from a reputed manufacturer. Established players, unlike local manufacturers, come up with products that are at par with international standards, thus ensuring optimum performance.

    These manufacturers have strict quality control guidelines to ensure that their products meet the required parameters. Hence, if you wish to switch to new tyres, make sure your next purchase is from a renowned manufacturer.

  • Is Your Two-Wheeler Well-Covered for Monsoons?

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    Prep your two wheeler for the rains!

    Nobody understands the pain of monsoon like two wheeler owners. There’s nothing enjoyable about riding around being completely soaked. But what’s worse than being unprotected from the rain while commuting is that your two wheeler is unshielded from the damage of the monsoon too.

    Riding a two wheeler gets significantly more risky during the rains. Here are a few important and basic monsoon bike prep tips that will help you brave through the season.

    Check the Tyres

    The splashes of rain bring with it mud, muck and wet roads that are hard to get a grip on. One of the first things you need to do this monsoon is to check the condition of your tyres. It’s important that your tires have deep treads as they disperse water and provide the needed grip to avoid road accidents.

    If your tires are old, replace them. Don’t forget to clean the mud off of the grooves before it dries up.

    Lubricate the Chain

    Potholes and puddles are a natural byproduct of the monsoons. You must ensure that your bike’s chain is cleaned frequently. After every 500 kms, use grease or engine oil to lubricate it, as the rain water tends to wash away the lubricant.

    Clean the Engine

    The engine in bikes is usually exposed and this can be a cause for concern during the rains. Make sure to clean the mud off of the engine. While you should do this soon so that the mud doesn’t dry, you should also be careful because the engine is usually hot after a ride.

    Service Your Brake Pads

    An important part of monsoon care for bikes is taking care of their brakes for enhanced two wheeler safety. Whether you bike has disc or drum brakes, rainwater tends to reduce their efficiency. You have to ensure that your brake pads are serviced frequently during the wet months. Remember not to brake too hard, because on wet roads that means uncontrollable skidding.

  • 75% Two Wheelers in India are Uninsured. Is Yours One of Them?

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    Know the importance of insuring your ride

    According to a survey conducted by ICICI Lombard in 2015, two wheelers account for 70% of all the vehicles in India and almost 75% of these are uninsured. Either they are not covered under a policy, or the policy has lapsed. What's even more surprising is that these figures exist even when a third party insurance cover is mandatory for all vehicles.

    The low renewal rate is largely attributed to the limited distributor interest as these policies have small ticket size. ICICI Lombard offers long term two wheeler insurance that reduces the hassle of yearly renewal for up to 3 years and safeguards you and your two wheeler from any unforeseen damage.

    Why You Shouldn't Ride Without Two Wheeler Insurance?

    As per Section 197 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, and the revised Motor Bill 2016, you could be penalised for ₹2,000 or face an imprisonment up to 3 months or both for driving without insurance. But this is just one side of the story. Indian roads are highly vulnerable to accidents and two wheelers are one of the most affected in these accidents.

    According to World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Status Report on Road Safety, around 16.6 lakh people died in road accidents in India in 2013-14. Two wheelers and pedestrians are the worst affected in these accidents. Motorcyclists alone constitute 23% of the overall road traffic deaths in the country. Therefore, a two wheeler insurance for Indian roads is a safe choice.

  • How to Prepare Your Bike for Monsoon?

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    Follow these tips to make riding in the rain a lot easier and safer

    Monsoon has arrived and the heavens have opened their doors. Intermittent showers with heavy rains ensure that the roads are beaten up and riddled with potholes. The rainy season is difficult for commuters and during these months, a bike must be kept in top-notch condition for glitch-free performance. Here are some suggestions that will make riding in this demanding season an effortless and safe affair.

    Maintenance Check

    Unless you prefer your bike to stall in the middle of heavy rains on a waterlogged street, this check is necessary. During rains, the mechanical, and the electrical equipment are prone to malfunction due to water seepage. Taking your bike for routine servicing before the arrival of monsoon will keep you steed fighting fit, even in the heaviest of downpours.


    Since tyres are the only part of the vehicle actually in contact with the road, their well-being cannot be overstated. Ensure that there is enough tread for them to grip the road. Use a one-rupee coin to gauge the tread. This is done by inserting it in the grooves of the tyre; if the coin goes in by 3 mm, then that much rubber is enough for traction on wet roads. If the tread is worn off and the tyre is smooth, then you will have to replace it.


    Brakes are the next most important component that needs to be looked at after the tyres. Brakes ensure stopping power, which is critically required in the rains. Check your brakes for worn out liners or brake pads, as they will not do a good job during braking. It is wise to get your brakes checked, cleaned, and replaced (if necessary) by your trusted mechanic before the onset of monsoon. You should also look at the level of brake oil to get best performance.


    A bike is only as good as the one riding it, so the rider also needs to have proper gear before taking the bike out for a spin. A protective gear that is appropriate for the rains should be used. Waterproof jacket, gloves, helmets, and kneepads are essential for keeping the rider dry and warm. If the rider is comfortable, he will have better focus and concentration to take on the surprises the roads can throw during the rains.

  • Purchasing a Bike, Read This

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    Bikes are simple. Two wheels, one engine and a great sense of freedom. However, in life, simplicity comes with a price. Therefore, before you swing your leg over the leather and kick that stand back in its place, here are a few aspects to consider.

    Intention of the Ride

    Consider your needs first. The purpose of your ride will greatly influence the type of bike you should opt for. If you want to make a style statement among your friends, choose a sports bike.

    If you travel long distances often, then a touring bike or a cruiser will be a better option. For regular commute in heavy traffic, pick an economic bike.

    The Precious Price Factor

    How much is too much? Do a comprehensive online as well as offline research to check out prices. Don't be surprised if you find the online prices to be lower than your expectations. These might be the ex-showroom prices and not on-the-road prices.

    Bike dealers will help you with financing options, so that the cost doesn't burn a hole in your pocket.


    While selecting a bike, ergonomics (bioengineering) plays a crucial role. The beast you choose must be comfortable during both the test rides and the subsequent long rides.

    While riding, ensure that there is only moderate pressure on the wrists, due to weight. Ideally, the handlebar shouldn't be too far to reach and your knee shouldn't be bent more than necessary.

    Seat height is important, especially for those with shorter stature. Recently, bike manufacturers have shifted focus to low saddle height with specific focus on females as pillion riders.

    Adequate wind protection is often neglected while selecting a bike. You don't want to be tired out after long rides, because of the elements beating you down. A good wind deflector will protect you from this.

    Skill and Experience

    Riding a bike is undoubtedly fun, but it could also be lethal if done wrong. Therefore, assess your skills and abilities and choose a bike with a performance you can handle.

    Going for a crotch rocket (bikes featuring high cc) in the learning stage could get you into trouble. On the other hand, those with mastery and experience would truly appreciate a faster ride.

    Fuel Efficiency Matters

    Most bike manufacturers spend huge amounts in research and development to ensure maximum fuel efficiency. According to the Automotive Research Association of India, the fuel efficiency of most Indian bikes orbit around 60 kmpl (indicative figure).

    The Actual Cost of Ownership

    Ask friends and family who own bike models, like the one you plan to buy, regarding the actual maintenance and ownership costs. Alternatively, you may also check and post your queries on online forums and biking clubs.

    More than one factor determines the actual cost of ownership:

  • The best superbikes of 2014

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    The only apt adjective associated with a superbike is, well, speed. Technically, any bike with an engine displacement above 500 cubic centimetres qualifies as a superbike. Arguably, the fastest street legal production bike today is the Suzuki Hayabusa with a 1340 cc engine. It is capable of reaching speeds of between 188 and 194 mph, although some might plead their case in favour of the MV Agusta F4 R312. The "312" (kms, making it 194 mph) in the name is said to be the highest speed the bike can supposedly achieve, according to the manufacturers.

    Bimota DB8 Oro Nero

    Did you know that Bimota, a small Italian manufacturer of some of the finest motorcycles in the world is named after the three founders - Bianchi, Morri, Tamburini? This aesthetically-sculpted bike isn't made on an assembly line. Every model is hand crafted. Oro Nero means "black gold." Looking at this beauty, we wouldn't have agreed to any other name. And Oh! Did you notice the price tag? With only 8 bikes for sale this year, you could well buy a top-end BMW car, if you care.

    Ducati 1199 Panigale

    - At the heart of this beauty is a Superquadro, L-twin cylinder, liquid cooled engine, which is a structural element of the bike, rather than a standalone unit fitted onto the chassis. This creates a perfect amalgam of power and stability. Ducati has always set high standards and with this masterpiece, they have outdone themselves. Did you know that this bike is fitted with Pirelli Diablo tyres? Diablo means "Devil" in Spanish. Only the Devil can help this bike muster speeds in excess of 186 mph.

    Hesketh 24

    - This British bike has its unique place in history. The company has gone through some torrid times but now after a revival of sorts, it has launched the "24," a limited-edition bike with only 24 units to be sold internationally. The company, though, plans to produce a twin-seater version of the 24 later. Those who know Hesketh, know the F1 roots of the company, with James Hunt's famous 1975 victory at the Zandvoort circuit. The number on Hunt's car was 24 and hence the name of the new model.

  • Five Mantras for Perfect Riding

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    Moto-mantras for a better ride

    It is always advisable to be well acquainted with your new ride in controlled conditions under the supervision of a professional. The following are neither skills nor tips and tricks. They are 5 Moto-mantras that will help make your ride a better one.

    Ride Your Own Ride

    Do not try to hunt when you cannot keep the kill. If the rider ahead of you is going beyond your capabilities, let him. If a rider tries to overtake you from any side or try to win an undeclared race, let him.

    Attempting to compete with other riders or riding beyond your normal capabilities might prove to be fatal, both physically and legally.

    Dress for the Crash; Not for the Ride

    This is mandatory for both city rides as well as for long rides. Having the maximum protection during a crash certainly reduces the chances of any serious injury. Besides, it’s always best to invest in a good riding gear than spending on medical expenses.

    Slowing Traffic? Scan the Surroundings

    Whenever traffic slows down suddenly, it is always advisable to stay to the left or right of the car ahead of you. This provides a quick escape route when needed. Also, always ride in a gear lower than you usually would, so you may jump forward instantly when prompted.

    Watch out for spilled oil or fuel that shows up as shiny pavement. Sand and gravel can be more difficult to spot. Being vigilant can avert an accident!

    Always Have a Maneuverable Backup

    Bikes may be light in weight, but this also makes them extremely maneuverable in case things get ugly on the streets. There’s almost always an escape route. Your ability to move left or right within a lane enables you to see what is ahead and gives you a lot of extra time to react.

  • Top 5 Global Bike Brands

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    Motorbikes in Grand Prix race

    While bikes are an eternal global fad, a leading brand or topmost player in the market is an ever-changing subject. Style, speed, handling, reliability and affordability play key roles in determining the masses' choice. Several brands mesmerize buyers with an aura of exclusivity but are simply not economical. It is important to strike a balance between luxury and necessity while choosing a bike.

    Some motorbike brands consistently retain a global presence by excellent promotions and high quality standards. Read on to know the top five best-selling brands around the world.

    Honda -"You meet the nicest people on a Honda"

    This Japanese brand, famous for its innovative technology, is one of the most trusted motor vehicles on road. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is the world's largest manufacturer of motorbikes as well as internal combustion engines.

    Leading production since 1959, the company has several subsidiaries around the globe, including the popular Honda Motor Co., Inc. of North America a.k.a. AHM (American Honda Motor Co., Inc.).

    Watch out for Honda's latest sports bike model, CBR600RR7. It boasts of a 600 cc 'Dual Sequential Fuel Injected Inline-four' engine having the smallest dimensions in its class.

    Yamaha -"Revs your heart"

    With a long history of creativity and inexhaustible spirit of challenge, Yamaha is a popular brand among motorists around the world.

    Their bikes have gained popularity for smooth running, stylish body, and blend of rugged and subtle features.

    Harley-Davidson - "American by birth. Rebel by choice"

    These heavy-duty bikes captured the market for their macho design and muscular looks. They continue to instill a sense of pride and personal freedom for every American.

    The stylish design of these bulky giants comes with a thrill and luxury not many can match. A brand so popular, it is endorsed by motorbike clubs, celebrated by events and even has a museum to its credit!

    Kawasaki - "Let the good times roll"

    The engaging tagline of Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA has done its job in elevating the brand's image. Popular for its durability and range of adventure bikes, Kawasaki has maintained a healthy market presence.

    From superbikes and touring scooters to sturdy off-road rides, Kawasaki continues to lure the crowds with its performance-enhanced technology and attractive ergonomic designs.

  • What Happens When You Do Not Buy a Two Wheeler Insurance?

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    Uninsured two wheelers can put you into legal troubles resulting in hefty fines

    Two-wheeler third party insurance is mandatory in India, yet a majority of riders share a different outlook and consider it as an added financial burden. According to a survey by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), 75% of two wheelers on Indian roads have either no or lapsed insurance. Riding without insurance might be an oversight or just a way to save money. Either way, if you are one of the 75%, you may face one or more of the below-mentioned consequences.

    Legal Liabilities

    A comprehensive two-wheeler insurance is essential for a rider’s security. It offers the much needed cover in the event of occurrence of an untoward incident. If you are riding without a comprehensive two wheeler insurance, you will have to pay for all the repair costs after an accident, which can be a costly affair.

    Things can get even worse when a third party is involved. If in the accident, the third party is injured, or worse, dead, it could mean a major legal and financial crisis for you. To save yourself the trouble, it is better to have a valid comprehensive two-wheeler insurance policy that will take care of all the expenses and also protect you against any legal liability.

    Heavy Penalties

    Riding a two wheeler that has no insurance or lapsed insurance is illegal according to the Motor Vehicles Act. Thus, if the authorities catch you without insurance, there will be certain penalties that you’ll have to endure. These penalties can come in the form of 3 months of imprisonment, a fine up to ₹ 1,000, or both.

    Tedious Process

    Renewing a lapsed two wheeler policy is a time-consuming affair involving filling paperwork and other hassles. It is similar to obtaining a new policy, where the two wheeler will again be physically inspected. There is also a high probability of the insurer charging a higher premium or rejecting the proposal altogether. It would be convenient as well as cheaper for you to keep a track of the policy and renew bike insurance before the expiry date.

  • How Adequate Is Your Two Wheeler Cover? Checklist of Benefits

    by nikesh lakhani | Aug 17, 2021

    A checklist of benefits to evaluate the effectiveness of your two wheeler Cover

    As per a UNICEF report, India has more road accident casualties than in any other part of the world. In India, a road accident happens every minute and every four minutes a person dies in an accident.

    Accidents may happen because of anyone’s negligence and can damage you both physically and financially. Insuring your two wheeler is a smart choice for Indian roads. Not only it is mandatory by law but also it is your responsibility towards yourself. Apart from financial losses in an accident, a two wheeler insurance will provide coverage from losses incurred in natural and manmade disasters.

    Types of Two Wheeler Insurance

    Depending on the nature of losses and the party insured, two wheeler insurance can be classified into:

    • Third Party Liability (TPL) Cover: This cover has been mandated by the Indian Motor Vehicles Act (1988) and provides cover to any person other than the owner, injured in an accident.
    • Own Damage Cover: This cover protects the owner against any damage to his two wheeler arising due to accident or theft.
    • Personal Accident Cover: This cover offers compensation on death or permanent disability along with reimbursement of accidental hospitalisation expenses.

    Checklist of Benefits

    Before you buy a two wheeler insurance, here is a checklist of benefits that you should look for:

    • Long Term Insurance: This prevents you from the hassles of annual policy renewal, offers exciting discounts on premium and insulation from an annual rise in third party premium.
    • Online Purchase: Online insurance purchase removes middlemen and the payments made are processed through secured payment gateways.
    • Cashless Service: Insurers these days have a vast network of garages all over the country where you can make easy cashless claims.
    • Co-Passenger Cover: Several insurers offer a personal accident cover for co-passengers as well.
    • Renewal Discount: Many insurers provide a discount on policy renewal for no claim during policy term.
    • Convenience of Payment: Almost every insurer offers net banking and mobile banking facilities these days.
    • 24 X 7 Assistance: Ensure that your insurer provides 24 X 7 call and online chat support.

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