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Thread: What would an Adventure Tourer for India be like? (for thesis project's research)

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    Default What would an Adventure Tourer for India be like? (for thesis project's research)

    Hello there!

    I had introduced myself as an Industrial Design student of NID in your "Who are you" section and had explained what i was doing with Project X-Spec. You can know more about it in it's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/XSPEC.MX or visit that thread: http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/who-you/27205-quick-introduction.html

    So what's really going on?
    As an avid off-road enthusiast, i see this country has everything (topographically) to become the mecca of off-road motorsports and adventure touring. I kept experimenting and learning through enhancing the Hero Impulse in ways that could make it a Commuter, Adventure Tourer & a Rally Raid motorcycle at the same time. This was one of my classroom projects in college which was like a bit of background homework for my thesis. So this grad project of mine, deals with understanding the needs of tourers like you and the needs of rally raiders in India.This time though, i'm not following any specific chassis or making something that's fully functional. I'm building on a concept that attempts to rethink on how we can help off-road motorsports grow in India. The end product will be a full size clay model like you must have seen of the BMW 1200GS (http://www.ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/web-P90104556_highRes.jpg).

    I'm lucky to have the support & guidance of 4 eminent personalities who've created history in this area and they are CS Santosh, Anand Dharmaraj, Vijay Parmar & Bharadwaj Dayala.
    The reason i'm posting about it here, is due to the fact that during my research stage (which is happening right now) i would have questions or surveys that i would want you guys to answer, so that i know the expectations of a professional, enthusiast & an aspirant (in both segments). This is a 6 month long project and it has officially started since 30th March, 2015.

    I've been going through the "Tourer" section of xBhp and its been quite a journey i must say. The travelogues are great but to read them all would take me a year! Especially coz i need to find where the problems lie. So that's what i'm looking for to gain insights and develop my detailed design brief. Contrary to popular belief, design is not only aethetics. That's the last part of the process. It tries to understand the need first and the target audience and helps in conceptualizing the end product that may be unconventional but would have a direction that could be of use. This stage of development happens when a company starts off a project. Its when the designers finish a stage of conceptualization, the engineers come in and collaborate. That is when you see a concept in an expo. But i'm not starting any company or doing this for one. This is what i chose for my thesis as i'm very passionate about this subject.

    You guys have been through a lot of adventures and have shared every detail of it. If you don't mind, could you share some crucial factors that deal with adventure touring in India and what, according to you, needs to be the features of such a motorcycle if ever there is one. Your thoughts could be non-feasible, crazy, stupid, etc to other people but they would mean a lot to me as it would help me understand the real need. Yes, I've studied adventure touring motorcycles but i'm more interested to know things that are contextual to India and i feel you guys are the best people to ask for the same.


    Looking forward to you feedback and the start of a real insightful thread.


    Cheers!


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    Default Re: What would an Adventure Tourer for India be like? (for thesis project's research)

    For starters, it should have a 20-25 litres tank, and engine displacement should be 200-400cc. Should have ready provision for panniers/box. SHOULD have kickstarter.
    Motorcycling heals, big time...

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    Default Re: What would an Adventure Tourer for India be like? (for thesis project's research)

    As India being a mileage conscious, bike should return 30/35 kmpl. Should have good amount if torque, top speed around 150 is enough as per my view. Good fat front suspensions to take down craters on our road.

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    Apart from the aspects already mentioned above, the must-haves are:

    (1) Smooth buzz-free engine
    (2) Good ground clearance, without sacrificing on a lower saddle height (since the majority of us Indians are still under 6 feet tall). Something like the Impulse, maybe?
    (3) Fully Laden Weight lesser than 180 kg
    (4) Petrol tank capacity in excess of 18 litres
    (5) Adjustable wind shield for long highway stints
    (6) Engine bash plate for the Leh kind of rides
    (7) Bungee hooks
    (8) Rear rack to mount luggage without taking up the pillion seat
    (9) Great tyres that are grippy in nature without being too fast-wearing (something that lasts around 18k kms and can be taken occasionally offroad should be fine)
    (10) ABS that can be turned off as per terrain
    (11) Centre stand to do wayside maintenance


    Nice to haves:
    (1) Pillion friendly seat, since the newer bikes are ridiculous in terms of comfort for the pillion
    (2) Indicator flashers

    All the best wishes for your project. Do share the results with us
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    Wow! Thank you so much for your response. It's really helping me understand the scenario here in India.
    I'm making the questionnaire that digs a bit deeper. I'll share it with you guys in a couple of days.

    Really looking forward to know more about this subject, contextual to India!


    Cheers!
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    Default Re: What would an Adventure Tourer for India be like? (for thesis project's resea...

    Hello there!

    The questionnaire is ready and I'm waiting to hear from you guys!
    Do choose which category you belong to and fill it up at your leisure.




    Adventure Tourer Aspirant: http://goo.gl/forms/7TILuUQRmr
    Adventurer: http://goo.gl/forms/piy5vEFxp1

    Rally Raid Aspirant: http://goo.gl/forms/kTyI31uaMF
    Rally Raid Enthusiast: http://goo.gl/forms/OZp9JzRqbP
    Rally Raid Professional: http://goo.gl/forms/LmpqMU5Ndf

    Thanks a tonne for your help and support. This really means a lot.


    Cheers!
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    Hey Aniket! I have been following your page on Facebook and have been really impressed with your works. Offroading, except for sports/racing, in India is still developing as a genre of motorcycling. As lay people, we don't have much choice for a capable machine rather than the Impulse. Yet we make do with whatever make of bike we have.

    As an offroading enthusiast, i feel the handlebar-seat-pegs relation is very important on an offroad/adventure bike; or be it anybike for that matter. These traid combo add a lot of feel to the ride - sporty (rear set), cruiser (slightly front set), commuter, etc.

    Good headlights are also very much important - be it detachable or fixed. The spread and intensity of the beam should be bright n wide enough to instill confidence to the rider during night riding.

    All the best with the project!

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