What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?
In our number of stories, we have repeatedly said that the Indian two wheeler market is one tough field to study. The kind of demands we Indians do ask from two-wheeler makers are quite hard to conquer, as we want literally everything in one product.
Keeping in view of such demands from a very competitive market, the manufacturers too are doing a tremendous job by offering products which are offering a good blend of all the traits in one single package. Out of all these products, some do hit the sales charts with massive popularity, while some of them end up being average or low sellers, despite being a brilliant piece of engineering and design.
In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on the latter category of motorcycles and scooters, ones which are not selling as expected despite being wonderful in one way or the other. Here’s a list of all such unfortunate and underrated motorcycles and scooters, and we seriously wish that they do post impressive numbers for their makers:-
DSK Huosung launched the limited edition Aquila 250
DSK Hyosung might not be the favourite brand in town, but they have some serious potential machines that could give a stiff stare to the competition. One of them is the Hyosung Aquila 250 that was launched in 2014. Doing so, it officially became the most affordable V-twin cruiser available in India today.
For 2107, the bike received an update with three new colour options and this updated version is set to be a limited run of only 100 units. There are however no mechanical changes on this and also seems to miss out on the Automatic Headlamp On feature that seems to come on all the updates by other manufacturers. Neither is the engine BS-IV compliant.
2017 Hyosung GD250R
The Korean manufacturer has been really trying hard with having a success in the Indian market for a long time. All their success stories, if any, have been very short lived and with six models in the country, they have not managed to make a mark at the leader boards due their sky rocket pricing and cut-throat competition.
But without giving up on their standing chance, Hyosung have been undergoing a rescue mission and developed a new platform for their smaller capacity motorcycles. And the first iteration from them is the GD250R. It features a single-cylinder motor and is aimed at a full faired sport segment.
We all had seen the GD250N that Hyosung showcased at the Auto Expo in Delhi a couple of years back and it generated considerable interest. But it failed to launch and we are still waiting for it. Some reported about the homologation process taking too long and then came the costing, which the authorities at DSK thought that it will eat up the Benelli’s TNT25 pie. The authorities were in talks about having a manufacturing unit setup in India apart from the assembly plant in Wai, Maharashtra, which also doubles up as the assembly plant for Benelli. But that was the last we heard about the GD series until we saw spy shots of the GD250R running on Indian streets. And looking at the motorcycle, faith seems to have gotten restored.
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N
When we talk about the Indian two wheeler market in person, this fastest growing market in the world for two wheelers, which perhaps will become the biggest as well in the upcoming years surpassing the markets positioned above it, has shown a tremendous shift in terms of customer preferences. Within this market, if we talk about the performance oriented segments as well, the category of 200-250cc motorcycles has become the range starting class, unlike that of the 150cc commuters as before.
Due to this shift, sense of increased maturity and flow of money, the riders are now looking out for middleweight motorcycles more, while upgrading their riding skills from a 200-250cc motorcycle. This has resulted in an increased interest and sales numbers of middleweight category motorcycles. Since the liter class superbikes are a bit impractical for their upgrade and usage, the middleweight motorcycles are currently considered to be the best bet to be their next purchase. The middleweight segment of motorcycles consists of all kinds of motorcycles right now, with the segment of roadsters being the most practical and preferred ones, which is quite reflected in their sales numbers as well. Currently, the Indian market has four different motorcycles in this space of 600-800cc roadsters – Kawasaki ER-6n, Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N.
However, Kawasaki has recently announced that it will soon be replacing the aging and dated ER-6n with an all new generation motorcycle, the Z650, which is a roadster based on the new generation Ninja 650. Like the ER-6n, the Z650 will continue the rivalry of Kawasaki with its competitors – Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N, all of which have varying strengths of their own. All these four motorcycles are made here via the CKD route, which explains their affordable pricing as well. Which brings us to the quest that which one of the four emerges out to be the best bet for your money? Let’s find out:-
In a country that is price conscious, it was a gamble played by motorcycle manufacturers when they decided to bring in their higher segment motorbikes. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. And the gamble payed off. People started investing in premium motorcycles that were lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. To help you have a clear decision making ability, we have compiled 10 bikes that fall under ₹ 5 lakhs that can suffice all your needs and dreams of owning a bike that can be both practical and fun to ride.
List of 400-650cc middleweight motorcycles in India
After the quarter liter category of 200-400cc motorcycles, if there is one category of motorcycles which is growing at a rapid pace, it has to be that of the 400-650cc motorcycles. Preferred more by the seasoned riders, this category of motorcycles is the most sensible way of stepping up from a quarter liter category, to satiate the growing hunger of power and better riding capabilities, which does the job of honing one’s riding skills in an even better way.
Unlike the previous decade in which we were left to choose only from a couple of options, the Indian enthusiasts are now spoilt with a variety of options to pick up one from. Right from a sport tourer to a naked streetfighter to an adventure motorcycle and even one café racer, this segment has now got everything which one can imagine, including from the motorcycles from both home-grown manufacturers as well as international players.
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every motorcycle which falls in this woo-worthy category of 400-650cc. It is upon you to decide which option to put your hand down as your next dream machine. Here you go:-
List of Quarter Litre (200-400cc) motorcycles available in India: PART 2
This is actually the continuation of the quarter litre (200-400 cc) motorcycles available in the Indian market..
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every single motorcycle which falls under this space of Indian two wheeler industry, which ranges from naked roadsters to adventure motorcycles.
List of quarter liter (200-400cc) motorcycles available in India: PART 1
If there is one segment which is witnessing the fastest growth in the two wheeler industry, it has to be the quarter liter segment. This category, which consists of motorcycles ranging from 200cc to 400cc engines, has been in a solid action in the past 3-4 years, witnessing the arrival of new kinds of motorcycles, which were almost unheard in the market before. This segment is the new stepping stone for all those riders who have a craving for performance and wish to upgrade from their100-150cc commuters.
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every single motorcycle which falls under this space of Indian two wheeler industry, which ranges from naked roadsters to adventure motorcycles. Here you go:-
Comparison – Benelli Tornado 302 vs Yamaha YZF R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs Hyosung GT 250R
The premium end of the quarter liter motorcycle segment has recently witnessed a lot of action like never before. A segment which was alive only due to the sole presence of Kawasaki Ninja 300 has hit a storm with the arrival of two very potent motorcycles, the KTM RC 390 and the Yamaha YZF R3.
The KTM RC 390, when launched in 2014, rewrote the rules of the segment, by offering a mind boggling package and spectacular performance to price ratio. Without any doubts, the motorcycle went on becoming an overnight success, making the brand as new as KTM a popular nameplate. However, for more seasoned riders, who look for a more mature twin cylinder motorcycle to upgrade from their single cylinder motorcycles, the RC 390 is out of equation
The excitement of the motorcycling enthusiasts reached an all new height when Yamaha unveiled its all new quarter liter sportsbike, the YZF R3, before the end of 2014. And when it announced that the R3 will be subsequently launched in the emerging markets, which happened in the Indian market in 2015 the potential buyers and fans were left with one viable option against the Ninja 300 from the land of the rising sun.
And now, the Italian marquee Benelli, which after raking in some interesting numbers with its range of naked streetfighters, is now coming up with its first fully faired motorcycle in the Indian market, the Tornado 302. The motorcycle will also have to face the rivalry from the motorcycle which started it all – the first twin cylinder 250cc motorcycle of India, Hyosung GT 250 R. Following is a comprehensive comparison of all these four motorcycles – Hyosung GT 250 R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Benelli Tornado 302 and Yamaha YZF R3 – based on various parameters:-
In the Indian two wheeler market, Hyosung might not be a name as synonymous as that of its Japanese peers like Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki, but the manufacturer will always be credited for initiating the market of middleweight motorcycles in India, which has reached an all new level in terms of the number and variety of products you can choose from.
The Korea-based manufacturer has been known in India for its GT 250R and GT 650R sportsbikes as well as range of cruisers. Out of all its motorcycles, the ST7 happens to be its flagship offering in the Indian market. Now, the ST7 is on sale in India since the inception of brand Hyosung in the Indian market, much before the alliance of DSK Motowheels and Hyosung was materialized.
In recent times, the new and better Aquila offerings might have overtook the ST7 in terms of overall sales volumes and aspirational value, but for those who want a big and proper cruiser bike, the ST7 is still there on sale, and now comes as a slightly refreshed package to keep up with changing times. Let’s have a quick look on the Hyosung’s flagship offering, the ST7 cruiser.
Hyosung arrived in India at that time, when the two wheeler market here in the country was in a very nascent stage. For a new and globally less popular than other big bike marques, Hyosung had a quite successful start with the Comet and Aquila range of midsize superbikes, which were introduced through Kinetic Automobiles.
After a very brief stint with Kinetic Automobiles, Hyosung re-entered the Indian market in a full-fledged manner by launching its performance oriented motorcycles ranging between 250cc to 750cc. In this way, Hyosung had, and still has, the most versatile lineup of mid-range superbikes in the nation.
With a sorted product portfolio comprising of fully faired sportbikes and middleweight cruisers, Hyosung has the only naked roadster offering in the form of GT650N, The GT650N was the first middleweight naked motorcycle to make its way into the Indian market. Though the GT650N is not a too much talked about motorcycle in front of the breed of modern day middleweight roadsters, but the motorcycle still holds a candle when it comes to brute performance and big bike appeal. Here’s a quick look on the new Hyosung GT650R.
The second edition of Indian Super League (ISL) is on full throttle. FC Goa is one of the strong contenders for the title. They started their journey from hotel before the game against Chennaiyin FC in an unique way, when they were escorted by 36 DSK Benelli and Hyosung motorcycles to the Fatorda stadium.
The unique ride was flagged off by the team’s co-owner Mr. Shrinivas Dempo and the CEO of the franchise Mr. Sukhwinder Singh was riding along the bikers. Incidentally, team FC Goa’s latest associate sponsors this year in DSK Dream City has taken the initiative to roar along with the Gaurs from the team hotel to the home fortress. A few days ago, the DSK Benelli Goa showroom was inaugurated by Mr. Dempo in the presence of team FC Goa’s marquee player Lucio, Jofre Mateu Gonzalez and Goan superstars Romeo Fernandes and Mandar Rao Dessai.
Mr. Singh was jovially awaiting to spot an orange bike at the launch until he set his eyes on the TNT 600i limited edition gold model, powered by a 600 cc, four stroke and liquid cooled engine that is tuned to generate 80.5 bhp of peak power at 11500 rpm and a maximum torque of 54.6 Nm at 10500 rpm with only 60 units manufactured in India. Benelli, the Italian bike maker currently has five models in its India portfolio -TNT 300, TNT 600i, TNT 600 GT, TNT 899 and TNT R 1130 with price ranging from INR. 2.83 lakhs to INR. 11.81 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The company, which entered the Indian market in March this year, sells its bikes through its Indian partner, DSK Motowheels.
There are some motorcycles in the Indian market which have went on writing success stories for being pioneers in some aspect or the other. While a majority of these bikes have departed in the history books, some continue to glorify the market even today.
But there exist a class of motorcycles, which after having a successful run in the market, were shown the doors by their manufacturer. But sooner or later, the manufacturer of such bikes realized that those very products still had the potential to give the established players of the market a run for their money. Which is why, these bikes were brought back or relaunched in the Indian market.
But it has to be known that the Indian two wheeler market is not too forgiving like most of the other international markets. Once an image of a product is imprinted on the minds of the consumers here, it is very hard for the companies to revive that image, even if it’s on a positive note, so as to improve it even further. This is the reason why the respective manufacturers took the opportunity of relaunching such bikes with an all new name.
Now this class if bikes usually are the same models which were discontinued by their makers. But in most of the cases, the companies have used the opportunity to ralaunch the bikes with a couple of noticeable changes, apart from a different name. We bring to you a list of ten such bikes, which were discontinued by their parent makers for some reasons, but were brought back in the wake of some amount of customer interest still alive for them. Some of them were hits, while others proved to be duds even after being excellent packages. Here’s the list of those ten bikes.
Cruisers are only second to faired sportsbikes, when it comes to popularity and acceptance in the Indian two wheeler market. The success which Royal Enfield has gained in the recent past has encouraged other manufacturers to sit back and think about this very segment of cruisers with utmost importance and attention.
In the recent times, the cruiser segment has seen a lot of action not only in the high end premium superbike category, but also in the middleweight segments as well. A number of cruisers have been launched from various global players, which have an engine configuration in the range of 500-800cc. Some are even in their way and will soon make their appearance in the Indian market. The segment of middle weight motorcycles is perhaps the widest – starting from the 500cc Royal Enfields at a price of almost Rs.1.5 lakh, and extending all the way up to 883cc Harley Davidsons priced at a touch above Rs. 9.5 lakh.
Here’s a list of all the ten most prominent cruisers, which have been glorifying the middleweight segment of motorcycles in the Indian two wheeler market:-
The Indian motorcycling scenario has witnessed a large growth in recent times, and has come up a long way from being a nation of only puny 100cc commuters to a mixed bag of commuters to flagship superbikes. For those riders who have been riding the motorcycles with the engine capacity below 150cc, now have a wide variety of motorcycles to choose from. He now has various kinds of motorcycles, among which he can choose one to which he can upgrade and fulfill his increasing demands of performance. Following is a list of top ten motorcycles below Rs. 4 lakh mark, among which one can upgrade to a true blue performance machine on two wheels. The list contains everything, ranging from twin cylinder fully faired sportbikes to single cylinder naked streetfighters. So here you go, start reading, dreaming and saving for one, and if you have one, be proud of your machine.
In the Indian two wheeler market, the segment which has shown the most rapid growth in recent times is the middleweight sportsbike category. The segment, which was limited to only a couple of motorcycles a year or two before, is now filled with motorcycles ranging from naked roadsters to cruisers.
But we Indians have a thing for full fairings, which makes the faired sportsbikes the hot favorites among all the sportsbikes available in the middleweight segment. It is the reason why every other manufacturer wants to have its own share of success in this very segment. Only till last year, the segment was limited to only two bikes in the Indian market, Kawasaki Ninja 650 and Hyosung GT 650R. Both these motorcycles had their own stints of success in the recent past, which thus have made them recognizable names in the Indian two wheeler market.
But now, the segment has seen the arrival of more contemporary motorcycles in the form of Benelli TNT 600 GT and Honda CBR 650F. Unlike the previously available motorcycles in this space, both these new entrants offer a very new experience with fresher designs and more importantly, more refined and powerful four cylinder engines. With the game spicing up like never before, let’s have a look on all these four middle weight sportsbikes, and based on their distinctive credentials, let’s find out which motorcycle gains the top spot among the four.