There was a time when the Indian two wheeler market was conscious about only two things – price and fuel efficiency. The purchase of a particular motorcycle or scooter was purely dependent on these two major factors, with the aspects like design, performance and riding dynamics taking a back seat.
However, with the changing times, the priorities have begun to change, and people are not minding to spend the additional dough from their pocket, provided they get additional performance, style and equipment. The results have been so dramatic that what we have got now is a range of some super exotic motorcycles with pricing equivalent to a 2BHK apartment.
In this feature list, we are going to have a look on the fifteen most expensive motorcycles available in the Indian market, which have started a new trend of trading in for luxury and exotic motorcycles. Following are those mean machines:-
Tagged as the most lavish motorcycle available in the Indian market, the Harley Davidson CVO Limited’s luxury car-shaming price tag of Rs. 49.32 Lakh may make you feel as if it is ridiculous. Well, to some extent, it is ridiculously high, but on deep inspection, the truth actually unfurls. This mammoth cruiser from Harley Davidson has got the best attention-to-detailing on any motorcycle across the globe, with all the inputs taken from the Project Rushmore from Harley Davidson. With a heavily customized bodywork full of chrome and genuine leather, a super exclusive infotainment system with some best-in-business sound inputs, full LED headlights and a gigantic V-twin 1801cc 156 Nm engine, the Harley Davidson CVO Limited feels like no other motorcycle on the planet, and is above all as far as customization on two wheels is concerned.
If you want an extremely powerful motorcycle not for your daily office commute or your weekend getaway to a countryside valley, but for that occasional track day at your nearest circuit, just to unleash your cornering skills and the power of your motorcycle at its best, there is no other motorcycle in India which could give this kind of feel in as purest form as that of the Ducati Panigale R. Born for the race track and not for legal roads which misses out on crucial bits like rear fender, turn indicators and rear view mirrors, the Panigale R is the most extreme supersport one could buy in India. With track optimized geometry, racing suspension, extensive list of electronics, lithium ion battery and a titanium exhaust by Akrapovic, the Panigale R offers you the best track experience. Based on the previous generation Panigale 1199, the Panigale R has a Superquadro L-twin, 1198cc 206 PS engine and is priced at a whopping Rs. 46.11 lakh.
So, if you think that the Panigale R is way too extreme for you, you don’t have frequent track visits and want a Panigale which is equally at home on both track as well as roads, Ducati has a lesser aggressive 1299 Panigale S just for you. Powered by a Superquadro L-twin 1285cc 206 PS engine, which is bigger than the engine of the Panigale R, the Panigale S sacrifices some of the weight saving measures as well as a couple of equipment from the Panigale R, however, it retains most of the best-in-class electronic riding aids from the Panigale R as well as . The Ducati 1299 Panigale has been priced at Rs. 39.96 lakh, which makes it the most expensive road-legal supersport one can buy in India.
From day one, the American giant Indian Motorcycles has established itself as the most lavish cruiser maker in the Indian two wheeler market, which makes machines truly for the classes and not the masses, something which Harley Davidson avoided by introducing the ‘cheap’ Street 750. Coming out of the stable of the Indian Motorcycles as the most lavish and expensive motorcycle is the Indian Roadmaster, a full sized tourer, which is handcrafted and painstakingly designed with some of the best materials one can use for making a motorcycle. The Indian Roadmaster is armed with some very luxury features such as chrome finished materials, leather upholstery, arm rests and back rest for pillion rider, trunk bags, exclusively made built-in audio system and additional saddle bags. Powering the Roadmaster is the same Thunderstroke V-twin 1811cc 138.9 Nm engine, which powers the rest of the motorcycles of Indian, except the Scout range.
If there is an award needed to be given for the most timeless, exotic and beautifully designed supersport sometime, the MV Agusta F4 RR grabs the top spot, for the motorcycle boasts of an artwork like no other supersport. Designed specifically for those motorcycling enthusiasts who value design as well as performance equally, the MV Agusta F4 RR, just like the Ducati Panigale R, is a track specific bike which is not meant legally to be ridden on roads, but is made for those occasional track day outs, as the ‘RR’ suffix speaks! Equipped with MVICS (Motor and Vehicle Integrated Control System) technology, ELDOR electronics package with ride-by-wire and four engine maps, inertial lean angle sensor, 8-level traction control, Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and many more, the MV Agusta F4 RR comes fitted with an inline-four 999cc engine, which produces 202 PS of power. The motorcycle has been priced at Rs. 35.71 lakh.
Before the advent of the Indian Roadmaster, the Chieftain was once upon a time the flagship model from Indian, which do misses out on some of the equipment of the Roadmaster, but is nowhere lower to it as far as luxury and quality is concerned. Having the same Thunderstroke 111 1811cc 138.9 Nm engine under the humongous skin, the Chieftain does retain some of the very exclusive features from the Roadmaster, such as the front huge windshield with LED headlight and auxiliary lights, large fuel tank, leather upholstery, cruise control, 100W audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and saddlebags. However, the rear profile of the Chieftain is substantially different from that of the Roadmaster, with the former missing out on trunk bags, pillion backrest and arm rests, which are made of genuine leather. The Indian Chieftain has been priced at Rs. 33.96 lakh.
BMW Motorrad has always been known for making some of the very exclusive and state-of-the-art motorcycles in its entire life span, and the K 1600 GT is one of them. Being one of the handful of full sized sport tourers available in the country, the K 1600 GT boasts of some very expensive and purposeful equipment, like the large electrically adjustable windshield with full LED headlamps and auxiliary lights, extensive range of electronic riding aids, built-in audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, saddle bags, and most importantly, BMW’s legendary inline six layout for the 1649cc engine, which produces a maximum power output of 118 kW. The motorcycle is armed with the best-in-business suspension and brake setup, which will make you feel that the every penny spent of the Rs. 33.80 lakh price tag is purely worth of it.
The Honda Goldwing needs no introduction, as it is this nameplate which has made the concept of sport tourers this famous. This flagship motorcycle from Honda is recorded in the history books as the most legendary sport tourer, with an iconic design which made its debut only two years back. The horizontally opposed six cylinder layout for the 1832cc engine which makes 87 kW of power, built-in audio system with integrated speakers, saddle bags and trunk bags, small storage spaces at the front, back rest and arm rests for pillion rider and two stage leather seats are some of the major highlights of the motorcycle. However, the most talked about point of the Honda Goldwing GL 1800 is the fact that it is the only motorcycle available in the Indian market to feature a rider airbag. This flagship Honda will set you back by Rs. 33.70 lakh.
So, if you though that the 1299 Panigale S too is a bit too out of reach for you, and you can compromise on some of the fancy bits and a couple of electronic riding aids of the 1299 Panigale S, the entry level 1299 Panigale is for you. This standard 1299 Panigale does have the same drop-dead gorgeous design of the 1299 Panigale S, however, it misses out on the carbon fiber finishes to the front fender and other parts as well as auxiliary handlebar buttons. It also sacrifices the more sophisticated Ohlins suspension for a lesser expensive suspension unit from Marzochhi and Sachs. Though, thankfully, the rest of the electronic riding aids as well as the wonderful 206 PS Superquadro L-twin 1285cc engine has been retained from the 1299 Panigale S. This ‘entry level’ Panigale though is not cheap, as the 1299 Panigale carries a price tag of Rs. 32.41 lakh.
The Indian Springfield is the latest addition in the bagger family of Indian Motorcycles, which is touted as a slightly more expensive and exclusive offering over the Chief Vintage. The Springfield does retain the now famous and legendary silhouette of the American classic bagger, but in addition and as a change, it comes with hard saddlebags from the Chieftain, against the leather saddlebags from the Chief Vintage, and has tire pressure monitoring system which is absent on the Chief Classic. However, the rest of the design as well as the list of equipment is more or less the same as that of the Chief Vintage, along with the Thunderstroke 111 engine, which displaces 1811cc and pumps out 138.9 Nm of torque. The motorcycle has been priced at Rs. 30.60 lakh.
The next Indian motorcycle to feature on this list is the Chief Vintage, which is more or less the same motorcycle as the Springfield, minus some of the equipment. Having the same Chief Classic-based design of the Springfield, the Chief Vintage misses out on some of features such as hard saddle bags and tire pressure monitoring system, which are offered on Springfield as standard. However, it does feature leather saddle bags, cruise control, dual tone paint schemes, chrome parts, illuminated war motif on the front fender and many more fancy and luxury equipment for what the motorcycles of Indian are known for. Apart from the design, even the Thunderstroke 111 1811cc 138.9 Nm engine has been retained in the same state of tune. The absence of some features from the Springfield makes the Chief Vintage a slightly lesser expensive motorcycle at Rs. 30.30 lakh.
Seldom comes a motorcycle which brings in a revolutionary aspect which makes other manufacturers to sit back, notice and follow its footsteps. In the modern world, one such motorcycle is the mighty Kawasaki Ninja H2. So what’s so special about the Ninja H2, you ask? Well, it is the first road-legal motorcycle of the planet to feature a supercharger attached to its engine! And well, there is no point of boasting about at what heights a supercharger can take the performance of the engine. Having one of the best performance figures in its class, the supercharged inline four 999cc engine of the Ninja H2 is good enough for producing a peak power output of 210 PS, making it the most powerful Kawasaki ever produced. With an out-of-the-box design, which features a mirror-like paintwork and a super-exclusive list of electronics, the Ninja H2 has been priced by Kawasaki at Rs. 29.60 lakh.
The Japanese superbike makers might have initiated the concept of liter class supersports, but it is the European players like Aprilia and BMW, which have actually raised the bars and standards even higher for other players to watch out for. Ever since its launch in early 21st century, the BMW S 1000 RR has been regarded as one of the best all-round supersports to have ever been made, something which has been only enhanced by the second generation model which has only recently made its Indian debut. Retaining the famous asymmetric design of the previous generation model, albeit in a sharper stance, the S 1000 RR is powered by a heavily altered version of the inline four 999cc motor of the previous generation model, which churns out 200 PS of power. Not only this, this new generation S 1000 RR easily has the best list of electronic riding aids, something which all BMW motorcycles are known for. BMW retails the S 1000 RR for a price of Rs. 27.55 lakh.
The number of motorcycles from Indian is on a high, which explains the lavishness of the motorcycles from this American giant. The next Indian motorcycle to feature on this list is the entry level motorcycle from the Chief lineup, the Indian Chief Classic. It is the design of the Chief Classic which serves as the base for all the models positioned upwards, which explains the fact that this entry level model misses out on front windshield, saddle bags and many other equipment. However, it does retain the quintessential trait of chrome bathed cycle parts and over sized body panels, thus sealing up the fact that this is no smaller or lesser lavish motorcycle. The Thunderstroke 111 engine, the 1811cc 138.9 Nm powerhouse, powers the Chief Classic as well. Even this entry level Chief is not cheap, for the motorcycle has been priced at Rs. 27.30 lakh.
The only roadster motorcycle to feature on this list is the flagship naked motorcycle of Ducati, the Monster 1200 S Stripe. The Monster 1200 S Stripe is the same motorcycle as the Monster 1200 S, save for the fact that it comes with a special livery which includes dual tone stripe job of red and white. The motorcycle comes fitted with all the state-of-the-art electronic gadgetry like 9MP ABS system, 8-level traction control system, Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, carbon fiber parts, full LED headlights, full TFT dashboard and different ride modes. The Monster 1200 S Stripe is brought to life by a Testastretta 11-degree 1198.4cc engine, which produces 146 PS of power. This flagship Monster from Ducati can be all yours for Rs. 26.80 lakh.