Japanese superbikes at Indian prices

To steal the two-wheeler market from the three Indian giants Hero Honda, Bajaj and TVS Motors,  Japanese bike manufacturers like Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki will launch scaled-down Indian versions of their international superbike models.

Superbikes are motorcycles that have 800cc engines and can cost upwards of Rs 10 lakh if they are bought in India. Japanese manufacturers plan to offer re-engineered versions with much smaller engines and fewer trimmings at prices ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.!!

The superbikes that are being considered for such an overhaul are Yamaha YZF R1, Honda CBR 1000, Suzuki GSX R and the Kawasaki Ninja.

The re-engineering exercise involves putting in a lower-capacity and fuel-efficient engine and building a new chassis on the lines of the parent model using cheaper, lighter material. Other components built by using best-in-class material in the high-end bike will be replaced by aluminum and rubber components for the Indian version.

Expensive meter console units, twin disc brakes and wide tubeless tyres � all basic features that contribute the high price tag of a superbike � will not be available in the cheaper version.

"There are some superbikes in our international line-up of motorcycles that can be fine-tuned for India," said Naresh Rattan, divisional head (sales and marketing), Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India.

HMSI and Yamaha Motor India launched a product each in the local market, CBF Stunner and R 15, respectively, which are directly inspired from their CBR 1000 and YZF R1. The Indian re-engineered versions, which were launched over a month ago, are up for sale at Rs 53,000 for the 125cc Honda CBF Stunner and Rs 97,000 for 150cc Yamaha R 15.

Suzuki Motorcycle India is also gearing up to launch a similar model, which will be based on the GSX R series (priced at Rs 13-14 lakh), before December this year. The Indianised version will have an engine capacity of about 250cc, and is expected to cost close to Rs 1 lakh.


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  sarvesh phougat

December 16, 2009 at 12:59 AM

sub. which new bikes in india 2010
sir pls write about new launching in bharat {india }during 2010.
some quss.?
1. will yamaha launch gladiator 165, r125 and scorpio in india. 2010
2. will yamaha improvemt in {YTPS} technology in inda.2010
3.will yamaha make engine unit of r15 and yzf 125 in india. 2010
4. will yamaha come with new bike 100 to125 cc with fuel- injected bike .2010
5.will yamaha come with 100 to 125 cc with more milage .2010
6.is fz16 is best other 150cc bikes . in fz yamaha doing some improvement in 2010
7.in 2010 will yamaha improvement in r15 as both wide tyres, more power , low price, new stylish seat etc.
thank you
8.what new bikes in auto-expo fomm yamaha in 2010
9.will yamaha launch new bikes like 100 to 125cc with new technology.

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