India is steadily growing to be one of the largest markets for bikes in the world. Commuter bikes and scooters were always popular in the country but the demand for sport bikes and cruisers is increasing rapidly as well. However, there quite a few bikes in these categories that for some reason aren’t available in India yet. Here are 5 bikes that are sold overseas which we are dying to see in the Indian market.
1) KTM Duke 690
KTM entered India with the launch of the Duke 200 which was an instant hit in the market. They have subsequently released the Duke 390, RC 200 and RC 390 all of which were very popular as well. However, we sincerely hope that they launch the Duke 690 as well since there are very few options in the 600cc naked bike segment. The only other bikes in contention are the Kawasaki ER-6n and DSK Benelli 600i, both of which are not nearly as good looking as the KTM 690 Duke.
2) Star Bolt
Star Motorcycles is the cruiser division of Yamaha and is hell-bent on taking on Harley-Davidson in a segment that the American company has dominated for decades. The Star Bolt looks like a carbon copy of the Harley Iron 883 and has identified the famous H-D bike as its main rival. While the Bolt is only slightly cheaper than the Harley, its 942cc V-Twin engine has higher power and torque figures than the the Iron and the suspension is much better too. If launched in India, the Star Bolt will offer customers a much-needed alternative in the premium cruiser bike segment which is currently dominated by Harley-Davidson.
3) Suzuki V-Strom 650
It is a well-known fact that India is seriously short on Adventure-tourer bikes. While the Triumph Tiger and BMW R1200Gs are available, they are a bit overly powerful and very expensive. Suzuki too has launched the V-Strom 1000 but that falls to the same problems as the previous bikes. The V-Strom 650 on the other hand is the perfect ADV bike for India as it’s the perfect all-rounder capable of city use as well as long highway rides. Suzuki better release it soon though because as soon as the Royal Enfield Himalayan comes out all other brands might as well not try, courtesy of Indians’ crazy loyalty to the RE brand.
4) Ducati 959 Panigale
Ducati left enthusiasts all over the country heart-broken when they discontinued the 848 Evo in India. The only superbikes being sold by the Italian marque is the insanely powerful 1299 Panigale and its variations. The jaw-droppingly beautiful Ducati 959 Panigale will be a welcome sight in India for sure. With its stunning looks and ridiculous performance figures while carrying a comparatively cheaper price tag, customers will be more likely to opt for this bike over its larger, more powerful and more expensive elder sibling.
5) MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster RR
The name can be quite a mouthful, but when you see the word Brutale in front of MV Agusta you tend to sit up and take notice, and for good reason. And when it happens to have a RR badge affixed to it, you just know that this is one bike that is all about one thing – performance. The Dragster RR is an insane looking minimalistic bike with a ton of performance crammed into its barely-there body. If launched in India, it will give the Kawasaki Z-800 a serious run for its money in the naked street-fighter bike segment.
You have any other bikes that you would like to see added to this list? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them here.
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