Japanese 2-wheeler bike manufacturers like Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki are planning to launch tonned-down versions of their international superbike models in the Indian Market. These bikes will come with smaller engines in the price range of 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. These model will also involve a heavy usage of aluminum and rubber components. Features like twin disc brakes and wide tubeless tyres will not be available.
“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.
Suzuki Motorcycle India is also contemplating to launch the GSX R series during this year end with an Engince Capacity of around 250cc. This model could cost anywhere around Rs 1 lakh.
“We will launch two bikes before the end of the calendar year, of which one will be a mass-market premium model and the other a superbike,” said Atul Gupta, vice-president (sales and marketing), SMIPL. “The premium model will be a model which will be inspired by the GSX R range of superbikes,” he added.