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.

Source: Rediff

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» Krishnakumar.R said: { Aug 9, 2008 - 09:08:06 }

When we can expect Suzuki Burgman, I strongly feel it will be a good hit in india.
250cc to 400cc category.

» Motorbeam.com said: { Aug 9, 2008 - 11:08:47 }

The Yamaha R15 is a toned down version of the R1.

» sadsack said: { Aug 9, 2008 - 12:08:11 }

Seriously I do not understand this. Toned down versions for 1lakh? Toned down in size or quality or style? Or toned down in all? The R 15 is selling over a lakh of rupees. The Ninja 250 is supposed to be around 2 lakhs, so where are these figures on rediff coming from?

» Joe said: { Aug 9, 2008 - 05:08:14 }

why did cubicapacity bother taking such an article from REDIFF just to paste it here……!!!!

» Auto Maniac said: { Aug 9, 2008 - 09:08:10 }

Though this news is little difficult to digest with the kind of figures here but CC Team is doing good to cover anything that happens or is reported on the India Automobile Industry. As long as they give the source, one should not mind it.
Keep it up !!

» Bikewala said: { Aug 9, 2008 - 09:08:12 }

I dont know what Rediff is talking about and from where they are getting such information. :mrgreen:

» Aravinda said: { Aug 10, 2008 - 11:08:14 }

Nice to hear tat super bikes models coming to india exspecially in chennai, hear after every bikes will have quality and will have more life span due to this sporty bikes………

I love Racing model bikes :!:

» Microman said: { Aug 11, 2008 - 09:08:39 }

If Suzuki launches a 250cc with international styling for around a lac of rupees, who is going to buy the Ninja 250cc for 2 lacs. The battle of the quarter liter bikes is about to begin shortly. It should be fun for the onlooker as well as the buyer.

» synn said: { Aug 11, 2008 - 10:08:21 }

Another in the long line of poorly researched articles on motorcycling. The writer makes it seem like it’s as simple as taking a litrebike, discard a few parts from here ‘n there and applying a freeform transformation on what’s left.

I find a couple of lines in there worth attention, but the rest of the nonsense sadly overshadow them.

It’s such a pity that a blog like CC is copy-pasting a grade-c article like this without putting some thought into the process.

» sumit said: { Aug 11, 2008 - 12:08:39 }

Really I always though that the admin here is much more wise when writing or copying an article…. hey CC persons .. does this write up makes some sense? or atleast you could have thrown some insight of yours into this …

» admin said: { Aug 11, 2008 - 02:08:41 }

@All… Indeed the article is poorly researched and written but the point of writing this article was to inform our readers that after the run away success of the Yamaha YZF R15, other companies are also thinking on the same lines and have international models which can be used as base rather than going grounds up.

Offcourse we cannot call the CBF Stunner, a scaled down version of the CBF series from Honda but YZF R15 surely is scaled down R Series from Yamaha and we can expect to see same bikes from other manufactureres too.
The CBF Stunner goes for 53 k+ while the R15 comes for 1.03 Lakhs and hence the mention in the article regarding the pricing.

In anycase I do feel the relevant information from the article could have been presented better. We will take care of this in future, we just need your support and encouragement to keep on going.

Thanks everyone for your feedback.

» girish said: { Nov 12, 2008 - 05:11:06 }

this bikes r one of my favorites bikes I LOVE THEM :cool:

» Suddhatma Mukherjee said: { Mar 6, 2010 - 10:03:39 }

There can be two possibilties:
1.Maybe SMIL are cotemplating a 250cc for the Indian market only and it would be built in this country and export it to others, making India a hub for smaller premium bikes just like Suzuki cars did.Suzuki now trusts India and they know they have to take some strong decisions in the subcontinent.Hence a made in India model would be a hell lot cheap in comparison to Ninja,but that doesnt mean a 1 lakh price tag.But still this reminds me of the then Comet 250s price tag of 1.25lacs.At the best it wud be around 1.5lacs not more.

2.OR, the model makes it debut in international market like UK,thean also Suzuki wud follow a CKD route instead of CBU route for India which wud make their 250cc a hell lot cheaper n expect it to be around a tag of Rs.1.88 lac if not more.

I have seen various versions of the Suzuki’s 250cc stories and they all arise,to my suprise and pride,in India only.Somewhere SMIL sources say that there are two 250ccs being developed one of which is a muscle bike,the other is a sportsbike.In another version,it is said that one wud be a premium mass bike the other wud be a sportster (but nothing is said about engine capacity in this version).Another claims that Suzuki is up for 200cc and 500cc bikes(which seems to be wild as 500cc means GSXR series original line up in India !!!! and Suzuki is a company which does follow trends,for 200cc, but sets it).After all these I think Suzuki India is on the verge of a 250cc in 2010 for sure,but the forms and features is unsure.
The only international story of a new Suzuki 250cc is of a Mini Bking by MCN.

Now it feels like Honda will launch both VTR250 and CB300R in India just to keep up !!!! :P

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