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Sunday, March 16, 2008

There's a new kid on the block...

The Indian bike industry is going through a silent revolution in recent times like one it has never seen before. Thanks to massive competition among the major players to cater to the demands of educated consumers motorcycling in India is no longer a means of cheapest form of personal transportation from Point A to Point B. Infact, we enjoy a sort of unique to India classification of motorcycles sold here starting from 100cc commuters to 200cc+ premium bikes. Hmm, so you would say nothing much has changed over the years just that we have graduated from 100cc to 200cc that's about it...which is no where close to the developed world's understanding of motorcycles where a motorcycle is something with a engine of 400cc or above. Well not quite, the Indian scenario is a lot different from the developed world. There are rigid mindsets that oversee the pricing, mileage, power, maneuverability and other queer issues like status that come in to play when we talk motorcycles in this country. Main reason for people buying a motorcycle in this country is need for transportation and not weekend leisure riding. Further, as the bridge between the price of a motorcycle shorten with that of a car the owner would be swayed to buying a car, if he may not be able to afford a car then he shall buy a cheaper bike to suit his needs....hence we may draw a conclusion that motorbike market is still not matured enough to handle true premium bikes (i.e. the quarter liter to liter class bikes).

All said and done, coming back to the point few weeks back I had the opportunity of visiting the Bajaj Pro-biking showroom in Calcutta and state-of-the art showroom dealing ONLY in Bajaj's Premium range of bikes which fall within the 180-220cc category. There were a couple of bikes in the dyno. room a Bajaj Pulsar 200cc and a Pulsar 220cc.

The reason why Bajaj Auto is on a winning streak is because they got their act together long time back and started depending a lot on R&D and after sales service. This is where companies like Kinetic lost a lot of ground. The reason behind this discussion is that the Pulsar 150 and the GF125 were launched nearly at the same time. Both were good bikes. Infact in the beginning the GF was a better bike if you compared specs. but then Pulsar motorcycles have gone through a sea change and they are a brand new lot of bikes filled with gizmos, tech, refinement and decent build quality. So a Pulsar 200/220 today happens to lightyears ahead from the Kinetic GF170 in terms of specs., which used to be a good bike say about 5 years back. Infact I was reading an old issue of Auto India (may be May/June 2003) which carried out a comparison between the P180 classic and the GF170, the later turned out to be better bike in certain parameters back then. But today, I have a latest generation Pulsar 180 DTSi, which when compared to the GF170 completely outweighs the GF in terms of merits. Bajaj is the new kid on the block w.r.t. the Indian Motorcycling Industry and are soon going to rule the domestic markets...

2 comments:

Unknown said...

Hi buddy !!!
i appreciate your efforts in rediscovering laser....


GOOD LUCK

manish bharti

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot buddy for the kind words...