Tuesday, 15 October 2013


The pneumatic tyre was invented by John Boyd Dunlop in 1888 for use on push-bikes. Boyd also invented the word “pneumatic”.

Slick tyres offer more grip in the wet than treaded tyres up to the point at which they aquaplane.

Modern sports bike tyres don’t contain any natural rubber.

Front tyres disperse water at three times the rate of rear tyres.

When cornering, 75 per cent of a bikes grip comes from the front tyre.

The GS in GSX-R denotes four cylinders with overhead valves. The X means four valves per cylinder and the R is for race replica.

Vespa means wasp.

Cucciolo (the name of the first Ducati) means puppy.


Hayabusa is the name of a Japanese falcon that preys on blackbirds (you gotta larf!). It was also the name of a WW2 Kamikaze fighter plane.

Steve McQueen didn’t do the famous 65 ft motorcycle jump in The Great Escape. American Triumph dealer Bud Ekins did it – in one take.

The first Honda motorcycles were pushbikes with generator engines for army field telephones bolted on.

Yamaha makes swimming pools and unmanned helicopters.

Ducati once made radios.

BMW is the only current major manufacturer to reject the use of telescopic forks on its big bikes. Yet BMW was the first to use and patent them, on the R12 in 1935.

Devil, Satan and Lucifer have all been names of motorcycle manufactures.

Suzuki went from GP also-rans to world champions in 1962 after works MZ rider Emst Degner defected to the firm with all the company’s technology.

Yamaha started making bikes in 1954 but didn’t produce a four-stroke motorcycle until 1970, when the firm built the XS2 650 twin.

The Kawasaki motorcycle division was established in 1962 for no other reason than to publicise Kawasaki ’s heavy industries, which was huge but unknown to the general public. 

Saturday, 15 June 2013


The bike enthusiasts has been eagerly waiting for the arrival of the KTM Duke 390, and now it seems like the wait is going to get over soon. KTM India's official facebook page has teased an image indicating the launch date of the highly anticipated sportsbike of the year. The motorcycle is slated to be launched on June 25.


If the company manages to price the Duke 390 competitive, as it earlier had done at the launch of KTM Duke 200, it will surely attract the buyers. The sportsbike is powered by a 373cc single cylinder injected liquid cooled engine, which is capable of developing 44PS and 35Nm of top torque. The engine of the sportsbike is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox.
The power to weight ratio of the sportsbike stands at a class leading 316PS/tonne!, and it will sprint from 0 to 100kmph in under 7 seconds, and can attain a top speed of 170kmph. It is expected to be priced around Rs. 2.5lakh for the Indian buyers. In first look, the Duke 390 looks quite similar to that of Duke 200, although it has a different body graphics as it gets a stickier set of Metzler rubbers.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013


TVS has recently joined hands with BMW Motorrad to jointly develop motorcycles for the Indian and international markets. Currently, TVS has motorcycles under 200cc, while BMW Motorrad sells motorcycles over 600cc, which means their is a significant gap between their line-ups. The 250-500cc segment is known as entry-level performance bikes, which are quite popular now-a-day. The reason is pretty clear, these mean machines provide both power and efficiency at an affordable cost. So, the entry level performance bike segment is the best segment to work on for this alliance, as the new line-up won't overlap their respective line-ups. The alliance will work on TVS’ engineering and manufacturing skills and BMW’s technical expertise in building performance motorcycles.

TVS has recently joined hands with BMW Motorrad

We have already seen that synergising strategies is quite successful in the automotive industry. The BMW-TVS alliance will also work on the same model on which some big players are already working like Nissan-Renault. So, both the brands will jointly develop a product and sell it under their names separately with minor tweaks to give them separate identities. By adopting this model, the product reaches to more buyers and you won't have to pay extra to develop separate products. BMW Motorrad is known for high end performance bikes and tourers and their smallest capacity motorcycle at the moment is the 650GS. In past few year, demands for such large capacity bikes have been shrunk and BMW is loosing its traditional markets, so it was necessary for them to reach new emerging markets. BMW Motorrad is always known for expensive bikes, and in emerging markets like India you have to keep the price in check. BMW's JV with TVS is the step in the same direction, it will help reduce the input costs to enter the sub-500cc segment.

TVS has recently joined hands with BMW Motorrad

TVS Motors' Chairman Venu Srinivasan recently spoke to Overdrive, where he discussed the benefits of the agreement, he said, “We are certainly pleased at TVS as this gives us the ability to produce products above 250cc that we do not make today.” In India, the 200cc bike segment has got a significant popularity in past few years and bikes like KTM Duke 200, Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 250R are performing well in India. It also motivated TVS to develop a 250cc motorcycle, which will be launched in early-2014. Now when TVS has stepped in an alliance with BMW, we are expecting that further development of the bike will be carried out in Berlin. However, company officials claim that the first model from the alliance will take at least 18 months.

“These products will be manufactured by us in India with two different styles, features and specifications, one for BMW for sale throughout the world and one for TVS,” added Srinivasan about the production plans. As we already reported the agreement is only for developing and producing motorcycles and it will be up to the individual companies to market and sell the motorcycles, which means that both TVS and BMW will share their products separately like before. However, in India, BMW has only two dealers at the moment. As the production of the newly developed products is expected to begin in India, BMW will have to develop a larger sales network, so they can match-up with the production. Stephan Schaller, President BMW Motorrad said, “In view of changing motorcycle markets, demographic developments, and increasing environmental demands we are expanding our product range so as to tap into fresh growth potential.” He further added, “In future we will be able to offer vehicles in smaller capacity classes in addition to the BMW Motorrad core segments.”

Saturday, 25 May 2013


John Abraham who is known for his love for bikes holds some of the best bikes, and he is also the brand ambassador of Yamaha India. His collection includes bikes like Yamaha RD-350, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R, Suzuki Hayabusa, Yamaha R1, FZ1000 and VMax. He said in an interview that he treats his bikes at par with his girlfriend! John takes care of his bikes personally and rides them often. Even his ringtone is the exhaust note of his R1.

John Abraham Gifts a Yamaha VMax to Sanjay Gupta

John Abraham recently appeared in Sanjay Gupta's underworld-based flick 'Shootout At Wadala', which has been well received by the audiences. To celebrate the success of the movie, John gifted the Yamaha VMax to Sanjay, the director of the movie and a close friend. With delight Sanjay Gupta tweeted "I am now a very proud owner of The Yamaha VMax Motorcycle thanks to my hero John Abraham. Can't wait to go on a really long ride on my new beauty. Thank you John. This is the best gift ever. The sweet bike of success :-)"

John Abraham Gifts a Yamaha VMax to Sanjay Gupta

We also know that John recently gifted a Harley-Davidson to his co-star Akshay Kumar to celebrate Housefull 2's success. John is also fond of luxury sports car, and he recently bought an all black Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560-4, better known as one of the most beautiful supercar of all time. John also owns Audi’s Q7 luxury SUV and a Maruti Gypsy. 


Wednesday, 22 May 2013


Royal Enfield is doing well for past few years, and now they are looking to become a global leader in the 250-650cc bike segment. The Royal Enfield , which is owned by Delhi-based Eicher Motors, is one of the smallest bike makers in India by volume, but now the company is exploring the developed markets such as the US and Europe to power its global ambitions. Royal Enfield is the oldest company in the country to manufacture bikes, and it is a reckoned manufacturer of cruiser bikes globally, it presently exports motorcycles to the US and Europe from India. Recently, Hero MotoCorp and Bajaj Auto, the volume players of the Indian market has ventured into new markets like Africa and Latin America in an attempt to capture bigger share globally; while these two chose emerging markets Royal Enfield is willing the same by developing markets.


Business Standard recently spoke to Mr. Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director & CEO, Eicher Motors, who said, "We want to be a global leader in the mid-size category. We believe we can become a leader over the 5-10 years. We have started planning for this. We have built a world class facility whose quality is on par if not the best. We aim to have a significant share in each country in the mid-size category."

"Traditionally the development countries like the US and Euorpe have been the markets for us and they will continue to be important markets but biggest growth is emerging markets where people are looking at upgrades", added Lal.

In the Indian market, Hero, Honda, Bajaj dominate the entry level segment while Japanese players like Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki rules the mid category whereas BMW, Ducati and others rule the premium segment. Royal Enfield is doing well in the domestic market, but export figures are not that great only 3 percent of overall sales, which as of last year stood at 113,000 units. With the commissioning of a new plant at Oragadam, Chennai the company hopes to take the export share to at least 10%.

The Oragadam plant has an initial installed capacity to produce 150,000 units annually, which will be extend to 250,000 units per annum by 2014 in the second phase. Royal Enfield is also expanding its older plant as well, so that the annual production can reach at 500,000 units in the next few years. With the increased production capacity, Royal Enfield is also expecting better sales and its sales estimate for the year and hopes to sell 175,000 units as against 150,000 units estimation earlier.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013


Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto revealed that Bajaj Auto is planning to launch 6 new Discover motorcycles in fiscal 2013-14. Bajaj Auto is currently leading the Indian sports motorcycle segment, which holds a total of 10 percent in the Indian market. But now, Bajaj Auto wishes to enhance in the Indian commuter bike segment, which holds a hefty 63 per cent of the total market.

Bajaj Auto is planning to launch 6 new Discover

These new bikes will be a big push from Bajaj Auto to capture a major stake in the market. In recent development, Honda has pushed Bajaj to third spot, and that is why Bajaj wants to ensure that they won't lose market share in future. The bikemaker is developing the 6 new Discovers, which will target daily commuters, students and executives, however Bajaj hasn't disclosed the details of the bikes. At the moment, Bajaj is selling four Discover motorcycles in India including Bajaj Discover 100, the Discover 100T, the Discover 125 and the Discover 150.

Bajaj Auto is planning to launch 6 new Discover

Rajiv Bajaj revealed this to MoneyControl in an interview, "We have several launches lined up for this year. We have at least two new Pulsars. I can say this much - one will be smaller than Pulsar 200NS and one that will be much bigger. So I think that is going to help us defend our leadership of this space and that is very important for us so two new Pulsars in this year."

Mr. Bajaj also comment on the sales target in the commuter space, "This year, our main focus will be on the Discover brand and Discover segment because I think after launching the Discover 100T in January of which we are able to already sell between 25,000-30,000 a month, this has given us a new foothold into the commuter segment because it is for the first time in our history that we are selling in large numbers a 100cc motorcycle which is a space more associated with Hero MotoCorp. We are selling large volumes of 100cc motorcycle wherein that motorcycle is the most expensive 100cc motorcycle in India today. So this is telling us that if people are willing to shell out five percent more for the Discover 100T, perhaps they have come to accept that this is an outstanding 100cc motorcycle. If we have managed to create that excellence then the next logical step is to scale that excellence. What I mean by that is this - currently in the domestic market, we sell between 100,000-110,000 Discovers every month."

Rajiv Bajaj also commented on the future plans, he said, "I would like to see that number grow significantly. When I say significantly, I mean to something that is over 150,000 a month. The Discover 100T provides us some answers as to how we could do that. So as of now, we have planned the launch of several new Discovers. In fact, I can say specifically that we have six Discovers that are being ready for launch for this financial year. We may or may not launch all six. We will launch somewhere between four and six depending on the competitive situation because whether we like it or not. Often what we do depends on what our competition is so somewhere between four and six new Discovers. I am very hopeful and I am very keen that with that, we should see a 50 percent increase if not more in the sales of Discover which would then catapult Bajaj Motorcycle volumes to the next level."

Saturday, 4 May 2013


Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) introduced their new 150cc sports bike CB Trigger last month, and now they have announced the prices of the Honda CB Trigger. With the CB Trigger, Honda is willing to get a bigger share in the 150cc sports bike segment. The CB Trigger is the updated Unicorn Dazzler, while the former is not doing good in terms of sales, Honda is betting high on this new Avatar.

Honda CB Trigger

The CB Trigger comes with some unique first-in-class segment features like Combi Brake System (CBS), which is operated by the foot brake and applies both the front and rear brakes simultaneously. With the new CBS system, the braking distance is reduced by 32% as compared to conventional braking. The bike comes equipped with 240mm front and 220mm rear disc brakes. Like other 150cc Honda bikes, the Trigger is also equipped with mono suspension. It derives its power from Honda’s proven 150cc air-cooled Spark Ignition engine, delivering a maximum power output of 14 PS at 8,500rpm and peak torque of 12.5Nm at 6,500rpm. Honda CB Trigger uses a lightweight and flexible diamond frame, which provides better handling and control for a sports model. The bike also gets a maintenance-free battery and a viscous air filter that is said to provide better dust resistance as compared to conventional filters. Honda claims the best-in-class 60kmpl mileage, which appeals college students and daily commuters.

Honda CB Trigger Engine:
Engine type: 4-Stroke, DOHC, 4-Valve, Single Cylinder, Air-cooled
Max. Power: 14bhp at 8500rpm
Max. Torque: 12.5Nm at 6500rpm
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Honda CB Trigger Electrical and Others
Starter: Kick & Electrical
Battery: 12V, 5 Ah
Ignition System: Full transistorized

Honda CB Trigger Suspension:
Type of Front suspension: Telescopic
Type of Rear suspension: Swing Arm Monoshock Suspension

Honda CB Trigger Braking:

Front brake: Hydraulic disc, 240mm with CBS
Rear brake: Hydraulic disc, with Single Piston 220mm with CBS
Honda CB Trigger Tyres
Front tyre size: 80/100 17"
Rear tyre size: 110/80 17"

Honda CB Trigger Colours:
Pearl Siena Red, Meteor Green Metallic and Black


Thursday, 25 April 2013


Suzuki has unveiled a semi-faired version of GW250 at the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai, China. We know that there have been rumors for more than a year now for the Suzuki GW250 aka Inzuma. We were expecting the bike in India as Suzuki Motor Corporation already released the GW250 in the USA . The GW250S, which is being produced by Changzhou Haojue Suzuki Motorcycle Co. (Suzuki’s joint venture in China), LTD is boasts a half fairing to the standard GW250.The GW250S also receives a higher handlebar with the semi fairing, which provides better wind protection. 

The GW250 is a naked bike, while the GW250S is a semi-faired version. We are expecting the naked version in India as it will be more affordable than the semi faired version and other rivals Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 300R. The GW250 boasts high-quality finish carried throughout chassis using aluminium parts that not only makes the bike look good but also keeps overall weight down helping to increase performance, agility and economy. To compliment great performance, GW250 comes with hydraulic disc brakes both on the front and rear, and also a comprehensive instrument panel including a gear indicator, service reminder and 3-mode RPM indicator allowing you to select the gear change prompts that suits the type of riding you require, including an economy mode for changing gear to achieve optimal fuel consumption. Suzuki GW250 will take on the likes of the Honda CBR250, KTM Duke 200. Suzuki GW250 is expected to hit the markets sometime in May-June 2013 with a price tag of around Rs. 1.75 lakh.

Suzuki GW250 Specifications and Details:

Suzuki GW250 Engine Specifications:
Engine capacity: 248cc
Engine: 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC
Bore: 53.5mm x 55.2mm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Starter: Electric
Ignition: Electronic (Transistorised)
Fuel system: Fuel Injection
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Drive: Chain

Suzuki GW250 Dimension:

Overall length: 2145mm
Overall width: 760mm
Overall height: 1075mm
Wheelbase: 1430mm
Seat height: 780mm
Ground Clearance: 165mm
Fuel capacity: 13.3litres

Suzuki GW250 Suspension and Brakes:

Front suspension: Telescopic, Coil spring, Oil damped
Rear suspension: Swing arm, Coil spring, Oil damped

Suzuki GW250 Brakes:
Front brakes: Disc
Rear brakes: Disc

Suzuki GW250 Tyres:

Front tyres: 110/80-17-inch
Rear tyres: 140/70-17-inch


Monday, 22 April 2013


Honda had launched its cheapest bike Dream Neo at Rs. 43,150 on 17th of this month. It features Honda’s proprietary Honda Eco Technology (HET), with ‘improved piston and combustion chamber design’, and Intelligent Ignition Control, which makes Dream Neo to deliver best-in-class mileage. Honda Dream Neo comes with some best in class features like maintenance free battery, viscous air filter and tubeless tyres. Its 109cc engine develops a maximum power output of 8.25bhp at 7500rpm and max torque of 8.63Nm at 5500rpm. Ground clearance is 179mm while wheelbase stands at 1258mm.


Mr. Keita Muramatsa – President & CEO of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said, “Dream Neo is Honda’s next big leap towards creating deep inroads into the Indian commuter segment. Our newly opened Technical Centre comprising of R&D, Engineering, Purchase & Quality teams, overcame the challenge of improving mileage and meeting the competitive price point. Backed by our new product launches and network expansion, Honda aims to grow over 150% in 100-110cc motorcycle segment YoY. Overall, we are confident of customer demand for Honda 2 Wheelers and eye 43% growth with 39.3 lakh unit sales in FY’14.”


Elaborating on Dream Neo, Mr. Y. S. Guleria, Vice President - Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said, “Creating a new paradigm in mass mobility, Dream Neo is Honda’s most affordable and most fuel efficient 2 Wheeler ever in India. While Dream Neo is loaded with attractive and best-in-class features like top mileage of 74 kmpl, it is being delivered at a truly aggressive pricing to delight Indian customers. Finally, Dream Neo is a package which is hard to resist by 100-110cc mass motorcycle customers.”

Honda Dream Neo Specifications:

Honda Dream Neo Engine Specifications:

Type: Air Cooled, 4 stroke , SI Engine
Displacement: 109cc
Bore x Stroke: 50.0mm X 55.6mm
Compression Ratio: 9.9 : 1
Net Power: 8.25 bhp @ 7500rpm
Torque: 8.63 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Fuel System: Carburettor
Starting System: Self/Kick
Air Filter: Viscous air filter
Transmission: 4 Speed constant mesh
Gear Shift Pattern: All back (N-1-2-3-4)
Clutch Type: Multiplate, Wet Clutch

Honda Dream Neo Dimensions:
Kerb Weight: 105kgs
Length: 2009mm
Width: 737mm
Height: 1074mm
Wheel Base: 1258mm
Ground Clearance: 179mm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 8.0 Litres

Honda Dream Neo Chassis:
Frame Type: Diamond type

Honda Dream Neo Suspension:

Front: Telescopic Suspension
Rear: 5 step spring loaded suspension

Honda Dream Neo Tyre:

Front: 80/100 - 18 tubeless
Rear: 80/100 - 18 tubeless

Honda Dream Neo Brake:
Front Brake: Drum Brake – 130 mm Dia
Rear Brake: Drum Brake – 130 mm Dia

Honda Dream Neo Electricals:

Ignition Fully Transisterised
Battery: 12V 3 Ah (Maintenance Free)
Head Lamp 12V 35/35W

The Dream Neo will be available in three different prices:

Honda Dream Neo Kick / Drum / Spoke with tuff-up tube at Rs 43,150
Honda Dream Neo Kick / Drum / Alloy with tubeless tyre at Rs 44,150
Honda Dream Neo Self / Drum / Alloy with tubeless tyre at Rs 47,240

Wednesday, 17 April 2013


Bajaj Auto slipped to the third spot by losing second position to the Honda. Though it’s only a month, Bajaj is already into the damage control mode. Recently Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto told Money Control that the company is planning to launch 3-4 new products in 2013, which is Bajaj's attempt to regain its lost position.


 Mr. Bajaj said, “We have several launches lined up for this year. There are at least two new Pulsars- one that will be smaller than the Pulsar 200cc and another that will be much bigger. This is going to help us defend our leadership in this space and that is very important for us. However our main focus will be on the Discover brand and segment. The launch of the Discover 100T in January and our ability to sell 25,000 - 30,000 units a month had given us a new foothold in the commuter segment because it is for the first time in our history that we are selling units of a 100cc motorcycle in such large numbers.”

Bajaj Pulsar is Pulsar 375 which is based on the KTM Duke 390 is likely to make a great impact. While the other Pulsar series bike, which is said to be a sub-200cc bike, is still under the wraps. Bajaj has a full-fledged line-up of bikes at the moment and no spot is vacant in the sub-200cc category. So, it might be a new 150cc Pulsar family bike boasting the same design that of the Pulsar 200 NS. The bike will compete with upcoming Honda CB Trigger and other 150cc bikes like Yamaha FZ series. The new bike will be sold parallel to the existing Pulsar 150 and it might feature some of the first in class features.

Saturday, 13 April 2013


The all new Bullet 500 in a new Forest Green colour has been launched by the Iconic motorcycle brand Royal Enfield. When the bike was teased earlier on the Royal Enfield's official site, fans mind were only on the bike. One big change in the bike other than the colour is the dropping of the fuel injection to make it more cost efficient (cost yet to be announced). The new Bullet 500 uses a carburetter instead of the fuel injection, which results in a significant drop in its power and torque figures.


New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Technical Specifications:

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Engine:

Type: Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Twinspark, Aircooled
Displacement: 499cc
Bore x Stroke: 84mm x 90mm
Compression ratio: 8.5:1
Maximum power: 26.1 bhp @ 5100 rpm
Maximum torque: 40.9 nm @ 3800 rpm
Ignition system: tci unit, multi curve
Clutch: wet, multi-plate
Gearbox: 5 speed constant mesh
Lubrication: wet sump
Engine oil: oil 15W50 API, SL grade
Fuel supply: carburettor with throttle position sensor
Air cleaner: corrugated paper element
Engine start: electric/kick

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Chassis & Suspension:

Type: Single Downtube, Using engine as stressed member

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Suspension:

Front Suspension: Telescopic, 130mm travel
Rear Suspension: Twin gas charged shock absorbers, 80mm travel

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Tyres:

Tyres front: 90/90 – 19-inch
Tyres rear: 120/80 – 18-inch

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Brakes:

Brakes front: 280mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Brakes rear: 153mm drum, single lead internal expanding

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Dimensions:

Wheelbase: 1370 mm
Ground clearance: 135 mm
Length: 2140 mm
Width: 810 mm
Height: 1110 mm
Weight: 188 kg
Fuel capacity: 13.5 Litres

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electricals:

Electrical system: 12 volt – dc
Battery: 12 volt, 14 ah
Head lamp: 60/55 w, halog
Tail lamp: 12v, 21w/5w 

Friday, 12 April 2013


Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. has now established Yamaha Motor Research and Development India Pvt. Ltd. (YMRI) in Surajpur, State of Uttar Pradesh. Few say that it is to become the motorcycle R&D headquarters in India. This initiative is intended to increase Yamaha’s manufacturing competitiveness in the country. The function of the India Procurement Centre established last year has been transferred and incorporated into the new company, and will now operate as the India Integrated Development Centre.
YMRI was established in February this year to function as the core of the second Integrated Development Centre, following the establishment of the ASEAN Integrated Development Centre in Thailand last year. The YMRI will be the fifth overseas R&D headquarters for Yamaha Motor Group following Italy, Taiwan, China, and Thailand. The new Integrated Development Centre aims to contribute to India's operations by "change drawings", tailoring reforms to design, maintenance, and production standards, optimizing them to fit the Indian market and provide low-cost models to customers.

 Speaking on the occasion Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO & Managing Director, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. said, “We at Yamaha strongly believe in constant innovation. The R&D centre will help us to put channelized effort in conceptualization of new models and parts keeping in mind the changing customer preferences. This will help us not only to develop models and parts for India market but also to develop models and parts for export markets as well”.

Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. has now established Yamaha Motor Research and Development India Pvt. Ltd. (YMRI) in Surajpur, State of Uttar Pradesh.

Explaining the development further, Mr. Toshikazu Kobayashi, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Research and Development India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We plan to achieve lowest cost models and parts in the world through INDRA (Innovative and New Development based on Responsible Analysis) activity meant to provide optimized specification thorough investigation in product life cycle. This activity will significantly help us in reducing the cost yet rolling out products that meet all customer aspirations and market standards.” Future plans include the setup of the new Chennai site to develop models intended for the Indian market and Global market, based on model platforms developed in Japan.

The motorcycle market in India has been growing constantly in recent years owing to political and economic stability and financial growth - the market scale reached around 14 million units in 2012 overtaking China to become the world's largest motorcycle market. The market is expected to grow further, reaching 16 million units in 2015. In this environment, Yamaha has been aggressively launching models in the premium and deluxe bikes segment and breaking into the rapidly growing scooter category, achieving domestic sales of 350,000 units in 2012. Based on the new medium-term plan commencing this year, Yamaha will continue to launch products in the scooters category while expanding the sales network, and constructing and launching the second factory in Chennai by 2014. Sales of 500,000 units in 2013, and 1 million units in 2015 are expected.

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