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|22nd July 2009, 08:22||#1|
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BMW Plans to Re-Launch Super Bikes in India
BMW (BMW Motorrad) is contemplating launching its High End Bikes in India in association with Hero Honda Motors.The Indian Super Bike Market is estimated to be around 500 bikes/year.
“Our people from BMW Motorcycle are having a look at the market. They are also in discussion with us for feedback on the matter. As soon as we see potential for a viable market entry for sustainable growth, we would take that into consideration,” said Peter Kronschnabl, president, BMW India.
They seem to be cautious this time, since the previous not so successful outing with the F650.BMW has been producing bikes since 1923.
The bikes would cost upwards of Rs.10 Lakhs and the product line is estimated to be available in showrooms in a period of 2 years.
The BMW Product lines will add on to the lineup of Superbikes like the Suzuki Hayabusa or the Honda 1000RR Fireblade and CBR 1000R and the Yamaha’s MT01 and R1 which are already officialy available in India. Bajaj is also scheduled to make an entry with product lines from KTM (Bajaj has a 32% stake in KTM) and Kawasaki.
Source : BMW looks to re-enter India's luxe bike market with Motorrad- Two-wheelers-Auto-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times
|22nd July 2009, 22:59||#3|
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Except for a couple of bikes from the BMW stable, I've never really liked the stuff that they roll out. None-the-less, a new brand entering the market ( or should I say re-entry) would be interesting!
|24th July 2009, 09:41||#5|
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I guess they are waiting to see how the market would react to Yamaha R6 (which is due this year) and then decide on the strategy. I did talk to couple of Yam dealers and they say that there is a great deal of enthusiasm about R6 and I do know people are paying advance for the yet to be launched bike.
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Are you sure about the R6? The last I remember Govt wont allow any imports below 800cc.
As for BMW I have never been a fan. They make good bikes for hard core tourers & I am not sure how many people in India would spends lakhs on a touring weird looking bike.
|24th July 2009, 13:41||#7|
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My hunt for 2nds F650 started, as that was the bike which got the real power and capability of touring along with very good offroading capacity.
Still that Rotex motors sound thrills me like RD.
|24th July 2009, 23:30||#8|
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+1 on the R6 , Techno. Strange regulation to have only 800cc+ bikes given that 535cc was the largest ever domestic-made bike, and 500cc presently . A 500cc limit opens more practical possibilities, not just the 600cc Supersports & Daytona 675 ,but also Bandit 600/650, SV650 , Hornet 600 , GS500 , EX500 , YZF600 Thundercat, Bonneville and the likes.
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