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Old 11th May 2006, 10:19   #1
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Default hallelujah!! Yamaha to launch R1 & R6 in India

Yes, it has finally been confirmed by Yamaha top brass themselves.

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Yamaha Motor India Director and Executive VP, Takahiro Maeda

Yamaha to introduce 1000cc bike in India

Japanese bike-maker also looking at introducing scooters, will set up production facility in south India

New Delhi: What Yamaha presented to film star John Abraham will soon come to its showrooms too – the 1,000cc speedster Yamaha R1. The well-known Japanese auto firm has also plans to introduce its 600cc ‘R6’ and another racy roadster in 250cc category in India. The new machines are expected to hit the Indian roads within three years.

“With biking enthusiasts growing in the country, we find space and opportunity for our sporty speed machines here and expect to roll out these models by 2009,” Yamaha Motor India Director and Executive Vice-President (Marketing), Takahiro Maeda, told Mumbai Mirror.

According to him and other officials, increasing income levels of youth and their growing inclination towards high-end bikes has created a market for such bikes. Initially, Maeda said, the global line-ups will be introduced in India by way of importing completely built-up units (CBUs) with a premium price tag. “We are looking at niche products right now and targeting the youth for future growth,” Maeda said after launching the 125cc, 5-speed Gladiator priced at around Rs 41,990 (standard version) and Rs 44,990 (DX model).

Till 2010, Yamaha India will launch at least two youth-centric products every year, Maeda said. “Additionally, we are investigating (the market) for scooters but we can’t give a time frame for this yet. If we enter the scooter segment, it will be drastically different from the existing range here.”

Talking to this newspaper, Yamaha Motor India’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Tomotaka Ishikawa said his firm will invest Rs 300 crore over the next three years as it chases 15 per cent of market share from the present 5 per cent by 2010 with a focus on brand building and equity addition.

“Our target is to sell about one million (10 lakh) bikes by 2010 for which we would need a new production unit,” he said, hinting that Yamaha would prefer to have this second plant somewhere in south India. At present, the company has a plant at Surajpur in Greater Noida. The Rs 760-crore Yamaha India expects 40 per cent revenue growth in 2006-07 and has plans to ramp up production to 6 lakh units by March 2007 from the present 4 lakh units.

The vital stats...
Engine Type 998cc, 20-valve
Cooling system Liquid-cooled
Gears 6-speed
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Weight (empty tank) 173 kgs
Top speed 280 kmph+
Projected cost Rs 5 lakh+

“If we enter the scooter segment, it will be drastically different from the existing range here” – Yamaha Motor India Director and Executive VP, Takahiro Maeda

Thats the good news. The bad news is that we have to wait till 2009 to actually be able to buy these bikes.

But still, atleast there is now hope for all of us here. And this also gives us time to get our finances in order!

Now if only other companies (Honda, Suzuki...WAKE UP) follow their lead and start making their PROPER bikes available to us. It's crazy that today, if a person has the money, he can legally buy a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce or Bently, but he cannot officially buy a superbike in India with a bill and warranty!

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Old 11th May 2006, 10:26   #2
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I can see a BIG smile on Manson!

Now, lets wait for Honda to give the good news!
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Old 11th May 2006, 10:36   #3
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Great News !!

Hope they do it in a years time..atleast with the 600 cc beast to start with ..
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My read and understanding of the situation says we might get to see atleast the 250cc and 600cc bikes before 2010 as the article mentions that yamaha is planning on introducing two new products every year. Hence, we might get to see these products sooner than 2010 w 12.

Fingers crossed.

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Ok. A Stupid question. If it is officially available, will there be finance options?
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I wish Honda launch the latest CBR600RR quickly. It will have a good market response.
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Old 11th May 2006, 10:51   #7
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I am ok with the 2009 date. Pretty broke now to buy one
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Old 11th May 2006, 11:03   #8
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YEAH BABY!!! YEAH!!! It was something that was long overdue....but better late than never. I do hope that he was being a little pessimistic with his "by 2009" statement. Lets hope the R6 and R1 come in soon, and the 250cc model comes in 2009

EMIs, Warranty, bill and authorised service / parts support.....this has to be a dream come true for potential SBK'ers

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Old 11th May 2006, 11:22   #9
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But, why? The Gladiator sounds so much cooler....
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Old 11th May 2006, 11:23   #10
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Woah ! thats great news. Cant they do it a bi early? y 2009?
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Finally! But do you guys really think the R1 will cost just 5 lakhs??? Hope this isn't another case of Mumbai Mirror smoking dope!
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Old 11th May 2006, 12:16   #12
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Sure, like the Munjals claiming they would sell Aprilia's RSV 1000 for 6 lakhs. I'm not over that yet.

I'll believe this when I see one in Pacer Motors.
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Old 11th May 2006, 12:25   #13
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Yes yes yes yes, , 2009, its okay since im broke too for now.
Ty for the happy news.
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Old 11th May 2006, 12:43   #14
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Surely its a great news but its gonna take 3 yrs..... tats a bit long wait i guess by tat time Bajaj or mayb HH or honda might come up with their beasts !!
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gr8 news...only thing im worried abt is the pricing.. the way they priced the comet when it first launched was a bit of a put off.. neway i hope its priced decently!

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