It is time for Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki the big biking boys in Indian bike market to watch out for after the recent announcement made by their staunch rival Bajaj Auto. India’s leading two-wheeler maker Bajaj stated that the company will be rolling out powerful variants of Pulsar and KTM bikes in the range of 200 and 700 cc engines in the coming years. Bajaj certainly seems to be a roll and high after their recent launch of Pulsar 200 NS. Well, the news of bike launches of upto 700 cc power is sure to create few ripples in the stables of rival companies. However what should be noted is that the bikes that will be launched will be from KTM the business partner of the Indian bike major Bajaj but not by the Bajaj Auto per se.
For your record, KTM Duke 200cc bike was launched very recently in the Indian market, and the two-wheeler maker tipped that there is a lot to come and expect from them and the Duke 200 is just one cherry on the cake.
Indian bike enthusiasts have graduated from looking for bikes that are for mere commuting ride sorts to more leisure rides and the company expects these transition bikers would certainly love the machines by KTM.
Is this an aggressive move by Bajaj?
It indeed seems to be a strong move from Bajaj to firm their foothold and leadership in the premium segment of bikes. The main goal of the company is to make Pulsar a value-based sports bike and their Austrian partner’s KTM bikes will belong to the premium segment. Under the Pulsar brand the company disclosed that a 350 cc bike will be launched next year and eventually bigger bikes will follow under the same brand. The new breed of Pulsars, and KTM bikes are believed to be made at the Bajaj’s plant at Chakan.
Bajaj recently rolled out Pulsar 200 NS and duke 200 both over Rs 1 lakh price range along with the announcement of launching powerful bikes in the future might ring alarm bells for the Japanese bike makers. And according to experts the bike market is growing and Bajaj’s move is believed to be rightly timed, and at least the medium-term the bike maker is sure to see a good success rate. If only the bikes will be competitively priced then they stand in the competition given by other global brands Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki. All said, it’s the beginning and depends a lot on the success of recently launched Pulsar 200NS.
There sure is a lot of excitement in store for those bikers who love heavier machines, keep your eyeballs widely open to welcome big bullies.