Japanese superbikes at Indian prices

In an attempt to steal the two-wheeler market from the three Indian giants Hero Honda, Bajaj and TVS Motors, which collectively account for almost 85 per cent of sales, Japanese bike manufacturers like Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki will launch scaled-down Indian versions of their international superbike models.

Superbikes are motorcycles that have 800cc engines and can cost upwards of Rs 10 lakh if they are bought in India. Japanese manufacturers plan to offer re-engineered versions with much smaller engines and fewer trimmings at prices ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

The superbikes that are being considered for such an overhaul are Yamaha YZF R1, Honda CBR 1000, Suzuki GSX R and the Kawasaki Ninja.

The re-engineering exercise involves putting in a lower-capacity and fuel-efficient engine and building a new chassis on the lines of the parent model using cheaper, lighter material. Other components built by using best-in-class material in the high-end bike will be replaced by aluminum and rubber components for the Indian version.

Expensive meter console units, twin disc brakes and wide tubeless tyres all basic features that contribute the high price tag of a superbike will not be available in the cheaper version.

Kawasaki Ninja 1000

“There are some superbikes in our international line-up of motorcycles that can be fine-tuned for India,” said Naresh Rattan, divisional head (sales and marketing), Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India.

HMSI and Yamaha Motor India launched a product each in the local market, CBF Stunner and R 15, respectively, which are directly inspired from their CBR 1000 and YZF R1. The Indian re-engineered versions, which were launched over a month ago, are up for sale at Rs 53,000 for the 125cc Honda CBF Stunner and Rs 97,000 for 150cc Yamaha R 15.

Suzuki Motorcycle India is also gearing up to launch a similar model, which will be based on the GSX R series (priced at Rs 13-14 lakh), before December this year. The Indianised version will have an engine capacity of about 250cc, and is expected to cost close to Rs 1 lakh.

“We will launch two bikes before the end of the calendar year, of which one will be a mass-market premium model and the other a superbike,” said Atul Gupta, vice-president (sales and marketing), SMIPL.

“The premium model will be a model which will be inspired by the GSX R range of superbikes,” he added.

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  1. alveera

    Dear Sir

    I am an importer in South Africa, looking for 600cc to 1000cc superbikes. Could you let me know if anyone exports these superbikes.

    Zap Importers.

    • Amit Dhiman

      Mr. Veera

      Do you import only bikes or other things too??

      I’m looking forward to export TMT Steel bars to foreign countries. Please contact if interested…

      Bars are of international standards.

      Amit Dhiman

  2. Eugene

    good day sir.do u only import for yourself or do u import for diffrent ppl.what bike can u get im looking for a gsx 1000 but the black and yellow one2004 to 2007.can u plz let me know if u can get one

  3. Aditya

    hello sir, i am looking for a honda cbr 900 rr fireblade in any colour of 1988-1994. plz let me know if u know one.

  4. viral

    i want to buy a superbike from 500-1000cc
    in a range of rs200000.
    is there any bike avialable??

  5. adnan

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  6. B G Vinith Naidu

    Sir i am searching for a 600cc bike like r6 for around 2 lakhs can u just me a bike please

  7. B G Vinith Naidu

    Sir i am searching for a 600cc bike like r6 in 2lakhs i am ok with grey market bike also please help me sir

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