1) RE Twins
Royal Enfield was one of the most important absentees of the Expo. However, the brand had no plans to participate in the 2018 Auto Expo and they showcased their newly launched models like Interceptor 650 Twin and Continental GT 650 at the 2017 India Bike Week. The bikes made their global debut at 2017 EICMA festival held at Milan and both the models went viral in the web world. Sadly, it was a golden opportunity for many Indian bike enthusiasts to see those beauties.
2) Bajaj Motorcycles
Bajaj was the other Indian brand who didn't come to the 2018 Expo. Therefore, a high capacity Avenger and future models under the Dominar platform was missed at the motorcycle pavilion.
3) KTM Duke 790
After the years of waiting, KTM has revealed the much excited Duke 790 at the 2017 EICMA show. This twin cylinder beast has already stolen millions of mind and was expected to make India debut at the Auto Expo. However, along with Bajaj, KTM was also absent.
4) Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Vitpilen 701
Earlier, it was rumored that Swedish bike giants Husqvarna will make an India entry with their Pilens. The brand is owned by KTM and its major stakes are with the Indian brand Bajaj. Husqvarna has showcased their Vitpilen 401 and 701 globally in 2017. Moreover, in near future, Vitpilen 401 is expected to make an India entry as it shares the majority of the technology and parts with the KTM Duke 390. In addition to that, Bajaj is doing some secret test runs with India and global bound Vitpilen 401.
5) Benelli Leoncino and Imperiale 400
Benelli had showcased their retro-styled scrambler model Leoncino at the 2016 Auto Expo. Therefore, the model was expected to make an official launch in 2018. Imperiale 400 was showcased at the 2017 EICMA festival. It looks like a perfect alternative for the much popular Royal Enfield models. Sadly, Benelli didn't appear at the Show and we have to wait again for the models to be launched in India.
6) Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
Triumph was another big name that we missed at the Expo. Their Bonneville Speedmaster was launched globally and it is yet to appear in the India line-up. It is a classic bobber styled motorcycle based on the popular Bonneville platform.
7) Harley Davidson Street 500
Interestingly, the Milwaukee based bike maker build their entry-level model Street 500 at the Indian factory for their global market. However, they are not yet ready to introduce this model here.
8) Ducati Panigale V4
The Italian super bike maker Ducati has stopped making their all-time Desmodromic L-Twin engines. The Panigale R Final Edition was the last model to feature that historic engine. Lately, they introduced a new breed of 4 cylinder V engines for their superbike. Ducati Panigale V4 series get the first set of these engines. These models have been already launched in India, but we are disappointed not to see those beasts in the Expo.
9) Mahindra Mojo UT
Mahindra has been testing their new Mojo for the past couple of months. It is the much simpler version of 300ccc Mahindra Mojo featuring single exhaust, telescopic forks and some minute cosmetic changes.
There were many absentees at the 2018 Auto Expo due to hefty fee from the organisers
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