Since the launch of the Ray and the Ray Z scooters, IIndia Yamaha Motor (IMY), has been showcasing pretty impressive growth than ever before in its history. The second quarter of 2013 is most successful quarter for IMY. The company has sold 35,927 units in April, 2013, which is 44.3% more than that of the same month in 2012. While, it was reported 34,104 units in May 2013, which is 34% more, and the biggest growth of 52% in June, 2013, with 35,561 units sold.
Now, Yamaha fanatics have one more reason to enjoy that the company is planning to launch a 500cc middle-weight sports bike. The bike is likely to be targeted the Asian market. So chances are plenty to see the much anticipated 500cc bike of Yamaha.
The firm hasn't shared anything about the bike and its engine. We are yet to be known about the technical specifications of the upcoming 500cc bike of Yamaha. What all we know about the engine is that it will be a two-cylinder engine.
The bike will directly be competing with the Honda CBR 500R, CB500F, and the CB500X. They are powered by the same 471cc, Liquid-Cooled, parallel twin engine. It delivers a peak power of 35 Kw at 8500 Rpm and a peak torque of 43 Nm at 7000 Rpm.
As Honda has introduced 500cc engine in three trims, Yamaha is expected to do the same as it Japanese rival has done. Presently, Honda hasn't launched its 500cc machines in India. Instead of that the company has worked out a 400cc engine for India and other Asian markets. If Yamaha launches the 500cc bikes with a challenging price to the upcoming 400cc bikes of Honda, that will be a big fight to be seen in the Indian motorcycle industry. Currently, Indian two-wheeler world really lacks sports motorbikes between 300cc and 650cc. That is no parked between Kawasaki Ninja 300, and the Ninja 650R and Hyosung GT650R. When these Honda and Yamaha bikes come that will surely win hearts of millions of Indian motorcycle fanatics.
Meanwhile, TVS-BMW venture has been signed up. According to their strategy they will be lauching only new models which are not in their line-up. That is, TVS doesn't have bikes above 180cc, and BMW Motorrad doesn't have machines below 600cc. So we can surely expect right rivals for Honda and Yamaha from this joint venture.