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Buying Bikes In India: Now's The Best Time!

Sep 5, 2008
Imagine a population of over a billion people in India. This has meant the booming bike industry in the country. Motorbikes in India makes up a huge part of the Indian two-wheeler industry. In recent years, bikes have gradually begun replacing mopeds and scooters. Bikes are now being considered a symbol of class and style for many consumers. If you're looking into buying bikes in India, now's the time!

A number of Indian companies such as Yamaha, Hero Honda, Suzuki and Bajaj have enthusiastic supporters. The introduction of the Bajaj Pulsar DTSi was considered a revolutionary in terms of class and style. On the other hand, Hero Honda is known to be the top maker of bikes in the world, and next in line is Bajaj India. A the economy experiences a gradual and consistent growth, many consumers are looking into buying bikes. Even those who posses vehicles are buying bikes, mainly because bikes are easier to maneuver through traffic. Bikes are considered extremely affordable these days because they are safe, cost-effective and gas-efficient. Because of this high demand in bikes, there has been growing competition among bike manufacturers in India.

Competition has lead several bike manufacturers in India to make the next best thing. Added features and unique advancements have been incorporated to newer models from different manufacturers. Not to mention, consumers now have much more options when it comes to either affordability or sophistication. Because imported bikes tend to be costly, the passionate followers of bikes look into more affordable alternatives. Thus, modification has been extremely popular among younger consumers. You'll see a great deal of bike alterations in India, including added shock absorbers, larger rear tire size, and attractive and new paint jobs.

So what are the latest bikes available in India this year? There are quite a number but impressive ones are the Yamaha bikes. As you might already know, Yamaha Motorcycles is known worldwide for its top performance oriented brand image and exceptional advancements. Yamaha has re-evolved in India, as the company focuses on the brand image rather than targeting mass market sales. The latest from Yamaha in India include the Yamaha YZF-R15, Yamaha FZ 150, and Yamaha Gladiator Type SS / RS.

There are a number of companies in India that manufacture vehicles of exceptionally high standard. The top two-wheeler manufacturers in the country comprise of Bajaj Auto, Royal Enfield Motors India, Kinetic Motor, TVS Motor, Hero Honda Motors, Suzuki Motor Corporation, LML India, Monto Motors and Yamaha Motor India. Several of two wheelers produced by these companies are being exported to other parts of the world, such as South America, South East Asia and Africa.

Almost all of the motorcycles in India are equipped with an engine capacity of around 100 cc to 250 cc. On the other hand, scooters have an engine capacity that ranges from 100 cc to 150 cc. And lastly, mopeds come with a small engine capacity that varies between 50 cc to 100 cc. Motorcycles are often more costly compared to scooters and mopeds, however, they usually do have more features that improves speed considerably.

So exactly which bike should you go with? Actually, the decision is in your hands. It all depends on how you define what the "best" bike is for you. No manufacturer would actually aim to make faulty bikes. Sometimes more consumers buy a certain model simply because of its popularity or because of the current trend. On the other hand, some consumers buy a less popular but equally sophisticated model to stand out of the crowd.

Think about the parameters required to compare varying bikes within a single price range. These include engine type, brakes, weight, horsepower/CC, tires, fuel consumption, average top speed and styling. Your choice will depend on your preference in speed and/or affordability. If you want a good bike under 50,000 rupees, get Hero Honda's Splendor & Passion. Bajaj Platina, which sells at about 39,000 rupees, is also a good choice in this case. If you're looking for power and acceleration, get the Hero Honda Achiever. For great styling, consider Bajaj bikes. For an extremely comfortable and stylish ride, look into the Honda Passion Plus.
About the Author
James gunaseelan advises consumers regarding buying and selling of used motorcycles,scooters,mopeds & sports bikes, for India's No.1 auto portal,bharathautomobiles.com.
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