Triumph announced two new entry-level modern classic models powered by a 398cc Single, the first products to come from its partnership with India’s Bajaj Auto. The Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400X will first be available in India in July, and in all other markets by the start of 2024.
In a form 8-K report filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday, Harley-Davidson disclosed its intention to discontinue sales and manufacturing operations in India. In 2007, according to Wiki, Harley-Davidson motorcycles were first allowed access to the Indian market in exchange for the export of Indian mangoes – which one Indian commentator called “mango diplomacy.” In 2009, Harley-Davidson India (a wholly owned subsidiary) opened its first plant, and was originally building 11 models on six platforms: Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod, Touring, and Street. Harley has at least 29 dealers in the Republic of India, which is the second-most populous country in the world (1.353 billion people), the seventh-largest country by land area, and the most populous democracy in the world. There’s also a booming HOG and an annual Harley Rock Riders music tour.
Triumph and Indian manufacturer Bajaj formally commenced plans to collaborate on a range of mid-capacity motorcycles. The key word there is “formally,” as the partnership between the two companies was first announced in August 2017, but nothing had come of it in the last 29 months. Today, however, the two companies say their partnership has officially begun, with plans for a new engine and vehicle platform spanning from 200cc to 750cc displacements.
Last month we reported on Chinese electric motorcycle manufacturer Evoke and the company’s intention of entering the United States with its Urban S model by this summer. Now, rumblings from Bangalore suggest two new electric motorcycle companies, Tork Motors and Emflux Motors, are preparing to launch in India, and eventually the world.
While Americans are still waiting for Yamaha to grace our shores with its MT-03/FZ-03, customers in India have another new small-displacement FZ model coming their way. Introduced this week by India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd., the FZ25 is designed specifically for the Indian market as an upgrade over the existing 150cc FZ and FZ-S. Yamaha expects to sell 40,000 units at a price of 119,500 rupees (about $1,755 US), a competitive price for the 250cc segment in India.
Indian manufacturer Royal Enfield revealed its much-awaited adventure bike, the Himalayan. Powered by a new 411cc Single, the Himalayan was designed to be a lightweight, uncomplicated motorcycle that can go anywhere, including the rugged terrain of its namesake.
The title of this post says it all, but it doesn’t even bring us close to being able to wrap our heads around this video. Filmed somewhere in India, the video shows an incredible feat of strength and balance as a laborer hoists a Bajaj Pulsar up a ladder to the top of a bus with his head.