The invention of motorcycles started in the middle of the 19th century as the safety bicycle’s improvised descendant. In the contemporary period, India was leading the two-wheeler production with the hands of Royal Enfield. Since then, several companies came into being and gifted the bikers community with some vintage bikes.
So, let’s ride the memory lane back to the vintage motorbike producing companies.
Royal Enfield India (1955 – )
Post-independence, the Indian government searched for a native motorcycle company to manufacture bikes for the army employed in the border areas. In such eventuality, Royal Enfield of Redditch partnered with Madras Motors in India to fabricate the 350 cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle. By 1962, Enfield India started manufacturing all the parts here itself. In the year 1990, the oldest two-wheeler company entered into a treaty with Eicher motors, and later on, they merged after four years. The latter is involved in the big-scale production of commercial vehicles.
The former is commonly famous for its Bullet and Royal Enfield 350 Classic models. The features are relatively better when compared to motorbikes priced within the same range.
- The high torque of 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm.
- Mileage of around 35 to 37 Kmpl.
- Available in a varied range of customized colors meant to match the taste of passionate bikers, like Chrome Black, Stealth Black, Stormrider Sand, Airborne Blue, Chestnut Red, Ash, Mercury Silver, Redditch Red, etc.
- The BS6 certified Royal Enfield Classic 350 is available at a starting price of INR 1.61 lakhs.
Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (1945 – )
With stepping stone as an iron trading company in 1945, and after its entrance into the automotive industry in 1947, Mahindra & Mahindra company made its first dashing appearance by introducing the iconic Willys Jeep on the Indian roads.
- Top of the global leaders in information technology, tractors, and utility vehicles with a reputation in 100+ countries.
- Mahindra group has recently acquired a stake in Peugeot Motorcycles (PMTC), the manufacturer of Metropolis, the successful three-wheeled scooter.
- The two-wheeler division is a part of the USD 19 billion Mahindra Group aspires to deliver state-of-art, wide-spread recognized two-wheelers to the community.
- Mahindra Centuro with a price of INR 54,000 approx. is the flagship motorbike from the Mahindra group, is the 11 industry & consumer awards winner.
- The all-new launcher, Mahindra Gusto available for INR 55,000 approx., is the topper of the “Scooter of the Year” and “Innovation for the year” category, along with five awards.
TVS Motor Company (1978 – )
T.V Sundaram Iyengar founded the third largest two-wheeler company in India with their headquarter in Chennai. In 1980, they launched India’s first two-seater moped TVS 50 from their Hosur plant. Later they signed a treaty with Suzuki, but that did not last long. One of the most popular TVS motorbikes in India is TVS Apache RTR 160.
- TVS Apache RTR features cutting edge racing technology.
- Its square engine runs on RT-FI technology.
- The RTR is available in Pearl White, Matte Blue besides the classic Glossy Black and Red.
- TVS RTR offers a maximum torque of 13.9 Nm @ 7000 rpm.
- Apache RTR 160 Drum BS-VI will cost you around INR 1.03 lakhs.
Hero Motorcorp (1984 – )
Hero Motorcorp founded by the Munjal brothers is a successful two-wheeler manufacturing company in India. Till 2010, its technology partner Honda has supported its development. Even after the end of this partnership, Hero Motorcorp continues to be the global leader in this sector. This brand is also known for its CSR activities and initiatives for women empowerment in India.
- The most popular and affordable model of the partnership is Hero includes Splendor Plus, available at INR 60,960, while its product, Hero Xpulse, is at INR 1.15 lakhs.
- Splendor Plus features both kick and self-start.
- It comes with tubeless tires and an analog speedometer.
Bajaj Auto ( 1972 – 2006, 2018 – )
The famous two-stroke Baja Chetak used to be most of our family’s scooter in those days. With the kid standing in front, it was supposedly the middle-class family ride. Bajaj Pulsar, on the other hand, is their latest motorbike, most popular among the youth.
- Bajaj named Chetak after the horse of the great warrior, Maharana Pratap Singh.
- Till 2002, this 150 cc scooter was two-stroke and then upgraded to four-stroke.
- It offers a torque of 10.8 Nm @ 3500 rpm
- On 16th October 2019, Bajaj Auto relaunched the electric version of Chetak Scooters at a price of INR 1 lakh approx.
Nowadays, two-wheelers have become the most common and affordable mode of local travel in India. Not to ignore the rich heritage of Rajdoot 350, which did not have a grand success owing to its high fuel consumption and lack of expert technicians. Though the latter could not have a fanbase, it was a rumor that an RD 350 owner was sure to get a date with a pretty woman. With the gradual passage of time, the company’s modified motorbikes to meet the riders’ requirements and offer them a comfortable and safe ride.
So, if you are one of the proud owners of a two-wheeler from any of the above legends, then don’t forget to turn up your collars and pat yourself on the back!
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