Indian Automobiles….

I’m one of those typical Young Indian (don’t scratch your head… I’m still young.. ) who dreams owning a power pack of a bike with after burner and all but with no means to realize it… though with India growing like it is, manufacturers of Motorcycles in India have started taking the risk of going in for the performance segment in a volume basis… no more millions of sales in only the 100-125 cc segment… today, in a typical bangalore peak hour, the next most vehicle you’ll find in a road after auto rickshaws is PULSAR (all caps)… I’m awestruck how Bajaj Auto has come up from one-of-those bike companies to challenge and win Monopolist Hero Honda…. And these guys have a true sense of biking… i’ll hand them that… after the CBZ classic (I hate the new 150cc stripped down variety) which took the Indian market with its 165 cc engine and rear set foot pegs, Pulsar 200cc is the best thing which happened to the appealing Young Indian population which begs for some REAL sportive bike.. Even then, CBZ made a compromise on the handlebars… it was higher than it should’ve been and smaller wheel base and tyres… NOT the Pulsar 200 … The foot pegs are rearer than the CBZ classic, handlebars lower (would have liked a pair of clip-ons though personally instead of ‘handlebars’), rear end higher and almost level with the front fairing… the best a YI can get today in the market…

Agree that there are other new untested-for-indian-roads varieties… Kinetic Comet for one… with a V-Twin… (what would anyone do with a V-twin anyways in India) and real naked as the meaning of naked goes… and the largest tyres yet to hit the Indian roads (cheap Korean rubber though.. you gotta have spares ready every 6 months or so…). No Sir, I’m still with Pulsar 200 (even better than the 220-DTS-Fi whatever they wanted to do with that..)… tested and bug-fixed for Indian roads and the Young Indian…

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