‘Indian’ bikes hit Indian shores, with Harley in cross-hairs — Hindustan Times

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‘Indian’ bikes hit Indian with Harley in cross-hairs

Davidson has competition from home. Its ‘country cousin’ has landed on Indian shores.

a US bike brand dating to 1901, on Wednesday launched its cruiser bikes at an event in the “Choice is here, finally,” Ross Clifford, director, International, Polaris.

“India is one of the growing markets for big bikes,” Clifford. “Indian is here and Indian will be here to he said.

The company has brought all its models the Indian Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Indian which will be imported as built units. The Classic is at Rs. 26.5 lakh (ex-showroom, the Vintage at Rs. 29.5 lakh and the at Rs.

33 lakh, said Pankaj MD, Polaris India.

“We launched the bikes in the US early last and were appreciated immensely for history,” Dubey said.

The bikes will be powered by a “Thunderstroke 111” engine – One-eleven (referring to 111 cubic or 1,811 cubic centimetres the bore capacity of the V-twin – that generates 139 Nm of torque at rpm.

Rival Harley’s biggest is 1,690 cc, which produceds 138 Nm of Top-of-the-line Street Glide starts at Rs. 29 lakh (ex-showroom,

Interestingly, this launch at a time when Harley is to tap the youth, and last week the Street 750, powered by a engine, expected to be priced at Rs. 5 lakh. An even smaller and Street 500 is set for launch next

Indian’s first showroom is up in Delhi, and the next one will be in Bike deliveries will mid-March, Dubey said. The company, Polaris, has 25 dealerships and 50 over the country; expansion is to happen rapidly.

Harley is the leader by far in the 1,600-cc plus segment, with a 74% market-share year, according to auto body SIAM. The other is Suzuki, which has 26%.

That equation is set to see change the Indian launch, and British Triumph’s two cruisers, the 1,800-cc Storm and the humungous 2,300-cc Roadster, priced at Rs. 13 lakh and Rs. 20 respectively.

The run-up to the Delhi Expo is seeing a stream of Japanese bikemaker Kawasaki its second ‘…’ bike in on Tuesday, the Z800, priced at Rs. lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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It had launched the Z1000 in December, at Rs. 12.5 lakh.


Started making bikes in

Died out and revived several

Rival Harley started bikes in 1903, and edged out as No 1 US bike-maker in 1920

‘Indian’ to Red Indian

The company’s signature is the of an Indian tribal chief

or One-Eleven refers to the engine’s 111 cubic inches

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