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Top Five Influential Indian Motorcycles: The People's Vote


The top 5 bikes that shaped the Indian 2-wheeler space in the 21st century according to you, the people

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Top 5 game changing bikes

Last week, we posted a poll of 10 bikes and asked you, the enthusiasts, to vote for 5 bikes. Bikes you thought revolutionised the Indian two-wheeler space in the 21st century. You delivered in spades and here is the list. A list of 5 game-changing bikes voted by the people.

 

Top 5 game changing bikes

5. KTM 390 Duke (first-gen):
A bike that gave enthusiasts a proper taste of performance. The KTM-Bajaj alliance was a masterstroke as well, allowing KTM to offer amazing value for money and being affordable to maintain as well.

Also read: 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 vs KTM 390 Duke: Comparison Review

 

Top 5 game changing bikes

4. Hero-Honda Karizma (first-gen):
Interestingly, both the 390 Duke and Karizma garnered an equal number of votes. That despite being launched more than a decade apart. While the KTM offered performance, the Karizma offered a premium big bike feel. It became the aspirational bike of its time.

Also read: Hero Xtreme 200S - First Ride Review

 

Top 5 game changing bikes

3. Royal Enfield Classic 350:
While earlier Enfields catered to a more mature audience, the Classic 350 reached out to the younger yuppie crowd. It was not just influential in India but also abroad, where it made a strong case for entry-level retro bikes. Arguably, Royal Enfield's most successful product, it made retro bikes cool.

 

Top 5 game changing bikes

2. Bajaj Pulsar 150/180 (first-gen):
Performance for the masses. That's the first-generation Pulsar in a nutshell. While the CBZ can be credited with providing a serious alternative to 2-stroke performance, the Pulsar’s brilliant pricing made it affordable to the masses. It opened doors for performance bikes in India.

 

Top 5 game changing bikes

1. Yamaha R15 (first-gen):
A bike that taught enthusiasts that you don't always need higher-capacity bikes to enjoy yourselves. India’s first liquid-cooled bike, the R15 convinced other bike makers that there is a market for technologically advanced bikes in India. It has been so successful that eight years later, the first-generation still sells in good numbers, alongside the third-generation R15 -- so much has its impact been on society.

Bonus:

5. Royal Enfield Himalayan: The bike that kicked started the entry-level ADV segment in India. And this was not a hack job but a proper built from the ground up bike that could have ADV bikes twice its price break a sweat.

Royal Enfield Himalayan:
The Royal Enfield Himalayan garnered the sixth-highest number of votes. It is the bike that kicked started the entry-level ADV segment in India. And this was not a hack job but a proper built from the ground up bike that could have ADV bikes twice its price break a sweat.

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  • Benjamin Gracias | 5 months ago @sathish a few people did point out the RX 100 but it was launched in the last century and was quite influential then. 0 Reply
    Benjamin Gracias | 5 months ago @priyangshu, The Hero CBZ was launched in 1999 and the list is about top influential bikes of the 21-st century. Hence it is not on the list. 0 Reply
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