During the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi the iconic British motorcycle company Triumph Motorcycles showcased its seven models which it will be bringing soon to India. While the plans were to launch some of those models in 2012, a shift in the top management at Triumph India has delayed its launch schedule to 2013. Out of the seven models, the mighty cruiser Triumph Storm is one model which will ply in the luxury cruiser segment challenging the likes of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the soon-to-be launched Victory Motorcycles from USA. The expected price for the 1,699cc Storm cruiser from Triumph is expected to be about 17 lakh (ex-showroom) and it should be in the dealerships by late-2013. The pricing is certainly going to be on the higher side as the Storm will be brought in via the CBU channel and not assembled or produced locally in India.
The mighty Triumph Rocket III power cruiser is one machine which has been eagerly awaited by the wealthy superbiker popluation in the country as there is no bigger style statement than rolling in at a club on a Saturday night on one of the most powerful motorcycles in the world. The Rocket III does it all and has the go to match the show and ofcourse at an expected price tag of Rs. 22 lakh (ex-showroom), there arent going to be too many of them on our roads. But those few who can afford it, the Rocket III is defintiely one head turning machine with enormous street presence and the loud note emitted by its large 2,294cc mill. But the Rocket III is not alone and it faces competion from the Ducati Diavel as well as the sizably big Suzuki Intruder. That said, the Triumph's charm and stance is far outrageous than its rivals and it will certainly get an upperhand with regards to its appeal and charisma.
ATV brand Polaris, who also owns the second largest cruiser brand in USA, Victory Motorcycles, has already forayed into the country with their range of ATVs. The company had plans to unveil its range of luxury cruiser motorcycles in India in 2012, but the plans were put on hold and the bikes will now be launched in India next year. Known for making one of the finest custom cruisers second only to Harley Davidson, Victory Motorcycles have quickly garnered respect for making stylish custom cruiser motorcycles powered by trademark large American Vee twin engines. As far as we understand, the Victory motorcycles will be directly imported as CBUs from USA. This means that they will attract import duties putting them beyond the reach of many and limiting them only to select few who can afford these macho machines.
Ducati Panigale R
Expected launch: Early 2013 Price: Rs. 30 lakh Channel: CBU
One of the most exotic and outstanding Ducati motorcycles to be ever made, the 1199 Panigale R will be setting the Indian roads on fire starting 2013. The flagship Ducati will soon be available in India but as expected, the price will be exorbitant. Expect the Panigale R to easily cost upwards of Rs. 30 lakh (ex-showroom) but then this is no ordinary Ducati and it does demand that hefty premium for a lot of goodies. To begin with, its a powerhouse on two-wheels churning out a staggering 195 horses while weighing just 165kg (dry). Now that is some serious muscle there.
Internationally the Ducati Panigale has already garnered rave reviews thanks to its performance, handling as well as relaibility, the latter one being of most significane to the Indian market. Designed for longevity, the 1198cc motor serving the Panigale is develop to last long service intervals without compromising performance.