Hello friends, I am from India. I just searched internet to know about the automotive news in my neighbouring country and was delighted to find similiar mad automotive freaks there.offcourse, there are some good bikes available in India, but the sad fact is that we are still missing high capacity bikes here. The biggest offering here still is the Bullet 500. Please feel free for any query about any Indian bike and be kind enough to give me information the automotive scene in Pakistan.
First of all, let me make it clear that I joined this Forum not to make tall claims or ridicule anyone or to make any argument based on religion or geographical area, but only as a lover of automobiles, big and small. If anyone find anything offensive in any of my posts, please let me know and I am willing to quit this forum for good.
I have seen that many members have appreciated and some have denounced Indian bikes and dismissed them as mere media hype. As a person who owned ( and still own one)three of these bikes(1. Suzuki Shogun 14BHP, 2. Bajaj Caliber 7.5 BHP and 3.Honda Unicorn 13.5 BHP), I can very well say that these bikes are not mere flashy things. In India, the bikes with japanese technology began to make their inrush around 1987. Till then we had only the age old Royal Enfield Bullet(350cc), Yezdi and Rajadoot( 175,125,250) for breakfast, lunch and supper. Then came Yamaha, Honda(Hero Honda), Suzuki( Ind Suzuki) and Kawazaki( Bajaj Kawazaki). Most of us Indians believed with all our heart that all of these 100cc bikes with their shining bodies and plastic parts were mere crap which will die out soon in the potholed Indian roads and rough terrain. But we were proved WRONG.These slender machines were utmost reliable, maintenance free, packed contemporary technology, economy and withstood all abuse put on them. Yezdi(250CC) and Rajdoot were soon phased out. Bullet survived lonely and it still survives in various avatars.
Later on the 100ccs were supplemented by 125,150,200,220 and 250ccs with greater power torque and equipment levels. Bajaj and Hero broke away from their foreign allies namely Kawazaki and Honda, after acquiring the technological expertise to manufacture contemporary machines. In 2005 Honda entered Indian bike market directly and they have been a runaway success in India ever since.One remarkable thing is the emergence of Bajaj Auto, from the manufacturer of Chethak scooters( with collaboration from Vespa, Italy), as one of the leading motorcycle manufacturer. Their turning point was the launch of Pulsar series (150 and 180 simultaneously). which sold like hotcakes. These bikes had equipment level superior to that of their Japanese counter parts + killer pricing+ class leading performance. The sour point about Bajaj vehicles is the lack of quality when compared to Jap bikes, but it seems they are improving. Please check Pulsar 200NS in the internet, which is going to be launched and you will find why Bajaj bikes are selling so much.
As a matter of fact( without offense please), I see that the Pak bikes are not up to the mark.But that will also change, as in our case. To European eyes, Indian bikes may be still neolithic:-! when comparing with their massive Harleys and Bagattis.