@change - valid question. To answer it, i'll have to take you back into Indian biking history.
When the Shogun came out, it was up against
^^ Yamaha's RX100 and
^^ Kawasaki's KB 100 RTZ
So, displacing 10cc more than them, it beat them easily. Besides, TVS (who were Suzuki's partner in India then) tuned it for out & out ripping & the results were just amazing.
Here are some reviews of the Shogun .... I'll quote a few of 'Spider13's lines .... "
This bike was sheer madness. Period. When it came out in 1994, it simply shut up the critics and the layman alike. There was nothing even remotely like it and to be frank there never will be anything like it ever .... Unlike most other bikes, even with quite rough use, I managed to get 30+ kmpl from her ..... But TVS had created such a hype around the bike that I also felt going racing would be the best way of gauging the bike’s true capabilities .... The stock bike had no problems touching a peak speed of 125 kmph. With all the mods, well, i was the one having problems hanging on to the bike!!! We clocked a true speed of, wait for it 148 kmph!
Needless to say, the Shogun was a huge hit for TVS & Suzuki. But then, the emission norms got really strict & TVS & Suzuki had a falling out. So TVS decided to kill the Shogun.
Yamaha & Kawasaki however tried to fight on .... Yamaha added a catalytic converter & 35cc to the RX turning it into the RX135 (pictures posted a few posts back) & Kawasaki did the same for the KB 125. But rising fuel prices & popularity of 4 stroke models ensured their demise. By 2002, there were no 2 stroke models left in the Indian market.
Hope u enjoyed that history lesson ...