Many websites are reporting that Hero Motors will be supplying gear boxes to BMW Motorrad, which is the motorcycle making arm of the BMW company. These gearboxes will be used on all BMW motorcycles. In the last decade of the 20th Century, Hero Motors had entered into a collaboration with BMW for the manufacture of the entry level BMW F-650 Funduro which was an endurance style or trailie bike and introduced this motorcycle in the Indian market for Rs. 5 lakhs. The F-650 was a very capable motorcycle which won the Paris Dakar Rally by beating bigger capacity machines from KTM and Yamaha. The then very high price and the absence of life style motorcycling community meant that the product bombed in the market. Hero Motors finally cleared the stock after selling the bikes for half of the original price. BMW had in fact designed a scooter of 125cc with a canopy for Escorts in India (then makers of Rajdoot and Yamaha motorcycles who sold their motorcycle business to Yamaha) but the scooter was considered to be too avant garde for the Indian market and so never made it here or for that matter anywhere since at that time there was no market for such small capacity machines in Europe.