If one sees the websites carrying stories of new launches in India as “Scoops”, “Breaking News” and “Revealed”, you could easily believe that India is going to see huge activity with new launches that will inundate the two wheeler market. However, there is nothing in this world to assure us that any of these things are true. As far as we are concerned except for the Pulsar 200 SS (and not the 375) none of the stories that are breaking out have too much credibility. So here are the various news items. Let us start with the credible.
Overdrive magazine which broke this story (as is evident from the water marked pictures) claims that all these are pictures of the Pulsar 200 SS, while other websites have been trying to find differences in the pictures to say that one of these is a Pulsar 375. Whom you want to believe is your call, while we take the attitude is that the proof of the pudding is in eating it and till then our judgement is reserved.
One website shows these pictures of the Hyosung bikes displayed at EICMA to claim that these are in line for an India launch. We have no reason to believe that this is true because we have learnt that the Aquila GV 250 which was scheduled for a launch around now has been put on hold. Again to believe or not believe is your call.
This is the story that takes the cake and eats it too. Out of the blue comes a scoop that Suzuki India is launching this the GSXR- 150 R to take on the Honda CBR 150 R and the Yamaha R 15. The website further claims that Suzuki is readying a faired version of the slow selling GS 150 R for launch and this will be followed by the launch of the Inazuma or the W 250. That is a lot for one scoop.
To make sure that we stay on terra firma will shall end this story with a credible bit of news. Harley Davidson has officially stated that the rumour about the small capacity i.e 250 – 300 cc bikes being launched by the American manufacturer are NOT true. In fact, Anoop Prakash, the MD of Harley Davidson in India has also not assured us of seeing the 500cc version of the Street motorcycle any time soon in India. He has only indicated that the 750 Street will be the one to hit the Indian market sometime in the middle of next year and that his company will try to keep the price of the motorcycle below the 5 lakh INR mark and that too it will be the on road price. Now that we would like to believe to be true.