Motorcycles in India

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Motorcycles in India date back to the year 1955, when the Government of India required strong, rough, and tough motorcycles for the Indian Army and the police force in the western part of the country which had a rough and craggy terrain.

The 350 cc 'Bullet' manufactured by the Royal Enfield Company of United Kingdom was the first batch of motorcycles in India. These motorcycles were put together in Chennai. This was the beginning for the Indian two-wheelers industry. The motorcycles in India cater to a variety of needs of the consumers. It has become one most popular modes of transportation, and is preferred by the daily commuters. The segment of motorcycles went through a tremendous change in the 90s and the two wheeler market, especially the motorcycle market was filled with options.

The main cause of the growth in the segment was the fuel efficient 4 stroke engine. In the present scenario, the motorcycles in India constitute for 81.5% of the total Indian two-wheeler market. The companies manufacturing motorcycles in India are making necessary innovations to make the them safer, more comfortable, user-friendly, and ergonomic.

The factors for the growth of Indian motorcycles :
  • The Gross Domestic Product has grown to 8%
  • The average family income has increased
  • The finance have become easier to access
  • The reduction in taxes and duties
  • Introduction of international standards in India
  • The economic and fuel-efficient engines
  • The teenager and the youth using more and more motorcycles

Major manufacturers of Motorcycles in India and their product lines: