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Five motorcycles from Intermot you're not going to see in India

05 October 2016, 05:29 PM Charles Pennefather
Five motorcycles from Intermot you're not going to see in India

India may be the world's fastest growing two-wheeler market and the second largest, but we still haven't achieved maturity. That means that you'll see a large number of two wheelers on our streets, but not variety. Here's a few motorcycles from Intermot 2016 we wish were making it to our shores.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

Okay, we admit there's no real reason to have a full-size, 160bhp adventure tourer but absolute power corrupts absolutely, doesn't it? It has genuine off-road credentials, too - there's an ABS mode that lets you lock up the rear wheel while retaining it for the front wheel. Fully adjustable WP suspension is part of the package. There's a Bosch IMU unit tying everything together via five riding modes (or individual settings), a colour dashboard, and even a waterproof compartment to keep your phone while it is being charged by the USB port. 

Suzuki GSX-S750

Alphabet-soup  name aside, there isn't anything to dislike about this bigger-than-middleweight naked from Suzuki. It isn't renowned for being exciting overseas, but we can't help but imagine that the extra displacement will mean great low-end torque but the slightly small engine compared to the litre-class bikes means that it won't be wholly unusable, either. It looks like the bees' knees, has inherited some features from its elder brethren including the exhaust unit from the 2017 GSX-R1000, and high-quality cycle parts like radial callipers with floating pistons.  The extra 8bhp  over the old naked 750 doesn't seem like much, but what we're after is the extra cubes. 

Suzuki V-Strom 650

The V-Strom 1000 is such a great motorcycle but in true Indian fashion, we'd be willing to trade in a little power and torque for better fuel efficiency. We'd still be faster than pretty much anything on the road, and on dirt tracks. Its engine isn't very new or exciting, but it doesn't need to be. This is the kind of motorcycle that lets you enjoy the scenery as you go past. It is quite fetching in the gold spoked rims in XT form - just don't get it in yellow if you get those rims. Our love for the Kawasaki Versys 650 knows no bounds, and should this smaller V-Strom make it here, we'd be happy as pigs in slop. 

Aprilia RS125/Tuono 125

These motorcycles exist only because of licensing laws in the EU, but we can't help but lust after these tiny, high-revving, sharp-handling sportsbikes that somehow manage to punch above their weight, given a twisty piece of tarmac. We won't be pulling any power wheelies on the Tuono 125, but the smile on our faces as we zip past will be big enough. 2017 brings ABS as standard to 125cc Aprilia twins, and a USB charging port and a space large enough for a 6" tablet. 

BMW 9 Nine T Racer

There's something really attractive about retro-styled motorcycles. They don't seem to go out of fashion. Ducati's Scrambler and the Triumph Bonneville have been great examples of this, but the 9 Nine T Racer takes it up a notch - with that period fairing and paintjob, it is every inch the retro cafe racer of our dreams. Squint, and it could be a retro HP2. It is also uncomplicated on more than one level - you don't get a pillion seat or subframe, but we're disappointed that the spoked rims are an optional extra. They should be the only option. 

We admit we're cheating here - theoretically, the R Nine T Racer will be sold in India but let's face it: are you going to see one?

BMW R nineT [2018-2019]

BMW R nineT [2018-2019]

  • Displacement1,170 cc
  • Max Power(bhp)110 bhp
  • Kerb Weight222 kg
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Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 17,78,546

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