The current focus of manufacturers is shifting towards better-designed motorcycles, which are slightly more powerful but not missing out on good fuel efficiency. The government's policy banning the sale of BSIII emission level vehicles from 1st April, 2017, has forced all manufacturers to update combustion and exhaust systems to release lesser green house gases.
Since Indian automotive market is extremely price sensitive, every brand has been on a path of appropriate pricing for their products right from daily commuters and scooters to premium offerings and more powerful super bike segment. Also, lesser interest on two-wheeler loans has resulted in manageable finance options, enabling people to purchase more easily.
Performance & Mileage
The current environmental awareness and closely-monitored maintenance costs have resulted in OEMs developing new bikes with the perfect balance of power, fuel efficiency and emission. The scooter market has swelled up considerably as these easy-to-use city runabouts have become very comfortable and efficient as a replacement for commuter motorcycles.
The new generation of motorcycles and scooters has started gaining improved features and much nicer designs. New headlamp designs and sculpted fairing parts not only look better but also try to reduce wind blast and aid in cooling of motorcycles. World-class features, like automatic headlamps, LED head lamps (as in motorcycles like Bajaj Dominar 400 and Yamaha FZ25), full digital meters, etc., are now spreading to the commuter segment, and ABS braking is gaining huge interest. This has improved safety and increased style quotient of new bikes across the entire portfolio.
A lot of focus is being laid upon efficient fuel burning and addition of safety features is a welcome addition. Some of the best bikes in India, like Honda HET and Yamaha Blue Core, have fuel-saving technologies, which are the need of the hour as they pave an efficient way of developing performance commuters for emerging markets across the globe.
The days of clunky 4-speed transmissions have long gone, giving way to smoother 5-speed gearboxes. For new bikes in India, manufacturers have further refined 5-speed transmission for efficiency and slicker shifting capabilities. Premium motorcycles (like KTM 390s and Bajaj Dominar 400) now also feature slipper clutches for added performance benefits.
Cost to Own
Recent surveys show that customers want reliability and lower maintenance costs from their machines, meaning robust with cheap spare parts. Although service costs more or less remain similar, service intervals have been extended to reduce running costs. To reduce the maintenance costs and enhance the life of your vehicle, use of better engine oils and stronger brake components always helps.