BMW Motorrad and TVS had announced their alliance in 2013 to develop motorcycles in the sub-500 cc category. That had let to high speculations of the joint venture resulting in bikes with on and off road capabilities, much on the lines of the BMW GS series of adventure bikes. Since BMW already sells the F650 GS in India, the expectation of an F500 GS or F400 GS was not completely unfounded. Plus, the rumors of similar bikes getting launched by KTM added to the anticipation.
Well, now we know that the first Indo-German motorcycle to be produced in India will sport a 300 cc single cylinder engine and in all likelihood that motor will sit under the tank of a streetbike. Again, it is possible that the bike would be in the same mould as the KTM Dukes and later on an on/off road model be added but that's more of wishful thinking than concrete confirmation. TVS may surprise us by getting a production version of the Draken concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo. But what baffles us really is the company's absence in a segment where it should have been the first one to jump into. And it does not need BMW's help in it as TVS Racing has been producing some marvellous dirt bikes for quite sometime now! Those machines have dominated the national off-road championships and we are sure that if launched they would prove to be benchmark in the segment.
Anyway, back to the BMW-TVS bike then. The bike's engine will be developed by both the companies and suffice it to say that it would be one of the most technically advanced engines in the Indian two-wheeler industry. But we'll just have to wait until 2016 when the first production models would be ready. Since that is far off, how about that 250 cc off-roader TVS?