10 ‘almost-forgotten’ motorcycles of India: Hero Achiever to Mahindra Mojo

The Indian two-wheeler market is the biggest in the world. It overtook the Chinese market to become the largest recently. The Indian market offers numerous choices when it comes to motorcycles. However, there are a few products that do not get as much attention as the rest from the customers. Here are ten present day bikes that are almost forgotten in the Indian market.

Hero Achiever

The Hero Achiever is not a big “achiever” when it comes to the sales charts. The premium commuter segment bike from the world’s largest motorcycle maker sells only around 1,200 units on average. It takes on the Bajaj Pulsar 150 that posts a huge sales figure of around 30,000 units every month. The Hero Achiever is much more updated than the Pulsar and is powered by a 149.1cc engine that produces a maximum power of 13.51 PS. The engine is tuned for mileage and returns a maximum of 51 km/l.

TVS Victor

The TVS Victor moniker has made a come back into the Indian market after a long absence. The second-generation of the Victor is not as popular as the first one, which was then marketed by Sachin Tendulkar. The slow sales of the Victor are especially due to the fact that the competition is extremely high and during the absence, other manufacturers captured the segment. Hero MotoCorp Passion, which is a direct competitor of the TVS Victor, sells 60,000 units per month, which is much higher than the 10,000 units sold by TVS on a monthly average.

Yamaha SZ-RR

Yamaha showrooms in India offer the SZ-RR premium commuter segment bike, but has failed to attract the customers. The SZ-RR offers aggressive styling with a dual-tone body colour and an all-black body. However, it fails to get enough customers as the Bajaj Pulsar has created a huge market base for itself and has almost become a cult brand in India. Yamaha only sells around 2,500 units of the bike every month.

Yamaha Saluto RX

Yamaha is quite popular for its performance, youth-oriented bikes in India. However, when it comes to the commuter segment bikes, it does not get much traction. The 110cc premium commuter bike remains almost unseen on Indian roads. Yamaha sells only around 1,300 units of the bike each month. Yamaha updated the Saluto and put an ‘RX’ suffix to the name to create some nostalgia but it fails to attract customers.

Suzuki Hayate

Well, the bike became very popular due to its ‘Yuhi Nahi Chalate’ tagline by Salman Khan. But in the market, the bike fails to catch the attention of the customers. Suzuki Motorcycle India is doing quite well when it comes to the performance models like the Gixxer, but the commuter segment bike Hayate is an extremely slow seller in the market. The 113cc engine of the Hayate puts out 8.7 PS and Suzuki sells only around 300 units of the bike each month in India.

KTM 250 Duke

KTM launched the all-new Duke on the Indian market sometime back. To offer more options to the customers, KTM India introduced the 250 Duke on the Indian market that sits between the 200 Duke and the 390 Duke. However, both 200 Duke and the 390 Duke are doing quite well in the segment, while the 250 Duke gets the least attention. The difference between the 250 Duke and the 390 Duke is about Rs. 40,000, which becomes almost negligible in the EMIs. This pushes more customers towards the flagship Duke in India.

Hero Xtreme

Hero Xtreme has a very rich history that was started by the exceedingly popular Hero Honda CBZ. However, with the rising competition and the increasing popularity of the Pulsar 150 in the market, the sales of the current generation Xtreme is not very impressive. Hero MotoCorp sells only around 1,700 units of the bike every month in the market. It is powered by a 149.2cc engine that churns out a maximum of 15.6 Bhp.

Mahindra Centuro

Mahindra’s two-wheeler arm is not very popular in the Indian market. The entry-level bike from the brand is the Centuro. The commuter segment bike boasts of some unique design like a golden rib cage around the engine. However, it fails to attract the mass segment buyers. The lesser-known Centuro is an extremely rare sight on the Indian roads and Mahindra manages to sell around 100 units of the bike every month. The Centuro is powered by a 106.7cc engine that churns out a maximum of 8.5 PS.

Mahindra Mojo

Mahindra Mojo is a very underrated bike on the Indian market. Mahindra built a lot of hype around the bike but the delay in launch killed the interest. The bike is aimed at the long-distance tourers and is powered by a single-cylinder 295cc engine that churns out a maximum of 27 Bhp. Mahindra even launched a low-cost variant of the bike known as the Mojo UT, but that too failed to attract the buyers.

Royal Enfield Bullet 500

While Royal Enfield is the best-selling premium motorcycle brand in India, the iconic Bullet 500 model is slowly disappearing from the roads. Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is extremely popular on the market and around 11,000 units of the bike are sold each month. However, the Bullet 500 fails to attract the customers and on average, only around 500 units of the bike are sold.