The Indian two-wheeler market has a long history with all kinds of bikes being launched. While many of them were popular with different types of buyers, there have also been a few unusual products that did not click well in the market. Here are ten such super rare bikes that have been forgotten by most.
Hero-BMW Funduro 650
Long before the Hero Impulse, the Indian company sold the Funduro 650! Yes, it was sold in 1996 and carried a hefty price tag of Rs. 5 lakh back then. The bike was launched as a CBU import with BMW in India but it found almost zero buyers in the Indian market due to the expensive price tag that it carried.
Royal Enfield Mini Bullet
Royal Enfield is known to experiment and, back in 1980, the brand launched the Mini Bullet in the Indian market. It was targeted at those who found the regular 350 Royal Enfield heavy. The smaller bike was powered by a 200-cc, 2-stroke engine. However, it did not find many takers. That’s why you do not see many of them around.
The Rajdoor GTS remains in the mind of a few hardcore enthusiasts who have seen the bike on Indian roads. The pocket-bike looked incredible and got power from a 175-cc, 2-stroke engine. The power was transmitted to the rear wheel through a 3-speed transmission. The Rajdoot GTS gained popularity after it featured in the movie Bobby and was used by Rishi Kapoor. However, a very select few bought the bike.
Royal Enfield Explorer
It was one of the bikes that Royal Enfield imported from the Germany-based Zundapp brand. It was available in the 1980s for a brief period. The bike was sold to 16-year-olds in the German market where it fell under the “Mokick” category. This category allowed 16-year old teens with a license to ride select bikes that met the category norms. The bike was powered by a 50-cc engine and had a 3-speed transmission.
The Ideal Jawa brand was never as popular as the Escorts-Yamaha products, especially the ones, such as the RD350. However, the Czechoslavkian brand Jawa and its Indian partner Ideal tried to match the RD350 with its own product – Yezdi 350. The bike was powered by a parallel-twin cylinder 2-stroke engine that produced a maximum of 21 Bhp. However, the RD350 became the first choice of enthusiasts because of its speed.
Bajaj SX Enduro
Bajaj and Kawasaki’s long partnership in India saw a lot of re-badge engineering. Kawasaki RTZ100 was modified to become road-legal in India and was sold as the SX Enduro. However, the pure Enduro styling of the bike did not help the sales of the bike and eventually it was discontinued from the market. It was powered by a 100-cc engine, which also did not help the cause.
Royal Enfield Fury
The Royal Enfield Fury was launched in 1959 in the British market. In India, Royal Enfield introduced the name with a 163-cc single-cylinder bike. The Indian version of the Fury was a licensed product of Zundapp KS175 from Germany. Royal Enfield imported the parts of the bike to India after the German company became defunct in 1984. The Fury was quite popular among enthusiasts because of its German connection and first-time features. The bike came with a five-speed transmission and a front disc brake from Brembo. Even the engine featured a sleeveless hard chromed cylinder barrel.
Kinetic GF 170 Laser
Kinetic launched a few interesting products in the Indian market. One of them was the GF170 Laser. It was the most powerful bike from the company, in India, and was powered by a 165-cc four-stroke petrol engine. The single cylinder engine churned out a maximum of 14.8 Bhp and 14.2 Nm and came with a 5-speed transmission. The engine was also popular for its 4-valve technology.
The Graptor was launched in 2004 and was one of the best looking bikes in the segment. It was designed by an Italian company known as Ugolini and became quite popular. The Graptor was powered by a 150.8 cc, 4-stroke, 2-valve engine that generated 13.5 Bhp – 12.8 Nm. It came with five-speed manual transmission.
Bajaj Boxer 150
Bajaj Boxer was never meant to be launched in India. Primarily sold in African markets, Bajaj experimented by launching the Boxer 150 in the Indian market. However, the market did not respond to the bike at all and it was soon discontinued.