10'almost-forgotten' motorcycles of India: KTM Duke 250 to Royal Enfield Bullet 500

10 ‘almost-forgotten’ motorcycles of India: KTM Duke 250 to Royal Enfield Bullet 500

The Indian two-wheeler industry has been showing phenomenal growth. We have some really popular models on sale today. The Hero Splendor, for instance, averages a sale of over 2 lakh units every month! However, not all mainstream motorcycles are as popular. Here is a list of 10 motorcycles that people have almost forgotten about.

Hero Achiever


Bajaj Auto Ltd sells more than 30,000 copies of the Bajaj Pulsar 150 every month. In comparison, Hero Motocorp manages to sell just about 1,100-1,200 copies of the Achiever on a monthly basis. This, in spite of the fact that the Achiever is a much newer model. Powering the motorcycle is a 149.1 cc engine that comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It offers only 13.51 PS of power. The engine has been tuned to offer up to 51 kmpl but the Achiever has pretty much failed to excite the buyers.

TVS Victor

The first-gen TVS Victor motorcycle was a huge success. A few years ago, the South India-based company launched the motorcycle’s second generation. However, it has failed to get the kind of response that its predecessor did. The new-gen Victor is not exactly a dud-seller but has overall pretty much failed to excite the buyers enough. While Hero sells over 60,000 copies of the Passion every month, TVS Motor Corp manages to sell less than 10,000 units of the Victor. Powering the Victor is a 109.7cc engine that offers 9.6 PS.

Yamaha SZ-RR

Yamaha sells hardly about 2,500 copies of the SZ-RR every month. This is many times lower than the figures posted by popular 150cc motorcycles like the Bajaj Pulsar. While the SZ-RR isn’t a bad product, the issue is that it doesn’t excel in any particular area either. Powering the SZ-RR is a 149.1 cc motor that outputs 12.1 PS.

Yamaha Saluto RX


Yamaha sells roughly 1,300 units of the Saluto RX every month. This is many times lower than many other commuter motorcycles. The Saluto RX is powered by a 110cc engine that outputs 7.5 PS. The motorcycle weighs 98 KGs. The Saluto RX has almost failed to find any takers. Even the ‘RX’ suffix isn’t helping this motorcycle fare better on the monthly sales charts.

Suzuki Hayate

The Suzuki Hayate shot to limelight due to its “Yuhi nahi chalate” tagline in the Salman Khan-starrer ads. However, the publicity couldn’t translate into sales numbers. SMIPL sold less than 300 units of this motorcycle in the first two months of 2018. This goes on to show the lack of interest by the bike-buying lot. The Hayate is powered by a 113cc engine that outputs 8.7 PS.

KTM Duke 250

The KTM Duke 250 has been slotted between the Duke 200 and the Duke 390. It is aimed at those who want more performance than what the D200 offers but aren’t ready for the utterly wild and pricier D390. However, the motorcycle sells much less than both its siblings. Powering the D250 is a 248.8cc engine that outputs a respectable 30 bhp.

Hero Xtreme

The Hero Xtreme enjoyed a lot of success back when it was first launched in the country. It fared so well in its initial days that it even managed to give a strong opposition to the very popular Bajaj Pulsar 150. However, over the years, the motorcycle has lost much of its sheen and is currently being ignored by the buyers. Hero MotoCorp manages to sell just about 1,700 units of this motorcycle every month. Powering the Xtreme is a 149.2cc engine that offers 15.6 bhp.

Mahindra Centuro

The Mahindra Centuro was off to a pretty good start due to many features it offered. However, it lost much of its popularity due to low reliability and poor build quality. Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd manages to sell just about 100 units of the Centuro every month. Powering the Centuro is a 106.7cc engine that outputs 8.5 PS.

Mahindra Mojo

The Mahindra Mojo made a lot of noise back when it was launched. It offered mini-me Ducati Monster looks and a punchy motor. However, most buyers continued to favor the Duke 200, which is better built and enjoys a wider service network. Also, the advent of the Bajaj Duke 390 totally ate into whatever sales the Mojo enjoyed. MTWL sells less than 100 units of this motorcycle every month. Powering the motorcycle is a 295cc engine that outputs 27 bhp.

Royal Enfield Bullet 500

The Bullet 500 is nowhere as popular as the Bullet 350. Royal Enfield sells less than 500 units of this motorcycle every month. In comparison, the Bullet 350 sold more than 11,000 units in the first two months of this year. Powering the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is a 499cc engine that outputs 26.10 bhp.

Source – TeamBHP