India is one of the largest market for two wheeler manufacturers. Over the years, two wheeler customers in India have matured and many international two wheeler brands have started offering their models in India. Many of the two wheelers that we used to see as a child on the road are not available in the market anymore. Some of them might have been used by our parents too. Bajaj Chetak was just one of them. Here we have a list of 10 such two wheelers that our mom and dad used.
It was a cute looking scooter that was aimed at college goers or youth of that time. It was a two-stroke scooter suitable for both girls and boys alike. It was powered by a 60 cc engine and had a top speed of 50 kmph. It was popular younf young buyers as it was very light weight, easy to control and was highly fuel efficient.
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It became the first two-stroke automatic scooter in the country. The Kinetic Honda had a design that looked modern when compared to others in the market and that attracted a lot of customers. It was initially meant for young buyers but, the scooter became popular among buyers from several age groups. It was powered by a 98cc, 2 stroke engine that generated 7.7 Bhp and 9.8 Nm of peak torque.
Royal Enfield Machismo
Royal Enfield is currently the oldest two wheeler manufacturer in the world that is still in production. The manufacturer had launched several versions and models in the market however, it is known for its Bullet series motorcycles. Bullet Machismo was one such motorcycle and it was the first motorcycle from the manufacturer to get the AVL engine but, it did not sell well as many buyers said that the alloy engine engine did not sound like the old cast-iron block engine. The same engine was later intrduced in Thunderbird model.
This moped was quite popular in the market and it was developed by Hero in collaboration with Puch an Australian company. It used a 64-cc engine to make 4.15 Bhp. It was made available with 4 variants, an automatic, a 2-speed, a 3-speed and a sporty version called Turbo. Actor Aamir Khan was part of the advertisement of this moped.
Royal Enfield Mini Bullet
It was launched in Indian market back in 1980 and unlike other Royal Enfield motorcycles, it carried a different styling. It was meant for those who found the regular Bullet too heavy. It was powered by a 200cc, 2-stroke engine. Unlike regular Bullet, mini Bullet didn’t have many takers and is a very rare motorcycle on our roads.
Hero Honda CD100
It was one of the first successful motorcycles from Hero Honda. It was a commonly seen motorcycle on the road and even the Army used it for some time. It used a 97cc, four stroke engine that generated 7.5 bhp and 7.16 Nm of torque. The motorcycle returned 80 kmpl and that was one of the reason behind its success.
This is one of those motorcycles that needs no introduction. The iconic two-stroke motorcycle was popular impressive power-to-weight ratio, which made it a peppy motorcycle to ride despite its compact 100cc engine. Even today the demand for a well kept Yamaha RX100 motorcycle in India is quite high.
In 1962 Escorts got the license to produce SHL M11 Polish motorcycle in India. The 2-stroke motorcycle used a 175 cc engine and it was renamed as Rajdoot 175 for Indian market. In North India, this became a popular motorcycle among milkmen.
This is again an iconic motorcycle which was launched in 1983. The RD in the name stands for Race Developed series. It was powered by a 347cc, air-cooled, twin-cylinder engine that generated 30.5 Bhp and 32 Nm of peak torque. The RD350 sold in India was actually a licensed copy of RD 350B that was tuned for our road conditions.
In 1960, Farookh Irani got the rights to assemble and sell Jawa, Czech motorcycle brand in India. Till 1973, the Jawa 250 motorcycles were assembled at a factory in Mysore. In a bid to Indianize Jawa, Jezdi was launched in 1973. Just like Jawa, Yezdi also became an iconic brand among Indian two wheeler buyers. The brand made a comeback in the market few years ago with Jawa motorcycles and now they also have Yezdi in the market.
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