India is the world’s largest two-wheeler market but when it comes to performance motorcycles they still belong to the customers with deep pockets. Due to the high tax slab on the imported vehicles in India, superbikes remain out of reach of many. A glimpse of superbikes on the public roads can leave an enthusiast happy but watching them getting treated badly equally makes everyone sad. Here are a few abandoned superbikes, which are gathering dust and left to die.
The location of the motorcycles seen in this picture is at Andheri Police Station, Mumbai. The picture was taken by Sidhartha M, who went to the police station for some unrelated work. The motorcycle parked at the station includes a Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade, Honda CBR 600RR and a Yamaha FZ-1. Honda CBR600RR, which is not on sale officially in India are aplenty in this lot. There are as many as four of them parked at the police station.
There is even a Honda Repsol official replica parked in the lot. The paint scheme is identical to the Honda Repsol MotoGP motorcycles and is an eye-catchy colour. In fact, there are many who have converted their regular looking Honda CBR600 with such replica stickers. It is a rare bike and it is just sad to see it getting ignored like this.
Another rare colour-scheme parked in the lot is the official Konica Minolta edition of the Honda CBR600RR. This again is a rare product and there are only a few handfuls of enthusiasts who choose these over the general colour options available in the market. We can also spot a Yamaha FZ-1 naked bike, which is badly damaged. It seems like an accidental damage case and the headlamp of the motorcycle has melted away due to fire or heat from another vehicle. We are not sure what happened here but it does look very repairable.
One should notice that most of the bikes parked here are from the mid-capacity segment. International manufacturers offer their flagship litre-class products in the Indian market but due to the restrictions of government in India, selling CBU motorcycles of up to 600cc is a difficult job. The law was made to allow Indian manufacturers to grow in the segment but it did deprive the customers of many brilliant options available in the international markets.
Currently, the law has been changed and the manufacturers are allowed to sell 800cc and above CBU imports in the Indian market. A lot of manufacturers have set-up assembly lines in India to import CKD versions of these performance bikes. While there are options like Kawasaki ER6N, Kawasaki Ninja 650F, Honda CBR 650, there is only the Triumph Daytona 675, which is a fully-faired, racing-inspired bike in the market. No manufacturer legally sells products like the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R or the Honda CBR 600RR in the Indian market.
Because of the unavailability of these bikes officially, many people use illegal methods to import them to India and evade tax. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has gathered information over the years and have searched such owners. These bikes are seized by the DRI and then the owners have to pay hefty taxes on the value set by DRI to get them back. However, the taxes are often more than the price these owners have paid for the bikes, which is why they just leave them be. However, we are not sure if the bikes listed above have similar cases against them.