The Indian two-wheeler market is one of the biggest in the world and almost every known manufacturer has marked its presence here. Every year sees a number of two-wheelers being launched among which several receive pretty good buyer response. However, there are a few unusual products that did not click well in the market. Some of them were way ahead of their time while some were priced exorbitantly. Here are ten such super rare bikes that have been forgotten by most.
Hero-BMW Funduro 650
Hero, in partnership with BMW, once sold the Funduro 650 in India. Sold during the 1990s, the bike carried a hefty price tag of Rs. 5 lakh and was brought in via the CBU route in India which further increased its price. The bike didn’t succeed though due to its big sticker price.
Royal Enfield Mini Bullet
Royal Enfield launched the Mini Bullet in the Indian market in 1980 and it carried a distinctive styling. The bike was targeted at those who found the regular 350 Royal Enfield too heavy. The mini Bullet was powered by a 200-cc, 2-stroke engine. However, it did not find many takers which is the reason why there are not many examples of the bike on our roads now.
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
The RTZ100 was the result of Bajaj and Kawasaki’s long partnership in India which saw a lot of re-badge engineered products being launched in the country. The Kawasaki RTZ100 was modified to become road-legal in India and was sold as the SX Enduro. The wild Enduro styling of the bike did not help the sales of the bike and it was later discontinued from the market. Being powered by a 100 cc engine didn’t help the case either.
Royal Enfield Fury
The original Royal Enfield Fury was actually launched way back in 1959 in the British market. Much later, the company introduced the Fury nameplate with a 163-cc single-cylinder engine. The Indian version of the Fury was a licensed product of Zundapp KS175 from Germany and parts for the bike were imported to India after the German company became defunct in 1984. The Fury was fairly popular among enthusiasts because of its German connection and several first in segment features it came equipped with. first-time features. It had a front disc brake from Brembo while the engine featured a sleeveless hard chromed cylinder barrel.
Kinetic GF 170 Laser
The GF170 Laser was one of the few interesting products launched by Kinetic in the Indian market. When launched, it was the most powerful bike from the company here and was powered by a 165-cc four-stroke petrol engine. This single cylinder engine pumped out a decent 14.8 Bhp of power along witt 4.2 Nm of torque. It was mated to a 5-speed transmission and used a 4-valve technology.
Launched in 2004, the LML Graptor was a pretty good looking bike for that time. The Graptor was designed by an Italian company known as Ugolini and became quite popular. Powering the bike was a 150.8 cc, 4-stroke, 2-valve engine that generated 13.5 Bhp of power along with 12.8 Nm of torque and was mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Bajaj Boxer 150
The Boxer 150 was a bike built for the African market and hence was never meant to be launched in India. However, Bajaj went on with the risk and experimented by launching the Boxer 150 in the Indian market. As expected the bike never made it big and was discontinued after some time.
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