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Old 06-27-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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I wax on about the importance of the Indian market with far too much regularity to regurgitate it yet another time, but its suffices to say that like Ron Burgundy, India is a pretty big deal. With two of the three largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world coming from India, and the country continuing to account for a massive amount of the world’s two-wheeler consumption (India is the second largest consumer of motorcycles in the world, by volume), it should come with little surprise then that Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha wants a bigger piece of the pie.

Yamaha currently accounts for roughly 500,000 of the 10+ million units sold per year in India (read: less than 5% of the total Indian motorcycle market), and the Japanese company is already offering several cheap motorcycle options in India. However, hoping to increase that figure to 600,000 next year, and to continue future growth in the market down the line, the tuning-fork brand has let it slip that a $500 motorcycle is in the works. Game on Honda.

The new $500 model is a part of Yamaha’s overall strategy to gain a larger foothold in the Indian market, as the Japanese company hopes to increase its marketshare to 10% of the Indian motorcycle market by the year 2016. With roughly 70% of all motorcycle sales in India occurring in the 100cc-125cc range, Yamaha is feeling the pressure to bring more entry-level machines to its Indian offering. For instance, rival and Indian-market sales dominator Hero MotoCorp offers six entry-level models to Indian riders.

With the Indian motorcycle market growing 12% in the last fiscal year through March 2012, and nearly 1 in 25 citizens a motorcycle rider, the Indian market is the happy hunting ground for motorcycle manufacturers who are watching their American and European sales continue to dwindle. The only question that remains is why other large motorcycle OEMs aren’t bringing more smaller-displacement offerings to India.

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Old 06-27-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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wonder how much it costs to ship it here
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Its the kickstarter, noone here remembers how to use one.

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, that's awesome. They need to sell those in USA, I think there would be a big market for a bike like that, the quality seems decent from that photo at least, a lot better than those Chinese bikes.
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I'd sign and notarize a statement to chop off my left if made it here for that price. I'm that confident it won't.
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Direct competition with the Suzuki Haya-te !!! Suzuki FTW

120mpg, 12HP, drum brakes. All the 1980's scooter technology in a bike package.......... got to love it
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To all the people saying they would ride one of these... WHY?
yeah sure, the gas goes bad before the tank empties, but you might as well be on a scooter.
OMG ITS SO BADASS YES YAMAHA! I GOTTA IMPORT ME ONE

its an ugly bike with a tiny motor
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yeah sure, the gas goes bad before the tank empties, but you might as well be on a scooter.
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its an ugly bike with a tiny motor
cause $500 can barely buy a used a crf50, and this is "full size"
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To all the people saying they would ride one of these... WHY?
yeah sure, the gas goes bad before the tank empties, but you might as well be on a scooter.
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its an ugly bike with a tiny motor
Not everyone needs a 2013 gsxr 10000000000 for poser points. Some people just need a cost effective ride to work. I don't want one. I don't need one. I do think they would be reliable, economical transportation for people all over the country.
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You can buy simething very similar to these thing at one of those places that sells mostly kid scooters and other small motorized toys. Probably for $1000 or so. These things are perfect for crowded and congested cities of Asia and other parts of the world. Probably would only work well here as a neighborhood run about. For that, I would think a little 50cc scooter would be more fun.

I think it looks pretty smart, but I've always liked the looks of the UJM.
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Have a friend/coworker who's brother does freight shipping on boats. Said he could hook me up with some room on a shipping crate. Would take 2 months to get here but would only be $250-300. I think i'm seriously going to have him buy me one there and bring it back. Doesn't ever have to be registered. Just fun to ride around.
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its an ugly bike with a tiny motor
ITs for the pure nostalgia of having something that other people dont have or haven't seen. It's the pure rarity of it. The same reason NSX's (old ones at least) and diamond are collectible.
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