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RX100, Roadking & the original Karizma: Motorcycles that fans would love to see make a comeback

A list of iconic bikes that should reappear in the Indian automotive market.

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After Jawa made a dazzling comeback to the Indian market with three models, Royal Enfield renewed their image with two new bikes and popular motorcycle brands came up with a flurry of new models, the Indian automotive market was suddenly abuzz with the clash of old vs new, classic vs modern and so on.
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After Jawa made a dazzling comeback to the Indian market with three models, Royal Enfield renewed their image with two new bikes and popular motorcycle brands came up with a flurry of new models, the Indian automotive market was suddenly abuzz with the clash of old vs new, classic vs modern and so on.

However, while modern and latest motorcycles are offering cutting edge technology and state of the art features, there is a large small segment of enthusiasts who feel some iconic motorcycles should join their retro competitors and add to the classic motorcycle clan. Here is a list of iconic Indian motorcycles which should make a reappearance in the Indian automotive market, according to the fans:
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However, while modern and latest motorcycles are offering cutting edge technology and state of the art features, there is a large small segment of enthusiasts who feel some iconic motorcycles should join their retro competitors and add to the classic motorcycle clan. Here is a list of iconic Indian motorcycles which should make a reappearance in the Indian automotive market, according to the fans:

Hero Honda Karizma | Technically speaking, the Karizma is not dead. With two successive iterations and a possible 250 CC variant in the future, the Karizma family is far from leaving the Indian market. What enthusiasts miss, however, is the original 200 CC underdog that was the Karizma. Though the ZMR poses as a technological successor, people will always be fond of the original Karizma. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)
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Hero Honda Karizma | Technically speaking, the Karizma is not dead. With two successive iterations and a possible 250 CC variant in the future, the Karizma family is far from leaving the Indian market. What enthusiasts miss, however, is the original 200 CC underdog that was the Karizma. Though the ZMR poses as a technological successor, people will always be fond of the original Karizma. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

TVS Fiero | Back in the day, there were not a lot of motorcycles who had an accolade or a record which they could flaunt on their bodies. Fewer still, had the honor of pasting “9 times WRX champion” on their grabrail. That was the TVS Suzuki Fiero, which was a 150 CC powerhouse, derived straight from its rally racing champion sibling. Though the Fiero went rather unnoticed due to its simple commuter stance and rather drab looks, it still nurses a soft spot in the hearts of rally enthusiasts across India. (Image credit: TVSMotor.com)
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TVS Fiero | Back in the day, there were not a lot of motorcycles who had an accolade or a record which they could flaunt on their bodies. Fewer still, had the honor of pasting “9 times WRX champion” on their grabrail. That was the TVS Suzuki Fiero, which was a 150 CC powerhouse, derived straight from its rally racing champion sibling. Though the Fiero went rather unnoticed due to its simple commuter stance and rather drab looks, it still nurses a soft spot in the hearts of rally enthusiasts across India. (Image credit: TVSMotor.com)

Yamaha RX100 | The myth, the legend. Yamaha RX100 proved to be an absolute nightmare for its competition, annihilating speed records and setting new benchmarks in the tunable motorcycling scene. However, the two-stroke 100 CC motorcycle quickly became a thing of the past, as faster and safer motorcycles hit the road. Although admittedly the RX100 is not the safest option when it comes to high-speed riding, no one can deny the thrill one felt as the seemingly weightless front wheel simply lifted off as you wrung the throttle hard. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)
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Yamaha RX100 | The myth, the legend. Yamaha RX100 proved to be an absolute nightmare for its competition, annihilating speed records and setting new benchmarks in the tunable motorcycling scene. However, the two-stroke 100 CC motorcycle quickly became a thing of the past, as faster and safer motorcycles hit the road. Although admittedly the RX100 is not the safest option when it comes to high-speed riding, no one can deny the thrill one felt as the seemingly weightless front wheel simply lifted off as you wrung the throttle hard. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Yezdi Roadking | A fierce competitor and a sibling to the Jawa back in the day, the Yezdi Roadking still made heads turn and jaws drop when it passed by. With Jawa returning to India, it would be only fit to see its rival cousin, Yezdi return as well. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)
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Yezdi Roadking | A fierce competitor and a sibling to the Jawa back in the day, the Yezdi Roadking still made heads turn and jaws drop when it passed by. With Jawa returning to India, it would be only fit to see its rival cousin, Yezdi return as well. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Bajaj Chetak | A worthy mention and an icon among scooter riders, the Chetak has been immortalised as the first scooter with manual gearing. With a name to justify its loyalty, early Chetak owners had no idea that their beloved scooter will live to serve multiple generations of their family. With such a time-tested track record, it wouldn’t be wrong to expect the Chetak to hit the Indian roads once again. This was a list of iconic Indian motorcycles which should make a return to the Indian market. Whether our wishes come true, only time can tell. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)
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Bajaj Chetak | A worthy mention and an icon among scooter riders, the Chetak has been immortalised as the first scooter with manual gearing. With a name to justify its loyalty, early Chetak owners had no idea that their beloved scooter will live to serve multiple generations of their family. With such a time-tested track record, it wouldn’t be wrong to expect the Chetak to hit the Indian roads once again. This was a list of iconic Indian motorcycles which should make a return to the Indian market. Whether our wishes come true, only time can tell. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

First Published on Jan 1, 2019 10:51 am
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