Small-capacity motorcycles from manufacturers are doing big, not just in their local domain, but internationally too. The preconceived notions state that only larger bikes with enormous tech-laden machinery are the sellers, but in truth, thats not the case.
Take KTM for example. Since their tie-up with Indian manufacturing giant Bajaj Auto, the Austrian company has been the highest selling motorcycle manufacturer in Europe. This is because of aggregated sales of small and larger motorcycles all together, and it shows that the strategy works.
Mahindra, another player from India, given that doesn’t have a lot of experience in motorcycle manufacturing, since their primary market is the manufacture of SUV’s (also the owner of South Korea’s SsangYong Motors) has risen up the challenge recently with their Moto3 team performing exceptionally well.
With this new international class racing knowhow, the Indian manufacturer does gain knowledge of proving small capacity motorcycles that have good sporty character. In fact, for the Indian market, the company is already working on a 300cc motorcycle (Mahindra Mojo) that would be launched very soon.
In the concept rendering by Designer Oberdan Bezzi, the designer has imagined a modern cafe racer from the stable of Mahindra 2-wheelers. Unlike most cafe racers which are based on old 60’s technology and styling, and appeal to a more mature audience, the concept bike is tuned more to a modernised taste, thus would find popularity with the youth. The engine, a 320 cc single-cylinder engine that Mahindra can tune to perfection, given their Moto3 experience and has the potential of becoming the most powerful machine in its segment. Albeit, imagination is one thing, far from the real picture, but the possibilities are there, and they could be of mighty advantage to the Indian manufacturer.