The premium segment of motorcycles mainly includes foreign brands such as Triumph, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson with the exception of Royal Enfield
The popularity of large motorcycles with a displacement of over 500 cc has increased in recent years with the arrival of many premium brands in the Indian market. Last month, 1,247 motorcycles in this space were sold nationwide, recording an annual growth of 17.64%.
Top 10 500cc motorcycles + August 2021 – Main segment of RE 650 Twins
During the same period last year, 1,060 bikes in this category were sold. The segment was dominated by the 650cc Twins of Royal Enfield-Interceptor and Continental GT. Cumulatively, these two motorcycles recorded a sales volume of 834 units last month, down 30 units from August of last year. This resulted in a 17.64% year-over-year decline.
Kawasaki shipped 55 units of its flagship bare Z900 last month while Triumph sold 43 units of its entry-level bare bike – Trident 660. Suzuki delivered 42 units of its flagship Hayabusa supersport last month and Honda sold 37 units of his bare mid-weight CBR650. British brand Triumph shipped 27 units of the recently launched new generation Speed Twin. All of these motorcycles were relatively new entrants to the Indian market.
Harley Davidson keeps trotting
Team Green sold 24 units of the Ninja 650 in August of this year, up from 33 units sold in August of last year, resulting in negative growth of 27.27% year-on-year. The latest addition to this list is Harley Davidson Pan America.
While the iconic American motorcycle brand has fairly independent operations in the country, it continues to retail its motorcycles through dealerships run by Hero MotoCorp. The Indian bicycle maker sold 20 units of the flagship touring adventure last month.
Another Harley product, Low Rider, came in ninth place with 19 units sold in August of this year instead of seven units in the same month last year. Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R’s flagship supersport offering recorded a sales volume of 14 units. The Triumph Speed Triple and Street Twin siblings also saw the same number of units sold.
Kawasaki and Triumph offer several models
Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000 saw a 47.83% year-over-year decline in August of this year, when only 12 units of the sports bike were shipped. The only cruiser of the Japanese brand recorded a sales volume of 11 units. Honda sold 10 units of its flagship adventure last month while Triumph sold an identical number of Street Triple. All other models registered a volume of less than 10 units last month.
This includes models such as Versys 650, 1200X Forty-Eight, Versys 1000, Iron 883, Fat Boy and more. Most of the bikes on this list are imported entirely via the Completely Built-up Unit (CBU) route, while others are CKD units. Only the 650 Twins for Royal Enfield are entirely made locally in India.