There is a boom these days created by sport bikes in the Indian market, which are giving bikers a choice of comparing different models offered by various brands. Companies are competing to maintain a stability in the market and attract more and more consumers through their attractive sporty designs.
So we have listed here 5 Indian sports bikes that revolutionized the scenario of performance biking. For the list, we have considered modern day legends, comparing their styling, power, features and much more.
Making it's debut in 2001, Pulsar changed the market dynamics and made people think beyond their focus of mileage. Bajaj started working on the ‘Pulsar' project after the launch and success of its competitors offering, the Hero Honda CBZ in 1999.
Pulsar was designed by Bajaj auto in association with Tokyo R&D and later penned down by the California-based designer Glynn Kerr, his designs can also be seen with the companies like BMW, Triumph, Kawasaki, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, etc.
The original Pulsar featured 150cc air-cooled, single-cylinder, spark-ignited four stroke petrol engine carrying a maximum power of 13bhp. Still this heartthrob is fascinating the bikers across the country.
Hero Honda CBZ:
In 1999, Hero Honda came originally with a 156.8 cc Honda engine. The styling of the bike was based on Honda's CB series. The first manufactured model stayed in production for five years and in 2004, the company came up with its new model CBZ star, which was intended to boost up company's sales. Rather than putting many upgrades on the new model, the company only changed its carburetor, by swapping the Sliding type Carburetor with conventional CV carburetor.
The company stopped its production in September 2005 and came up with CBZ-Xtreme, two years later, which carried Honda's 149 cc engine with five-speed gearbox.
Karizma is a product of Hero Honda now manufactured by Hero Motocorp, which came in the market in May 2003 and received an upgrade in 2007 as Karizma R. The company came with another variant Karizma ZMR in September 2009 and performance enhancements amongst others were made to improve the bike in the year 2014.
Keeping the Indian market in mind, Karizma's design was inspired by Honda VFR800. At the time of manufacturing, Hero Honda Karizma was specified with 223cc SOHC-air-cooled engine, five-speed gearbox, all-aluminium engine. Karizma was a hit in the market and is still one of the favorite bikes of young motorcycle enthusiasts.
Yamaha Fazer was launched as a Sport Tourer and flaunted semi-fairing and twin headlamps. The bike looked the same as Yamaha FZ16 & Yamaha FZ-S and its seating posture was improved to give comfort on long rides.
As reported, many owners claimed, Fazer series had problems with its weak front sprocket nut, despite it being a well reviewed motorcycle. But Yamaha resolved the matter after redesigning a thicker nut. Fazer was launched in 1998 as FZS600 Fazer with the model number 5DM1 and then came Model number 5DM4 in 1999. The bike is still amongst the top choices for buyers who want to hit the class of budget sports bikes.
Yamaha YZF R15
Yamaha R15 is powered by 150cc single cylinder engine and is a very well known bike, which falls under the sport category. The second edition of R15 is different because it has a split-seat design, LED tail light, wide tyres, higher seat height.
The Indonesian version of R15 doesn't have a mudguard, unlike the Indian version. The bike carried 149.8 cc single cylinder engine and six-speed transmission. The brake system of the motorcycle was developed by Nissin of Japan. The bike flaunts attractive looks and because of its styling, it has become a hot favorite amongst Indian bikers.
With Inputs from bikedekho.com