BMW Motorrad and its Indian partner TVS Motors are set to pull off a Bajaj-KTM. As in, the duo will build sub 500cc, most likely 250cc, possibly even sub-250cc in India in the next two to three years. The two wheeler manufacturers will follow the same path as Bajaj & KTM by developing two versions of their bikes, one wearing the BMM badge and the other the TVS.
The partnership between the Indian and the German two wheeler manufacturers began earlier this year with the signing of an agreement. As per the partnership TVS Motors will receive technical expertise from BMW, while TVS will share its local manufacturing facilities and also take care of sales and distribution of the new breed of bikes. Much like what's happening with the KTM Duke range of bikes.
All the new bikes will belong to the sub-500cc segment and could either be naked or an Adventure version.
Image: BMW G650S, the smallest BMW Motorrad bike currently on offer.
The first 250cc BMW, TVS bike built in India will emerge in 2015 and it will cater to Indian and other developing Asian markets. These bikes will also be sold across Europe, including UK.
The strategy is a two pronged one. The new small displacement performance motorcycles will enable TVS to counter Bajaj's dominance in India. Meanwhile, BMW Motorrad will be able to provide buyers in Europe an option other than the currently popular small displacement Duke range and in the procress gain back its No 1 position there.
It remains to be seen whether TVS will get the upcoming performance bikes under the Apache range, like Bajaj has done with the Pulsar NS or start an all new series. What we do know is, the Indian biking scene is set to get a whole lot more exciting.