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The year 2017 witnessed the advent of several game-changing motorcycles in the Indian market. Automakers such as TVS, KTM, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Benelli came up with their respective new bikes which transformed the motorcycle industry in the country.
With the new bike launches, there were also some bikes which were discontinued from the Indian market. Several manufacturers axed some of the model in India in 2017. Here we bring you the list of discontinued bikes in India in 2017.
Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Yamaha's 300cc fully-faired motorcycle, the YZF-R3 was a popular bike in India. Overall, the R3 was a great package with good power, refined engine, exceptional riding dynamics and build quality. The sporty looks with twin headlight setup made the R3 to stand out from the crowd. Although it was built as a track machine, the relaxed riding posture made it a good sports tourer as well.
But with a high price tag and lack of ABS resulted in poor sales. In 2017, the YZF-R3 was discontinued in India as the 321cc parallel-twin engine was not compliant with the BS-IV emission norms. Yamaha is likely to introduce the 2018 iteration of the R3 in 2018 at the Auto Expo in February.
Honda CBR 250R
Honda's fully-faired 250cc motorcycle, the CBR 250R was inspired by the VFR1200F, company's flagship sports tourer. The Honda CBR 250R doubled up as a commuter and touring motorcycle with its relaxed ergonomics. But when it came to performance it did not justify the CBR tag.
The CBR 250R was equipped with a 249cc engine which was tuned towards touring. As the years passed the design started to age and the sales figures started to deplete. Finally in 2017, with the implementation of BS-IV emission norms, Honda decided to discontinue the CBR 250R in India. Honda might showcase the new CBR 300R at the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo in February.
Hero Karizma R
World's largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp garnered a lot of success with the first-gen Karizma. But then came the second-gen avatar christened as Karizma R and ZMR with its odd and quirky design. With its mediocre performance and clubbed with average looks, the motorcycle failed to capture the Indian market.
As the day passed, the sales of the new Karizma was falling like a stone. Soon Hero realised that the new Karizma was not the bike India was expecting from them. In 2017, Hero decided to pull the plugs of the Karizma R in India owing to its poor sales. But according to recent reports, Hero is working on the next-gen Karizma which will be revealed around 2019 or 2020.
Honda CBR 150R
Along with the CBR 250R, Honda also introduced the entry-level CBR 150R in India. It followed the same design cues of its elder sibling, but, was equipped with a smaller 150cc engine. It was a perfect beginner's motorcycle in the 150cc segment.
With a very high price tag and ageing design, Honda had to discontinue the CBR 150R in India in 2017. We expected Honda to introduce the BS-IV avatar of the CBR 150R, but that did not happen. Now, it looks like Honda will skip the 150cc motorcycle and will launch the CBR 300R in the country.
Royal Enfield Continental GT
The Royal Enfield Continental GT was launched in the Indian market in 2013. The retro cafe racer was a modern classic motorcycle from RE with all the new technology and premium cycle parts such as Paioli suspension and Bybre disc brake at the front.
Despite getting top-notch hardware, the Royal Enfield Continental GT failed to capture the Indian market. Finally, in 2017, Royal Enfield decided to discontinue the cafe racer in the country owing to its poor demand. The Continental GT will be replaced by the new twin-cylinder Continental GT 650 which is expected to be launched by March or April 2018.
In 2017, Hero MotoCorp discontinued several models in India and Impulse was also one of them. The Impulse was the first dual-sport motorcycle to be launched in India back in 2011. With its affordable price tag, the Impulse was a successful product in the Indian market.
The Hero Impulse was powered by a 150cc engine with decent power figures. But in 2017, Hero decided to discontinue the Impulse in India. In 2017 Hero also surprised everyone with the Xpulse adventure motorcycle which was showcased at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show. The Xpulse is expected to make its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo.
The Hero Hunk was one of the first premium 150cc motorcycles from Hero MotoCorp to be introduced in India. The Hunk was a good product in India and enjoyed a good run for quite some time. But with the advent of modern rivals, the Hunk started to age with its simple design and features.
In 2017, Hero MotoCorp did not update the Hunk to meet the BS-IV emission norms and decided to discontinue the motorcycle due to poor sales. Powered by a 149cc engine, it offered a decent performance for commuting.
Hero launched its premium 125cc motorcycle, the Ignitor in 2012 in India. It was based on the Honda Stunner and features a similar overall design with quarter fairing, split seats and sporty looks. But the Ignitor failed to capture the market as it was a rebadged version of the Stunner.
In 2017, along with several other models, the Ignitor was also discontinued in India. The Ignitor was powered by a 124cc engine and offered decent power figures in its class. But with poor sales and outdated design, the motorcycle was discontinued in India.
Hero MotoCorp launched the Xtreme in the Indian market as a downgraded iteration of the Xtreme Sports. The overall design of the motorcycle was nothing to write home about. But Hero tried to replicate the success of the CBZ with the Xtreme.
The Hero Xtreme featured the same 150cc engine seen on the Hunk and came with several premium features. Hero MotoCorp tried to revive the CBZ brand with the Xtreme. But the Indian buyers did not find the Xtreme as exciting as CBZ. In 2017, Hero finally discontinued the Xtreme from the Indian market.
Along with several motorcycles, Hero MotoCorp also discontinued the Maestro scooter in India in 2017. The Maestro was one of the best scooters in India and has been doing well in the market. In 2015, Hero launched the Maestro Edge, the updated version of the Maestro.
But still, Hero continued to retail the Maestro till 2017. Due to poor demand, in 2017 Hero decided to discontinue the scooter in India. Now, Hero is working on more advanced and modern products for the Indian market which will also spawn a premium scooter.
The year 2017 has seen a lots of ups and downs in the two-wheeler industry. Several manufacturers came up with some game-changing products, whereas several models were axed due to poor demand. It was a mixed bag when we glance at all the happenings of 2017.
We had to bid goodbye to several bikes and scooters which were sold in India for quite some time. But 2018 will bring us more exciting bikes, and scooters and few new segments will also be created. So, get ready to welcome the new year as it promises to an equally exciting year as 2017.