The news of Hyosung launching a range of 250 cc to 400 cc motorcycles for India has been doing rounds from quite a while. Recent reports suggest that the company is in works for a new India specific, on-road off-road motorcycle that is scheduled for a 2013 launch. Garware-Hyosung will launch the dual purpose motorcycle in the 250 cc segment that has recently witnessed boom with the launch of Honda CBR 250R and Kawasaki Ninja.
Hyosung has the RT125D running successfully in the international market. So we can expect a bigger displacement, RT250D offered for the Indian motorcycle market. The 125cc, oil cooled engine pumps out 13 bhp power, which is quite healthy for a small displacement engine.
Similar to other Garware-Hyosung motorcycles in Indian lineup, the Hyosung RT250D will arrive to the shores by March or May 2013 as completely knocked down (CKD) kits. The Wai facility in Maharashtra will provide the assembly of the motorcycle. Looking at a thriving future in the Indian market, the company plans to expand to another facility in Wai, Pune. The company invested 65 crore for the setting up of this new facility that is spread over 25 acres.
Besides the Hyosung RT250D, the Korean motorcycle manufacturer also has the GT250R sportbike and GV605 cruiser in the future India lineup. Both these motorcycles will be manufactured at the new plant in Wai. The company is also mulling over the assembly of the engine at this plant to reduce the cost.
After the success of Hero MotoCorp Impulse, Honda plans the launch of the CRF250L dual purpose motorcycle around mid 2013.Priced at Rs 1.2-1.4 lacs, the CRF250L is a very capable on-road off-road motorcycle. The sudden shift towards dual purpose motorcycle is logical looking at the driving conditions in our country. This sudden boom in the segment means that Garware-Hyosung will have to offer more than just a competitive price for the upcoming model.