In the first part of forgotten bikes, we had a look at some really interesting rides, while we missed out many. Well, here we are with the second part of the Forgotten Bikes in India with 10 such legends of the past that are a rare sight nowadays.
Royal Enfield Mofa | The Smallest RE Till Date
In the earlier version of this blog, we mentioned that Royal Enfield Explorer with a 100cc engine was the smallest RE till date. But one of our readers told us about the Mofa which we forgot earlier. FORGOT! This is what the series is all about! Well, RE Mofa was a complete opposite of what Royal Enfield is known for. RE is known for making robust and monstrous motorcycles. But the RE Mofa was a 22cc small bike made for the cost-conscious customers. The 30kg only bike used to have a staggering 90kmpl mileage. What made it more interesting was that there was no requirement of license or any RTO permit to ride in India.
Yamaha RX 100 | The Undisputed Champion
Many bikes have come and gone, but none can replace the Yamaha RX100. The bike that took the 2-stroke segment by storm. The ultimate performance figures and the unblemished reliability of the bike made it the Legend it is. The 98cc 2-stroke engine used to churn out 10.8hp of power. It was discontinued in 1996, for a greater good though. The emission norms were forced by the government which ended the reign of 2-stroke bikes in the Indian market. RX 100 is still loved by many, and people are ready to pay more than the initial cost of the bike.
Hero Honda CD 100 | Fuel Anxiety Buster
One of the most successful joint ventures in Indian automobile was the one between Hero and Honda. Through this venture, the company offered bikes that once used to rule the two-wheeler segment due to affordability as well as reliability. One such bike was Hero Honda CD 100. A four-stroke 97cc engine used to churn out 7.5hp of power and a peak torque of 7.16Nm. The unbelievable mileage of 80kmpl was the major factor for the bike’s great run.
BSA Bond 50 | Someone Said A BSA Bike??
Yes, many of you may remember this brand as a manufacturer of cycles. But the Birmingham Small Arms Corporation Ltd. (BSA – I bet many of you won’t be familiar with the full form also) also manufactured motorcycles. At the pinnacle, BSA was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. At that time came in the Bond 50. It was a small 50cc, two-stroke engine powered bike. It was one of the first bikes to introduce mono-shock suspension at the rear.
Hero Puch | “Now you’ve got the Power”
“You don’t have to be big to pack a powerful punch, do you?” read an advertisement of the Hero Puch. No, this was not at all a false ad case. It actually was powerful. The 65cc engine used to churn out more than 4hp of power. It used to reach 67kmph with just two gears all thanks to the Porche designed styling. The Puch was reliable and powerful. The company chose Aamir Khan as the ambassador for their powerful moped. The way it was designed, it surely was a marvel.
LML Adreno | The Adrenaline Gusher
The 110cc 4-stroke bike from LML had a long wheelbase which gave it ultimate stability. It could easily go up to speeds of 100kmph without giving the vibrations out. With those figures also, it was able to reach around 70 kms in a single litre of fuel. It was able to reach 9000 rpm easily. But how? All thanks to an extra fourth valve instead of three valves in the cylinder which lets the engine breathe more air. But the higher pricing was not able to attract a lot of customers and LML had to discontinue the bike.
Hero Honda Karizma | With Great Looks Comes Great Performance
It is not me, it’s the company who says so. Launched back in 2003 under the joint venture of Hero and Honda, Karizma became popular in no time. The dashing looks which the bike had made youngsters a fan. It was powered by a 223cc 4-stroke engine which could churn out 19.2hp of power and a peak torque of 19.35Nm. Impressive! This model was discontinued though Hero Motocorp later released Karizma ZMR which carried forward the legacy of the sports bike.
Yamaha RX-Z | The Successor To The Legend
RX100 passed on the legacy lamp to RX-Z which faired good and kept the RX brand high. It was powered by a 132cc 2-stroke engine that could give out a power output of 16hp and a peak torque of 12Nm. The bike could easily reach a speed of 120kmph.
Yamaha Enticer | The First Real Cruiser
The cruiser segment has been a famous one in India for a long time now. But when it was not that popular, Yamaha came in with the first-ever real cruiser of India, the Enticer. It came, it conquered. The affordable price and stylish cruiser looks were enough to attract the young Indians towards it. It was powered by a 123cc engine which used to churn out 11hp of power and 10.4Nm of peak torque.
Honda VRF 1200F | The DCT Gangsta
The sports tourer was launched at the same time when Suzuki Bandit came into India. What made the bike interesting was the missing clutch lever. What!?! A Bike Without Clutch! How is that even possible? The answer is simple. The VRF 1200F came equipped with a DCT clutch box. Damn! It had CBS, ABS, slipper clutch and much more in the features arena. The 1237cc V4 engine could produce a staggering 171.62hp of power and a peak torque of 129Nm. But all these features and power couldn’t attract the customers who were looking at the price tag of ₹17,50,000. This figure is what made many Indian buyers look over the Honda VRF 1200F.
So this was our another list of 10 forgotten bikes. Did we still miss any? Do let us know in the comments section below.
Have fun reading the first part: 10 Forgotten Bikes In India: From Yezdi to Mini Bullet0