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8 Motorcycle In India And Their Stereotypes

Before we say anything, we would like everyone to know, not all stereotypes are true. These are things that people usually associate the below motorcycles with, but that is not the only thing they are.

This is for the sake of fun, and we intend for you to take it the same way as we list a few Indian motorcycles and their stereotypes.

  1. KTM Duke 125/200: Cheap Thrills

    2021 KTM Duke 125 Launched
    2021 KTM Duke 125

    With every Tom, Dick and Harry getting their hands on the baby Dukes, KTM’s intention of making performance motorcycles affordable is going both ways. If you are a responsible rider, you obviously remain on the good side, but many of us would have seen the Duke 125 and 200 being ridden by guys who do not wear any protective gear like helmets, gloves, etc. Most of them don’t even wear shoes, and you can see them wearing flip-flops(chappals). Well, their intention is clearly to show off, but it would be better if they could do it with minimum safety and not harm others while doing it. And, it is because of these few that KTMs, in general, are stereotyped as cheap thrills.

  2. Hero Splendour: Every Indian has ridden one

    Hero Honda Splendor Plus
    Hero Honda Splendor Plus

    Looking at the numbers this motorcycle achieved in sales, you can conclude that every Indian would have ridden one. This iconic Indian motorcycle is stereotyped as the bike of the masses. The mileage figures aptly describe its logo, ” Fill it, shut it and forget it”. During its heydays, this was a motorcycle that everybody wanted their hands on as there were no other competitors that could give such miraculous fuel efficiency figures back then. Apart from that, its lower asking price and easy maintenance are a few things that continue to make this bike an icon.

  3. Bajaj Pulsar/TVS Apache: Famous Squids

    Pulsar and Apache
    Pulsar and Apache

    These Indian motorcycles are famous for many other things as well, but in the local circuit, they are stereotyped as favourite squids. The primary reason for this might be because these are entry-level performance bikes, and many would like to test out their riding skills. For most of them, who do not have enough money to race on the track, their testing grounds is the everyday city roads, and all they can do is ride like squids. Of course, not all are the same, and many are mature and ride these bikes decently, yet these bikes are stereotyped as the bikes for squids.

  4. Honda Activa: National Scooter of India

    Honda Activa 5G
    Honda Activa 5G

    To claim that the Activa is the National Scooter of India is not an overstatement. Just like how the Splendor was during the 90s and 2000s, the Activa has been doing the same ever since its release. The advantage, however, lies in the fact that the Activa can be used by everyone in the family. Apart from underaged kids and school students, right from the college-goer, the hard-working father, the harder working mother, frequently visiting grandfather, everyone can ride it with ease. This is one stereotype we can agree on.

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  5. Bajaj Avenger: Poor man’s Harley

    Bajaj Avenger
    Bajaj Avenger

    From a far distance, it does look its part, like a Harley-Davidson, but surprisingly, the ride, the engine and the ease of riding is what makes it a poor man’s Harley Davidson. You can go touring across the length and breadth of the country and still not feel any fatigue or tiredness. The feel that the rider has while riding this Indian motorcycle is the reason why this is stereotyped that way. We agree on that and feel good about it as well.

  6. Royal Enfield: Ladakh Calling

    Ladakh on a Royal Enfield
    Ladakh on a Royal Enfield

    There is a funny saying which goes,” As a Royal Enfield owner, if you don’t go to Ladakh, your bike will”. Which kinda means that even if the owner of the bike does not go to Ladakh, some of his friends will take his bike and go there. Cruising on a Royal Enfield itself is bliss, but travelling on a Royal Enfield to Shimla, Ladakh, Leh, Khardung La, Pangong Lake, and soaking in all the beauty that passes by is pure heaven. The thump becomes melody in those mountains, and no other bike can give you this feeling. This is also one of the Indian motorcycles that are stereotyped correctly.

  7. Hero HF Deluxe: Swiggy/Zomato Delivery Executive

    Swiggy delivery guy's delivery partner
    Swiggy delivery guy’s delivery partner

    The main reason why this Indian motorcycle is stereotyped to be a food delivery partner’s best friend is because of its high fuel efficiency figures even in the urban jungle. This results in more profit for the delivery executive as he needs to spend lesser on fuel expenses. This motorcycle is also cheaper to maintain while also being reliable and easily flickable in traffic conditions.

  8. Yamaha R15: Desi Rossi

    Yamaha R15 V3 | Yamaha R15 History
    Yamaha R15 V3

    People have stereotyped these Indian motorcycle riders as the Desi Rossi. Well, they are not wrong, to begin with, as the R15 can do anything its elder siblings can, just a bit slower. In some areas, the R15 does it better than its elder siblings too, when it comes to fuel efficiency or managing bad patches of tarmac, among other things. Whether you as an owner feel the same way is a different thing, but just in case you want to prove it, then please do so on the track and not on city roads.

These are only some of the Indian motorcycles and their stereotypes that we have commonly come across. As we said initially, not all of them are true, while some of them are apt for that motorcycle, and we have done this just for fun. We are sure several more motorcycles are stereotyped, and we would love to hear from you all in the comments.

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Gautam Ganesh
A believer in "Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul." An avid car and bike enthusiast. Anything that has a handle or a steering wheel, excites me.


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