Two-wheeler industry in India has been booming since its birth, more so in the commuter segment. This segment is one of the toughest segments as there are motorcycles that don’t seem to bore people. But indeed those motorcycles have something that they are so old yet potent. Alongside them, some bikes came to the market to shake its competition but were not able to do so, LML Graptor is one of them.
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2004 | LML Graptor was Born in India
The year 2004, this is when the motorcycle industry was setting a firm foot in India. Many companies introduced motorcycles with multiple engine options. LML among them came up with a wide range of motorcycle one being the Graptor.
The motorcycle came in the era when Bajaj Pulsar, Hero Honda Karizma and Hero Honda CBZ ruled the streets. Talking about the LML Graptor, the bike had the right equipment to attract buyers. What the company lacked, was reputation. Without wasting further time let’s see what the motorcycle was all about.
LML Graptor | Powertrain and Transmission
Starting with the engine, the bike came with an air-cooled 150cc engine. The motor was fairly refined and had a lot of grunt but lacked the punch its rivals offered. Keeping that aside, the engine generated 13.5 hp of max power and 13Nm of max torque.
|Engine||150.8 CC, Air Cooled, 4-Stroke|
|Power||13.7 PS @8000 rpm|
|Torque||12.8 Nm @6500 rpm|
A really positive about the motorcycle was its transmission. The motor was mated to a 5-speed gearbox lending it an extra gear in the city, in turn aiding in increasing the mileage.
Was the LML Graptor a Head-Turner?
Aesthetics being subjective, the LML Graptor was a decent looking motorcycle. It was designed by an Italian company, Ugolini. It was the looks and ergonomics that made LML Graptor stand out in the crowd. The motorcycle came with a couple of unique features.
- Graptor back then boasted of front disc brakes. These lacked confidence but surely were superior to drum brakes.
- This 150cc bike also had a tachometer (RPM read-out) came handy when riding with confidence. A kill switch was also a boon in and enhanced the overall ownership experience.
Graptor and its Rivals
The bike said to come into a really competitive market with top-selling motorcycles like Bajaj Pulsar 150 and Hero Honda CBZ. It was the price that made this LML distinct. Talking about the number it was priced at ₹ 58,500 (ex-Showroom).
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