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Thursday , January 23 , 2014
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Indian now in India

Pankaj Dubey in New Delhi on Wednesday. Picture by Yasir Iqbal

New Delhi, Jan. 22: Indian, one of the oldest, iconic US motorcycle brands, today entered India with three models priced between Rs 26.5 lakh and Rs 33 lakh.

Owned by Polaris Industries, the Indian will compete with Harley Davidson and the recently launched Triumph Motorcycles of the UK.

“This launch holds great importance for us. Polaris India has ended the long wait for Indian motorcycle enthusiasts with this launch,” Pankaj Dubey, managing director of Polaris India, said.

Polaris India has launched three models under the Chief range — Classic, Vintage and Chieftain — priced at Rs 26.5 lakh, Rs 29.5 lakh and Rs 33 lakh, respectively (ex-showroom Delhi).

“In 2012-13, the market size for super bikes over 1,600cc in the country stood at around 200 units. This year, we expect the market to grow by 40-50 per cent. We are looking to have a 10 per cent market share,” said Dubey.

The three bikes have a powerful 1,811cc engine and features such as anti-lock braking system, cruise control, keyless ignition and an aluminum frame.

According to experts, the Chieftain will be the most expensive motorcycle in the country. None of the other brands have a motorcycle with such a hefty price tag.

Harley Davidson’s Street Glide with specs similar to the Chieftain sells at Rs 29 lakh in India, while Triumph’s Rocket III Roadster is priced at Rs 20 lakh. Similarly, Suzuki Motorcycles Hayabusa is priced at Rs 15.9 lakh and Yamaha V Max is sold for around Rs 20 lakh.

Polaris has started taking orders for the three bikes from today and will start delivery from March.