A Look Back at 2019 (Two Wheeler Edition)

What a year has it been. From the launch of crazy new bikes to nostalgic moments, 2019 had it All. As the new year begins, let us take a ride back and look at the things which bubbled our bellies in 2019.

  1. Return of Jawa Nostalgia

The Czech Embassy in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi was marking the 90th year of the iconic motorbike brand Jawa, which had originated in Czechoslovakia and found an almost cult-like following in India since the 1960s. To mark this milestone, they also unveiled a limited 90th Anniversary edition of the bike, from Jawa’s new custodians, Classic Legends, a subsidiary of the Mahindra Group, which relaunched Jawa in the Indian market in November last year.

  1. Electric Vehicles took Centre Stage

2019 was a progressive year for most brands. A progression towards acknowledging their share of responsibilities towards our environment, towards a new bolder market, towards EV. The new Bajaj Chetak EV is one such example. We also saw the emergence of various new brands such as Revolt, Orxa Mantis, Yulu, Ultraviolette, Tork motors and Ather who are committed to provide innovative features in their line-ups.

  1. Two-Wheeler Industry saw a Slow Growth

Yesteryear also saw a slow growth in the Two-Wheeler Industry. A record low of 17% slowdown in sales averaged in all major brands. This alarming slowdown was addressed by every manufacturer as they promised to bring their best in 2020.

  1. BS6 vehicles started rolling out

Our country took one step closer towards a safer and cleaner environment in 2019 by introducing BS6 norms. BS6 compliant vehicles started to roll out in the third quarter of 2019, with major brands like Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycles and Yamaha Motors coming up with their vehicles in the market.

  1. UM motors cease to exist in India

UM (United Motors), the US-based motorcycle brand which entered the Indian market back in 2014, stopped its operations in India and moved out. The manufacturer had a JV with Lohia Auto in India but now it seems that UM Motorcycles has ended its alliance. Apparently, the five-year-old partnership didn’t go down as well as expected and also, UM is facing a global financial crisis. There won’t be any effort to revive the brand which translated into a big loss for dealerships. A number of dealers have closed their shops, while others are providing services for the sold bikes.

  1. Significant Launches

The Indian market saw game-changing and remarkable launches from various manufacturers in 2019.

CF moto – 300NK, 650NK, 650MT and 650GT

Husqvarna – Vitpilen 250, Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 401 (sold in early 2020)

Benelli Leoncino 250 and 500

Jawa- Jawa, Perak and 42

KTM – RC 125, 200, 390 and Duke 125, 200,250 and 390

MV Agusta - 800 RR and 800 RR Pirelli.

Bajaj – Chetak EV

Revolt Motors – RV400

  1. Marc Marquez pots the #8 ball, dominating the MotoGP world.

With a glorious victory at the Thai Grand Prix, Marc Marquez claims his sixth MotoGP World Championship title, the eighth of his 12-year World Championship career. In one of his most consistent seasons to date, Marquez sealed the 2019 MotoGP World Championship with 325 points and four races still remaining. The combination of the Repsol Honda Team RC213V and Marc Marquez took nine wins, 14 podiums and nine pole positions – missing out on the top two steps of the podium just once this season.

  1. Jonathan Rea Wins Another WSBK Title in a Spectacular Fashion

Jonathan Rea has clinched a historic fifth World Superbike championship crown thanks to victory in the final race. With the opportunity to take the title by winning Race 2 at the French round at Magny-Cours, Jonathan Rea made no mistake with a gritty fight to see off Pata Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark to take an unassailable points lead.

Rea continues to create World Superbike history with his fifth consecutive riders’ title, the first rider to achieve that feat, as he also takes the outright record for most World SBK titles by surpassing Carl Fogarty’s four triumphs in the 1990s.

  1. India Bike Week was back with a bang.

Another eye-catching event that took place in 2019 was the India Bike Week, which is Asia’s largest Bike event. The event took place at the party capital of India, Goa.

India Bike Week was partnered with KTM, and taking this opportunity, we saw KTM launch 3 bikes from its garage, Duke 250 and 390 adventure models as well as the near cousin Husqvarna Vitpilen 401.

  1. EICMA

The year usually ends with the big guns wheeling out their share of pistons to spoil the world and EICMA becomes their ground zero. Major manufacturers showed us their concept vehicles with countless range refreshes, whether they be sport bikes, cruisers, standards, adventure bikes, tourers, dirt bikes or electric bikes. 

As we look back on the past year and forward to the new one, keep in mind that they’re both steps on the ladder to your dreams.

This year keep exploring new places, throttle forward while keeping an eye back through the side view mirrors and ride safe and hard. Wish you all a very prosperous New Year!

Welcome 2020; Let’s Ride

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