10 Bikes that Failed to Impress
Modified On Oct 30, 2018 By Team Bikedekho
Most of the manufacturers across the globe work consistently in order to impress the customers with their latest design cues, advanced technology and cutting-edge features. But there are times when the hard work, dedication and research of these manufacturers fail to receive the kind of response they would have expected. There are bikes that create a unique history for themselves, but there are also some that are not able to compete with their competitors in an effective manner. Here is a list which describes 10 bikes that failed to allure the customers in an effective manner.
Royal Enfield Machismo:
Royal Enfield has always stunned the Indian customers with its potent and capable bikes. But, this elite brand has also produced one such bike that was not able to grab the attention of the customers. Royal Enfield Machismo was one such bike available with the 346cc and 499cc engine options. The 346cc engine was capable of churning out maximum power of 18hp and peak torque of 27.4 Nm while the 499cc engine churned out power output of 23.6 hp and max torque of 40.85 Nm. The distinct styling of the bike made it stand out of the league of other Royal Enfield models. The bike was priced at INR 1,06,500 but was discontinued due to lack of interest of the customers.
LML has faced difficulties in pushing its models in the Indian market and most of the products of this Indian manufacturer has failed to catch customers’ attention. Starting the list is LML Graptor, which despite having a decent style quotient was unable to maintain a firm position in the market. The bike was available with the 150.8cc engine which delivered maximum power output of 13.5 hp and peak torque of 12.8Nm. The tough competition from LML Fiero and Bajaj Pulsar 150 created a hindrance in the sales of Graptor and hence the company discontinued it.
Launched in 2000, LML Adreno is the next bike in the list of this Indian manufacturer which was unsuccessful in making long lasting impact. A fixed mask, masculine touch, half flairing and dual color scheme imposed a unique impression on the customers, but the 109.15cc engine was unable to deliver the desired performance as expected by the patrons. The maximum power of 8.8 hp and peak torque of 8.3 Nm did not match the competition and finally the bike was discontinued by LML.
Except LML Freedom, the rest of the bikes from the company were not able to compete their rivals and adding to the list is LML Beamer which was phased out due to lack of appreciation from the customers. Based on the platform of LML Graptor, the designing of Beamer was evolved to compete against first generation of Bajaj Pulsar, HH CBZ and TVS Apache. The 150.8cc engine of the bike was able to deliver a maximum power of 13.5 hp and peak torque of 12.8 Nm. The bike was introduced in 2004 but later company pulled the plug of this bike due to the tough competition given by Bajaj Pulsar 150.
Kinetic Blaze was the first scooter which was introduced to lock horns against some of the most prominent bikes of the segment. With a strange design, big engine and chunky body structure, the scooter grabbed quite a fair market share but was not able to compete with the other models for a long run. With an engine displacement of 165cc, this scooter was able to deliver a maximum power output of 11.6 hp and peak torque of 12 Nm. Amongst the dominating bike world, this scooter failed to compete against the some of the leading motorcycles of the respective segment.
TVS Fiero F2:
Introduced in the 150cc segment, the TVS Fiero aimed to provide a powerful yet efficient ride to the customers. The 150cc engine was able to produce a maximum power output of 12 hp and peak torque of 10.5 Nm, which was quite decent in the respective segment. The simple, subtle styling of the bike failed to attract the attention of the spectators and created a loophole in pitching the bike. The two-wheeler was priced between INR 48,000 to 50,000 but discontinued due to the negative sales graph.
Hero is the leading two-wheeler manufacturer not only in India but also holds a leading position in the global market in terms of sales volume. Despite having a glorious history of the company, Hero has also faced failure in terms of pitching Hero Achiever, which was introduced to compete in the 150cc segment. With a power output of 13.4 hp and peak torque of 12.8 Nm, the bike did not possess captivating looks. The bike was available in the price segment of INR 61,000 – 62,000 but was discontinued later.
In order to make a strong position in the efficient commuters, Suzuki introduced its Suzuki GS150R in 2008. The bike from Japanese manufacturer is highly competitive in terms of performance but and powered by 149cc engine, maximum power of 13.8 hp and peak torque of 13.40 Nm. Lack of captivating design has resulted in reduced sales number and as a result it was proved unsuccessful.
Hero Karizma 2015:
Karizma series has been phenomenal for the Indian bike conglomerate Hero, but the latest edition of Karizma has faced severe repulsion from the customers’ end due to its unorthodox styling. The bike is equipped with a powerful 223cc engine with a maximum power of 19.2 hp and a peak torque of 19.3 Nm. Despite a significant performance on road and efficient engine of Hero, the Karizma lost its charisma amongst the competition. The bike is still in the market but still facing a tough time due to the competent models of other top guns.
The Indian manufacturer has been new in the market and since its introduction, the company is growing at a constant pace in the market. Mahindra Stallio was introduced in order to compete the leading efficient commuters. Since the launch of Stallio, the bike has faced issues in the gearbox, clutch, along with the performance. The 110cc engine of the bike was capable of delivering a maximum power of 7.0 hp while the peak torque rated was 8 Nm. The presence of prominent models of Bajaj and Hero caused the exit of this bike.
These are some of the bikes which were aimed to take lead in sales number, but unfortunately failed to make a long lasting impression in the market and fell in the abyss of ignorance.