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    Default Hero group to launch 400+ cc bikes with diesel engine!

    Munjal Family's Hero group and Japan's Honda recently parted ways, and wasting no time, Hero Group is actively exploring – what could become the next market share grabber – diesel engines for its larger bikes.

    NDTV has learnt that the Hero Group is keen on entering the diesel two wheeler space to create a new segment and with it a new category of buyers.

    Hero is already in talks with a Chennai based firm with whom a supply agreement is likely to be signed in first quarter of the next fiscal.

    The bikes will sport engines over 400 cc which are currently undergoing certification testing at ARAI.

    These motorcycles are likely to hit the market in the fourth quarter of the next fiscal.

    Depending on response Hero could look at a possible licensed manufacturing of these engines in the future.

    Hero Honda has declined to comment on NDTV's query regarding these bikes.

    Sources say these bikes will be assembled at Hero Honda's Dharuhera plant where it is also developing its own R&D base. Interestingly the company sees the potential of up to 150,000 units in the first year itself, clearly indicating that it is considering aggressive pricing too.

    Royal Enfield is also in talks with the same supplier for a future diesel engine for it bullet range. Of course in both cases once the agreement is signed respective vendors will be brought in to take the development of the bikes into the next phase in quick time.

    Source:http://profit.ndtv.com/news/show/her...s-space-134148
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    Diesel Bike Approved.

    fourth quarter of the next fiscal... interesting.

    so the first 400cc bike for india will run on diesel.
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    wonder how much the torque/vibes will be from this 400 cc

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    Well, if we remember there already exists the Diesel Bullet.....! !

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty_rm View Post
    Well, if we remember there already exists the Diesel Bullet.....! !
    "Taurus" the Diesel Bullet existed only for a brief period of time.


    Quote Originally Posted by Puneet1 View Post
    wonder how much the torque/vibes will be from this 400 cc
    Hop on a Piaggio Ape three wheeler to experience the vibes first hand



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    Quote Originally Posted by payeng View Post
    Hop on a Piaggio Ape three wheeler to experience it first hand
    +1....! !

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    looks like Hero's first post-Honda bike will be a cruiser.

    maybe a chopper too.
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    I'd give it a very minimum of 2 or 3 years before we get to see anything.
    Far more likely, this will remain a pipe dream.

    Of course, I'd like to be proven wrong

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    Pray it should be a Multi-cylinder engine, other wise the riders may get Impotent due to the horrible vibes between their legs

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanay View Post
    I'd give it a very minimum of 2 or 3 years before we get to see anything.
    Far more likely, this will remain a pipe dream.

    Of course, I'd like to be proven wrong
    read this... sounds unlikely... but...
    Hero sees the potential of up to 150,000 units in the first year itself, clearly indicating that it is considering aggressive pricing too.
    SOURCE: Hero Group keen to enter diesel based 2-wheelers space - NDTV Profit
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