10 Motorcycles we wish were still in production

10 Motorcycles we wish were still in production

Change is the only constant is something that all of us have heard of. But there’s one more aspect to it that very much defines how we perceive the said change. And that aspect is the way it takes. Sometimes it is subtle and progressive and sometimes, sudden and disrupting.

Humanity has evolved and that particular change is still ongoing. But some major milestones have, unfortunately, taken the ‘sudden and disruptive’ approach. Wars, natural calamities… and pandemics.

At this point in time, a pandemic, COVID-19, is staring into our faces and with it, we are sure that many changes are making their way to humanity. And if history has taught us anything, changes almost certainly spell the end of something, to make way for something else…for example, end of ‘office’-centric approach to work-from-home centric approach.

As we sit at our homes (we hope all of us are doing that) and ponder over things… let us take a look at some two-wheeled examples of said changes that meant the end of the line for some of the most prominent models in the history of motorcycles.

So, here are 10 motorcycles that we wish were still in production. The list includes the one you saw on the top, Suzuki Hayabusa, the name synonymous with the word ‘superbike’ in India! Falcon, Hayabusa, Dhoom bike and so many other names… The GSX1300R is, more or less, the definition of a rider’s superbike! It is the latest one to go into extinction after Suzuki decided to not upgrade it to BS6 and rather discontinue selling it! Here’s our tribute to the falcon. 

The ‘original superbike’ in India. There was a time when the Jawa and the Yezdi ruled on the Indian streets. However, it wasn’t until the RD 350 that we got to see the true performance potential of a two-stroke motor. It came to India in 1983 and was sold by the Escorts Group as the Rajdoot RD 350. Although, Yamaha originally made it in 1973 for a very short duration until 1975 due to strict emission norms getting in place. On the other hand, it was a technologically advanced motorcycle in India even in the mid-1980s. You can read more about it here.

Even among all the modern and faster motorcycles of today, there are people who have kept the performance king of yesteryears, the Yamaha RX100. It is because like with many other things, it is nostalgic and the memories are just too sweet and strong to let it go. More on Yamaha RX100 here.

A pair of under-seat exhausts that look like they’re going to shoot cannonballs. The front that appears as if it’s a robot transformed into a space-age motorcycle. That’s the B-King for you, and it comes from the land that isn’t really known to make radical-looking two-wheels – Japan. And it “was” made by Suzuki. Yes, because its production was put to end 4 years ago in 2012. Read more about it here.

Can we start a petition for the reintroduction of the Super Blackbird? It appears like a good idea to do so because it is such an awesome sportbike. It has been more than a decade that the Super Blackbird last rolled out of a Honda factory (its production was stopped in 2007), but this motorcycle still lives in the hearts of everyone who has ridden it. It was the first superbike that xBhp owned back in 2006. You can read more about it here.

Honda CBX 1000. While the world was still getting the hang of the performance of inline 4 engines, Honda went one up in 1978 by introducing their first 6-cylinder motorcycle, the CBX 1000. To this day, it remains Honda’s only inline 6-cylinder sportbike and it was in production for five years till 1982. Read more about it here.

Royal Enfield Diesel – The motorcycle that ran on diesel instead of petrol. The fuel economy was great on this motorcycle, around 60 km/l. But the top speed also matched the fuel economy figure. Read more about it here.

KTM RC8. This photo is from our ride in the European Alps in 2011. You can read more about it here.

If someone makes a list of top 10 motorcycles that changed the face of motorcycling in India, the Bajaj Pulsar 180 Classic would find its place right there in the top three 9/10 times at least. it was a motorcycle that, along with its younger sibling the Pulsar 150 Classic, brought the Indian youth closest to the performance motorcycling that they had ever been. Fully loaded, yet affordable; aggressive and ‘definitely male’ – that was the Pulsar 180 Classic for you. Read more about it here.

Hero Honda Karizma. The motorcycle that brought performance motorcycling to masses! This photo is from our ride to Spiti Valley when we took our Castrol Biking powered Karizma to the cold Himalayan desert. Read more about this ride here.

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