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    Every day India’s cities hum with the sound of hundreds of motorcycles precariously weaving their way through traffic. For most riders the two-wheeler is the cheaper and more flexible alternative to a car but for a growing band of more affluent Indians owning a customised superbike has become the ultimate symbol of the country’s new-found wealth.

    Sales of premium bikes made by the likes of Italy’s Ducati, Japan’s Suzuki and Harley-Davidson of the U.S. have grown steadily over the past few years after New Delhi in 2007 agreed to permit the import of bikes with a more than 800cc engine as long as they met certain emissions standards.Foreign brands say they are attracted by India’s rising income levels, growing demand for luxury goods and evidence of an organic motorcycle culture.
    Germany’s BMW recently started selling superbikes through two of its dealerships. And last month Triumph, the iconic British motorcycle manufacturer that collapsed in the 1980s and was later resuscitated by a property tycoon, said it would move into India. The group has tapped Ashish Joshi – the former European head of Royal Enfield, the British motorcycle marque that was revived by India’s Eicher Motors – to lead its Indian charge.
    Fans of the Rocket III and Daytona 675 have been urging Triumph to enter the Indian market for some time but the group says its focus has been on increasing sales at home and in developed markets such as the US and Italy.
    Triumph, which produces just 50,000 bikes a year, last year launched in Russia and says moving into India now is about “getting a toehold” in a market with lots of potential.
    Analysts say that while India’s broader bike market has seen double-digit growth over the past few years, the premium segment is still just a niche market.
    Foreign companies are required to pay hefty import taxes that in effect double the cost of the bikes, although some manufacturers have sought to reduce costs by assembling bikes in India. And with prices starting from $9,000-$20,000, they say performance bikes are still out of the reach of many middle-class professionals.






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