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    Default Middleweights like R6 might come to India: Change in import policies likely

    According to the reports, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways might remove the restrictions on import of foreign automotives, including cars and motorcycles. So middleweights like the R6 might finally make it to India. This change might get implemented in its latest policy. Times of India recently published a report, that global models of foreign automobile manufacturers can easily be imported in India now. The numbers will be limited though. Each manufacturer will be allowed to import 2500 of their vehicles, annually. This new rule will be implemented irrespective of the displacement of the vehicle or the price.

    An official from the ministry quoted to TOI that "The DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade) norm is based on the Central Motor Vehicle Rules so far as registration without local testing is concerned. So, the change in the rules will pave the way for liberal import norms." There are a few implications though. If it’s a four wheeler we are taking into consideration, they should be Right hand drive (RHD). This new rule will be applied for automotive components as well. Given that they comply with the international standards.



    Talking about the current scenario, the existing norms are very stringent. In fact, manufacturers aren’t even allowed to import their vehicles for testing purposes, if they don’t meet the Indian standards. Let alone launching them. Taking motorcycles into consideration, manufacturers are only allowed to import their motorcycles which are above 800 cc (without local homologation). The reason why we don’t get to see the gems of the supersport category in India. We are talking about the Yamaha R6, Kawasaki Ninja ZX 6R (636cc) and the likes. But when the new norms come into play, we might get to see their official entry into India. Which will surely heat up the competition. If this rule gets implemented, it would be really beneficial for the Indian motorcycling scene as a whole. Since we are devoid of the 600 cc fun as of now, but not for long.

    What do you think of the new law and its implications if it comes into play?

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    Default Re: Middleweights like R6 might come to India: Change in import policies likely

    Great news!!
    A huge relief for people who don't want to buy litre bikes just because they're isn't any option.

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    Default Re: Middleweights like R6 might come to India: Change in import policies likely

    I don't think this changes anything. They have just lifted the homologation requirements for bikes below 800CC. They have not reduced the higher import duties of bikes below 800CC.

    I wouldn't get very excited for this for some reason.


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    Import duties?
    R6 will still cost almost as much as a last gen litre class.
    Hell, Daytona 675R is still bomb priced!
    We used to get 1000 for those prices remember?
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    I don't under how did Street Triple, GSX-S750, CBR 650F came in then?
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    I really appreciate this change. Even if just homologation is removed, its a huge relief and it means the 600's should at least reach the showroom, never mind even if expensive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Akash.Yadav View Post
    I don't under how did Street Triple, GSX-S750, CBR 650F came in then?
    Since 2007 itself, there has been a big misconception that 600cc vehicles are banned. Not true.
    BMW Funduro 650 launched way back, before even the first CBZ, Pulsar or Karizma... in the late 90's. How?

    See, importing a 600cc was a possibility (for most times), but it had a procedure as well. This procedure might not necessarily be manufacturer-friendly. And its expensive too. When no manufacturer sees benefit, they don't launch these bikes.

    The only thing that changed in 2007 in this matter was that, 800cc+ vehicles were allowed direct entry into the country in CBU form (completely built units) directly from its country of origin (Producing country), and that too, without homologation, thus saving a lot of money and time of the manufacturer.
    Thus, this proved to be a big relief. Although it was intended for Harley Davidson (Indian-American deal, Harleys for Mangoes), but Yamaha first took the advantage with YZF R1 and MT 01...


    Homologation is basically a Government approval process, in which various tests are done. You can be prompted to change the horn, the saree guard or anything as they fancy, yes, even if its approved in other countries. Vehicle manufacturer might even be forced to detune their vehicle, if I'm not wrong...
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    Default Re: Middleweights like R6 might come to India: Change in import policies likely

    Quote Originally Posted by Akash.Yadav View Post
    I don't under how did Street Triple, GSX-S750, CBR 650F came in then?
    These bikes were imported as CKD(completely knocked down) units, where in all the bike parts are imported separately (excluding the engine which will be in fully assembled form) and then the whole bike is assembled in local factory in India.

    Here, if new rule is implemented for CBU's below 800cc then a whole fully built bike(CBU) can be imported and sold as is from the crate without needing to single thing. CBU's were not allowed for bikes below 800cc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeartBrokenBiker View Post
    Import duties?
    R6 will still cost almost as much as a last gen litre class.
    Hell, Daytona 675R is still bomb priced!
    We used to get 1000 for those prices remember?
    But then the real question is do we really need a litre-class bike, is it really usable given all that power

    Litre-class bike are "good to have, but it's really not required to have", I remember Sarge from PD quoting that "Daytona 675R is the bike to get even if one had all the money in the world", so no wonder it still costs a bomb.

    I'd any day pick a 600-800cc class bike over a litre-class bike given the bit more friendliness that comes attached with these category of bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akash.Yadav View Post
    I don't under how did Street Triple, GSX-S750, CBR 650F came in then?

    Mostly CKD. Most middle weights that are priced well in India CKD.
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    Default Re: Middleweights like R6 might come to India: Change in import policies likely

    Monarch Yamaha of Pune posted this in morning but took it down after some time.
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    Like Really?? A yamaha dealer posting this? I would wait before I get my juices excited on this one. Too good to be true.

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