Sunday, May 13, 2007

Yamaha Virago and Yamaha India

A bike aficianado in India could easily mistake this as a twin-cylinder Yamaha Enticer, isn't it? For all practical purposes that's what these pictures suggest. This bike is Yamaha Virago. It's a 250cc bike sold in the US for about $3499 which translates into about Rs145000 in Indian currency. If it costs so much in the US, definitely it would cost at least 25-30% lesser in India which would mean a price of Rs110000. I don't know if the prices could be driven further down since the cost of resources is really really low out here as compared to many other industrialized countries of the world. Would it work in India at that price point? Seeing the equity of Yamaha in India and its expertise in performance bikes and leadership in biking technology, I can claim that people would lap this bike up if launched in India.

When I see this bike, I really wonder what was Yamaha thinking when it launched a pauper cruiser bike like Enticer. After all, the success of Avenger 180 and the eager anticipation of Avenger 200 clearly proves that India has a market for a higher capacity cruiser bikes.

I can't believe that Yamaha believes its future in this country depends on bikes like Yamaha Alba 106. God save Yamaha. Anyway... for all bikers and Yamaha fans, am listing the specifications of this bike with a couple of pictures below. Let's only hope that Yamaha listens to bikers like us.

MSRP*$3,499 (Black Cherry)
Type249cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 60-degree V-twin
Bore x Stroke49mm x 66mm
Compression Ratio10:1
Carburetion26mm Mikuni
IgnitionDigital TCI
Final DriveChain
Suspension/Front33mm telescopic fork; 5.5" travel
Suspension/RearTwin shocks w/adjustable spring preload; 3.9" travel
Brakes/Front282mm disc
Brakes/Rear130mm drum
Seat Height27"
Ground Clearance5.7"
Dry Weight302 lb.
Fuel Capacity2.5 gal.