Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Kinetic Flyte - how is it flying?
The scooter above is Kinetic Flyte and the one below is Honda Dio. Instead of Honda Dio, I could've taken any other scooter too. But Dio serves the purpose better.
Have you observed Flyte on road? It's 125cc and yet looks so diminutive - from the front as well from the back. Contrast it with any other successful 100cc scooter and you would think that Flyte competes with the Scooties of the world. On the other hand, also observe Kinetic's launches especially among scooters - Kinetic Nova, Kinetic 4S, Kinetic Blaze... Most notably the latest, Kinetic Blaze. It's unarguably the biggest scooter launched in India till date. When it comes to two-wheelers in India the cubic capacity i.e. cc is often positively correlated with the actual size of the vehicle. Greater the cc, bigger the scooter. In light of that, Kinetic Flyte seems to be an aberration - considering the competition, considering its own launches and considering the popular perception.
Am not sure how well Flyte is doing, the trend in two-wheelers, both motorcycles and scooters, hints at preference for bigger-looking vehicles. I wonder after the launch of Blaze why Kinetic launched a diminutive scooter like this one. 125cc is just right segment but the size doesn't match the cubic capacity.