HMSI to launch new 100cc bike, new gearless scooter

On one hand, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) is preparing to launch the CBR1000RR superbike in the Indian market. But at the other end of the spectrum, it’s also not ready to let go of 100cc commuter bikes. The company is actually preparing to launch its first 100cc motorcycle for the Indian market, in 2009.

HMSI’s 100cc motorcycle might actually be fuel-injected, ditching the age-old carburetor in order to get maximum fuel efficiency. The company is also likely to launch a new gearless scooter by the end of this fiscal, in order to take on the competition – 125cc scooters like the Suzuki Access and the Kinetic Flyte have stolen some of the Honda Activa’s thunder in recent months.

The other product that Honda is said to be planning is a new 150cc variant. While the existing Unicorn 150 is a good, all-around capable commuter bike, HMSI feels the need for a sportier, more stylish 150, perhaps in order to take on the likes of the Hero Honda Hunk, Hero Honda CBZ X-Treme, TVS Apache RTR160, Bajaj Pulsar 150 and so on. Honda’s new 150 is expected to be launched by the end of this year.


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