There is plenty of buzz since Bajaj has announced that their new bike ‘V’ that has been made using the metal from INS Vikrant, Indian first aircraft carrier, that shot into prominence during the 1970 Indo-Pak War.
The Carrier with its strong fleet of Sea Harriers served India for over four decades after which it was decommissioned in 1997 and was preserved as a museum ship till 2012.It was finally scrapped in 2014.
The motorcycle is different from others at it carries a feel of patriotism and proud in itself. Bajaj says that the fuel tank of the motorcycle would be made from the recycled metal after the dismantling of the retired warship.
The design is a one of its kind offering in this new segment, termed as premium commuter by the motorcycle maker. The classic feel missed with the modern approach of Bajaj has made the V15 a special one for 2016.
Though the exact cost of the two-wheeler was not revealed, Bajaj hinted that the bike will feature a Rs 60,000-Rs 70,000 price tag when it hits the showrooms by March.
Powered by a sturdy 150cc DTSi engine that has proved successful in the Pulsar, Avenger and Discover, Bajaj has designed this baby to blend the philosophy behind tourer motorcycles with the commuters’ concept of motorcycles.
Talking about styling, the Bajaj V which the company calls “The INVINCIBLE V” employs a retro-modern styling with design influences from European scrambler motorcycles. Up front, we have a small bikini fairing and behind which sits the rather generous 13-litre capacity fuel tank. The bike employs LED tail lamp and beefy looking exhaust muffler with alloy-wheels. The rear-seat cowl can be removed for pillion with the help of allen key that has been smartly embedded into the key of the bike. There is also a special insignia dedicated to INS Vikrant on the fuel tank that looks cool.
The Bajaj V will be exported but initial focus will be on the domestic market where the market size is 5 lakh units a month. Bajaj will produce 20,000 units of the V every month which has been set as the initial capacity. The launch of the motorcycle will happen later this month while shipping to dealers will commence in early March, sales expanding to other parts of the country by the end of this fiscal year.
“For decades, the INS Vikrant has been celebrated as the pride of our country and is synonymous with India’s military capabilities and power. We are proud that Bajaj Auto is playing a role in keeping the legacy India’s first aircraft carrier alive,” Bajaj Auto Ltd President (Motorcycle Business) Eric Vas said.
Though the company markets it as “made from INS Vikrant” it is the fuel tank that is made out of it.Bajaj also released a YouTube video.check it out….