Waiting Periods of Dukes & Huqvarnas May Rise Post Lockdown

Husqvarna waiting periods post-lockdown may reach upto three months because of various reasons. KTM will also suffer…

If you are planning to buy a KTM or the recently introduced Husqvarna motorcycles in India, you better do it now in this lockdown relaxation, because as per an online report their waiting periods may increase in the coming few weeks.

Due to the prevailing COVID pandemic, all Bajaj’s plants in India were shut as the Government of India enforced a complete lockdown to prevent the spread. Bajaj manufactures all KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles in India at its Chakan plant. Recently, Rajiv Bajaj said that the company is having a lot of issues to restart its headquarter office. Once the shutters are up, even then it will take a long time before things even reach closer to normalcy.

And even if Bajaj can sort out their own issues, they will still face problems and disruptions from the vendor sides as each supplier will have his own concerns to be looked into to get going. And if a handful of parts are not available, Bajaj will not be able to make enough motorcycles.

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And then there is another issue of export backlogs. Many international markets with high demand for KTM motorcycles are opening up and Bajaj will then have to take care of that as well. And going by the recent history, Bajaj has started to pay more heed to its export markets, probably because of the higher margins it brings to them (obviously apart from the low buying sentiments in the domestic market).

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So, whatever inventory dealers are sitting on is what is currently available for instant buyers. Once that gets over, the report claims that motorcycles like 250 Duke, RC250, 390s, including the 390 ADV, can have waiting periods of upto 60 days. Wait times for Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 can even run upto 90 days.

Source – Autocar

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