From a big list of all the motorcycles axed in 2015, we pick the top five which, we are sure, will be missed by many…
Everybody is focussing and talking about what’s coming next but what about the ones that are no more with us? Along with many dozens of new motorcycle launches, there were a lot of discontinuations as well.
Starting from the champion in this field – Bajaj, which launched and axed some truckloads of Discovers, we also had motorcycles from Honda, Yamaha (SZ models, 125ccs etc), Mahindra and others.
Among this big list, we have hand-picked the top five most interesting motorcycles which will not see the dusk of 2016. Here is our list…
Most Interesting Discontinued Motorcycles of 2015
- Bajaj Pulsar NS200:
This would be the first motorcycle which will be missed by the masses. As soon as we got the first hints, we connected with Bajaj to understand the plan. We were told that NS200s production has been given to the AS200 and it has not been discontinued. However now, after so many months of non-availability, it almost gets confirmed that Bajaj will NOT produce it any more, considering that they have the smaller, similar looking NS150 on the cards along with some bigger models. Go through our coverage of Pulsar NS200.
- Honda Twister:
Twister will go down the history books as one of BikeAdvice’s most favourite 100cc motorcycle, obviously among the four strokers. It was a pint-sized performer and we loved it to the core. Honda started on a ‘sportier’ note but with time their mindset has become absolutely utilitarian. Twister has been replaced by Livo, which is a pretty decent offering but misses out on the punch and sportiness of the Twister. User Reviews, news, reports on Twister
- Suzuki Inazuma:
Frankly, Suzuki miscalculated Inazuma and launched it at senseless price tag initially. However, when it found no takers, they were forced to clear off the marked inventory at a very interesting price tag of close to 2.10 Lakh ex-showroom. Suzuki confirmed that they will not consider Inazuma again and sold 232 units of the motorcycle in India, in all! Apart from this goof-up from the makers, the product, in itself, was real good and could have possibly went on to become the ‘tourer’ of choice for the masses. Complete coverage & interesting reports on Inazuma
- Honda Stunner:
Another slash from Honda’s stables was the Stunner, which again was one real good motorcycle in its segment. With its half-fairing and decent engine, Stunner looked larger than its size but during the recent times, it was not in the buying list of buyers of this segment. Eventually, it has been discontinued from the market with the new Shine SP but we believe there may be a sportier 125cc offering in the making. Go through our coverage on Stunner
- Hero Karizma:
We know a lot of you will say – good riddance but its painful to see such a beautiful brand go down the doldrums. Karizma was the motorcycle which brought to us the first ‘big bike’ feel (after the two stroke era) and it continued till 2014 when Hero completely killed the brand with some frantic updates to the siblings which had disaster written all over it. Ever since, Karizma has not been able to sell, touching single digit sales at least a couple of times. Nonetheless, a new bettered Karizma is expected to be showcased at the Auto Expo but we are not sure… Some very interesting reports on Karizma & ZMR…
Any other discontinued (in 2015) motorcycle you feel should have made it to this list?