We thought this might be interesting to some of our readers. In part due to the internet and social media, as well as efforts to leverage research and development costs by manufacturers, the massive market in India for motorcycles is seeing some integration with European and Japanese brands. An example is the Bajaj Dominar 400 you see here.
This bike is just being introduced to the Indian market as we speak, and is a highly anticipated, high performance model. Indian consumers typically buy smaller displacement bikes, and the 373cc single found in the Dominar 400 is a relative powerhouse with 35 horsepower in a sub-400 pound package. Although Bajaj is a large company in its own right, it is borrowing an engine directly from KTM to power the Dominar 400, i.e., the engine found in the 390 Duke.
KTM is just one of several companies outside India either supplying major components to, or co-developing with, Indian concerns. This cooperation, and the resulting increase in production volume to supply components to India, is one reason why we are seeing so much investment in small displacement models that eventually make it to the U.S. marketplace. By keeping an eye on what is happening in India, we can sometimes predict what will become available in the U.S.
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