India's first dirt bike to be launched by Hero Honda

Hero Honda Motors Ltd (soon to be renamed Hero MotoCorp. Ltd), India’s largest two-wheeler maker by sales, is going to introduce at least three new models before the end of the year, with the first of these being a dirt bike that it will launch under its new name after a split with Japan’s Honda Motor Co. Ltd, its partner of 26 years. 


This bike will not only be the country’s first dirt bike, but also the first (of Hero Honda’s motorcycles) to be launched under the new brand name.

With an engine displacement of 180cc, the dirt bike will be Hero’s first in the niche segment. Imported in completely knocked down, or CKD, form from Honda Motor, the dirt bike will be assembled in Hero Honda’s Gurgaon factory. An another source with knowledge of the launch said it would be priced between Rs.1.1 lakh and Rs.1.3 lakh.

Hero Honda’s move to introduce a sports bike comes at a time when rival Bajaj Auto Ltd is also set to launch similar two-wheelers from KTM Power Sports AG. 

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