The Bajaj V15 motorcycle, made of metal sourced from the INS Vikrant aircraft carrier, will hit the roads on March 23.
The 150-cc vehicle, the latest entrant from the Bajaj Motorcycles stable, has shot to fame not just because of the legend that goes into its making but also a relatively affordable price tag. Its ex-showroom prices will be Rs 61,000 and Rs 61,832 at Delhi and Mumbai respectively.
The INS Vikrant, a legendary Indian Navy warship, was decommissioned in 1997 and scrapped in 2014. Bajaj teased the bike on Republic Day this year, cashing in on the patriotic mood of the occasion.
The company plans to deliver the vehicles booked till March 20 from March 23, the 85th death anniversary of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. The bike, which will have a commemorative insignia on the fuel tank, will be delivered as per availability.
Reports, however, say that the company plans to continue making the bike even after it runs out of metal from the INS Vikrant. Powered by a 150 cc DTS-i engine, the bike delivers a torque of 13 Nm at 5500 RPM and 12 PS power at 7500 rpm.
The engine – fitted in the likes of the Pulsar, Avenger and Discover – has already made its mark in the two-wheeler market. The bike’s off-beat design is a blend of the philosophies behind the tourer and the regular commuting motorcycle.
Bajaj V is available in two colours – ebony black and pearl white.