INS Vikrant, India’s famed aircraft carrier, may no longer rule the waves but bikers can still ride this piece of the defence history. Bajaj V, a tourer bike made from the erstwhile navy ship’s metal body, was launched on Monday.
Though the exact cost of the two-wheeler was not revealed, Bajaj hinted that the bike will feature a Rs 60,000-Rs 70,000 price tag when it hits the showrooms by March.
Powered by a sturdy 150cc DTSi engine that has proved successful in the Pulsar, Avenger and Discover, Bajaj has designed this baby to blend the philosophy behind tourer motorcycles with the commuters’ concept of motorcycles.
The bike will be available in two colours – ebony black and pearl white.
On Republic Day, Bajaj had released a teaser of the ‘invincible’ bike that has been forged from the metal of the INS Vikrant – a legendary Indian Navy warship decommissioned in 2017 and scrapped in 2012. In doing so, the company struck a chord with many Indians who were disheartened over losing the iconic warship.
“The pride of owning a piece of INS Vikrant is available to lakhs of Indian in the form of Bajaj V,” Eric Vas, the company’s motorcycle business head, said.
Speaking on the making of the vehicle, company managing director Rajiv Bajaj said, “We bought the metal from verified authorities. As the fuel tank is the heart of any bike, the fuel tank assembly of the Bajaj V is specifically made of INS Vikrant metal.”
However, he refused to divulge the exact proportions of the motorcycle. “Product specifications are confidential for competitive reasons,” Bajaj chuckled.
The company plans to produce close to 20,000 bikes every month initially, which will be extended based on the demand. However, there are no plans to export the bike as of now, Bajaj said.
According to Bajaj Motorcycles, the bike does not face too much of a competition because of its exclusivity as a “tribute to INS Vikrant”. And how can one resist the urge to ride history itself?
But frankly, the very fact that this isn’t just another Pulsar or Discover update from India’s top motorcycle manufacturer makes it special, something you can’t wait to feast your eyes – and motoring sensibilities – on.
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