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                                                                                                                                    he upcoming bike
                                                                                                                                    will likely be pow-
                                                                                                                               Tered by a 250-
                                                                                                                               500cc engine
                                                                                                                               The upcoming bike will
                                                                                                                               be a product of a tie-up
                                                                                                                               between Motoroyale and
                                                                                                                               Norton Motorcycles that
                                                                                                                               was signed in 2017.
                                                                                                                               Motoroyale plans to
                                                                                                                               produce the motor at a
                                                                                                                               lower cost than Chinese
                                                                                                                               manufacturers while
                                                                                                                               keeping the quality in-
                                                                                                                               The Pune-based compa-      India. It now seems that   “We will make this mo-     Although he delved more
                                                                                                                               ny also wants to tap into   the two are working on    torcycle in 1-2 years      on three-wheeler oper-
                                                                                                                               electric mobility.
                                                                                                                                                          smaller capacity bike to   which will be in the 250-  ations, he did mention
                                                                                                                                                          begin with. The reason     500 cc range, but will be   that Kinetic Engineering
                                                                                                                               Norton and Motoroyale      for the two not produc-    priced between Rs 2-3      would also be looking at
                                                                                                                               are likely to be working   ing the 650 together is    lakh. While Motoroyale     electrification. Given that
                                                                                                                               alongside each other to    because Norton sold its    has an entire bouquet of   electric vehicles are the
                                                                                                                               produce a small capacity   engine design to Chi-      brands, the first brand    future, the company is
                                                                                                                               motorcycle in the 250-     nese company, Zongsh-      that will be preferred     looking to invest in man-
                                                                                                                               500cc range for the do-    en, for mass production    for this collaboration is   ufacturing capabilities
                                                                                                                               mestic two-wheeler mar-    purposes.                  Norton Motorcycles, be-    to make components
                                                                                                                               ket. It will be designed                              cause we have a 51:49      for electric products.
                                                                                                                               by the Brits and manu-     In the interview, Firodia   JV which was created      This would help them
                                                                                                                               factured at Motoroyale’s   has stated that the new    with a vision like this. We   cater to a wide variety of
                                                                                                                               facilities in Maharashtra,   motor will be up to glob-  will develop a new bike   audiences as the elec-
                                                                                                                               said Ajinkya Firodia, the   al standards and can      and localise as we go      tric boom has begun in
                                                                                                                               Managing Director of       be exported later on.      ahead,” said Firodia in    India.
                                                                                                                               Motoroyale and Kinetic     The important takeaway     the interview.
                                                                                                                               Engineering, in an inter-  from the interview was
                                                                                                                               view with TOI.
                                                                                                                                                          that Firodia has claimed
                                                                                                                                                          that the company will be
                                                                                                                               When the two first struck   able to make the engine
                                                                                                                               up a deal for the joint    at a much lower cost
                                                                                                                               venture, Norton and        than what it would take
                                                                                                                               Motoroyale were looking    to make it in China while
                                                                                                                               to make a 650cc paral-     meeting global quality
                                                                                                                               lel-twin powered motor-    standards.
                                                                                                                               cycle as their first jointly
                                                                                                                               produced offering in

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