Only a select number of international motorcycle manufacturers who entered the Indian market survived. We have compiled a list of the top bike companies in India, from well-known Japanese bike manufacturers to in-house Indian brands. Thus, here is a list of the top bike firms in India.
Top 10 Most Famous Bike Companies in India
1. Hero Moto Corp
|BRAND NAME||HERO MOTO CORP|
|FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS||NEW DELHI, INDIA|
|TOTAL AVAILABLE BIKES||12|
|TOTAL BIKE SALE OVER-ALL||40.58 lakh (in first three quarters)|
|MOST AFFORDABLE BIKE||Hero HF Delux starting price of Rs.55,022/-|
|MOST EXPENSIVE BIKE||Hero XPulse 200 4V starting price of Rs.1,37,577/-|
|BEST SELLING BIKE||Hero Splendor|
|UPCOMING BIKE||Hero XPulse 400|
Hero Moto Corp is the largest motorcycle manufacturer across both the world and India. It was established in 1984 through a partnership with Hero Cycles. Honda of Japan and Hero worked together to create two-wheelers for the Indian market. The board of directors of Honda and Hero agreed to split ways in 2010. In 2011, Hero Moto Corp. was established.
Hero Moto Corp dominates the commuter market. In India, they have the largest network of showrooms and service facilities. The Xtreme 200S is an entry-level premium motorcycle that Hero Moto Corp. is actively developing. The Xpulse 200 and Xpulse 200T are India’s least expensive adventure motorcycles.
They have attempted but failed to enter the market for high-end sports bikes like KTM and TVS. Regarding sales, Hero Moto Corp. is the largest motorcycle company in India. Hero Moto Corp dominates the market for entry-level commuter bikes with incredible models like Passion and Splendor. In India, Hero Bikes offer 21 models in the price range of Rs 67,78 K to Rs 1.67 Lakh.
2. Bajaj Auto
|BRAND NAME||BAJAJ AUTO|
|FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS||PUNE, MAHARASTRA INDIA|
|TOTAL AVAILABLE BIKES||18|
|TOTAL BIKE SALE OVER-ALL||2,41,107 UNITS APROX.|
|MOST AFFORDABLE BIKE||BAJAJ CT 110 starting price of Rs.59,041/-|
|MOST EXPENSIVE BIKE||BAJAJ DOMINAR 400 starting price of Rs.2,23,089/-|
|BEST SELLING BIKE||BAJAJ PULSAR|
|UPCOMING BIKE||BAJAJ PULSAR 220F, BAJAJ AVENGER 400|
Baja Auto India produces electric scooters, auto-rickshaws, and bikes, with a rather diverse product line. It was designed in 1945 by Jamanlal Bajaj. When the company first started, it offered imported two-wheelers for sale.
In India. Soon after, they received a government license to produce two- and three-wheeled vehicles in India. Stylish bikes are available from Bajaj Auto. Bajaj Auto has budget-friendly commuter motorcycles like the Platina to high-end bikes like the Dominar 400.
To introduce high-performance sports bikes to India, Baja Auto collaborated with KTM. The Bajaj Chakan factory in Pune currently produces all KTM motorcycles between 125 and 390 ccs.
To create mid-capacity bikes for the Indian market, Triumph Motorcycles and Bajaj have also formed a partnership. The top exporter of two- and three-wheelers in India is Bajaj Auto. The best-selling bike in South Africa is the Bajaj Boxter. Bajaj Auto is undoubtedly one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in India, with a significant presence in the automotive industry. In India, Bajaj Bikes offer 20 models in the price range of Rs 67,32 K to Rs 2.29 Lakh.
3. TVS Motor Company
|BRAND NAME||TVS MOTOR COMPANY|
|FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS||CHENNAI,TAMIL NADU,INDIA|
|REVENUES||150 CR USD|
|TOTAL AVAILABLE BIKES||18|
|TOTAL BIKE SALE OVER-ALL||79,402 UNITS IN DEC 2022|
|MOST AFFORDABLE BIKE||TVS XL100 HEAVY DUTY starting price of Rs.47,148/-|
|MOST EXPENSIVE BIKE||TVS APACHE RR310 starting price of Rs.2,71,782/-|
|BEST SELLING BIKE||RAIDER 125,APACHE RTR 160, APACHE RTR 160 4V|
|UPCOMING BIKE||Apache RTR 310 , TVS iQube Electric|
One of the top bike brands in India right now is TVS Motor India. They provide a wide range of products for many different target markets. In 1978, Thirukkurungudi Vengaram Sundram Iyengar founded TVS. In the past, they produced exhaust systems, brakes, and other vehicle components. The first plant for the production of mopeds was established in Hosur.
Moreover, TVS and Suzuki collaborated for a year to share technology and develop two-wheelers exclusively for the Indian market, but they split into 200 separate brands. With the help of BMW, TVS has developed an entry-level premium performance bike and introduced three brand-new high-end motorcycles. The Apache RR310 is sold with a TVS badge, while two of the BMW G 310R and G 310GS are offered under the BMW label.
Incredible models from TVS Motor India also dominate the scooter market in India. Its portfolio includes some fantastic things. The Apache line is particularly popular with young Indian consumers. The third-largest manufacturer of bikes in India is TVS Motors. In India, TVS Bikes offer 18 models in the price range of Rs 44,999 K to Rs 2.72 Lakh.
4. Royal Enfield
|BRAND NAME||ROYAL ENFIELD|
|REVENUES||8,965 CR INR|
|TOTAL AVAILABLE BIKES||9|
|TOTAL BIKE SALE OVER-ALL||703,166 UNITS IN DEC 2022|
|MOST AFFORDABLE BIKE||ROYAL ENFIELD HUNTER 350 starting price of Rs.1,49,900/-|
|MOST EXPENSIVE BIKE||ROYAL ENFIELD SUPER METEOR 650 starting price of Rs.3,48,900/-|
|BEST SELLING BIKE||ROYAL ENFIELD CLASSIC 350|
|UPCOMING BIKE||Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Next Gen, Royal Enfield Shotgun 650, Royal Enfield Himalayan 450|
The world’s oldest motorbike manufacturer still in operation is Royal Enfield. Now, Eicher Motors Ltd is a subsidiary of the Royal Enfield brand. India is home to three Royal Enfield production facilities.
The brand’s Bullet 350 is the longest-running motorcycle. Royal Enfield is the leading brand for high-end bike sales in India. The company had previously come under fire for the items’ antiquated technology and lack of dependability. But they now have updated models with all the latest amenities and strong, dependable engines, such as the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650.
Nonetheless, the Classic 350, which sells more than 50,000 units monthly in India, is the best-selling Royal Enfield model. Also, they offer some unusual bikes like the Himalayan and Continental GT 650. There is a huge cult following for Royal Enfield among Indian bikers. It is one of India’s top motorcycle manufacturers. In India, Royal Enfield Bikes offer 9 models in the price range of Rs 1.49 lakh to Rs 3.54 Lakh.
5. Honda Motorcycles India
|BRAND NAME||HONDA TWO WHEELERS INDIA|
|FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS||GURUGRAM, HARYANA,INDIA|
|TOTAL AVAILABLE BIKES||21|
|TOTAL BIKE SALE OVER-ALL||2,80,381 UNITS IN DEC 2022|
|MOST AFFORDABLE BIKE||HONDA DIO starting price of Rs.71,508/-|
|MOST EXPENSIVE BIKE||HONDA GOLD WING starting price of Rs.39,88,635/-|
|BEST SELLING BIKE||HONDA SHINE|
|UPCOMING BIKE||Honda CB350RS Cafe, Honda Hness CB350 Cafe, Honda Activa 7G|
As we all know, Honda is by far the most popular scooter brand in India. It doesn’t, however, have the same level of success as motorcycles. In 2010, Honda cut ties with Hero Moto Corp. to form a wholly independent business in India.
The brand is not very popular in the commuter bike market. However, it aims for the 150cc market by introducing upcoming motorcycles like the Hornet and Xblade. The Honda Hornet is one of the most popular bikes under one lakh rupees sold in India.
Honda has lost its position in the high entry-level market because it neglected to upgrade its popular models, like the CBR 150R and CBR 250R. Nonetheless, Honda generates sufficient sales to rank among the top bike manufacturers in India. In India, Honda Bikes offer 22 models in the price range of Rs 79.16 K to Rs 44.12 Lakh.
6. KTM India
|BRAND NAME||KTM INDIA|
|TOTAL AVAILABLE BIKES||9|
|TOTAL BIKE SALE OVER-ALL||9,956 UNITS IN DEC 2022|
|MOST AFFORDABLE BIKE||KTM DUKE 125 starting price of Rs.1,76,910/-|
|MOST EXPENSIVE BIKE||KTM 390 ADVENTURE starting price of Rs.3,37,328/-|
|BEST SELLING BIKE||KTM 200 Duke, KTM 390 Duke, KTM 250 Duke|
|UPCOMING BIKE||KTM 790 ADVENTURE, KTM 1050 ADVENTURE|
Bajaj Auto introduced KTM to India and owns nearly 48% of the company. The Austrian brand has gained popularity among young consumers in India. Ernst Kronreif and Hans Trunkenpolz started it in 1992.
Although KTM is most renowned for its off-road motorbikes, they have recently started creating incredible street-naked bikes. The Duke 200 was the first KTM bike purchased on the Indian market. In India, KTM dominates the performance motorbike market. Currently, Bajaj Chakan in India is where KTM bikes ranging in size from 125cc to 390cc are produced.
The Duke 125 is the KTM bike that sells the most in India. KTM Duke 790 is the current flagship model in India. One of the top bike manufacturers in India is KTM, thanks to its extensive product portfolio.
7. Yamaha Motors India
|BRAND NAME||YAMAHA MOTORS INDIA|
|FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS||Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan|
|TOTAL AVAILABLE BIKES||23|
|TOTAL BIKE SALE OVER-ALL||78.227 UNITS IN JUNE 2022|
|MOST AFFORDABLE BIKE||Yamaha Fascino 125 starting price of Rs.80,936/-|
|MOST EXPENSIVE BIKE||Yamaha R15 starting price of Rs.1,82,752/-|
|BEST SELLING BIKE||Yamaha MT 15 V2, Yamaha FZ S FI, Yamaha FZ FI|
|UPCOMING BIKE||Yamaha Tenere 700, Yamaha XSR 155, Yamaha RX 100|
As a joint venture with the Escorts company, the Yamaha brand entered the Indian market in 1985. As a result, it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Japanese Yamaha Motor Company Ltd in 2001.
The RX 100 and RD 350 are two of the most well-known motorcycles Yamaha offers in India. The Yamaha RX 100, in particular, is the most recognizable motorcycle ever. Yamaha introduced high-performance motorcycles to Indian consumers.
They also attempted to compete with the dominant Bajaj and Hero in the scooter and commuter market. Yamaha primarily concentrates on the high-end motorcycle market due to their failure in the commuter market. They are one of India’s most reputable bike companies with incredible product lines. In India, Yamaha Bikes offer 11 models in the price range of Rs 92.14 K to Rs 2.09 Lakh.
8. Suzuki Motorcycles India
|BRAND NAME||Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited|
|FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS||GURGAON, HARYANA, INDIA|
|REVENUES||3.5 LAKH CR|
|TOTAL AVAILABLE BIKES||14|
|TOTAL BIKE SALE OVER-ALL||84966 UNITS IN JAN 2023|
|MOST AFFORDABLE BIKE||SUZUKI ACCESS 125 starting price of Rs.77,385/-|
|MOST EXPENSIVE BIKE||SUZUKI HAYABUSA starting price of Rs.16,48,831/-|
|BEST SELLING BIKE||Suzuki Gixxer SF, Suzuki Access 125, Suzuki Burgman Street 125|
|UPCOMING BIKE||Suzuki Burgman Street Electric, Suzuki Suzuki GSX-8S, Suzuki V-Strom 800DE|
Suzuki, a Japanese company, and TVS, an Indian company, have entered the Indian market. Suzuki split from TVS in 2006 and relaunched as Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited.
Gurgaon, Haryana, India, is home to a Suzuki manufacturing factory. Suzuki attempted to participate in the commuter bike market, just like the other Japanese brands, but they also fell short. Yet, Suzuki has some fantastic 150-cc products.
Suzuki sells respectable entry-level sports bikes like the Gixxer and Gixxer SF. The Suzuki Access 125 scooter is another popular item on the scooter market. From the affordable Gixxer to the powerful Busa on the Indian market, the company makes some fantastic bikes. Being one of the greatest bike brands in India, Suzuki has made a name for itself.
9. Harley Davidson
|BRAND NAME||HARLEY DAVIDSON|
|FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS||Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|TOTAL AVAILABLE BIKES||11|
|TOTAL BIKE SALE OVER-ALL||1648 UNITS|
|MOST AFFORDABLE BIKE||Harley-Davidson Iron 883 starting price of Rs.11,97,109/-|
|MOST EXPENSIVE BIKE||Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special starting price of Rs.37,17,770/-|
|BEST SELLING BIKE||Harley-Davidson Sportster S, Harley-Davidson Iron 883, Harley-Davidson Fat Boy|
|UPCOMING BIKE||Harley-Davidson Custom 1250|
A well-known brand around the world is Harley Davidson. It first appeared on the Indian market in 2009. Previously, Harley Davidson faced significant obstacles when entering the Indian market due to tax and emission laws. Yet the company is now recognized in India as one of the top premium motorbike companies.
There are more than 11 bikes in Harley-Indian Davidson’s lineup. The Street ROD 750 is the entry-level and least expensive motorcycle the Harley-Davidson company makes. Also, they recently introduced the electric bike Livewire in India and other countries.
In the Indian motorcycling community, Harley Davidson enjoys a solid following, and the company has ardent brand supporters nationwide. To compete with brands like Royal Enfield and KTM, Harley also plans to introduce a small-capacity entry-level motorcycle. Overall, Harley is a fantastic motorcycle company with excellent products in India. In India, Harley Davidson Bikes offer 8 models in the price range of Rs 17.49 Lakh to Rs 40.49 Lakh.
10. Kawasaki Motors India
|BRAND NAME||KAWASAKI MOTORS INDIA|
|FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS||Pune, Maharastra, India|
|TOTAL AVAILABLE BIKES||17|
|TOTAL BIKE SALE OVER-ALL||–|
|MOST AFFORDABLE BIKE||Kawasaki W175 starting price of Rs.1,47,000/-|
|MOST EXPENSIVE BIKE||Kawasaki Ninja H2R starting price of Rs.79,90,000/-|
|BEST SELLING BIKE||KAWASAKI Z900|
|UPCOMING BIKE||Kawasaki Versys X-300, Kawasaki Ninja H2, Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX|
Kawasaki and Bajaj Auto collaborated to enter the Indian market. In 2016, Kawasaki decided to sever the partnership and start using its networks to market and sell its goods in India. The current Indian lineup from Kawasaki India ranges from the entry-level Ninja 300 to the powerful Ninja H2R. The company has made a name for itself as one of India’s greatest premium bike manufacturers.
Though Kawasaki consistently expands their brand in major cities despite having a limited network of dealerships and servicing facilities. Considering that it is a premium brand, Kawasaki sells a respectable amount of motorcycles. In India, Kawasaki Bikes offer 18 models in the price range of Rs 1.69 Lakh to Rs 81.72 Lakh.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the most well-known bike manufacturers in India. Every brand has made a name for itself in a certain market. See how India’s new bike manufacturers attempt to compete in this market.