Suzuki has finally decided to stop selling its big-displacement motorcycles in India due to stricter emissions standards.
According to a report by UK-based motorcycle website VisorDown, Suzuki has been forced to pull out its large-capacity models that include the GSX-R1000R, GSX-R1000RR, and Hayabusa sportbikes; the GSX-SF1000 and GSX-S750 naked bikes; and the V-Strom 1000XT, V-Strom 1000, and V-Strom 650 adventure bikes.
The report states that the current lineup of Suzuki big bikes in India doesn’t meet the new BS6 emissions standard, which is comparable to Euro 6 and is the highest level set by environment authorities in the country. The Japanese manufacturer will have to replace the whole range just to be able to comply. The whole process will be tedious and time-consuming.
That said, Suzuki’s big bikes make up just a small fraction of its sales total in the Indian market, which is presently dominated by small motorcycles with engine displacements of 250cc and below. Just like in the Philippines, right? The annual average motorcycle sales in India is around 22 million units, versus two million bikes sold here in the same period.
If this were to happen in Europe or America, it would be an entirely different story because the brand’s bike bikes—notably the V-Strom adventure lineup—thrive in the said continents.
We just hope Suzuki will be able to come up with a solution since we all know that emissions standards across the globe are getting tighter. Good luck!