Finally good news for Indian bikers. The Ferrari of two wheelers, Ducati, is coming to India. The bikes will be sold by Precision Motor India Private Limited. News is that five models are expected to be launched by the Italian manufacturer. Now thats a lot. Their current lineup internationally has the 695 and 696 Monster, 1100 Multistrada, GT 1000 SportClassic, 848 and 1098 Superbikes and the Desmosedici RR, where RR standing for “Racing Replica” of their MotoGP racing bike. And I don’t expect this model to make it to the Indian roads as its too exclusive a bike and will be too costly to own and maintain here. The rest of them should be here and I guess the five models will be the two superbikes, 848 and 1098, and the monster versions, and either of the Multistrada or the SportClassic could join them. The bikes’ selling prices will start from somewhere around atleast 10 lakhs. The Ducati 848 and Monsters should really do well here as both are going to appeal the majority of Ducati hopefuls. With Suzuki planning to launch the Hayabusa and Honda too planning to launch the 1000RR, times are finally good for serious bikers here. After Ferrari and Lamborghini came to India last year it doesn’t come as a surprise that the big names of biking world comes to India. Infact they should have been here long back, anyways its better late than never. Welcome to India Ducati!
So this happens to be my second visit to the Auto Expo, the 9th Auto Expo, held again like always in Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. It was pretty much the same as last time. Most of the exhibits were same, but there were some new additions, and some missing ones. Last time I missed out on taking pictures, but this time I had my 1.3 megapixel equipped mobile phone. Although nowhere close to a fully fledged digital camera but still serves the purpose, and the photo quality is pretty much OK.