Between 2010 and 2020, many automobile companies announced they would discontinue further production of certain makes and models of motorcycles. Although some may have come as a shock, others were expected to finish their run quietly and go off the radar before any official announcements were made.
In other cases, bikes can be eco-unfriendly, with changing emission restrictions and a low profit margin contributed to the model’s demise. Models that once sold very well have since become outdated and lost their appeal, going from selling a couple a day to selling a couple of years at many motorcycle stores. Bikes can last for dozens of years, but that longevity doesn’t protect them from ultimately being discontinued in the end.
Companies also may be making some room on its dealers‘ showroom floors by clearing their less productive models, even if, in some cases, the less productive models are still somewhat profitable. Sometimes bikes disappear and they return a year or two later with a redesign or an upgrade.
Whatever the case, here are 15 motorcycles to disappear in the last decade.
15 Bajaj Pulsar 180
The Bajaj Pulsar 180 was one of the first Bajaj motorcycles to quietly go off the shelf. The company silently pulled the plug on the Pulsar 180 in April of 2019, with plans to replace it with the Pulsar 180 F. In the company’s defense, both models feature the same mechanicals but dressed differently. The bait and switch is part of a plan to revitalize sales. Sadly, the new update also brings in a significant price hike.
14 Honda Stunner
The Honda Stunner may have been one really good motorcycle in its segment, but it was also canceled by 2016. It had a half-fairing and decent engine, making the Stunner look larger than its size. However, it was not in the recent buying list of buyers, and the newer Shine SP has filled its slot as a sportier 125cc motorcycle.
13 Honda Cliq
The quirky-looking Honda Cliq did not live to see 2019, thanks to poor sales and imminent failure to be distinctive or reliable enough to impress the masses. The Honda Cliq featured a 110cc engine and braking hardware consisting of 130mm drum brakes both at the front and the rear.
12 Kawasaki KLR650
The Kawasaki KLR650 was discontinued for 2018 without an immediate replacement. When Kawasaki announced four new models at the EICMA trade show in Milan, Italy, none fit the dual sport bill. Production of the 651-cc, single-cylinder KLR650 has ended. It was known to be a reliable and affordable model, but it was also eco-unfriendly and weighed too much for most riders.
11 Hero Xtreme Sports
The Hero Xtreme Sports was not renewed for 2019 because the larger Hero Xtreme 200R arrived and provided the sales the former motorcycle could not. The bike featured an unceremonious end when it was quietly taken off the shelf from most dealerships across the country. When the CB Unicorn and the Pulsar 150 were charging the lead in the 150cc segment, Hero had difficulty sustaining the Xtreme Sports.
10 Harley-Davidson XR1200X Sportster
When Harley-Davidson decided to drop half a dozen models from its 2014 roster, the XR1200X Sportster was among those removed due to declining sales. As Harley-Davidson’s Q1 2013 sales were down more than 9% year-on-year to 54,257 units, mainly due to a drop in domestic US demand, this did not come as much of a surprise.
9 Harley-Davidson FXS Softail Blackline
The Harley-Davidson FXS Softail Blackline was also among those dropped in 2014 due to declining sales. Although that particular model did not give Harley-Davidson a profit, the company announced a rise in profits to $1.57 billion in Q1 2013, up from $1.43 billion in Q1 2012. The company says it’s pulling the plug on the bikes to optimize the number of choices available and to reduce product overlap.
8 Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide Classic
A third Harley-Davidson bike dropped in 2014 was the Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide Classic. Harley-Davidson saw sales decline by more than 9 percent every year, despite an increase in profits in 2012. Lackluster demand in the US is the cause of most of the decline in profits. While some of the axed bikes will return after a redesign, the Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide Classic is not planned to be among them.
7 Bajaj Avenger 180
The Bajaj Avenger 180 was eliminated from the company’s 2019 bike lineup. Pune-based bike maker Bajaj applied the same philosophy with the Avenger 180 as it did with the Pulsar 180- namely, placing one bike’s engine into another bike’s chassis in order to decrease the final asking price. But keeping the whole bike intact was apparently not in the company’s best interest.
6 Suzuki Inazuma
2016 was not going to include Suzuki Inazuma in its bike roster. When Suzuki miscalculated Inazuma and priced it too high, they found no takers and were forced to clear off the marked inventory at a much lower price tag. Eventually, Suzuki confirmed that they will not consider Inazuma again, even though the product itself was stable, reliable, and of good quality.
5 Honda Twister
The Honda Twister was a four-stroke 100cc motorcycle, known for being a pint-sized performer. As Honda’s mindset has become more utilitarian in recent years, the Twister was discontinued for 2016 and replaced by Livo, which lacks punch and sportiness of the Twister, although the Livo is a decent little vehicle.
4 Bajaj V15
The Bajaj V15 was discontinued for 2019, as its sales are on a downhill trend and it found not a single buyer in October 2018. While there was no official statement from Bajaj about the bike no longer being in production, the bike was quietly set aside after poor sales continued and showed a downward spiral.
3 Suzuki GSX-R750
Sadly, 2018 was the last year for the Suzuki GSX-R750. This was the first bike to lay down the aluminum-framed, four-cylinder, fully-faired,and race-replica template still in use by the most modern, popular, and current superbikes. The GSX-R750 first appeared as a 1985 model, and it was arguably the most significant model ever to bear the Suzuki name. The company has decided to turn its back on its most signature motorcycle.
2 Yamaha Fazer 150 And SZ-RR
1 Honda Navi
The Honda Navi was known for being one of the quirkiest two-wheelers around. The Honda Navi can be considered a flash in the pan, garnering much attention upon its arrival, but failing to have any kind of staying power. It incredibly low demand ensured that Honda didn’t consider updating it to meet the new stricter BS6 emission norms.
Sources: bikedekho.com, visorblog.com, ride-ct.com, autoblog.com
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