Friday, December 20, 2013

Here is the 2014 Indian Bike of the Year Award (IBOTY)

The Royal Enfield Continental GT has emerged the winner of the Indian Bike Of The Year Award, edging out the Duke390 and the Hyosung Aquila Pro. Meanwhile in the four wheeler arena, the award was won by Hyundai Grand i10, making over the Honda Amaze and Ford Ecosport.

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The awards ICOTY and IBOTY are given once in a year for a specific car/bike, keeping in mind the parameters of the car/bike such as price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality and technical innovation, value of money and most importantly, the suitability for our Indian road conditions. The awards are instituted by leading automobile magazines and also their partner in India, JK Tyres. All these big names are associated with these awards.

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The Royal Enfield Continental GT

There were a total of four contenders for this year's IBOTY award; namely the Duke 390 which is a fun to ride bike, the Aquilla Pro which is a comfortable cruiser and the Mahindra Centuro which is one of the best entry level bikes according to us. Oh yeah, and there was the Continental GT too!  Though it was tough competition, the Continental GT won over all taking 6 out of 9 votes voted by the jurors.

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The Continental GT is powered by a 535cc air-cooled UCE engine which produces 29.1 bhp of power and 44 Nm of peak torque. Though the specifications of the bike are a bit lower as compared to others in the same segment, the Continental GT is good looking and comes with a cult status attached to it.

The IBOTY Award winners of the last few years :

  • 1.  KTM Duke 200 for the year 2013.
  • 2.  Honda CBR250R for the year 2012.
  • 3.  Honda CB Twister for the year 2011.
  • 4.  Kawasaki Ninja 250R for the year 2010.
  • 5.  Yamaha R15 for the year 2009.
  • 6.  Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi for the year 2008.

What is your opinion?? Which bike according to you should had been the IBOTY Award Winner?

Source - BikeAdvice