Let me break the news! The IKM’s own dealer network in Hyderabad will be run by Orange Auto that has experience in running Honda & Chevy sales/service operations.
What has been concerning is that all over India, the limited set of IKM showrooms & service centers are fully operational but in Hyderabad even the building isn’t ready 2 months after the announcement. It’s been very frustrating.
After following up several times to service my Versys 650 and to help book a Z650 for a friend, I finally got invited to the existing Orange Chevy showroom on Banjara Hills Road #12. Much to my surprise, the 2017 fleet of Kawasaki motorcycles were up for display. I couldn’t take my eyes off the 2017 Versys 650 for a while and then convinced myself that black is better because it goes unnoticed.
There was a motorcycle that eventually made me take my eyes off the Versys. The World SBK champion, ZX-10R. Too bad it’s only available in the KRT color. The winter testing color would have blown my senses away.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I noticed that some of these were test ride motorcycles. Can you imagine test riding a Kwacker? Hell, I didn’t even see my Versys 650 until a day before the delivery. Oh my god! They are actually giving test rides. Test rides baby!
I remember coming off a Triumph showroom/test ride experience that wow’ed me so much that if I could have afforded any of their motorcycles, I would have bought them that moment. Heck, even the the Benelli showroom/test ride experience was impressive. Then, there was Kawasaki (run by Bajaj at that time), that wouldn’t even have display motorcycles. I was told that I may have to go to Pune for a test ride!
The only reason I bought a Kwacker was because of its reputation for building high quality and flawless motorcycles. Imagine, getting the opportunity to test ride these machines before buying – best thing to come out of IKM’s decision.
In fact, I test rode the Z650 and was completely floored by it. The reduced weight, the silky smooth gearbox (compared to my Versys 650) and the refined sound, make for a complete city & highway adrenaline rush machine.
However, the biggest surprise was in the basement. The Z900! #holycow
I got a quick tour of the upcoming showroom and service center. Can’t wait to see it fully operational with the huge space and great infrastructure. It doesn’t hurt that the new Kawasaki showroom is on the same road as the Triump showroom. Grapevine has it that the Ducati showroom could open nearby soon. Wonder what impact they will have on each other.
Hoping to see a lot of green goblins coloring the roads in Hyderabad. Let’s make the pink city a little green, shall we? Good luck, Orange Kawasaki!
Couple of more pictures from my recent visit: