IMOTY

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A six­teen-strong jury give their ver­dict on the best mo­tor­cy­cle of the year

The PRes­ti­GiOUs In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle of the Year (IMOTY) 2018 was an­nounced on 13 De­cem­ber 2017, at a glit­ter­ing event held at Taj Diplo­matic En­clave in New Delhi. Over the years, IMOTY has be­come one of the most pres­ti­gious awards in the two-wheeler in­dus­try, for the win­ner is metic­u­lously se­lected by an em­i­nent jury con­sist­ing of the top ech­e­lon of In­dia’s motoring jour­nal­ist fra­ter­nity. The IMOTY 2018 marks the 11th year of this cel­e­brated award, which has re­ceived un­con­di­tional sup­port from spon­sors JK Tyre right from its in­cep­tion.

Dr Raghu­pati Sing­ha­nia, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, JK Tyre & In­dus­tries Lim­ited, pre­sented Amit Nandi, Head, KTM In­dia, with the cov­eted ICOTY 2018 tro­phy on be­half of the distin­guished IMOTY jury. Aspi Bha­thena, Chair­man, IMOTY, and Edi­tor, Bike In­dia, pre­sented a cer­tifi­cate signed by the entire IMOTY 2018 jury to the win­ner.

Out of about the 20 new mo­tor­cy­cles that were launched in 2017, only 12 could make the cut for the IMOTY 2018 jury round, which was hosted at Khushru Pa­tel’s scenic stud farm and bun­ga­low at Lon­avala, near Pune. Th­ese mo­tor­cy­cles were judged on a va­ri­ety of pa­ram­e­ters such as styling, value for money, tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion, build qual­ity, fuel econ­omy, per­for­mance, prac­ti­cal­ity, and, above all, suit­abil­ity for In­dian rid­ing con­di­tions.

The fi­nal short­list con­sisted of five mo­tor­cy­cles as fol­lows: the KTM 390 Duke, Yamaha FZ25, Tri­umph Street Triple, Honda Africa Twin, and Ba­jaj Dom­i­nar. In the end, the KTM was unan­i­mously de­clared as the In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle of the Year 2018. The KTM zipped past its com­peti­tors to clinch the top hon­our this year rid­ing on its ap­peal­ing style, qual­ity parts, and seg­ment-de­fy­ing per­for­mance — of­fered at a sur­pris­ingly af­ford­able price.

Six­teen of In­dia’s renowned au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ists with many years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the field as well as test­ing ex­per­tise came to­gether to form this distin­guished panel and to hand­pick the most de­serv­ing model. This year’s jury con­sisted of Aspi Bha­thena and Sar­mad Kadiri of Bike In­dia, Shub­habrata Mar­mar and Ab­hay Verma of Over­drive, Kar­tik Ware and Rau­nak Ajinkya of Motoring, Sirish Chan­dran and Aninda Sar­dar of evo In­dia, Pablo Chaterji of Man’s World In­dia, Arup Das and Jared Solomon of Au­toX, Rahul Ghosh and Ab­hik Das of Auto To­day, Devesh Shobha and De­babrata Sarkar of Top Gear In­dia, and Vikrant Singh.

What makes this IMOTY the most un­bi­ased award is the fact that the jury mem­bers get to cast their votes with­out any ex­ter­nal in­flu­ences or prej­u­dices through a bal­anced vot­ing process. No won­der, the IMOTY is the most sought-af­ter award among the two-wheeler man­u­fac­tur­ers of the coun­try.

The six­teen mem­ber IMOTY 2018 jury met to cast their votes

The short­listed 12 mo­tor­cy­cles with the jury

Aspi Bha­thena, Chair­man, IMOTY, with the pres­ti­gious cer­tifi­cate

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