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