De­vel­op­ment and Im­prove­ment

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The In­dIan Two-wheeler man­u­fac­Tur­ers In The pasT dId not have an r&d de­part­ment or, if they had one, it was more like a rest­ing and dream­ing de­part­ment. most of them thought that they did not need one as it amounted to a waste of money or they were not al­lowed to have one by their part­ners. The two lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers that have a good r&d fa­cil­ity are Ba­jaj and TVs, and now hero motocorp have set up a mas­sive r&d cen­tre on the out­skirts of Jaipur in ra­jasthan.

In this mod­ern age just hav­ing a good r&d de­part­ment is not enough; tak­ing part in mo­tor sport is also very im­por­tant for the prod­uct. Be­sides, this gives the r&d en­gi­neers ex­po­sure to im­prove their ca­pa­bil­ity. mo­tor sport also helps the r&d with riders who can push the bikes to their lim­its and give a feed­back to the en­gi­neers as to what changes are re­quired to fur­ther im­prove those bikes.

If a man­u­fac­turer wants to make ad­ven­ture sport bikes, then they need to take part in ral­ly­ing and mo­tocross events. If, on the other hand, they de­cide to fo­cus on street and sport mo­tor­cy­cles, then they need to com­pete in road rac­ing (cir­cuit rac­ing). To­day TVs have a big ad­van­tage over the rest of the man­u­fac­tur­ers be­cause they have been tak­ing part in rac­ing for the past 35 years and it gets re­flected in their prod­ucts such as the apache rTr160, 200 and the rr310.

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