Your superbike ride can’t exceed 80kmph on Mumbai’s roads
NEW DELHI: Walk around the Auto Expo and you can’t miss the superbikes with their hunky designs. The likes of Honda Fireblade, Triumph Rocket and Suzuki Hayabusa are the pride of their manufacturer’ stalls. But if you’re a law-abiding citizen of this country, you can give up any dreams of tasting the power of one of these beasts.
The Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, stipulate a maximum speed limit of 50kmph for any two-wheeler in India. Local civic bodies can modify these guidelines keeping in mind road conditions. Mumbai, for instance, allows bikes to go up to 80kmph on highways, but it’s the central rule that prevails in most parts of India as few other local bodies have specified their own speed limits.
These superbikes, on the other hand, can go up to 297kmph — a limit fixed under an agreement between manufacturers but still six times the limit of 50kmph that they’ll cross in a blink. The big bikes won’t even exhaust the limit of their second gears to cross 80.
“Irrespective of the type of vehicle, whether it is a superbike or a Formula1 car, the motorist has to abide by the law of the land. In Mumbai, we have a speed limit and people riding these superbikes will have to follow it,” said Milind Bharambe, JCP (traffic), Mumbai.