Your su­per­bike ride can’t ex­ceed 80kmph on Mum­bai’s roads

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sukhwant Basra sukhwant.basra@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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