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Get Ready To Shell Out More For A New Two-Wheeler  

Hero MotoCorp Ltd increases the prices of its motorcycles by up to Rs 900. The hike applicable across variants.

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Hero MotoCorp Ltd increased the prices of its motorcycles by up to Rs 900 as India’s largest two-wheeler maker seeks to offset rise in prices of commodities and a weaker rupee.

The price hike is applicable across variants, it said in an exchange filing. But that’s not the only reason why motorcycles and scooters are becoming costlier. Here’s why buying a two-wheeler is becoming expensive:

Long-Term Insurance Compulsory

From 1 September, two-wheeler owners will have to pay more for their insurance plans as only multi-year third-party covers are permitted. Insurers will sell five-year plans for scooters and motorcycles, which will be applicable for new purchases and renewals.

Mandatory 5-year Third Party Insurance
Mandatory 5-year Third Party Insurance
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Mandatory Safety Systems

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways recently notified that two-wheelers manufactured from 1 April must have anti-lock braking systems or combined braking systems, depending on their engine capacity.

Two-wheelers with an engine capacity of less than 125cc must come installed with the combined combined braking system, while those above that must have the anti-lock braking system.

ABS & CBS Mandatory From April 1, 2019
ABS & CBS Mandatory From April 1, 2019
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BS-VI Emissions Standards

Earlier this year, the government decided to move from the BS-IV emissions standard to BS-VI by 1 April 2020. This will mean a transition in its fuel delivery systems from the current carburetors to fuel injection systems.

While the upgrade costs at present Rs 10,000, greater economies of scale, local manufacturing and customisation can reduce it to around Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000, according to Jefferies.

(This story was first published on Bloomberg Quint and has been republished with due permission.)

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