Only twelve bikes from over 30 models launched this calendar year made the cut for this year’s selection at the jury round, which was hosted at Khushru Patel’s splendid stud farm and bungalow in Lonavala on the December 7 2016. The final shortlist of five bikes was made up of the Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Royal Enfield Himalayan, Honda Navi, and TVS Victor.
After keen deliberation, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V rose to victory, with the Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS clinching the runner’s up position, and the Royal Enfield Himalayan rounding off the top three. The Apache RTR 200 4V is the latest in TVS’ celebrated lineage of performance-oriented street naked bikes.
The IMOTY 2017 jury was made up of Rahul Ghosh of (Auto Today), Jared Solomon and Arup Das of (AutoX), Sirish Chandran and Aninda Sardar of (Evo India), Pablo Chaterji of (Man’s World India), Kartik Ware and Ruman Devmane of (Motoring World), Shubhabrata Marmar and Rishaad Mody of (Overdrive), Debabrata Sarkar and Christopher Chaves of (Top Gear India), and Aspi Bhathena and Sarmad Kadiri of (Bike India).
This distinguished panel constituted fourteen of India’s leading motoring scribes, who bring decades of experience in motorcycle testing and evaluation to the table. These renowned names of India’s automotive publication Industry used all of their collective knowledge and nous to arrive upon this year’s eventual winner. The jury cast their lots trough a structured and balanced voting process designed to provide a completely unprejudiced result, one that was free from any external influences. All of this makes the IMOTY the top honour that every two-wheeler manufacturer in India covets.
The list of motorcycles in the running were assessed across 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.