From modish motorbikes in Dhoom to the modest scooter in 3 Idiots, Bollywood had anticipated a change on Indian roads much before than anyone else. Many had written off scooters completely. Even Bajaj Auto Ltd. flicked off its scooter unit in 2009. However, the scenario has been undergoing tremendous changes. Now, the humble scooter is making a comeback— thanks to the increasing female mobility and availability of gearless scooters. At present, scooters are not only the fastest growing segment of India’s automobile sector; they are also suppressing their most-erstwhile rival— bikes.
Source: The Business Standard
Over the last few years, India’s automatic scooters market has registered a growth of around 15%. The automatic transmission has taken off well and quite rightly so. For instance, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India sold 270,371 units of automatic scooters in October 2015. Also, in Auto Expo, 2016, various companies launched their gearless scooters, such as;
The first time I got to know about automatic scooters was in October 2015, when Hero MotoCorp Ltd. launched a new scooter Duet. Whenever I’ve had the opportunity to choose between a manual and automatic, I’ve always preferred to go for a manual. However, the sheer loss of power when required the most—while overtaking and on highways— was what kept me away from advocating the idea of automatic automobiles in India. For me automatic vehicles take the fun out of driving. All those devotees of automatic transmission would dismiss these innocent pleasures and say, their choice makes better sense, especially in traffic jams.
There have been a lot of debates around whether one should go for automatic or manual transmissions in two-wheelers. But whilst everyone agrees that transmission is important for the inner working of any vehicle, there is no consensus regarding what kind of transmission is more efficient— automatic or manual. To help our readers understand, here we have segregated both of them on the basis of various parameters.
Given the hassles of driving, bad roads and shifting gears frequently, many people are opting for gearless scooters over motorcycles and this trend is only going to rise in the near future. Such vehicles give you comfort as there is no headache of gear shifting. You only need to keep the gear level on drive mode and accelerate and brake with one foot only, while your another foot can rest. It’s not only women; even men like to enjoy comfort and ease of automatic two-wheelers. As a result, now men, especially sales executives and middle-aged people, are also opting for these types of vehicles. Gearless scooters come handy for the entire family as they can be easily driven by both men and women of the family.
Which one to choose: Automatic or manual gear?
It’s a simple question of whether you want to drive your vehicle or let your scooter change its gear automatically. Automatic transmissions have been eclipsing their traditional manual transmissions for the past few years. Basically, gearless vehicles are easy to use, while manual transmissions are less costly. But for those, who want to involve more in the inner working of their vehicle, should go for manual transmission. Also, two-wheeler insurers may charge high premium in case of automatic scooters due to high maintenance costs. Of course, the final decision is yours. After all, it is you who may need to go from Point A to Point B, and therefore, it is up to you to decide how you make that journey. - Ruchir Chauhan