The world of motorcycling is full of surprises. So we were surprised to discover that the Indian brand TVS Motor has been holding closed-door talks with none other than BMW to get BMW Motorrad to work together with the Indian company.
Believe it or not, we can expect BMW and TVS Motor to sign an agreement likely before the end of this year.
The questions then is since BMW already have a strong presence in the motorcycle world as a leading luxury brand, what would they gain from this tie-up? Is BMW thinking of producing smaller engine motorcycles, like a rumored 250cc to 350cc motorcycle to compete against the KTM Duke 200 and the 2013 350cc Triumph models... with a motorcycle wearing a BMW or Husqvarna badge... Although BMW Motorrrad make fantastic sportsbikes, Adventure and tourers, they would like to get an in-depth know-how of low-cost manufacturing. AS the global market becomes more Asia-specific, cost-effective products will pave the way for a strong future. Indian TVS Motor are well-versed in both low-cost production and small-capacity motorcycles.
The talks between BMW and TVS Motor are also an indicate that the German company is interested in expending it's Asian business. Especially now that arch-rival VW/Audi is owner of Ducati, and KTM which teamed up with Bajaj to offer several successful small engine products throughout Asia.
But probably most important, TVS Motor could share their thorough knowledge and understanding of the small engine motorcycle market, which, in Asia happens to be the world biggest cash cow market. What ever happens the future for small capacity motorcycles seems to be getting more interesting.