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Thursday, March 17, 2011

2009-10 Yamaha R1 at £99

Yup that's correct. But the most unfortunate thing is that, it's not something that's available in India. Yamaha Motor (UK) Ltd., is offering a promotion deal on 2009 and 2010 models of Yamaha R1 of -
  1. 0% APR representative finance, with interest rates lower than that of banks, for 3 years
  2. Free Akrapovics with the motorcycle.

What's even more of a bomb is that, the minimum deposit amount for each finance agreement has been kept at £99 (which is ₹ 7,213.46, ouch!! now that hurts).

Over here in India, you dare to fit slip-ons or go for KN&Ns and the warranty on the bike would be snapped off. But Yamaha UK is providing Akrapovics for free all through the month of March, 2011. So, this how Yamaha is planning to mitigate the 25% price hike that it inflicted on the Cross-Plan Crank R1.

This also goes to show how important the UK market is being considered by Yamaha. Wonder when such steps would be taken by Yamaha India, as like it or not, Yamaha is not gaining as much ground in India in the imported sector, as probably the Honda and Suzuki are, inspite of the fact that it's the blade runner for bringing in the exotics in India. There are comparatively more Honda Fireblades and Suzuki Hayabusas and Intruders on Indian roads than Yamaha R1s, MT-01s and V-Maxs. Clearly, this should alarm some bells for Yamaha India and bring forth some really explosive deals like this one. Just imagine one bringing home a spanking new Yamaha R1 for just say ₹ 1 - ₹ 1.5 lacs or even lesser. Obviously, at such a low down payment, the EMI would be a nuke, but such a deal is never the less always boosts the sales.
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Item Reviewed: 2009-10 Yamaha R1 at £99 Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Sajal Chakraborty
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