Quad bikes became popular after James Bond's movie 'Diamonds Are Forever'.
Kinetic Engineering Ltd (KEL) is indigenously developing an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) - a four-wheeled quad bike. It is interesting to note that its erstwhile JV partner Honda was the first to develop ATVs in 1970, popularised by the James Bond flick 'Diamonds Are Forever'.
ATV is an open motorised tricycle or quadricycle bike or buggy designed for off-road use like recreational and sports activities including hunting, hill climbing and dirt-track/ice racing.
Called 'Runner', the ATV, being developed by Kinetic , is a four-wheeled, 170 cc bike with a four-valve engine. It is being designed at Kinetic-Hyosung platform. Hyosung Motors is the Korean collaborator of Kinetic for its GF range of motorcycles.
]“While abroad, ATVs are used mainly for recreational purposes, we are planning to develop it for more practical purposes in India,” said Ajinkya Firodia, GM.
The company is gathering market information on the market acceptability of the product, market size, customers. “The final cut of research is expected to be completed in three months. If all goes well, it should see the light of the day in one year,” said Firodia.