Innovation is a ceaseless process in every industry, and motorcycles are not an exception. With fast unfolding breakthrough technologies and constantly changing nature of consumer demands, bike manufacturers as well as bike riders go through phases of exciting motorcycling experiences. The signs of novelty and advancement in motorcycle transport systems are all over the place today. All you need is to just take a moment to look around.
In this article, we will be exploring this trend of innovations in some of the third world countries.
Asia with a rapidly booming economy and higher-than- average per capita income is the one of the favorite playgrounds for innovations for motorcycle manufacturers. Riding a bike is much cheaper than cars in terms of maintenance and insurance, and it plays a major role in the large number of adoptions of these two wheelers in a densely populated region like Asia. Over the last few decades, the rate of motorization in not only urban but also rural areas of Asia has been amazing. South Asian country India can be cited here as an example.
As a cheaper, more flexible and easily accessible mode of personal mobility and farm transport, motorcycle ideas, technologies and models are seeing a leapfrog jump in this part of the world. Energy-saving electric bikes and scooters with zero pollution level represent the face of transformative motorcycling, even though their usage is still not as widespread as we would like to see. It’s hoped that increased investment in industrial infrastructure and capacity building for such innovation motorcycles in Asia will result in more efficient and sustainable products in the future.
Moving across Africa, let’s look at the case of motorcycle taxis in East Africa. Rapid and sometimes unplanned urbanization, growing population and mushrooming urban settlements over the last few years have led to awful congestion in cities. At this juncture, residents of East Africa more than welcome the introduction of ubiquitous and app-based moto-taxis like boda boda as a speedy and convenient mode of public transit. Rwanda is a perfect example of this. For a majority of the population in this East African country, there’s been an explosion in the use of these two-wheelers as a main transport medium. Motorcycles are slowly compensating the poor and inadequate public transport systems in East Africa.
In addition to this, there is a great deal of prospect for motorcycle assembly segments in East Africa. In fact, the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat has developed a proposal middle of last year under expert guidance, which was aimed at promoting value addition and motorcycle assembly lines in the region. Plans are afoot to identify imported motorbike parts that are of non-taxable nature. This in turn will drastically lower the cost of motorcycle parts production and provide a fillip to industrialization in the region.
Speaking of Latin America, Mexico is another third world country where innovative motorcycling is under way for some time now. Rented electric scooters and bikes are becoming a common sight here. It is believed that a trend like this will help assuage bad traffic situations. With good acceleration, these vehicles have become one of the fastest and easiest means of transporting oneself by cutting through gridlocks of traffic. One may say Mexico is finally going out of its way to make daily commuting a less painful experience for its citizens by welcoming such innovative ideas in the use of motorcycles.
Italika is a leading motorcycle brand in Mexico with unsurpassed spare parts logistics and an assembly plant with a production capacity of over 500,000 motorcycles. With more than 40 motorcycle and scooter models, the company has been providing reliable, convenient and efficient transport to a large chunk of the Mexican population. This is an unmistakable indication of an ever expanding market for such vehicles in this major Latin America country.
So, innovations in motorcycles in different forms are already under way in these third world countries, some quite obvious and some in a subtle manner. Most of these innovations are unique in their own way and definitely a game-changer. What’s encouraging is that these cool improvements and the work that goes on behind the scenes are sustainable and futuristic in nature, given the right support from all stakeholders.