Bike Manufacturing in Bangladesh.

With tough competition from international brands, Bangladeshi bike manufacturers have been keeping up for quite some time.

Bangladesh being a densely populated country, commuting is a hassle in general. Due to this reason, motorcycles are very popular among people with fast commuting in mind. Motorcycles though, could get expensive depending on the brand of your choice. Bangladesh has been manufacturing bikes for the past two decades but has always been set back on what the competition had to offer. Nowadays, things have taken a turn and Bangladeshi brands have been providing tough competition with other import brands. Keep reading to find out what Bangladeshi manufacturers have been upto.

Humble beginnings

It all began when Walton group decided to make a bike. Now, there is a range of different models marketed internationally to a range of countries in Africa. Walton is the oldest bike manufacturer in Bangladesh and still stands strong with the Fusion series bikes. Following on the line, Runner Automobiles is the second oldest bike manufacturer in the country and the first company to get in collaboration with a foreign company to make bikes. Runner is currently joined with UM (United Motors) which is an American company and mostly distributes cruiser bikes in Bangladesh. There is also Jamuna Group which is a reputed Bangladeshi brand but, it does not exactly manufacture bikes in Bangladesh but it’s a local company that imports bikes from china bearing the Jamuna label. Apart from local brands, Honda Motor Company has a production plant; Hero MotoCorp has a joint venture with Niloy Group producing bikes in Bangladesh, and Road Master has been producing their bikes locally too.

Current situation

Currently, Runner has been pioneering the local Bangladeshi market with great, inexpensive bikes. One of the most popular bikes from the manufacturer is the 150cc Knight Rider. Providing features like adjustable rear shocks and disc brakes, the Knight Rider’s main attraction is the price, sitting just under 160k Taka. Another great example from a local manufacturer is the Walton Fusion series bikes. Mostly popular for commuting, the fusion series bikes are very fuel-efficient and come in cheaper than the competition.

Verdict; does Bangladeshi manufacturing decrease prices?

It certainly does. Not importing bikes from another country cuts down extra shipping costs and taxes on the bikes which renders the prices less. Bikes manufactured locally also ensure readily available spares and a greater after sale supports since there is a greater understanding of the machine from the technician. Local Bangladeshi manufacturing brands have been providing great bikes with bargain prices which also show how far the country developed as more and more bikes are getting common. Thus, it’s safe to say that an increase in manufacturing companies would result in better machines at a cheaper price.