When the Indian Navy’s first aircraft carrier became a bike
The INS Vikrant was the Indian Navy’s first aircraft carrier. It played a key role in the Indo-Pak war of 1971 and earned its place in Indian history. The aircraft carrier was decommissioned in 1997 and, up to 2012, it was preserved as a museum. Sadly, the INS Vikrant was not open to public post that due to rising safety concerns and this resulted in the ship finally being sent to the scrap yard.
While we have lost a piece of naval history, Bajaj Auto has managed to keep the spirit of the carrier alive in the form of a 150cc motorcycle. How, you might ask? Well, Bajaj sourced the scrap metal from this glorious ship and melted it down to be used to mould the tanks of a stylish new commuter, which incidentally has been christened the Bajaj V15. The bike boasts retro styling cues and you also get a removable seat cowl, an elegant LED tail light and an LED fuel level indicator. The 150cc DTS-i engine delivers 12PS at 7,500 rpm and 13Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Having said that, the most precious item on the bike is the INS Vikrant insignia, which sits boldly on the tank.
The Bajaj V15 is a commuter with a difference and it will eventually hit the market in March this year. The numbers are expected to be limited, so if you want to own a fine machine that has history literally moulded into it, be sure to pick one up quickly.
Pricing for the Bajaj V15 is expected to be around Rs 60,000 – Rs 70,000.
— Vikram Gour