Bajaj flying a kite in Colombo.
If you’re going to buy a three-wheeler, it’s better to go Bajaj. Those noisy Piaggio shitboxes are bigger but polluting and, as mentioned, noisy. Recently tuk-tuk duties have gone up and Bajaj has cut prices 10% as a response (motorbikes are down 14%), both depending. What I found more interesting was that Sri Lanka actually accounts for a big chunk of the huge Indian company’s sales. 17-18% of exports go to Sri Lanka and 5-7% of total sales are from here. Apparently after the duties went up (by 50-60%) sales went to zero and the company had to cut prices to respond. So, thank you Bajaj, for helping our government cover its fiscal deficit (Economic Times).
One place I’ve never seen a Bajaj is China. It’s not that they don’t have three-wheelers, but they seem more like tricycles than trishaws. There is, for example, this thing with a propellor below (why?). There’s power in the trinity, but that’s still one market Bajaj has yet to tap. I’ve included a small gallery of Chinese three wheeler styles here, just because.
Ready to fly
Rep’ing the PRC
The classic tricycle, expanded