British introduced motorcycles when they were ruling Sri Lanka.
"The first motorcycle arrived in the island on January 20, 1903. Mr. C. Hahn of Messrs Bohirnger & Co. was the first person to introduce the motor cycle to Ceylon. These early motorcycles were belt-driven from the engine to the rear wheel and had only one speed and pedals were used to start it.
The first motorcycle ride to Kandy and back was undertaken by Mr. Fred Nell, the founder of Colonial Motors on a 'Noble' machine. His trip to Kandy and back in a day was a great achievement."
Later English motorcycles were imported by Sri Lanka people. Most of them were English makes namely Norton, BSA and Triumph were very popular here till 1960's. These had gear lever located in the right side of the engine had choke and half compression facility for easy kick start.
Then in the Honda motorcycles were introduced in the 1970s. In the beginning the small motorcycle with less sound and gear changing levers on the left side didn't attract much attention against the British models. But then the Government allowed importing used motorcycles from Japan, and the Honda's 90CC motorcycles became a hit. Then the people were looking less priced motorbike from Japan with different engine capacities. After this Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki and other companies started to open their marketing expansion over here.
Anyhow Honda took the lead and all the other companies including the British too lost their market to Honda. Then the Indian makes with the Japanese names like Hero Honda, Kawasaki Bajaj, and TVS-Suzuki started to enter the Sri Lanka market. Sudden changes in the used motorcycle import and the rising New Japanese motorcycle prices turned the Sri Lanka youngsters towards the less priced Indian two wheels.
In the year 2015 Sri Lanka is having nearly 2.9 million registered motorcycles in usage. Sri Lanka allows up to 250CC motorcycles only for the general public. For racing event the Government allowed the import 650 CC and 1,000 cc engines with the condition that will not be allowed to se on the public roads.
Sri Lanka police have 650 CC motorbikes that can be used to chase law violating drivers in the country's express ways.
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