The central concern for most people looking to buy a motorcycle in India is the fuel efficiency the vehicle offers. 'What mileage does the bike give?' is the quintessential inquiry that everybody is interested in regardless of their purpose of owning a two-wheeler.
This isn't a mystery and automakers are very much aware of it. Reasoned to the same, almost every two-wheeler manufacturer in India has at least a few motorcycles in their portfolio that are intended to provide maximum mileage for every litre of the fuel.
With so many alternatives in the market today, it is natural for buyers to get confused about which bike they should go for. If you are one such buyer who wants to buy a motorcycle that gives the maximum fuel efficiency, here is a list of top 10 fuel efficient bikes in India to help you decide the one that goes best with your requirements.
Hero Splendor iSmart 110
The Hero Splendor series has been one of the best selling motorcycle series in India and has established itself as the favourite of millions of people.
The manufacturer claims that its latest offering - Splendor iSmart 110 can produce an astounding 102.5 km with per litre of petrol. If it really churns out a mileage of over 100, it is certainly one of the best bets if all that you are looking for is great fuel efficiency.
The 3-digit mileage that the motorcycle offers is a result of Hero's patented 'i3s' technology that stands for 'Idle Start Stop System'. To simply put, it puts off the engine when the vehicle is in the idle position for a certain time, such as halting at a signal. The engine restarts as soon as you pull the clutch. This helps in improving the overall fuel efficiency of the two-wheeler.
The bike comes packed with a 97.2cc single-cylinder engine and has an ex-showroom price of Rs 50,255 (New Delhi).
Bajaj's tried and tested offering - The CT100 surely gives a tough competition to some of the best bikes in the mileage bike segment. The ever growing sales figures of this bike is the testimony of its popularity.
The bike manufacturer claims a fuel efficiency of 99.1 kmpl for Bajaj CT100. One of the other contenders of the CT100 is Bajaj's another offering - Platina 100ES, which offers a bit more torque and is costlier than the CT100.
The motorcycle packs a 99.2cc single-cylinder engine that delivers a maximum power of 8 bhp and a maximum torque of 8.05 Nm. CT100B, the basic model in the series does not features a round headlamp against the faired headlight. The CT100 comes with an ex-showroom price tag of Rs.35,389 (New Delhi). At this price point, the CT100 certainly remains one of the best mileage bikes to consider.
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Bajaj Platina ComforTec
Bajaj Platina ComforTec or Bajaj Platina ES100 is a name that has been around in the commuter bike segment for over 10 years now. The Bajaj Platina has always seen great enthusiasm from the buyers. What the Platina gets in contrast with the CT100 is the DTS-I twin-spark technology which is currently referred to as 'ComforTec'. By improving the fuel combustion, the feature enables the 102cc engine of the Platina 100ES to churn out a maximum torque of 8.6 Nm compared to the 8.05 Nm torque offered by the CT100. However, the maximum power offered by both the bikes remain 8 bhp. The name 'ES' stands for 'Electric Start' which comes standard with the bike. The two-wheeler has been priced at Rs.45,985 (ex-showroom price, New Delhi).
TVS Sport has been able to successfully establish its brand name in the commuter bike segment. The recently updated version of the bike comes with an electric start, instrument cluster, aluminium grab rails and more. It also got an upgrade to improve its fuel efficiency.
The DuraLife technology used in the engine increases the longevity of the engine and enhances the performance of the vehicle. Promising a per litre mileage of 95 kmpl, TVS Sport is powered by a single-cylinder 99.7cc engine that churns out a maximum power of 7.7 bhp and a maximum torque of 7.8 NM. The bike is available at an ex-showroom price of Rs.37,780 (New Delhi).
Hero Splendor Pro
The Splendor Pro is another offering from the Hero MotoCorp which offers great fuel efficiency and reliability. Packed with a single cylinder, 97.2cc, air-cooled engine, the Splendor Pro produces a power of 8.2 bhp and a maximum torque of 8.05 Nm. The claimed per litre mileage offered by the two-wheeler is 93.2 km. The bike is priced at Rs.47,680 (ex-showroom price, New Delhi).
Hero also offers Splendor Pro Classic, which which unquestionably stands out from the different offerings in this category.