Indian motorcycle industry has come a long way since the dawn of the millennium. While the early 2000s were ruled by two-wheelers like RXs, RDs, and the Samurais targeted at the male populace, things have changed for the better a decade and a half later. With changing times more and more women have entered the market looking for a reliable two-wheeler, rising to the concept of gearless vehicles. Although, there are those women that ride on geared bikes, the numbers pale in comparison when compared to gearless two-wheeler riders. Here you will read about the top 10 gearless vehicles of the year.
Vespa as it is known amongst the public, isn’t just any two-wheeler. This Italian import has been one of the most iconic vehicles of the 20th century and is still going strong in 2016. Ever since 1946, when it was first manufactured, the Vespa has come a long way and has become an icon for an entire generation. On the design front, it has shed a few kilos from its bulky, rugged design of the 1900s. Priced at Rs.77,000 ex-showroom, the Vespa is the best gearless vehicle one can buy if they are ready to splurge a little. Although the price seems a little bit on the higher side, the sheer attention the vehicle gets the rider makes it all worth it. It is powered by a 125cc engine, offers a mileage of 45 kmpl, and can reach a top speed of 90 kmph.
The TVS Jupiter, first introduced around 2014, has been one of the hottest-selling gearless two-wheelers in the country. Courtesy of its highly surprising fuel economy and its simplistic design, the Jupiter has become a first-choice vehicle for plenty of prospective owners. Based on the manufacturer’ figures, this moped offers a mileage of 62 kmpl and can hit a maximum speed of 85 kmph. The Jupiter is mated with a 109.7 cc engine and is priced affordably at just Rs. 49,000 ex-showroom and is available in 8 very distinct colours.
Honda Dio has been one of the most influential gearless two-wheelers over the last few years. In fact, it was the only ever bike college students and young adults alike could think of owning. Named after Venus’ son ‘Dyonisiac’ this vehicle has been in circulation all over the world. Equipped with a sleek design and a dual-tone paint job, the Dio has been a bestseller for Honda Motor and Scooter India Ltd. (HMSIL). It is powered by a 109.2 cc Honda Eco Technology (HET) engine and offers a fuel economy of 60 kmpl. The Dio is priced at Rs. 52,630 ex-showroom and is available in four colours.
The Japanese premium two wheeler maker, Yamaha, never seemed to be interested in the scooter market for a long time. However, with some highly concentrated efforts, the company has begun to take a bit of the market share from players like Honda and TVS among others. The Fascino features a sleek and sharp design, which has attracted plenty of two-wheeler enthusiasts into buying it. It is powered by a 113 cc engine and offers a mileage of 66 kmpl, making it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its category.
A safe way to describe the Activa would be with the following analogy: Honda Activa is the middle-aged man to Honda Dio’s teenager. While this is mostly true, it doesn’t take the fact away that Activa has been one of the most popular gearless two-wheelers way ahead of any of its competitors. The Activa is available in 3 variants: Activa 3G, Activa i, and Activa 125 which are powered by a 109 cc, 110 cc, and 125 cc engine respectively. Though the top speed and fuel economy remains the same at 66 kmpl and 83 kmph for all the three variants, the only noticeable difference between them is their design. The i variant has a price of Rs.50,870, while 125 is available at Rs. 60,885, and 3G at Rs.54,360 ex-showroom respectively.
Launched just under a decade ago in 2007, Access 125 from Suzuki is the next one in the list. Compared to all the other scooters in this list, Access is by far the quickest courtesy of its 124 cc engine. It offers a surprisingly good mileage figure of 64 kmpl and a top speed of 91 kmph. Priced at Rs. 59,438 ex-showroom, this vehicle is one of the best available for your money. However, one thing you should note here is this scooter is relatively on the bulkier side compared to the other vehicles listed here.
Unveiled during the 2016 Auto Expo, the Navi from Japanese manufacturer Honda has set the market abuzz since its release. The main reason for this is that the scooter market in India had literally exhausted all its creativity by rehashing more or less the same design for more than a 10 years. But, when the Navi came in, it felt like a breath of fresh air for new buyers.This mix of scooter and bike of sorts happens to be the most refreshing design right now. It is powered by the same 109.19 cc engine as the Honda Activa i and offers a mileage of 60 km per litre. In terms of functionality, the Navi has a small boot space for luggage storage just below the fuel tank. It is priced at Rs. 43,000 ex-showroom and is available in 5 different and vibrant colours. The Navi also holds the distinction for being the cheapest two-wheeler in the gearless vehicle segment.
Aprilia SR 150
It might seem like the SR 150 is a little too late for the gearless vehicle party but that doesn’t say much about the scooter in itself. The SR 150 is quite literally the fastest without-gear two wheeler in the country. It is powered by a 154.8 cc engine and churns out a maximum power of 10.4 bhp. Besides, this bike offers a fuel economy of 53 kmpl and can reach a top speed of more than 100 kmph. The only complaint in SR 150’s case is that it is priced rather steeply at Rs. 75,000 ex-showroom and isn’t what one would call affordable.
TVS Scooty Zest 110
Coming from India’s third largest two-wheeler manufacturer TVS, the Scooty Zest is a gearless vehicle powered by a 109.7 cc engine. Besides being a design and performance upgrade over its predecessors, the Zest is also known for being the one and only 110cc vehicle used to complete an expedition along the Himalayan ranges. It is available at a price of Rs. 46,000 ex-showroom and offers a mileage of 62 kmpl.
Initially sold as the Hero Honda Pleasure when the Hero and Honda partnership was still strong, the Hero Pleasure is yet another good choice for working class women riders. This scooter is powered by a 102 cc engine and offers a fuel economy of 63 kmpl. On the price front, the Pleasure is available at a price of Rs. 47,300 ex-showroom.
While the two-wheeler market is rather expansive in the country right now, these are the top gearless vehicles that offer the best of form and functionality for everyday commuters.