The Indian automotive industry is going through a revolution of sorts with more and more companies going the extra mile to come up with ergonomically-sound vehicles. Among the many sub sectors, the motorcycle industry in particular is raising a lot of eyebrows with concepts and prototypes that are soon expected to hit the market. Currently, we are witnessing two-wheelers built for specific purposes like touring, racing, commuting, and the like, available at a relatively affordable price.
Here, we will talk about some of the best bikes you can buy in under Rs.1 lakh. The vehicles that are part of this list are those that have kicked up a storm of sorts in the market since their introduction. Which ones are these? Read on to find out.
- TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
For a little over a decade now, the Apache range has been TVS’ flagship motorcycle, which have caught the imagination of millions of youth in the country. Simply put, the Apache lineup, with its race track-centric design coupled unbridled performance has garnered some rave reviews from motorcyclists and critics alike. Now, with the launch of the RTR 200 4V, TVS is generating a whole new wave of hype that is catching on slowly.
Priced at just Rs. 89,200 ex-showroom, Delhi, the 200 4V is the best bike your money can buy. The base carburettor version of the 200 4V has a power output of 20.5 bhp and can clock a high speed of about 130 kmph.
- Honda CB Hornet 160R
The CB Hornet 160R is Honda’s answer to the Pulsars and the Apaches in the 150-200 cc segment. Featuring an all new 162 cc engine, the Hornet provides a maximum power output of 15.5 bhp and an impressive mileage of 52 kmpl. On the looks department, the CB Hornet is nothing short of a stunner courtesy of its sporty appearance and a sleek design. Available at a price of Rs.89,710 ex-showroom, Delhi, the Hornet 160R certainly deserves to be on the shortlist if you are looking for an everyday commuter that offers consistent performance.
- Bajaj V 15
The V15 from Bajaj Auto is one of the most ingenious two-wheeler available in the market. Built using components sourced from the decommissioned aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, the Bajaj V has some interesting attributes going for it. To begin with this bike run on a 149 cc engine that gives out 11.8 bhp of power and offers a surprisingly good mileage of 75 kmph. Also, the best aspect about the V is its price which currently stands at Rs.63,094 ex-showroom, Delhi. If you are looking for a more affordable vehicle that can also incite a feeling of pride every time you rev the engine, the Bajaj V is what you need.
- Suzuki Gixxer
For quite a long time, Suzuki never could find a stable foothold in the highly popular 150 cc two-wheeler segment. Whether it was for the lack of trying or the company stubbornness to stick to higher capacity motorcycle like the GSX-R is uncertain. But, ever since the introduction of the Gixxer, the Japanese firm’s two-wheeler portfolio is shining brighter than ever. This bike is powered by a 154.9 cc engine, gives out 14.8 bhp of power, and provides a decent fuel economy of 64 kmpl. One interesting aspect about this bike is that it has been styled to be the mini-me version of the world-famous GSX-R superbike. At present, the Gixxer is priced at Rs.85,964 ex-showroom, Delhi and is another feature on our list.
- Aprilia SR 150
Although, the SR 150 isn’t a bike and doesn’t quite belong in this category of geared two-wheeler list, the sheer performance it offers is enough to give it a feature on our list. Marketed by Piaggio, the SR 150 is the sportiest scooter available in the country and has everything going for it. From looks to design, the SR 150 is quite literally the most exciting scooter one can own. It is powered by a 154.8 cc engine, has a power of 10.4 bhp, and offers a decent fuel economy of 53 kmpl. Coming to the price factor, the SR 150 costs Rs. 75,800 ex-showroom, Delhi.
- Yamaha FZ-S FI
One among Yamaha’s best-selling FZ model, the FZ-S FI is more of a revamped version of the previously existing models. With the upgrade, the Japanese automaker has managed to increase its market share to a considerably higher number as the bike still remains a top-seller for the company. This bike is powered by a 149 cc engine that offers a power output of 12.8 bhp and gives a mileage of 53 kmpl. It is priced at Rs.82,259 ex-showroom, Delhi.
Bottomline, there’s no dearth of two-wheelers in India , particularly in the under Rs.1 lakh category. If you’re considering buying a bike right now, these are the six vehicles you need to keep in mind.