A two wheeler is certainly one of the best modes of transport for your daily commute as well as for long trips to alluring places. With year 2017 coming to an end, you may gift yourself a new bike in the New Year. The number of two wheeler owners has gone up significantly in the past few years and with an impressive range of already established bike brands available, there is no dearth of great performance bikes in the market. If you are wondering which bike to go for in 2018, here are the top 10 performance bikes you can choose from based on your comfort and requirements. And guess what, most of these bikes are priced at around Rs.1 lakh, which is not really expensive if you look at the features and performance these bikes can offer.
The original Gixxer that launched in 2014 was rejected as a rip off of Yamaha FZ16. But as people started riding it, they realised the value that it brings on the table. The bike comes with a superb handling package and has emerged as one of the favourites among the bike enthusiasts when it comes to performance bikes under Rs.1 lakh. Scoring high on practicality, engine performance, and style, the bike weighs 135 kgs and comes with a comfortable riding saddle.
With latest upgrades, the Suzuki Gixxer features an optional rear disc brake whereas Gixxer SF comes with optional ABS and fuel injection technology. If you are one of those who are looking for a budget bike you can race on, Suzuki Gixxer is made for you.
Max Power: 14.59 bhp (8,000 rpm)
Max Torque: 14 Nm (6,000 rpm)
Price (Ex-showroom price, Delhi): Rear Drum Brake Variant - Rs.77,015
Rear Disc Brake Variant - Rs.80,121
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
The RTR (Racing Throttle Response) series was launched in 2006, and since then there is no looking back for TVS. Apache RTR is the only bike in the current lot which was developed on the racing tracks of Coimbatore and Chennai. For those who love crude biking power, TVS Apache RTR can be a perfect choice.
TVS Motors recently revealed the Apache RTR 200 4V which brings a sharp and crisp performance on the roads. Equipped with a 197.75 CC oil cooled, single cylinder engine, the bike goes from 0 to 60 kmph in just 3.9 seconds. It comes packed with KYB monoshock tuned for the races as well as ABS (dual-channel). The bike is available in both carburettor and fuel injection variants. Apache RTR is an impressive bike with its razor-sharp handling and raw performance.
Max Power: 20.5 PS (8,500 rpm)
Max Torque: 18.1 Nm (7000 rpm)
Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi): APACHE RTR 200 - Rs.93,205
APACHE RTR 200 PIRELLI - Rs.98,205
APACHE RTR 200 FI - Rs.1,05,905
Bajaj Pulsar 200NS
The Pulsar series remains one of the most successful two-wheeler brands in India even today. The recently launched Pulsar 200NS is an impressive bang for the buck bike which features a 199.5 CC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, with Bajaj’s patented DTSI technology. The bike promises faster and efficient acceleration and superb handling capabilities. It is fun to ride in both city conditions as well as on your long highway trips. The semi-fairing style, good looks, and well-designed ergonomics make Pulsar NS200 hard to ignore.
Max Power: 23.5hp (9,500 rpm)
Max Torque: 18.3Nm (8,000 rpm)
Price(ex-showroom price, Delhi): Rs.97,715
Yamaha FZ-S Fi
The Yamaha FZ16 has been a game changer in the Indian two-wheeler industry. Launched in 2008, the bike displayed the possibilities that could be unlocked under the 150 CC category. No wonder, the bike did so well in the Indian market that it became one of the obvious choices for many people. In 2014, we saw the launch of FZ FI which is one of the first bikes in India in the sub 150 CC segment to bring the fuel injection technology. Though the engine displacement has been lessened to 149 CC for better fuel economy, it comes packed with a reliable engine, appealing style, and excellent handling features.
FZ-S Fi generates 13.2 bhp of max power and 12.8 Nm of max torque which may be slightly less than its rivals but with a lighter weight of 132 kgs it gives a nimble performance you can always count on.
Max Power: 13.2 bhp (8,000 rpm)
Max Torque: 12.8 Nm (6,000 rpm)
Price: Rs.83,042 (ex-showroom price, Delhi)
Mileage: 50 Kmpl
Honda CB Hornet 160R
Honda for a long time had a conservative approach until it came up with significant design changes with Hornet. The CB Hornet 160R was launched by Honda Motorcycle and Scooter in 2015. The muscular designs, hunky fuel tank, X-shaped tail light, and sharp lines makes the bike a crowd puller. Powered with a 162.7 CC engine, the bike can be availed in single disc brake and dual disc variants with CBS. It packs a 4-stroke, air cooled engine that generates a maximum power of 13.14 bhp and the highest torque of 12.84 Nm.
Max Power: 15.66 bhp
Max Torque: 12.84 Nm
Price (ex-showroom price, Delhi): Rs.82,223– Rs.86,687
Bajaj Avenger 220 street
The beast from Bajaj comes with a 220 CC 4 stroke engine that churns out 18.8 bhp of power at 8400 rpm. Packed with a 260 mm front disc brake and a 130 mm drum rear brake, the cruiser bike offers a ground clearance of 169 mm and promises a comfortable ride. The Bajaj Avenger 220 Street also features a 14 litres fuel tank, self-start, analog speedometer, pillion backrest and footrest, engine kill switch, pass lights amongst other features. The DTSI engine gives you a per litre fuel efficiency of around 35-40 kmpl. For those who wish to own a cruiser bike and have budget constraints, Avenger 220 can be one of the best bets.
Max Power: 19.03 PS (8400 rpm)
Max Torque: 17.5 Nm (7000 rpm)
Price (Ex-showroom Price, Delhi): Rs.81,459
Suzuki Intruder 150
Suzuki Motorcycles recently made its entry into the cruiser motorcycle market in India with its latest offering - Suzuki Intruder. Priced at Rs.98,340 (Ex-showroom price, Delhi), the 155 cc motorcycle uses the same engine as in the highly popular Suzuki Gixxer. Inspired by the designs of Intruder M 1800, the cruiser gets an air-cooled, single-cylinder carbureted engine
that churns out 14.8 PS of power at 8,000 rpm and a highest torque of 14 Nm at 6,000 rpm. With an overall weight of 148 kgs, Suzuki Intruder claims to offer a fuel efficiency of 44 kmpl.
The motorcycle gets 17-inch alloy wheels and a single channel ABS on the front. It is currently available in one variant and two colours.
Max Power: 14.8 PS (8000 rpm)
Max Torque: 14 Nm (6000 rpm)
Price(Ex-showroom price, Delhi): Rs.98,340
TVS Apache RTR 180
Especially designed for the race enthusiasts, the 4-stroke OHC engine with a displacement of 177.4 CC takes the thrill of bike riding to another level. Apache RTR 180 gets a 5-speed gearbox, and can reach a top speed of 124 kmph. The engine churns out a maximum power of 16.62 PS and a maximum torque of 15.5 Nm. You may also go for the ABS version of the bike by spending a little extra money.
Max Power: 16.62 PS @ 8500 rpm
Max Torque: 15.5 Nm (6500 rpm)
Price (On-road price, New Delhi): TVS Apache RTR 180 Non ABS (New) - Rs.86,177
TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS - Rs.97,616
Bajaj Pulsar 220F
After the latest modifications and upgradations, the Bajaj Pulsar 220F looks superb on the roads and packs a power punch. The powerful 4-stroke 220 cc engine can generate a maximum power of 20.93 bhp and a maximum torque of 18.55 Nm. The motorcycle comes with a telescopic shock absorber that ensures great comfort for the rider. With the kind of power it offers to the rider, the fuel efficiency of 38 kmpl is also quite impressive.
Max Power: 20.93 bhp
Max Torque: 18.55 Nm
Price (Ex-showroom price, New Delhi): Rs.93,683
Honda CB Unicorn
The upgraded version of the Honda CB Unicorn is a stylish, well-designed motorcycle that makes a bold statement in the sub 160cc motorcycle segment. Though it is cheaper than some of the other popular bikes in the range, there has been no compromise made in terms of its performance. The 4-stroke, 162.71 CC engine generates a maximum power of 14.5 bhp at 8000 rpm and a maximum torque of 14.61 Nm at 6000 rpm. While it can be one of the best buys in terms of performance, the looks of the bike aren’t too impressive and buyers may have to compromise on that part.
Max Power: 14.5 bhp
Max Torque: 14.61 Nm
Price (Ex-showroom, New Delhi): CB Unicorn -160 CBS - Rs.75,980
CB Unicorn - 160 STD - Rs.73,546
Hero Glamour FI
With great looks and a powerful engine, the 125 CC Hero Glamour FI features an excellent transmission system. It generates 11.4 bhp of power at 7500 rpm and a highest torque of 11 Nm at 6500 rpm. With a price tag of Rs.70,298, Hero Glamour FI is one of the cheapest bikes in India that comes with a fuel injection system. Coming with an air-cooled engine, the bike can reach a top speed of 94 kmph. Hero Glamour FI weighs about 129 kgs which is more than that of the other bikes in the range.
Power: 11.4 bhp (7500 rpm)
Torque: 11 Nm (6500 rpm)
Price: Self-Start Drum Brake Alloy Wheel - Rs.59,571
Self-Start Disc Brake Alloy Wheel - Rs.61,535
Self Start Disc Brake Alloy Wheel - Fi - Rs.70,298