Motorcycles are popularly considered the “manly” vehicle to ride, despite most men considering their first bike to be their girlfriend or wife. But there’s much more than “cool looks” to a motorbike. The value of the motorcycle lies in its mileage, engine power and pick-up, speed, affordability, body style and ease of driving.
If you have to pick the best bikes in India, there are many criteria you can base them on. With each varying measuring rod you’d get a different set of list. But since fuel economy is one of the most important benchmarks in a vehicle, we shall base our list on the bikes that give you the best mileage as well as comfort and utility. Fuel economy or mileage means the ability of the motorcycle to cover the maximum distance with minimum fuel input. So if your vehicle can cover 60km with 1 litre of petrol, then 60km/l (kilometre per litre) is your fuel efficiency.
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Hero Splendor iSmart:
The Hero Splendor iSmart is any fuel-conscious person’s dream. At a mileage of 102.5 km/l, you cannot get a better deal. It also comes with the i3S Technology that intuitively shuts down the engine when idle and starts it when you press the clutch. This means that you need not worry about losing petrol at traffic signals anymore! The 92.2cc engine displaces just enough fuel to give you a maximum speed of 87 kilometre per hour (kmph). This bike is also a looker, with dual colour combination and a muscular body. The vehicle is priced a little over Rs. 50,000 ex-showroom.
Bajaj Platina CT100:
Bajaj’s Platina CT100 offers you a fuel economy of 99.1 km/l and a high speed of 90 kmph from a 99.27cc engine. Its spring-in-spring suspension allows you to have a comfortable drive even on bad roads. The wheels – 3 inches wide – are wider than many other bikes, giving it a better grip on slimy or wet roads. It comes in 4 colour variants and has an ex-showroom price of around Rs. 36,000. The bike’s standard chiselled body may not look as cool as you’d want, but if this is your first bike, you’d save a lot of money on fuel!
Touted to give 95 km/l, the new TVS Sport has a DuraLife Engine with Roller Cam Follower Technology that reduces friction and increases the life of the engine. It also has a 5-step adjustable shock absorber that make your drive smoother. The 99.77cc engine gives you a top speed of 85 kmph. The bike has a cool instrument cluster, gear electric start feature and comes in 8 different colour combinations. This standard-looking bike comes in 3 variants – Kick start, spoke wheel; kick start, alloy wheel and electric start, alloy wheel – and is priced between Rs. 37,000 and Rs. 45,000 ex-showroom.
Hero HF Dawn:
The Hero HF Dawn looks similar to the Splendor series and is quite the utilitarian, common man’s vehicle. Its straight back and wide seat allows both the driver and the pillion-rider to sit comfortably for long rides. The side-stand indicator makes sure you always park safe. Its 97.2cc single cylinder engine gives a fuel economy of 88.5km/l and the highest speed of 87 kmph. Its ex-showroom price is around Rs. 39,500.
Mahindra Centuro comes with a host of special features such as an anti-theft alarm and engine immobiliser, “Find-Me” lamps that make it easy to recognise in crowded parking spots, tubeless tyres, digital econometer and instrument panel with service prompt, and remote flip-key with 96-bit encryption. Its MicroChip-Ignited 5 curve engine with a patented MCi-5 lubrication system gives you good pick-up, a maximum speed of 85 kmph and a fuel efficiency of 85.2km/l. You can choose from 3 colours in this chiselled rider-friendly bike. The bike’s ex-showroom price is between Rs. 45,000 and Rs. 53,000 depending on which of the 5 models you choose.
Yamaha Saluto is marketed as a family bike, offering a mileage of 78 km/l and a top speed of over 86 kmph on a 125cc engine. Its highest attainable speed is The secret to this is the new Blue Core Engine that has a compact combustion chamber, which makes the vehicle lighter and contributes to a rise of at least 10% in fuel economy. Saluto’s suspension, footrests and seat are built for a better driving experience. The tubeless tyres, easy grab bar and footrests, and rear swingarm suspension adds to the comfort of driving. Keeping the Indian pillion riders in mind, the bike comes with a Saree Guard that prevents clothes from getting in the way of tyres. Its ex-showroom price is approximately Rs. 53,000.
Bajaj Pulsar 135LS:
The Pulsar series are for those looking for high performance bikes. The Pulsar 135LS has the world’s first 4-valve DTS-i engine and a high power-to-weight ratio, which lends great pick-up to the vehicle. Its 240 mm ventilated front disc brake, upright seats and 5-way adjustable nitrox shock absorber allow greater ease of driving in city traffic to the driver. This bike doesn’t compare with the previous ones in the list in terms of mileage as it gives you less than 60km/l, but it can attain a top speed of 110 kmph. The vehicle costs around Rs. 59,000 ex-showroom in India.
Honda CBF Stunner:
Honda’s CBF Stunner boasts of a 125cc engine that can give you a fuel efficiency of over 55 km/l and the highest speed of 95 kmph. The 11 bhp Honda Engine comes with 5-Speed Transmission that delivers high performance with great initial acceleration, pick-up and good power at all speeds. The bike’s stylish looks come from sporty graphics, split seat and sharp cowls for both the front and back sides. The CBF Stunner is available in 4 bold colours and costs around Rs. 61,000 ex-showroom.
Suzuki GS150R is another high-performance bike similar to Bajaj Pulsar. This 150cc bike can give you up to 110 kmph. It has a GSX-R-derived engine rpm indicator lights that tells the driver about the optimum up-shift timing. The vehicle’s cool and chiselled appearance comes from the sporty headlight that is borrowed from Suzuki’s international super bike GSX-R. Other features borrowed from the GSX-R are streamlined aerodynamic LED Tail Lamp and Integrated Rear Turn Signals. Available in 3 colour variants, the bike has a fuel economy of 52-54 km/l and is priced around Rs. 80,000.
Bajaj Avenger Street 150:
Avengers may not be the same as Bullets and Royal Enfields, but with a mileage of 50 kmpl, it is one of the most fuel efficient bikes of this kind. Avengers are great for long rides due to stability from the cool Street Control Handlebar, alloy wheels, wide rear tyre and long wheel base, and low-slung seating. The twin-spark 2-valve DTS-i engine with 150cc displacement gives high cruising speeds of over 100 kmph. Among the costliest of the bikes in this list, Avenger Street 150’s ex-showroom price is around Rs. 76,000.
There are many people who buy bikes for convenience of driving or for its image. Bullets, KTMs and Royal Enfields, for example, are “cool and macho” bikes known for their comfort and smooth drive, but they give low mileages of 25-37km/l. If speed is your thing, then you need to check out the average speed of motorcycles before you buy one. You may also consider the engine displacement (CC – cubic centimetre) numbers. If a bike engine’s CC power is high, then the power and fuel consumption of the engine would also be proportionately be higher.
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5th December 2016