In the past few years we have seen a tremendous growth and expansion of the motorcycle market in India. Many international bike manufacturers have landed on Indian shores with their quality products for the Indian audience. The main reason behind the enormous growth is the growth of the motorcycling community. People have now become more involved in motorcycling, in a good way. With a large number of motorcycles to pick from, spread across numerous categories, it is very difficult to narrow down to a single perfect motorbike. So, here we are to help you out and list down some of the best bikes which are available in India.
- KTM Duke 390
Well, we thought of starting with lesser capacity motorcycles and move on to higher capacity ones as we moved forward but the very first name which came across our minds was the KTM Duke 390. So we decided to ditch the sequence phenomenon and start off randomly. The KTM Duke 390 is a great deal and value for money package. Period. Yes, the Duke 390 is one of the best motorcycles out there in the Indian market. KTM has done an outstanding work with the Duke 390. It is powered by a single cylinder, 373cc liquid cooled engine that generates out 43.5 PS of max power at 9000 RPM and 35 Nm of peak torque at 7000 RPM. Coupled with a 6-speed gearbox, the Duke 390 is a missile on two wheels. It has a mind blowing power to weight ratio and it likes to pounce as soon as you let off the clutch.
The Duke 390 comes with ABS as standard. Also it is wrapped with Metzeler rubbers on its wheels which provides immense grip with the tarmac no matter what surface you are riding on. And on top of it the big disc brake upfront provide good braking feedback. The Duke 390 is priced around Rs 1,87,780/- (ex showroom, Mumbai). KTM cleverly tied up with Bajaj and has managed to price the Duke 390 very aggressively. Seriously, at this price point you couldn’t ask for anything more.
- Harley Davidson Street 750
The next one in our list is the Harley Davidson Street 750. It comes in our list because it is the most affordable Harley in India right now. It carries a price tag of Rs 4,70,700/- (Ex showroom, Mumbai) and at this price it offers a lot on the table. To begin with you get to enter the prestigious Harley owners group. The bike comes with a 749cc, twin cylinder, liquid cooled engine that produces around 47 BHP of power and puts out 60 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM. It has got 6 gears and is belt driven. The bike offers a good ride quality with more than enough power to cruise at high speeds. It is also drivable in city traffic. Plus the bold looks are always welcome.
The Harley Davidson Street 750 proves to be a good cruiser motorcycle. The only downside to it is that the fit and finish isn’t up to the standards of Harley Davidson. It doesn’t mean it is anything bad. One who is upgrading from a lower capacity motorcycle to this wouldn’t be bothered about it. It’s just that Harley Davidson is a brand which itself reflects perfection and therefore we pointed out the not-so-good fit and finish.
- Bajaj Pulsar RS 200
Bajaj Auto learns from its mistakes. We can say this because it introduced the Pulsar 200 NS a few years ago and now it has the Pulsar RS 200, which is based on the platform of the NS 200 only but many faults and mistakes have been rectified. Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is available at a price of Rs 1,26,310/- for the non ABS variant and of Rs 1,38,659/- for the ABS variant (prices are Ex showroom, Mumbai). The engine is the same 199.5cc unit powering the Pulsar 200 NS. It makes 24.5 BHP of power and 18.6 Nm of torque. This time it is aided by a fuel injector. The bike offers many features like projector headlamps, new crystal clear LED tail lamps, full fairing (which attracts most of the potential Indian buyers) and ABS. It is cheaper than the KTM RC 200 and offers more features.
- Royal Enfield Continental GT
Gone are the days when the only thing which pops up in our minds when we hear of Royal Enfield is the Bullet. Royal Enfield is far better than only the thumping sound. The Continental GT is an example of it. This 535cc powered cafe racer comes with a single cylinder air cooled engine that churns out 29.1 BHP of max power and 44 Nm of torque. Royal Enfield has managed to wrap up the Continental GT with a blend of classic touch and modern taste. The cafe racer look arouse many bike enthusiasts. It is a perfect show off machine too. Priced at Rs 1,92,126/- (Ex showroom, Mumbai), the Continental GT would not make you regret buying it.
- Bajaj CT 100
We had to include this one because it is one of the best selling commuter motorcycles. No matter how good sport bikes Bajaj is manufacturing, it is very important to pay attention to the lower segment of the motorcycle market because it has got a huge potential. And Bajaj did exactly that. It re-launched the CT 100 at a price of Rs 36,828/- for the base variant and Rs 39,912/- for the alloy wheel variant (all prices are Ex-showroom, Mumbai). The new bike still has a 99.27cc single cylinder engine and it produces 8.1 BHP of power and 8.05 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 4-speed gearbox. But it has got new graphics and styling to keep up with the modern times. The biggest reason why it is in our list is because of its price and its fuel economy of 89 KMPL.