Motorbikes are easier commuting mediums to get from point A to point B, especially in cities where traffic congestion is an everyday thing. Many Indian would prefer a motorbike over a car because of the lower maintenance cost and of course, the ability to easily evade traffic jams. Those who are quite high in budget can certainly buy a powerful motorcycle that balances between inexpensive commuting and excellent performance output. 2 lakh rupees seem to be a fine budget to purchase a good looking motorbike in India.
A budget of 2 lac rupees might seem adequate for a regular motorbike, but for the more premium range of two wheelers it might not be as much. The top 10 best and latest bikes in India under 2 lakhs rupees are both from the local and the international manufacturers, and no matter which country of origin they belong to all of these are super-suitable in the Indian roads.
10. Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Out of many motorbike manufacturers in the Indian market, the riders in India hold a soft corner for Bajaj. And the Pulsar branding has been popular with the youth population in India and even the other countries in this region ever since it was introduced, had been a top bike in India always.
- Bajaj Pulsar has different engine displacement segments, however the RS200 seems to be a quite powerful machine with 199.50 cc engine that produces up to 24.50 bhp of power at 9,750 rpm and 18.60 Nm maximum torque at 8,000 rpm.
- It has 6 gears, and both wheels have disc brakes installed.
- Curb weight on the RS200 is 165 kg including the 13 liter fuel tank.
- Bajaj Pulsar RS200 can reach a top speed of 141 kmph.
- Price: Rs. 128,589.
9. KTM 390 Duke ABS
KTM Duke is an offering from Bajaj, if you hadn’t known about it. Bajaj is one of the top motorbike manufacturers in India and their productions always carry a high production value.
- The KTM 390 Duke model comes with a 373 cc displacement engine producing 44 bhp maximum power and 35 Nm maximum torque output and it has 6 manual gears.
- Design and seating position on the KTM 390 Duke ABS has been designed to ride comfortably in all terrain conditions, this particular model would be an excellent performer in racing tracks as well.
- Both wheels have disc brakes with ABS technology. Rated mileage on the KTM 390 is 25 kmpl.
- Price: Rs. 200,854.
8. Royal Enfield Classic
The Royal Enfield Classic is a grand tourer style motorbike with a slightly lesser engine displacement than regular GTs, 346 cc.
- It has 5 manual gears, and disc brake only in the front wheel. People expect to have an additional gear in any motorcycle that belongs to the premium motorbikes in India range, however even 5 gears doesn’t make a highway ride on the Royal Enfield Classic any less pleasant.
- The maximum power output is 19.80 bhp and maximum torque output is 28 Nm.
- The fuel tank capacity is 13 liters, and rated mileage has been recorded around 37 kmpl.
- Royal Enfield Classic is a cruiser, it’s pretty heavy at 187 kg weight and there are six available colors – lagoon, silver, ash, mint, chestnut and black.
- Top speed on the Royal Enfield Classic had been recorded to be 130 kmph, for a GT it’s just perfect.
- Price: Rs. 135,501.
7. Yamaha YZF R-15
Yamaha YZF R-15 had its Indian market debut back in 2008, and the model is very popular among the youth ever since.
If there had to be a rating of the best Japanese motorbike in India, the Yamaha YZF R-15 would certainly occupy a top position in the list.
- The R15 comes with a 150 cc engine producing a maximum of 16.70 bhp at 8,500 rpm and maximum torque of 15 Nm at 7,500 rpm.
- Wheels on the Yamaha R15 are made of alloy, to ensure the premium design language as well as the superior performance output.
- The number of gears in the manual transmission box is 6; and this bike has disc brake on both wheels.
- To keep the heat emission low, liquid cooling techniques have been used in the Yamaha YZF R-15 motorbike and the engine gets its fuel through a direct fuel injection set up.
- Rated fuel efficiency for the Yamaha YZF R15 is 42 kmpl.
- All the gauges on the instrument panel are digital, except the analog tachometer.
- Price: Rs. 119,466.
6. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500
Long duration highway commuters would certainly love the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500. Though there are two variants but we have picked the 500 cc variant for this review, because the performance is seen to be better than the 350 cc variant. However, for fuel efficiency the 350 cc variant is the one someone should get.
- This motorbike has a 499 cc engine with 27.20 bhp maximum power and 41.30 Nm maximum torque with 5 manual gears.
- Wheels aren’t made of allow and the body based on a single downtube chassis, it weighs 195 kilograms.
- Top speed on this motorbike is 130 kmph.
- Since a Grand Tourer bike is typically made for high speed roaming around highway or open roads, the brakes had to be highly effective and that’s why both wheels are equipped with disc brakes.
- Rated fuel efficiency for the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is 32 kmpl.
- Price: Rs. 187,396.
5. Honda CBR 150R
Honda CBR 150R is one of the most affordable premium bikes in India. Typically, a motorbike that belongs to the elegant fleet comes with a higher engine displacement, which eventually incurs higher fuel cost and monthly maintenance. However, the Honda CBR150R seems to be a difference because it offers higher maximum power output, yet keeps the costs low.
- The Honda CBR 150R is equipped with a 149 cc engine reaching a maximum of 18.28 bhp power output, and 12.66 Nm maximum torque output.
- The manual transmission box in the CBR 150R comes with 6 gears.
- Rated mileage on the Honda CBR 150R reaches up to 38 kmpl.
- Price: Rs. 130,532.
4. Mahindra Mojo
Speaking of Indian flagship motorbikes, Mojo is the flagship motorcycle from Mahindra. It hasn’t been long since the company had introduced motorbikes, but their remarkable engineering makes the produced fleet a truly magnificent one.
- Engine displacement on this motorbike is 295 cc with 26.45 bhp maximum power and 30 Nm maximum torque output, at 8,000 and 5,500 rpm respectively. As it appears, for the budget Mahindra Mojo pulls off great power.
- City commuters who often need to swerve through difficult turns and make frequent changes in the acceleration would surely find this motorbike very useful.
- There are 6 manual gears in the Mahindra Mojo and both wheels have disc brakes for better stopping power.
- Curb weight on the Mojo is 160 kg.
- The fuel tank can hold 21 liters of fuel, summing up to a 160 kilograms of net body weight.
- Rated fuel efficiency for the Mahindra Mojo is 35 kmpl highest.
- Price: Rs. 165,500.
both wheels have disc brakes for better stopping power. Curb weight on the Mojo is 160 kg. Price: Rs. 165,500.
3. UM Renegade Commando
UM Renegade Commando isn’t a very common name in the Indian motorbike market scenario, but people with serious enthusiasm for the two wheelers of course have necessary amount of affection for this branding. Exception, yet popular in India.
- The engine displacement is 279 cc and it provides 25 bhp maximum power output.
- Only the front wheel is equipped with disc brake on the Commando, while the rear wheels are still reliant on drum brakes.
- Nonetheless, the overall performance isn’t affected much. The fuel tank holds 18 liters of fuel and certified mileage is 35 kmpl.
- Price: Rs. 159,000.
2. KTM RC200
The KTM RC200 is a budget oriented powerhouse in the Indian motorbike market.
- The 199cc engine providing maximum 25 bhp power output.
- Manual transmission shifts the engine power into the wheels, it has 6-speeds and the shifting technique is based on a claw.
- The torque on this one is 19 Nm and the rated fuel efficiency is 35 kmpl. Both the wheels have disc brakes equipped.
- With up to 140 kmph of top speed, the KTM RC200 is indeed a fast motorbike.
- Price: Rs. 173,233.
1. Benelli TNT 25
Benelli is an Italian manufacturer, and this brand is widely popular with the motorbike enthusiasts in India.
- Capacity of the engine is 249 cc and a maximum power output of 28.16 bhp at 9,800 rpm and 21.61 Nm of maximum torque output at 8,000 rpm could be delivered to the wheels through the manual transmission system.
- Speaking of direct market competition, the KTM Duke 200 and Mahindra Mojo stand in its way – but each of these motorbikes are unique in their own ways.
- There are 6 gears in the manual transmission system. Both the wheels are fitted with disc brake system.
- Fuel tank is capable of holding 17 liters of fuel.
- Mileage for this motorbike is 35 kmpl.
- Price: Rs. 173,000.
The mentioned prices might vary among states, the references were collected from Mumbai based ex-showrooms. Also, ask your bank for financing terms if you need one.