The recent trend amongst consumers has seen a rise in the popularity of performance motorcycles in the 150 cc to 200 cc category, which offer great value for money. Most bikes in this category offer an optimal balance of performance and fuel-efficiency, while incorporating more features and trendier styling.
These bikes are targeted at those who travel long distances frequently and the younger generation, particularly college-goers, who prefer bikes that offer performance while having a relatively low running cost. Brands like Bajaj, Suzuki, Hero Motorcycles and Yamaha have many options in this category and everyday commuters rely on these brands for their requirement.
Which are the top 10 bikes recommended by us under Rs. 1 lakh?
Priced at Rs. 99,847, the bikes draw power from the 220 cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled BS IV complinat engine that churns out 18.7 bhp and 17.5 Nm of peak torque. The motor comes paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The sport a with new headlamp design, revised seats with LED DRLs. In addition, the analog console has been replaced by a digital pod - with an orange backlight on the Street and blue on the Cruise.The mileage for these bikes is ~ 45 kmpl.
The bike is priced at Rs. 93, 683 .The engine is now compliant with BS-IV emission norms and the 220cc, single-cylinder, DTS-i motor delivers 21PS and 19Nm of peak torque and is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The Pulsar motor isn’t the most refined unit in the segment but it does offer peppy performance. Braking is done by disc brake units on both the ends while ABS hasn’t been offered even as an optional extra. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic front forks and gas charged twin shock absorbers at the rear. The Pulsar 220 tips the scale at 150kg and has a 15-litre fuel tank. The mileage is ~40 kmpl.
The motor is BS-IV and the 178cc engine delivers 17PS and 14.2Nm of peak torque. It sports a 15 litre fuel tank, tubeless tyres and LED tail lamps.It is priced at 81651 and is available in one variant and 5 colours. It has been updated with a rear disc brake, carbon fibre finish around the instrument cluster and the seat receives a new texture. It sports a 15 litre fuel tank, tubeless tyres and LED taillamps. It competes with the TVS Apache RTR 180 in the same segment. The mileage is ~50 kmpl.
4. 2018 Bajaj Pulsar 150
The bike is priced at Rs. 76723. The bike produces 14PS @ 8000rpm and a peak torque of 13.4Nm @ 6000rpm. The updated Pulsar 150 now adheres to BS-IV emission norms. The instrument console gets faux carbon fibre, AHO. In terms of styling it gets new colours and graphics. It faces competition from the Honda CB Unicorn 150, Hero Achiever and TVS Apache RTR160 in the same segment The mileage for the bikes is ~45 kmpl.
5. Suzuki Gixxer SF
The Suzuki Gixxer SF ABS is being offered in two variants - Carbureted, that is priced at ₹ 95,499 and Fuel Injected (FI) that is available at ₹ 99,312 (all-prices, ex-showroom Delhi).It is powered by 154.9 cc single-cylinder engine that churns out 14.5 bhp at 8000 rpm and 14 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. The motor is paired to a 5-speed transmission. The mileage is 48.5 kmpl.
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6. Yamaha FZ-S
The 2018 Yamaha FZ-S FI is priced at ₹ 86,042 (ex-showroom, Delhi). 2018 Yamaha FZ-S continues to use the 149 cc, air-cooled, fuel injected, single cylinder engine tuned to produce 13 bhp at 8000 rpm and 12.8 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. The Yamaha engine also comes with Blue Core technology in order to achieve higher fuel efficiency on the bike. The mileage is 45 kmpl.
7. Suzuki Intruder 150
The Suzuki Intruder 150 is priced at Rs. 98340 in India. The new cruiser is a derivative Suzuki's popular Gixxer 150 motorcycle and incorporates a few bits from the street naked. The engine, for instance, is the same, refined and torquey motor from the Gixxer. It produces 14.8PS at 8,000 rpm and 14Nm at 6,000rpm. The Intruder 150's styling is inspired by the bigger capacity, Suzuki Intruder motorcycles. The mileage is ~ 44 kmpl.
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8. Honda CB Hornet 160R
The Honda CB Hornet 160R has been a successful product for Honda ever since its launch in December 2015. Based on the Unicorn 160, the new motorcycle was focussed more towards the young buyers with its sharp and sporty styling. Honda CB Hornet 160R prices start at Rs. 82,223 (Ex-Showroom) and the top end variant Honda CB Hornet 160R CBS is priced at Rs. 86,687 (Ex-Showroom). Honda CB Hornet 160R is avialable in 4 variants and 4 colours.The 162.71 cc, single cylinder engine develops 15.66 BHP @ 8500 rpm of maximum power and 14.76 NM @ 6500 rpm of maximum torque. The mileage is ~60 kmpl.
9. TVS Apache RTR 180
The 177 cc engine has an output of 17.30 BHP and 15.50 Nm. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The new Apache RTR 180 will cost roughly Rs 82,000 (Non-ABS) and Rs 95,000 (ABS). The bike was given a design update back in 2012 to make it look sharper and sportier with LED DRLs. As part of the design update, the bike was equipped with sharper tank extensions and revised graphics. The engine, alloy wheels and exhaust get an all-black treatment and overall fit and finish of the Apache RTR 180 is quite good. it competes with Bajaj Pulsar 180 from the same segment The mileage is ~45 kmpl.
10. Hero X-treme R200
Hero X-treme R200 is priced at Rs. 90000. The 200cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled powerplant is mated to a five-speed gearbox. Power and torque numbers produced are 18.36PS at 8500rpm and 17.2 Nm at 6000rpm.It gets a sharper and sportier look. The bike is set to launhc in March 2018 and will compete with TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and Bajaj Pulsar NS 200.
Awards & Recognitions:
Bajaj Auto won the 2018 NDTVCarAndBike Award for Two Wheeler of the Year
Suzuki Intruder wins Entry Level Cruiser Award at 2018 NDTVCarAndBike Awards
Honda CB Hornet 160 is NDTV Motorcyle of the Year 2017
Suzuki Gixxer bags Zeegnition Bike Of the Year and Motorcycle of the Year (upto160cc ) Award in 2015
Still it is the first quarter of year 2018 and we can expect few more bikes in this segment in the forthcoming quarters which will make our selection over a bike even tougher. Here are few suggestions from the experts around the industry. The choice entirely depends upon the need as we say, if you are looking for commuter with short turning radius and easy handling inside the city / traffic, you can choose one from the Hornet, Yamaha FZ and other naked models. However if you are looking for Sports Bike experience and a bike with wind shield then the suggestions would be the Semi Faired Motorcycles such as Pulsar 220F, Gixerr SF. Here comes the choices for tourer bike enthusiasts - Avenger and Intruder.