The Indian motorcycle scene has seen some beautiful and powerful bikes in recent times. Bikes in India must be flexible, as you need to manoeuvre them in harsh traffic conditions on the city roads. At the same time, they should offer you complete enjoyment when cruising along the highways. A good bike that manages both these tasks efficiently should be available at prices around Rs 1 lakh. Here are five such bikes that are not only popular but effective, as well.
Ex-showroom Price – Delhi (Rs)
Hero XPulse 200
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
89,785 to 98,785
Hero Xtreme 200S
Honda CB Hornet 160R
92,000 to 94,500
Hero XPulse 200 – New Kid on the Block
Being the youngest of the five models discussed here, Hero XPulse 200 gets a natural preference. The Hero XPulse 200 shares the powertrain with its cousin, the Hero Xtreme 200R. This bike gets a larger rear sprocket to make it an efficient off-road performer. This off-road bike seems to be the ideal replacement for the Hero Impulse, especially in matters concerning affordability and ability to perform in challenging terrain.
The Hero XPulse 200 features a powerful engine as compared to the Hero Impulse. It has a lower seat height, as well to enable comfortable riding. A single-channel ABS and Bluetooth compatibility are additional features in the Hero XPulse 200. This bike qualifies as a real off-road bike because of the 21/18-wheel combination, a feature present in almost all dirt bikes.
The Hero XPulse 200 comes in two versions, a fuel-injected version costing Rs 1.05 lakhs and a carbureted variant with a price tag of Rs 97,000.
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V – Most Powerful Bike of the lot
The four-valve technology present in the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V engine makes it the most powerful motorcycle on view today. This bike comes in two variants, the carburetted version, and the fuel injection variant. The present generation TVS Apache RTR 160 4V comes with a new frame that enables the use of a monoshock absorber, whereas the older ones had dual shocks.
TVS believes in changing with the times. It is evident from the numerous cosmetic updates that the TVS Apache models have received since its launch ten years ago. This model, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is a thoroughly updated vehicle with excellent features. It bears an uncanny resemblance to the TVS Apache RTR 200 because of its similar headlights, tail lamps, fuel tank, and other instrumentation. The shotgun exhaust design is the same, as well. The difference in the design is visible in the center body panel that makes it a more commuter-friendly bike, as compared to the TVS Apache RTR 200.
Hero Xtreme 200S – An Affordable Bike with Excellent Features
Hero Xtreme 200R was a favorite with the present generation until the Hero Xtreme 200S made its appearance with its additional features and technological advancements. On the mechanical front, there is not much to distinguish between the two Hero Xtreme models, as they come with a similar powertrain, gearbox, and chassis setup.
The Hero Xtreme 200S is different because it offers greater comfort and character, especially during city rides. The full LED headlight is the highlighting feature of the Hero Xtreme 200S. Another clinching factor is the Bluetooth-enabled instrument cluster for displaying navigation and gear position. On the pricing front, the Hero Xtreme 200S is one of the most economical fully-faired motorcycles in India. In a way, the Hero Xtreme 200S offers better value than its immediate rival, the Suzuki Gixxer SF.
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Suzuki Gixxer – The X-factor
If you wish to move out of the city to relish adventure, the Suzuki Gixxer should be your ideal companion. This naked bike is ideally suited for off-road trips to the countryside. The Suzuki Gixxer shared the LED headlight design with the Suzuki Gixxer 250. However, a sharper tail design and the split-seat combination distinguishes the Suzuki Gixxer from the others. Though most of the mechanicals are like the Suzuki Gixxer 250, this bike comes with a different layout. The engine might be the same, but the torque levels are modified to satisfy BSVI compliance norms.
This bike is different from the others on the list because it delivers the X-factor that others do not. On the pricing front, its edges over the Rs 1 lakh figure, but it does merit inclusion in this list because of its fabulous features.
Honda CB Hornet 160R – Bold looks matter a lot
The Honda CB Hornet 160R is available in two variants, the ABS STD and ABS DLX. Showcased at the Auto Expo in 2018, this bike was among the first ones to get ABS specifications. The bold design of this motorcycle is the highlighting feature that merits inclusion in this list.
The design is complemented by the inclusion of LED headlamps and an all-digital console. This motorcycle features a 162.7cc air-cooled engine capable of delivering 15.09hp power and torque of 14.5Nm. A 5-speed gearbox caters to the transmission aspects. The bold looks of the Honda CB Hornet 160R make it an ideal bike to ride on city roads and cruise along on highways with the greatest of comfort.