Driving on Indian roads is tough and the traffic, road conditions and potholes makes it even more difficult to ride. Considering all these factors and more, two-wheeler are undoubtedly the best mode of transport for daily work. Whenever we purchase a vehicle, the first thing we look for is cost and mileage and then the rest follow, like performance, suspension, etc. The fuel prices do not seem to come down any time soon, but what you can do is opt for a bike that is best in terms of mileage, cost, and performance.
People who prefer traveling for long rides on weekends, always opt for bike rather than a car. When the passion for traveling and riding is such, it is normal that people do not mind spending a few extra thousands for that one bike which performs well on highways and off road. The two-wheeler category of Rs.1 lakh to Rs.2 lakh is growing steadily and the manufacturers are providing more options with different offerings.
So if you are looking to buy a bike that falls in this category here is our list of best buys:
After a long wait, Yamaha came up with their best model with the launch of FZ25. The bike design seems like strong a muscular with its stance, while looking attractive. Yamaha FZ25 comes with air cooled, single cylinder, 249 cc engine with ultimate refinement and linear power performance. It weighs 148 Kgs, and it is one of the lightest bikes in this category. Yamaha claims that the bike can offer a mileage of 43 kmpl making it the most fuel efficient in this segment. The bike comes with an LCD instrument panel and LED headlight. However, the company has given a miss on the ABS which is one of the most common features for bike in this category. The vehicle is capable of producing a power of 20.9 bhp at 8,000 rpm and torque of 20 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The vehicle is priced at Rs. 1.19 lakh (ex-showroom price Delhi)
Dominor was introduced by Bajaj last year as the first homeland built power cruiser. The design and style although looks similar to Ducati Diavel, but Dominor makes quite a presence on road and there is always a head turn when this beast passes by you. Bajaj has definitely mastered this model with tail lights mounting on the fuel tank in the secondary instrument dashboard. The performance of the bike is just how you expect it to be when you see a bike like this. It gets an engine derived from the 373cc mill just like the KTM 390. But because it lacks solo camshaft, it fails to deliver the performance that KTM 390 can offer. It has three spark plugs and an engine tuned for a better suspension and performance, the riders can expect a fuel efficiency with better quality. The bike can deliver an incredible 28Nm (of the aggregate 35Nm) of torque at only 3,000rpm, which implies that the Dominor is easy to ride even at the speed of 120-130 kmph. But if you are traveling long-distance, then this cruiser holds back a little because of its firm suspension and fuel tank with capacity of only 13 liters. The braking system is offered with dual-channel ABS version. The vehicle is capable of producing a power of 35 bhp at 8,000 rpm and torque of 35 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The vehicle is priced at Rs. 1.55 lakh (ex-showroom price Delhi)
It is definitely Sophie’s choice, if you had to choose between KTM 250 Duke and KTM RC200. The KTM RC's is a dream sport bike with a style statement that makes it unique in its riding experience. The new 250 Duke has similar design and style elements like the KTM 390. Though, the manufacturer has given a miss on some of the important features like split LED headlights and the TFT instrument panel, the KTM DUKE 250 manages to remain one of the most impressive bikes under Rs.2 lakh. Though the bike may not seem to provide you with a thrilling ride on city roads, it does offer a lot for highway travels. For a bike of this category, especially a sports bike, the braking system needs a little improvement. The vehicle is capable of producing a power of 30 bhp at 9,000 rpm and torque of 24 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The vehicle is priced at Rs. 1.75 lakh (ex-showroom price Delhi)
Royal Enfield has successfully managed to build a motorbike that promises amazing rough-roading prowess. With an 800 mm wheels, the bike comes with 21-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear tyre that is specifically designed for off-roading riding. Since it’s a touring bike category offering, the bike provides a comfortable ride that helps the rider to manage a body posture that is not tiring and also the mounts for saddle bags, auxiliary tanks (for fuel or water), makes it better. Himalayan is a 410 cc engine which is capable of delivering sufficient torque to manage adventuring duties. Himalayan is in compliance with BS-IV regulations norms, as it is reintroduced by Royal Enfield with the fuel-injection technology which provides a much greater refinement to its performance. The vehicle is capable of producing a power of 24.5 bhp at 6,500 rpm and torque of 32 Nm at 4,250 rpm.
The Yamaha 150cc R15 may not seem like a best bike in this category, but it remains one of the best track machines even today. Its 149 cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine can produce a power of 17 bhp, which is impressive considering the bike weighs just 136 kg. Yamaha’s Deltabox is the heart and soul of the bike. The mono shock linked at the back makes it easy to handle the bike even in tough times. For anyone who want to learn to ride a supersport bike, R15 is your best bet as it is an entry-level bike. Since it is a super-sport bike, it may not be the best performer on city roads and may not be comfortable for pillion riders as well. The vehicle is capable of producing a power of 17 bhp at 8,500 rpm and torque of 15 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The vehicle is priced at Rs. 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom price Delhi)
There is no scarcity of motorcycles below Rs.2 lakh in India. Do not make a huge investment especially for a bike being hasty. Buying a bike and maintaining it is a costly affair, if you are buying a bike which costs Rs.2 lakh. Be sure of your purpose of bike purchase. If you are not a biker who travel often for long rides, then you can always look for other options.
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