Sports bikes or motorcycles have become one of the factors that showcase a different angle of your personality. Almost every college student, working individuals, and most travelers have a bike. There is no dearth of people who don’t mind spending thousands of rupees on a bike of their desire. Sports bikes especially, are designed in such a manner that is appealing to the youth of the nation. People who opt for sports bikes are usually racers or people who often take bike trips.
Since the choices in the two-wheeler market for sports bikes are plenty, choosing the best amongest the lot is a difficult task. Not only should the bike fit within your budget, it should also suffice the purpose of purchase. A sports bike usually performs well on normal tar roads, but if you are a bike enthusiast who travels to the mountains and rides on off roads, then you need to purchase the right bike.
The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturing giant Honda, is one of the leading two-wheeler manufacturers in the Indian market. Honda Activa is already ruling the market as the top selling moped in the country. Honda CBR 250R is one of the best bikes in terms of design, looks and performance. For a beginner, this bike is ideal because the weight of the bike is not too heavy and provides great wheel balance. It comes with a 249.6cc engine and power of 26.5 bhp and torque of 22.9 Nm. The bike also comes with an ABS option. The manufacturer has priced the vehicle at Rs.1.64 lakh for the standard model and Rs.1.94 lakh for an ABS model.
This bike is still suitable for beginners because it provides great power and riding experience, and it is the best model offered by Kawasaki in 150-300cc bike category. Speaking of which, the Ninja 300 is designed with an engine capacity of 296cc and is capable of producing a mind blowing power of 39 bhp and torque of 27 Nm at a maximum speed of 144.14 kmph. The bike is priced at Rs.3.60 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Almost a decade ago, it was a favorite of every college student and an inspirational bike for teenagers. This has not changed even now. The design, looks, power, mileage, etc., everything has improved with changing time and technology.Bajaj Pulsar has DTS-i engine capacity of 220cc with power of 20.93 bhp and 19 Nm torque at a speed of 7000 rpm. As mentioned, it is one of the most powerful bikes in the 200cc category. The vehicle is priced at Rs. 94,883.
The Yamaha R15 was one of the most popular bikes amongst the youth and, is hard to find in other models. To achieve a similar kind of design, Yamaha introduced YZF R15 V3. The bike runs on a 155cc fuel injection engine with a power of 19.5 bhp and torque of 14.7 Nm. It is a 6-speed gear vehicle without ABS. The vehicle is priced at Rs.1.25 lakh.
Hyosung is a Korean company which entered the Indian market with this model. GT 250R is a bike with 249cc engine that has a power output of 28.38 bhp and torque of 22.07 Nm at 1000 rpm. In comparison to the above bike, the Hyosung GT 250R has comparatively lower performance standards. The bike is priced at Rs.3 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The popularity of KTM bikes increased like a wildfire because the design and the colour schemes were different from the models already present in the country. KTM RC 200 is no exception, it rocked the market and proved to be a winner for the company in terms of sales. The bike has a 199cc engine with power of 25 bhp and 19 Nm torque. The bike is priced at Rs.1.78 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
With line-ups like the Ninja series, Duke, and RC, one can easily say that KTM knows what the Indian motorcyclists fancy. The Austrian company has given the best performing bikes with designs inspired by dirt and super bikes. Duke 390 is lightweight and easy to ride for a beginner. It is a 373cc water-cooled, 4-stroke fuel injection engine with 6-speed gear system. It can produce power of 43.5 bhp at 9000 rpm. The bike is priced at Rs.2.40 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
You can compare the prices of various bikes online and contact the dealer as well. Not to forget, for any bike, two-wheeler insurance is a legal requirement.
With the new regulations being proposed, two-wheeler manufacturers will have to decide whether they want to pass on the cost pressures to the customers or absorb it themselves to retain demand of the vehicles. Recently, long term two-wheeler insurance policies were mandated, meaning all two-wheeler vehicle owners would now be required to carry not a one-year two-wheeler insurance policy but a five-year insurance policy. This would mean the policyholder would have to pay the entire premium in one shot. At the same time, the cost of several raw materials for two-wheelers such as rubber and metal has been rising. This would require the manufacturers to pass on the cost to the customer, without which they would eventually incur losses. Also, manufacturers have received a mandatory instruction to incorporate anti-locking braking system and combined braking system. Further, new technological advancements would have to be made to be in line with the new emission norms applicable from 1 April 2020. Due to all these new regulations, the overall cost of two-wheelers is said to increase. An increase in prices, however, would affect the demand of the vehicles. While companies such as Bajaj can retain the price, relatively smaller companies such as Hero or TVS would find it challenging to bear the additional expenses.
28 September 2018
Hero Motocorp has created a global benchmark by setting the world record of highest monthly sales. The Passion and Splendor range has been a huge hit among the two-wheeler company’s customers due to which it has sold a record 769,138 units of scooters and motorbikes in a single month.
This is the fifth instance, and the third instance this fiscal year when a company has sold more than 7 lakh units in a single month. It is also the first time that a two-wheeler company has sold more than 7.5 lakh units in a single month.
The first 6 months of the current fiscal year, the two-wheeler company has sold more than 4.2 million units. The company is expected to create new benchmarks during the festive season in India.
The month of September 2018 saw the two-wheeler company start the sale of its Honda Xtreme 200R. Hero Motocorp has also romped in famous Indian cricketer, and the captain of the Indian Cricket team Virat Kohli to become the brand ambassador in order to promote their new model. A multimedia campaign has been launched by the company which shows Kohli promoting Honda Xtreme 200R.
3 October 2018
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