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Buying a bike that is our fantasy, is a dream come true for bike enthusiasts. Motorcycles sell like hot cakes as two wheeler is the most sort after transport vehicle that provides comfort in traveling and an easy mode of transport for daily commuting. Talking of which, the bike manufacturers are coming up with new models every month and the technology used to manufacture those bikes are just evolving every day. There is no dearth for options and variants that you can buy from it is an ocean and it’s easy to get lost if you don’t know how to swim.
The motorcycle market in India has expanded steadily over the past decade and there have been more number of manufacturers launching their products in the country like Harley Davidson, Indian Motors, Triumph, etc. which just widens the options for the consumers. And our very own Indian companies like Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp, Yamaha, Honda, etc. have just evolved to provide a great competition to the foreign models thereby upgrading themselves to today’s generation likes.
The love for motorcycles has grown with new introductions and launches and one can see that evidently in the number of increased bike clubs, rallies, bike fests, etc. At one time, buying a bike worth Rs. 1 Lakh was considered as a luxury and it was easy to choose because of limited option. But today, if you want to own a bike the minimum it will cost you is Rs. 50,000 and the higher the model range, higher the price. So the number of bikes available under Rs.1 Lakh are a lot and it’s difficult to decide. The very fact that the number of available bike option under Rs. 1 Lakh just shows the market expansion and the Indian consumption of bikes have expanded and appetite is just growing.
So to make it easier, here are our top 10 picks which are new and launched this year:
The Japanese based company Suzuki has produced some of the best bikes which are appreciated all over the world. Suzuki recently entered the cruiser segment and their offering is the one you should look out for. The all new Suzuki Intruder is a 155cc bike with a single cylinder air-cooled engine which can produce a power of 14.8 PS at 8000 rpm and 14 Nm torque at 6000 rpm. The motorcycle uses the same engine as Suzuki Gixxer which is also a carbureted engine. The bike can provide a fuel efficiency with a mileage of 44 kmpl. The bike is priced at Rs.98,340 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
It was initially said that the Gixxer was a replica of Yamaha FZ16. But only when customers started riding the bike, it became popular like no other. Gixxer has a great bike that provides better balancing and great performance on both on road and off road. It is easy to handle, smooth engine, great style and comes with a comfort seat and ride. What more does one want for a bike within Rs.1 Lakh. The latest upgrades in the variant are the rear disc brakes, but for the Gixxer SF it has the optional ABS system and fitted with the fuel injection technology. This is a budget bike with which you can race too. The Bike is priced at Rs.77,015 for rear drum brake variant and Rs.80,121 for rear disc variant (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The FZ Series of Yamaha bikes has been one of the popular choices of many young bikers who fantasised about buying a sporty looking bike back in 2008. It was lightweight and proved to be a masterstroke for the company. The FZ-FI range which was launched in 2014 was a 150cc segment bike. But in the latest launch the engine now is 149cc single cylinder engine which can provide better fuel economy which has an appealing style, reliable performance, and great balancing while driving. The FZ-S Fi can produce a power of 13.2 bhp and torque of 12.8 Nm. On papers, the mileage that this variant can provide is 50 Kmpl. The bike is priced at Rs.83,042 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
When Bajaj Pulsar was launched, every college going person wanted to ride a Bajaj Pulsar. The bike became a massive success because of its looks, performance, style and definitely the mileage. The bike has been upgraded and modified since then and all of the have done well in terms of sales. The new Bajaj Pulsar 220F is stylish than ever and it performs like a beast on the road. It is a four stroke 220cc single cylinder engine with a power of 2093 bhp and 18.55 Nm of torque. It is fitted with a telescopic shock absorber that provides a smooth braking experience and a comfortable ride. The bike is capable of providing 38 kmpl of mileage and it is priced at Rs.96,683 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The line of motorcycles that Bajaj has been able to manufacture is definitely a mastery over engine technology. The bikes are appealing to the new generation and styles and designs are eye catching and Avenger 220 Street is no less. It is a 220cc engine with 4 stroke model that can produce a power of 19.03PS and 17.5 Nm of torque. It has a 260mm front disc brake and 130mm rear drum break and a ground clearance of 169mm. It is a cruiser segment offering. It also features a analog speedometer, 14 liter fuel tank and self-start option, pillion rider backrest, pass lights, engine kill switch amongst the other features. The cruiser is capable of providing a max of 40 kmpl. The bike is priced at Rs.81,459 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Pulsar 200NS is the most recent offering of the company. It is a 199.5 cc single cylinder, liquid cooled engine with patented Bajaj DTSI technology. This range is known for the pick-up of the speed and the balance that it provides while driving. It can produce a power of 23.5 bhp at 9,500 rpm and a torque of 18.3 Nm at 8,000 rpm. It has all the good look, fairing style, superbly designed ergonomics and it is just impossible not to consider this bike in your options. It is priced at Rs.97,715 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Yes, Pulsar comes in different variants and all are top performers. The 220F like all its cousins looks superb and edgy. It is a four stroke 220cc single cylinder air-cooled engine which can churn out a power of 2093 bhp and torque of 18.55 Nm. It too comes with a telescopic shock absorber that provides a better and comfortable driving experience. The bike is capable of providing 38 kmpl. It is priced at Rs.93,683 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
RTR stands for Racing Throttle Response and the bike just delivers that. The bike was initially launched in 2006 and one of the popular choices for youngsters especially the college kids. The bike has performed extremely well and hasn’t had a bad day since then. It is the only bike which was developed on a racing track in Coimbatore and Chennai in Tamil Nadu. If you are a biker and often go on long rides this is the bike for you. The Apache RTR 200 4V is a 197.75cc oil cooled single cylinder engine, which is capable of delivering 20.5 PS at 8,500 rpm and 18.1 Nm torque at 7,000 rpm. The bike can easily go from 0 kmpl to 60 kmpl under 4 seconds as it comes with a KYB monoshock that is adjusted for both races and ABS with dual channels. It is available in both carburetor and fuel injection variants. The bike is priced at Rs.93,205 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Apache RTR 180 is specially designed for racers. It is a 4 stroke OHC engine with a engine of 177.4cc which just escalates the driving experience. It is a 5 speed gearbox transmission which can go up to a top speed of 124 kmpl. The engine can perform well to a power of 16.62 PS at 8,500 rpm and Torque of 15.5Nm at 6,500 rpm. There are two variants under this option. The Apache RTR 180 non ABS is priced at Rs.86,177 and Apache RTR 180 ABS is priced at Rs.97,616 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Honda has proved to a winner in the scooter/moped segment but never really did great in the motorcycle segment. Not until the Hornet was launched in 2015. The looks of this bike is muscular, funky fuel design and x-shaped tail light and edgy looks makes it a popular choice. It is 162.77 cc air-cooled four stroke engine which can produce a power of 15.66 bhp and a torque of 12.84 Nm. It is available in both single and dual disc brake variants along with CBS. It is priced at Rs.82,223 for single disc brake and Rs.86,687 for dual disc brake (ex-showroom, Delhi).
So with these many options to choose from which ate the best bets, you can make your choice. But make sure that you have a proper two wheeler insurance for a bike that costs such a huge amount. Because riding without a two wheeler insurance, preferably a comprehensive insurance is an offence for which you can also be imprisoned.
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