Best Bike in India 2016 – Top 10 Motorcycles Under 2 Lakh Price

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Best Bikes in India

Best Bike in India – While for some, bikes are the best thing to commute on for a weekend escape, while for some it is a passionate love affair. And the year 2016 brought something for all of them.

It started with the launch of some much needed products in the market. The year ended with a blast as well, bringing the most affordable power cruiser till date. Moreover, the Indian market saw the first official launch of track-spec dirt bikes, a track-only race machine and its most expensive chopper. However, here we will talk about the best from the mass market, so let’s start the countdown.

Best Bike in India 2016

1. Bajaj Pulsar CS400

Among all the new motorcycles that were showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo by Bajaj Auto the Pulsar CS400 (Cruiser Sport).was definitely the stand out motorcycle. With the new CS400, Bajaj plans to kick-start the affordable power cruiser motorcycle segment in the Indian market. The design inspiration for the motorcycle is varied; the headlamp and front fairing come across as an evolution of the Pulsar 200 NS design and so does the longer fuel tank. But, overall, the Pulsar CS 400 reminds one of a scaled down Diavel from Ducati. The end result is a motorcycle that looks stunning. Expect power output in the range of 35PS.

Expected Launch Date: Early 2016

Expected Price: Under Rs 2 lakh

Rivals: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

2. UM Renegade S

The new UM Renegade Sport S is its first cruiser motorcycle offering for the Indian market. According to the US manufacturer it has heavily localised the new Renegade Sports S with tyres sourced from TVS, Gabriel suspension bits and locally sourced headlamp, tail lamp and instrument console. The styling of the motorcycle has been inspired from large cruiser bikes and the Renegade S that was showcased sported stealth black paint job with contrasting orange accents. The cruiser is powered by a 279cc, water-cooled, single-cylinder fuel-injected motor churning out 26.6PS at 8,600 rpm and 22.76Nm at 6,300 rpm. The powerplant is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.

Expected Launch Date: Early 2016

Expected Price: Rs 1.7 lakh

Rivals: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350

3. Hero HX 250R

The Hero HX250R was displayed at the 2014 Auto Expo and has generated considerable interest among the Indian motorcycling community. The HX250R uses a 249cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produce around 31PS power and 26Nm of torque. This lightweight and powerful quarter-litre motorcycle has been jointly developed by Hero Motocorp, America’s Eric Buell Racing (EBR), AVL (Austria) and Engines Engineering. The bike features geodesic tubular chassis that integrates the engine as a stressed member of the frame, to offer sporty riding dynamics and better rigidity. The HX250R sports 37mm telescopic fork at the front and a 5-step adjustable monoshock at the rear.

Expected Launch Date: Mid-2016

Expected Price: Rs 1.5 lakh

Rivals: Honda CBR 250R, KTM RC200

4. Royal Enfield Himalayan

The Royal Enfield Himalayan has to be among the most highly anticipated new launches for 2016. The new motorcycle will be the first adventure offering from Royal Enfield and also a complete new powerplant. The panniers on the spy picture seem to be an optional fitment. Powering the new Royal Enfield Himalayan will be an oil-cooled, 410cc, single-cylinder powerplant pushing out around 28PS of power and 30Nm of torque. The motor will also have overhead cams instead of the traditional push rod architecture on Royal Enfield engines and is expected to freely rev to 6,500-7,000rpm. The engine will also be equipped with a counter balancer to reduce vibrations, so expect the Himalayan’s mill to be the most refined unit seen on a Royal Enfield yet. The instrument console will house an analogue speedometer, tachometer, digital display for clock, odometer and trip meter along with compass and even altimeter readings. Braking on the Himalayan will be done by disc brake on both the ends while ABS wouldn’t be offered even as an optional extra.

Expected Launch Date: Early 2016

Expected Price: Around Rs 1.7 lakh

Rivals: None

5. TVS Apache 200

The new motorcycle will be the flagship offering from the Hosur based manufacturer and will take design cues from the Draken concept that was showcased at the last years Auto Expo. It will be powered by a 200cc displacement single-cylinder motor that will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The TVS Apache 200 is expected to churn out around 25PS of max power. The bike will employ telescopic front forks and monoshock unit at the back to handle suspension duties. Braking will be done by petal disc brakes and ABS will be an optional extra.

Expected Price: Under Rs 1 lakh

Expected launch: Early 2016

Rivals: KTM 200 Duke, Bajaj Pulsar 200NS

New KTM RC 390

6. New KTM RC 390

KTM upped the ante as it unveiled the new KTM RC 390 with even more features at the 2015 EICMA motorcycle show. The biggest change here is the addition of a slipper clutch which was recently made available on the KTM 390 Duke. There’s also a ride-by-wire system, designed for smoother and more linear power delivery. The liquid-cooled, 373c mill churns out 43PS of peak power at 9,000rpm and 35Nm of maximum torque at 7,000rpm. At 320mm dia, the front disc brakes – developed in conjunction with Brembo – are larger, and now come with adjustable brake and clutch levers.

Expected Launch Date: Early 2016

Expected Price: Rs 2.15 lakh

Rivals: Kawasaki Ninja 300, Yamaha R3

7. Yamaha MT-03

The new motorcycle is basically a streetbike version of the Yamaha R3 which is on sale in India. The styling of the bike is exactly similar to its 250cc sibling, the Yamaha MT-25. The design language of MT-03 is akin to street bikes with a beefy tank, petite tail lamp, and exposed frame along with sharp and edgy lines that should please the naked bike loyalists. Yamaha boffins have also fine tuned the riding position to better suit to the street bike riding dynamics. It is powered by a 320cc, parallel-twin motor good enough for 43PS of peak power and 29.5Nm of peak torque.

Expected Launch Date: Mid-2016

Expected Price: Under Rs 3 lakh

Rivals: Kawasaki Z250, KTM 390 Duke, Benelli TNT300

8. BMW G310R

The G310R is the first motorcycle to be unveiled under the joint venture between BMW Motorrad and TVS Motors. The G310R has been designed in Germany while the motorcycle will be manufactured at TVS’S production facility in Hosur. Overall styling isn’t very aggressive and the bike has been designed to appeal to the masses. Talking about engine, the BMW G310R features a 313cc liquid-cooled single cylinder motor producing 35PS of power and 28Nm of peak torque. The powerplant has been mated to a 6-speed gearbox and the motorcycle weighs 158.5kg. Braking is done via disc brake on both the ends while ABS is standard.

Expected Launch Date: Mid-2016

Expected Price: Rs 2.5 lakh

Rivals: Benelli TNT300, KTM 390 Duke, Kawasaki Z250

DSK-Benelli Tornado 302

9. DSK-Benelli Tornado 302

The new Benelli Tornado 302 will be among the most popular offerings once it’s launched in India. The new bike will be the Italian bikemakers first full-faired motorcycle for the Indian market. The styling of the motorcycle is edgy and modern which will appeal to the youngsters. Talking about powerplant, the new Benelli Tornado 302 gets firepower from a 300cc, parallel-twin motor producing 36PS at 12,000rpm and 27Nm of peak torque at 9,000rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear-wheel via a 6-speed gearbox. Benelli claims that the Tornado 302 has a top speed of 170kmph which seems to be an overzealous figure.

Expected Launch Date: Mid-2016

Expected Price: Under Rs 2.5 lakh

Rivals: KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Yamaha R3

10, Hero ZIR

Hero MotoCorp’s latest 150cc scooter – ZIR was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo and it definitely grabbed the most number of eyeballs owing to its styling. It has been loaded with features such as dual projector headlamps with daylight running lights integrated in them, petal disc brakes, LED turn indicators and tail lamp, windscreen etc. It will be powered by a 157cc, liquid-cooled mill producing 14PS of power and 12.7Nm of torque. Hero claims that the ZIR can hit a top-speed of 110kmph. With the ZIR, Hero plans to revive a new segment of maxi-scooters, which was started by the Kinetic Blaze close to a decade back.

Expected Launch Date: Mid-2016

Expected Price: Rs 80-90,000

Rivals: Vespa SXL 150


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