Let’s get this straight. There are a lot of motorcycles on sale in the Indian market.After all, we’re talking about the world’s biggest two-wheeler market in the world here. Therefore, it only makes sense for manufacturers to invest here with their motorcycles.
This means there are a lot of new performance-oriented motorcycles in the country. However, the top-selling bikes in the country still remain to be the ones that are priced under 2 lakhs. So, to give you a glimpse of the best bikes – according to us – in the said space, I decided to make a list of bikes that comfortably lie under 2 lakhs and are also quite fun to ride.
But, unlike every other list, this time around, I’ll be listing the top motorcycles according to their respective segments. Here goes.
1. Fully-faired sports bike for the occasional enthusiastic riding
Almost all of us want one of these but have always been holding back due to a couple of reasons. For one, these are not your everyday tools, the committed riding position of a fully-faired sports bike is not the most comfortable position for your back. Regardless, our pick of this segment goes to the KTM RC 200, which is also one of the lauded bikes in this space, and for a good reason. It feels energetic, comes loaded with electronics, and it certainly looks like a mean machine. Other than that, you can also pick Suzuki Gixxer SF 250, which is equally as good. You can also pick their smaller siblings if your budget is a bit tighter.
2. Retro-modern motorcycle for a highway cruise
Let’s not forget that these are the most common motorcycles in this space. Despite being shy on features and heavy on weight, these are the most desirable motorcycles for many riders. In this space, our pick goes to the Benelli Imperiale 400, which is just shy of the 2 lakh bucks mark. It is a comfortable cruiser, which also gives a hint of nostalgia every time you step on the saddle. Other offerings like Jawa Perak and 42 are also great contenders, but they don’t feel as mechanical and old school as the Benelli. There’s also the Royal Enfield Classic 350, but it’s now been a bit too long in the tooth.
3. Naked sports bike or a streetfighter
For years, naked sports bikes have enjoyed the supremacy of being the highest-selling motorcycles in almost every segment. This is largely due to the fact that these are light, comfortable, and easier on the pocket than the other two we discussed above. Therefore, our pick in this space goes to the KTM 250 Duke, which is an even better deal than the RC 200 we discussed above. Updated for 2020, the 250 Duke now also gets a full LED headlamp, which makes it look more premium than similarly priced rivals. Talking about its rivals, you can also grab the Suzuki Gixxer 250, or Yamaha MT-15 if the budget is a bit too tight.
4. For the adventure seekers
A few years ago, one would have to spend upwards of 5 lakh bucks to get a proper adventure machine. However, things are a bit different in 2020. Manufacturers like Royal Enfield and Hero MotoCorp have their own set of adventure bikes for those on a budget, and these don’t sacrifice on anything too vital. So, our pick for the adventure bike in this space goes to the Royal Enfield Himalayan, which is a very capable and comfortable multi-terrain motorcycle. Then there’s the Hero Xpulse 200, which is extremely well priced and also covers on a lot of fronts.
So, there you go folks, here are a few motorcycles which were the easiest to recommend in the sub 2 lakh price bracket. To read more like this, be sure to visit us at autoX.