Even though the condition of roads in India has been plummeting by the passing days, the enthusiasm of die-hard bikers and roadies appears at its all-time best. Topping it with the availability of luxury bikes that have been made more approachable with easy financing, spotting swashbuckling enthusiasts mid traffic has become a rather common sight. The entry of Harley Davidson in the world of Indian two-wheelers has already taken lovers of speed by storm; but this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Here is a small list of top 10 classic luxury bikes in India that our roadies cannot seem to have enough of…
Note: All the prices mentioned below are of ex-showroom.
Royal Enfield 350 cc
When it comes to witnessing indisputable harmony in sturdiness, performance and visual appeal on two wheels, there are not many alternatives that can surpass The Classic Royal Enfield 350. The standard variants of this model are priced between 1.39 to 1.62 lakhs and are powered with a 346cc engine that offers a 37kmpl mileage. 5-speed gear-box, carburettor fuel system, halogen headlamps and spoke wheels are some of the key features found in all models. Dual Channel ABS is found in the higher variants. The Royal Enfield 350 comes with 90/90-19 front tyres and 110/90-18 rear tyres that offer good grip on the roads and contribute to safer and more stable on road experience.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0
Priced between Rs. 97,005 to 1.11 lakhs, this devil on wheels comes with 197.75 cc engine that offers an extended mileage of 35kmpl to 44kmpl depending upon the variants. This brawny bike comes with alloy wheels and tubeless tires with 90/90-17 front tire size and 130/70-17 rear size. The engine comes with 5-speed gearbox and slipper clutch which is a first in 200cc segment. With TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition, you can reach the top speed of 127 kmph which is compatible in terms of safety standards in Indian roads.
Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Launched way back in 2009, Bajaj Pulsar RS200 still holds phenomenal significance in the Indian market. Powered with a 199.5cc engine that offers an average mileage of 35kmpl, this performance bike sports a 6-speed gearbox and power of 24.5 PS at 9750 rpm. Alloy wheels and tubeless tyres of size 100/80-17 (front) and 130/70-17 (rear) adds to the functionality and relevance of this two-wheeler in terms of Indian roads. The price of Bajaj Pulsar RS200 starts at 1.26 lakhs and goes up to 1.38 lakhs for the ABS version.
Kawasaki Ninja 300
Lean mean war machine sums up the arresting visual appeal of the Kawasaki Ninja 300. With an engine capacity of 296cc, the torque of 27 Nm at 10,000 rpm, the power of 39 PS at 11,000 rpm and reaching a top speed of 144 kmph, a slightly heftier price tag of 2.98 lakhs seems only justifiable. This Japanese heavy-duty performance based two-wheeler is further characterized with 6-speed gearbox, 37 mm telescopic front forks, 5-way adjustable gas-charged monoshock at the rear. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 offers an optimum mileage of 32 kmph which may be slightly lesser than its counterparts but not lamentable either.
BMW G 310 R
Powered with a 313cc engine, 28Nm @ 7500 rpm torque, the power of 34 PS and equipped to reach a top speed of 143 kmph, the BMW G 310 R is gaining steady attention from Indian bikers for all the right reasons. The BMW G 310 R is further powered with water cooled, single cylinder 4 valves DOHC engine and a 6-speed gearbox. Alloy wheels and tubeless tires sized 110/70-R17 (front) and 150/60-R17 (rear). Priced at 2.99 lakhs in showrooms, an average enthusiast may have to access sources of easy funding to own this outstanding beauty.
Yamaha YZF R3
The Yamaha YZF R3 stands out among competing bikes with an outstanding example of beauty in terms of design perfection and a practical beast while on the road. Equipped to reach a maximum speed of 188 kmph, this performance-based two-wheeler is powered with a 321cc engine, 29.6Nm @ 9000 rpm torque and power of 42 PS at 10750 rpm. Dual channel ABS, 6-speed gearbox, transistor controlled ignition, chain drive, Inline 2 cylinder, 4 stroke, 8 valve DOHC engine type are some of the core features of this model. Yamaha YZF R3 further comes with striking alloy wheels and tubeless tyres that measure 110/70-R17 (front) and 140/70-R17 (rear). This model is currently priced at 3.48 lakhs in showrooms across India.
Harley Davidson Street 750
This may be one of the cheapest versions of Harley Davidson bikes that are currently available in India. With on road price starting at 5.57 lakhs, Harley fans will have to look into some serious financing options before approaching this excellently designed model. As far as specifications are concerned, the Street 750 comes with a whopping 750cc engine, 59Nm @ 3750 rpm torque, 47.6 PS at 8000 rpm power…all contributing to a top speed of 200 kmph. One of the best features of this bike is its low seats at 720 mm which makes it compatible with shorter riders as well. However, the weight of the bike at 233Kg will need some brawn to handle.
Honda CBR 650F
Honda CBR 650F made its debut in the Indian market almost 4 years back in the high profile luxury bike segment with features and specifications that are worth applauding. The bike comes with an engine capacity of 648.72cc and this powertrain can produce 86.6 PS peak power and 60.5 Nm rpm peak torque. This 4 cylinder 4-stroke 16 valve DOHC engine can touch the top speed of 170 kmph at a mileage of 21 kmpl. Honda CBR 650F comes with alloy wheels shod with tubeless tyres that measure at 120/70-ZR17 (front) and 180/55-ZR17 (rear). This subtle beast that borderlines the sports bike category as well is currently priced at 7.38 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi).
Suzuki V Storm 650 XT
A competitor to the Honda CBR, the Suzuki V Storm 650 XT comes with a 645cc engine capacity and a liquid cooled V twin motor. The bike is further characterized by a dual engine ABS, 2 cylinder 4 stroke DOHC engine type, 6-speed gear, spoke alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. The tyres measure at 110/80-R19 (front) and 150/70-R17 at the rear. The bike weighs around 216 kgs which is in tune with its competitors. The only flip side of the Suzuki V Storm 650 XT is its missing slipper clutch which can be felt when the bike closes on its top speed. High seating at 835mm makes it more compatible with taller riders. Currently priced at 7.46 lakhs, this can be an expensive treat for serious roadies.
Reviews on premium bikes can never end without mentioning the grand Suzuki Hayabusa. The stupendous visual appeal of this bike and its impeccable crafted exteriors has left millions of Indian bikers in love with the Hayabusa irrespective of its features, which, however, is worth every penny spent on it. Currently priced at 13.60 lakhs, this godly bike comes with a 1340cc engine capacity, 155Nm @ 7200rpm torque and power of 197 bhp @ 9500 rpm that supports a top speed of 312 kmph. A power bike as this requires performance tyres as well, a requirement that is fulfilled by Bridgestone tubeless tyres that measure 120/70-ZR17 (front) and 190/50-ZR17 (rear).
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