It is pleasant to observe motorcyclists in India opting for machines that have a performance oriented pedigree in them. While commuters are still the meat of the two-wheeler market in the country, more and more people now look for powerful engines and a fun to ride motorcycle. Following is a list of motorcycles that will satiate such of your cravings without burning a hole in your pocket.
KTM 200 Duke: Quite the appropriate motorcycle to get understand nippy throttle response, the 200 Duke was updated this year. It is powered by a 199.5cc single-cylinder engine that produces 24.6 hp and 19.2 Nm and is paired to six-speed transmission. It gets a slipper clutch, a 300 mm disc in the front and a 230 mm disc at the back, along with upside down fork at up front and a monoshock at the rear. The bike weighs 130 kg (kerb). The 200 Duke does a top speed of 135 kmph, with a 0-60 kmph dash in 4 seconds. The instrument cluster features a digital speedo, fuel gauge, stand alarm, two trip metres, low battery and oil indicator. It gets a multi-reflector headlamp and a LED tail lamp.
Bajaj Dominar 400: The Dominar 400 is the most powerful motorcycle in Bajaj's stable. It comes with a 373.3cc triple spark DTS-i engine that makes 34.5 hp and 35 Nm and is paired to six-speed transmission. It also gets a slipper clutch and a twin-channel ABS. For suspension, it gets a telescopic fork at the front and multi-step adjustable mono shock at the rear. It weighs 182 kg (kerb). The Dominar 400 too comes with LED headlamp. It is priced at Rs 1.32 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base variant.
Royal Enfield Classic 350: Powered by a 346cc single-cylinder, 4 stroke, air-cooled engine, the Classic 350 has been a favourite for a large collection of motorcyclists in India. It produces 19.8 bhp and 28 Nm of torque. There has been a Rs 2015 price cut on the Classic 350, bringing the ex-showroom price down to Rs 1,50,882.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Quite a boy racer in our market, the Apache RTR 200 4V is currently the most powerful motorcycle in TVS' line-up. This will change with the launch of the Akula 310. But for now, there is the RTR 200. It is powered by a 197.75cc liquid cooled single cylinder engine that produce 20.70 hp and 18.10 Nm. TVS claims it can do 0-60 kmph in 3.9 seconds. For braking, it gets a 270mm disc in the front and a 240mm disc at the back. The bike's kerb weight is 148 kg. It is priced at Rs 92000 (ex-showroom).
Yamaha FZ25: The FZ25 is Yamaha's latest offering in the Indian motorcycle market. It is powered by a 249cc air-cooled four-stroke engine that produces 20 hp and 20 Nm and is paired to five-speed transmission. The motorcycle weighs 148 kg (wet). Braking duties are served by 282 mm disc in the front and a 220 mm at the back. It gets a telescopic fork suspension at the front and swingarm monocross at the back. The FZ25 comes with LED headlamp and tail lamp. The instrument cluster has a digital speedo, clock, fuel gauge and consumption. It comes at a price tag of Rs 1.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Suzuki Gixxer SF: A cool-looking and light 150cc motorcycle gives that gives you a very sporty appeal. It comes with a 155cc single cylinder, air cooled engine that makes 14.6 hp and 14 Nm and is paired to five-speed transmission. It gets a disc only at the front and weighs 139 kg (kerb). With prices similar to the Apache RTR 200 at Rs 92000 (ex-showroom), the Gixxer SF only offers the style, but the RTR is a much more capable machine.
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