To begin with, a short clarification on what a streetfighter is. It is essentially a sport motorcycle stripped off its fairing, added with after market headlamp and dirt style handlebar, and a short loud exhaust. With new developments coming along in the motorcycle world, some of them difficult to put a label on, such as a streetfighter, sportbike, cruiser, tracker, cafe racer and the many other categories motorcycles are now classified into. The following are entry level street fighters available in India, however most of them were never converted from a sportbike and were developed from ground up as a streetfighter.
KTM 200 Duke: The smallest motorcycle from the Austrian brand, KTM 200 Duke is powered by a 199.5cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine developing 25 bhp and 19.2 Nm, and is paired to six-speed transmission. It comes with a light-weight trellis frame. Fuel tank capacity is 11 litres and KTM claim the 200 Duke has a range of 300 km on one full tank. The dry weight of the 200 Duke is 134 kg, providing a good power to weight ratio with 25 bhp. It comes with ABS as standard. Price: Rs 1.43 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Yamaha FZ25: The newly launched FZ25 saw a price reduction of Rs 1050 post GST, bringing the price down to Rs 1,19,335. It is powered by a 249cc single-cylinder engine that makes 20.6 bhp and 20 Nm of torque.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: The price tag on an RTR 200 4V before GST was Rs 1,05,609, and now with GST applicable the price has been lowered to Rs 1,01,304. It is powered by a 197.75 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that makes 20.7 bhp and 18.1 Nm of torque.
Suzuki Gixxer 150: If price is a constraint, the Gixxer 150 is a brilliant way to experience a sporty streetfighter on a budget. It is powered by a 154.9cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC, 2 valve engine, paired to five-speed transmission. It produces 14.5 hp at 8000 rpm and 14 Nm @ 6000 rpm. This is the only motorcycle in this list to have a carburetor fuel system. It has fuel tank capacity of 12 litres and weighs 135 kg (kerb). It comes in two trims - one with discs front and back, and the other with a drum brake at the back. Price: Rs 77,000 onwards (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Kawasaki Z250: The most expensive and the most powerful motorcycle on this list is Kawasaki's entry level streetfighter, the Z250. It is powered by a 249cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that makes 31.3 bhp @ 11,000 rpm and 21 Nm of torque @ 10,000 rpm, paired to six-speed transmission. The kerb weight of the motorcycle is 168 kg. The frame and the engine of the Z250 is the same as its sport cousin, the Ninja 250R which is now discontinued. Price: Rs 3.42 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
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