The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notice by which all the motorcycles in the country should have ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as mandatory for motorcycles more than 125 cc as standard from April 2018. After this announcement in March this year and the ban of BS-III (Bharat Stage) emission norms vehicles, two-wheeler manufacturer have started offering some of their models with ABS as standard along with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) function and BS-IV engine. The ABS system, as many of you would already know, prevents the wheels of the motorcycle from locking when the brakes are applied. This provides a shorter stopping distance as well as avoids skidding on roads with varied surface conditions. However, most motorcycles sold in India under Rs 2 lakh are still not available with ABS as standard, although some are offered with it as an option. Herein, we have compiled a list of motorcycles in India under Rs 2 lakh price bracket that are equipped with ABS and hence are safer than their competitors.
Bajaj Dominar 400: The Bajaj Dominar 400 is the latest and most powerful entry into the company's stable this year. The motorcycle shares many parts including some from the engine with the KTM 390 Duke. The Dominar 400 is powered by a 373 cc, triple spark DTS-i engine that produces 35 hp of power and 35 Nm of torque. The motorcycle is offered with a dual-channel ABS but only as an option and not standard fitment. A 43 mm telescopic fork up front and a multi-step adjustable monoshock suspension at the rear as well as front and rear disc put it at par with the competition in terms of braking and handling. Bajaj has priced the Dominar 400 at Rs 1.52 lakh for the ABS version and Rs 1.38 lakh for the standard variant. Both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
KTM 390 Duke: KTM India recently updated the 390 Duke in the country, which gets the same 373.2 cc single cylinder, four-stroke engine but now complies with BSIV emission norms. The engine produces 43.5 hp and 37 Nm of torque that has been increased by 2 Nm and is paired to a 6-speed transmission with slipper clutch and Ride-By-Wire technology. This technology uses sensors instead of mechanical wires to modulate the throttle response. The 2017 KTM 390 Duke gets ABS as standard. The 390 Duke is built on a lightweight dual-coloured split steel trellis frame for improved handling and manoeuvrability. The motorcycle also gets a lightweight 17-inch cast light alloy wheels wrapped with Metzeler tyres. The 2017 KTM 390 Duke retails at Rs 2.25 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200: The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is powered by a 199.5cc, liquid-cooled engine that generates 24.2 hp of power and 18.6 Nm of torque and is paired to a six-speed transmission. The motorcycle only gets a single-channel ABS as optional equipment. One of the key design highlights on the Pulsar RS 200 is its extremely busy design with numerous creases and edges. The Pulsar RS 200 also gets telescopic front suspension with anti-friction bush and rear nitrox mono shock absorber with canister. The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 with ABS carries a price tag of Rs 1.33 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi and Rs 1.21 lakh for the non-ABS version.
TVS Apache RTR 200: Powering the TVS Apache RTR 200 is a 197.75 cc oil-cooled engine that churns out 20 hp of power and 18.1 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission. The Apache RTR 200 gets a dual-channel ABS as standard. The motorcycle features a sharp and edgy design, engine cowl, alloy wheels and split seats. The Apache is also equipped with a double barrel exhaust and Pirelli tyres, the latter being an optional offering. The TVS Apache RTR 200 is priced at Rs 92,615 for the standard version and Rs 97,615 for the model equipped with Pirelli tyres.
TVS Apache RTR 180: The TVS Apache RTR 180 is available in two variants, with ABS and without ABS. The ABS version carries a price tag of Rs 91,057. The Apache 180 features dual petal disc brakes at both ends but looks a bit dated with its ageing design language. The motorcycle, however still packs some tricks up its sleeve in the form of some unique features such as a digital display and also features countdown-on-ignition, speedometer and race-inspired carbon fibre cues.