Anti-Lock Braking System or ABS is a safety equipment that avoids the locking up of wheels and hence, protects the rider and pillion in case of an emergency or panic braking. With an alarming increase in the number of casualties in case of two wheeler accidents, the Government of India has made ABS mandatory in all new two-wheelers having an engine displacement of 125cc and above starting April 2018. Having said that, an ABS will no more be something that can be found on big bikes only. However, with its addition, the price of a two-wheeler rises significantly in a mass market bike. So, in order to do the task and also keep the customers happy, manufacturer equip their respective bikes with a single channel unit, which means that the ABS works on a single wheel only and hence, costs less than a dual-channel unit. So, the question arises - are you someone for whom safety is the first priority but at the same time, has some budget constraints? No need to worry as we bring you the top five most affordable motorcycles that feature an ABS in India.
TVS Apache RTR 180
The Apache RTR 180 from TVS Motor Company is the most affordable bike in the country to offer an ABS. Also, the bike is one of the first motorcycles in India to offer the said safety equipment when it comes to the mass market segment. Powering the TVS Apache RTR 180 is a 177cc, single cylinder engine mated to a five-speed gearbox, churning out 17 hp of power and 15.5 Nm of torque. Prime highlights of the TVS Apache RTR 180 include LED pilot lamps, split step up seats, digital analog instrumentation with race inspired bits and split rear body grab rails. The bike is available for sale at a price of Rs 80,833 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Suzuki Intruder 150
The Suzuki Intruder 150 cruiser is the newest of the lot and thankfully, the manufacturer has added an ABS to this bike at a not-so-high price point. The motorcycle gets its power from the same 155cc engine that runs the company’s Gixxer twins. The carbureted motor is good for shedding out 14.6 hp of power and 14 Nm of torque. The salient features of the bike include a full digital cockpit, laid back styling inspired from the high-spec Intruder 1800 along with LED tail lamp and positioning lamp upfront. The Suzuki Intruder 150 can be yours at a price of Rs 98,340 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200
The RS 200 is the first ever Pulsar to receive an ABS by Bajaj Auto. Launched back in the year 2015, the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 gets its power from a 199.5cc, liquid-cooled engine mated to a five-speed transmission system, generating 24 hp of power and 18.6 Nm of torque. The only full-faired Pulsar gets twin projector headlamps, digital analog instrument cluster, split step up seats and LED turning winkers. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 ABS is currently available at the company's dealerships across India at a price of Rs 1.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Suzuki Gixxer SF
The Gixxer SF also finds its place in the top five most affordable bikes currently on sale in India that come equipped with an ABS. The motorcycle is also the most affordable full faired bike and the only one under the Rs 1 lakh mark. The Suzuki Gixxer SF is powered by a 155cc, single cylinder engine mated to a five-speed transmission, developing hp of power and Nm of torque. The bike gets a full digital instrumentation, LED tail lamp and split rear body grab rails. The Suzuki Gixxer SF ABS has been priced in India at Rs 95,115 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Bajaj Pulsar NS200
The Pulsar NS200 has recently received an update with an ABS and hence, is now in sync with the Government’s April 2018 mission. The bike comes powered by a 199.5cc, liquid-cooled engine mated to a five-speed transmission set up. The mill is good for developing respective power and torque of 23 hp and 18 Nm. The bike gets aggressive streetfighter styling and features like dual disc brakes and sporty split step seats. The Bajaj Pulsar NS200 ABS is available for sale at a price of Rs 1.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
All thanks to the Government intervention, you can now avail an ABS equipped motorcycle at an affordable price point. While the unit can avoid a good number of accidents, we advise our readers to wear proper helmet while riding at all times. Now what remains to be seen is that whether all manufacturers will be able to assist their new vehicles with an ABS by the said timeline or not. In the interest of public safety, we genuinely want the ABS vision getting followed by all auto makers as someone has rightly said, "When you gamble with safety, you bet your life."