The Indian two wheeler market is the second largest in the world and more than 90% of its is driven by models priced under Rs.60,000. Why do Indian bike riders prefer these budget bikes? We try to find out here through this photo feature.
The concept of a budget bike started with Hero Honda. The Hero Honda Splendour became the best selling bike in India as well as in the world not because of its performance of speed. But for its affordability and low cost of maintenance. Here we will look through India's top 10 budget bikes.
Note prices indicated below are ex-showroom prices and are subject to change.
Hero CD Deluxe – 39,000
The Hero CD Deluxe is Hero's cheapest motorcycle priced at INR 39,000. It is powered by a reliable 100cc engine that delivers efficient and smooth performance while maintaining high fuel efficiency.
Bajaj Platina 100cc – 43,110
The Platina is Bajaj Auto's most fuel economic motorcycle. Although it has taken a back seat in front of more modern looking bikes such as the Discover and Pulsar, the Bajaj Platina continues to impress buyers who are looking for a high mileage bike. The Platina offers an incredible mileage of 72kmpl.
Hero Passion – 46,000
The Hero Passion is placed above the Splendour in Hero's line-up. It is aimed at budget bike buyers who prefer a more modern look. The Hero Passion comes with alloy wheels and front disk brakes in the top end model. The Passion delivers a mileage of 55kmpl.
Bajaj Discover 100 - 40,000
The Bajaj Discover is edging close to being India's best selling bike thanks to its entry level 100cc variant. The Discover 100 is priced at INR 46,000. Its distinct styling along with performance has made bike lovers take notice. The Bajaj Discover 100 delivers a mileage of 55kmpl.
Hero Splendor – 43,000
The Hero Splendor has been the longest best selling motorcycle in the world for nothing. Its strong build, reliable performance and good mileage has made it a favourite among Indian motorcycle buyers. Hero's wide sales and service network coupled with low cost of ownership can be considered as the primary reason behind the Splendor's success. The Splendor delivers a mileage of 55kmpl.
TVS Sport - 49,000
TVS did not have much to speak about in the budget bike segment after it discontinued the Victor, but only until the arrival of the Sport. The TVS Sport is attractively priced at INR 49,000. It slight body and aerodynamic design ensure the TVS Sport delivers a mileage of 58kmpl.
Suzuki Hayate - 43,000
The Hayate is the latest motorcycle from Suzuki. It was launched in India during the Delhi Auto Expo in January. Its promotional campaign featuring Salman Khan has been popular. The Suzuki Hayate's on road mileage is about 55kmpl.
Honda Dream Yuga – 48,690
Honda entered the hugely competitive Indian budget bike segment by launching the new Dream Yuga. Priced at INR 48,690, the Dream Yuga is affordable and comes with Honda promise of rock strong reliability. The Honda Dream Yuga's on road mileage is approximately 60kmpl.
Yamaha Crux – 31,900
The Yamaha Crux is by far the cheapest bike in this top 10 budget bikes, priced at just INR 31,900. Although the initial price is interesting, this Yamaha does not impress in terms of mileage. Although the Yamaha Crux's mileage of 45kmpl is OK, its acceptability fades in comparison with the competition. However, the Crux is liked by people who like to enjoy swift acceleration.
Suzuki Sling Shot – 45,000
The Suzuki sling Shot was the Japanese bike maker's entry level bike in India until the arrival of the Hayate. This commuter bike has been liked for its attractive looks. The Suzuki Sling Shot delivers an impressive mileage of 60kmpl.