The motorcycle segment in India has grown from the commuter friendly bikes to performance oriented bikes, yet it is affordable to your pocket. Especially, the bikes under 2 lakh have increased the curiosity among bike aficionados. This is simply because of its sporty image, performance and pocket-friendly budget. The below list is based on the ex-showroom price and not the on-road price of the bike.
Here are the best bikes under 2 lakh in India:
1. KTM Duke 390
KTM entered India in which Bajaj Auto has 14.5 percent stake in the company. The 390 Duke is a better value proposition as its mainstay is the pricing. The bike quick in urban streets yet sturdy and a mile muncher when it comes to long distance travel.
The KTM Duke 390 is powered by the 373.2cc single cylinder, four stroke liquid cooled engine. KTM 390 Duke engine can punch out 43bhp and 35Nm of peak torque and mated to the 6-speed gearbox. The naked Duke 390 can sprint to the top speed of 160km/h at ease.
The bike is sharp and sporty with an aggressive stance and main highlights include ABS, inverted forks up front and digital instrument console.
Price: Rs 1.96 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
2. DSK Benelli TNT 25
Another stylish and sporty looking bike is the Benelli TNT 25 and arguably one of the best entry-level sportbikes in India. Benelli is one of the oldest Italian motorcycle manufacturers and is into some of the best racing platforms showcasing their bike's performance.
The DSK Benelli TNT 25 is powered by a 249cc single cylinder, four stroke engine capable of churning out 28.16 bhp and 21.61Nm of torque which is paired with the 6-speed gearbox.
Known for its urban commuting and long distance travel, the Benelli TNT 25 can hit a top speed of 145km/h and has a large fuel tank capacity of 17-litres for your long distance travel.
Price: 1.80 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
3. KTM RC 200
The KTM RC 200 is the fully faired version of the Duke range of bikes, from its aggressive looks to its sheer performance, the KTM RC 200 is well made fully faired bike.
The KTM RC 200 has the potential to lead the segment and many current owners swear by its performance. The KTM RC 200 is powered by the same unit as the Duke 200 with an output of 24.65bhp and 19.2Nm of torque mated to 6-speed gearbox.
Known for many upcoming race track riders as an entry level racing machine the bike can top at 140km/h.
Price: Rs 1.69 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
4. Honda CBR250R
The Honda CBR250R is considered as sports tourer than a quarter-litre supersport machine. The CBR250R is a fully faired sports bike with the signature Honda design language.
The bike is powered by the 249cc single cylinder four stroke liquid cooled engine which is capable of 26.15bhp output and 22.9Nm of torque, this is paired with the 6-speed gearbox.
Many Honda aficionados will swear by the Honda CBR250R and can hit a top speed of 135km/h.
Price: Rs 1.60 Lakh to Rs 1.90 Lakh* ex-showroom (Delhi)
* Depending on the variant
5. Yamaha YZF15 and YZF15S
Yamaha is a well-associated brand in India and has many fans in the country to vouch for its sporty nature. The company was among the first bring a fully faired sports bike in India with the R15.
The Yamaha R15 and R15S are both powered by the same mill, except the R15 is a 2.0 version with track based focus and higher performance. On the other hand, the R15S is a single seat version with a re-worked ECU to provide better mileage and ease of city commuting.
Both the bikes are powered by the 149cc single cylinder four stroke, liquid cooled engine punching out 16.8bhp and 15Nm of torque. The R15S's ECU mapped for higher mileage.
Price: R15 - Rs 1.15 Lakh to Rs 1.18 Lakh; R15S - Rs 1.15 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
6. Royal Enfield Himalayan
Royal Enfield launched the Himalayan with the focus on adventure biking in mind, the Himalayan is an entry-level adventure bike.
The bike has all the ingredients to take it off-road without much of an issue with its high ground clearance of 180mm and long suspension in the front and rear. This makes the Himalayan a lot more agile when you are taking it off-roading.
Royal Enfield has powered the Himalayan with a newly developed 411cc single cylinder four stroke air cooled engine. The engine produces 24.5bhp and a good amount of 32Nm of torque and sprint to a top speed of 130km/h.
Price: Rs 1.56 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
7. Mahindra Mojo (Tourer Edition)
Another contender for the touring and adventure biking is the Mahindra Mojo. The Mojo is a newly and fully developed bike from Mahindra and is a great bike to go travelling long distances without worrying about breaking your back.
The Mahindra Mojo is powered by a 295cc single cylinder, four stroke, liquid cooled engine producing 27bhp and 30Nm of peak torque mated to the 6-speed gearbox. The bike can top at 155km/h.
Some of the interesting highlights are the Pirelli tyres, inverted fork at the front and digital analogue instrumentation. The Mahindra Mojo is comfortable and comes with fog lamps, and bundled with accessories for your long distance travel.
Price: Rs 1.89 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
8. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500
One of the best cruiser bikes around in the country, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is designed keeping in mind its cruiser image. The overall fit and finish are one of the best among Royal Enfield bikes.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is powered by the 499cc single cylinder, four stroke air cooled engine capable of producing 27.2bhp and 41.3Nm of torque and able supported by the 5-speed gearbox with a top speed of 120km/h.
Royal Enfield's flagship model has evolved over the previous generation Thunderbird and has been equipped with digital instrumentation, disc brakes on both the wheels and cruiser styling such as the tall handlebar and the teardrop tank design.
Price: Rs 1.80 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
The bikes under 2 lakh category are well balanced with affordability, performance and styling. Also, it can be used for long distance travel as well. The list of bikes are capable of power when required and comfortable to ride either in the urban or touring conditions.