The performance bike segment has grown in leaps and bounds in India, along with it the value and the pricing have grown as well. Here we look at some of the performance yet affordable bikes in India which are under Rs 1 lakh.
While there are many bikes under this category, the top 5 best performance bikes under 1 lakh is based on sales, performance and general acceptance in the country. The prices are ex-showroom (Delhi) of the performance bikes.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
TVS launched the RTR series back in 2006 and there has been no turning back for the Pune-based auto maker. The "RTR" in the name stands for "Racing Throttle Response" and TVS has sold about 2 million units of the Apaches.
The company recently launched the powerful RTR - RTR 200 4V - and the new performance bike is crispier and sharper not just in looks, but on performance as well. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V can sprint from 0 - 60km/h in 3.9 seconds as per the company. The bike is powered by 197.75cc single cylinder oil cooled engine.
Power - 20.71bhp (EFI)
Price - Rs 89,215 to Rs 94,215 ex-showroom (Delhi)
Bajaj Pulsar 220
Bajaj Pulsar brand was introduced to the Indian market back in 2001 and designed by the product engineering division of Bajaj Auto in association with Tokyo R&D, and later with motorcycle designer Glynn Kerr. The Bajaj Pulsar was one of the first bikes to cater to the performance bike segment in the country.
The sleek looking Pulsar 220 has been designed keeping in mind speed and performance. The bike has a stylish semi-fairing which is good looking and aerodynamic as well. Bajaj has powered the Pulsar 220 with the 220cc single cylinder oil-cooled engine.
Power - 20.71bhp
Price - Rs 91,201 ex-showroom (Delhi)
Honda CB Hornet 160R
The Honda CB series bikes are the road going models for commuting and cruising. The CB Hornet 160R was launched in India in 2015. The Honda CB Hornet 160R is chunky and a muscular looking performance bike.
Honda Motorcycles has powered the CB Hornet with 162.7cc single cylinder air-cooled engine and comes with features such as combi-brakes and front and rear disc brakes.
Power - 15.66bhp
Price - Rs 80,603 to Rs 86,084 ex-showroom (Delhi)
Suzuki Gixxer SF
Suzuki launched the Gixxer SF in 2015 in India and it is the faired version of the naked variant of the same name. The SF stands for Sports Fairing and is 4kg heavier than the naked version and is faster as well.
The "Gixxer" is along the lines of the Gixxer family from Suzuki and has been developed in the same wind-tunnel where Hayabusa, GSX-R and MotoGP machines are developed. Suzuki has powered the Gixxer SF with the 154.9cc single cylinder air-cooled engine.
Power - 14.6bhp
Price - Rs 94,774 to Rs 98,703 ex-showroom (Delhi)
Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise
Bajaj launched the Avenger cruiser motorcycle in 2001 and is one of the few cruiser motorcycles in India which is well received among bike enthusiasts. The Avenger 220 Cruise is a stylish low rider with chrome accents to give the bike a premium finish.
The Bajaj Avenger series is designed to cater to all with its low ride height and is a favourite among many in the country. The Avenger 220 Cruise screams retro in its looks and comfort has been the idea behind developing the bike for the Indian market. Bajaj has powered the Avenger 220 Cruise with the 220cc single cylinder oil-cooled engine.
Power - 18.76bhp
Price - Rs 87,331
Among this category, there are performance bikes in the India which require a mention on our list are the Yamaha FZ and the Bajaj Pulsar 180. While the Yamaha FZ with fuel injection is a street bike with its best USP being the centre of gravity which makes the bike easy to ride and perform stunts. Yamaha has powered the FZ (FI) with the 153cc single cylinder oil-cooled engine.
Power - 13.80bhp
Price - Rs 74,491 ex-showroom (Delhi)
As for the Bajaj Pulsar 180, the bike might have a smaller mill, however, it is one of the best power to weight ratio bikes in the industry. The Bajaj Pulsar 180 is simple in its design yet powerful when it comes to performance. Bajaj has powered the Pulsar 180 with a 178.6cc single cylinder air-cooled engine.
Power - 16.78bhp
Price - Rs 79,545 ex-showroom (Delhi)