1 . Yamaha FZ S V 2.0
Street | 149 CC
The Yamaha FZ-S Version 2.0 is one of the most popular motorcycles in the 150cc segment in India, because it offers an almost perfect combination of style, performance and fuel efficiency — Something that the average 150cc segment customer craves for. The motorcycle remains the same as the Yamaha FZ Version 2.0, differing only in the colours and graphics offered.
It sports a two piece seat, redesigned bikini fairing, and new cooling shrouds near the fuel tank. The new FZ-S is powered by a newly designed air-cooled, 149cc, single-cylinder engine fuelled by a closed loop fuel injection system. The engine has been tuned towards being fuel efficient instead of being outright powerful, so it produces a maximum power output of 13.1bhp and a peak torque output of 12.8Nm, while mileage is at a pretty high 45km/l.
2 . Bajaj Pulsar NS160
Street | 160.3 CC
Attempting to bring the feel of the Pulsar 200NS to the 150cc segment is the Pulsar NS160. The motorcycle looks exactly like its elder sibling, but features a smaller engine, lesser power and a thinner rear tyre. The motorcycle is one of the best looking in this segment, with credits for the same going to parts borrowed from the 200NS, including the headlamp, tank shrouds and even the dual-tone paint and graphics scheme.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is powered by is powered by an oil-cooled, 160.3cc, single-cylinder engine, which is a reworked version of the 149cc engine previously used in the Bajaj Pulsar AS150. The motor generates a maximum power of 15.30bhp and a peak torque of 14.6Nm. A 5-speed gearbox takes care of transmission duties.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS160 has an ARAI certified mileage of 45km/l and the motorcycle competes with the likes of the Suzuki Gixxer 155, TVS Apache RTR 160 and Honda CB Hornet 160R.
3 . Yamaha YZF R15
Sports | 150 CC
The Yamaha R15 has marked itself as a legend of sorts in the Indian motorcycle market, garnering praise and rave reviews. The R15 V 2.0 is an updated version of the first-gen Yamaha R15, and takes the handling game to the next level. The motorcycle is good for the streets but perfect for the racetrack.
The linear power delivery from the rev-happy, butter smooth 150cc engine is a joy to ride with. The liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine produces a maximum power of 16.7bhp and a peak torque figure of 15Nm. A 6-speed gearbox handles transmission duties, while the mileage figure stands at 42km/l (Claimed).
4 . Suzuki Gixxer
Street | 155 CC
The Suzuki Gixxer is currently the best-selling Suzuki motorcycle in the Indian market. Helping it achiev this is it’s simple, yet stylish design, great engine and excellent handling. It draws a very obvious inspiration from the Suzuki GSX sports bike models.
The Suzuki Gixxer is powered by an air-cooled, 155cc, single cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 14bhp and a peak torque output of 14Nm. The rear wheel is driven by a 5-speed gearbox, and Suzuki claims a mileage of 54km/l for the Gixxer, which is extremely good for a 155cc motorcycle.
5 . Honda CB Hornet 160R
Street | 162.71 CC
The CB Hornet 160R is one of the most recent launches by Honda in India and is hands down, the best-looking motorcycle in the segment today. The CB Hornet 160R features a muscular design, with s few straight lines and a few cuts and bulges, making it look unique. Taking the ‘uniqueness’ quotient a level higher is the ‘X’ shaped tail lamp. This is a motorcycle which will definitely turn heads wherever you go.
The Honda CB Hornet 160R is powered by an air-cooled, 162.7cc, single-cylinder engine with maximum power output of 15.4bhp and a peak torque figure of 14.7Nm. Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed gearbox and Honda claims a mileage of 52km/l for the motorcycle.
6 . TVS Apache RTR 160
Street | 160 CC
The TVS Apache RTR 160 was the first of the Apache series to be introduced in India and is the oldest brand on this list. However, the motorcycle still looks attractive and performs very well too. The Apache RTR 160 is equipped with a lap timer and 0-60km/h timing memory functions, which say a lot about the motorcycle’s pedigree. A rear disc brake is optional with the TVS Apache RTR 160.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 is powered by an air-cooled, 160cc, single-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 15bhp and a peak torque output of 13Nm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed gearbox and the claimed mileage figure stands at 50km/l.
7 . Suzuki Gixxer SF Fi
Sports | 154.9 CC
The Suzuki Gixxer SF is a fully faired version of the Suzuki Gixxer, and the fairing does make it look rather nice for the price it is being sold at. Suzuki then equipped the motorcycle with fuel-injection and has called it the Gixxer SF FI. The motorcycle is aimed at the youth looking for a stylish and technologically advanced commuter bike. The Gixxer SF has taken obvious inspiration from the Suzuki GSX-R series of superbikes.
The Suzuki Gixxer SF FI is powered by an air-cooled, fuel-injected, 155cc, single-cylinder engine with a maximum power figure of 14.6bhp and a peak torque output of 14Nm — exactly the same as the carbureted version of the engine.
8 . Bajaj Avenger Street 150
Cruisers | 150 CC
Based on the old Bajaj Avenger platform, the Avenger Street 150 is targeted towards young buyers in the market, looking for a cruiser but on a budget. The Avenger Street 150 is currently in a position of monopoly, as it is the only cruiser motorcycle in the 150cc segment.
Blacked out alloy wheels, edgy graphics, a fuel-efficient engine and cruiser motorcycle look and feel make this motorcycle stand out from the regular 150cc motorcycle crowd. The Avenger Street 150 doesn’t really have any competition in the Indian market, but it does sit in the same price bracket as the Suzuki Gixxer and the Yamaha FZ-S 2.0
The motorcycle is powered by an air-cooled, 150cc, single cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 14.3bhp and a peak torque output of 12.5Nm. A 5-speed gearbox handles transmission duties, and the bike boasts of a claimed mileage figure of 45km/l.
9 . Hero Xtreme Sports
Street | 149 CC
The Xtreme Sports is one of the few motorcycles in the Hero MotoCorp stable targeted at young customers looking for a stylish and fuel-efficient motorcycle for their daily commute. The Hero Xtreme Sports is based on the standard Xtreme, but features several cosmetic and mechanical updates.
The Xtreme Sports is powered by the same air-cooled, 149.2cc, single-cylinder engine used in the standard Hero Xtreme, but is now tuned up to produce a maximum power of 15.2bhp and a peak torque of 13.5Nm (1bhp and 0.7Nm more than the standard motorcycle). Transmission duties are handles by a 5-speed gearbox, and mileage is claimed to be 48km/l.
Other mechanical upgrades include a new five-step adjustable rear suspension and an optional rear disc brake. Design changes include redesigned a headlamp unit, instrument cluster and cowls near the fuel tank and underneath the engine. New colours and graphics further sweeten the deal.
10 . Bajaj V15
Street | 149.5 CC
The Bajaj V15 is a commuter motorcycle from Bajaj which has been given a premium feel. The Bajaj V15 carries forward a piece of history although the motorcycle was launched recently. Parts of the V15 were made from the metal of the iconic INS Vikrant, a retired aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy.
This way, Bajaj played the heritage game and the V15 sold reasonably well. The Bajaj V15 looks decent, and is very efficient and is powered by a torquey engine. The engine in question is an air-cooled, 149cc, single-cylinder engine which produces a maximum power of 11.8bhp and a peak torque of 13Nm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and the Bajaj V15 returns a mileage of 57km/l.