1 . Bajaj Pulsar NS160
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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.
2 . Yamaha YZF R15 V3
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The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3 is the only faired bike in this segment and it borrows its design cues from the litre-class R1.. The R15 V3 features an updated design and new features. The engine is rev-happy, and the linear power delivery makes the YZF-R15 joy to ride, be it in the city or on highways.
The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3 is powered by a 155cc, single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 19bhp and 15Nm of torque, with the help of a 6-speed gearbox assisted by a slipper clutch. The kerb weight of the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3 stands at 139kg.
3 . Suzuki Gixxer
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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.
4 . Honda CB Hornet 160R
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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 a 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.
5 . TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
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The Apache RTR 160 4V is the latest offering from TVS in the 160cc segment. The Apache RTR 160 4V borrows its design cues from its elder sibling, the Apache RTR 200 4V. The overall design is aggressive and muscular for a 160cc bike. The new dual port muffler delivers a punchy exhaust note.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V draws power from a 159.7cc oil-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-valve engine producing 16.5bhp and 14.8Nm of torque. The Apache RTR 160 4V is the most powerful bike in its segment with sharp riding dynamics.
6 . Suzuki Gixxer SF Fi
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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.
7 . Bajaj Pulsar 150
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The Bajaj Pulsar 150 is one of the most popular bikes in the 150cc segment. Since its launch in India in 2001, the Pulsar 150 has been a hit in the Indian market. With elegant styling and performance, the Pulsar 150 has been a popular bike among the youths of the country. In its latest avatar, the Pulsar 150 still retains the ingredients of the first-gen Pulsar 150.
The Bajaj Pulsar 150 draws power from a 149.5cc air-cooled, single-cylinder engine producing 13.8bhp and 13.4Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Braking duties are handled by discs at both the ends but misses out on ABS.
8 . 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.
9 . Bajaj V15
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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.