1 . Yamaha YZF-R15 S
Sports | 150 CC
The Yamaha YZF-R15 S is the first generation R15, with minor updates like a slightly different swingarm from the R15 V2.0 and a fatter section rear tyre. The engine is rev-happy, and the linear power delivery makes the YZF-R15 S a joy to ride, be it in the city or on highways.
The Yamaha YZF-R15 S is powered by a 150cc, single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 16bhp and 15Nm of torque, with the help of a 6-speed gearbox. Yamaha claims a mileage of 42km/l and the R15 S weighs 134kg.
2 . 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.
3 . Hero Splendor Plus
Street | 97.2 CC
The Hero Splendor Plus is a perfect commuter that has a decent blend of style. The Splendor Plus carries a name that has been tried and tested in India for a long time, and the higher end variant comes with alloy wheels and an electric starter.
The Hero Splendor Plus is powered by a 97cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine that makes 8.2bhp and 8Nm of torque with the help of a 4-speed gearbox. Also, Hero MotoCorp claims a mileage of 81km/l, which makes it one of the most fuel efficient motorcycles in the Indian market today.
4 . Suzuki Gixxer
Street | 155 CC
The Suzuki Gixxer helped Suzuki gain a lot of ground in the Indian market, owing to the Gixxer’s design and nimble handling. The design was inspired by the bigger GSX models, and the Gixxer features a unique exhaust design, seldom seen in this segment.
The Suzuki Gixxer is powered by a 155cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine that produces 14bhp and 14Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Suzuki claims a mileage of 54km/l and the Gixxer weighs 135kg.
5 . Bajaj Avenger Street 220
Cruisers | 220 CC
The Avenger Street 220 was one of the updated Avenger models to have been launched in India. The Street 220 is focused on being a cruiser that can be ridden in the city and on occasional long rides. The Bajaj Street 220 features a low slung seat and a full black treatment.
The Street 220 is powered by a 220cc, single-cylinder air and oil-cooled DTS-i engine that produces 19bhp and 17.5Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired to a 5-speed gearbox and returns a mileage of 53km/l.
6 . Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS
Street | 135 CC
The Pulsar 135LS is probably the least known product in the Bajaj Pulsar series. However, this makes it no less of a performer. At 13.5bhp, it is a little low on power, but makes up for it with its light weight (121kgs).
7 . Yamaha Saluto RX
Street | 110 CC
The Yamaha Saluto RX is the entry level motorcycle for Yamaha in India, and the only motorcycle below the 125cc segment in the Japanese manufacturer’s product portfolio. The Yamaha Saluto is intended to be a fuel-efficient commuter, and at 82km/l it does not disappoint at all. However, it does more than just that.
The Yamaha Saluto looks great for a commuter. The motorcycle is powered by an air-cooled, 110cc, single-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 7bhp and a peak torque output of 8.5Nm. A 4-speed gearbox handles transmission duties. The Yamaha Saluto RX is one of the lightest motorcycles on sale in the Indian market today, weighing in at just 98kg.
8 . Honda CD 110 Dream
Street | 109.19 CC
The CD 110 Dream is currently the most affordable motorcycle in Honda’s stable. Despite being priced at such a low level, it is equipped with alloy wheels, but the base variant is only available with a kick-starter.
The motorcycle is powered by the tried and tested 109.19cc engine found in Honda’s other 110cc commuter motorcycles. The air-cooled, single-cylinder engine has a maximum power output of 8.25bhp and a peak torque output of 8.63Nm. A 4-speed gearbox handles transmission duties, and the motorcycle returns a mileage of 74km/l.
9 . Honda CB Unicorn 150
Street | 149.1 CC
The name Unicorn brings back memories of the motorcycle being the first model in India to be sold with a monoshock at the rear. Times have passed, and the Unicorn has received cosmetic changes to appeal to the modern day commuter.
The Honda CB Unicorn comes with a 149cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine that produces 13bhp and 12.8Nm of peak torque paired to a 5-speed gearbox. Honda claims a mileage of 60km/l and the Honda CB Unicorn 150 weighs 146kg.
10 . Kawasaki Ninja 300
Sports | 296 CC
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 was one among the first performance oriented motorcycles in the sub 500cc category to make it to India in recent times. The Ninja is a great motorcycle for long distance touring, as the seating position is not as aggressive as a KTM RC 390.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is powered by a 296cc, liquid-cooled in-line twin-cylinder engine that makes 39bhp and 29Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The Ninja 300 returns a mileage of 25km/l and can reach a top speed of 160km/h as per Kawasaki.