The Indian two-wheeler market has witnessed a lot of buzz in the motorcycle segment under Rs. 1 lakh. Every motorcycle that impressed us yesterday is being replaced by newer, better and stronger models coming up the block.
The reason behind this segment being the most happening is that the motorcycles in the segment are the perfect combination of power and practicality. The entire segment is filled with bikes that are powerful and efficient at the same time. They aren’t outright powerful, but won’t burn your pocket with their monstrous fuel appetite either.
So let’s take a delve and learn more about the segment and the top five motorcycles that you just cannot afford to miss.
Suzuki Intruder 150
The Suzuki Intruder 150 is the latest motorcycle up the block and has been smartly thrown at a segment that does not have many models up for competition. In fact, the sub-200cc cruiser segment had the Bajaj Avenger Street 150 as the sole option for the buyers opting for a comfortable ride until the Intruder made its debut.
The Suzuki Intruder is a better-designed cruiser when compared to the Avenger and we are expecting it to be a sensation in the coming days. It is powered by the same engine that does the duties on the Gixxer, that is, a 154.9 cc engine which churns out 14.6 bhp at 8,000 revs per minute along with a peak torque of 14 Nm at 6,000 revs per minute.
Bajaj Pulsar 150
Yes! This legendary motorcycle has become a household name and has been doing so for quite a long period of time. The motorcycle is the perfect mixture of power and sanity along with a lot of efficiencies.
The Bajaj Pulsar 150 can well be termed as the bread and butter for Bajaj Auto since the launch of its first generation way back in 2001. It is powered by a 149cc, single cylinder engine which can produce a maximum power of 15 bhp at 9,000 revs per minute along with a peak torque of 12 Nm at 6,500 revs per minute. The power is sent down to the wheel via a 5-speed gearbox unit.
The Suzuki Gixxer has been the company’s trump card in the sub-200cc segment and is one of the most loved two-wheelers among the present generation youth. It is considered as a great threat to many in the segment with its performance.
The company uses a 155cc, single cylinder engine that produces 14 bhp of power and a similar 14 Nm of torque. Being mated to a 5-speed gearbox unit, the bike is said to perform way better than what the numbers suggest. And going by the umpteen riders’ reviews, the handling is impeccable, of course, the 140 section rear tyre and the swing arm mono shock suspension helps.
Honda Hornet 160R
This newbie to the segment has been an overnight star in the domestic market. Very few motorcycles look as attractive as the Honda Hornet 160R. But it isn’t just the aesthetics that has impressed the masses, it is the powerful heart too. In fact, there aren’t many motorcycles that are as powerful as the Hornet.
Under the hood of the Honda Hornet, there is a 162.71cc carburetted engine that thumps out the highest power of 15.44 bhp that works in tandem with the 14.76 Newton-metre of torque. It has one of the best acceleration in the segment and can compete with any motorcycle with a similar engine.
TVS Apache RTR 180
The performance prowess of the TVS Apache series is well known within the domestic circuit. The TVS Apache RTR 180 is targeted at the buyers who are racer by heart. Plus, the features offered are just enough to make it a complete package in the price segment. The buyers can avail dual disc as well ABS versions of the bike too.
The beast rides on a 177 bhp single cylinder engine that is enough to thumb out a maximum power of 17.3 bhp against a peak torque of 15.5 Nm. The power is sent down the wheel via a change driven 5-speed transmission gearbox.
Is that it?
It is not, honestly. There are much more that are popular and have been immensely successful over the years. The likes of the Bajaj V15 and the Discover 150 has been good for their money. However, despite having the mileage boost, these two lack the performance boost and won’t give you the feel-good factor if you are a fan of speed.
This list of the motorcycle is the best way to go if you are out in the market to buy a new bike under Rs. 1 lakh.