The Indian two-wheeler space has seen some really interesting additions over the last decade or so, with multiple options that can cater to various riding requirements, or experiences. While a lot of these new motorcycles carry more premium price tags, there are some that hold their own in the ‘affordable’ category. We’ve compiled a list of the top five bikes you can get today for under Rs 1 lakh. And even though the definition of ‘best’ can be rather subjective, for this list, we’ve considered motorcycles that offer something greater than some of the other humdrum options in the segment. This could be great bang for the buck, or just a tonne of personality.
Before we start, we’d like to admit that this ‘under Rs 1 lakh’ title is a bit of a misnomer. That is because we’re considering the best five motorcycles that have their ex-showroom (Delhi) prices under a lakh rupees. Some of which have their actual on-road prices a little over the mark.
Hero Xtreme 200S
A spot earlier occupied by the Hero Xtreme 200R has been taken over by the new Xtreme 200S considering the added features and tech it gets. The 200S shares it mechanicals with the 200R, it uses the same powertrain, gearbox and also the chassis setup with the 37mm telescopic fork and a seven-step pre-load adjustable monoshock.
At the launch, Hero had mentioned that despite what its styling suggests, the Xtreme 200S is targeted at riders looking for ‘character and comfort’ in their daily city ride. The 200S comes equipped with a full-LED headlight and tail-light. The instrument cluster on the motorcycle is also Bluetooth-enabled and displays information like navigation, gear position and more. The Xtreme 200S’ pricing also makes it one of the most affordable fully faired motorcycles in the country with more features, a better design and greater value than its direct rival, the Gixxer SF.
Power: 18.4hp at 8,000rpm
Torque: 17.1Nm at 6,500rpm
Price: Rs 98,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Also read: Hero Xtreme 200S review, test ride
Hero XPulse 200
The second Hero motorcycle in the list also happens to be the newest motorcycle here. The Hero XPulse 200 uses the same powertrain as the Hero Xtreme 200R, but to aid its off-road purpose, it gets a larger rear sprocket (by one tooth). The XPulse 200 is the long-overdue replacement to the Impulse, and in a market where affordable off-road motorcycles are few and far between, this new model is certainly a welcome addition.
Compared to the Impulse, the XPulse boasts a more powerful engine, a lower seat height and added technology in the form of a single-channel ABS and a Bluetooth-compatible instrument cluster. Another impressive feature is the 21/18-inch wheel combo that's usually seen on more serious dirt bikes.
The XPulse 200 is available in two variants - a carburetted version that carries a price tag of Rs 97,000 and fits into this list, and a fuel-injected variant that costs Rs 1.05 lakh.
Power: 18.4hp at 8,000rpm
Torque: 17.1Nm at 6,500rpm
Price: Rs 97,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Also read: Hero XPulse 200 review, test ride
Honda CB Hornet 160R
The CB Hornet 160R was one of the first bikes in its segment to be equipped with ABS. The updated CB Hornet 160R was first showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo before it was launched in March last year with a few styling updates.
The styling of the 160R is sharp and bold, and the design highlight is the inclusion of an LED headlight and the all-digital console. Mechanically, the motorcycle is powered by a 162.7cc, air-cooled motor that develops 15.09hp and a peak torque of 14.5Nm. Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed gearbox.
Power: 15.09hp at 8,500rpm
Torque: 14.5Nm at 6,500rpm
Price: Rs 92,000 (ABS STD), Rs 94,500 (ABS DLX)
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
The RTR 160 4V boasts the most powerful motor in its segment and can be had with two options – carburettor and fuel injection. It also gets four-valve technology, while most of its competitors employ a two-valve head. The 4V also uses a new frame, which has allowed TVS to use a monoshock instead of the dual shocks on the previous generation.
The RTR 160 has received consecutive cosmetic updates since it first launched over a decade ago, but it has never been thoroughly updated. The 4V changes that trend. With an overall styling heavily inspired from the RTR 200, it features a similar tank, headlight, tail-light, instrumentation and even turn-indicators. The RTR 160 also features a similar ‘shotgun’ exhaust design, a fully digital instrument console and an LED tail-light as the RTR 200. It does, however, feature a different centre body panel. If you are looking for a more commuter-friendly version of the RTR 200, the 160 4V is the bike for you.
Power: 16.8hp at 8,000rpm (EFI), 16.5hp at 8,000rpm (Carburettor).
Torque: 14.8Nm at 6,500rpm.
Price: Rs 89,785 (ABS Drum), Rs 92,785 (ABS Disc), Rs 98,785 (EFI ABS)
Also read: 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V review
When the original Gixxer was launched back in 2014, most of us dismissed it as a Yamaha FZ16 clone, until we rode it for the first time that is. What this bike delivers is hard to quantify on paper. It isn't the most powerful bike in its segment, nor is the epitome of frugality. But if there’s a bike that makes its case purely on its ‘X factor’, it has to be the Gixxer. One aspect that makes it so easily lovable is just how much fun it is to ride – a lot of which can be attributed to its fantastic handling package. It’s a bike that scores high on practicality as well, with a comfortable saddle and seating position, and a light kerb weight of just 135kg. With recent updates, both bikes now feature an optional rear disc brake and a single-channel ABS. The Gixxer SF is also available in a fuel-injected variant that costs a little over Rs 1 lakh. Both, the faired and non-faired guises of the bike look attractive, especially when you take into consideration their racing-inspired blue livery.
Power: 14.8hp at 8,000rpm
Torque: 14Nm at 6,000rpm
Price: Gixxer: Rs 88,941 (ABS) / Gixxer SF: Rs 98,076 (ABS), Rs 1,01,906 (SFFI ABS)