“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bike, that’s pretty close to it”
Speed, Thrill and Fun – all three come combined in one package when you buy a bike. I just love to ride on a bike, especially in monsoons, when it is raining. It is completely blissful. Now, the good point here is that you can even cross the traffic faster with a bike rather than a car, as it needs less space.
Let’s see some of the best bikes which you can buy under the budget of 1 lakhs to 2 lakhs in India 2016:
10. Yamaha YZF R15 S
Price: 1.18 Lakhs
Yamaha is a Japanese manufacturer and was found 128 years ago.
This bike model YZF R15S was a huge success in India when it was first introduced because it was a very reliable and single cylinder sports motorbike at a very budget friendly price. It is very easy to handle and has a great performance. Just after 3 years, Yamaha launched an updated model with model name YZF R15 v2.0. Just that the back part is redesigned and engine is updated in new model.
9. Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Price: 1.26 Lakhs
Bajaj Motors has launched its fastest Pulsar model RS200 that is also the most compact sports bike. It has excellent riding position offered for varied Indian roads. It has a powerful 200cc engine and is available in ABS variant also.
8. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350
Price: 1.47 Lakhs
The thunderbird series of Royal Enfield hasbeen sold since 2000, but in 2009, they aggressively updated the bike and brought the 350-modelnumber that has a 346cc unit construction engine. What I love about this bike is the rear LED light, which gives it an edge of class. It offers 5-gear change facility.
7. UM Motorcycles Renegade Commando
Price: 1.59 Lakhs
UM is referred to United Motors, which is an American company formed in 1910 to handle international sales of the United States Motor Company. UM is a new manufacturer from India in a joint venture with Lohia Auto. This Renegade bike series is the latest one among motorcycles made purposefully for riders looking for cruiser styled bikes within their budget. The company considers Royal Enfield as their competitor and their buyers are the main targets for them.
6. Royal Enfield Himalayan
Price: 1.62 Lakhs
Royal Enfield is originally a British affair in 1893. They deal in manufacturing of motorcycles, bicycles, lawn movers, and stationary items.Electra,Classic, and Bullet are some of their popular models. Himalayan is their latest model launched in India after a much-awaited wait. It is one of the best Indian adventure tourer motorcycles. Also, it is one of the cheapest bikes of this forte in Indian Market. Its suspension is awesome and riding dynamics again is appreciable.
5. Honda CBR250R
Price: 1.63 Lakhs
Honda launched this model CBR250R in India to make up with the growing needs of the Indian population in this segment. It is very budget friendly bike and gives utmost riding and seating comfort. However,it is completely inspired by the Hondo popular model VFR1200. It is quite impressive and has a fuel tank of 13 liters capacity. Mileage for this particular model is 29 kmpl.
4. DSK Benelli TNT 25
Price: 1.68 lakhs
Pune-based DSK group introduced a completely new range of bikes from the Italian manufacturer Benelli. This model TNT 25 is very cheap at cost and is brought in via the CKD route. It has one single cylinder that has lowered its cost. It is in good competition with KTM 390 Duke, Honda CBR 250R, and Mahindra Mojo.
3. UM Motorcycles Renegade Sport S
Price: 1.7 lakhs
UM in collaboration with Lohia auto has production centers in Uttarakhand.This bike is costlier than Renegade Commando. Both have same single cylinder engine of 280 cc. It gives 6-speed transition and is a joy to ride completely.
2. Mahindra Mojo
Price: 1.72 lakhs
This bike is loaded with great features and good hardware parts. Currently in a Mahindra advertisement on TV, this bike is shown in Crimson Matte color and looks stunning beauty. It has unmatchable ride quality and comfortable riding dynamics. It was also shown in Auto expo, Delhi in 2016. It is a choice of the majority in this range.
1. KTM 390 Duke ABS
Price: 1.99 Lakhs
KTM is an Austrian bicycle manufacturer found in 1981. It has a great brand image and is a pleasure to own. They have collaborated with Bajaj Auto to enter the Indian Markets. The model 390 Duke ABS is the 2nd to be introduced in India by KTM. It is powered by 373 cc single cylinder with a six-speed gear change facility. It has a unique option of switching the ABS off when desired. Very few bikes have that facility.