Powerful cruiser motorcycles or sleek and fast sports bikes, owning a premium segment motorcycle seems like the dream one can never turn into reality. It’s time that the legendary motorcycles from the stables of Royal Enfield, Bajaj and KTM are viewed as achievable dreams. The following motorcycles have occupied the top position in their respective manufacturer’s sales charts and have the best reviews possible. The good news is, they are all under 2 lakh INR.
KTM Duke 250
- The KTM Duke 250 comes with a BS6-compliant, 248.76cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that makes 29.6bhp of maximum power at 9,000rpm and 24Nm of peak torque at 7,500rpm.
- The engine is connected to a 6-speed transmission that benefits from a slipper clutch. The slipper clutch feature prevents the rear wheel from locking during aggressive downshifting.
- This beautiful street hulk is priced a little high at Rs. 2,06,365*. Several Two wheeler Finance plans offer loans with low-cost EMIs, to smoothen out the purchase.
- The motorcycle weighs 169 kilograms and flaunts a sharp and edgy styling with two variants in colour palettes – Silver Metallic and Dark Galvano.
Yamaha YZF R15 V3
- The R15 V3 is priced at INR 1.45 lakh*.
- It is powered by a 155 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which produces 18.6 PS of power at 10,000 rpm, and 14.1 Nm of torque at 8500 rpm.
- Although this is less than the power and torque output delivered by the BS4 motor, it is a high-revving engine connected to a 6-speed transmission gearbox.
- This year, R15 V3 has been upgraded by incorporating features like radial tubeless tyre at the rear, side stand engine cut-off switch, and dual horn.
- It comes equipped with a 41mm conventional telescopic fork at the front and aluminium swingarm with a mono-shock unit at the rear.
- With all these updates, there is a 3kg increase in kerb weight, and the bike weighs in at 142kg
Bajaj Dominar 400
- Under the brand of Bajaj, all bikes flaunt stylish bodies and ease of control while riding. Bajaj Dominar 400 comes with a KTM-sourced 373cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine and Dual-channel ABS support for the surface. It flaunts great mileage and performance and offers 40PS (produced at 8,650rpm).
- The BS6 update has caused the price to go up to Rs 1,94,751*.
- The engine is connected to a six-speed gearbox with a slip-and-assist clutch for prevention of torque loss in gearshifts.
- It is available in the colour variants of Rock Matte Black, Canyon Red, and Glacier Blue.
- Dominar 400 does a good job of masking the increased kerb weight of 184 kilos because of various changes.
Royal Enfield Classic 350
- The Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 comes equipped with Single-channel ABS which is priced at Rs 1,57,097* and the Dual-Channel ABS variant costing Rs 1,65,025*.
- The Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 is powered by a 346cc fuel-injected motor producing 19.3PS at 5250rpm and 28Nm 4000rpm.
- The engine is connected to a 5-speed transmission.
- Ever since its launch in 2009, the design of the Royal Enfield Classic 350 has remained almost similar and is now available in 6 different colour schemes- Stealth Black, Chrome Black, Signals Airborne Blue, Signals Stormrider Sand, Gunmetal Grey and Classic Black.
- The Stealth Black and Gunmetal Grey variants have alloy wheels while the other variants sport spoke wheels.
The concept that powerful, sleek motorcycles are not practical is a myth that we hope to shatter. An ideal bike is specific to the buyer’s requirement, surroundings, budget and taste. Reviews, no matter how stellar, are bound to confuse you further if you are not clear about your needs and expectations from the vehicle.