Indeed, the cost of motorcycles has increased significantly over the past few years, but few consumers appear to have been put off by this. In India, leisure riding is more popular than ever, and manufacturers are gratifying consumers by introducing new possibilities daily. Here are the top bikes you can buy in the Rs 2 lakh to 3 lakh range, which is growing in popularity.
Royal Enfield Classic 350
The essence of leisure riding is just getting on a motorcycle for pleasure. And the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is one of the few bikes in this price range that makes you feel better. Wearing rose-colored glasses while riding this bike because it provides a genuine motorcycling experience. The Classic is a relaxed, easygoing motorbike that inspires you to take the scenic path and never stop riding in every aspect—from how it looks to how it sounds to its demeanour. Its most recent incarnation achieves the ideal harmony of modern convenience.
Suzuki V-Storm SX
The tiny Strom seats you more comfortably and shields you better from your surroundings on the solid foundation of the Gixxer 250. The refined quarter-litre powerhouse with a 19-inch front wheel and semi-knobby tyres can easily hold you at triple-digit highway speeds. If you wish to go hardcore, choose a Yezdi Adventure or a Royal Enfield Himalayan.
Honda CB 300R
Look at the spec sheet; the Honda CB300R can come across as lacklustre for the price. For example, the single-cylinder 286cc engine produces less power and torque than a 390 Duke. The spec sheet does, however, contain one figure that truly leaps out. And the kerb weight is 147 kg. The tiny CB weighs the same as an Apache RTR 160 4V because it is 24 kg lighter than the Duke! In our performance testing, it accomplished the sprint to 100 kph in 6.58 seconds, outpacing the more potent TVS 310s and BMWs.
TVS Apache RR 310
TVS Apache RR 310 is a strong contender for a faired sport bike of around Rs 3 lakh. The formerly coarse engine has been improved over time, and as always, the RR does an excellent job of striking a balance between sensibility and sportiness. The TVS Built to Order (BTO) programme now offers a wide range of customization options for the company's flagship Apache, including items like adjustable suspension and updates ergonomics. If the brand value is more important to you, BMW also offers you essentially the same bike for a little more money but with a more distinguished insignia.
KTM 390 Duke
Yeah, since the arrival of the current generation in 2017, it has only undergone small modifications. Yet, the KTM 390 Duke continues to be the most thrilling ride you can get for less than Rs 3 lakh if performance is your thing. The 390 Duke continues to set the standard for sporty naked, whether due to the 373cc engine's raw power, the taut chassis package, or class-leading amenities like a bi-directional quick-shifter. And if a fully-faired sportbike appeals to you more, its relative, the RC 390, is only a little more expensive, costing Rs 3.16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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