Although the price of motorbikes has dramatically grown over the previous few years, few buyers seem to have been deterred by this. Leisure riding is more common than ever in India, and manufacturers are delighting customers by offering new options every day. The best bikes in the Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh price bracket, which is becoming more and more popular as consumer power progressively increases, are listed below.
Honda CB300R (Best Motorcycles)
If you take a quick look at the spec list, the Honda CB300R can seem a bit lacking given its pricing. A 390 Duke, for instance, has more power and torque than the single-cylinder 286cc engine. The spec sheet does, however, contain one statistic that truly leaps out. And the kerb weight is 147 kg. The tiny CB weighs the same as an Apache RTR 160 4V since it is a whole 24 kg less than the Duke!
This results in a motorbike that is incredibly responsive and alive-feeling, which makes it a delight to ride and far faster than its power number would have you believe. It outperformed the more powerful TVS 310s and BMWs in our performance testing, sprinting to 100 kph in 6.58 seconds.
KTM 390 Duke (Best Motorcycles)
Indeed, there have only been minor changes made since the 2017 introduction of the current generation. The KTM 390 Duke is still the most thrilling ride you can buy for less than Rs 3 lakh if performance is your thing. The 390 Duke continues to set the standard for sporty nakeds, whether it’s due to the 373cc engine’s raw power, the taut chassis package, or class-leading amenities like a bi-directional quickshifter. Moreover, its sibling, the RC 390, is just somewhat more expensive and costs Rs. 3.16 lakh if a fully-faired sportbike appeals to you more (ex-showroom, Delhi).
TVS Apache RR 310
If you can’t stretch your budget to include the RC, the TVS Apache RR 310 is a very strong contender for a faired sportbike around Rs 3 lakh. The once coarse engine has been refined over time, and the RR continues to excel at finding the perfect harmony between sensitivity 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 updated ergonomics. BMW also offers you roughly the same bike for a little bit more money, but with more distinguished insignia, if brand value is more important to you.
Royal Enfield Classic 350
The essence of leisure motorcycling is just getting on a motorbike for pleasure. And the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is one of the few bikes at this price range that makes you feel better. Wearing rose-colored glasses while riding this bike because it provides a genuine motorcycling experience is equivalent to donning a helmet. The Classic is a relaxed, easygoing motorbike that inspires you to take the leisurely path and never stop riding in every aspect—from the way it looks to the way it sounds to its very demeanour. In its most recent incarnation, it achieves the ideal harmony of modern convenience and traditional charm—without the traditional issues.
Suzuki V-Strom SX
Of all, not everyone enjoys riding motorcycles for pure performance. For many, it’s about travelling and taking in new experiences. It implies that you are seeking a tourer. And a superb one is the Suzuki V-Strom SX. On the sturdy Gixxer 250, the small Strom gives you a more comfortable seat and a better shield from your surroundings. With a 19-inch front wheel and semi-knobby tyres, the refined quarter-liter powerhouse can easily hold you at triple-digit highway speeds. You can even slightly stray off the pavement. Yet you can’t get too extreme because the Gixxer has no additional suspension travel. You should choose a Yezdi Adventure or a Royal Enfield Himalayan for that.
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