Ladakh has now become a prime biking destination with thousands of bikers thronging the place on their steeds. If you are looking for an affordable bike, that is Ladakh-ready, here are the 10 best options that are available in the market. The affordable price tag that we have set is below Rs. 3 lakh, ex-showroom.
Price: Rs. 1.48 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
The sports cruiser from the brand is known for its value for money and has quickly become popular in the market. The Dominar is a feature-loaded motorcycle that comes with full-LED head lamps. The cruiser is powered by a 373-cc engine, which is based on the KTM 390 Duke’s powerplant. The single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine produces a maximum power of 34.5 BHP and 35 Nm of torque. The comfortable riding position, powerful engine and fuel injection make it one of the best bikes available in the market.
Ladakh ready? The Dominar has been tested on various terrains in India including extensive testing at Ladakh. Bajaj claims that the performance of the bike does not drop till 18,380 feet above sea level, which makes it a perfect bike for high altitude passes of Ladakh roads.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Price: Rs. 1.67 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is the cheapest adventure motorcycle that you can buy in India. The Himalayan is termed as the most advanced Royal Enfield you can buy as of now, but that will change when the brand launches the new 650-cc twins this year. The 411-cc, the four-stroke engine of the motorcycle misses out on the trademark thump. The single-cylinder engine produces a maximum of 24 BHP and 32 Nm of maximum torque.
Ladakh ready? The Himalayan comes with a host of equipment like an onboard compass that helps the rider navigate without maps. It also gets a high ground clearance of 220 mm that helps it to ride smoothly over rough roads.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird
Price: Rs. 1.47 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird is a cruiser bike that offers a low seat height and an extremely comfortable seating position. The Thunderbird is available in two engine options and is a tyreless motorcycle that can munch miles without breaking a sweat. It gets a 350-cc engine that generates 19.8 Bhp – 28 Nm and 500-cc EFI engine that generates 27.2 Bhp and 41.3 Nm.
Ladakh ready? The relaxed riding position of the bike and a big fuel tank makes it a perfect companion. Also, the heavy low-end torque helps it to climb steep inclines.
Mahindra Mojo XT
Price: Rs. 1.79 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Mahindra Mojo now comes in two variants, UT and XT. The XT is the more equipped version of the bike and perfect for Ladakh roads with its Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres. The bike is well balanced and gets exhausts on both the sides. It is powered by a single-cylinder 295-cc engine that generates a maximum of 27 Bhp and 30 Nm. It gets a 6-speed transmission.
Ladakh ready? The Mahindra Mojo gets a huge 21-litre tank that allows it to go the maximum distance between fuel stops. The Pirelli tyres also induce a lot of confidence in riders.
Price: Rs. 1.19 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
Even though Yamaha offers the Fazer 250, which is the fully faired version of the FZ25 in the Indian market, the full fairing can develop rattles due to the extremely bad road conditions of Ladakh. The naked FZ25, however, is the perfect choice for Ladakhi roads. The bike is powered by a 249-cc, oil-cooled plus air-cooled engine that generates a maximum of 20.4 Bhp and 20 Nm.
Ladakh ready? The FZ25 is quite lightweight and tips only 148 kg on the weighing scale. The bike gets a comfortable riding position and just like all Yamaha bikes, the FZ25 gets the smoothest engines in the segment, which ensures less fatigue for the rider.
Bajaj Avenger Cruise
Price: Rs. 95,923, ex-showroom, Delhi
Bajaj recently discontinued the Avenger 150 to introduce the Avenger 180 in the market and it still is the most affordable cruiser bike in India. However, the 220-cc version of the bike deems fit for Ladakh roads as it gets enough power to push through highways and the difficult parts of the roads. The Cruise variant of the motorcycle comes with spoke wheels and a big windscreen. The spoke wheels take on the rough roads easily, while the windscreen makes highway cruising much better. The Avenger Cruise comes with a 220-cc engine that produces a maximum power of 18.8 BHP and 17.5 Nm of maximum torque.
Ladakh ready? It gets a laid-back riding position and comes with a 14-litre tank. The powerful bike returns good fuel efficiency to go at least 400 km on a single fuel tank, making it perfect for such long trips.
Royal Enfield Bullet
Price: Rs. 1.14 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
Even though it gets the Bullet moniker, it is not the fastest bike in the country. The Bullet is one of the most used bikes on Ladakh trips and is powered by two different engine options, 346-cc, 19.8 BHP – 28 Nm and 499-cc, 27.2 BHP – 41.3 Nm.
Ladakh ready? The low-end torque of the Bullet makes it extremely easy to climb steep inclines or cross difficult terrains. The low revving engine is also extremely efficient and keeps the Bullet running for miles before stopping for fuel.
Bajaj Pulsar 220F
Price: Rs. 95,023, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Bajaj Pulsar 220F is an extremely versatile bike and even though it is at the end of its life cycle, the bike gets a lot of interest. The semi-faired Pulsar 220F has raw power and a semi-aggressive seating posture that allows the riders to enjoy the speed without getting tired.
Ladakh ready? The bike gets adequate protection against wind blasts and also has good enough power to take on the straight roads and winding stretches of the mountains.
Price: Rs. 1.82 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
The UM Renegade is gaining popularity in India but is still not as popular as its competitors. It comes in two variants – Sport S and Commando. The Commando comes with an optional windscreen and spoke wheels that help make highway cruising easy. The Renegade comes powered by a single-cylinder, 279-cc engine that produces 25.4 BHP and 23 Nm.
Ladakh ready? The Renegade is like the Avenger but with more power. It has a very comfortable seating position and a backrest for people who plan to ride pillion.
Honda CBR 250
Price: Rs. 1.64 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
Recently, Honda launched an updated version of the sports tourer CBR250R, in India. The bike seems to be inspired by the brand’s most expensive tourer bike – VFR1200F. The new CBR 250 comes with an all-LED head lamp but the rest of the bike remains similar to the outgoing version. The fully faired bike gets an extremely comfortable riding position and enough power to cruise at triple-digit speed all day long. It is powered by a 249.6-cc liquid-cooled engine that generates a maximum of 26.1 Bhp and 22.9 Nm.
Ladakh ready? The Honda CBR 250 is one of the best touring bikes available in the price bracket. It gets enough power to quickly munch highway miles and is agile enough to take on the mountain terrains.