Gone are the days when rider safety was neglected over other features like looks, fuel economy and price. People nowadays want every feature they can avail at the cheapest. Safety features like ABS on bikes was not popular a few years back, but growing demand for them and stricter safety norms have pushed manufacturers to provide it as standard. Here are the 10 popular motorcycles that will soon get ABS as standard.
Bajaj Avenger 180/220
Bajaj Avenger 180 is a cruiser motorcycle launched by the manufacturer targeting people who want comfort and style. The riding position and wide seats add more to the comfort of the bike. Bajaj Avenger 180 uses a 178.6 cc petrol engine which produces power of 15.5 Bhp and 13.7 Nm of peak torque paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Avenger lacks ABS brakes currently, but Bajaj will soon launch the ABS version of the Avenger 180. Even the 220cc variant of the motorcycle will get ABS. Expect to pay a premium of about Rs. 10,000 for the ABS versions.
Bajaj Pulsar 220
When launched, Pulsar 220 came with the tag of the fastest Pulsar ever. Ever since, the bike has been a popular choice among the youngsters and people who want a trendy looking, powerful yet affordable motorcycle. The Pulsar 220 is powered by a 220 cc petrol engine which churns out a maximum power of 21.1 Bhp and 18.6 Nm of peak torque. This engine comes paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Bajaj will soon launch the ABS version of the Pulsar 200. Rs. 10,000-12,000 could be the price increase.
Yamaha FZ S
Yamaha FZ-S version 2.0 is the latest iteration of the model in the country. Yamaha updated the bike in terms of design and technology. The new FZ-S gets power from a 149 cc, fuel injected engine which produces 13.2 Bhp and 12.8 Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired with a 5-speed gearbox which helps the bike achieve a fuel economy of 55 Kmpl. The FZ-S lacks modern day safety features like ABS, which will be sorted in the new models. A price bump up of Rs. 10,000 is likely.
Yamaha FZ25 is one of the premium bikes from the manufacturer. The motorcycle features all LED headlight and tail light. It is powered by a 249 cc petrol engine which churns out a maximum power of 20.9 Bhp and 20 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The FZ25 gets disc brakes at both front and rear, but misses out on ABS. Yamaha will soon launch the ABS version of the FZ25. Expect to pay about Rs. 15,000 extra for the ABS version.
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 & 500
Royal Enfield Bullet is the most-selling premium bike in the country. The Bullet is known for its retro styling and comfort, apart from its signature engine thump. The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and 500 duo miss out on safety features like ABS, which will be soon tackled by the company. Royal Enfield recently launched the ABS version of the Classic 350 in the form of ‘Signals Edition’ limited edition model. The company plans to roll out the ABS variants of the Bullet duo before the end of 2018. Expect to pay about Rs. 15,000 more for the ABS-equipped Enfields.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 & 500
The Thunderbird duo from Royal Enfield are among the best-selling bikes in India. The Thunderbird is the touring focused model of the company and offers a comfortable riding position and seating for long road trips. The motorcycle duo from RE also miss out on safety features like ABS, which will be sorted in the new upcoming models.
Thunderbird 350 gets powered by a 349 cc engine which produces 20.3 Bhp power and 28 Nm of peak torque paired with a 5-speed engine. Thunderbird 500 gets power from a 499 cc petrol engine which produces a maximum power of 27.5 Bhp with 41.3 Nm of peak torque and comes paired with a 5-speed gearbox. A price hike of Rs. 15,000 is likely for the ABS-equipped models.
Hero Karizma ZMR
Hero Karizma ZMR is a fallen warrior which did not pick a good pace in the market. The ZMR falls behind in the race when it comes to modern features and advanced technology. The motorcycle is powered by a 223cc petrol engine which produces 20.2 Bhp power and 19.7 Nm of peak torque. It lacks safety features such as ABS, which is nowadays provided as standard in premium bikes. Soon, even the Karizma ZMR will get ABS. Expect to pay Rs. 15,000 more for the ZMR with ABS.