5 affordable motorcycles FASTER than a BMW 3-Series: KTM Duke 390 to TVS Apache 310

Over the years, performance motorcycles have become quite accessible on the Indian market. There are quite a few performance-oriented affordable bikes on the Indian market that can be bought at a fraction of the price of a fast car. Here are five such affordable bikes in India, which are quicker than a BMW 3-Series 320d. The 320d variant of the 3-Series is quite popular and is the best-selling version in India. It is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that generates a maximum of 184 Bhp and 380 Nm. It can do 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds, which is very, very quick indeed.

KTM 390 Duke

Price: 2.29 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi

The KTM 390 Duke is one of the most popular performance bikes available in India. The value-for-money proposition it offers makes it an extremely good deal. The 390 Duke is extremely quick too. It is powered by a 373cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that churns out a maximum of 43 Bhp and 37 Nm. The 390 Duke can dart from 0-100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds, making it lightning quick. The bike gets a slipper clutch that makes the gear shifts easier and quicker.

KTM RC 390

Price: 2.34 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi

The KTM RC 390 is the fully faired version of the 390 Duke. The RC 390 gets an aggressive riding position, which makes it suitable for track riding. It gets the same fuel-injected 373cc, single-cylinder engine that develops a similar 43 Bhp and 37 Nm in the RC 390. The full body fairing saves the rider from wind blasts. However, the 0-100 km/h time remains the same at 5.6 seconds for the RC 390. It also gets a slipper clutch for quicker gear shifts.

Yamaha YZF-R3

Price: 3.48 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi

Yamaha launched the new YZF-R3 in India at the 2018 Auto Expo. The track-oriented performance bike is the most affordable twin-cylinder bike from the Japanese manufacturer and is also the best-selling in the segment in India. The YZF-R3 is powered by a 321cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that produces a maximum of 41.4 Bhp and 29.6 Nm. The YZF-R3 is extremely smooth and can do 0-100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds, making it much quicker than the BMW 320d.

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Price: 3.6 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is the most-affordable fully-faired bike from the manufacturer in India. It is also the entry-level bike of the extremely popular Ninja series. Recently, Kawasaki announced that the bike will be assembled in India with more localised parts that will make it cheaper. The Ninja 300 is powered by a 296cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that churns out a maximum of 38.5 Bhp and 27 Nm. It can do 0-100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds.

TVS Apache RR 310

Price: 2.23 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi

TVS launched its first fully faired bike in the form of Apache RR 310 in India. The Apache gets powered by the engine developed jointly by BMW and TVS and the same engine will also power the upcoming BMW G 310R and the GS 310. The single-cylinder 312.2cc engine produces a maximum power of 34 Bhp and 27.3 Nm. It gets a six-speed transmission and can do 0-100 km/h in less than 7 seconds, which is a bit faster than the 7.2 second time of the BMW 320d.