India is the world’s largest two-wheeler market. However, most of the buyers in the segment concentrate on fuel economy that has created an abundance of high-mileage bikes in the market. However, there are a few bikes which can shot up your adrenaline and keep your racing spirit happy. Here are the most affordable bikes for racing enthusiasts in India.
Price: Rs. 1.19 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
The YZF-R15 is the smallest capacity bike on this list yet it is extremely capable. Launched as a performance motorcycle, the R15 showed the Indian market how performance can be squeezed out of small capacity engines. The 150cc engine performed so well that higher capacity motorcycles remained in the rearview mirrors of R15. The liquid-cooled engine produces 16.8 Bhp – 15 Nm.
The R15 is known for its extremely balanced handling, thanks to its Deltabox frame. It was also kickstarted the trend of performance-oriented fully-faired motorcycles. The R15 also became a popular track tool for amateurs.
KTM RC 200
Price: 1.71 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
Fully faired motorcycles have a charm of their own and this is the most affordable fully faired bike from KTM that you can buy in India. The bike is a fully faired version of the KTM 200 Duke and looks smashing.
It has an aggressive seating posture suited for track riding. The bike is powered by the same 199.5cc engine that powers the 200 Duke. It produces a maximum of 24 Bhp and 19.5 Nm torque.
TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi
Price: 1.06 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
TVS launched a new version of the Apache RTR 200 earlier this year equipped with fuel injection. The RTR 200 is a high-performance bike which is powered by a 200cc single-cylinder, air plus oil-cooled engine. It generates a maximum of 21 Bhp and 20.7 Bhp. It gets disc brakes with single-channel ABS as an optional equipment.
KTM RC 390
Price: 2.25 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
It is the most expensive KTM available in the Indian market. The RC 390 is a road/track fully faired bike that looks quite intimidating. The RC 390 did not get a major update like the new 390 Duke. However, it was launched with the cleaner BS IV engine. The RC 390 also offers the switchable dual channel ABS similar to that on the 390 Duke. The single-cylinder engine produces 43 Bhp – 36 Nm.
Suzuki Gixxer SF
Starting price: 91,693, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Gixxer twins became quite popular in the market because of the way they look combined with the affordable price tag. The fully faired version is called Gixxer SF and it looks quite sporty. Suzuki recently launched the ABS version of the bike and It is also the only motorcycle in the 150cc segment to offer ABS in India.
Suzuki uses a modified version of the Gixxer in its One Make Race series in India that gets clip-on handlebar and aftermarket exhaust among other performance parts. The Gixxer can be a very potent track tool if right parts are added to it.
TVS Apache RR 310S
Price: 2.05 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
The newest flagship of TVS is the most powerful production Apache bike. The bike gets many advanced features like ram air, low coefficient drag, reversed incline engine and much more. The bike is powered by a reverse inclined 312.2cc engine that produces a maximum of 34 Bhp – 27 Nm. The bike also gets lap timer, highest speed and various other track-oriented tools to aid the riders.