Motorcycles in the affordable classes have been getting faster and faster. The Bajaj Pulsar began the thrust on performance more than a decade ago and ever since, the enthusiast motorcycle buyer in India has been getting a steady stream of high performance, yet affordable bikes.
It’s perhaps one of the best times to be a biker in India, or get back onto two wheels. Affordable motorcycles can now show sportscars a clean pair of heels. Today, we list out four sub-4 lakh sportsbikes that can actually out-accelerate the DC Avanti sportscar, which costs about 10 times as much. For the record, the Avanti does 0-100 Kph in about 7 seconds, and costs over 35 lakh rupees.
KTM Duke 390
The KTM Duke 390 is the king of the hill when it comes to brutal acceleration. The Duke 390 hurtles from rest to 100 Kph in just 5.5 seconds. Now, this is sportscar besting performance. The 373cc four stroke motor with 43 Bhp and 35 Nm, and the 6 speed gearbox, really give the Duke explosive acceleration that is simply addictive. The naked streetbike is one of the best equipped motorcycles in its categories, making it brilliant value for money. This is also a reason why the Duke 390 has been a best seller right from word go. For 1.88 lakh rupees, the Duke 390 is big bang for the buck. Oh, and you get ABS too, which is a BIG deal maker.
The KTM RC390 is the latest offering from the Austrian motorcycle maker for the Indian market. The RC390 is a track focused, fully faired motorcycle that features the tried and tested 373cc single cylinder, liquid cooled motor. Paired to a six speed manual gearbox, this motor makes 43 Bhp and 35 Nm, which is enough to propel the light sportsbike to 100 Kph from standstill in just 5.6 seconds. Why DC Avanti, this is one motorcycle that can actually hold its own against the Porsche Boxster in a traffic light GP. Now, that’s affordable performance for you. ABS is standard, and the bike is priced at 2.1 lakh rupees.
Days ago, Yamaha got back into the affordable performance game in India, by launching the R3 sportsbike. The R3 rakes on the Kawasaki Ninja 300R, and is the most powerful bike in its class. While the RC390 and Duke 390 may deliver their power more crudely, the twin cylinder engined R3 combines refinement and a free revving nature. The 300cc parallel twin motor gives enough kicks with 41.4 Bhp-29.6 Nm, while remaining smooth enough for hours of high speed fun in the saddle. A six speed manual gearbox comes standard. The R3 revs across the 0-100 Kph mark in just 6.14 seconds. The R3 can be yours for 3.25 lakh rupees.
Kawasaki Ninja 300R
The Kawasaki Ninja 250R re-introduced India to twin cylinder sportsbikes that were smooth, powerful and affordable. Its successor, the Ninja 300R, has just carried the performance envelope further. The CKD assembled motorcycle is priced at a premium, what with it retailing at 3.6 lakh rupees. However, the high quality levels and sheer smoothness of the 300cc motor are two reasons why enthusiasts still rate motorcycle very highly. The Ninja 300R’s high revving, twin cylinder engine puts out 38.5 Bhp and 27 Nm, which is enough to take it from standstill to 100 Kph in 6.5 seconds. The fully faired bike is priced at 3.61 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.