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We knew that with the BS6 emission norms coming into effect this year, the prices of loads of two-wheelers were going to be affected. Some of our favourite bikes that were deliciously priced earlier have gone on to become pretty expensive after receiving their emission updates. And if you are cash strapped and so looking at buying something without spending more than a lakh of rupees, your options have reduced.
The good bit is that there are still some great bikes that you can buy with this budget. Take a look:
Hero Xtreme 160R Single-disc edition: Rs 99,950
Hero’s latest contender in the 160cc segment has been something for its rivals to sit up and take notice. Hero claims that the Xtreme 160R is the quickest motorcycle in the class and we think it has the potential to be true. Cause for starters, it has the most powerful two-valve head mill in its class and it is also the lightest among its peers. And even though we spent just minutes riding the bike at the Hero CIT, it left quite an impression.
Yamaha FZ-Fi V3: Rs 99,700
If you want a no-nonsense commuter motorcycle that also looks macho, the Yamaha FZ-Fi V3 has got you covered. Even though this Yammie isn’t as thrilling to ride as its competitors, it scores high on fuel efficiency and braking. It also performs city duties quite well, offering a supple riding experience.
Bajaj Pulsar 125 Split Seat: Rs 79,091
The smallest member of the Pulsar family happens to be Bajaj’s highest selling model as well. What has got the Indian audiences smitten with this bike is that the Pulsar 125 packs all the classic bits of the Pulsar 150 but with a 125cc engine and lower price tag. In fact, the Pulsar 125 is as powerful as the Yamaha FZ-Fi V3 BS6. And while Bajaj was only offering the split seat version in certain pockets of the country earlier, the variant is now present pan-India. It gets a few new styling bits, like the split grab rails and a belly pan, that makes the Pulsar 125 even more likeable.
Honda Unicorn BS6: Rs 93,593
Honda has finally put its aged 150cc mill to rest. The Unicorn BS6 now arrives with the same 163cc single-cylinder engine that you get on the X-Blade BS6 and was also found on the old CB Hornet 160R. The Unicorn still gets a slightly duller and more mileage-friendly engine tune than its 160cc siblings. One of our gripes with this particular motor was its refinement. The Indian masses weren’t particularly impressed either as the old 150cc engine was buttery smooth. The new BS6 160cc engine is counterbalanced, though, and that should improve the refinement of the motorcycle.
Bajaj Avenger Street 160: Rs 94,893
Finally, moving on from naked motorcycles, the most cost effective way of getting a cruiser in India is the Bajaj Avenger Street 160. The smallest Avenger doesn’t share its engine with any other members of the Bajaj clan. It is decently powerful but cannot be the best companion for high-speed mile munching. It is however a great city slicker, making sure your commutes are relaxed and comfy.