We list down our top 5 picks of the best feature-packed bikes under 500cc
Choosing the right bike to suit your needs can be quite tricky, especially when there are plenty of options out there. To make things simpler, we have listed down the top five feature-packed motorcycles under 500cc that you can get your hands today.
TVS’ newest offering, the TVS Radeon, is a 110cc commuter motorcycle that’s targeted towards the masses. Although the overall styling maybe minimal and practical, the manufacturer has furnished the Radeon with a couple of features that's second to none in its segment. It gets a twin-pod instrument console that looks pretty basic but gets an ‘Eco’ and ‘Power’ indicator, a side-stand indicator and a USB port conveniently placed beside the instrument console. The Radeon is equipped with halogen headlamp with LED DRLs and a conventional looking tail light.
The gold painted engine casing, knee pads on the tank, and the textured seat add a touch of premiumness to the motorcycle. Additionally, the TVS Radeon also gets Synchronized Braking Technology and 18-inch alloy wheels. Soaking in undulations are telescopic forks up front and a twin shock absorber setup with 5-step adjustability at the rear.
Honda CB Hornet 160R
It’s safe to say that Honda pretty much changed its ideology of a commuter motorcycle with the introduction of the CB Hornet 160R. Its sharp and muscular design paired with chunky tyres became an instant hit amongst youngsters looking to upgrade from a scooter. The Hornet’s list of features include an all-LED headlight, a hazard indicator (a segment-first) along with a full-digital instrument console and an LED tail light. The Honda Hornet 160R is also offered with single-channel ABS as an option.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
The TVS RTR 200 4V gets even sportier with the Race Edition 2.0 which gets features like a flyscreen and an anti-reverse (A-RT) torque slipper clutch (a segment-first). In terms of design, the bike gets an aggressive looking headlight with LED DRLs inspired by snake fangs. Other highlights include an LED tail lights, clip-on handlebars, an offset fuel cap and a fully-digital instrument cluster. The feature-rich console displays readouts such as lap timer, top speed and acceleration recorder, and a gear position indicator.
Other technical aspects of the bike include ram-air assist, which TVS claims decreases engine heat by 10 degrees Celsius, race-tuned KYB suspension at the front and rear and sticky Pirelli tyres (optional).
Yamaha R15 V3.0
The third-gen Yamaha R15’s race-oriented design maybe a little too serious for most people, but it makes for one heck of a proposition for serious riders who can’t stretch their budget too much. The R15 V3 manages to blend the precision of the first-gen R15 and the performance from the second-gen only to take it up a notch. Inspired by the YZF-R6, the R15 V3’s sharp styling and true blue Yamaha livery look nothing short for breathtaking.
New features include split LED headlights and an all-digital instrument console that displays real-time fuel consumption, a clock, a rev-limiter and a gear position indicator. The rear section of the new R15 V3 bears an uncanny resemblance to its elder sibling, the YZF-R1.
The Japanese manufacturer has also reworked the motor to provide better low-end grunt and top-end performance with the help of Variable Valve Actuation (VVA). Its 155cc motor is mated to a 6-speed transmission aided by a slipper-clutch.
KTM 390 Duke
Last but not the least is the significantly revised 2017 KTM 390 Duke which feels like a toned down version of its beastly cousin, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. The KTM 390 Duke redefined its segment by offering a ton of features without burning a hole in your pocket. It gets a split LED headlight, LED tail light and its chief feature - a coloured TFT display. Riders can sync their phone with the instrument console via the KTM MY RIDE app, allowing them to control music playback and attend or reject incoming calls/messages via the menu switches integrated into the left-hand side of the handlebar controls.
Additional equipment comes in the form adjustable clutch and brake levers, hand guards, ride-by-wire, slipper clutch and a three-stage Bosch ABS unit.