This Diwali, if you are looking for a bike under a lakh, here are your best choices
Enthusiasts and regular buyers alike may be planning to invest in a motorcycle this Diwali. Things have been pretty exciting when it comes to new launches, particularly in the second half of this year, as the ongoing pandemic has shown signs of easing.
So, if you’re in the market for a motorcycle under a lakh rupees, you’ll be spoilt for choices. Here are our top five picks:
TVS took its own sweet time getting back into the growing 125cc segment, but the wait has been worth it as the Hosur-based bikemaker has launched the feature-packed TVS Raider, which comes with segment-first riding modes: Eco and Power. TVS claims the bike can return 67kmpl in ‘Eco’ mode, an impressive figure for a 125cc bike.
Apart from this, there are other goodies like LED headlight and tail lamp, a fully digital instrument cluster that can show real time mileage, start/stop system with a silent starter, and an optional USB charger below the handlebar. At Rs 77,500, the motorcycle is reasonably priced too. If you want to know the likeable bits and the not-so-likeable ones of this motorcycle, check this out.
Hero Glamour Xtec:
The Hero Glamour Xtec is the first motorcycle in the 125cc segment to feature smartphone connectivity with turn-by-turn navigation assist. The motorcycle starts from Rs 80,500, and it is packed with other modern features like call/SMS alerts, a USB charging port, a bank-angle sensor that cuts off the engine in case of a fall, and an all-LED headlight.
You can read more about its features here. All in all, if you want a motorcycle packed with practical features for your everyday commutes, the Hero Glamour Xtec is hard to ignore.
Bajaj Pulsar NS125:
The Bajaj Pulsar NS125 is by far the sportiest-looking motorcycle in this list and is ideal for those who want the looks of the iconic Pulsar NS200 but in a more affordable 125cc package. That said, at Rs 99,347, its pricing is a little on the expensive side, considering it’s still a 125cc air-cooled motorcycle.
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For the premium, its potent engine offers peppy mid-range performance. This coupled with the short wheelbase makes zipping around town an enjoyable affair. To know more about how the bike performs in the real world, its city and highway mileage figures, and other details, check out our road test review.
The Bajaj CT110X is priced at Rs 61,933, making it the most affordable motorcycle in this list. But that doesn’t mean it’s a barebones bike. In fact, Bajaj has equipped the CT110X with a few bits that make the motorcycle perfect for bad roads. It comes with rugged-looking elements like a headlamp guard, a gaitered front fork, chunky crash guards, tank pads, a metal bash plate, and a sturdy pillion grab handle with integrated tail rack.
More importantly, it also comes with semi-knobby tubeless tyres, a telescopic fork with 125mm travel, and rear spring-in-spring suspension with 100mm travel. If you’re looking for an inexpensive, fuel-efficient commuter motorcycle that can go over bad roads unscathed, then the Bajaj CT110X is the one for you.
Honourable Mention: Honda Shine
Sure, the Honda Shine isn’t a motorcycle that was launched this year. But it still holds its value; after all, it has been the best-selling 125cc motorcycle in India for years. This all-time favourite comes with conservative yet likeable looks, a butter-smooth engine, and more importantly, the reliability of a Honda. The BS6-compliant iteration was updated with a new engine with a five-speed transmission and silent starter. It is claimed to offer 14 percent better mileage than its predecessor. Apart from this, the bike also gets an engine kill switch, refreshed graphics, and a few subtle changes to the headlamp cowl and side panels.
Honda has priced the bike at Rs 73,352 for the base variant. If a no-nonsense 125cc commuter bike with bulletproof build quality and reliability is what you’re looking for, then Honda Shine outshines the rest.
All prices ex-showroom, Delhi.