Are you someone who has been riding a 150-250cc bike for quite some time now, and wants to upgrade? There are a lot of options in the market that may confuse you, and we believe that you should get a bang for your buck when you’re spending Lakhs of Rupees. So, we’ve created a list of 10 motorcycles that are best suited for someone who is upgrading from a small motorcycle.
KTM Duke 390
The KTM Duke 390 needs no introduction. It is India’s favourite street bike, mainly because of the mad performance that it offers at such a low price point. Not only the low price point but also the fact that a 373cc motorcycle giving much higher capacity bikes a run for their money is commendable. The Duke 390 churns out an insane 43.5HP and 37nm torque. Considering that the bike weighs only 153Kgs, the power to weight ratio is mind-numbing! With the newer updates, it also gets nifty features like a bi-directional quick shifter and Bluetooth connectivity. The Duke is currently priced at Rs.2.58 Lakh, ex-showroom.
Kawasaki Z 650
The twin to the Ninja 650, the Z 650 is the street naked version of the fully faired Ninja 650. It gets the same 649cc, 68HP producing twin-cylinder motor. The Z 650 has a more upright seating posture, along with a sleeker and lighter body. This is a great option for someone looking out for a city bike with some extra punch.
Honda CBR 650R
The Honda CBR 650 series has been very famous and successful, not only in India but also around the globe. The immensely smooth 4 cylinder engine produces a good 85HP and 57.5nm of torque. The only gripe we have with this bike is the fact that it’s a little too pricey. With an ex-showroom price of around Rs.8.8 Lakh, this bike becomes a little too expensive.
Triumph Trident 660
The Trident 660 is the newest model in the segment. Triumph has attempted to create a classic, yet contemporary look with this bike. It gets a typical round headlamp with LED lights inside, and an all-LED lighting set-up otherwise too. The typical Triumph 3 cylinder, 660cc motor produces 80HP and 64nm of torque. One thing unique to Triumph is the high quality and fit and finish of materials. Surprisingly, that Trident is not priced too absurdly. It costs around Rs.6.95 Lakh ex-showroom.
Triumph Street Triple R
The Street Triple R is the less mad, tuned down version of the Street Triple RS. The R is more focused on riders who travel mostly within the city and who can actually utilize the power the bike offers. The Street Triple R gets a 765cc, 3 cylinder engine that produces 116HP and 79nm of torque, and it makes the sweet classic Triumph Whistling sound. The Street Triple R is priced at Rs.8.85 Lakh, ex-showroom.
Royal Enfield 650 Twins
The 650 twins from Royal Enfield have made quite a mark in the 600cc segment. Being the cheapest in the lot, these bikes are very high on the value for money factor. Even though the markets are completely different, the Interceptor is often compared with the Triumph Street Twin, which costs almost 3x more! These 650 twins are powered by a twin-cylinder, 650cc engine that makes 47HP and 52nm torque. The prices range from Rs.2.75 Lakh to Rs.2.95 Lakh, ex-showroom.
Benelli TNT 600
The Benelli TNT 600 is an old player in the market. It is extremely famous for the sweet grunt the 4 cylinder engine makes. It can undoubtedly be called the loudest stock engine in the segment. This engine produces 85HP and 54nm of torque. The one thing about the TNT 600 that we don’t like so much is the sheer weight, this bike weighs in at a massive 230KGs, which is too much for a street naked bike. The latest version has not yet been launched in India, but it will soon. We expect the price to hover somewhere around Rs.6.20 Lakh, ex-showroom.
Suzuki GSX S750
Suzuki has been an evergreen motorcycle manufacturer for ages now. The amount of trust and reliability this Japanese brand offers is amazing. The GSX S750 is a street naked bike. It gets a 749cc, 4 cylinder engine that is ultra-smooth in riding. It produces a huge 114HP and 81nm torque. We expect a price tag of around Rs.7.7 Lakh on the 2021 GSX S750.
Benelli Leoncino 500
The Leoncino is an underrated bike. It has very attractive modern-classic looks and very eye-catching styling. Somehow the Leoncino has not been that well accepted in the market, probably because of the pricing. With an ex-showroom price of Rs.4.60 Lakh, the Leoncino sits at a very unexplored price range. Most people either go for a much cheaper option like an Interceptor 650 or they extend their budgets and move on to something like a Kawasaki 650. The Leoncino gets a 500cc engine that produces 46HP and 46nm of torque.
Ducati Scrambler Icon
A premium bike list will remain incomplete without the mention of a Ducati! The Scrambler Icon is, as the name suggests, a scrambler bike. It gets a minimal/classic design language and a lightweight body. The L twin engine on the Scrambler produces a decent 71HP and 66nm of torque. It is currently priced at Rs.7.99 Lakh, ex-showroom.