We have all had dreams of riding through the highways up to the mountains and exploring the Himalayas on our bikes. In the last decade, the riding culture has stretched its arms and we are witnessing thousands of bikers travelling all over India. While it is true that the machine doesn’t matter, the rider does; having a good machine doesn’t hurt, does it. We’ve jotted down a list of 8 Bikes that will help you in your journey to the Mountains!
Royal Enfield Himalayan
First on the list, we have India’s uber-famous Adventure Tourer, the Himalayan. Royal Enfield launched this bike back in 2016 to fill a gap in the Budget Adventure Bike segment. It was the only bike of its kind back then, and it is still pretty legendary. The Himalayan is literally made to “Go anywhere”, the comfortable seating posture, relaxed engine and long-travel suspension make it super versatile both on and off roads. The engine is a 411cc, oil-cooled unit producing 24.5HP and a massive 32nm torque. The Himalayan has currently priced at Rs.2.10 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Hero Xplulse was Hero’s answer to the Himalayan, putting it at a significantly lower price made it even more attractive to the audience. Its lightweight body and dirt bike like aesthetics made it very approachable for beginners who are trying to make it big on the off roads. The small 200cc engine producing a puny 16HP might feel a little bit less on the highways, but the lightweight makes it extremely capable off the road and it can probably pull off as a dirt bike. The Xpulse will cost you around Rs.1.15 lakh(ex-showroom).
Bajaj Dominar 400
The Dominar is often considered to be the best highway bike in the segment. Its heavyweight might be a deal-breaker for some, but it really helps with maintaining high-speed stability. The 373cc engine borrowed from the KTM Duke 390 makes a huge 40HP and 35nm of torque. The Dominar can very easily sit at speeds well above 100kmph throughout the day. It is currently priced at about Rs.2.10 lakh (ex-showroom).
KTM 390 Adventure
The Adventure 390 is the latest entry from KTM. It shares the same engine with the Duke 390 which produces a mad 43.5HP. While KTM is branding the bike as an Adventure Tourer, the crazy powerful engine suggests that it is more of a sports tourer, and it is a damn good one. Currently, Adventure 390 is priced at Rs.3.25 lakh (ex-showroom).
BMW GS 310
The baby GS, the 310 is BMW’s entry into the small segment Adventure category. The GS 310 gets an extremely comfortable seating posture, with very high-quality materials all over. The engine is borrowed from the TVS Apache RR310, a single-cylinder unit that produces around 34HP. The reverse inclined tech in this engine makes it extremely refined and a smooth-riding machine. You can grab one at Rs.3.4 lakh.
Mahindra Mojo 300
The most underrated bike in the touring segment, the Mahindra Mojo is an excellent highway rider. Carrying the same 300cc engine from the Jawa Twins(classic and 42), the Mojo is capable of sitting at triple-digit speeds throughout the day. What makes the Mojo stand out is the massive 21L fuel capacity which gives it a range of almost 500Kms. If you are someone looking for a serious highway rider, then you can pick up the Mojo at around Rs.2.15 lakh (ex-showroom).
Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise
The Avenger is no stranger to the Indian market. It created a lot of crazes when it was first launched and everyone perceived it as the budget Harley Davidson. Its long wheelbase and widespread handlebars coupled with a very relaxed seating posture make it an extremely comfortable cruiser. Currently, you can pick one up at around Rs.1.32 lakh (ex-showroom).
Royal Enfield Classic 350
The OG of Ladakh rides, the Classic 350 needs no introduction whatsoever. Royal Enfield has always been famous for long rides and Leh Ladakh rides. Over the years, the the350cc engine has evolved and the latest BS6 version is quite smooth, with minimal vibrations. Royal Enfield is famous for making engines with high torque which make them so successful on the hills. A Classic 350 will cost you around Rs.1.95Lakh (ex-showroom).