Motorcycles, these are the machines that oozes thrill from the start. Speaking of thrill, it’s on another level when these motorcycles accompany us on our long tours. This is one of the prime reasons the biker community has boomed over the past 5-6 years. So, if you are one of those who like to take challenges and do what fewer people have done, here are 10 best beginner motorcycles to tour on. (In no particular order)
Hero Xtreme 200S
An unexpected entry into a tourer segment is the Hero Xtreme 200S. This is the only motorcycle from the list that is just around its launch. But considering the previous BS4 model, we bet it could be a really good companion out on the highways.
Engine 199.6CC with OHC Transmission 5-speed Power 17.8 Ps @ 8500 rpm Torque 16.5 Nm @ 6500 rpm
The Hero Xtreme 200 offers the perfect package for a tourer, with very little compromises, which is power. For you to know the BS4 Hero Xtreme 200 came with a 199.6cc air-cooled engine that used to push 18.4ps of max power and 17.1 Nm of peak torque. Though the numbers are decent for the size and weight of the motorcycle. That said, it could cruise at 90kmph without any hassle. But it is expected the Hero Xtreme 200S will be powered by the same engine as the Xpulse 200.
One of the most powerful 150cc motorcycles in the entire world is the Yamaha MT15. You might also know; this shares the same engine as the Yamaha R15. But keeping that aside, MT15 could be the perfect machine to tour on. This comes down to several things, most important being the power and drivetrain.
Engine 155CC, Liquid Cooling with 4 valve head, VVA Transmission 6-speed Power 18.6 Bhp @ 10000 rpm Torque 14.1 Nm @ 8500 rpm
That said, the talking point about the engine is the VVA technology that comes with this utterly refined engine. VVA tech allows the engine to generate power higher in the rev range and this is what makes it fun on highways. For reference, MT15 makes peak power at 10,000rpm. The other boasting point being an additional 6th gear for the motorcycle to stretch its legs on the freeway.
Royal Enfield Classic/Bullet 350
Talking about cruising and not talk about the Royal Enfield is well, not possible. So, here the Royal Enfield Classic or Bullet, whatever you like to call it, underneath they share the exact same components, few differences being in the aesthetics. With that said, the motorcycle offers below-average power and adequate torque figures, after all its a cruiser. But keeping torque aside, this motorcycle weighs nearly 200kgs (194-with 90% fuel and oil, as if you put 90% oil after service).
Engine 346CC, Twin Spark Transmission 5-speed Power 19.8 Bhp @ 5250 rpm Torque 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm
So, this heavyweight motorcycle does offer 28Nm of peak torque. it’s more than enough to propel the motorcycle up to 100kmph because after which there are just vibes. The happy range for the motorcycle is 70-80kmph after which it’s sure tiring. That said, saying it is fuel-efficient is a good joke.
Honda H’ness CB350
One of the two motorcycles to come to India is the Honda CB350 or H’Ness. Similar to the Royal Enfield 350s this too is a cruiser and is all about torque. For you to know, this motorcycle gets a ton of features when compared with its rivals, including Honda Smartphone Voice Control System (HSVCS) and an assist and slipper clutch.
Engine 348.36CC Transmission 5-speed Power 21 ps @ 5500 rpm Torque 30 Nm @ 3000 rpm
This motorcycle also boasts of first in segment Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) in which you control the amount of torque you wanna lay down on the road. Again, similar to the RE this produces similar but slightly more power and torque figures with a 350 engine. On the highway, a 6th gear will surely be missed on this one too.
Bajaj Avenger 220
The Bajaj Avenger 220 is one of the oldies in this segment, though old, it stills packs a punch to smoke some of the tech-focused motorcycles. This is the only motorcycle that offers a sit back riding position and is super comfortable. Personal experience, it feels as if you are riding a sofa (Not even kidding).
Engine 220CC, Twin Spark, Fi Transmission 5-speed Power 19.03 ps @ 8500 rpm Torque 17.55 Nm @ 7000 rpm
With that said, this motorcycle comes with a 220cc oil-cooled engine with two-valve head. For the displacement, its max power and peak torque output stand at a decent 19.3ps and 17.5 Nm respectively. Yet again, you only get a 5-speed transmission that fairs okay out on the highways.
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One of the well-engineered motorcycles is Jawa 42. Staring at this motorcycle especially in the blue colour just takes your breath away. Jawa 42 is the ideal motorcycle those wanna go retro with no compromise on the latest technological bits. The bike uses the right amount of chrome that truly takes back you into the past era when it was chrome before carbon fibre.
Engine 293CC, Liquid Cooled, DOHC Transmission 6-speed Power 26.51 Ps Torque 27.05 Nm
This motorcycle borrows the powertrain from Mahindra Mojo and is a 293cc liquid-cooled, DOHC engine that makes 26.51ps of max power and 27.05Nm of peak torque. Finally, old school meets the new generation. Along with that the Jawa 42 also sports a 6-speed transmission that adds comfort out on the highway.
Bajaj Dominar 400
The motorcycle that raised the competition and challenged a very known motorcycle brand here in India is the Bajaj Dominar 400. Since its debut in 2015, the Dominar has come a long way and now it is ‘the’ most powerful motorcycle for in its price. Along with that, it is also well equipped and is designed for cruising. This motorcycle can cruise at speeds of 120-130kmph no questions asked.
Engine 373.3CC, Triple Spark, DOHC Transmission 5-speed Power 40ps @ 8800 rpm Torque 35 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Underneath, it gets the same 373.3cc liquid-cooled engine as the Duke 390 but heavily tuned for power cruising. Talking about numbers, this motor produces 40ps of max power and 35Nm of peak torque. These numbers are some class apart, but thing gets interesting when we see that this also gets a 6th gear to cruise effortlessly at high speeds.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
Another motorcycle from an Indian manufacturer is the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. This motorcycle is perfect for almost everything one can use a bike for. Be it on the track, be it commuting, or cruising Apache 200 4V gets it all. With the recent updates, this also gets riding modes, with adjustable front and rear suspension along with adjustable levers.
Engine 197.7CC, Oil cooled Transmission 5-speed Power 20.24 Bhp @ 8500 rpm Torque 16.8 Nm @ 7500 rpm
Under the hood, oh wait, under the fuel tank this motorcycle gets a 197.7cc oil-cooled single-cylinder motor that is capable of producing 20.24hp and 16.8Nm of peak torque. On the transmission front, this gets 5 gears that are adequate for every job.
Suzuki Gixxer 250
If a little bit of cornering along with really fun dynamics is what you seek. Then Suzuki Gixxer 250 is the right thing for you. For starters, unlike the SF this Gixxer gets a really comfortable and not so committed riding position. Over to the front, this motorcycle boasts of, all-LED headlights with LED tail lamps. A digital display wraps up the package.
Engine 249CC, Oil cooled, SOHC Transmission 6-speed Power 26.1 Bhp @ 9000 rpm Torque 22.6 Nm @ 7500 rpm
Powering the Gixxer 250 is a 249cc oil-cooled, SOHC motor that churns 26.1bhp and 22.6Nm of peak torque. Supporting the engine is a 6-speed transmission that gives the motorcycle that extra leg to stretch out on the highway.
The badge says it all, making the BMW G310 R the most expensive motorcycle of the bunch listed above. The recently launched G310 R gets new subtle updates like a new paint scheme along with all-LED treatment. Along with that, the engine is also fairly refined than before. The talking point with the BMW G310 R in the BS6 avatar is the price. This motorcycle is priced 70,000 less than its BS4 sibling that was launched last year.
Engine 313CC, Liquid-cooled, DOHC Transmission 6-speed Power 34 Bhp @ 9500 rpm Torque 28 Nm @ 7500 rpm
A 313 CC liquid-cooled, DOHC motor powers this BMW that pushes 34hp of max power and 28Nm of peak torque. What is even more mouth-watering is the very linear power delivery and the presence of 6th gear makes the bike even more fuel-efficient on the highway.
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