India is one of the world’s biggest markets for 2 wheelers and we have seen millions and millions of them rolling out on the streets year after year. Approximately 12-15 Million 2 wheelers are sold in India every single year, and this number keeps on increasing. Commute on 2 wheels is sort of essential here, with a lot of small roads and heavy traffic most times during the day.
Here’s a list of the 10 best CITY bikes in India right now:
The Yamaha FZ is one of the most reliable bikes in the market. Yamaha’s Japanese engines have proved themselves to be so. Considering that it’s a small bike, it is surprisingly smooth, you will feel no vibrations or harshness from the motor throughout the rev range. The newer models get a complete LED lighting set-up. With the BS6 update, the FZ also gets a Fuel Injected motor, increasing the reliability a little bit more. The FI has had no effect on the fuel efficiency at all, Yamaha claims a mileage of 50+ KM/L. The FZ stands at a rather attractive price of Rs.1.08 Lacs ex-showroom.
Bajaj Pulsar 150
The Pulsar range by Bajaj is the OG of small sports bikes in India. Bajaj launched the Pulsar as India’s First Sports Bike, way back in 2001, and it has been India’s favourite ever since. What makes the Pulsar stand out are its sleek looks, aggressive colour schemes and features like backlit handlebar switches. Bajaj claims a mileage of 50+ KM/L on the Pulsar 150 and has put a price tag of Rs.96000(ex-showroom) on it.
Honda recently gave the Hornet an update and it was a big one. It now gets a completely new 180cc engine. This gives it a huge power advantage over its competition; it also gets USD forks which help with the handling dynamics. Of course, the bigger engine comes at a price, fuel efficiency is not the Hornet’s strongest point, but it still returns a decent 45KM/L in the city. The Hornet is priced at Rs.1.25-1.30 Lac in India.
TVS Apache 160
The TVS Apache 160 was launched after the successful Apache 200. It recently got an update that changed the styling, giving it a more street-fighter kind of look now. The Apache 160 offers a very well all-round package with good looks, performance, efficiency and features. The price stands at Rs.1.03-1.06 Lacs(ex-showroom) which makes it a very attractive choice for most new bikers.
Suzuki Gixxer 150
The Gixxer twins(Gixxer and Gixxer SF) have been very well received in the market ever since their launch. While the Gixxer is a naked motorcycle, the Gixxer SF offers a fully-faired front. These bikes are very comfortable to ride, their power range is extremely linear and it feels very smooth right up till the redline. Fuel efficiency is a plus here as the Gixxer can return figures nearing 55 KM/L even in the city! The price is also a huge plus, starting at Rs.86000, the Gixxer is an excellent choice for a nice city ride.
The Splendor has been in India for over a decade not. It still stays true to the 100cc engine, focusing solely on fuel efficiency and commuting. It is an extremely lightweight bike and one litre of fuel will take you almost 60Kms, which is commendable. The Splendor is extremely cost-effective and it stands at a starting price of Rs.63000.
Bajaj Pulsar NS200
The NS200 Pulsar is a very sporty bike in its true nature. It shares the high compression engine with the KTM Duke 200 and it produces the class best 23.5HP. This bike is best suited for anyone looking into getting their first performance bike. Right now the Pulsar NS200 will cost you approximately Rs.1.15 Lacs(ex-showroom).
The Honda Unicorn is also over a decade old. This is probably the bike that made us realize that Honda makes the most reliable and long-lasting bikes. Even today, you might see a 10-year-old Unicorn working just as good as new. Honda claims a mileage of 45KM/L, which is pretty good considering that the Unicorn has very good performance. It is currently priced at just under Rs.1 Lac.
The FZ 150s elder brother, the FZ25 has a bigger 250cc engine that makes a handy 20HP. This engine is extremely linear, just like the 150 and you won’t feel a single vibe at any point in time. If you’re looking for a nice city commuter, with a little bit more power, then the FZ25 might just be the one for you. It is priced at Rs.1.35Lac(ex-showroom).
The Yamaha MT-15 is a recently launched bike. It shares its engine with the ultra-famous Yamaha R-15. This 150cc engine produces 19HP, which is staggering for a 150cc bike. The MT-15 has very aggressive, streetfighter looks and it comes with an all-LED lighting set-up. It is ultra-lightweight and it is surely the most FUN TO RIDE bike in the 150cc segment. That being said, it is also the most pricey one in the segment, standing at Rs.1.40Lacs(ex-showroom).