As touring culture is growing in India a lot of people are looking forward to buying bikes which they can take out for short rides as well as bring them along on tours. We are going to make a list of all the touring bikes that you can buy under Rs 3 Lakh ex-showroom price in India. Also, we are going to mention the pros and cons of each bike in this list below.
KTM 390 Adventure
Currently, the KTM 390 adventure is the go-to bike when it comes to long-distance touring. This bike gives an electronic package that is close to what is offered on bigger bikes and being a KTM you can find a good service network throughout the country. The biggest advantage is that you get a good amount of aftermarket accessories on this bike. This means finding saddlebags that fit your bike won’t be difficult. The only disadvantage of this bike is that the electronic package is quite extensive and if you run into some ECU problem or the electronics malfunction then there is no way you can start the bike without taking it to the KTM showroom. The road Mumbai price of this bike is Rs 3,79,840. It is quite expensive and you could go for the KTM 250 adventure which looks the same but does not get the extensive electronic package and has a smaller engine.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is the flagship motorcycle offered by the company. Interceptor is a 650cc parallel-twin motorcycle that is offered at a very affordable price. With an ex-showroom price under three lakhs, you can buy a bike that sounds great and has a great cruising dynamic. We suggest the Interceptor instead of the GT because of its upright riding posture. Also with the interceptor, the best part is that the engine is not very complicated nor is it very stressed so the chances of you running into a problem are very less and the way you can solve those problems is even simpler. You can buy the RE Interceptor 650 at an on-road Mumbai price of Rs.3,30,564.
BMW G310 R
The BMW G310 GS is a very good touring bike but the price comes very close to that of the interceptor. So we are suggesting that you should rather consider the BMW G310 R. This is a sports naked bike that has a very comfortable seat and the riding posture is comfortable too. You can spend long hours in the saddle and the engine also feels less stressed. The downsides of this bike are that there is a lack of wind protection and being a BMW the parts are expensive. Buying a BMW makes you a part of the whole BMW travel squad which is a well-knit community where you can travel carefree with other BMW owners.
Mahindra Mojo is one of the most under-advertised touring motorcycles that has been there in the Indian bike market. This has a 300cc liquid-cooled engine. The bike has got a BS6 update and there have been a lot of changes like the deletion of the dual exhaust. We recommend this bike for touring as it has a comfortable seat and a big tank. The downside of this motorcycle or that Mahindra does not have enough service stations across the country and the parts of this bike are not easily available. The Mahindra Mojo is available for an on-road Mumbai price of Rs 1,99,900.
Bajaj Dominar 400
One should consider the Bajaj Dominar 400 only if they are looking for a bike that they can use for long-distance touring as well as use it easily in the city. The Dominar does not attract quite a lot of attention which is good when you travel alone. The bike has a lot of shared parts with other Bajaj motorcycles and if you run into a problem then it is easy to get it repaired. Also, the engine on this bike is focused on performance as well as mileage and this gives the bike a good fuel economy if they run at higher gears and lower rpm. The Bajaj Dominar has an on-road Mumbai price of Rs 2,45,210.
Husqvarna Swartpilen 250
Now if you don’t want to KTM then the Husqvarna Swartpilen 250 is the bike that you should consider taking for a tour. The upright riding posture and the 250cc engine from the KTM make this bike a real competitor to the Duke. The downside is you are that the seat is really small and you cannot tour with a pillion comfortably. The bike gets a luggage rack on the tank but there aren’t many aftermarket solutions for saddlebags and hard side luggage. The bike retails for an on-road Mumbai price of Rs 2,34,590.
Honda CB350 H’ness
You should consider the Honda CB350 H’ness when you are looking at a classic motorcycle that you can easily take out on Sunday rides and tours. The bike has a very primitive traction control system and overall feels very premium to other classic bikes. this is a good option too but we think that the aggressive riding posture would not allow you to sit in the saddle for quite long. The bike is good for tours as it can sit at a constant speed without issue. The downside is that if you are into aggressive riding and like to accelerate fast the receding torque eats into the fun. The Honda CB 350 H‘ Ness details later the on-road price of Rs 2,24,584.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is the go-to bike when it comes to touring in India. The bike is made keeping in mind only one thing and that is touring. It has a 400cc engine that has loads of torque and is great for off-roading. The bike does feel like it is stressed while climbing past 120km/h, so the sweet spot is around 100km/h. For Rs 2,34,672 the Royal Enfield Himalayan is a great pick if you want something very reliable and is the most widely accepted among touring bikes.
The Royal Enfield Meteor is the latest among Royal Enfield touring bikes. This is the relaxed cruiser design that is great for highway touring. The bike also comes with a ton touring accessories like a touring seat and saddlebags from Royal Enfield. The Royal Enfield Meteor will come at the on-road price of Rs 2,17,068.
Suzuki Gixxer 250
At Rs 2,01,500 The Suzuki Gixxer 250 is a bike that has a powerful engine that is great for touring and a relaxed riding posture. Suzuki Gixxer has a hard seat which is a downside when it comes to long touring. Also, the mounting options for this motorcycle are not easily available but you can get one fabricated. Using soft luggage on this bike is recommended. The bike can do comfortable speeds of 100 to 120 which is more than enough for Indian highways. This was the list of touring bikes that are available in India. If you like us to add or recommend some more bikes then do let us know in the comments below.
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