If you are a new rider and are planning to buy a bike, there are many options available in the market today. However, with these many options, many people get confused and end up making the wrong decision. So to avoid this, we have shortlisted some bikes for you keeping in mind the requirements of first-time buyers. We have considered powerful, easy to ride, and pocket-friendly bikes in this list. Let’s begin.
Suzuki Gixxer SF 150
If you are a beginner and want a bike with a sporty stance, the Gixxer SF is for you. Being a fully-fared bike, it has a comfortable riding posture. Talking about the engine, it gets a 155cc single-cylinder, four-stoke SOHC air-cooled engine, with a five-speed gearbox. It produces 13.4bhp & 13.8Nm of torque. The Gixxer SF gives a claimed mileage of 45 kmpl. You can buy it for Rs 1.65 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
The Apache RTR 160 4V is the most powerful 160cc bike in its segment. It is a stylish streetfighter bike, which attracts quite a lot of daily commuters. The Apache RTR 160 4V runs on a 159cc four-stoke, four-valve, oil-cooled engine with a five-speed gearbox. It makes 17.4bhp & 14.7Nm of torque. You can pull out a mileage of 45 kmpl from this bike. It will cost you around Rs 1.44 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
Yamaha FZ-S FI
Yamaha FZ-S is a macho-looking muscular streetfighter bike. It gets a 149cc air-cooled, four-stroke, two-valve, SOHC engine that comes mated to a five-speed gearbox. It is not an exciting bike but it is very comfortable to ride. The FZ-S makes 12.2bhp & 13.3Nm of torque. It returns a mileage of 50 kmpl. If you want to buy the FZ-S, it will cost you Rs 1.50 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
Hero Xpulse 200 4V
Hero Xpulse is an adventure bike. It is an easily manageable, fun-to-ride motorcycle. You can cruise on highways as well as tackle off-roads with this bike. It runs on a 199cc, four-stroke, four-valve, oil-cooled engine that makes 18.8bhp & 17.3Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a five-speed transmission. Being a 200cc bike, it manages to give a mileage of 40 kmpl. You can take home this bike at Rs 1.59 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
Bikes for first-time buyers – Yamaha MT-15 V2
Yamaha MT-15 V2 is the most powerful 150cc naked bike in its segment. It has an aggressive streetfighter riding stance. This bike has recently got a generation update. It now comes with golden USD front forks as standard. It is powered by the same 155cc liquid-cooled motor that we see on the R15 V4. This engine puts out 18.1bhp & 14.1Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed transmission. You can own the MT-15 V2 at Rs 1.99 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). However, one thing to note here is that the MT-15 can quickly turn out to be a nightmare for new riders due to its instant power delivery.
Bikes for first-time buyers – KTM Duke 125
The KTM Duke 125 is the cheapest and friendliest KTM bike you can buy in India. It shares its design, and body frame with its elder siblings. The quality of materials here is not compromised. It runs on a 124cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled, four valve, DOHC engine with a six-speed gearbox. This engine makes 14.3bhp & 12Nm torque which is the highest in the 125cc segment. It has a claimed mileage of 40 kmpl. You can own a Duke 125 for Rs 2.03 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
Bikes for first-time buyers – Revolt RV400
Revolt RV400 is the only electric bike in this price range. It is driven by a Mid-Drive 3000W belt-driven motor that makes 170Nm of torque. The battery pack used here is a 72V, 3.4kWh battery which gives a maximum driving range of 150km on a single charge. It takes 4.5 hours to get fully charged. The top speed of this bike is limited to 85kmph. It will cost you Rs 1.15 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
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