The INR1-2 Lakh bracket has witnessed some exciting action in recent times with a number of multinational two-wheeler manufacturers introducing high-performance vehicles for the Indian market. Gone are the days when bikes in India only focused on commuting. Customers today demand two-wheelers that successfully forge power and performance. Automobile experts have suggested that this price segment will see more members soon, riding on burgeoning customer interest.
Here are some of the most powerful bikes in the INR1-2 lakh segment.
Yamaha FZ25 (INR1.19 lakh)
The FZ25 is the most powerful bike from Yamaha in the Indian market. The vehicle is powered by a fuel-injected, oil- and air-cooled, single cylinder 249cc engine that produces 20.9PS power and 20Nm peak torque. While the numbers may not appear imposing, it’s the power delivery which makes the Yamaha FZ25 remarkably quick. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission system and the two-wheeler churns out maximum power between 6,000-8,000rpm. Priced at a reasonable INR1.19 lakh (ex-showroom), the FZ25 is among the most value-for-money two-wheelers available in India. The ABS-fitted version is soon to be launched with the bike likely to have a dual-channel unit. The price may go past INR1.30 lakh for the ABS version.
Bajaj Pulsar RS200 ABS (INR1.39 lakh)
The Pune headquartered automobile company was among the first to change customer taste towards performance bikes. While the company is still best known for entry-level semi-faired sports and commuter two-wheelers, the Pulsar RS 200 was the first fully faired performance bike in the Bajaj portfolio. The Pulsar series has been a bestseller for Bajaj. The RS200 retains the engine of the powerful NS200. But the former has the fuel injection system which helps in producing a bit more power than its naked version. A liquid-cooled, single cylinder 199.5cc motor hauls the bike which produces 24.5PS power at 9,750rpm and 18.6Nm peak torque at 8,000rpm. That’s 1PS more power than the NS200. The non-ABS version of the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is available at INR1.27 lakh.
KTM 200 Duke (INR1.6 lakh)
The KTM 200 Duke was introduced back in 2012. It took the biking fraternity by storm, courtesy the powerful engine and extremely agile handling. The all-digital instrument console was an eye-turner back then. The bike served both daily commuting and weekend cruising enthusiasts. The latest version of the 200 Duke is powered by a liquid-cooled, single cylinder 199.5cc motor that outputs 24.4PS power at 10,000rpm and 19.2Nm peak torque at 8,000rpm. The engine is paired to a 6-speed transmission system. The bike offers fast revving. Its handling dynamics make the two-wheeler special in the INR1-2 lakh price bracket.
KTM 250 Duke (INR1.80 lakh)
While the 200 Duke was the Austrian automobile company’s entry-level sports bike in India, the 390 Duke was meant for the higher end. Both bikes returned excellent sales numbers for the company but there was a major gap between these two segments. The 250 Duke was introduced to fill the portfolio void. The vehicle blends the 200 and 390 versions perfectly. The KTM 250 Duke borrows the speedometer and the motor from the 200 Duke, while the design cues largely resemble the 390. The 250 Duke is powered by a single cylinder, liquid-cooled 248.8cc engine. It produces 29.9PS power and 24Nm peak torque at 7,500rpm. The engine is paired to a 6-speed gear system. The dual-channel ABS fitted version is likely to be launched soon and would be priced INR10,000-13,000 more than its non-ABS sibling.
Bajaj Dominar 400 (INR1.59 lakh)
The Dominar 400, unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo as the CS 400, hasn’t really been a revenue earner for the Indian indigenous brand. The 2019 version will be launched shortly with minimal changes. The bike is fitted with a liquid-cooled, single cylinder 373.3cc motor which produces 35PS power and 35Nm peak torque at 6,500rpm. That aside, the Dominar 400 has both-end LED lighting, twin-spar perimeter fence, and a slipper clutch. The engine is paired to a 6-speed gear system and the slipper clutch erases wheel hops during a hard downshift. The bike isn’t super-quick but can offer cruising at 120kmph sans breaking into a sweat.