Naked bikes are slowly becoming all the rage in India with a number of manufacturers realising the potential for such bikes after the massive popularity of the KTM Duke. And as the buying capacity of the average Indian biker keeps on increasing, the bike makers have also realised the demand for more powerful sports bikes and have consequently released a slew of naked bikes in the 250 – 500 cc segment.
If you’re looking for a sports bike that is good enough to satiate your need for speed and at the same time is easy enough to manage in the traffic of our cities, then these 5 best mid-range naked bikes in India are exactly what you need.
KTM Duke 390
The KTM Duke 390 remains the unchallenged king of naked bikes in India. It is arguably the most value for money bike currently sold in India as it offers the perfect blend of power, features and looks all at a very reasonable price. With a 373.2 cc engine that churns out a massive 43 bhp of power and 35 Nm of torque, the Duke 390 is ridiculously fast. It also comes with ABS and ride-by-wire technology that can’t be found on too many other bikes in this segment. KTM also plans to launch a new 2017 KTM Duke 390 with upgraded looks and more technology crammed into it which will surely make it’s competitors start sweating bullets.
The soon-to-be-launched Yamaha MT-03 is a naked street bike version of the recently launched YZF-R3 and is powered by the same 321cc inline twin-cylinder engine that delivers 41.6 bhp and 29.6 Nm of torque which propels the bike to an estimated 180 kmph. The MT-03, in typical street fighter style, comes with a single central headlamp, sharp lines and a naked frame. It also features a lower seat height which gives the rider sharper handling, and it also ditches cip-on handlebars for a more comfortable and upright riding position.
DSK Benelli TNT 300
DSK Benelli is taking the Indian bike market by storm and the TNT 300 is certainly helping out. With a subtle yet appealing design and an unbelievably good exhaust note, the Benelli TNT 300 is perhaps the KTM Duke 390’s most direct competitor. The TNT 300 is powered by a 300cc engine that churns out 37.73 bhp of power and 26.5 Nm of torque. The only downside to this bike is the lack of ABS but take one listen of that exhaust note I was mentioning earlier and you’ll forget everything else and buy the bike just so that you can listen to that glorious sound of the engine revving each day,
The Kawasaki Ninja 250 was India’s most popular sports bike long before any other manufacturers decided to enter the mid-range sport bikes segment. And it was a sad day when they discontinued it in favour of the Ninja 300 but the Japanese manufacturers have decided to bring back the legacy with the Kawasaki Z250 naked streetfighter. Powered by a sublime 249 cc engine generating 31.5 bhp of power and 21 Nm of torque, the Z250 is a brilliant bike to ride. It also happens to be an amazing looker courtesy of the sharp and intimidating design which is as synonymous with Kawasaki bikes as their electric green colour.
Indian bikers got very excited when BMW announced that they were releasing an affordable mid-range naked bike in India and we’re finally going to see the BMW G310R on the roads by the end of this year. The BMW G310R happens to be the complete package; Its aggressive yet ergonomic design is inspired from the legendary S100RR as well as the R1200R. This naked roadster is to serve as the base for half-faired and fully-faired versions in the future so expect everything to be spot on. The 313 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that powers the G310R happens to be the smallest capacity of all the BMWs currently on sale, but it produces 34bhp of power and 28Nm of torque which means that it’s no slouch.
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