Buying a litre-class (1000cc) bike in India is a fool’s errand. There is no road in this country where you can truly unleash the potential of a superbike and most of the time you’ll just be a miserable biker riding his precious bike at 10% of its top speed while navigating through traffic. But you still want a bike that separates you from the horde of bikers with a KTM Duke, RC or Bajaj Pulsar. That’s where a middleweight sportbike will come to your rescue.
They are more economical than superbikes and their potential doesn’t really go wasted as India has at least some decent highways and roads where you can take them up to speed. Here’s a list of the best 600cc bikes in India (and also some 800cc ones as well):
1. Kawasaki Z800
This naked streetfighter from Kawasaki is one of the best looking bikes in its segment. It’s powered by a 806cc engine developing 111bhp and 83Nm of torque and fits in perfectly between the Ninja 650R and Z1000. It’s naked design means that the handling is superb which makes it comparatively easier to ride that a fully-faired bike.
2. Triumph Daytona 675R
The Triumph Daytona is regarded as one of the best middleweights in the world and is the closest to a superbike that you can get in this segment. At INR 10.69 lakhs, it’s the most expensive bike in its class but is definitely worth every rupee. The fastest bike in this segment, the Daytona is fitted with a 675cc engine that pumps out 116bhp and 70Nm torque. It looks absolutely fantastic and offers a riding experience matched by none.
3. Honda CBR 650F
Honda’s first middleweight to hit the Indian market, the CBR 650F is a fully-faired sport tourer released in direct competition to the Ninja 650R and Hyosung GT 650R. Powered by a in-line 4 cylinder 650cc engine producing 87bhp of power and 62Nm of torque, the latest Honda is the perfect upgrade for someone used to bikes like the Honda CBR250 and Ninja 300. The only downside of this bikes are its looks which are too simple in comparison to some of the other bikes in this segment.
4. Benelli TNT 600i
The Italian manufacturers have began their venture into India with the release of their iconic TNT bikes across all the segments. Their middleweight bike, the TNT 600i is a naked streetfighter with an in-line 4 cylinder engine churning out 84bhp and 54.6Nm of torque. The best part about the 600i is its price tag of INR 5.15 Lakh, which makes it the cheapest 4 cylinder bike in India.
5. Ducati Monster 821
The Monster 821 is the entry level bike for Ducati’s most popular range of bikes and as its name suggests, it’s an absolute beast to look at. Powered by a V-Twin 821cc engine that develops 110bhp and 89.4Nm of torque, the Monster 821 is also technologically advanced with ABS and a host of electronic aides like variable riding modes and adjustable suspension that Ducati is famous for.
6. Hyosung GT 650R
The Hyosung GT 650R is the most affordable bike in this segment with a price tag of INR 4.8 Lakhs (ex-showroom). Powered by a V-Twin 647cc engine producing 72.68bhp and 60.9Nm, this GT 650R provides great value for money. This middleweight Hyosung is a fully-faired sportsbike that is similar to the Honda CBR650F in looks and is a real contender in this segment.
7. Triumph Street Triple
The Triumph Street Triple,which is a naked streetbike, is the lightest bike in the middleweight segment. It’s powered by 675cc engine that produces 78bhp and 57.3Nm of torque. The Street Triple looks fantastic with the trademark bug-eyed headlamps and with a price tag of INR 7.91 lakhs, it’s a more affordable option than a Daytona 675R for those who want a Triumph motorcycle.
8. Kawasaki Ninja 650R
The Ninja 650R was the first proper sports tourer to be launched in India. The bike, which develops 71bhp and 64Nm from its 649cc twin cylinder engine, was an instant hit in the market and continues to be one of the best sellers in its segment. The Ninja 650R is the perfect bridge between the less powerful Ninja 300 and the insane ZX-10R and Z1000 superbikes. Also, you can get the Kawasaki Ninja 650R on rent from Wheelstreet.com.
Which of these middleweight sportbikes do you like the most? Let us know in the comments below.
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