Commuter bikes undoubtedly occupy the largest share of the Indian motorcycle market. And within the commuter class, 150 cc bikes are perhaps the ones which are growing at the fastest pace in terms of popularity. Offering the ideal blend of fuel economy, power, comfort, and reliability, a growing number of bikers are recognising them as the only bike to have if you live in a crowded city. Thankfully, a number of manufacturers have recognised this demand and they’re now selling models that look, and ride, far better than their predecessors. If you’re looking for an affordable bike that you can still have fun riding, check out the 5 best 150 cc bikes in India:
Yamaha FZ-S V2.0
The Yamaha FZ-S has a sublime 150 cc engine with a very linear throttle response which prevents you from jerking suddenly when you accelerate in traffic. The FZ-S also has fantastic handling due to its narrow body, short handlebars and wide rear tire. The styling on the new FZ was a bit controversial with some liking it and other detesting it, but everything else about the bike is just fine. The Yamaha FZ-S V2.0 offers an improved mileage of 42-44 kmpl.
Suzuki Gixxer / Suzuki Gixxer SF
Suzuki vs Yamaha is an age-old battle and neither side was going to give the other any room. Suzuki launched the Gixxer to compete directly with the hugely successful FZ-S and they did manage to seize a large part of Yamaha’s market share in the 150 cc bikes segment. Though it is rather inaptly named after the nickname of the legendary GSX1000R, there are seemingly no flaws with the 155 cc Gixxer. The engine performs smoothly and can propel the bike to a maximum of 115 kmph. But the Suzuki Gixxer really stands out in terms of handling and ride quality, in which it’s frankly the best in the segment. It offers a fuel economy of 42-44 kmpl.
Suzuki also made the smart choice of introducing a faired version of the Gixxer, known as the Suzuki Gixxer SF, very soon after the naked bike was launched. The SF version uses the same engine as the Gixxer but has an aerodynamic fairing coupled to the muscular fuel tank which gives it a much more sport bike look. It offers a fuel economy of 39-42 kmpl.
Bajaj Puslar AS 150
This list could never be complete without a Bajaj Pulsar making the cut. Bajaj’s Pulsar 150 DTS-i is one of the country’s largest selling 150 cc bikes and it also served as the inspiration for the newer generation. The Bajaj Puslar AS 150 uses a brand new 150 cc engine with a 17 PS power output, which is the same as that of the more sports-oriented Yamaha R15. The bike also gets a major design update; The quarter-fairing, split seats, new alloy wheels, underbelly exhaust and windscreen make for a refreshing look as well as cementing the bike’s stance as an ‘Adventure Sport’. The Bajaj Puslar AS 150 has a good mileage of 50-52 kmpl.
Honda CB Hornet 160R
The CB Hornet 160R was a surprise launch from Honda and it happened to be a very pleasant one. With an unbelievably good design accentuated by sharp lines, the Hornet also happens one of the most eye-catching bikes in this segment (the X-shaped LED tail light is particularly good). With a peppy 160 cc engine that churns out 15.7 PS of power, the Hornet is fast enough for city rides and the ride quality is sublime. The large rear tyre and comfortable ergonomics make it an easy bike to handle too. Honda has also offered their Combined Braking System (CBS) as an option. The Honda CB Hornet 160R returns a decent fuel economy of 46-48 kmpl.
TVS Apache RTR 160
Even though it was first launched in 2007, the Apache RTR 160 continues its silent presence as one of the best options in the 150 cc bikes in India segment. The design updates by TVS have seen the Apache don a more modern look with a sculpted tank, sharp edges and wolf-eyed headlamps. TVS makes use of a 159.7 cc engine that produces 15.2bhp of power. The use of clip-on handlebars and a rigid chassis make the Apache a very comfortable and easy bike to ride. The TVS Apache RTR 160 is one of the most affordable premium 150 cc bikes with decent performance and handling with an average fuel efficiency of between 52-54 kmpl.
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