There was a time about a decade ago when a motorcycle priced at or above Rs 1 lakh would generate immense astonishment for those who asked ‘kitne ki hai?’ (how much is it?). Now though, the times they-have-a-changed, the Indian motorcycle market is much evolved over and above just seeking fuel efficiency figures. Performance, power, speed and handling have taken centre stage. And a lot can happen in a budget of Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom) or under. Here we list five motorcycles worth spending the bucks on.
KTM RC 390
This supersport KTM makes the list of top five motorcycles rather frequently. For a long time, the RC 390 has not had a direct rival in the market owing to the level of performance it offers and the price that it’s offered at. It is powered by a 373cc single-cylinder engine that makes 44 hp and 37 Nm of torque and is paired with a six-speed gearbox. It promises a top speed of 170 km/h. Price: Rs 3.14 lakh (ex-showroom)
Kawasaki Ninja 300
The Ninja 300 is powered by a 296cc parallel twin engine that makes 39 hp and 26.1 Nm of torque and is paired with a six-speed gearbox. With a smaller engine (than the Rc 390) comes a smaller top speed of 160 km/h. Price: Rs 3.37 lakh (ex-showroom)
TVS Apache RR 310
If the budget does not allow a stretch of additional amount for the RTO registration and insurance over Rs 3 lakh, the Apache RR 310 is a fully-grown sports bike available at Rs 3 lakh (on-road). It is powered by a 312.2cc single-pot engine that makes 34 hp and 27.3 Nm of torque and is paired with a six-speed gearbox. The Apache too promises a top speed of 160 km/h.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
Taking things to the classic side of the spectrum, the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 offers 47 hp and 52 Nm of torque from its 648cc parallel twin engine paired with a six-speed gearbox. The Conti promises a top speed equivalent to the KTM 390 at about 169 km/h. Price: Rs 3.05 lakh (ex-showroom)
KTM 390 Duke
Granted the 390 Duke and RC 390 have the same engine specs but the personalities are two sides of a coin. While the RC is a supersport-style motorcycle that needs the rider to remain committed to the stance at all times, the Duke offers a streetfighter-style stance that is much eased with an upright seating position and wide handlebars. Price: Rs 2.94 lakh (ex-showroom)