1. Hero Splendor
The Splendor series was launched back in 1994, after which it underwent several upgrades and refreshments. Today, the line-up consists of three primary offerings, namely the Splendor Plus, Super Splendor and the Splendor iSmart 110. Each bike is targeted towards a different customer segment.
- Mileage: 75kmpl to 81kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 97.2cc to 124.7cc
- Price: Rs.49,210 to Rs.64,900
- Awards Won: Awarded the most sold used motorcycle in India in 2018 (1)
- USP: The Splendor iSmart model is capable of delivering increased fuel economy thanks to its technology of automatically switching off the engine when not in use.
2. Hero HF Deluxe
This 97cc bike may not impress much with its looks, but it gets the job done. Helping thousands of commuters across the country every day, this HF Deluxe is a powerful machine.
It can generate 8Nm of torque at peak capacity and 7.7bhp of power. At present, there are five colour options available to HF Deluxe customers.
- Mileage: 83kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 97cc
- Price: Rs.38,900 to Rs.50,700
- USP: Its affordability and sturdy finish are what draws customers repeatedly to invest in this commuter bike.
3. Bajaj Pulsar
Bajaj’s Pulsar line up is immensely popular amongst customers, especially youngsters. It caters to various riders, starting from commuters to motor-heads.
Currently, the range is divided into the standard fare, offering Pulsar 150, Pulsar 180 and Pulsar 220F. Those looking for the modern frames can instead choose from the Pulsar NS 160, Pulsar NS200 and RS200.
This Pulsar line up is featured so high on this best bike in India list due to its versatility and consumer-friendly specs.
- Mileage: 40kmpl to 55kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 124.4cc to 220cc
- Price: Rs.69,997 to Rs.1,44,966
- Awards Won: Pulsar 125 was awarded the Commuter Bike of the Year in January 2020 by Droom. (2)
- USP: Powerful engine with good pickup, along with stylish design makes the Pulsar a popular purchase.
4. Honda CB Shine
With one cylinder, air-cooling and peak power of 10.5bhp at 7500rpm and maximum torque of 11Nm at 6000rpm. The five-speed gearbox also comes with fuel injection delivery system. Additional features of the bike include telescopic suspensions and tubeless tyres.
- Mileage: 65kmpl to 74.7kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 124cc
- Price: Rs.57,397 to Rs.62,616
- USP: Twin hydraulic shock absorbers and telescopic fork suspensions in these bikes offer a supple ride to owners every time.
5. Bajaj CT Series
The CT Series from Bajaj sports two main variants, each a quality bike in its own right. The CT 100 sports a 102cc manual transmission BS-VI engine.
It can generate a max power of 7.9bhp at 7500rpm. On the other hand, the 115cc engine of the CT 110 can churn out impressive peak powers of 8.40bhp at 7000rpm.
- Mileage: 70kmpl to 75kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 102cc to 115cc
- Price: Rs.33,402 to Rs.48,474
- Awards Won: Bajaj CT 100 was awarded the Droom Jury’s Choice Pre-Owned Commuter Bike of the Year in 2020. (3)
- USP: Impressive fuel-economy and increased comfort are two of the prime reasons for this bike’s popularity.
6. Royal Enfield Classic 350
One of Royal Enfield’s most popular and oldest bikes is the Classic 350. It features in this ‘best bikes in India 2020’ list primarily because customers never seem to get tired of this model.
Demand for it is always high, even though the price is considerably higher than most other commuter vehicles. It’s impressive motor can generate up to 19.1bhp power and around 28Nm torque.
- Mileage: 35kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 346cc
- Price: Rs.1.46 lakh to Rs.1.82 lakh
- USP: The old-school design and the Royal Enfield brand are enough to encourage motor-heads into buying this vehicle.
7. Hero Glamour
If you are a loyal Hero customer who is looking for reliability, ease of maintenance without compromising on the style, the Glamour is the perfect bike for you.
Currently, the Glamour model is available in three variants, namely the base model, a fuel-injected model and an i3s technology-equipped variety. This last variant reduces fuel consumption significantly, thereby improving mileage.
- Mileage: 55kmpl to 60kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 124.7cc
- Price: Rs.61,000 to Rs.70,950
- USP: One of the cheapest bikes in the 125cc segment, Hero Glamour models promise both superior performance and mileage.
8. Bajaj Platina
Another Bajaj two-wheeler that has managed to impress customers across the country is the Platina. This commuter-friendly range is divided into two primary models, namely the Platina 100 and the Platina 110.
The latter sports a slightly more powerful engine that can generate higher bhp and torque. Other than this most other features are identical in these two variants.
- Mileage: 78kmpl to 80kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 102cc to 115cc
- Price: Rs.40,897 to Rs.55,373
- Awards Won: It was awarded the 2007 NDTV Profit Bike India-100 cc Bike of the Year Award. (4)
- USP: The H-Gear variant of the Platina comes with a fifth gear, specifically designed for highway riding.
9. Hero Passion
The Passion range is another popular bike series from Hero. Currently, the base model sports i3s technology that can help reduce fuel consumption by automatically switching off your engine when this vehicle is in idle mode.
The mid-tier Passion Pro 110 sports an upgraded engine. The most premium variant in the line-up, the Passion XPro is fitted with the same engine but comes with additional features like tubeless tyres and sharper design.
- Mileage: 60kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 97.2cc to 109.15cc
- Price: Rs.52,975 to Rs.58,200
- USP: Exceptionally suited to Indian road conditions, thereby, offering enhanced mileage rating.
10. TVS Apache
The TVS Apache range has consistently performed phenomenally in India. The modestly priced Apache RTR 160 is the most popular vehicle in this range, while the Apache RR310 is the most feature-heavy version.
This latter vehicle is primarily suited for racing and other performance-oriented activities. However, the RTR 180 and RTR 200 are more apt for daily commute, along with the Apache RTR 160.
- Mileage: 30kmpl to 45kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 159.7cc to 312.2cc
- Price: Rs.95,000 to Rs.2,40,000
- Awards Won: TVS Apache RTR200 4V was adjudged the Motorcycle of the Year at 2017’s CNBC-TV18 Overdrive Awards. (5)
- USP: Racing and sports bikes, the TVS Apache line-up combines comfort with incredible power, making them appealing vehicles, especially for youngsters.
While these are some of the best motorcycles in India, a customer should modify their search as per their budget and needs.
You can consider countless other options in the market, including bikes that are yet to reach the level of popularity as some of the vehicles in this list. So, keep searching and only purchase when you find your dream bike!