1. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350
It is, perhaps, quite unsurprising that the first bike in this list is a Royal Enfield. Being the quintessential cruiser, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird offers riders a comfortable seating posture, upright handlebars, forward foot pegs, cushioned seats and a myriad of other features.
With a large fuel tank, this bike easily earns the first spot on the most popular touring bikes list.
The bike’s engine is also noteworthy, producing 19.8bhp and 28Nm torque, and comes equipped with a five-speed gearbox.
- Mileage: 30kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 346cc
- Ex-showroom Price in Delhi: Starts from Rs. 1.56 lakh
2. Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220
Stylish and affordable, the Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 takes the second spot in our list of best touring bikes in India in 2019, as well as 2020.
Equipped with features like a tall windshield, wide handlebars, forward set footpegs and a low height seat, this bike is designed to provide optimum comfort to riders on long journeys.
Coming in variants of both air and liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, this bike can produce up to 19bhp power and 17.5Nm of torque. The engine is also paired with a 5-speed gearbox. Sporting a weight of 163kg, the bike is available in two colour variants – Auburn Black and Moon White.
- Mileage: 40kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 220cc
- Ex-showroom Price in Delhi: Starts from Rs. 1,15,456
3. Harley Davidson SuperLow
A part of the legendary Sportster series, which has been in production since 1957, the SuperLow from Harley Davidson is designed like a typical cruiser. With perfect ergonomics, a 17-litre fuel tank, and a weight of 260kgs, it makes for the ideal companion on long rides.
Powered by an air-cooled 45-degree V-Twin engine the bike sports chromed dual-exhausts. Additionally, at 50bhp power and 69Nm torque, this two-wheeler packs a punch. It is also important to note that the bike’s engine is rubber-mounted to reduce vibrations and offer comfortable long-distance rides.
- Mileage: 20kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 883cc
- Ex-showroom Price in Delhi: Rs. 5.60 lakh
4. KTM 390 Duke
One of the best commuter bikes in India, the KTM 390 Duke also makes for an ideal ride for long distances. Among the most notable features of the bike are its up-right handlebars, digital TFT display, LED headlamps, and its superior engine.
The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine which produces 42.9bhp and 37Nm torque. Further, the bike sports a dual-channel ABS for added safety.
In 2018, the KTM 390 Duke won the prestigious Indian Motorcycle of the Year Award at the Bloomberg TV-Autocar Awards.
- Mileage: 34kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 373cc
- Ex-showroom Price in Delhi: Rs. 2,53,000 for BS-VI variant
5. Honda CBR 250R
One of the best sports bikes in India, the CBR 250R is available in 2 variants. Sporting a single-cylinder engine, this bike is equipped with industry-first features. Known for its superb handling and comfort, this bike is the one to go for if you are planning to embark on an adventure on hill stations.
The CBR 250R is capable of generating 25.7bhp of power, with 22.9Nm torque, and anti-locking braking system. Available in 4 colour variants, this is one of the most reliable bikes in India.
- Mileage: 29kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 249.6cc
- Ex-showroom Price in Delhi: Rs. 1,60,000
6. Royal Enfield Himalayan
Perhaps the best off-road bike in India, the RE Himalayan’s reputation precedes the bike as far as its performance is concerned.
Equipped with features like a switchable ABS, a revised side stand, a 21-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel, this is the perfect bike for rough terrains. Further, being on the lighter side at 199kgs also works towards the bike’s advantage when it comes to long rides.
The Himalayan has a powerful single-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox, generating 24.3bhp of power and a 32Nm torque. In a competition, this bike can easily go against a BMW G310 GS!
Its superior performance has earned the Himalayan several accolades, including the NDTV Car and Bike of the Year Award in 2017.
- Mileage: 36.26kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 411cc
- Ex-showroom Price in Delhi: Starting from Rs. 1,68,000
7. Mahindra Mojo XT300
One of the high-end commuter bikes in India, the Mahindra Mojo XT300 is perfect for riders who want a touring bike but don’t want to settle for conventional formats like cruisers. The XT300 comes equipped with a dual muffler exhaust system and fuel injection for the engine.
The bike has a kerb weight of 160kgs, which makes it ideal for long-distance travels. The XT300 is equipped with a single-cylinder engine which produces 26.45bhp power and 30Nm torque. You can avail this bike in 2 colour variants.
- Mileage: 25kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 295cc
- Ex-showroom Price in Delhi: Rs. 1,80,000
8. Jawa Perak
Even though not as widely renowned as its competitors, the Jawa Perak can be counted as an excellent long ride bike in India.
This is a bobber style motorcycle and comes with fixtures like upright handlebars, a seat with a relaxed riding position and normal set footpegs. These features make the bike one of the most comfortable options in the touring bike category.
The Jawa Perak has a powerful single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which produces 30bhp power and 31Nm torque. This bike’s dual-channel ABS standard also makes it distinguishable.
Need one more reason to buy this bike? Here it is – Jawa has been awarded Autoportal’s “Bike of the Year 2020”!
- Mileage: 32-35kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 334cc
- Ex-showroom Price in Delhi: Rs. 1,89,000
9. Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT is one of the best commuter bikes in India. It has a powerful double-cylinder engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Considered a mid-weight adventure tourer, this bike’s front is designed to resemble a beak, with an adjustable windscreen and stacked headlights.
However, one of the most attractive features of this bike is its instrument console featuring an analogue tachometer and illumination adjustable display. As for the engine’s performance – it is capable of producing 71bhp power and 62Nm torque.
- Mileage: 26.46kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 645cc
- Ex-showroom Price in Delhi: Rs. 7,46,000
10. Kawasaki Versys 650
Perfect for long rides, this bike features wide rider and pillion seats, adjustable suspensions and an adjustable windscreen.
Apart from offering maximum riding comfort, the bike’s specs include dual-channel ABS, a 21-litre fuel tank, as well as, an engine with a 6-speed gearbox. It is the perfect cross between an adventurer and a tourer!
It is also noteworthy that this bike has a liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine which produces 68.3bhp power and 64Nm of torque.
- Mileage: Between 21kmpl and 28.17kmpl
- Engine Displacement: 649cc
- Ex-showroom Price in Delhi: Rs. 6,69,000
Here are our top picks when it comes to best touring bikes in India in 2019 and 2020! It is, however, important to remember that this is not an exhaustive list, and there are several other bikes available in the market that can meet your expectations of a touring bike. So keep your eyes peeled for more!