The complete list of entry level performance motorcycle offering from various manufacturers

If there is one segment which is witnessing the fastest growth in the two wheeler industry, it has to be the quarter liter segment. This category, which consists of motorcycles ranging from 200cc to 400cc engines, has been in a solid action in the past 3-4 years, witnessing the arrival of new kinds of motorcycles, which were almost unheard in the market before. This segment is the new stepping stone for all those riders who have a craving for performance and wish to upgrade from their100-150cc commuters.

In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every single motorcycle which falls under this space of Indian two wheeler industry, which ranges from naked roadsters to adventure motorcycles. Here you go:-

Fully faired sportsbikes

Honda CBR 250R

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The sole offering from Honda in this segment, the CBR 250R was the first proper fully faired single cylinder 250cc motorcycle in India, which in its initial days, proved to be a rage hit, due to the affordable pricing, optional ABS and credentials of a functional sport tourer. The motorcycle, though now, is in a need of a substantial makeover.

Engine – single cylinder, liquid cooled, 249.6cc
Performance – 26.2 PS power, 22.9 Nm torque

Bajaj Pulsar RS 200

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The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is credited as the first indigenously designed fully faired sportsbike in this category. Boasting of a very unique design and loaded with equipment, the Pulsar RS 200 currently is serving as the flagship model from Bajaj and serves as the best of both the worlds of track and highways, making it an excellent value for money.

Engine – single cylinder, liquid cooled, 199.5cc
Performance – 24.5 PS power, 18.6 Nm torque

Hero Karizma ZMR

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Serving as the flagship model from Hero Motocorp, the new generation Karizma ZMR may have turned out to be an absolute dud as far as design and sales numbers are concerned. But then, at this price, the Karizma ZMR is a very comfortable sport tourer which is feature rich and comes with a plush suspension setup, with enough punch from its 223cc engine.

Engine – single cylinder, air cooled, 223cc
Performance – 20.2 PS power, 19.7 Nm torque

Yamaha YZF R3

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One of the most anticipated motorcycles in the Indian market, the YZF R3 is Yamaha’s first ever offering in the quarter liter segment. Having a sweet parallel twin engine and a dynamically excellent chassis and suspension setup, the R3 carries the ‘YZF’ DNA from the biggies like the R1 and R6. The absence of ABS and high price point are the only letdowns in this wonderful package.

Engine – Parallel twin, liquid cooled, 321cc
Performance – 42 PS power, 29.6 Nm torque

Hyosung GT 250R

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The Hyosung GT 250R is credited to be the first ever twin cylinder quarter liter motorcycle to sell on an adequately large scale in the Indian market. Hyosung made its debut in India with the GT 250R, which became a hit among Indian youth with its big bike stance and enthralling performance. The bike, though, is due for a desperate upgrade.

Engine – V-twin, oil cooled, 249cc
Performance – 28.3 PS power, 22.07 Nm torque

Kawasaki Ninja 300

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Kawasaki made its official debut in the Indian market with the Ninja 250, and without wasting much time, it upped its game by replacing it with the Ninja 300 – a motorcycle which offered much more premium and modern design, more performance on tap and better dynamics than the Ninja 250, giving it all the right credentials to make it a ‘mini-Ninja’.

Engine – Parallel twin, liquid cooled, 296cc
Performance – 39 PS power, 27 Nm torque

KTM RC 200

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After making a dream debut in the Indian market with the duo of Duke 200 and Duke 390, KTM satiated the needs of fully faired motorcycles by offering the RC 200 and RC 390 in India. The RC 200 has an extremely sharp design, loads of equipment, rev-hungry engine and an excellent chassis, and that too at a really affordable price, making it one of the most value-for-money motorcycles in this space.

Engine – single cylinder, liquid cooled, 199.6cc
Performance – 26 PS power, 19 Nm torque

KTM RC 390

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Completely based on the RC 200, the RC 390 is the flagship model from KTM in India and retains the complete design, set of features, suspension and chassis of the RC 200, save for some changes like a bigger heart of 373cc which makes much more power, bigger brakes and the crucial addition of ABS, making it an even sweeter deal than the RC 200.

Engine – single cylinder, liquid cooled, 373cc
Performance – 43 PS power, 35 Nm torque

Semi-faired sport tourers

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

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The Pulsar 220F is based on the previous generation Pulsar and is still one of the highest selling motorcycles in India even after being almost a decade old model now, thanks to its excellent price-to-performance ratio, which is a big advantage to those who are looking for quarter liter raw performance in the sub-1 lakh category.
Engine – single cylinder, oil cooled, 220cc
Performance – 21.05 PS power, 19.12 Nm torque

Bajaj Pulsar AS 200

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The spiritual successor of Pulsar 220F, the Pulsar AS 200 is basically a semi-faired version of the now-defunct Pulsar NS 200, and offers a good set list of features and a potent 200cc engine, all at a price of a premium 150cc motorcycle, thus carrying the Bajaj’s tradition of shocking enthusiasts with brilliant price positioning.

Engine – single cylinder, liquid cooled, 199.5cc
Performance – 23.5 PS power, 18.3 Nm torque

Hero Karizma

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You may blame it for perfectly ruining the image of the very brilliant first generation Karizma, but then, the current generation Karizma does offer a lot if you get past of its awkward design, like a refined and powerful engine, comfortable ride quality and a big bike stance. However, it misses out on fuel injection, fully digital meters, rear disc brake and a full fairing which differentiate it from the more premium Karizma ZMR.

Engine – single cylinder, air cooled, 223cc
Performance – 19.3 PS power, 19.35 Nm torque

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