In a country that is price conscious, it was a gamble played by motorcycle manufacturers when they decided to bring in their higher segment motorbikes. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. And the gamble payed off. People started investing in premium motorcycles that were lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. To help you have a clear decision making ability, we have compiled 10 bikes that fall under ₹ 5 lakhs that can suffice all your needs and dreams of owning a bike that can be both practical and fun to ride.
Filling the gap between the 250R and the 650F/RR, Honda brought the CBR 500R after giving it the much needed facelift and making it more upmarket. With its decently large dimensions and aggressive full fairing design, it looks pleasing to the eyes. It gets a four stroke, parallel twin, fuel injected, 471cc motor, which churns out 48 bhp of maximum power and 43 Nm of torque. This will give the riders an apt balance between an entry level quarter litre sportsbike and a fully focused middleweight supersport. Expect the CBR 500R to be priced in the range of ₹ 4.5 to 5 lakhs.
Unveiled at the 2016 Intermot motorcycle show, the updated Ninja 650 is now more usable and purposeful. This was one of the foremost middleweight quarter litre sportsbike entering the market and has been one of the most important motorcycles in the Kawasaki line-up. Providing perfect balance between power and ergonomics, this bike is value for money. The updated Ninja 650 is powered by the same Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, fuel injected Parallel Twin engine that generates the power of 72 bhp at 8500 rpm with 64 Nm of peak torque at 7000 rpm. The new frame makes sure that the rider gets to utilise the bike’s nimble and lightweight handling to the fullest. It is priced at ₹ 4.95 lakhs and will be a bargain given its performance figures.
This is the youngest of the lot by Harley Davidson Motorcycles intended to make a huge impact on the middleweight segment of cruisers. It is indeed the highest selling model in the entire line-up of HD. Styled entirely like its elder siblings, it looks every bit the part of a man’s ride. It is powered by the same four stroke, twin cylinder, 749cc RevolutionX V-Twin engine which continues to churn out a maximum torque output of 59 Nm at 4000 rpm and 54 bhp peak power at 8000 rpm. The bike offers a low seating position with all black theme giving it typical cruiser look. This muscular bike delivers great presence and draws undue attention from bystanders. The price tag of ₹ 4.5 gives it the most affordable Harley Davidson tag.
Witnessing the procedure of evolution for decades is the Ducati Scrambler. So far, Ducati is ahead of the curve with a full range of purpose-built Scrambler models and this Sixty2 is a modern pop culture with a dose of the liberal age of the ‘60s. The overall silhouette of the new Scrambler is nothing but bare-ass naked that is as minimalistic as possible. The 399 cc is the smallest engine by Ducati but by no means a weak one. This air-cooled, L-twin engine uses Ducati’s signature Desmodromic valvetrain which pumps out 41bhp of power and 34.6Nm of torque. Weighing at only 167 kg, the Scrambler Sixty2 is one nimble motorcycle and it doesn’t take much in the way of brakeage to control it. At ₹ 3.9 - 4.6 lakhs, this is the most affordable Ducati in the country.
Having won the coveted Bike of the Year 2016, this entry level premium from Japan has got the entire biking community reeling with joy. Designed with speed and agility in mind, the sharp, beautiful and tough motorbike rewards even the most mundane rider with its top notch performance and handing. It runs on a 321 cc, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves engine with fuel injection and returns 41.4 bhp at 10750 rpm with 29.6 Nm at 9000 rpm. Yamaha spent a considerable amount of time making the R3 comfortable and accessible yet still sporty. Yamaha has raised the bar in the entry sports class with the exciting new R3 priced at ₹3.6 – 4 lakhs.
Hyosung’s arrival in the Indian market was through Kinetic Automobiles when the two wheeler industry was at a nascent stage. The flagship motorcycle is this GT650R which was the first middleweight fully faired motorcycle to make its way into the Indian market. It has tremendous road presence due to its wide body and it remains the same since its launch. It runs on a four stroke, water cooled, 8-valve, V-twin, 647cc engine that produces 74 bhp of power and 61 Nm of torque. It is an all-rounder when it comes to ride and handling with its well weighted 215 kg wet weight. Though it lacks the sharpness of the supersport, overall it’s quite a practical bike to live with. Because it is locally manufactured in India, it is priced at ₹ 4.9 – 5.5 lakhs.
Kawasaki was raking the fame of the 650 and decided to launch a naked version and called it ER-6n. The bike is essentially the same machine as its faired counterpart in terms of engine and performance figures. It is designed more for urban riding unlike its faired sibling and hence is more compact which might affect in better handling especially around the city streets. As expected, under the skin too, the ER-6n comes bolstered with the same liquid cooled, parallel twin, 649cc motor that generates the power of 72 bhp at 8500 rpm with 64 Nm of peak torque at 7000 rpm. The riding posture has been altered to better suit its street bike dynamics. Priced at ₹ 4.90 lakhs, it is the best naked middle-weight 650cc motorcycle in the country today.
A joint attack by the Hero MotoCorp and Erik Buell Racing is behind this super-premium, street-fighter naked sports motorcycle. The Hastur’s muscular built-up is due to the tank and the black castings beneath the electricals which wraps around the yellow and gun metal finish looks out of this world. Moving this is with the 620cc over-square parallel-twin power mill that generates 79bhp@9600rpm and 72Nm@7750rpm of torque meshed to the 6-speed gearbox. Although it will be manufactured in India, we may have to expect to pay a premium for this legend with the price tag of ₹ 4.3 – 5 lakhs. Formal launch will happen only in the first quarter of next year. At this stage it is only a concept, but the production version may be scaled down a tad bit.
Introduced as the first fully flaired sportsbike from Benelli since the legendary Tornado 1130, the all new Tornado 302 promises an engaging and enthralling riding experience along with the stereotypical good looks. The styling of the motorcycle is edgy and modern which will appeal to the young biking enthusiasts. Powering the Tornado 302 is an in-line 300cc, two cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve, DOHC engine producing 36 bhp at 12000 rpm and 27 Nm of peak torque at 9000 rpm. The Benelli 302 employs a newly designed trellis frame which is significantly lighter and also improves the handling dynamics of the bike. It will be priced at around ₹ 3.2 – 3.9 lakhs and available towards the end of 2016.
The Benelli Leoncino (meaning ’Lion Cub’) is a scrambler-style concept showcased at the EICMA Motorcycle Show last year that comes with a perfect mixture of retro styling and nimble dynamics giving due to its compact frame. The new concept is powered by a liquid-cooled 499.6cc parallel twin engine, producing around 47bhp of power at 8500 rpm and 45Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. Touted to be in the price range of ₹ 4.5 – 5 lakhs, it will be a tough contender to the Ducati scrambler series offering equal loads of fun to your heart’s content.