India is the world’s largest two-wheeler market and a majority of commuters prefer two-wheelers as their daily drivers. But then the younger lot also desires a pinch of sporty performance, modern features and attractive looks. And that’s where the premium commuters come into the picture. Their popularity can not only be seen in their demand and sales, but also in BikeWale’s research data. Now, in case you’re wondering which were the most researched premium commuters of 2021, here’s the list of the top five of them.
The Yamaha FZ S FI might not be the most enticing premium commuters in India, but it was definitely the most popular, as per BikeWale’s data. The motorcycle’s muscular design is one of its USPs, besides its refined engine, nimble handling, and decent fuel efficiency. The motorcycle can also be had with optional Bluetooth connectivity. Prices of the motorcycle start from Rs 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom).
2. Yamaha MT 15
Interestingly, the second offering on this list is another Yamaha, the MT 15. The YZF R15’s naked sibling offers a radical and aggressive design with a potent 155cc, liquid-cooled engine with variable valve actuation. The handling of the bike is another aspect that makes it enticing and suitable for sporty riding. Above all, it’s the well-known heritage that it carries from its bigger and iconic siblings like the MT 09.
The Apache brand is undoubtedly famous in India but, surprisingly, topping the list is the oldest offering from this family, the Apache RTR 160. In terms of equipment, the RTR 160 is quite a dated motorcycle but TVS continues to sell it due to the unhindered demand. An edgy design, partially committed ergonomics, and a throaty-sounding engine are some of its qualities that still attract the youth.
4. Bajaj Pulsar NS 160
The Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is one of the sportiest premium commuters we have tested in 2021. Be it the engine performance, handling, or brakes, the NS 160 impressed us on almost all fronts. It is powered by a 160cc, oil-cooled engine that churns out 17.03bhp and 14.6Nm. These figures are just a tad lower than the class-leading TVS Apache RTR 160 4V.
Similar to the Apache RTR 160, the Bajaj Pulsar 150 is another long-running yet extremely popular motorcycle in India. It has been a household name for years, especially for its brawny visual appeal and unique engine sound and feel. Although it’s in the fifth position in terms of researches, it has been the highest-selling premium commuter for a long time.