The obsession of Indian riders with fully-faired motorcycles is nothing new. We love to look and feel like a racer. And fortunately, the Indian market has ample products to cater to such buyers, and that too with an affordable price tag! If you want to know which are these bikes, here's what the grid looks like.
2021 KTM RC 200
Starting with the newest offering, the 2021 KTM RC 200 was launched last month, with its biggest update yet. While the previous edition was known for its brash and frantic nature, the latest model is a little more mature and conservative. It gets a new styling, additional features, revised hardware, and slightly more comfortable ergonomics. While the 200cc, liquid-cooled engine is the same, there's a curved radiator and a larger airbox now to improve its overall performance. The 2021 RC 200 sets you back by Rs 2.09 lakh.
This is perhaps the most popular offering in India. The first-generation Yamaha R15 kick-started the small-size sportbike segment in India. And the latest fourth-gen model is the most sought after iteration yet. While the 155cc, VVA-equipped engine is majorly the same, the hardware and feature list is much more premium now. Even the design is drool-worthy with major inspiration taken from the bigger YZF R7. The prices of the Yamaha YZF R15 V4 start from Rs 1.71 lakh.
2021 TVS Apache RR310
Although the TVS Apache RR310 is not as affordable as other bikes on this list, it’s definitely a great value-for-money proposition. The 2021 edition is better than ever as it received a few add-ons some time back. While its TFT screen was already quite modern and advanced, TVS made it even more comprehensive with additional data. While the standard version costs Rs 2.60 lakh, one has options to choose from four customisation packages ranging from different graphics to racier suspension setup.
The Hero Xtreme 200S is a great option for those who want an affordable, fully-faired motorcycle with a friendly demeanour. It gets a simple but graceful design with neutral and comfortable ergonomics. Its 199.6cc, oil-cooled engine makes a rather passable 17.8bhp of power and 16.45Nm of peak torque. It also gets a fully-digital console that comes with Bluetooth connectivity. Hero has priced the Xtreme 200S at Rs 1.27 lakh.
(All prices are ex-showroom)