Here is our list of top 10 bikes under 1.5 lakh: 2020 – 2021
These segment bikes are performance-oriented bikes which are mostly used by youngsters. These bikes are popular among youths as these bikes are a perfect blend of both mileage and performance.
1) Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 is for those who want an affordable performance naked motorcycle. Although the bike doesn’t have many features but it gets all the basic features that a bike needs. The bike gets single-channel ABS, dual disc, semi-digital instrument cluster, fuel injection, liquid cooling, etc.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 is powered by a 199.5 cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6 motor which produces around 24.5 bhp of power and 18.5 Nm of torque. The motor is mated to 6-speed manual gearbox and has so much power at the top end. But there is not so powerful in the initial rev band. All that 18.5 Nm torque is available for you at later 8,000 rpm which makes it a good highway tourer rather than a good city bike.
2) TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
If you want a best sounding motorcycle and so many features under 1.5 lakhs, you won’t get a better option than the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. The exhaust of this bike has a base that makes your ride better. The BS6 model of the bike has got a proper facelift thus the styling of the bike has been updated along with the features.
The bike gets features like SMART XONNECT TECHNOLOGY which displays so much information on the screen. The bike can be connected with your smartphone via Bluetooth for some added features. This is the only bike in this price range to get dual-channel ABS which makes it a safer bike.
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is powered by a 197.75 cc four-stroke, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6 motor which produces 20.21 bhp of power and 16.8 Nm of torque. The engine is mated 5-speed gearbox. But you won’t miss the 6th gear as all that power and torque comes at top end which you need for highway tours. But obviously, it is not as powerful as the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200.
3) Bajaj Pulsar 220F
The Bajaj Pulsar 200 F is a legend which never dies. Initially, the bike was introduced with a fuel injection system that’s why the letter ‘F’ came in. This was the main feature of the bike along with the performance it had on offer. Back in the days, it was introduced to compete with the Hero Karizma which was able to do 140 kmph of top speed. But later they discontinued the fuel-injected model and launched the carburetor model in which ‘F’ stood for Fairing. But now in 2020 the bike again gets fuel injection.
The Bajaj Pulsar 220 F is powered by a 220 cc our stroke, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6 motor which produces 2011 bhp of power and 18.55 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to 5-speed manual gearbox.
4) Yamaha R15 V3
Everyone knows about the capabilities and performance of this baby R1. The Yamaha R15 has been a favorite ride among youngsters from the time it got launched. The bike got instant hit in Indian market because of its looks and the performance on offer. And now in 2020, the bike is in its 3rd generation and BS6 avatar.
The Yamaha R15 V3 is a very refined bike and the most powerful in the 150 cc category. The Yamaha R15 V3 is powered by a 155 cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6 motor which produces 18.37 bhp of power and 14.1 Nm of torque. This is an ultimate top-end machine as all the power comes at later 10,000 rpm! This can beat some 200 cc bikes in the top-end race as it can reach more than 150 kmph.
5) Hero Xpulse 200
Adventure for masses! Yes, this is the way we can explain this motorcycle. This is an ultimate off-road machine one could buy under 1.5 lakhs. The bike doesn’t have top-end performance and you might miss the top end performance at highways. But this is not for them. This is a perfect choice who want a “go anywhere” kind of bike in settled and calm speed at most comfort.
The Hero Xpulse 200 is powered by a 199.6 cc four-stroke, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6 motor which produces 17.8 bhp of power and 16.45 Nm of torque. The motor is mated to 5-speed manual gearbox.
6) TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
There is no wonder that TVS makes best sounding exhaust in single cylinder category. So, this continues with the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V too. The bike has a base in its exhaust note just like its elder sibling, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is powered by a 159.7 cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6 motor which produces 15.6 bhp of power and 14.12 Nm of torque. And this engine is mated to 5-speed manual gearbox.
7) Yamaha FZ-S V3
If you want the most economic bike in 150 cc category, then this is the bike for you. The bike has excellent mileage figures along with decent power. The Yamaha FZ is losing its power every time its gets an update. But this results in more engine refinement and more mileage and this is what you want from an 150 cc commuter motorcycle.
The Yamaha FZ-S is powered by a 149 cc four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6 motor which produces 12.2 bhp of power and 13.6 Nm of torque. And the motor is mated to 5-speed manual gearbox. The bike becomes handy in city rides as all those 13.6 Nm of torque comes early in the rev band at 5,500 rpm. Another positive point of this bike is its wider tyres. It gets 100/80-R17 at front and 140/60-17 at the rear.
8) Bajaj Pulsar 180F
The younger sibling of the legendary Bajaj Pulsar 220 F might not have the best power on offer. But the looks of this bike resembles 220 F. The Bajaj Pulsar 180 F is powered by a 178.6 cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6 motor which produces 16.6 bhp of power and 14.52 Nm of torque. The bike has the best mid-range power and this is the sweet point of the bike.
9) Suzuki Gixxer SF
Company is increasing the price of this bike but still its selling like a hot cake. This is all because of its sweet and refined engine, looks and the brand value that Suzuki has. There are not so much features to talk about. It gets all the basic features that are it.
The Suzuki Gixxer SF is powered by a 155 cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected motor which produces 13.4 bhp of power and 13.8 Nm of torque. The engine mated to 5-speed manual gearbox. The Suzuki Gixxer SF also has some amazing mileage figures which is around 45 kmpl. Like the Yamaha FZ-S BS6, Gixxer SF also has exactly the same tyre configuration.
10) Honda Hornet 2.0
In terms of reliability, no other brand can beat Honda. So it continues with the all-new Honda Hornet 2.0 also. Unlike the older Hornet, it gets 184.4 cc four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6 motor which produces 17.03 bhp of power and 16.1 Nm of torque, while the gearbox is mated to a 5-speed manual.
The bike gets wider front and rear tyres at 110/70-17 and 140/70-17 respectively. This is the great city bike which has an amazing low end and mid-range punch.