Ever dreamt of owning a super bike? Couple of years ago it might have been almost impossible, but now we find it difficult to choose one! Yes, that is the amount of choices that we are swarmed with now in the Indian market. We have cruisers, naked street fighters, fully faired mean looking machines and even classic-styled café racers. So here’s a list of top 5 best bikes under 3 lacs that you can buy in the market right now, to make your life more fun than ever.
The first on the list is the KTM 390 Duke. It offers extra-ordinary performance for its price. This orange monster has got a single cylinder 373.2cc liquid cooled engine offering a tremendous output of 43 bhp@9500 rpm. Weighing at just 139 kgs (full dry), It is the FASTEST Indian on the roads. It handles like dream, along with the help of super sticky Metzeler tires and is available at a price tag of 1.87 lacs making it an even more irresistible machine.
The 390 Duke offers excellent touring as well as track performances. It even returns around 35 kmpl on the highways, which is pretty good for a bike with such performance capabilities. With ABS as standard, this is one completely awesome package.
- Extraordinary performance
- Good looks, head turner
- Value of money
- Looks similar to duke 200
- Small petrol tank (just 11 liters)
- Not everyone likes the way it sounds
2. Suzuki inazuma
The Suzuki Inazuma has a 248cc twin cylinder liquid cooled 4-stroke engine with output power of 24.1 bhp. The Suzuki Inazuma isn’t an eye turner; the bike simply doesn’t look sporty and looks like it’s a bit outdated. The Inazuma is a relaxed bike to ride, offering smooth performance even in higher speeds. It is priced at 2.16 lacs making it one of the cheapest twin cylinders available.
The bike has mostly been a disaster for Suzuki, mainly because of the launch price of 3.1 lacs, which was just plain stupid. They sold about 3 units in the first month, and then went back to reduce the price, which is still a lot for such an ugly duckling.
- Twin cylinder, very smooth
- Good build quality
- Twin exhausts look cool
- Looks like a badly modified 100 cc commuter bike
- Hellishly overpriced
- Doesn’t do anything well, average performer in all areas
The continental GT is a blast from the past! It is the best looking, fastest, lightest, most powerful Royal Enfield ever made. Powering the café racer is a 535cc fuel injected, air-cooled engine that produces 29.1 bhp of power and 44 Nm of torque. With very little vibrations and good handling, it is very good package over all, at 1.85 lakhs.
For some people, the Continental GT is a stupid bike. It takes away the only good thing about Royal Enfield motorcycles – Comfort. It is not quick (going by the displacement), doesn’t handle too well, and weighs too much!
- Beautiful looking machine
- Good performance
- Nice build quality
- Single seat as standard, double seat looks ghastly
- Clip-ons make the bike really hard to handle
- Not a very comfortable ride for long trips
4. Honda CBR250R
The Honda CBR 250r looks like a mini Fireblade, having a fully faired body. The 249cc motor produces 26 Bhp. It looks big and powerful. It has good ergonomics and offers a smooth ride. The 250R is not a fun bike to ride as it doesn’t accelerate hard, but it’s an amazing tourer with very less windblast.
The CBR250R was one of the first budget performance tourers in India. Many riders have taken it from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and beyond, without any issues. Now the bike looks dated, and has lost most of its charm. With the CBR300R expected to arrive soon, this one is slowly going to die away.
- Smooth ride
- Comfort for long trips
- Overpriced against the Duke 390
- Not a very quick package
- Looks dated
5. Hyosung GT250R:
The Hyosung GT250R is a massive looking bike offering good performance from the four-stroke, air and oil cooled V-twin engine which has a power output of 28 bhp. The seating position is aggressive and the suspension is quite soft offering good rides in the city. It is quite expensive though at 2.75 lacs, so only rich brats with deep pockets consider it as an option.
Hyosung is notoriously bad with build quality and after-sales service. So that again goes in favor of rich brats with deep pockets. The bike looks huge for sure, but is a pain to take through tight spaces in traffic. Not a bad option overall, but many better bikes available out there for lesser price.
- Good looks, almost like a superbike
- Performance is nice too
- Has that big-bike feel and riding stance
- Over priced
- Bad after-sales service
- Build quality issues
Best bikes under 3 lacs – Verdict:
Every bike is different from each other in one way or another but KTM’s 390 Duke blows everything out of the competition. The mean-looking orange monster has managed to tick almost every box in the list by offering exceptional performance, handling, touring and track capabilities making it the best value for money machine out there. What do you think?