5 Best Bikes For College Students Under Rs 1.5 Lakh
Published On Sep 24, 2020 12:45:08 PM
These five bikes make the most sense for cash-strapped yet stylish college-goers
College life is quite peculiar. Amidst submissions, deadlines, experiments, field trips, exams and bunking, a college-goer is living quite a hectic life. The pocket money you get from your parents has to get you through the month. That means deciding how much to spend on yourself, your friends, at the chai tapri, with your partner and lastly, and most importantly, on fuel. You also need a stylish and powerful ride to enjoy your college commutes. Here are five bikes that fit the bill perfectly:
The Bajaj Pulsar 220F was the dream bike of many a 90s kid while growing up. While its popularity hasn’t dipped, the younger audiences would find the performance a bit too much to handle. Enter the Bajaj Pulsar 180F. A Pulsar that looks identical to the larger 220F, has a bit of funkiness about it to separate it from its serious elder sibling, and a smaller 178.6cc motor that has just the right amount of power for you to survive through your college years.
The TVS Apache brand is known for its performance. The motorcycles are fun and easy to ride with good kit on offer. The last all-new Apache was the 160cc sporty commuter meant to dethrone the Suzuki Gixxer – the Apache RTR 160 4V. The RTR 160 4V strikes the right balance between performance and economy. It happens to be the quickest 160cc naked that we have tested so far and surprisingly, also the most fuel efficient. It looks racy with chequered flag graphics sprawled across the fuel tank. Unlike its elder sibling, the RTR 200 4V, this one gets a single-piece seat, which is quite comfy and spacious for riders of all sizes.
Riding on our roads is an adventure in itself and given the growth in popularity of adventure motorcycles, it would serve you well to get the Hero XPulse 200 if you dream of owning a BMW GS or a Triumph Tiger one day. This small adventure motorcycle is light on its feet and zippy through traffic. The seat is accommodating for riders of all heights with enough space for pillion riders as well. The 21-/18-inch spoke wheel setup and long-travel suspension soaks up the majority of our road undulations. It is also the only petrol-powered bike in this list to get connectivity features like call and message alerts, turn-by-turn navigation, and ride statistics.
The least powerful and slowest bike in this list also happens to be the most expensive of the lot. Then why should you get the KTM 125 Duke? For starters, it is a Duke with the chassis and other components shared with the previous-gen 200 Duke, so you know it has got great handling. The power might not be a lot but it is the most powerful 125cc bike in India. While this fact might not help you seal the deal with your parents, they would appreciate the level of safety that KTM offers (disc brakes at both ends, a front radial brake caliper and single-channel ABS), which is unmatched by any other 125cc bike in the country.
There is nothing quite like the Revolt RV400 in the market currently. It is one of only two electric motorcycles that you can buy in India right now (the other being its smaller sibling the RV300). Being an electric, it is quick and has a top speed of 85kmph, which your parents would definitely approve. If you ride it with extreme caution, Revolt claims it can go 150km on a single charge but you are looking at a realistic range figure of around 80km. Plus, no money spent on fuel means savings to splurge on fun activities. Even the charging time of 4.5 hours for a full battery is not too much. Just plug the battery once you reach home after an evening of fun and frivolities for an overnight charge. Also, with swappable batteries, you could have one primed and ready in your house for the next day.