5 Most Affordable Motorcycles With Turn-By-Turn Navigation: Hero XPulse 200, Meteor 350 And More!
These motorcycles offer turn-by-turn navigation directly on the consoles, unlike the CB350 which requires a Bluetooth-enabled headset
Technology has come a long way in the past couple of years. Tasks that once required a massive computer to run can now be accessed on palm-sized smartphones. Microprocessors with a significantly smaller footprint have enabled manufacturers to cram several features in modern-day two-wheelers, all for a considerably low price tag.
We’ve already covered the 5 most affordable two-wheelers with connected tech in India. This time around, we’re looking at the five most affordable bikes with turn-by-turn navigation.
Hero XPulse 200: Rs 1,15,230
Shell out Rs 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom) and you can get your hands on the XPulse 200 -- one of the sweetest, most affordable ADVs in the current market. It’s not only kitted for off-road use but also packs several features ranging from an-LED headlight to a smartphone-compatible digital console with turn-by-turn navigation. Admittedly, the system isn’t as advanced as that of say... the Ather 450X, but it does the job fairly well. The console also displays incoming call alerts which is quite handy.
Hero Xtreme 200S: Rs 1,17,214
Next up, is the XPulse 200’s sportier sibling, the Xtreme 200S. It shares its console with the XPulse and by extension, its connected features. It too relies on Google maps to give you quick and accurate directions.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Rs 1,27,020
TVS pretty much pioneered digital instrument consoles with smartphone connectivity in India. It all started with the NTorq, which then branched out into the Apache RTR range. The Apache RTR 200 4V was recently updated with some segment-first features such as ride modes, a preload-adjustable fork and monoshock, adjustable brake and clutch levers. But that’s not all, TVS’ SmartXConnect offers turn-by-turn navigation on the console. Other notable features include call/message notifications, low fuel or crash alert, race telemetry, and lean angles.
Royal Enfield Meteor 350: Starts at Rs 1,75,818
Royal Enfield finally seems to be moving away from its old ways to keep up with the ever-growing, tech-driven two-wheeler market. The Meteor 350 is the first bike based on the brand's all-new ‘J’ platform which features a new, more powerful engine, revised styling, and an off-set digital console that Royal Enfield calls the ‘Tripper’.
The unit enables smartphone connectivity with turn-by-turn navigation and even gets day and night mode. A nifty switchgear-mounted USB charging port will enable you to charge your phone on the go if you're running low on battery.
TVS Apache RR 310: Rs 2,48,000
The RR 310 had been plagued with issues ever since its launch a couple of years ago. However, various improvements have been made over the years to iron out glaring issues such as vibrations, the gruffness from the motor, and overall rideability. The most recent iteration which complies with BS6 emission norms is the biggest step forward for the bikemaker. TVS not only managed to polish most of the bike's rough edges but also gave it several new features which makes it one of the best value-for-money propositions in the market.
It features a full-colour TFT display with power-modes, turn-by-turn navigation, vehicle health information, vehicle status, and post-ride analytics. You can even accept or reject calls using the control cubes placed on the left-hand-side switchgear. Other notable aspects include Glide Through Technology PLUS (GTTP) and a hazard switch. We spent an entire day with this beauty and here's what we thought about it.
All prices ex-showroom, Delhi