5 Most Powerful Bikes Under Rs 5 Lakh In India

Modified On Mar 20, 2019 By Praveen M. for Kawasaki Ninja 400

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From sports bikes to ADVs, here are some of the most powerful bikes that are priced between Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom)

The Indian two-wheeler market has been witnessing tremendous growth in the last couple of years. This is partly due to the influx of all-new models from homegrown as well as global manufacturers. However, most two-wheeler buyers still opt for popular or safe choices, making it even harder to set yourself apart from the herd. So we list down five niche models that are priced between Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh that you should consider the next time you’re in the market for a brand new bike.

Kawasaki Ninja 400

The Kawasaki Ninja 400 is the most powerful of the five bikes listed here. It borrows design cues from the legendary H2 and comes with LED headlights and tail lamp as well. Powering this baby Ninja is a 399cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine which produces 49PS at 10,000rpm and 38Nm at 8000rpm. These figures are not only the highest in its class, but it also helps the bike accelerate from 0-100kmph in just 5.4 seconds, making it quickest in its segment as per our tests. The motorcycle recorded a top speed of a healthy 159.83kmph. Being a peaky motor, it really comes to life after 8000rpm. And the engine is powerful enough to sustain 120kmph all day long without any struggle.

As far as fuel efficiency is concerned, it returned 24.5kmpl in the city and 30.4kmpl on the highway in our tests. This, coupled with the 14-litre fuel tank, gives it a range of over 300km. As expected from a premium bike, it comes with standard dual-channel ABS acting on petal discs at the front and rear. Ride and handling are taken care of by 41mm telescopic front forks and a preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear. The only downside is that being a CKD (completely knocked down) offering, the price tag is on the higher side at Rs 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom).

Yamaha YZF-R3

The Yamaha YZF-R3, too, is offered via the CKD route. Priced at Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the YZF-R3 comes with dual-channel ABS and grippy Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres as standard. Power comes from a 321cc, inline, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which puts out 42PS at 10,750rpm and 29.6Nm at 9000rpm. Being a twin-cylinder bike, the engine feels really refined even at the redline. The midrange is ample and there’s plenty of grunt for fast overtaking manoeuvres. 

Despite packing run-of-the-mill underpinnings (telescopic front forks and linked monoshock at the rear), the motorcycle is an agile handler thanks to its diamond type frame. The 298mm front and 220mm rear disc feature dual-channel ABS as standard. Overall, the R3 is a great all-rounder backed by Japanese reliability.

Benelli 302R

The Benelli 302R is the Italian brand’s only faired motorcycle in India. It shares its powertrain with its naked sibling, the TNT 300. The motorcycle draws power from a 300cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine which produces 38.5PS at 11,500rpm, and 26.5Nm at 10,000rpm. One of the biggest USPs of this bike is its throaty exhaust note. However, the performance doesn’t quite match up to the aural drama. In our acceleration tests, it took 9.2seconds to reach 100kmph and reached a top speed of a modest 147.74kmph. The gears are quite tractable though, particularly the sixth cog. It can pull right from 30kmph without any fuss.

The motorcycle also features premium underpinnings like inverted front forks and a preload adjustable monoshock. Braking duties are handled by twin petal discs up front and a single disc at the rear, with dual-channel switchable ABS offered as standard. With a 14-litre fuel tank and a tested fuel efficiency of 28.11kmpl (city) and 31.52kmpl (highway), the bike is a potent long-distance tourer too. Priced at Rs 3.48 lakh (ex-showroom), the 302R costs around the same as the R3. If you want a motorcycle with a unique exhaust note and Italian design flair, the 302R is the one for you.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

If you’re looking for an affordable, small-capacity ADV, the Versys-X 300 is the only choice you have right now. However, it’s not exactly cheap at Rs 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom). Though it comes with components that help it go off-road (long travel telescopic forks and monoshock), the engine is quite peaky. That doesn’t come as a surprise considering the Versys-X 300 shares its powertrain with the sporty Ninja 300. The 296cc parallel-twin engine produces 40PS at 11,500rpm and 25.7Nm at 10,000rpm, and is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The 0 to 100kmph sprint is dispatched in 8.3seconds, which makes it quicker than the Benelli 302R. In our tests, the bike reached a top speed of 132kmph, which is quite decent for an ADV.

The Versys-X 300 makes a strong case for itself if you’re in the market for a premium, small-capacity ADV with a sporty engine and capable off-road chops. The India-spec version comes loaded with standard accessories like a crash guard, auxiliary lamps and a single-sided hard-case pannier.

BMW G 310 GS

The G 310 GS is BMW Motorrad’s smallest capacity ADV on sale in India. Even though it bears the GS moniker, it isn’t exactly a hardcore ADV since it packs alloy wheels instead of spoked units. However, it is capable enough for the occasional trail runs and the Metzeler Tourance tyres do a great job in maintaining composure. Considering its displacement, the engine is really efficient. It delivered 37.39kmpl (city) and 31.94kmpl (highway) during our tests. So travelling long distances shouldn’t be much of a problem despite the small 11-litre fuel tank. 

The engine offers brisk acceleration too, with the 0-100kmph sprint taking just 7.57s. Even though the top speed is pretty decent (132kmph), the engine is prone to vibrate at higher speeds. It feels the most comfortable between 80-90kmph. The 313cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine produces 34PS and 28Nm, which is the same as its naked sibling, the G 310 R. It gets dual-channel ABS which can be switched off at the rear in case you want to slide it around on the dirt. All in all, the G 310 GS is a good buy if you want a mild off-roader with good touring credentials and is unmistakably a GS.

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