BS6 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V: Same Price Other Options
What else can you get for a smidge over Rs 1 lakh?
Last month, TVS launched the BS6 Apache RTR 160 4V at a nominal price hike of Rs 2,444 over the previous BS4 dual disc version. The asking price of Rs 1.03 lakh could feel a bit too steep for a 160cc motorcycle. However, this was expected as almost every two-wheeler manufacturer had announced earlier this year that their upcoming BS6-compliant motorcycles and scooters would cost 10-15 per cent more than before. So what else can you buy for Rs 1.03 lakh?
Yamaha FZ-S Fi Version 3.0: Rs 1.01 lakh
The Yamaha FZ Fi was the first BS6-compliant motorcycle in this category, commanding an equally low price hike of Rs 2,600 over its BS4 counterpart. However, with the transition to the new norms, the FZ’s already low-on-oomph motor became even lower on power. Max power is now rated at 12.4PS. However, Yamaha has made the new motor torquier, amplifying its commuter credentials. Peak torque is now rated at 13.6Nm, which is 0.8Nm more than before.
Suzuki Gixxer: Rs 1.02 lakh
It had been ages since Suzuki updated the Gixxer. While we did receive an update earlier this year, it was more cosmetic rather than mechanical as the Gixxer’s sporty attributes were unchanged. Suzuki changed the styling of the Gixxer dramatically with an oval LED headlamp and muscular tank panels. Although the new BS6-ready motor makes fractionally less power than before, it continues to be one of the most fun to ride small capacity motorcycles.
Hero XPulse 200 Fi: Rs 1.06 lakh
Hero’s XPulse 200 makes a good case for itself if it is a city motorcycle that you are looking for. The tall, upright riding stance gives you a commanding view of the road ahead, while its long-travel suspension makes sure that you will overcome the worst that Indian roads can throw at you. Also, it is the most affordable option in the country to satisfy your off-road needs.
Bajaj Pulsar NS200: Rs 1.14 lakh
If you can stretch your budget a little more, then you can get yourself the Bajaj Pulsar NS200, which is a larger motorcycle. Aside from the more cubes displaced and more drive on tap, the NS200 also gets six cogs which should help you stretch its legs on the highway. There is a catch though. These are the prices of the BS4 model, of which stocks will be running dry soon. Hence, it will be wise to get your hands on one soon.