Suzuki Intruder BS6: Same Price, Other Options
Not a fan of the polarising looks? Here’s what else you can buy
Love it or hate it, but you just can’t ignore it. The Suzuki Intruder’s oddball looks have grabbed the attention of many and the bike sold quite well when first launched. Now, it’s received its BS6 update and prices have gone up by Rs 12,000 to Rs 1.20 lakh. But the looks haven’t changed. So if the design still doesn’t suit your fancy, here are your options:
Bajaj Avenger 220 Street/Cruise
If you’ve come across the Intruder, chances are you’re looking for a cruiser. One that features more sober styling is the Bajaj Avenger 220 in its Street and Cruise variants. Both variants are identically priced at Rs 1.05 lakh, making them considerably more affordable than the Suzuki. The Cruise variant is better suited to long-distance duties with its large front screen and wire-spoke wheels, while the alloy-wheeled Street version is happier in urban conditions. Both bikes get LED DRLs and single-channel ABS, but the Cruise variant also gets a fully digital instrument cluster.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V BS6
Not looking for such a laid-back motorcycling experience? You can get a little more performance for the same sort of money with the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V BS6. The spec sheet might say that engine output has fallen slightly to 20.5PS and 16.8Nm, but the big RTR still feels just as sprightly as before. And it can be yours for Rs 1.25 lakh.
Vespa SXL 150 BS6
If you’re willing to do away with motorcycles altogether, there are some pretty snazzy scooters you can pick up in this price range. The Intruder is all about making a big style statement, but so is the Vespa SXL 150. With its chic design and powerful 150cc motor, the SXL 150 will set you back by Rs 1.26 lakh in BS6 form.
Aprilia SR 160 Race BS6
The Aprilia SR 160 Race should be your go-to if you are a racer at heart. The sporty looks are backed up by a grunty motor, though you’ll have to compromise with the stiff suspension. Fuel-injected to comply with BS6, the Aprilia will set you back by Rs 1.14 lakh.
Bajaj Chetak Premium
It’s 2020, and electrics are very much here. The eco-friendly option in this price range is the very stylish and well-built Bajaj Chetak, which in its Premium variant with a front disc brake will cost you Rs 1.15 lakh. Top speed is limited to 60kmph but this is more than adequate for urban conditions. This being an electric, torque is instant and acceleration is zippy. Bajaj says you should be able to eke out 95km on a full charge in Eco mode, which is adequate for most people’s weekly commuting needs.
*all prices ex-showroom Delhi