Top 5 Cheapest Bikes With ABS in India

Modified On Sep 1, 2020 04:23 PM By Praveen M. for Bajaj Pulsar 150

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Looking for a bike that’s high on safety and easy on the pocket? Well, look no further

Motorcycles are the most affordable means of transportation in India but they are also inherently more dangerous than their four-wheeled counterparts as the rider is exposed to the environment. However, over the years, we’ve seen massive advancements in motorcycle safety. We’ve gone from drum brakes to disc brakes being offered as standard and even seen the ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) come into the picture. From April 1, 2019, the Indian government made ABS compulsory for two-wheelers displacing 150cc and above. So if you’re looking for a motorcycle that’s safe and doesn’t cost a bomb, check out these top five most affordable two-wheelers with ABS you can buy right now:

Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon - Rs 91,002

The Bajaj Pulsar 150 has always been well known for its sporty demeanour and competitive pricing. With the Neon variant, Bajaj was able to make the Pulsar 150 even more affordable for enthusiasts under a strict budget. Priced at Rs 91,002, it is the most economical motorcycle with ABS in the country. Of course, as with all 150cc commuter-oriented bikes, this one too gets a single-channel ABS acting on the 240m disc up front. The rear uses a 130mm drum.

The Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon is powered by a 149.5cc single-cylinder air-cooled, fuel-injected engine which churns out 14PS at 8000rpm and 13.4Nm at 6000rpm. It is linked to a 5-speed transmission. Overall, the Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon offers sharp looks at a reasonable price tag.

Honda Unicorn - Rs 94,548

The Honda Unicorn, priced at Rs 94,548, is the Japanese brand’s most affordable motorcycle with ABS in India. First launched back in 2004, the Unicorn has consistently been one of the most preferred choices for those who want a reliable, reasonably powerful yet frugal and refined motorcycle. In its BS6-compliant iteration, the venerable Unicorn gets a bigger 162.7cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine with fuel injection. 

With 12.9PS and 14Nm on tap, it may not be as powerful as the Bajaj Pulsar 150. However, it makes up in the refinement department with its counterbalanced engine. The bike also gets a monoshock at the rear for better ride quality. The braking setup is similar to the Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon. 

Bajaj Avenger 160 Street - Rs 95,891

Cruiser enthusiasts would be delighted to know that the Bajaj Avenger 160 Street is the least expensive cruiser in the country, priced at Rs 95,891. For Rs 4,889 more than the Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon, you get swanky cruiser styling with a low seat and laidback ergonomics. But more importantly, you also get a bigger 160cc single-cylinder air-cooled, fuel-injected engine.

The motor produces 15PS and 13.7Nm, linked to a 5-speed transmission. It also gets a slightly larger 280mm front disc with single-channel ABS while the rear is a 130mm drum. The 737mm seat height and the 156kg kerb should make it easily manoeuvrable even for shorter riders.

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V - Rs 98,050

The TVS Apache RTR 160 has been in the market since 2006. Over the years, it has undergone quite a few changes but its essence as a commuter with racing-oriented genes has remained unfazed. The BS6-compliant variant gets Glide Through Technology, which is essentially a low-rpm assist. This feature helps in crawling through traffic effortlessly by modulating the clutch alone.

This motorcycle is armed with a 159.7cc single-cylinder fuel-injected air-cooled engine which generates 15.53PS at 8400rpm and 13.9Nm at 7000rpm. It also features a 270mm petal disc up front and a 130mm drum at the rear. This variant costs Rs 98,500. If you have a little more money to spare, you can also opt for the rear disc brake-equipped variant, which gets a 200mm petal disc. Petal discs offer greater cooling efficiency thanks to their larger surface area compared to conventional discs. 

Yamaha FZ-Fi V3.0 - Rs 99,700

Priced at Rs 99,700, the Yamaha FZ-Fi V3.0 may be the most expensive bike in this list but it is currently Yamaha’s most affordable motorcycle in India. It is also the sportiest-looking bike here thanks to its aggressive streetfighter styling. The Yamaha FZ-Fi Version 3.0 is loaded with features such as a full-LED headlamp, negative digital instrument cluster and single-channel ABS with disc brakes on both ends. 

The only grinch is that its 149cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected engine makes a paltry 12.4PS and 13.6Nm. This makes it even less powerful than the Honda Unicorn. Despite the not-so-impressive engine, buyers are familiar with the fact that the Yamaha FZ range kick-started the 160cc naked segment in India. Its popularity along with the chunky, muscular design language has helped it consistently rack up healthy numbers on the sales chart. It is also the only bike in this list to get a chunky 140-section rear radial tyre. Radial tyres have stronger sidewalls compared to conventional tubeless tyres, and thus offer greater cornering confidence. 

All prices, ex-showroom Delhi.

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  • Bajaj Avenger Street 160
  • Honda Unicorn
  • TVS Apache RTR 160
  • Yamaha FZ-FI V3

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