Top Five 150cc Bikes With Low Seat Height
Amateur riders take note - these bikes have the most accessible seats in the segment
The Indian motorcycle market has so many diverse products that buyers can be spoilt for choices. Quite a few of these bikes have seats so high that riders have to tip-toe. Needless to say, when it comes to motorcycles, nothing boosts your confidence than being able to plant both your feet on the ground. If you’re an amateur rider and are looking for a bike with an accessible seat height, we have compiled a list of top five motorcycles under Rs 1 lakh in the 150cc segment that would be ideal for you.
Yamaha FZ-S FI v3.0: 790mm
Price: Rs 97,350
Yamaha’s FZ range is quite popular in the country and the Japanese brand recently launched its third iteration. Interestingly, Yamaha has given quite a lot of importance to comfort, thanks to the introduction of a single-piece seat which sits just 790mm above ground. Additionally, compared to the earlier model, the handlebar sits 22mm higher and is angled towards the rider to minimize fatigue. Even the subframe has been designed to be flatter to go with the single-piece seat.
Powering the bike is the same 149cc, single-cylinder engine as its predecessor. Mated to a 5-speed transmission, it generates 13.2PS of power at 8000rpm and 12.8Nm of torque at 6000rpm. Yamaha also offers front and rear disc brakes with single-channel ABS for optimum safety. The FZ-S FI v3.0 will set you back by Rs 97,350 (ex-showroom Delhi). Sure, the price is a bit on the higher side, but you get a refined engine, LED headlamp and the assurance of ABS as well.
TVS Apache RTR 160: 790mm
Price: Rs 79,370
As far as performance-oriented motorcycles are concerned, the Apache range has helped TVS establish itself as a manufacturer of sporty bikes. Even after the RTR 160 4V came out, the older model is still on sale as the demand hasn’t fizzled out yet. Just like the FZ, the RTR 160 also features a single-piece seat with the same seat height.
The RTR 160 draws power from a 159.7cc single-cylinder 2-valve engine that’s good for 15.12PS at 8000rpm and 13.03Nm at around 6500rpm. Interestingly, both the Apache RTR 160 and the Yamaha FZ-S V3.0 weigh the same, at 137kg (kerb). That’s pretty light for a bike of this category, and this will aid in low-speed manoeuvring as well. The bike’s prices start from Rs 79,370 and go up to Rs 82,699 for the White Race Edition (both prices, ex-showroom Delhi).
Suzuki Gixxer: 780mm
Price: Rs 88,388
Suzuki’s naked bike, the Gixxer is among the best all-rounders in its segment. It has got a refined engine, brisk power delivery and well-balanced handling as well. However, the icing on the cake is its low seat height of 780mm. The wide handlebar, slightly rear-set footpegs and the single-piece seat make for a slightly sporty, yet comfortable riding stance.
Thanks to the aluminium engine construction, the kerb weight of the bike is quite low. In fact, it weighs 1kg less than the Apache and the FZ, at 136kg (kerb). Power comes from a 154.9cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which produces 14.8PS of power and 14Nm of torque. At Rs 88,388 (ex-showroom Delhi), the Suzuki Gixxer offers great value for money considering it comes with a single-channel ABS as well.
Bajaj V15: 780mm
Price: Rs 65,178
The USP of the Bajaj V15 is the fact that metal from the legendary aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, has been used in its construction. Unlike other run-of-the-mill 150cc commuters, the V15 actually looks different thanks to some classic design elements. At 780mm high, the single-piece seat is also quite accessible, and the ergonomics are upright too. Being a commuter, the bike also features a cushioned backrest for the pillion which no other motorcycle in the segment has.
The V15 packs a 149.5cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine developing 12PS and 12.7Nm. At Rs 65,178, the V15 is pretty competitively priced for a 150cc motorcycle.
Suzuki Intruder: 740mm
Price: Rs 1,00,306
The Suzuki Intruder is priced at just above a lakh (Rs 1,00,306, ex-showroom, Delhi), making it the most expensive motorcycle in this list. However, thanks to the cruiser design, it also comes with the lowest seat which is just 740mm high. To give you a perspective, the Intruder’s seat is just 20mm taller than the Harley-Davidson Street 750. The Intruder’s design is quite unique, with numerous curves in the bodywork.
It comes with a Gixxer-derived 154.9cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which produces 14.8PS of power and 14Nm of torque, same as the Gixxer. However, the chassis has been tweaked for the cruiser stance. Even the footpegs are forward-set, and the handlebars are easy to reach. Suzuki also offers single-channel ABS as standard. If you want to stand apart from the rest of the crowd, the Intruder is the one for you.