Valentine’s Day: Top 5 Couple-friendly Bikes Under Rs 2 Lakh
Here’s a list of the best two-wheelers under Rs 2 lakh with the most comfortable pillion seat to take your special someone on a ride this Valentine’s Day
Travelling with your significant other on a two-wheeler is a wonderful experience. India is well-known for its geographic diversity, and there are numerous picturesque destinations across the country that are biker-friendly. We’re sure many of you must be making such plans for Valentine’s Day. So, here are the top 5 two-wheelers with a comfortable pillion seat for your travels.
Suzuki Access 125:
The Suzuki Access 125 has one of the most comfortable seats among scooters. The seat is generously long, and the scooter’s telescopic front forks and rear shock absorber offer one of the best ride qualities in its segment, ironing out most of the bumps effortlessly. Dial in the inherent practicality of a scooter (underseat storage and floorboard space), the Access is actually a sound investment that will be your trusted companion in both your youth and old age!
Speaking of practicality, it comes with a cubby hole on the apron which is large enough to store a 1-litre bottle. At 21.8 litres, the underseat storage is quite generous and is among the best in the segment. The Suzuki Access 125 is priced from 55,977 (ex-showroom Delhi).
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V:
The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V comes with a single-piece seat. It is adequately long and the pillion seat is quite flat and wide. The cushioning is neither too hard nor too soft, it’s just about right and will keep the pillion comfortable even over long distances. Also, the split grab rails are large enough for your co-passenger to hold on to and feel secure.
Travelling over rough roads won’t be an issue either as the Showa-tuned telescopic front forks and rear monoshock are supple enough without compromising the bike’s handling. TVS recently updated the motorcycle with a single-channel ABS. Priced at Rs 98,644 (ex-showroom Pune), we suggest you pick this variant as the additional safety net will ensure peace of mind as far as safety is concerned.
It may be a little outdated but the Honda CBR250R is still one of the most comfortable, no-nonsense sports tourers in its segment. Despite packing split seats, the pillion unit isn’t too high. It gets adequate padding and the suspension setup will ensure that your co-passenger will ensure that you don’t get an earful at the end of the ride. The 249.6cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine is relaxed and vibe-free even at highway speeds. While cruising at triple digit speeds, there’s also a certain degree of wind protection thanks to the fairing and the windshield.
However, at Rs 1.94 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the ABS variant, the motorcycle is priced at quite a premium compared to other options in its segment.
Royal Enfield Himalayan:
Adventure tourers are one of the best types of motorcycles to explore the unknown. The Royal Enfield Himalayan’s long travel front forks and rear linked monoshock makes short work of most of the road undulations. The split seats in this ADV is nicely cushioned and the luggage rack at the back comes with an integrated grab rail too. Furthermore, Royal Enfield offers panniers as an option too. This should make it extremely practical if you and your partner are out on a long-distance trip.
The engine is quite refined for a Royal Enfield and getting to triple digit speeds isn’t a difficult task either. The Himalayan commands a price tag of Rs 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the ABS variant.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350:
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 has the most comfortable pillion seat in this list. This is due to the fact that it comes with a cushioned backrest. It not only lets the rider sit securely but also minimises fatigue on long distance rides by providing adequate lower back support. Even the wide rider’s perch is quite comfortable and the handlebars are very easy to reach too. For optimum riding range, the motorcycle also comes with a 20-litre fuel tank. The only grinch is that the engine feels relaxed only up to 80kmph, post which the vibrations are a bit too intrusive. This cruiser costs Rs 1.56 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the ABS variant.