In India, buying a two-wheeler is not like just buying anything. It involves a whole lot of emotions. Whether it is the first bike that you bought from your first salary or the bike that your parents gifted you after scoring the perfect grade in your university, your two-wheeler holds a lot of personalized memory. Certainly, it is a classic representation of how middle-class Indian family functions smoothly in the midst of chaos.
So, if you are a bike lover in a lookout for a perfect ride and don’t mind splurging a bit, consider buying some swanky brutes available in the market to flaunt your ultimate love for bikes.
From Bajaj to Royal Enfield to Yamaha, with so many options available, it is obvious for you to feel a bit overwhelmed. Since we want you to make the best choice of all, we have compiled a list of best bikes that you can easily get under just 2 Rs. Lakhs. And that is not just all; we have also listed the pros and the cons of each of these best bikes for you to consequently make a wiser decision.
If you are surprised, don’t be. Just keep your wallets and cards ready, have a look at our list, and go ahead and shop for your new road-friend that suits your personality and taste.
Here’s the list of Bikes under 2 Lakh’s :
When it comes to driving with ease and style, nothing beats this super uber Bajaj Dominar 400. Being pitched as sports cruiser, Dominar’s 373.3 CC massive liquid cooled and fuelled engine and matte finish surface will make your run on the street an exciting experience to remember. We all look for good mileage in any vehicle we consider buying. Bajaj Dominar is not going to disappoint you when it comes to mileage and performance. Its 35nm of Torque engine makes it pretty accessible in all driving scenarios.
Colors available: Rock Matte Black, Canyon Red, and Glacier Blue.
- Good mileage and performance rating
- Fully-functional automatic LED headlight-on feature for low light regions.
- Dual channel ABS support for surface protection
- Slip clutch for prevention from torque loss in gearshifts.
- Supports split instrument console
- Heavy-weighted bike
- Requires a lot of refills along the way due to small fuel tank size
- No USD fork available
- Limited colour shades options: Only three shades are currently available
(ex-Delhi Showroom) Price: 1.42-1.56 Lakhs INR
Remained unchallenged among its rivals, this series of Royal Enfield classic is one bike that you must consider if you wish to drive like a street king. Royal Enfield Classic 350 doesn’t only have the edge over other manufacturers, but it is also ruling the current line of Royal Enfield series of bikes under 400cc.
From comfortable riding experience to good mileage and other performance, you name any technical specification, and it has it all, which will make you love this bike even more. Classic 350 features 346cc one cylinder engine and produce a good 19.8BHP rpm and 28Nm of Torque.
Colors available: Lagoon, Ash, Silver, Chestnut, Black, Redditch Red, Redditch Green, and Redditch Blue.
- Powerful engine and maximum value attainment at lower torque than its rival bikes
- Also apt for driving along mountains, terrains, and slopes
- Sleek and retro-inspired design with the macho look to die for
- Split/divided seat for better comfort
- Excellent handlebar than other bullet series with better handgrip at road surface
- Features electric start and powerful headlight
- Expensive than other motorcycles in same cc segments
- Lack of 6th gear
- Harsh vibrations and issues of false neutrals sometimes
(ex-Delhi Showroom) Price: 1,35,400 INR
3. KTM 250 Duke
Perfectly apt for Indian roads and people, KTM 250 Duke is one street hulk that you should have an eye on if you are planning to buy a bike. It is a unique blend of mix and match trend that amalgamates some equipment from Duke 390 such as fuel tank and a few others from Duke 200 such as tank extensions.
With 248.8 cc single cylinder motor and 30 PS at 9000 rpm and 24 Nm Torque at 7500 rpm, this trendy motorbike promotes one of the most powerful and irresistible specifications. It is a close competitor of Benelli 2TNT 25 and Yamaha FZ 25 and rightfully beats its competitor with an excellent margin.
Colors Available: Orange, Black, and white.
- Exquisite design with sporty feel
- Slipper clutch for easier shifts even in unmanageable Indian traffic
- Same-sided mounted exhaust for lesser pop
- Large fuel tank of 13.5 litres allows higher travel at lesser refill.
- Slightly heavy weighted due to addition of side mounted exhaust
- Halogen light for headlamp
- Usage of old instrument console
- Lack of ABS despite being hefty when it comes to price
- The absence of Metzeler tires which are one of the identifiable specifications of KTM motorcycle; makes use MRF tires instead.
4. Yamaha FZ25
With a whopping sale of 12,000 units in just four months, Yamaha FZ25 is one exciting bike that doesn’t only surprises everyone with its astounding looks but also with its gruelling performance. Powered by a 259cc fuel injected engine, the 148 kg weighing motorcycle churns out 20.69 BHP at 8000 rpm and 20Nm of torque at only 6000 rpm supporting a five-speed gearbox.
Its trust quotient enhances more when you realize that it shares its heritage with its younger FZ version 2.0. Moreover, the modest price tag is enough to put a smile on your face.
Colors Available: Knight Black, Ballistic Blue, and Warrior White.
- Currently the cheapest and most affordable 250cc motorcycle in India
- Excellent mileage with low-cost run
- Powerful performance with 20Nm of torque
- Good build quality with masculine design
- Lightweight and easy drive for riders in terms of handling and bends at certain speeds
- Comfortable seating and riding
- First bike from the portfolio of Yamaha to offer LED headlamps
- Offer only optional ABS
- No liquid cooling
- Absence of 6th gear
(ex-Delhi Showroom) Price: 1,19,300 INR
Need to describe Bajaj Pulsar RS200 in one word? Well, the right word would be awesome. Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is one reliable sports bike in India, which comes with an unimaginable sport finished looks and features under best bikes under 2 Lakhs. Bajaj certainly surprises its customers with a sporty look, for Bajaj is known for its rather simplistic design.
Touted as the fastest Pulsar and the most aggressive sports bike in Bajaj’s resume till date, it has a fuel injected engine with air cooling that gives away 24.5 BHP and 18.6Nm of torque. It has dual-tone paint theme that complements that motorcycle like a pro. With stupendous looks and performance, it proves to be one of the hunky bikes you could actually make your own without thinking twice.
Colors Available: Graphite Black, Racing Black, and Racing Red.
- Good mileage and performance
- Excellent and aggressive design
- Dual projector headlamps and pilot lamps with nice racing dynamics
- Multiple colour options with matte finish.
- Costly and expensive than its competitors
- Absence of leg and hand guards
- Uncomfortable seating
- Usage of cheap spare parts leading to frequent servicing
- Susceptible to rattling
- Cheap vibrations and sometimes makes a lot of noise, especially if used for long.
- History of poor servicing of the manufacturer
(ex-Delhi Showroom) Price: 1,24,352 INR
6. KTM RC 200
With the strongest dealership network of sports bike in India, KTM is seriously giving its competitors a good run for their money. Trust me when I say that KTM RC 200 is the only good option in Indian market if you wish to upgrade your 150cc bike.
Its single cylinder motor provides a perfect of 24.65 BHP and 19.2 Nm torque, making it a super sports beast. With six gears and fuel tank capacity of 9.5 litres, RC 200 is an extremely well performing and fastest bike currently running on Indian streets at such an affordable price.
Colors Available: Black and White.
- Comparative higher engine performance than any other 200cc bike
- Light weighted making sprint much faster and heroic
- USD forks and projector headlamps
- Aerodynamic: prevents rider from strong winds at high speeds
- Attractive look and handsome design
- All-digital display instrument console
- Uncomfortable seating; may lead to back issues
- Different mileage than other 200cc motorcycles
- Lack of ABS
- Small fuel tank space
- Not meant for longer rides and trips
(ex-Delhi Showroom) Price: 1,74,800 INR
If you got a flair for sturdy design and high-performance sports bike, Honda CBR250R is one locally manufactured bike that you should not miss checking out. It supports 249.6 cc engine with liquid cooled and fuel injected features that give up the maximum of 26.15 BHP and 22.9 Nm of torque. Moreover, it claims up to a top speed of 145kmph.
So, for all those who love riding their bikes at the speed of Thunderbolt, Honda CBR250R will surely let you fly on the road. And if you are looking for bikes below 2 Lakhs, fortunately, this one comes under this tag.
Colors Available: Sports Red and Sports Black.
- Sturdy and masculine design: a huge resemblance to expensive VFR1200F
- Dual tone colours and split seat for macho look
- Reliable sports touring bike
- Advanced instrument console with LED indicators
- six-speed gearbox with manual one gear down and manual five gear up shift style
- Peak acceleration and performance with smooth gear transition and quick throttle response
- Fuel efficiency of around 35-40 kmpl on highways
- Comfort ride with a feel of spaciousness and brilliant palm grip
- A little expensive variant than its counterparts
- Available in only three options with one edition being discontinued
(ex-Delhi Showroom) Price: 1,60,975 INR
As the name suggests, if you are one of those with an intention of trading city roads with that of dirty mountain ways, Royal Enfield Himalayan is just for you. Its 411 cc air-cooled engine offering the best rpm experience will make your ride efficient even within the busy city roads. 5-speed gearbox and 24.5 BHP at 6500 rpm is the best thing you can get at such an affordable price.
It efficiently manoeuvres across the difficult Himalayan or any terrains at great speeds without you having to worry hitting objects underneath the tires. With analogue speedometer, tachometer, and other technical values such as the compass, gear shift, clock, temperature indicator, etc., it is a perfect terrain bike.
Colors Available: Snow and Granite.
- Outstanding mileage and performance, especially on terrain routes
- The Ceat dual purpose alloy wheels: front wheel for easily climbing moderately heightened rocks and rear wheels endowing enough grips to the bike.
- Supports rear monoshock and extended luggage hooks at the rear.
- Added Technical values such as the compass, gearshift, clock, etc.
- Controversial design
- an absence of ABS and kick starter, which might make it vulnerable to some technical faults such as battery failure
(ex-Delhi Showroom) Price: 1,56,000 INR
9. KTM 200 Duke
The amazingly good KTM 200 Duke is a beast among all its rival bikes ranging from 200-300cc. The Duke supports 199.5 cc fuel injected and liquid cooled engine, and 6-speed manual gearbox. It favours 24.6 BHP at 10 000 rpm and 19.2 Nm at 8000 rpm. The power engine does its work in immense quietness, so you don’t have to listen to the noise of your favourite ride. Moreover, the suspension system is so brilliant that potholes on Indian streets will not bother you anymore.
Sounds about a good deal for best looking bikes for 2 Lakhs, right?
Colors Available: Orange, Black, and White.
- Lightweight design
- Quick acceleration and nice mileage
- Impressive handling and performance quotient
- Fully digital instrumental console
- Affordable and best-compared price
- Absence of ABS making it less efficient on wet roads and uneven surface
- Limited option in frames: Only black frame available.
- Excessive engine heating in hot weathers and extreme traffic
- Requires more refills due to small tank size.
(ex-Delhi Showroom) Price: 1.43 Lakhs INR
With the top speed of 120 Kmph, Enfield Thunderbird 500 is sincerely going to bestow you with one thundering experience. Thunderbird 500 is equipped with 350 cc engine that provides 5250 rpm and 28nm of Torque only at the outstanding rpm of 4000.
Even though Thunderbird 500 kept the originality of Thunderbird intact, there are few changes here in there in design to add a fresh appeal to overall look. This sports bikes under 2 lakhs stands as the perfect ride for ones who are looking for motorcycle tour in and around cities.
Colors Available: Marine, Lightning stone, Flicker, and Asphalt.
- Smooth and hunky design to gawk at
- First team hazard headlight feature in Indian motorcycle: LED Headlight and tail light for driving under low-light conditions
- Both front and rear disc brake
- 20-litre fuel tank for an unstoppable long journey
- Good bodyweight for stable and safe ride on highways
- Modernized analogue-digital instrument console
- Various colour options to choose from
- Low strained engine for longer rides
- Lack of the 6th gear
- Support only single down tube
(ex-Delhi Showroom) Price: 1.46 Lakh INR
11. Avenger 220
Popularly known as “Indian Harley Davidson” bajaj avenger has ruled the Indian two-wheeler market since 2005. This is a made in India cruiser bike. Major USP of this vehicle is its affordability. It is the only cruiser bike to be priced so low. Moreover, it is a lot more practical than any other cruiser’s out there. The maintenance cost is also very less compared to others.
Though it has a very small engine as compared to other cruiser bikes, the 220-cc engine on the avenger is enough to handle any Indian road. The 220-cc variant of this vehicle was launched in 2010. It was in 2015 when the bike received major upgrade. Everything from the paint-job to the variants offered were changed.
Now the Avenger is available in 2 avatars, one is the street and other is the cruise. The street variant offers some slight design changes to make it easier to drive in the city. Especially the positioning of the handle bars. The cruise variant is basically meant for cruising on highways. In January 2018, the Avenger received a 3rd upgrade which included LED DRL’s, new instrument cluster and minor additions to the body kit. Currently, the street gets an ABS as an option.
Both the bikes retain their family styling. Not much has really changed about the design. However, you can easily differentiate the new avenger 220 from the old model. Among the two, the street attracts more attention because of the aesthetics, paint job, and overall appeal. It gets a matte black treatment all over. The cruise model comes with spoked wheels, a lot of chrome treatment and a back-rest for pillion seat comfort. Both bikes are equipped with clear lens indicators. Unlike the orange one’s from the past.
Handle-bars of both the vehicles are different. The digital instrument cluster consists of speedometer, odometer, tripmeter. The fuel-meter is located on the tank. The overall seating comfort is now increased because of the cushioning.
12. Apache RTR 200
This race machine made its debut in 2005. The bike is very famous for its sporty exhaust note and linear performance. In 2008, the company claimed that there were 2.5 million Apache’s on the road. This was the popularity of the bike within just three years of its launch.
Currently, the company has already crossed the 3 million mark. Almost 33,000 units of this bike are sold every month in India and 8000 units are exported. This bike has a major 25% market share among the premium bike segment in India, which owns 14% of the two-wheeler market share.
This bike is a perfect balance of sporty performance and practicality required in the Indian driving conditions. Performance of the bike is absolutely punchy! It’s powered by a 197.75-cc single cylinder, 4-stroke SI engine which makes 20.5 PS of Power at 8500 RPM and 18.1 Nm of torque at 7000 RPM.
This engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. It goes from 0 to 100 kmph in 11.2 seconds and comes to a halt from 80 kmph in 37.61 seconds. It redlines till 11,000 RPM and there is very less power from the top rev band. A low-end punch of this motorcycle is supreme. Mid-range performance is also good.
The Apache is better than the Pulsar in every which way. Moreover, it’s cheaper than competitors. The styling of the Apache is great, it rides well, has a wonderful low and mid-range, and is more fuel efficient. It’s the only one to get a dual channel ABS for better braking performance. Also, the new digital instrument cluster looks top notch.
Hence if you are in the market for a sports bike, this would be the best option for you as it is assembled with a perfect combination of high-end performance and practicality.
13. KTM 200 Duke
KTM is currently trending in the market because of their stylish design, low weight, extraordinary performance and good quality of materials used. The KTM 200 Duke costs 1.62 Lakhs Ex-showroom and the average fuel efficiency is 35 kmpl.
Styling wise the 5-year-old design language of this duke still remains fresh and is carried over in the latest model. The instrument cluster holds a lot of information and this is a plus point at this price point.
The sound of this bike is a bit annoying. The BSIV-compliant 199.5cc liquid-cooled engine makes 25.1 PS of power and a maximum torque of 19.2Nm at 8,000rpm. Ride quality is a bit stiff. But that may not be the concern for passionate riders.
It comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The KTM 200 Duke is currently the most favored bike by the Indian Youth. It now comes with ABS unit, which costs Rs 8200 more than the standard variant.
It looks very similar to its 390-cc sibling. All new graphical pattern and three new color schemes distinguish this bike. Major features include a new instrument console, with digital display of trip meter, distance to empty, clock, and odometer. There is an underbelly exhaust, and LED’s for tail lamps.
The 200 Duke is available in the single channel ABS model. If your search is for a comfortable and quick daily commute, wonderful acceleration, ease of cornering and a mediocre fuel efficiency, the 200 Duke is the best option you have.
The Suzuki Gixxer SF ABS has been priced at Rs 96,800 for the carburetor-equipped variant, while the Fi variant carries a sticker price of Rs 1,00,630. But, Suzuki has discontinued the non-ABS variant of the Gixxer SF SP range. Priced at Rs 1,00,630, the Gixxer SF SP now comes in black and gold color combination and new graphics on the front cowl and fuel tank as well
It is essentially the Gixxer with the addition of the sporty fairing. Other changes include the top triple clamp and the tip of the unique exhaust, both of which are unique to the SF. It is available in 6 variants and 4 colors
The 155cc air-cooled engine, is the same, carrying over all the trademark Suzuki smoothness and refinement. Vibrations from the older model have been reduced by a fair margin which results in nothing to complain.
15. Xpulse 200 Fi
Xpulse is a very good adventure bike. The company has offered two models of X-pulse, one is for the off roading and other is more focused on road conditions.It costs 97,000 for the carburetor version and 1.05 lakh for the fuel-injection model. The styling of this bike signifies that it’s a complete adventure package. The design is very functional rather than being on the stylish side. The bike sports a digital instrument cluster.
This can show navigation and you can connect your phone via Bluetooth. The Hero Ride Guide App can be connected to this system. Its powered by a 200-cc engine which makes 18.4 PS of power and 17.1 Nm of torque. Lack of power can be slightly noticed on long stretches of highways. 120 kmph is the maximum speed. The ride height is neither too long nor is it too short. The off-road version of the bike gets a small wind-screen.
The bike sits on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear tires. These tires offer a perfect balance of the off-road grip and highway stability.This is the best bike for off-roading. The suspension setup works the best.
The riding position is spacious upright and comfortable. The bike gets petal disc brakes on both the tires which offer a very efficient braking. The X-pulse T is quite a different bike even if it looks similar to the other model. It has a conventionally positioned exhausts and smaller set of tires. The company sells almost 1000 units of the bike every month.
16. Yamaha FZ 25
Launched with the latest update in January 2019, this is the best addition to the FZ family. The company has added a bigger sibling in the FZ lineup and that’s the FZ 25. This is exactly an upgrade the typical FZ16 owner will appreciate.
The 44-mm forks and the small but bright headlamp look great on tis bike. The elements like the exhaust, large fuel tank, stylish grab-rails, blackened alloy wheels add to the sporty nature of this vehicle.
Mirrors of the bike are on a smaller side. However, ABS is a great miss on this bike. The FZ25’s 2-valve, 249cc single is air cooled, benefits from an oil cooler to produces a decent 20.9PS, which it sends to the rear wheel via a 5-speed gearbox. This bike is a wonderful highway cruiser and long journeys would be less stressful.
Thanks to the engine’s unstressed ability to sit in high gears, city mileage is a decent 30.8kmpl. The company has assembled the FZ25 with double-channel ABS, in turn bringing with it a price hike to Rs 1.33 lakh.
It is a premium of Rs 14,000 over the non-ABS version and gets three new colors. The bike pulls very strongly, and the top speed goes upto 130 kmph. Ride quality is the best, thanks to the suspension setup of the vehicle.
The bike can be maneuvered very easily. The bike feels good in low rev range however, it’s in the mid-range where the real performance can be experienced. The clutch of this bike is on a heavier side. The non-ABS models will continue to sell until stocks last.
Yamaha FZ 25 prices start at Rs. 1.20 lakh. Yamaha FZ 25 is available in 2 variants and 3 colors. The digital instrument cluster looks a bit short but is well functional. The FZ25 does not have the best figures on the paper however, it’s better than those figures in practicality. Overall, It’s also a very good city commuter. Company has priced the bike very aggressively.
Moreover, it has a very good balance of the ride and handling. It feels absolutely punchy and is very well maneuverable.
17. Yamaha R15
Yamaha introduced a typical sports bike design in the Indian market with the R15. This design was heavily popular among the young riders. The grab-rails are now well-integrated, and the tail-lamps are revised. Tank of the bike looks muscular.
The illumination from the headlights is not that great. The pillion seat height is now reduced and that’s a very welcoming change on this bike. This bike has been updated with a dual-channel ABS.
The fully-faired motorcycle now costs Rs 1.39 lakh. The 2018 Yamaha R 15 V 3.0 focusses on performance and looks to give you the thrill of maybe even a bigger capacity motorcycle.
You also get a USB charger and an array of optional equipment. The slip and assist clutch is a segment first and it works very well. Hard downshifts don’t easily let the rear lock up and slide uncontrollably. It has no problems in changing directions swiftly. However, tires with more grip could have added a lot more sense to the price.
18. Jawa 42/300
With its’s return to the Indian Market, this Brand has introduced two new motorcycles and the Jawa 42 is the most modern one. The offset instrument cluster looks stylish.
The designers have clearly maintained some of its traditional elements. The company has focused on pricing this one aggressively because of the rising competition. Moreover, it has retained its USP’s like the engine sound. The engine roars exceptionally well.
It’s now affordable to the common man. Bits like the circular headlamps, stylish handlebars with unique mirrors have given this bike its own personality. Currently, the bike is available in 6 color options. Some touches like the digital odometer add modernity to its design. This classic beauty sits on 18-inch front and 17-inch rear tires.
The prices of this vehicle start from 1.69 lakh onwards. It’s basically a 293-cc bike which can create 27 bhp of power and 28 Nm of torque. A unique feature about this vehicle is that, even after being a 300-cc engine, it delivers a fuel efficiency of 37.5 kmpl.
That’s a very good number for a bike of this segment. The bike is equipped with telescopic front and twin shock rear suspension. The ride height of the new java is a bit low and taller passenger may find that thing annoying. A point worth mentioning is that the new java’s are BS-VI compliant. Mid-range of this vehicle is very strong. The top-speed of this bike is 135 kmph.
19. Gixxer SF 250
The very popular Suzuki Gixxer now comes with a 250-cc engine. The prices of this bike start at 1.71 lakhs. Its available only in a single variant and 2 color options. It makes 26.5 PS of power at 9000 RPM and 22.6 Nm at 7500 RPM.
The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gear-box. Its equipped with disc brakes on both the wheels. The fuel efficiency of this bike is 30 kmpl. It gets telescopic suspensions at the front and Swing arm type mono suspensions at the rear. The 161kg bike sits on 17 inches front and rear tires. The bike looks extremely sporty in appearance.
The compact and sharp design gives it a sporty feel. The top speed of this bike is 150 kmph. The design language of this gixxer is extremely sharp. Bits like the finish on the exhaust, LED tail lamps and headlamps give this bike a unique identity.
Pillion seat is not the most comfortable of the lot. The digital instrument cluster on the clip-on handle bar looks modern. The bike has a continuous spread of power and torque and it feels calm comfortable and composed even at the highest of the speeds. Dual-channel ABS is offered as standard which is very good safety feature.
20. Honda CBR 250 R
Priced at 2.11 lakhs this one definitely looks like a sports bike. Its powered by a 249.6-cc liquid cooled engine and it makes 26.15 bhp at 8500 RPM and 22.9 Nm of torque at 7000 RPM.
The CBR feels absolutely comfortable to drive. It can be very well used as an everyday vehicle. The engine of the CBR is absolutely refined. There is no shortage of power. Both the wheels are equipped with disc brakes.
However, the design feels a bit dated in comparison t the bikes like the KTM. Some elements like the LED indicators, tail lams, DRL’s re issing as this is an older version. The clutch is light, and the gearbox is slick shifting.
This makes travelling in the city very comfortable. The mid-range of this bike is vey strong. The bike can rev up to 11000 RPM. Top speed of the bike is 150 kmph. The CBR 250 is fast fun and comfortable however it feels a bit lacking in comparison to its competitors.
In India, two-wheelers are one of the biggest sources of travel options for daily commuters. It is no surprise to discover that India ranks among one of the largest producers and consumers of bikes in the world.
Regardless of being a bike enthusiast or not, there is no denying that a biggest section of our society prefers to ride two-wheelers. And what’s better than riding a bike that gives you the feel of both comfort and style.
Whether you love riding for weekend trips or have to indulge in the daily commute to office, take a look at these popular bikes to make your life more adventurous and sporty.
I am pretty sure this exclusive list of best top bikes under 2 Lakhs is not going to disappoint you at all and you must be confident of which bike to purchase within 2 Lakhs.
But before you go and shop, please make sure to compare and contrast among all these bikes on their respective websites. Take your decision wisely to get that perfect bike that complements your personality, needs, and expenses, and, of course, to avoid any pleasure guilt of purchasing the wrong one.