Best Sportbike In India
- Jun 3, 2022
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Here are top picks of the best sportbike in India
There was a time, maybe a couple of decades ago, that the Indian two-wheeler market had almost no offerings which could be classified as “sportbikes”. Since then though, we’ve had a steady influx of sportbikes into the country, both imported and domestic. So then which is the best sportbike in India at the moment? Since there isn’t one objective answer to this question, we thought we’d tell you the best sportbike in each price bracket. Of course, we’re talking about their ex-showroom prices here, so on road, they will be a little bit more expensive. That said, the term “sportbike” specifically refers to a full-faired sports motorcycle in most markets, so we’re going to try our best to stick to that definition for our list.
Under Rs 2 lakh
While we did get some fun and fast motorcycles (by Indian standards) in India right from the two-stroke era, the one bike that totally changed the game was the Yamaha R15. Here was a small 150cc motorcycle that looked like a pukka scaled down supersport. And while it didn’t really offer the best performance numbers on paper, it packed extremely sophisticated underpinnings such as a twin spar frame and a linked monoshock. The original R15 made up for its lack of power with phenomenal handling, and things are even better with the R15 v4. It gets improved equipment like an upside down fork and a cast aluminium swingarm, and not only does it’s high tech liquid-cooled, 4-valve motor make a respectable 18.4PS & 14.2Nm, it also features Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) for better response at both low and high rpm. Plus it now gets traction control and a quickshifter too. Plus the design looks really slick now and is offered in multiple colour options, including a fancy M version. It truly is the best beginner sportbike.
Yamaha R15 v4 Price: Rs 1.77 lakh to Rs 1.87 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Under Rs 3 lakh
TVS Apache RR310
Spawned from TVS’ tie up with BMW Motorrad to produce the G310R and G310G, the Apache RR310 truly is a special little sportbike. It does share most of its components such as chassis and motor with the baby BMW, but TVS has really put their nearly four decades of racing experience into making the RR310 deliver a perfect blend of everyday usability and track thrills. Its 34PS & 27.3Nm is nothing to scoff at, and in its latest avatar, it offers four riding modes, Bluetooth connectivity and super grippy Michelin Road 5 tyres. And through TVS’ BTO (Built To Order) programme, you can also get the RR310 with more aggressive clip-ons, more rearset footpegs and even adjustable suspension. These equipment levels are enough to even shame bikes which are more than twice as expensive.
TVS Apache RR310 Price: Rs 2.65 lakh onwards (ex-showroom Delhi)
Under Rs 5 lakh
If the Yamaha R15 introduced India to the concept of a small sportbike, the KTM RC390 took that concept to the next level. The RC390 combines an extremely capable trellis frame and high end suspension with a potent and powerful 373cc liquid cooled, single-cylinder motor that’s good for 43.5PS & 37Nm, to make a bike that’s incredibly fun to throw around a winding mountain road or a race track. The latest iteration of the bike also gets a lot of reduction of its unsprung mass to improve its handling even more and a larger airbox to make the motor more usable at lower rpm. And there’s now a TFT instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity as well as electronic rider aids such as lean sensitive ABS, traction control and even a quickshifter.
KTM RC390 price: Rs 3.11 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Under Rs 10 lakh
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Although the Honda CBR650R is not meant to be an outright superport bike, it blends the roles of a sportbike and a sports tourer quite well. It’s also the most affordable bike in the country that comes with an inline-4 cylinder motor. With 648cc, it makes a respectable 87PS and 57.4Nm. Compared to the previous generations of the motorcycle, the latest iteration of the CBR650R offers sportier looks and a slightly sharpened handling package. That said, at 211kg, it is slightly on the heavier side. But one of the things that really works in its favour is extremely low spares and service costs.
Honda CBR650R Price: 8.89 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Under Rs 20 lakh
The Suzuki Hayabusa is one of the most iconic modern day sport bikes in the world. It was originally designed to smash the top speed record for production motorcycles, and since its introduction in 1999, its philosophy and design hasn’t changed all that much. That said, the latest Hayabusa looks much sharper than before and is a lot more tractable at slower speeds. And even though the Hayabusa is billed as a “Hyper Tourer”, it’s a shockingly sharp and nimble handler. So whether you’re blasting down the highway at 250kmph or tearing up the corners at a racetrack, the ‘Busa will be a great companion.
Suzuki Hayabusa Price: Rs 16.41 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
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Money no object
Since money is no object with this choice, maybe we could call this the “Best sportbike in India”. But it’s not for the reasons you think. Sure, something like the Ducati Panigale V4S is probably quicker, faster around a race track and even more thrilling to ride compared to the BMW S1000RR. In any case, with 206PS and 113Nm on tap, the S1000RR is no slouch. But it’s the finely balanced chassis and the whole host of fully customisable electronic rider aids that makes this beauty a potent tool in the hands of even half decent riders. That’s why, we think this BMW would be the sportbike of choice for most riders who've got some serious cash to burn.
BMW S1000RR Price: Rs 19.75lakh to Rs 23.95 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
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