Best Bikes In India In Each Of The Segment (Under 500cc)

Best Bikes In India In Each Of The Segment (Under 500cc)

Featured Stories by Team Drivio | 14 Jun 2023

For the 100cc one, it’s a no-brainer that it’ll be the Hero Splendor Plus. 

  • For this list we’ve compiled bikes that are practical yet exciting enough.
  • These bikes will help you make the buying decision in each segment.
  • At the top of the list is the Honda CB500X.

India is a country known for its vast diversity, encompassing various cultures that are spread across its expanse. Amidst this diversity, there is one common element found in many households: a Hero motorcycle. This reflects the popularity and widespread usage of motorcycles in India, as it ranks among the top four largest 2-wheeler markets worldwide.

Now, let's delve into our listicle, which begins with the most budget-friendly motorcycle option and gradually progresses from there. We have curated a collection of motorcycles from different segments, ranging from basic 100cc commuter bikes to more powerful 250cc sports motorcycles. So, let's kick things off with our first entry, a 100cc commuter motorcycle.

100cc Pick - Hero Splendor Plus

SpecificationsHero Splendor Plus
Engine97cc engine
Maximum power8.02PS
Maximum torque8.05Nm
Front SuspensionTelescopic Fork
Rear SuspensionDual Shock Absorbers
Front Tyre80/100-18
Rear Tyre80/100-18

The Hero Splendor, a popular motorcycle in the Indian market for nearly three decades, continues to hold its ground against competitors despite minimal changes. However, Hero MotoCorp has taken things a step further with the Splendor PlusXTec, equipping this small commuter bike with features that are uncommon even among 110cc or 125cc motorcycles. 

Along with its agile handling and impressive fuel efficiency, these additions ensure its relevance in the market today.

200cc Pick - KTM 200 Duke

SpecificationsKTM 200 Duke
Engine199cccc engine
Maximum power25PS
Maximum torque19.3Nm
Front SuspensionInverted Fork
Rear SuspensionMonoshock
Front Tyre17-inch alloys
Rear Tyre17-inch alloys

The KTM 200 Duke is worth the extra cost of Rs 10,496 that it carries in its latest iteration as it not only serves as a reliable commuter but also performs well on longer journeys. Its performance remains as lively as it was in 2012, with no compromises in that aspect. 

However, it does have a few drawbacks, such as low ground clearance and additional weight, which require a bit more caution when navigating obstacles commonly encountered on Indian roads. That said, none of these issues are extremely bothersome. 

Sure, it’s been losing its value for money appeal for some time, but its popularity among Indian riders remains strong, and the updated look of the bike is likely to attract even more enthusiasts. So, as KTM says, if you're ready to race, the KTM 200 Duke might be the right choice for you.

300cc Pick - TVS Apache RR 310

SpecificationsTVS Apache RR 310
Engine313cc engine
Maximum power34PS
Maximum torque27.3Nm
Front SuspensionInverted Fork
Rear SuspensionMonoshock
Front Tyre100/70-R17
Rear Tyre150/60-R17

The Apache RR 310, with all its additional features and options, comes with a price tag of Rs 2.81 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), making it seem slightly expensive. However, if you can do without the race livery, the price becomes even more reasonable. 

When considering the price, it's important to note that there is no other sub-400cc supersport motorcycle that offers the same level of sophistication, adjustability, and fun. In fact, even in higher segments, finding a bike that matches the RR 310 in these aspects would be challenging.

400cc Pick - Kawasaki Ninja 400

SpecificationsKawasaki Ninja 400
Engine399cc engine
Maximum power45PS
Maximum torque37Nm
Front SuspensionTelescopic Fork
Rear SuspensionMonoshock
Front Tyre110/70-R17
Rear Tyre150/60-R17

The Kawasaki Ninja 400 is an extremely special bike. With a parallel-twin motor that’s an absolute gem, this bike somehow joins the practicality of a commuter and the sportiness of a supersport. All of this while keeping you nice and comfortable in that roomy saddle.

In fact, it’s a lot better in terms of power delivery and finesse, than even the KTM RC 390, which itself has proved to be a wonderful track bike as well. 

500cc Pick - Honda CB500X

SpecificationsHonda CB500X
Engine471cc engine
Maximum power47.6PS
Maximum torque43Nm
Front SuspensionTelescopic Fork
Rear SuspensionMono-shock
Front Tyre110/80-19
Rear Tyre160/60-17

It was never in doubt that this bike would be a great fit for our market. After finally getting the chance to ride one, we understood the buzz surrounding it. The CB500X is truly a delightful and appealing motorcycle. Its smooth performance, lively yet non-intimidating power, and prestigious brand value make it the perfect entry-level adventure bike for the average Indian enthusiast.

While it is on the pricey side, it offers something none of its competitors do: character. The bike is extremely convenient to use and has so much character that it makes something like the Kawasaki Versys 650 look very dull and not fun. Plus the bigger 19-inch front wheel also means more stability for the bike when going over our bad roads.