Top 10 Popular Bikes in India for Road-trips

CalenderPublished at December 13, 2022 by BikeJunction
Top 10 Popular Bikes in India for Road-trips

India is best known for its terrain. It is a rare country with Mountains, oceans, deserts, Plains and a Plateau within one territory. Some parts of the country are soil-rich and water-rich and have abundant minerals, whereas others strive for the soil, water, minerals etc. The difficulties of the terrain, different weather conditions and challenging roads demand different categories of bikes in India. Here, we will compare the detailed analysis of India's top 10 best bikes for long road trips designed for other challenges depending upon terrain and weather conditions.

There are yet new Roads, untravelled paths and unmet road trips. The design of the bike, its powerful engine, and its pick-up power make the course easy for the rider. If I gave a few examples of the popular long road trips in India, it would be like-

  • Delhi to Leh-Ladakh road-trip
  • Delhi to Himachal road-trip
  • Delhi to Uttarakhand road-trip
  • Delhi to Goa road-trip
  • Delhi to Gujarat(Thar desert) road-trip
  • Delhi to Kanyakumari road-trip
  • Delhi to north-eastrtn India road-trip
  • Delhi to Mumbai road-trip etc.

Different specifications of bikes in India for different terrain in Indian subcontinent

If you are a mountain lover, the best bike for long drive in the mountains needs an extremely strong engine which can generate the maximum torque of its capacity and gives the required motion to the motorcycle while riding upside slopes where the angle of elevation will be more than the Plane areas. Furthermore, as the hilly areas are not that developed and there can not be Filling stations frequently, you need a decent size tank capacity to make your ride secure and safe. Furthermore, mountains are prone to landslides; hence a proper size radius of both wheels is required with at least ABS or advanced braking technology.

If you are looking for long-riding bikes in Planes and have to drive them mostly on highways, then you can look for speed. Here you can focus more on the engine's bhp rather than torque. The more the bhp, the more race it would provide to bike, and you can enjoy expressways and highways. Comfort bikes in India come under the cruiser category and can also be preferred as the best long-drive bike. They will provide comfort without making you tired, irrespective of how long your journey is. As technology advances, automobile companies are more focused on giving hybrid models, that is, to provide speed in cruising bikes. The Yezdi company presents one such example: the Yezdi Roadster bike. This cruiser bike has a top speed of 147 kmph, 6 gear shifts, and a 234 cc engine. The 29 Nm torque of the bike makes it best suited for mountains, while 29.23 bhp power provides it maximum acceleration. Yezdi did this experiment only with a 234 cc engine.

Top 10 Popular Bikes in India for Long Road Trips

Name of the ModelMileageTorqueBHP
Harley davidson Superlow17 kmpl70 NM at 3750 rpm50 bhp at 5500 rpm
Royal Enfield Interceptor 65025 kmpl52 Nm at 5250 rpm47 bhp at 7150 rpm
Bajaj Dominar 40027 kmpl35 Nm at 6500 rpm39.4 bhp at 8800 rpm
Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT25.2 Kmpl62 Nm at 6500 rpm66 bhp at 8800 rpm
Royal Enfield Meteor 35041.8 Kmpl27 Nm at 4000 rpm19.8 bhp at 5250 rpm
Yezdi Roadster30 kmpl29 Nm at 6500 rpm29.2 bhp at 7300 rpm
Royal Enfield Himalayan35 kmpl32 Nm at 4000 rpm24.3 bhp at 6500 rpm
Yezdi Adventure35 kmpl29.9 Nm at 6500 rpm29.7 bhp at 8000 rpm
Royal Enfield Classic 35042 kmpl27 Nm at 4000 rpm20.21 PS at 6100 rpm
Jawa 42 Bobber30 kmpl32.74 Nm30.2 bhp

Harley Davidson Superlow

Harley Davidson Superlow

Harley Davidson Superlow is 1st on our list as a long-drive bike in India. This motorbike provides a maximum torque of 70 Nm, which makes it the best two-wheeler road trip partner. As it was discussed above, the maximum torque means it can carry the maximum load without compromising its performance. If you are willing to plan a road trip to the mountains, you can choose this bike irrespective of terrain and height from sea level. This powerful machine is never going to disappoint you. I would add that this superbike will be your good partner even on Highways and Expressways, irrespective of distance. It will not make you feel tired.

Features

City Mileage: 16 kmpl
Highway Mileage: 17 Kmpl
Top speed: 167 kmph
Fuel capacity: 17 Ltrs
Price: INR 6,32,000
Engine type: Air-Cooled, Evolution
Displacement: 883 cc
Maximum power: 50 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Peak torque: 69 Nm @ 3750 rpm

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

We have kept the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 in the 2nd number on our list because of its powerful engine, which generates power of 47.65 PS, and that is why this superbike can achieve a top speed of 170 km per hour. This can be one of your best choices for any terrain because of its powerful torque generation and acceleration capacity. This big machine comes with twin exhausts.

Features

City Mileage: 31.95 kmpl
Highway Mileage: 34.64 kmpl
Top speed: 170 kmph
Fuel capacity: 13.7 L
Price: INR 3.32 Lakh
Engine type: Parallel twin, 4-stroke, single overhead cam, air/oil-cooled
Displacement: 648 cc
Maximum power: 47.65 PS @ 7150 rpm
Peak torque: 52 Nm @ 5250 rpm

Bajaj Dominar 400

Bajaj Dominar 400

This is one of the best long-drive bikes, which we have kept at number 3. This cruiser bike generates powerful acceleration, and it can reach up to 165 kmph of speed. As the rider gets a torque of 35 Nm, it assures that this superbike is all set to climb mountains too. This single-cylinder bike comes at the price of only 2.24 lakhs, and this is the only bike in this segment which gives an amazing speedy ride.

Features

City Mileage: 25 kmpl
Highway Mileage: 27 kmpl
Top speed: 165 kmph
Fuel capacity: 13 L
Price: INR 2.24 Lakh
Engine type: Single cylinder, 4 strokes, DOHC, 4 Valve, Liquid Cooled, Triple Spark, FI
Displacement: 373.3 cc 
Maximum power: 40 PS @ 8800 rpm
Peak torque:   35 Nm @ 6500 rpm

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT

As we are aware, the Suzuki company is famous for designing sports bikes, and it has many awards to its name. Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT is the best motorcycle in India for cruising with speed. If you are searching for the best travel bikes in India within the price range of 8-9 Lakh, you can choose this sporty bike which will amaze you in many specifications. This sports machine has a fuel capacity of 20 L, and it provides a mileage of 25.2 kmpl. The top speed of Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT is measured to be 190 kmph. This bike comes with an engine of 645 cc, which ensures that it will not let you feel behind.  

Features

City Mileage: 23.3 kmpl
Highway Mileage: 25.2 kmpl
Top speed: 190 kmph
Fuel capacity: 20 L 
Price: INR 8.88 L
Engine type: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-twin
Displacement: 645 cc
Maximum power: 69.7 bhp @ 8,800 rpm
Peak torque: 62 Nm @ 6500 rpm

Royal Enfield Meteor 350

Royal Enfield Meteor 350

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is very famous for its looks in the price range of 2-2.5 Lakh. We have kept this bike in the top 10 Indian bikes in number 5. If you want to experience a joyful ride with a decent cruising experience, you can choose Royal Enfield Meteor 350.

Features

City Mileage: 41.88 kmpl
Highway Mileage: 42 kmpl
Top speed: 120 kmph
Fuel capacity: 20 L
Price: INR 2.19 Lakh
Engine type: Single-Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Air-Oil Cooled Engine
Displacement: 349 cc
Maximum power: 20.4 PS @ 6100 rpm
Peak torque: 27 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Yezdi Roadster

Yezdi Roadster

Yezdi Roadster is currently one of the trending long-ride bikes in the Indian automobile market. This bike features many advanced technologies, and it may be upgraded with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation sensors in the year 2023. This cruising cum sports bike comes in 5 colours, and hence its price range varies from 2.01 to 2.09 Lakhs. Yezdi roadster is considered the best bike in terms of performance as this is one of the bikes in this segment which comes with a top speed of 147 kmph(as claimed by many customers). This bike is currently compared with Royal Enfield classic 350, and both bikes are hitting the market with their beauty and performance.  

Features

City Mileage: 28.53 kmpl
Highway Mileage: 32 kmpl
Top speed: 145 kmph
Fuel capacity: 12.5 L
Price: INR 2.01-2.09 Lakh
Engine type: Single-cylinder, 4-Stroke, Liquid Cooled, DOHC
Displacement: 334 cc
Maximum power: 29.7 PS @ 7300 rpm
Peak torque: 29 Nm @ 6500 rpm

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Royal Enfield Himalayan 411

The brand Royal Enfield is one of the famous brands which is dominating the market among youngsters and riders. From its front looks to exhausting sound, this product has won millions of hearts and still remains their first choice. Royal Enfield Himalayan is claimed as the best bike for long drives in India in terms of Mountain and hill riding. The design of the bike makes it completely different and justifies its name. It has a massive body with a big engine which makes you ride any of the difficult terrains in the country. It is one of the favourite bikes for mountain lovers. This bike is mostly compared with Yezdi adventure.  

Features

City Mileage: 32.04 kmpl
Highway Mileage: 35 kmpl
Top speed: 145 kmph
Fuel capacity: 15+/- 0.5 L
Price: INR 2.16 - 2.24 Lakh
Engine type: Single Cylinder, 4 strokes, Air cooled, SOHC 
Displacement: 411 cc
Maximum power: 24.31 PS @ 6500 rpm  
Peak torque: 32 Nm @ 4000 - 4500 rpm

Yezdi Adventure

Yezdi Adventure

Yezdi adventure is another successful experiment of the Yezdi company. As the name suggests, Yezdi adventure is oriented more towards adventurous rides; it comes with different modes, which enhances its power if you are riding a higher slope than usual. It does not matter if the path is full of mud or uneven terrain; Yezdi adventure will prove your ultimate partner. This bike is one of the long-drive bikes in the price range of 2.13 - 2.15 Lakhs.

Features

City Mileage: 33.07 kmpl
Highway Mileage:  35 kmpl
Top speed: 140 kmph 
Fuel capacity: 15.5. L
Price: INR 2.13 - 2.15 Lakh
Engine type: Single cylinder, 4 Stroke, Liquid Cooled, DOHC
Displacement: 334 cc
Maximum power: 30.2 PS @ 8000 rpm
Peak torque: 29.9 Nm @ 6500 rpm

Royal Enfield Classic 350

Royal Enfield Classic 350

This model of Royal Enfield is the most demanding model. We can count this bike in the cruising segment as the posture while riding will not let you feel tired. This is one of the long tour bikes in India, which comes with a curb weight of 196 kg, which helps the rider in the proper balancing while cruising.  

Features

City Mileage: 41.55 kmpl
Highway Mileage: 42 kmpl
Top speed: 125 kmph
Fuel capacity: 13 L
Price: INR 1.90 - 2.21 Lakh
Engine type: 4 Stroke, Air-Oil Cooled Engine, Spark Ignition, Single Cylinder
Displacement: 349.34 cc
Maximum power: 20.21 PS @ 6100 rpm
Peak torque: 27 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Jawa 42 Bobber

Jawa 42 Bobber

It is a single-seater motorcycle which is the latest launch by Jawa Motorcycles. This motorcycle is available in 3 colours. Jawa 42 Bobber is one of the best comfort bikes in India. If you are searching for a powerful single-seater cruising bike, Jawa has brought your dream bike to the roads of India. This bike is known for its comfortable sitting and powerful engine. You will have different modes for cruising in Jawa 42 Bobber.

Features

City Mileage: 30.56 kmpl
Highway Mileage: 32 kmpl
Top speed: 140 kph
Fuel capacity: 12.5 L
Price: INR 2.09 Lakh
Displacement: 334 cc
Maximum power: 30.64 PS
Peak torque:   32.74 Nm

Conclusion

Bikes in India are designed keeping in mind the different customer bases. As India is a developing nation and is a country with the mostly young generation, the youth demand budget bikes whether the purpose is to cruise or sports. As explained at the start of this blog, India is full of different terrains, so the best bikes for travelling in India are manufactured, keeping the terrains as well. The two best examples of such bikes are Royal Enfield Himalayan and Yezdi Adventure. As we have already discussed, here are the top 10 popular bikes in India for long travel. When you want to choose a bike for yourself, you need to write down your needs and budget, and you can simply compare it on bikejunction to get the best result.

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Comparing the figures from January 2024, the sales charts for February 2024 from Royal Enfield depicted a slight 0.33% MoM decline.Royal Enfield, an iconic motorcycle manufacturer and India's top classic bike producer closed February 2024 on a high note. The company saw a significant year-on-year growth compared to the previous year's sales. It's only a slight month-on-month decrease in comparison to sales from the previous month.YoY Sales Data for Royal Enfield in February 2024Royal Enfield dominates the 300cc to 500cc motorcycle segment with a remarkable 85.3% market share. Within the brand's sales data, the 350cc range stands out as the top performer, driven by a 349cc J-series engine and J-platform.This platform has given rise to four different motorcycles: the Classic 350, Bullet 350, Hunter 350, and Meteor 350. Taking February 2024 as an example, 350cc bikes made up an impressive 87.12% of the company's total sales, amounting to 66,157 units. Compared to the 64,810 units sold in February 2023, this reflects a YoY growth of 2.08%.The 67,620 units sold in January 2024 contributed to a 2.16% MoM decline in Royal Enfield's 350cc portfolio. The YoY volume growth was 1,347 units, while the MoM volume decline was 1,463 units. Year-to-date, 350cc bikes sold a total of 7,45,724 units in FY24, reflecting a 10.71% YoY growth compared to 6,73,582 units sold in FY23. Royal EnfieldFeb 2024Feb 2023DiffGrowth % YoY% Share Feb 2024<350cc66,15764,8101,3472.0887.12>350cc9,7786,7343,04445.2012.88Domestic67,92264,4463,4765.3989.45Exports8,0137,10890512.7310.55TOTAL75,93571,5544,3816.12100.00 In Royal Enfield's lineup, there are numerous models that have engines larger than 350cc. These include the Scram 411, which is based on the older 411cc platform. The New Himalayan is built on the Sherpa 450 platform and a lineup of 650cc models, including the Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650, and Super Meteor 650. The most recent addition to this range is the Shotgun 650.MoM Sales Data for Royal Enfield in February 2024The motorcycles in the >350cc portfolio, when combined, made up 12.88% of Royal Enfield's total sales, with 9,778 units sold. This segment saw a 45.2% year-over-year growth, an increase from 6,734 units sold the year before and a 14.14% month-over-month growth from the 8,567 units sold the previous month. The volume growth amounted to 3,044 units year-over-year and 1,211 units month-over-month. The <350cc segment witnessed a 2.67% YoY growth in the YTD analysis, with 91,457 units sold versus 89,078 units the previous year, reflecting a volume growth of 2,379 units. Domestic sales by Royal Enfield totalled 67,922 units, comprising 89.45% of the company's total sales. Compared to February 2023, this segment experienced a 5.39% YoY growth with 64,446 units sold. Royal EnfieldFeb 2024Jan 2024DiffGrowth % MoM% Share Jan 2024<350cc66,15767,620-1,463-2.1688.76>350cc9,7788,5671,21114.1411.24Domestic67,92270,556-2,634-3.7392.61Exports8,0135,6312,38242.307.39TOTAL75,93576,187-252-0.33100.00 February 2024 Royal Enfield Sales - Year-to-Date (YTD)There was also a 3.73% MoM decline compared to January 2024, where 70,556 units were sold, translating to a volume loss of 2,634 units. Domestic sales experienced a 13.90% YoY growth in YTD analysis, with a total of 7,68,751 units sold. The introduction of newer and more advanced products has expanded the potential for exports.Royal Enfield exports totalled 8,013 units, marking an impressive 12.73% YoY growth and a substantial 42.30% MoM growth compared to the 7,108 units shipped a year ago and the 5,631 units shipped a month prior. In year-to-date (YTD) analysis, however, exports witnessed a 21.98% YoY decline, with a total of 68,430 units shipped.Royal EnfieldFY24 YTDFY23DiffGrowth % YoY% Share FY 2024<350cc7,45,7246,73,58272,14210.7189.08>350 cc91,45789,0782,3792.6710.92Domestic7,68,7516,74,95693,79513.9091.83Exports68,43087,704-19,274-21.988.17TOTAL8,37,1817,62,66074,5219.77100.00Final ThoughtsOverall, Royal Enfield sales in February 2024 reached 75,935 units. This marked a 6.12% year-over-year (YoY) growth compared to the 71,554 units sold in February 2023. However, there was a 0.33% month-over-month (MoM) decline compared to the 76,187 units sold in January 2024. In terms of year-to-date (YTD) sales, Royal Enfield achieved a total of 8,37,181 units, reflecting a 9.77% YoY growth over the 7,62,660 units sold in FY23, with a volume growth of 74,521 units.But before you go, don’t forget to check out our latest news coverage on the recently launched 2024 Honda Fireblade. Follow us for the Latest Bike Industry UpdatesFacebook - https://bit.ly/BikeJunction_offl_fb Instagram - https://bit.ly/BikeJunction_ofl_insta Twitter - https://bit.ly/BikeJunction_ofl_twitter

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Tork Motors is a Pune-based EV manufacturer known for its exceptional quality motorcycles. Recently, it has announced a massive discount of Rs 37,000 for its Tork Kratos R bike, packed with powerful batteries for improved performance. The initial price range (ex-showroom) of this motorcycle is Rs 1,87,999 (ex-showroom Pune, including FAME 2 subsidy). After its new discounted price, it is available at Rs. 1,49,999, which makes this electric motorcycle highly affordable, but this is a limited-period offer valid till March 31, 2024. Having said that, no upgrades have been made to the Tork Kratos R bike, yet this motorcycle continues to maintain its appearance, spare parts, motor, battery, and features. Kratos R Bike: Technical SpecificationsTork Kratos R Bike is powered by a 4.0 KwH lithium-ion (IP67-rated) battery, connected with a 9 Kw “Axial Flux’, which is a peak power motor to produce 12 bhp and a peak torque of 38 Nm. This bike comes with a “City Ride” riding mode with a top speed of 70 kmph and an outstanding range that exceeds a 100 km distance. Also, it claims to deliver a top speed of 105 kmph.There are four ride modes for this bike: Eco, Eco+, City, and Sports. Also, Tork Kratos R Motorcycle claims a 120 km driving range in Eco mode, which is favourable for sporty bike riders. This electric motorcycle gets quickly charged from 0% to 80% within an hour when connected with a powerful adapter. The Tork Kratos R bike runs on telescopic and monoshock front forks. Also, it contains front and rear disc brakes with ABS. These disc brakes are fixed on 17-inch alloy wheels to retain their sturdiness and rigidity. Moreover, the alloy wheels have been engineered to front size (90/80) and rear size (120/80) tyres, ensuring better traction on highways and uneven roads. FEATURESBesides having impressive specifications, the Tork Kratos R Motorcycle features a digital instrument cluster, reverse mode, and regenerative braking for superior driving performance. Also, its USB charging, mobile connectivity, and front storage box ensure convenience for the rider of the Kratos R EV Bike. Moreover, OTA updates, geofencing, find my vehicle, crash alert, motor walk assist, track mode, and smart charge analysis assist the bike rider in maintaining their motorcycle to prevent breakdowns and damages. COLOUR SCHEMESTork Motors offers its Kratos in five colour options, including Oceanic Blue, Innocent White, Jet Black, Streaky Red, and Midnight Black. Before you go, don't forget to check out our latest news coverage on the 2024 Honda Fireblade. Follow us for the Latest Bike Industry UpdatesFacebook - https://bit.ly/BikeJunction_offl_fb Instagram - https://bit.ly/BikeJunction_ofl_insta Twitter - https://bit.ly/BikeJunction_ofl_twitter

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Honda has unveiled the 2024 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, boasting enhanced performance and a fresh appearance. With the price starting from 2,849,000 yen (approximately Rs 15.75 lakh), the 2024 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP variant is a key part of Honda's super sports CBR lineup and serves as the flagship model.2024 Honda Fireblade: Features & Specifications The 2024 Honda Fireblade gets updated winglets and a cowling, though the overall design stays the same. These visual updates also serve a practical purpose by enhancing the bike's aerodynamics. Furthermore, the sporty fairing with attractive graphics and decals remains one of the standout features of this bike.Both the standard and SP variants come in the Grand Prix Red colour option. The standard version features black USD forks, while the SP variant comes with golden USD forks. Additionally, the SP variant offers a Matte Pearl Morion Black option.2024 Honda Fireblade: What’s NewThe 2024 Fireblade marks Honda’s debut with a new two-motor throttle-by-wire (TBW) system. This innovative system employs two motors to manage throttle valve operation independently for each cylinder pair. Collaborating with other mechanical enhancements on the bike, the new TBW system enhances performance and control.Furthermore, Honda has altered the shape and weight of the crankshaft to reduce inertia mass, resulting in improved throttle response and engine connectivity. Changes to the transmission's gear ratios complement these adjustments. The electronic control equipment has also been updated to support the engine's mechanical tweaks.To enhance the power-to-weight ratio, Honda has utilised lightweight frame components. Additionally, they've focused on improving the bike’s rigidity to enhance turning performance and provide a better ground feel.2024 Honda Fireblade: Engine SpecificationThe 2024 Honda Fireblade, available in standard and SP variants, is powered by a 999cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder engine, delivering 218 PS of power and 113 Nm of torque. Both models feature a 6-speed gearbox. The Fireblade achieves a mileage of 15.4 km/l as per WMTC standards, with the standard version weighing 200 kg and the SP variant slightly heavier by 1 kg.The 2024 Honda Fireblade SP variant offers additional features, including a quick shifter, Brembo front brake calliper, and Ohlins electronically controlled suspension. It also calculates and displays the ideal preload values for the front and rear suspension based on the rider’s weight.CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 2022 SpecificationsYou can also find the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 2022 model listed on the official website, which includes engine capacity, gearbox weight, and more.Engine SpecificationsThe 2022 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP's powerful water-cooled engine produces remarkable performance from its inline 4-cylinder configuration. With a 999.9cc displacement, it generates 160kW of power at 14,500 rpm and 113Nm of torque at 12,500 rpm, guaranteeing exhilarating rides with powerful torque and quick acceleration.Dimensions and WeightsThis bike has a robust 12-2Li-ion battery that provides dependable performance in terms of weight and dimensions. Longer rides are possible because of the 16.1-liter fuel tank and stable AL TWIN-TUBE frame. It is lightweight (201.3 kg), has a ground clearance of 118.6 mm, and has an 831 mm comfortable seat height. It is agile and easy to handle.Transmission The gearbox of the 2022 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is a wet, multiplate hydraulic clutch that is cable-operated. Riding on it is made more enjoyable with its 6-speed manual transmission, chain final drive, and smooth gear shifts.Before you go, don’t forget to check out the recently unveiled 2024 Yamaha TMAX560!Follow us for the Latest Bike Industry UpdatesFacebook - https://bit.ly/BikeJunction_offl_fb Instagram - https://bit.ly/BikeJunction_ofl_insta Twitter - https://bit.ly/BikeJunction_ofl_twitter

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