Best Touring Bikes Under Rs 2 Lakhs

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Motorcycle touring can be fun and addictive, for it gives you the freedom to travel anywhere, even places that are inaccessible by most four-wheelers. Although it is possible to tour on any bike, if you want to do it comfortably without much trouble, it is crucial that you select the right bike. Ideally, bikes that have a comfortable riding posture, good ride quality, a powerful engine with loads of low-end torque, and sufficient wind protection are the ones that are best suited for touring long distances.

 

We’ve picked the best bikes available in India under Rs 2 lakhs that’ll help you tour the length and breadth of the country comfortably. Choose the one that falls within your budget, and start exploring!

 

 

Yamaha Fazer

 

USP

Handling - The Fazer is one of the best handling bikes in its class.

 

What makes it suitable for touring?

A host of enhancements over the FZ16 it is based on make it tourer-friendly. The half-fairing cuts down on high-speed wind blast, larger headlights improve visibility at night, and the higher handlebar improves on rider comfort.   

 

Should I buy one?

If you’re in the market for a 150cc bike and intend to go on road trips very often, go for the Yamaha Fazer.

 

Yamaha Fazer - Touring Bike

 

Engine

153cc air-cooled single cylinder, Carburetted

Power

13.8 bhp @ 7500 rpm

Torque

13.6 Nm @ 6000 rpm

Kerb Weight

141 Kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

12 Litres

Price

(ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs.76,380

 

Read full tech specs, reviews and more about the Yamaha Fazer here

 

 

Bajaj Avenger 220 DTSi

 

USP

Price - The Bajaj Avenger DTSi is the most affordable cruiser you can buy in India today.

 

What makes it suitable for touring?

A powerful 220cc engine makes for relaxed cruising at highway speeds, while the laid-back seating posture allows the rider to cover mile after mile in comfort. 

 

Should I buy one?

If you prefer cruising leisurely on the highway, the Avenger 220 DTSi is the bike for you.

 

Bajaj Avenger- Touring Bike

 

Engine

219cc air-cooled single cylinder, Carburetted

Power

19.03 bhp @ 8400 rpm

Torque

17.5 Nm @ 7000 rpm

Kerb Weight

154.5 Kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

14 Litres

Price

(ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs.79,478

 

Read full tech specs, reviews and more about the Bajaj Avenger 220 DTSi here

 

 

Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi

 

USP

Price - The Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi offers a powerful engine along with a great deal of features, making it good value for money. 

 

What makes it suitable for touring?

The Pulsar 220 comes equipped with features such as an aerodynamic half-fairing, a powerful projector headlamp, and disc brakes at the front and rear wheels. It also offers a good ride, is very stable at highway speeds, and handles neutrally around corners. All these attributes make the Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi an efficient sport tourer

 

Should I buy one?

If you want a sport tourer in the sub-Rs 1lakh bracket, the Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi is your best bet.

Bajaj Pulsar 220 - Touring Bike

 

Engine

219cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetted

Power

21 bhp @ 8500 rpm

Torque

19.12 Nm @ 7000 rpm

Kerb Weight

150 Kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

15 Litres

Price

(ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs.84,055

 

Read full tech specs, reviews and more about the Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi here

 

 

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500

 

USP

Simplicity and ruggedness - The Bullet 500 is a bare-basics bike that can be ridden anywhere

 

What makes it suitable for touring?

The Bullet 500's engine produces a massive 40 Nm of torque, which helps it to accelerate quickly and cruise leisurely. Other positives include a large seat, comfortable ride quality, stellar high-speed stabilty and ease of maintenance. 

 

Should I buy one?

The Bullet 500 is the bike to choose if you plan to do some gruelling road trips to remote locations.

 

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 - Touring Bike

 

Engine

499cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetted

Power

26.1 bhp @ 5100 rpm

Torque

40.9 Nm @ 3800 rpm

Kerb Weight

193 Kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

13.5 Litres

Price

(ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs.1,39,090

 

Read full tech specs, reviews and more about the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 here

Honda CBR 250R

 

USP

Comfort - The Honda CBR 250R offers a plush ride that is uncommon on sport bikes.

 

What makes it suitable for touring?

The CBR 250R's 250cc engine is a smooth performer, and produces a healthy peak torque output of 22.9 Nm at a low 6500 rpm. Thanks to a tall-ratio six-speed gearbox, the CBR 250R can cruise at 120 kmph without straining the engine. The bike comes with a full-fairing, which ensconces the rider from wind blast at high speeds. Add rider-friendly ergonomics, great ride quality and handling to the mix, and you get what is possibly one of the best bikes under Rs 2 lakhs to tour long distances on.

 

Should I buy one?

If you want a tourer that is fast, comfortable and handles well around corners, the Honda CBR 250R is the bike you should get.

Honda CBR 250R - Touring Bike

 

Engine

249.6cc air-cooled single cylinder, fuel-injected

Power

25 bhp @ 8500 rpm

Torque

22.9 Nm @ 6500 rpm

Kerb Weight

167 Kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

13 Litres

Price

(ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs.1,56,950

 


Read full tech specs, reviews and more about the Honda CBR 250R here

 

 

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

 

USP

Rider ergonomics - the Royal Enfield Thunderbird has an excellent riding position on which you can cruise on for hours on the end. 

 

What makes it suitable for touring?

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird was designed specifically for cruising long distances. Along with the classic cruiser ergonomics, it is equipped with projector headlamps for better visibility at night, a 20-litre fuel tank for extended range, front and rear disc brakes, a large rider saddle for improved comfort, and a flat tray under the removable pillion seat for loading luggage. We suggest the Thunderbird 500 over the 350, as the larger-engined model is more relaxed than the latter when cruising at highway speeds.

 

Should I buy one?

If you go on long bike tours very often, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 will be an ideal companion. If the 500cc version doesn't fit your budget, do pick the Thunderbird 350, which comes with same set of features.

 

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

 

Engine

499 cc air-cooled single cylinder, fuel-injected

Power

27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm

Torque

41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Kerb Weight

195 Kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

20 Litres

Price

(ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs.1,58,000

 

Read full tech specs, reviews and more about the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 here

 

 

KTM Duke 390

 

USP

Acceleration - With a power-to-weight ratio of 300 bhp per ton, the Duke 390 can hit 100kmph from standstill in less than 6 seconds!

 

What makes it suitable for touring?

The KTM Duke 390's gearbox has tall ratios, which means it can cruise at speeds over 100kmph at a relaxed engine speed. Standard Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) improves safety factor. The Duke 390 is also one of the best handling bikes in its class, so it is a delight to ride on twisty roads. Lack of wind protection means sustained cruising at speeds over 130 kmph will be difficult.

 

Should I buy one?

The KTM Duke 390 is recommended for those looking for a powerful street bike that can also be used for long road trips.

KTM Duke 390 - Touring Bike

 

Engine

373.2cc liquid-cooled single cylinder, fuel-injected

Power

43 bhp @ 9000 rpm

Torque

35 Nm @ 7000 rpm

Kerb Weight

145 Kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

11 Litres

Price

(ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs.1,86,800


Read full tech specs, reviews and more about the KTM Duke 390 here

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Jaichandran Jayapalan
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