Ask a high school student questions like –‘draw the equipotential surface of a dipole’ or ‘the difference between the structures of alpha and beta fructose’ and you most probably wouldn’t get more than a vacant stare along with a lowly mutter ‘Ummmm….’in return. Ask him what motorcycle he wants to purchase before entering college, and you’ll get an intricately detailed answer with hi-fi automotive jargon that would merit a Ph.D degree from MIT.
Of course, we’ve all gone through that stage. Just as they are entering college, what most boys want would be a bike that turned heads: something that looked out of the ordinary, and goes fast. I don’t think I am wrong in saying that this applies to most of us. Flashy looks, eye-popping colour schemes and aggressive acceleration have always been on the top of my list. So, here’s a list of the best motorcycles under Rs. 4 lakhs for all you college boys out there!
The Yamaha FZ was such a game-changing motorcycle that most of its competitors take inspiration from it. The bike looks brawny and mean, with just the amount of performance to make riding it a hoot. A whole host of cosmetic and performance-enhancing aftermarket accessories are available for the FZ-S, so you can make it stand out of the crowd.
Price: Rs. 71,280 (ex-showroom Delhi)
The Suzuki Gixxer is arguably the best-looking, one of the fastest, and the most comfortable naked 150cc bike currently sold in the country. It was developed by the same engineers who had a hand in producing the scintillating GSX-R 1000. Need I say more?
Price: Rs. 79,957 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Carrying forward the Pulsar legacy, the 200NS clearly appeals to the younger generation. It’s really hard not to fall in love with the muscular design, and the performance on offer. The Pulsar 200NS is the most powerful bike in the sub Rs 1 lakh bracket, more so than bikes like the Yamaha R15, the Hero Karizma ZMR, and the Honda CBR 150R, all of which cost over a Rs 1 lakh, making it an excellent value for money proposition.
Price: Rs. 85,631 (ex-showroom Delhi)
The essence of the YZF-R15 is its menacing looks coupled with its tech laden performance. The bike has won much acclaim for its performance, while its aerodynamic design is a treat for sore eyes. The R15 is the kind of bike that’ll have you grazing your knees into corners in no time!
Price: Rs. 1,15,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
‘Built for a king’ – that’s what comes to mind when looking at a Royal Enfield Thunderbird. It is majestic in appearance, and classy in performance. Sport a beard and a pair of shades when riding this beast, and you will earn a new found respect in college.
The Thunderbird is available in two flavours – the 350 and the 500. While both sport identical chassis components and features, the latter is more powerful than the former. If you tend to go on long rides often, go for the 500, or else, pick the 350.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 Price: Rs. 1,24,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Price: Rs. 1,66,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
The Honda CBR series' bulky fairings and large exhaust gives it that edgy racing look. While the CBR150R is more suited to quick bursts of acceleration within the city, you’ll find the CBR250R makes a great companion for long rides.Both bikes are fun to ride, and will always leave you with a smile.
Honda CBR150R Price: Rs. 1,20,967 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Honda CBR250R Price: Rs. 1,56,950 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Hailing from the Austrian manufacturer’s garage, the Duke 200 has been designed keeping the motorcycle enthusiast in mind. The bike comes fitted with top-drawer components, along with a snarling 200cc engine that offers explosive performance .The naked motorcycle looks lean and mean, and performs like a hooligan on the streets!
KTM Duke 200 Price: Rs. 1,34,800 (ex-showroom Delhi)
The Duke 390 may look very similar the Duke 200, but don’t be fooled. It is so quick that it can keep up with superbikes, and blast past cars that cost 30 times as much! The stunning orange alloys and exposed frame will have onlookers gaping in awe. A great option if you’re looking for a motorcycle with stellar looks and bonkers performance.
KTM Duke 390 Price: Rs. 1,86,800 (ex-showroom Delhi)
The RC 200 is the perfect mix of practically everything you could ask for – racy looks,exhilarating performance, and an affordable price. The sporty ergonomics may have you lean forward more than you might want to, but trust me you won’t be complaining once you get off this bike. While it shares most of its components with the Duke 200, it is built with a focus on track riding.
KTM RC 200 Price: Rs. 1,60,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
This list wouldn’t be complete without the RC 390. While it’s not so different from the RC 200 in terms of looks,it gets the explosive 373cc engine from the Duke 390, so performance-wise, it’s in a class of its own. The new king of the racetrack, and the college parking lot!
KTM RC 390 Price: Rs. 2,05,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
How often do you see a café racer on Indian roads? Top notch looks, accentuated by the long fuel tank, minimalistic panels and an over-abundance of chrome finish make the Continental GT a unique bike to behold. It is also quite fast to boot! This is the motorcycle to get if you want to stand out amongst the crowd.
Price: Rs. 1,90,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
This Korean sports bike is guaranteed to be the cynosure of all eyes. The GT250R is really big for a 250cc bike, so much so that it can easily be mistaken for a 600cc machine. One twist of the throttle would be enough to grab the attention of people around you, thanks to its guttural 250cc V-Twin engine. While it is no-doubt a good-looking bike, it isn’t as fast as its competition. The GT250R is for those who prefer aesthetics over performance.
Price: Rs. 2,75,103 (ex-showroom Delhi)
The ultimate bike for a college-goer. Make an entrance in a Ninja 300, and you’ll be instantly become the most popular, and most envied guy around. Not only does it look stellar, it is performs really well too. It is blisteringly quick, and handles like a dream. The only drawback is the price – at Rs 4 lakhs on-road, the Ninja 300 is very expensive to buy and maintain, but if you can afford it, there is no better bike to buy at that price point.
Price: Rs. 3,50,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)