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Top Ten Bikes with the Best Mileage in India 2013

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

India is a country where saving money is more important than spending it. This is evident even in the Indian 2-wheeler market, where low fuel consuming, low-capacity commuter bikes outnumber high-capacity performance bikes in sales volumes – 75% of all bikes sold in India every year, comprise of commuters in the 75-125cc class. Bike manufacturers go to great lengths to fine-tune their products and spend large sums of money on the research and development of  innovative fuel-saving technologies, all to ensure that they deliver the best mileage in their respective segments. Let us check out the top ten bikes in India that offer the best mileage.

 

All data pertaining to mileage in this article are as tested by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). SIAM is the apex industry body representing 46 leading vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers in India. These mileage figures were obtained under ideal test conditions, and are bound to vary in the real world.

 

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10)  Bajaj Platina 100 – 77.1 kmpl

Overview

·         Category – Entry level commuter

·         Engine Capacity – 99.27cc air-cooled single-cylinder, carburetor

·         Power – 8.2 bhp @ 7500 rpm

·         Torque – 8.05 Nm @ 4500 rpm

·         Transmission – 4-speed manual

·         Mileage – 77.1 kmpl (SIAM)

·         Dimensions – 1990x770x1090mm (LxWxH), Weight 113 kgs

Price – Rs 32,900 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

 

The Bajaj Platina 100 is an entry-level commuter from Bajaj Auto. The 8.2 bhp 99.2cc engine that powers the bike employs technological innovations like Throttle Response Ignition Control (TRICS III) and ExhausTEC, in order to improve low-end torque and maximize fuel efficiency. A unique feature of the Platina is its Ride Control Switch, which helps the rider maintain low engine speeds, where fuel consumption is at the lowest. All these features combine to help the Platina deliver a SIAM-rated mileage of 77.1 kmpl.

 

 

9)      TVS Star Sport - 80.2 kmpl

Overview

·         Category – Entry-level commuter

·         Engine – 99.7cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetor

·         Power -  7.3 bhp @ 7500 rpm

·         Torque – 7.5 @ 5000 rpm

·         Transmission – four-speed manual

Price – Rs 41,870 (Ex-showroom Delhi)

 

The TVS Star Sport is an entry-level commuter bike from TVS Motors.  Powered by a 7.3 bhp 99.7cc single-cylinder engine, the Star Sport delivers a SIAM-rated mileage of 80.2 kmpl. The Star Sport is targeted at consumers who travel less than 40 kms on a daily-basis.

 

 

8)      Hero HF Dawn – 80.30 kmpl

Overview

·         Category – Entry level commuter

·         Engine Capacity – 97.2cc air-cooled single-cylinder, carburetor

·         Power – 7.7 bhp @ 7500 rpm

·         Torque – 8.04 Nm @ 4500 rpm

·         Transmission – 4-speed manual

·          Dimensions – 1965x720x1045mm (LxWxH), Weight 109 kgs

Price – Rs 36,300 (Ex-showroom Delhi)

 

The Hero HF Dawn is an entry-level 100cc commuter from Hero MotoCorp. Powered by a 7.7bhp 97.2cc single-cylinder engine, the HF Dawn is a lightweight bike that is best for commutes less than 30kms per day. The HF Dawn is also one of Hero MotoCorp’s best selling models, selling more than 1 lakh units per month. The popularity of the HF Dawn can be attributed to its low price-point and a mileage figure of 80.3 kmpl (SIAM-rated).

 
 

7)      Hero Splendor NXG – 82.2 kmpl

 

Overview

·         Category – Entry level commuter

·         Engine – 97.2cc air-cooled single-cylinder, carburated

·         Power – 7.6 bhp @ 7500 rpm

·         Torque – 7.95 Nm @ 5000 rpm

·         Transmission – Four-speed manual

·         Dimensions – 1965x720x1095mm, Weight 109kgs

Price – Rs 42,950 (Ex-showroom Delhi)

 

The Hero Splendor NXG is an entry-level 100cc commuter bike from Hero MotoCorp. A part of the popular Splendor series, the Splendor NXG is powered by a 97.2cc single cylinder engine that is tuned to offer maximum fuel efficiency. This helps the Splendor NXG to deliver a SIAM-rated mileage of 82.2 kmpl.

 

 

6)      Hero Super Splendor – 82.5 kmpl

Overview

·         Category – Mid-range commuter

·         Engine – 124.7cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetor

·         Power -  9 bhp @ 7000 rpm

·         Torque – 10.35 @ 4000 rpm

·         Transmission – four-speed manual

·         Dimensions – 1995xNAx1095mm (LxWxH), Weight 121kg

Price – Rs 50,650 (Ex-showroom Delhi)

 

The Hero Super Splendor is a 125cc mid-segment commuter from Hero MotoCorp. The 9 bhp 124.7cc engine employs Hero’s Advanced Swirl Flow Induction System (ASFS) technology, which aids in improving the mileage. This helps the Super Splendor deliver a SIAM-rated mileage of 82.5 kmpl. With a monthly sales figure of over 50,000 bikes, the Super Splendor is one of the most popular bikes in India in the 125cc segment.

 

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5)      Hero Glamour – 82.5 kmpl

Overview

·         Category – Mid-range commuter

·         Engine – 124.7cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetor

·         Power -  9 bhp @ 7000 rpm

·         Torque – 10.35 @ 4000 rpm

·         Transmission – four-speed manual

·         Dimensions – 2005x735x1070mm (LxWxH), Weight 125kg

Price – Rs 52,225 (Ex-showroom Delhi)

 

With a sales figure of over 50,000 units per month, the Hero lamour is one of Hero MotoCorp’s best-selling mid-segment commuter bikes. Although the Glamour is powered by a 9 bhp 125cc single-cylinder engine, the bike offers mileage comparable to a 100cc bike, delivering a SIAM-rated figure of 82.9 kmpl, which is the highest in the 125cc segment.

 

 

4)      Hero Passion Pro – 84 kmpl

 

       Overview

·         Category – Entry level commuter

·         Engine – 97.2cc air-cooled single-cylinder, carburated

·         Power – 7.4 bhp @ 8000 rpm

·         Torque – 7.95 Nm @ 5000 rpm

·         Transmission – Four-speed manual

·         Mileage – 84 kmpl (as per SIAM)

·         Dimensions – 1980x725x1075mm (LxWxH), Weight 109kgs

Price – Rs 45,350 (Ex-showroom Delhi)

 

The Hero assion Pro is one of Hero MotoCorp’s best-selling commuter bikes, second only to the Splendor series. Launched in 2001, the Passion offers consumers a slightly more premium alternative to the Splendor, while employing the same 97cc single-cylinder engine delivering a SIAM-rated mileage of 84 kmpl. Thanks to a fuel-efficient engine and many standard extra features, the Passion series sells atleast 80,000-90,000 units every month.

 

 

3)      Honda CB Twister – 85.7 kmpl

 

Overview

·         Category – Entry-level commuter

·         Engine – 109cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburator

·         Power – 9.1 bhp @ 8000 rpm

·         Torque – 9 Nm @ 6000 rpm

·         Transmission – 4-speed manual

·         Mileage (SIAM) – 85.7 kmpl

·         Dimensions – 1972x742x1075mm (LxWxH), Weight 108 kg

       Price – Rs 45,156 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

 

When launched in 2009, Honda’s CB Twister was a new take on the 100cc commuter market, as it added a much-needed tinge of colour to the otherwise staid segment. Targeted at the younger generation, the CB Twister has styling inspired by Honda’s CB1000 superbike, and is offered in a pallete of vibrant shades. Thanks to a torquey 109cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, the CB Twister delivers a SIAM-rated mileage of 85.7 kmpl. The CB Twister is unique to the segment as it is the only bike in the 100cc class that has a company-backed ‘one-make’ racing series, where novice riders race each other on identical CB Twisters.   

 
 

2)      Hero Splendor Pro – 89.8 kmpl

 

       Overview

·         Category – Entry level commuter

·         Engine – 97.2cc air-cooled single-cylinder, carburated

·         Power – 7.4 bhp @ 8000 rpm

·         Torque – 7.95 Nm @ 5000 rpm

·         Transmission – Four-speed manual

·         Mileage – 84 kmpl (as per SIAM)

·         Dimensions – 1970x720x1040mm (LxWxH), Weight 109kgs

Price – Rs 43,058 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

 

The Hero plendor Pro is an entry-level commuter bike from Hero MotoCorp. As with all the bikes in the Splendor series, simiplicity is the key to the Splendor Pro’s SIAM-rated mileage of 89.8 kmpl. The bike uses a basic but well-designed 100cc single cylinder engine that delivers high mileage, consistently. This is backed by the fact that demand for the Splendor has been strong perennially, since its launch in 1994, making it the most popular bikes sold by Hero MotoCorp in India, with an annual sales of over 10 lakh bikes every year.

 

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1)      Bajaj Discover 100 – 91.1 kmpl

Overview

·         Category – Entry level commuter

·         Engine Capacity – 94.38cc air-cooled single-cylinder, carburetor

·         Power – 7.5 bhp @ 7500 rpm

·         Torque – 7.85 Nm @ 5000 rpm

·         Transmission – 4/5-speed manual

·         Dimensions – 2040x760x1087mm (LxWxH), Weight 115 kgs

Price – Rs 43,058 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

 

The Hero Discover 100 is one of Bajaj Auto’s popular products, and not without reason. With a SIAM-rated mileage of 91.1 kmpl (kilometers per litre), the Discover 100 is officially the most fuel efficient motorcycle on-sale in India. Technological features such as Digital Twin-Spark Iignition (DTS-i), ExhausTEC, and a specially designed combustion chamber, all contributing to the efficient burning of fuel, which translates to high fuel efficiency.

 

By Jaichandran Jayapalan

 

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