Motorcycle enthusiasts can check out these affordable bikes to invest in

From Bajaj Pulsar 125 to Yamaha FZS and Suzuki Gixxer, here are affordable options for bikers when the government lifts lockdown

For some, a motorcycle is just a mode of transport but for bike-enthusiasts, it's an emotion, something that makes them feel alive.

As the world is grappling with coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown has forced people to be home, people have started missing things – mundane things that we did every day.

Meeting people, going to the office, shopping, and other such routine stuff. One of the things on the list is biking.

For some, a motorcycle is just a mode of transport but for bike-enthusiasts, it’s an emotion, something that makes them feel alive.

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According to a research by Dr. Pamela Reilly, a naturopathic doctor at the Good Works Wellness Research, Indianapolis, riding motorcycles helps improve the mental outlook of the rider.

“Riding a motorcycle releases endorphins that serve to boost mood and improve outlook,” the research reads.

Besides mental outlook, it also helps in improved core and neck strength.

To help the bike enthusiasts identify the best bike available from ₹70,000 to ₹1,20,000 (ex-showroom price) that will give them the exhilaration of riding with minimum maintenance, here’s a list.

1. Bajaj Pulsar 125

Available in two colours, this 124.4CC bike is easy on the pocket with price starting from ₹69,965 and goes up to ₹1,44,000.

Over the years, Bajaj has rolled out updates of Pulsar like Pulsar 150, Pulsar 160, Pulsar 180, Pulsar 200 and Pulsar 220.

Tubeless tyres, disc brakes and overall weight of 140 kg make Pulsar 125
easy to manoeuver.

With impressive looks, this bike checks all the boxes for any bike lover.

2. Yamaha FZS-FI

With the body of a race bike, this 149CC bike is available in various metallic colours and features the new single-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) in the front wheel along and negative LCD instrument cluster.

The LCD instrument cluster is a display that shows gear shifts, fuel level indicator, speedometer, odometer, and a clock. It also includes the lap timer and an acceleration timer.

Improved braking system, better stability and control make this bike safer for highways and traffic congested Indian roads.

Powerful fuel-injected engine and a weight of 137 kgs make this bike worth its price that starts from ₹84,012.

3. TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

This 197.75CC good looking bike is sure to rev things up with its four-valve head engine – the first from TVS. The improved for valves generate high power for the engine very quickly, enabling the rider to auto-start the bike quickly and giving better accelerating experience.

Besides engine, it also boasts of dual-channel ABS with RLP (rear wheel lift-off protection) control and advanced slipper clutch system.

Available in multiple variants, its priced at ₹1.15 lakh.

4. Suzuki Gixxer SF

With the body inspired by the company’s mighty Hayabusa, this 155 CC motorcycle starts from ₹1.11 lakh in India and weights 148Kg.

Gixxer’s USP remains a single-cylinder engine that comes tagged with Suzuki Oil Cooling System and the motorcycle has been updated to meet the BS6 emission norms.

Gixxer SF features include full LED headlamp, split seats, and a fully digital instrument cluster.

Recently, India-made Gixxer 250 was launched in Japan.

5. Honda CB Hornet 160R

Available in five colours, with an impressive 163CC, Hornet has become a favourite among youngsters and college-goers.

With both rear and front disk brakes, the top variant of Honda CB Hornet 160R has an anti-lock braking system and has a rear tyre that is as wide as some almost-400cc motorcycles giving it the look of a bigger motorcycle.

The price starts at ₹83,340 and can go up to ₹1,07,829.

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