These are bikes which have stylish looks, decent fuel performance and good performance as well and cater to college-going youth and even young executives. Here’s a look at our pick of the top five 150cc bikes in India.
1. Suzuki Gixxer
The Suzuki Gixxer is one of the most popular motorcycle models for the Japanese manufacturer in India. Sharp and distinctive design, impressive performance and handling make it one of the best 150-160cc motorcycles currently on sale in India.
The Gixxer’s styling is not ground-breaking, but the muscular, sculpted naked street looks work well, giving it a robust and solid appearance. The all-digital instrument console has a host of readouts, including a very handy gear position indicator, the only one in its class to have one.
The Suzuki Gixxer derives its name from the litre-class GSX1000R’s nickname, but this one is powered by a 155cc single-cylinder, air-cooled motor which belts out 14.5bhp power at 8000rpm and peak torque of 14Nm at 6000rpm. The engine is a refined unit and doesn’t strain itself or make any vibrations felt even when riding at high revs and high speeds. Top speed is around 115kmph.
What’s more impressive is the ride quality and handling. The Gixxer retains its composure even over broken roads, potholes and the like and the bike feels taut even under quick direction changes and hard cornering.
At 76,165 (ex-showroom Delhi), the Suzuki Gixxer offers a very good value for money product. Overall real-world fuel efficiency is around 47-49kmpl.
2. Honda CB Hornet 160R
The Honda CB Hornet 160R is quite possibly one of the best looking premium 150-160cc bikes from Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India. Overall, the bike has got edgy styling with sharp creases all over.
Sharp tank shrouds leaning forward, which are part of the fuel tank than additional panels, a carbon fiber pattern cover on the top of the fuel tank, all digital speedometer, a stubby exhaust, a futuristic X-shaped LED taillight and fat tyres lend the Hornet 160R a sporty and premium look.
The engine is essentially the same unit of the CB Unicorn 160’s – a 163cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine which has been tuned to make 15.7bhp peak power at 8500rpm and 14.76Nm of torque. Ride quality is taut and handling is good too, but the Hornet is a tad heavy at 142kg and during spirited riding, the weight shows. Top speed is around 112kmph.
Brakes are high quality petal discs (for better heat dissipation and improved braking) and there’s the option of a Combined Braking System too, at a slight premium. At 84,400 ex-showroom Delhi (for the CBS variant), the Honda CB Hornet 160R is an expensive proposition in this segment, but if you opt for single disc with rear drum brake, it’s available for 79,900 (ex-showroom Delhi). In terms of fuel efficiency, the Honda CB Hornet 160R delivers average numbers of between 46-48kmpl.
3. Yamaha FZ-S FI V 2.0
The Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 2.0 is the latest variant of the popular FZ series, upgraded in 2014. The V 2.0 gets fuel injection with lesser power than the carburetted version, but it still is one of the largest selling bikes for Yamaha in India.
The Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0 borrows styling cues from its first generation sibling – with looks which, in a way, revolutionised the way premium 150cc bikes are designed nowadays. Sharp creases, muscle bike looks, borrowing heavily from litre-class naked streetfighter looks, the current Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0 still looks good, quite contemporary and well-proportioned.
In its second generation iteration, the Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0 goes under the scalpel, getting a sharper headlight, new instrument console and redesigned graphics. The fuel-injected 149cc engine makes 12.9bhp power and 13.6Nm of torque. On paper, the figures seem lower than the competition, but what the Yamaha makes up for is throttle response and smooth, linear power delivery, thanks to the fuel injection. Top speed is around 110kmph, but the Yamaha feels a little strained and not so spirited in higher revs.
Fuel consumption has improved over the first generation FZ series, and the Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0, on an average, returns between 42-44kmpl. At 82,159 (ex-showroom Delhi), the Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0 isn’t exactly on the affordable spectrum of the price range, but what you get is a very good handling bike, refined engine and the Yamaha brand.
4. Bajaj Pulsar AS 150
Riding on the popularity of the Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi, Bajaj Auto has introduced a completely new segment in the 150cc and 200cc class, calling it the Adventure Sport segment, or AS. The Bajaj Pulsar AS 150 in a way, tries to repeat the success of the Pulsar 150 with this new model.
What the AS 150 offers is new styling – a new quarter fairing and upright windscreen to justify the ‘adventure’ tag. The vertically stacked headlights look good too and overall build quality is quite nice. Other features include an underbelly exhaust, split seats, new alloy wheels and a part-digital, part-analog instrument cluster integrated into the front fairing.
The engine is an all-new 150cc four-valve motor which makes over 16.7bhp power at 9,500rpm and 13Nm of peak torque at 7,000rpm. Handling is quite impressive, thanks to the new perimeter frame and the suspension. The suspension however, is more street-oriented, rather than for any adventure use as the bike’s name suggests.
At 79,500 (ex-showroom Delhi), the Bajaj Pulsar AS 150 makes for a good value for money product. And of course, it’s backed by the Bajaj brand and strong after sales and service network. And like its sibling the Pulsar 150, the Bajaj Pulsar AS 150 offers very good fuel efficiency too – in the range of 50-52kmpl overall.
5. TVS Apache 160 RTR
The TVS Apache RTR 160 was first introduced in 2007 – the first model in the TVS Apache series and after several upgrades over the years, continues to trudge on slowly, silently as one of the volume pushers in the 150-160cc segment for TVS Motor Company.
The Apache RTR 160 comes with edgy styling marked by a big fuel tank with a sharp shroud running alongside. The tank is sculpted with knee recesses and adorned with racy graphics. The single-cylinder, four-stroke 159.7cc engine produces 15.2bhp of power at 8500rpm and peak torque of 13.1Nm at 4000rpm. Braking is handled by petal discs, the first of its kind launched in this segment. Clip on handlebars and an able chassis make the Apache RTR 160 an able handler.
At 73,284 (ex-showroom Delhi), the TVS Apache RTR 160 is also one of the most affordable premium 150cc bikes with decent performance and handling. With average fuel efficiency of between 52-54kmpl, the Apache RTR 160 is also a bike with frugal running costs in its segment.
6.Suzuki Gixxer SF
Launched in India last year, the fully-faired premium bike from Suzuki is aimed squarely at young buyers. Based on the Gixxer naked bike, the SF version shares some of the key styling cues with its elder sibling like rear panels and the muscular fuel tank. The full-sized fairing on the other hand is more on the lines of the larger superbikes like GSX-R.
Suzuki has used the similar single downtube frame for SF version which is underpinned by the naked Gixxer and the same 154.9cc engine that powers the latter. Putting out maximum power of 14.6bhp and peak torque of 14Nm, the single cylinder engine comes mated to a conventional five-speed transmission.
Among various key features offered on the bike, LED tail lamps, aerodynamic fairing, clear lens indicators and digital instrument cluster are included. Available at 87,344 (ex-showroom New Delhi), Gixxer SF is a lucrative option in the 150cc segment and delivers around 38-40kmpl which is decent enough.
7. Hero Xtreme Hero rolled out a facelifted version Xtreme back in 2014 to take on the likes of more popular options in the segment. Appearing sportier than the preceding model, changes made to the motorcycle were primarily cosmetic featuring new head lamp in front, redesigned tail lamp at rear with LED light guide, semi-digital cluster, new sporty graphics and side stand indicator.
Powering the 2014 Xtreme is the same 149cc, single cylinder engine that was used in the predecessor. Mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, the engine is good for maximum power of 15.60bhp along with top torque of 13.50Nm and is claimed to achieve top speed of 107km/h.
Suspension duties are carried out by the telescopic hydraulic forks in front and rear comes with rectangular swing arm adjustable gas shockers. For providing stopping power, the bike uses disc brakes in front as well as rear.