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Top 10 Most Beautiful Motorcycles Made in India

Today motorcycle brands compete on many levels, including design. Here we’ve rated 10 of the most beautiful motorcycles manufactured in India.

Top Ten beautiful motorcycles in India

Motorcycles have become much more than just a convenience. It’s more that just price and tech specs. To win more sales, motorcycle brands compete on many levels.

Including design.

This is especially true for more expensive bikes.

Bikers have become more critical and exacting when purchasing their next motorcycle. Aesthetics plays important role today. The reason is that a motorcycle is perceived as a reflection of a person. Motorcycle design reflects a biker’s lifestyle.

As a result top brands attract best designers to design their new bike models and win more sales. Even in economy range some motorcycles acquire really exquisite styles.




Another trend is that many top international motorcycle companies now move their manufacturing facilities to India.

Historically there’s a huge market with varied demography in India. Reason is that motorcycles are far more economical than cars and most families in India prefer bikes. Hence motorbike companies open manufacturing facilities, shops and release new models every year in India. And this in turn creates even more competition for motorcycle brands and a need to satisfy aesthetically preferences of bikers better.

A whole new phenomenon in the history of motorcycles in India.

What’s in it for us?

Well..

This brings advantages to both bikers and companies in India. Companies get significantly lower labour costs and one of the largest markets in the world. Bikers community and enthusiasts on the other hand get to enjoy some of the best and most beautiful motorbikes at a lower cost. All manufactured in India!

Below we present a compilation of top 10 most beautiful motorcycles manufactured in India. Both from International and Indian motorcycle brands. The good part is that many of them are not as expensive as they used to be.

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1. KTM RC390

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There wasn’t a single biker in the country who was not excited to see the first KTM ever to ply on the Indian roads. That was the time when the KTM 200 Duke was introduced to us.

Since then, Bajaj Auto Ltd. has gone on to revolutionise the Indian motor biking scene with the introduction of their KTM line up. KTM RC390 is the latest and one of the most beautiful offerings from their stable that was launched in 2014. There’s a sense of urgency in RC390 that makes it such a special and fun bike to ride.

KTM now manufactures this beast of a bike in their Pune facility. Two years since its launch in India, the bike has seen very few upgrades, but no one is complaining as it comes in such a good package. One of the punchiest motors that we have ever seen in this segment, combined with KTM’s visible racing genes. The new KTM RC390 is certainly one of the most popular bikes to be manufactured in India today.

Key Features:

  • Liquid cooled, single cylinder, 4 stroke engine
  • Displacement of 373.2 cm3
  • 6-Speed Transmission
  • Powder coated steel trellis frame
  • Two-channel ABS

Price: INR 2.14 Lakh (Ex-Showroom)




2. KTM 390 Duke

KTM 390 Duke pulls you like no other bike in the segment
KTM 390 Duke pulls you like no other bike in the segment

The second motorbike in our list is none other than the much loved naked sibling of KTM RC 390, the KTM 390 Duke. I remember the first time I took one of these beauties for a quick spin.

It was superbly awesome!

The rush you feel when you twist the throttle on this beautiful machine is simply put, out of this world. It pulls you like no other bike in this segment with its impressive power to weight ratio of 296 BHP per tonne. I must confess it takes some time to get used to. In fact, when it comes to performance, the engine on KTM 390 Duke behaves as if it has a much higher cubic capacity. Hence, it seems like it has a class of its own, with only the KTM RC 390 as a match to it.

See also: KTM Duke 390 2017 Review

The KTM 390 Duke certainly is the ‘made in India’ motorbike that raised the expectations of the Indian motorcyclists and in many ways forced other Indian motorbike manufacturing companies to seriously reconsider their offerings in the country. The motorbike even though not the best in comfort, can be a great tourer with the addition of a Gel based seat, replacing the stock one that comes with it.

Key Features:

  • Liquid cooled, single cylinder, 4 stroke engine
  • Displacement of 373.2 cm3
  • 6-Speed Transmission
  • Powder coated steel trellis frame
  • Two-channel ABS

Price: INR 1.99 Lakh (Ex-Showroom)

3. Royal Enfield Continental GT

Royal Enfield Continental GT is the fastest of all REs
Royal Enfield Continental GT is the fastest of all REs

Most of us relate to Royal Enfield as a brand of motorbikes like no other. They are the makers of the famous Bullet, the only motorbike with the longest production run in history.

Royal Enfield machines have kept their old school look for long now, but have still continued to stay highly appealing to their loyal customers. In 2014, however, the company decided to bring in a new member to its line of products — the Continental GT.

This café racer inspired beauty of a machine. It was an instant hit with the motor biking community of the country. The list of modern equipment on this mean machine was a big step up on company’s part and simply made it a very attractive proposition, even for the first time buyers.

The Continental GT is also the fastest of all the Royal Enfield motorbikes till date. It comes with a 535cc UCE (Unit Construction Engine) which produces a healthy 29.1 bhp of power and 44Nm of torque. These figures may not look too impressive, but combined with the light weight of the motorbike along with a far better power-to-weight ratio they make the Continental GT is super responsive. The fact that this bike is made in India makes it even better.

Key Features:

  • Air cooled, single cylinder, 4 stroke engine
  • Displacement of 535 cm3
  • 5-Speed Transmission
  • Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Twin downtube cradle frame

Price: INR 1.98 Lakh (Ex-Showroom)

4. Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Matt finish and khaki colour give Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm absolutely amazing look
Matt finish and khaki colour give Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm absolutely amazing look

Here’s another Royal Enfield that was rolled out for the first time in the year 2012, the Classic Desert Storm.

What a design!

Isn’t this a truly one of the most beautiful motorcycles made in India?

What gives the Classic Desert Storm an edge over the other bikes is the unique matte finish Khaki paint which gives it an amazing look. Royal Enfield has always been confident about ruling the streets with their old school but beautiful machines. The Classic Desert Storm is definitely an attractive proposition for all the RE fans in the country.

With a single cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark engine, this old school RE has plenty to offer for the eternal lovers of the brand. The chassis holds a 499 cc engine which gives an impressive power output of 27.58 PS and a maximum torque of 41.3 Nm.

One of the biggest achievements of Royal Enfield has been to introduce this bike with a substantially increased mileage. The Classic Desert Storm offers a mileage of close to 30 kmpl on the city streets, which further increases on the highway.

Key Features:

  • Single cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark engine
  • Displacement of 499 cm3
  • 5-Speed Transmission
  • Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Single downtube, using engine as stressed member

Price: INR 1.71 Lakh (Ex-Showroom)

5. Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Bajaj Pulsar RS200 has a very stylish look and a 6-speed gearbox
Bajaj Pulsar RS200 has a very stylish look and a 6-speed gearbox

Bajaj’s Pulsar series of motorbikes have been a great hit with the Indian bikers since the very first Pulsar was launched way back in 2001. Since then, many Pulsar variants have been introduced by the company. The Pulsar RS200 is by far the most modern and well equipped of all the Pulsars till date.

This fully fared sports bike comes after their earlier model Pulsar 200NS which was also very successful. With attractive features, stunning looks and the adrenaline rush that you get riding the Pulsar RS200, it has grabbed the eyeballs of bike enthusiasts and bike lovers like no other Pulsar before. The rush and raw power the bike exhibits, I have to confess, is simply impressive. The bike offers 24.5 bhp at 9750 rpm and has a 6-speed gearbox.

Key Features:

  • Single cylinder, 4 stroke, liquid cooled, triple spark engine
  • Displacement of 199.5 cm3
  • 6-Speed Transmission
  • Fuel Injection (FI) System
  • Perimeter Frame

Price: INR 1.26 Lakh (Ex-Showroom)

6. Bajaj Pulsar 200NS

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS is popular among young bike lovers
Bajaj Pulsar 200NS is popular among young bike lovers

Bajaj is an Indian Brand and hence has a good grip over the Indian market when it comes to automobile segment. The company has been there in existence for many years producing world class bikes for the Indian market.

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS is one of the best naked sports bikes in the 200cc segment. Uncompromising in performance, built quality and looks, the bike has everything to attract the young bike lovers of the country.

It is powered by a SOHC, Triple Spark 4 valve engine, producing a power output of 23.17 PS at 9500 rpm. It also features alloy wheels, split seats for better comfort, sharp designed edges, etc. for better performance and looks.

Key Features:

  • Single cylinder, 4 stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC 4V engine
  • Displacement of 199.5 cm3
  • 6-Speed Transmission
  • Fuel Injection (FI) System
  • Pressed Steel Perimeter Frame

Price: INR 85,200 (Ex-Showroom)

7. TVS Apache RTR 180

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TVS Apache RTR 180 falls into India’s most popular 180 cc segment.

TVS rolled out this model equipped with ABS making it the first bike of its kind to come with the much needed safety feature. This particular model of the RTR has revamped headlights with LED. The overall look with sharp edges of the bike is what I think makes this machine look mean and sporty. It is powered by a 177.4 cc, 17.03 PS, 4 stroke engine with 5-speed manual gearbox.

Being an Indian manufactured bike, the mileage is something that cannot be undermined and that’s exactly what has been taken care of by TVS since the bike can easily offer a mileage of 47 kmpl on the highway.

The compact yet powerful TVS Apache RTR 180 with its razor sharp look offers the Indian bikers a perfect amalgam to fall in love with. That’s one of the biggest reasons why you still find a plenty of Apache RTR 180s on the Indian roads.

Key Features:

  • Single cylinder, 4 stroke, 2 valve engine
  • Displacement of 177.4 cm3
  • 6-Speed Transmission
  • IDI-Dual mode digital ignition
  • Double Cradle SynchroSTIFF

Price: INR 77,519 (Ex-Showroom)

8. Yamaha FZS FI

Yamaha FZS FI is one of the most efficient bikes in the 150cc category
Yamaha FZS FI is one of the most efficient bikes in the 150cc category

The Yamaha FZS FI — a very stylishly designed bike. And… One of the most beautiful motorbikes manufactured in India.

It is a 149 cc bike with super aggressive looks making it way sportier than the other bikes of its generation and class. It features a 4 stroke, 149 cc engine with a 5-manual gear box. As a result the engine on Yamaha FZS FI produces a healthy 14 bhp at 7500 rpm. However, along with great engine power, the bike also wins over many other bikes in this segment when it comes to handling and cornering.

The Yamaha machine is literaly the king of today’s 150 cc bike segment in India. Plus, it also gives a mileage of 47 kmpl on highway, making it one of the most fuel efficient bikes in its category. I know this first hand as I owned one of these beautiful machines for a long time.

This is the bike that Ramaiah Chiranthana used to complete his incredible “Four Corners of India” solo ride in 2016, covering over 12,000km in 34 days.

Key Features:

  • Single cylinder, air cooled, 4 stroke, SOHC, 2V engine
  • Displacement of 149 cm3
  • 5-Speed Transmission
  • All new Yamaha Fuel Injection
  • Diamond Frame

Price: INR 74,491 (Ex-Showroom)

9. Royal Enfield Classic 500

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The RE Classic 500 is another model from the legendary motorbike manufacturer of India.

This classic looking machine. One of the most popular bikes originating in India. In addition to the improved engine and performance, the looks of this gorgeous RE is also a great value add for the bike.

At the heart of this beautiful thumper is the latest from the Twinspark RE engines that allows the Classic 500 to produce a peak power of 27.2 PS. Of all the REs, the Classic 500 is certainly one of the easier-to-control bikes, giving it the much needed stability while riding at high speeds, within the city or on the highway.

Key Features:

  • Single cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark engine
  • Displacement of 499 cm3
  • 5-Speed Transmission
  • Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Single downtube, using engine as stressed member

Price: INR 1.71 Lakh (Ex-Showroom)

10. Honda CBR 250R

Honda CBR 250R — a synonym of performance
Honda CBR 250R — a synonym of performance

Honda motorbikes have been the synonym of performance bikes in India for a very long period. In fact, there is no doubt that Honda bikes have always been in great demand for the reliability they offer to the buyers.

The CBR 250R, with its high quality make, superbly refined engine and modern day sporty looks, is easily the dream bike of many motor biking enthusiasts of the country today.

The overall weight of the bike is only 167 kg, which is less than many other bikes in its category, making it perform better with high acceleration and greater top speed. It comes packed with a 4 stroke and 249.6 cc engine, offering 26.15 bhp of power at 8500 rpm.

There are rumours that Honda is soon going to introduce a special edition bike as well. It’s name is the CBR 250R Repsol. The new bike will offer a slightly higher power for the fans of the brand. Since it comes with optional ABS too, the CBR 250R has a clear edge over all other bikes in this segment.

Key Features:

  • Liquid cooled, 4 stroke, SI engine
  • Displacement of 249.6 cm3
  • 6-Speed Transmission
  • 4 valve, DOHC

Price: INR 1.73 (Ex-Showroom)

Many more beautiful motorcycles to come

So, these are some of the most beautiful motorcycles manufactured in India that have won over millions of riders in the country today. There are many more up and coming motorbike manufacturing companies that are gearing up to set up their manufacturing base in India and promote their offerings to the Indian motor biking enthusiasts. We will continue to keep an eye on them for you and keep you updated of all the latest happenings. In any case, the world of Indian made motorbikes is sure to witness a revolution in few years to come.

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