Motorcyclists in India have really started to look at motorcycling as a joyous activity, rather than something which fulfils their commuting needs. Now, when we talk about an upgrade, for some, large capacity motorcycles are overkill for our kind of roads. Then, there’s the cost factor, where most casual motorcyclists want a style statement and the thrills a fast machine has to offer too. However, anything above INR 5 lakh and they start comparing a motorcycle purchase with that of a car. In such a situation, the 300cc to 350cc motorcycles on sale in India offers a good alternative, although, some are priced on the higher side. Here’s what you can buy.
EDIT: The Honda CB300R is yet to be upgraded to meet the BS6 norms. It is not available on sale as of now and this space will be updated once Honda introduces an updated motorcycle.
Honda’s latest offering, the neo sport café design CB 300R borrow styling cues from its elder sibling, the Honda CB 1000R. Offered with features like an IMU controlled ABS system, LED lighting, digital display and some more, this bike will definitely keep a rider happy. Equipped with a 286cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, single cylinder engine which cranks out 30.9 bhp @ 8,000 rpm, with peak torque of 27.5 Nm, delivered @ 6,500 rpm.
- Honda CB 300R Price: Rs. 2.41 Lakh
- Pros: Great styling, Good quality build and finish
- Cons: A bit low on power compared to rivals, impractical rear seat
Kawasaki Ninja 300
EDIT: The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is yet to be upgraded to meet the BS6 norms. It is not available on sale as of now and this space will be updated once Kawasaki introduces an updated motorcycle.
The oldest 300cc parallel-twin motorcycle in this segment. The bike has received some massive updates like dual-channel ABS, stickier MRF rubber and some localisation to reduce the pricing of the bike, and boy oh boy Kawasaki has finally got it right. The bike has a super-refined engine which loves to be ridden at high revs and this bike is the perfect sports tourer which will allow you to ride continuously for long hours without tiring you out. The motorcycle is powered by a 296cc twin-cylinder engine that delivers 38.5 bhp of power and 27 Nm of torque.
- Kawasaki Ninja 300 price: Rs.2.99 lakh
- Pros: Refined parallel-twin engine, Most Affordable twin-cylinder Sportbike on sale
- Cons: Ageing design
TVS Apache RR310
The best looking bike in this segment, the TVS Apache RR 310’s new ex-showroom (Delhi) price stands at INR 2.45 Lakh. The Apache RR 310 received a thorough upgrade while making a transition to BS6. Powered by a 312.2cc DOHC, liquid-cooled engine with additional oil-cooling continues to crank out 34 PS and 27 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The motor is controlled through a ride-by-wire throttle and is now mapped to 4 riding modes – Urban, Rain, Sport and Track, which can be toggled between on the fly through new switches on the handlebar. Toggling between the modes alters the engine’s fuel map and the ABS system’s behaviour. It also gets an assist and slipper clutch and a multi-information race computer, paired with the bikemaker’s SmartXonnect Bluetooth app. The instrument console is now a vertically laid out 5″ colour display which features Day and Night modes..
- TVS Apache RR310 Price: Rs. 2.45 lakh
- Pros: Superb build quality, A Value-for-money performance bike, Great road manners, Quick on its feet
- Cons: Low on power compared to the RC390
BMW G 310 R
EDIT: The BMW G 310R is yet to be upgraded to meet the BS6 norms. It is not available on sale as of now and this space will be updated once BMW Motorrad introduces an updated motorcycle.
The first made in India bike for BMW, the baby Beemer is powered by the same engine that does duty on the TVS Apache RR 310. The bike comes with all the modern features and also includes dual-channel ABS as standard. The BMW G 310 R draws power from a 313cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces 33 bhp and 28 Nm of torque. An able performer, this street-styled motorcycle is your ticket to the BMW club.
- BMW G 310 R price: Rs. 3 lakh
- Pros: An affordable BMW, Engine Feels More Aggressive To Accelerate In comparison to the RR 310, High-Quality Components
- Cons: High Price
BMW G 310 GS
EDIT: The BMW G 310GS is yet to be upgraded to meet the BS6 norms. It is not available on sale as of now and this space will be updated once BMW Motorrad introduces an updated motorcycle.
The most affordable GS that you can buy from the BMW stable. The baby GS uses the same engine as its naked sibling, the G 310 R. The GS gets a few off-road dedicated features like dual-purpose Metzeler Tourance tyres, option to kill ABS intervention at the rear wheel which makes it possible to slide it around in the dirt. It also gets a larger 19-inch front wheel which is all the more adept at absorbing bumps. The 313 cc single-cylinder engine has the exact state of tune as its sibling, the BMW G 310 R, and it puts out 34 bhp at 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm at 7,500 rpm.
- BMW G 310 R price: Rs. 3.5 lakh
- Pros: Capable On and Off the Road |An affordable BMW
- Cons: High price
Royal Enfield Classic And Bullet
Powered by the same engine, the Royal Enfield Classic range and Bullet offer war-era-styled motorcycling in current times, with a modern touch. These bikes are powered by a fuel-injected, air-cooled, 346cc engine which now makes 19.1 HP of power and 28Nm. Where the Bullet is offered with single-channel ABS and the option of kick or electric start. The kick start version costs INR 1.21 lakh ex-showroom, while the electric start version retails for INR 1.27 lakh. For the Bullet, there are slight changes in the dimensions. The wheelbase has gone up by 25mm whereas the length too is up by a few millimetres. The ground clearance stands the same at 135 mm while the fuel tank capacity has been reduced to 13.5 litres as opposed to 14 litres in its BS4 avatar.
The BS6 Royal Enfield Classic 350 asks for INR 1,65,025 (ex-showroom, Delhi), a hike of INR 11,000 when compared to the BS4 Classic 350. In terms of styling, there are not too many changes, except for the fact that the bike is offered in two new colour options – Stealth Black and Chrome Black. Changes on the BS6 model include an instrument console which now includes a low-fuel warning and an engine malfunction indicator. In addition to dual-channel ABS, the bike also comes fitted with a side-stand inhibitor that stops the motorcycle from moving forward if the rider forgets to lift the stand up.
- Pros: Classic styling, Royle Enfield’s service network
- Cons: Heavy, expensive
Jawa & Jawa 42
Both Jawa and Jawa forty-two BS6 continue to sport the 293cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC engine. Both bikes now feature India’s first cross port technology that increases the volumetric efficiency of the engine by enabling better flow of charge and exhaust gases and improves power and torque output. Both motorcycles now weigh 172kg each, which is 2 kilograms more than the BS4 models. In addition to the weight gain, the updated engine on the motorcycle also has a slight drop in power and torque figures. The 293 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine of the Jawa and Jawa 42 produced 27 PS of maximum power and 28 Nm of peak torque. Now, with the BS6 update, this engine churns out 26.51 PS and 27.05 Nm.
The throttle response has been made crisper to respond to even the slightest inputs with precision through improved fuelling. The seat has been reengineered with a new seat pan as well as cushioning translating to more comfort over longer rides. In the cosmetic department, the chrome plating now comes with the backing of rigorous testing rated at two and a half times the industry standard.
Both Jawa models continue to sport best in class braking systems equipped with (single & dual channel) ABS by Continental, offering shortest braking distance and best control among its competitors. Prices start at INR 1.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the single-channel ABS model of the Forty Two, going up to INR 1.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the dual-channel ABS model of the Jawa draped in Maroon.
- Pros: Modern technology, classic styling
- Cons: Long waiting period, not a niggle-free bike
The BS 6-compliant Perak was introduced in November 2019 at ₹1.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Factory Custom is powered by a 334cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke, DOHC engine, producing 30.64 PS of power and 32.74 Nm of torque, breathing out through signature twin Jawa exhausts chopped for the authentic bobber stance.
The time during the lockdown was spent fruitfully by the Perak product team as they managed to crank up the torque by nearly 2Nm from its earlier 31 Nm. The higher torque directly translates to better pulling performance both from a standstill and rolling acceleration. This has been achieved with fine-tuning of the engine coupled with the new cross port technology All this power is put to the tarmac via a 6-speed transmission with ratios optimised to offer a great riding experience through the gears. In terms of equipment and cycle parts, it gets conventional telescopic front forks and a monoshock at the rear. For the anchoring duties, it uses disc brake at both the ends. This braking system works in conjunction with dual-channel ABS which is offered as a part of the standard kit.