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.
Honda CB 300R
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
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
Yamaha YZF R3
Another parallel twin cylinder motorcycle on this list. This is the most powerful bike in the 300cc – 350cc segment. The Yamaha R3 has already had an upgrade internationally, and the latest model should also arrive in India in 2019. The motorcycle is powered by a 321cc twin-cylinder engine that produces 41.4 bhp of power and 29.6 Nm of torque. The bike is apt for high-speed runs and also comes in handy for track days.
- Yamaha YZF R3 price: Rs. 3.5 lakh
- Pros: Powerful twin-cylinder engine, Big bike looks
- Cons: Is due for an upgrade
TVS Apache RR310
The best looking bike in this segment, the TVS Apache RR 310 has to go to match that show. The Apache RR 310 comes loaded with all the bells and whistles and a not so aggressive riding position makes it a wonderful sports tourer too. The TVS Apache RR 310 is powered by a 312.2cc reverse incline, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine churning out 33.5 bhp and 27.3Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
- TVS Apache RR310 price: Rs. 2.35 lakh
- Pros: Superb build quality, A Value-for-money performance bike, Great road manners, Quick on its feet
- Cons: Many perceive the engine to be vibey for its gruff nature
BMW G 310 R
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
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