No matter how refined the company might try to make them, single-cylinder bikes are always plagued with excessive vibrations and a certain inherent imbalance that tends to hamper the riders experience, especially at high speeds. If you are looking for a more refined choice, you will have to stretch out to twin-cylinder compatriots. And this is how you can do so with the least damage to your pocket.
1. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 (INR 2,50,000 Onwards)
Shaking the Indian market with an astonishing price, the Royal Enfield Interceptor is the most affordable twin-cylinder motorcycle in the Indian market today. The newly developed 650 cc parallel twin offered with this motorcycle is good for a power output of 47 hp at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Interceptor comes across as a cruiser with a relaxed riding position but a little more committed stance than the regular Royal Enfield motorcycles.
The Interceptor comes with a solid set of spoked wheels, telescopic suspension in the front, dual shock ups at the rear and an ABS enable dual disc setup.
|Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Specifications|
|Power||47 bhp @ 7,250 rpm|
|Torque||52 @ 5,250 rpm|
|Price||INR 2,50,000 Onwards|
2. Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 (INR 2,65,000 Onwards)
A café racer styled offering, the Continental GT 650 is an evolution of the single cylinder Continental GT 535 which was available in the Indian market quite some time back. The Café racer comes with sporty clip-on type handles and the same engine from interceptor 650, the parallel twin which can generate 47 hp at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The Continental GT aims to give the rider a much more involved and sporty riding experience, which it does with a grunty engine and involved riding posture. This bike too, comes with dual channel ABS system as standard.
|Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Specifications|
|Power||47 bhp @ 7,250 rpm|
|Torque||52 @ 5,250 rpm|
|Price||INR 2,65,000 Onwards|
3. Kawasaki Ninja 300 (INR 2,98,000)
An old player in the market, the Ninja 300 has been discontinued in the International market with the new Ninja 400. The Indian market, however, gets both the models on sale with the Ninja 300 getting a massive price cut courtesy of localisation. The Ninja 300 had the title of the most affordable twin cylinder motor for some time.
The Ninja 300 comes with a 290 mm disc in the front and a 220 mm disc at the rear end, which comes with dual channel ABS.
|Kawasaki Ninja 300 Specifications|
|Power||39 bhp @ 11,000 rpm|
|Torque||27 Nm @ 10,000 rpm|
4. Kawasaki Z250 (INR 312,000)
The Kawasaki Z250 features a very aggressive shroud around its tank and it looks effortlessly spectacular in its trademark green shade. The single-sided swingarm, the pinched headlamps and sharp cuts are instantly reminiscent of its bigger twins.
Even though the 31.1 BHP produced by the 250cc parallel twin motor and the 150 kph top speed might not seem much in front of the formidable competition it has here but it is the way in which the power is delivered which makes all the difference. The engine wails its way through to the 13,000 RPM limiter, bringing up the ton in just 8.6 seconds. The chassis carves corners with ease and is even more comfortable out in the straight line – so much so that it feels like it could have easily handled a bigger motor.
|Kawasaki Z250 Specifications|
|Power||31.5 bhp @ 11,000 rpm|
|Torque||21 Nm @ 10,000 rpm|
Our Review: Kawasaki Z250 Review
5. Hyosung GT250R (INR 309,215)
The GT250R draws heavily from its bigger 650cc brethren when it comes to styling – and that certainly works in the bike’s favour. The 250R has a nice full fairing and a heavy bulbous tank which makes it seem much bigger than it actually is.
Even though the GT has a clearly track-focused stance, it is not quite as comfortable in shifting between corners. The heavy kerb weight means that it is not quite as nimble as we would have liked. Straight line stability, however, is good but are let down by the modest response from the 250cc V-Twin. The committed stance means that city rides are a pain though.
|Hyosung GT250R Specifications|
|Power||27.6 bhp @ 10,000 rpm|
|Torque||22.07 Nm @ 8,000 rpm|
6. Yamaha YZF-R3 (INR 3,49,000)
Back in a new form, the Yamaha R3 has been a precision instrument, borrowing design cues from the R1 superbike. The deltabox frame of this motorcycle helps riders to put the best times on the track. This bike is powered by a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line 2-cylinder, fuel-injected engine for smooth power delivery and driving a pleasure. This engine is tuned to produce 41 bhp and 39.6 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheel visix-speeded gearbox.
Anchorage duties are done by a 298 mm disc in the front and 220 mm disc at the rear, which comes with dual channel ABS as standard.
|Yamaha YZF-R3 Specifications|
|Power||40.8 bhp @ 10,750 rpm|
|Torque||29.6 Nm @ 9,000 rpm|
7. Benelli TNT300 (INR 3,50,000)
Benelli comes from Italy and in terms of looks that is half the job done. Unlike its bigger twins which might divide opinion, the TNT300 follows a simple naked street bike stance albeit one that has been executed with finesse. Upside down forks, single side mounted swingarms and a sculpted fuel tank provide it the sporty stance it needs.
What clearly stands out, however, is the beautiful Italian rasp that the 300cc liquid cooled in-line twin cylinder engine makes. The sheer amount of bass that the exhaust note carries is enough reason to buy the bike all on its own. What further helps is just how rev-happy and powerful the motor is! Even though the relaxed stance means that it is not easy to lean in on, it will comfortably hold its line once you are there.
|Benelli TNT300 Specifications|
|Power||37.73 bhp @ 11,500 rpm|
|Torque||26.5 Nm @ 10,000 rpm|
8. Kawasaki Ninja 400 (INR 4,69,000)
The more powerful, entry-level Ninja from the Kwacker stable, the Ninja 400 has one thrilling ride on offer. Initially brought in limited numbers, this bike replaces the Ninja 300 in international markets while both these bikes are sold simultaneously in our market. Pushing the bike is a 399 cc, liquid cooled, parallel twin engine, pushing out 49 PS at 10,000 rpm and 38 of torque at 8,000 rpm.
The Ninja 400 comes with a 310 mm disc at the front and a 220 mm disc at the rear, which are equipped with dual channel ABS as standard.
|Kawasaki Ninja 400 Specifications|
|Power||47.5 bhp @ 10,000 rpm|
|Torque||38 Nm @ 8,000 rpm|
9. Benelli TRK 502 (INR 5,00,000 onwards)
The Benelli TRK is a bike offered in two variants – a road biased TRK 502 and an off-road biased TRK 502X model. Both these bikes differ in the kind of equipment on offer as standard which explains the price difference of INR 40,000 between the two. These bikes are based on the same platform. These bikes are powered by a 500 cc parallel twin engine tuned to produce 47.5 PS @ 8,500 rpm and 46Nm @ 6,000 rpm.
Both the bikes come with a 320mm dual disc setup in the front and the rear disc measures 260 mm in diameter. As standard, the bike comes with dual channel ABS which can be switched on and off.
|Benelli TRK 502 Specifications|
|Power||46.8 bhp @ 8,500 rpm|
|Torque||46 @ 6,000 rpm|
|Price||INR 5,00,000 onwards|
10. Harley Davidson Street 750 (INR 505,769)
Harley Davidson has almost become synonymous with cruiser motorcycles and for good reason too. Even in this entry spec Harley, you can feel the strong pedigree that it carries. The tear-drop shaped fuel-tank, the laidback stance and the massive stonking engine at the centre make it an obvious looker. Although the build quality has consistently received complaints especially the way in which you can see exposed wiring all-around.
The Street is powered by the 749cc liquid cooled V-Twin Revolution X engine which produces a solid 60 N-m of torque which is evenly spread across the rev-range. The 6-speed gearbox is also very potent for its cruising objectives. The bike feels the happiest in the low and mid-range and can make steady progress till its 170 kph top speed which feels a bit vibe-y. The Street is also surprisingly sprightly for a cruiser but the low set foot-pegs and the overall stance won’t allow you to get too naughty around the corners.
|Harley Davidson Street 750 Specifications|
|Power||53.00 bhp @ 8000 rpm|
|Torque||59 Nm @ 3,750 rpm|
Our Review: Harley Davidson Street 750 Review
11. Kawasaki Vulcan S (INR 5,48,400)
The Vulcan is the only cruiser in the Kawasaki stable in the Indian market right now. This motorcycle comes with a classic cruiser type styling and competes with the Harley Davidson Street 750. Powering the Vulcan is the same, tried and tested 650 cc parallel twin from Kawasaki. Seen on other models like the Versys 650 and Ninja 650, the engine generates 60 hp at 7,500 rpm and 63 Nm of torque at 6,600 rpm.
The vulcan S comes with a rather large 300 mm disc up front and a 250 mm disc at the rear, with dual channel ABS as standard.
|Kawasaki Vulcan S Specifications|
|Power||59.5 bhp @ 7,500 rpm|
|Torque||63 Nm @ 6,600 rpm|
Discontinued Twin Cylinder Bikes:
12. Hyosung Aquila GV250 (INR 298,765)
Get past the overload of chrome all over the bike and the GV250 is actually a very attractive bike. It features a low-slung cruiser stance with a wide comfy seat, pulled back handlebars and a thick exhaust pipe. The long stance and the wide aluminium milled tyres make the design feel timeless.
When we rode it back in 2014, we were very impressed with the refinement that the 26.2 BHP 250cc V-Twin motor offers. It pulls strongly and can maintain a solid 90-100 kmph all day long. The typical cruiser frame with a correspondingly tuned suspension means that even though it is not a corner carver, it does its intended job well.
|Hyosung Aquila GV250 Specifications|
|Power||26.21 bhp @ 10,500 rpm|
|Torque||21.37 Nm @ 7,500 rpm|
Our Review: Hyosung Aquila 250 Review
13. Hyosung GT650N (INR 400,560)
The streetfighter brother of the more track oriented GT650R, the naked Hyosung appeals with its raw masculine looks. While it may look less focused than the other fully faired bikes on the list and even the Kawasaki Z250, it certainly has a simplistic appeal which almost feels Italian in nature.
The Korean features a 650cc DOHC V-Twin which produces over 72 PS of peak power, making it the most powerful bike on this list by a fair margin. The throaty motor accelerates really quickly once in the mid-revs and can reach a maximum speed of 210 kph, although the lack of the fairing would mean that maintaining such velocities won’t be possible for a long time. Despite the relatively upright seating position, the GT650N is easily flickable through corners and the soft, long travel suspension means that it is not easily unsettled over rough patches either.
|Hyosung GT650N Specifications|
|Power||72.68 bhp @ 9,000 rpm|
|Torque||60.9 Nm @ 7,500 rpm|