They comprise of a dash of sporty styling, without the hassles of a fully faired form. They don’t need to be as fuel-efficient as your 100cc piddlers, but a real-world mileage of 40kmpl something is still a must. There should be a perceptible difference in performance as compared to the 150cc machines as well. Brisk acceleration, a meaty mid-range, comfortable ergonomics, and a solid air/oil-cooled engine which won’t die down panting if you decided to take it out for that 500km+ trip on a single day is also a must. With all of those wishes fulfilled, the motorcycle should also be built to last, with minimal service and spare costs. Phew! That seems to be quite a task for a bike manufacturer to accomplish. But guess what, the demanding Indian customer has managed to get just what they want from a whole bunch of Indian and international two-wheeler maker.
The 160cc motorcycle segment is differentiated from its 150cc counterpart with a more aspiration-driven positioning, slightly better performance, sportier styling and generally, better kit levels. So here we have it, all the 160cc motorcycles that you can buy here in India, with their pros and cons listed down for your convenience. Remember this list is just, well, a list and the order doesn’t represent the superiority or inferiority of any of those bikes over one another.
160cc Bikes In India:
- Bajaj Pulsar NS 160
- Suzuki Gixxer 155
- TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
- TVSApache RTR 160
- Yamaha FZ S FI
- Bajaj Avenger Street 160
1. Bajaj Pulsar NS 160
The new generation Pulsar which is trying its bit to carry forward the legacy of its legendary forebear, the Pulsar NS 160 is a worthy contender in the segment. It is powered by a revised 160.3 cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled, Twin Spark engine. To make it BS6 compliant, Bajaj has introduced FI into the mix and it is bound to make the riding experience a bit smoother than before while at the same time, making the throttle response crisper. While other motorcycles usually experience a drop in power after being BS6 compliant, it is not the case with the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160. This engine produces 17.2 PS of maximum power at 9,000 rpm and 14.6 Nm of peak torque at 7,250 rpm, mated to a 6-Speed gearbox. The BS4 version of the NS 160 produced 15.5 PS of power at 8,500 rpm and the same amount of torque (but at 6,500 rpm).
Apart from the changes mentioned above, nothing has changed mechanically or visually. It still uses the same cycle parts as the BS4 NS 160. The bike gets a 240mm front disc with ABS. It’s also quite fuel efficiency and the maintenance costs aren’t too high either.
- Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 Price: Rs 1.04 Lakh
- Pros: Good styling, efficiency, nice dynamics
- Cons: Not the most solidly built
2. Suzuki Gixxer
The Suzuki Gixxer is powered by a smooth, BS6 compliant 155cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder fuel-injected, air-cooled SOHC engine with SEP technology. It generates 13.6ps@ 8000 rpm and 13.8Nm@6000 rpm. These figures are down from 14.1 PS at 8,000 rpm and 14 Nm at 6,000 rpm for the bike’s BS4 engine. In its BS6 state of tune, the updated engine promises better fuel economy. The bike continues to be available with ABS, LED illumination for the tail and headlight, 6-spoke alloy wheels and a dual-muffler exhaust system.
- Suzuki Gixxer Price: INR 1,11,900 (Ex-showroom)
- Pros: Well-engineered, handling, compact
- Cons: Uncomfortable pillion seat
3. TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
TVS has launched the new-generation Apache RTR 160 4V, which is powered by a 159.7cc, single-cylinder oil-cooled FI engine churns out 16.02 PS of maximum power at 8,250 RPM and 14.12 Nm of peak torque at 7,250 RPM. This engine is also mated to a 5-speed super-slick gearbox. The bike now also offers TVS’ GTT tech along with an LED headlight, ‘feather touch’ start, wave bite ignition key and all-new aerodynamic claw mirrors.
- TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Price: INR 99,950
- Pros: Class-leading performance and handling, looks substantial
- Cons: Too sporty for some
4. TVS Apache RTR 160
The TVS Apache RTR 160 gets a 159.7 cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled engine, that churns out 15.53 PS at 8400 RPM, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The bike retains its signature ‘Beast Inspired’ headlamp and features an LED light guide in the headlamp panel along with the pilot lamps.
The motorcycle is equipped with race graphics, fuel injection, an exhaust tuned to sound bassy, and first in segment GTT – Glide Through Technology for low-speed urban riding. Alongside, the RTR continues to come fitted with Single Channel Super-Moto ABS. The Apache RTR 160 is available in Pearl White, Matte Blue, Gloss Red, Gloss Black, T Grey and Matte Red at INR 1 lakh for the rear disc variant and INR 97,000 for the rear disc variant.
- TVS Apache RTR 160 Price: INR 1 Lakh (Disc), INR 97,000 (Drum)
- Pros: Brawny engine, performance
- Cons: Looks dated in comparison to the 4V, a little extra gets you the RTR 180
5. Yamaha FZS FI
Yamaha India has introduced the BS-VI compliant Yamaha FZ-FI and FZS-FI in India. All colour models of both, the FZ-FI and FZS-FI will be available in the BS-VI line up. Additionally, the FZS-FI will offer two new colours – Darknight and Metallic Red.
The Yamaha FZ-FI and FZS-FI are powered by a 149 cc engine with a compression ratio of 9.6:1. The motor delivers 12.4 PS power @ 7,250 rpm and 13.6 N.m torque @ 5,500 r/min. The new FZ-FI and FZS-FI BS-VI version will feature single-channel ABS, paired with rear disc brakes along with a monochrome LCD instrument cluster and a single piece, two-level seat. The BS-VI Yamaha FZ-FI is priced at INR 99,200 (Ex-showroom), a hike of INR 4,200 in comparison to its BS-IV version. The FZS-FI asks for INR 1,01,200 and INR 1,500 more for the Darknight edition (Ex-showroom prices).
- Yamaha FZ S FI Price: INR 1,01,200
- Pros: Style, handling, smooth engine
- Cons: Underpowered
6. Bajaj Avenger Street 160
Conforming with the new BS6 norms, the Bajaj Avenger Street 160 now costs INR 94,893 ex-showroom. It is now powered by a fuel-injected, 160 cc engine which cranks out 15 PS @ 8,500 rpm and 13.7 Nm at 7,000 rpm, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Available in Ebony Black and Spice Red, the bike continues to offer a comfortable riding stance and a smooth engine which offers a good amount of low and mid-range performance.
- Bajaj Avenger Street 160 Price: INR 94,893
- Pros: Comfortable, Smooth low-end performance, efficient
- Cons: Dated
7. Suzuki Intruder
Another cruiser-style motorcycle in this segment, the Suzuki Intruder is fitted with a BS6 compliant all aluminium, 4 strokes, single-cylinder 154.9cc engine, which with all the new updates, produces less emission and provides a smoother riding experience without hindering performance. The engine now makes 13.6 PS at 8,000 rpm and 13.8 Nm at 6,000 rpm. Paired with a 5-speed gearbox, the motor’s BS4 version made 14.1 PS and 14 Nm of torque. The bike now tips the scales at 152 kilos and continues to feature unique styling which is inspired by the 1,800cc Intruder.
In terms of features, it features an LED headlight and taillight, a digital instrument cluster, a backrest for the pillion, twin-barrel exhaust, ABS and forward-set pegs for a relaxed riding position. Suzuki Intruder will be available in three colour options – Metallic Matte Black / Candy Sanoma Red, Glass Sparkle Black / Metallic Matte Titanium Silver and Metallic Matte Titanium Silver. The motorcycle retails at INR 1,20,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
- Suzuki Intruder Price: INR 1,20,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
- Pros: Smooth engine, comfortable riding position, efficient
- Cons: Styling, high price