The premium 200 cc to 300 cc segment is one of the fastest-growing motorcycle segments in India. The year 2017 saw some of the very good products – sleek new launches and worthy upgrades – coming up in this segment.
From naked street fighters to full-faired entry-level sports bikes, here is a look at the top 5 premium bikes of 2017.
1. TVS Apache RR310
Apache 310R Photo: Official website
TVS Motor ended the year on a high by introducing the company’s first full-faired sports bike, the Apache RR 310. The bike shares its technology with the BMW G 310 R, and is developed at TVS' manufacturing facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. Unlike the BMW offering, the Apache RR 310 is fully faired and boasts a slightly higher top speed. The RR 310 uses a reverse-inclined 312 cc, single-cylinder engine that makes 33.5 bhp of power, and 27.3 Nm of peak torque matted with top-notch components. Priced at Rs 2.05 lakh (ex-showroom), the TVS Apache RR 310 is a brilliant performer in the entry-level sports bike segment.
2. Yamaha FZ25
Yamaha FZ25 Photo: Official website
Yamaha Motors finally launched the Yamaha FZ25, a 250 cc motorcycle extending the popular FZ series. Powered by a 249 cc, single-cylinder engine that makes 20 bhp of power and 20 Nm of peak torque, the bike is well built and has a great road presence. Priced at Rs 1.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Yamaha FZ25 offers a comfortable ride quality for daily commuting as well as for occasional trips.
3. KTM 250 Duke
KTM Duke 250 Photo: Official website
Earlier in 2017, KTM gave a pleasant surprise by introducing the KTM 250 Duke. With a design as stylish as its bigger siblings, the KTM 250 Duke is a slightly affordable alternative to the 390 Duke. The KTM 250 Duke has a 248.8 cc single-cylinder engine that makes 29.6 bhp of power and 24 Nm of peak torque, offering the best-in-class power-to-weight ratio, with a kerb weight of 161 kg. Priced at Rs 1.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the KTM 250 Duke is a very good option in the 250cc segment.
4. Benelli 302R
Benelli 302R Photo: Official website
DSK Benelli introduced the Benelli 302R, a full-faired version of the Benelli TNT 300. The bike is powered by the same 300 cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that makes 38 bhp of power and 26.5 Nm of peak torque. With a kerb weight of 198 kg, the parallel-twin engine needs high revs to extract good performance. With a hefty price tag of Rs 3.48 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), it isn’t an affordable entry-level sports bike, but its relaxed performance, exquisite ride quality and a superb exhaust note make the 302R an attractive proposition.
5. KTM 390 Duke
KTM Duke 390 Photo: Official website
KTM launched an all-new KTM 390 Duke in the first half of 2017, with a host of new features. The 2017 model gets a larger fuel tank, new LED headlight, a new sub-frame, a larger 320 mm front disc and Bosch dual-channel ABS brakes and an all-new TFT instrument panel, although the engine remains the same as the outgoing model. At Rs 2.29 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the new KTM 390 Duke is a good value-for-money performer in the market right now.