BharathAutos 2016 Top Five Bikes list – that impressed the author

All through 2016, we kept you updated on the daily news in the Indian bike market. From first looks straight from the pavilions of the Auto Expo 2016 to the launches of some highly anticipated bikes and scooters such as the Bajaj V15, Aprilia SR 150 and the Triumph Bonneville Street Twin, we covered it all.

Among the entire launches in 2016, we give you the list of the five best bikes, while some of your opinions may differ, but we feel that the list below represents the most capable, or best value-for-money, two-wheeler’s in the country.

1.  Honda Navi


Honda’s little experiment Navi turned out into a market success, and has broken the traditional mindset of the Indian riders going right with the masses. This moped inspired design with motorcycle style riding is even the most economical Honda product in India. And, look no further if you want an eye catchy machine for city riding, Navi is the only option you’ve for now!

2.  Bajaj V15


It’s not only the metal from the retired Indian warship INS Vikrant that has landed the V15 is top five list, but a premium finish and design speaks clearly for itself. The unique features on the V15 is like something we have not seen before in any Bajaj bikes, like the easy to remove seat cowl, the allen key integrated into the bike key and the unique sound. But like all Bajaj offerings, the V15 has been priced aggressively making it a good value for money proposition.

3.  TVS Apache RTR 200


TVS Motors top-of-the-line Apache RTR 200 is the best production motorcycle from the Hosur-based bike manufacturer till date. Evolving from the RTR family, each gear shift is enough to make you give a broad smile. It has also overcome its engine vibration problems and engineered very well. The flagship TVS bike is a complete package in this segment, offered at an attractive price to help reach the Apache brand to greater heights.

4.  Royal Enfield Himalayan


Royal Enfield Himalayan is the first of its kind motorcycle of India, offering a full fledged off-roader with the ability to run over places where no roads exist.  The motorcycle specifically designed to tackle all-terrain is provided with a slim fuel tank, a suspension with up to 200mm of travel and on- and off-road tyres. The company has also provided a slew of aftermarket off-road accessories for the Himalayan that attracts touring enthusiasts. A Himalayan is good product to make the community grow.

5.  Kawasaki ZX-10R


Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R gets the best in class power to weight ratio and uses premium components like 43 mm USD forks, dual floating 330 mm front disc and switchable ABS. With linear, smooth, controlled power delivery and amazing mechanical grip, the most advanced traction control in class and a sophisticated ABS option this bike will give you security on the streets and huge thrills on the track. If you want to race, just take the lights off, and add a link pipe and race muffler. This is the next level for litre-class machines.

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