SUVs are increasingly becoming the four-wheeler choice for new car buyers, but the adventure-touring motorcycle segment has not quite grown at the same rate. However, the combination of sub-par roads, and the sheer size of our great country, and the opportunities it offers the adventurous motorcycle rider has led to this segment of motorcycle slowly gaining traction. Here are the best motorcycles 2021 adventurous motorcycle enthusiasts can buy:
Hero Xpulse 200
This is the gateway drug to the adventure motorcycling segment in the Indian market. It is the most affordable adventure motorcycle available in the market by a large margin. If your plans include a lot of riding off-road, or if you simply want to learn to ride on dirt, this is your default choice today.
- Price: Rs 1.2 lakh
- Driveline:200cc oil-cooled single-cylinder, 17.8 bhp/16.45Nm, five-speed gearbox.
- Pros:Low purchase price and cost of maintenance, best for off-road situations.
- Cons: Low on features, cannot cruise comfortably beyond 80kph, the seat is too hard.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
If your plans involve riding extremely long distances over rough terrain, a Himalayan is in order. It seems a little pricey, at nearly twice the price of the Xpulse, but it does give you the ability to cruise at a steady 100kmph. The instrument cluster is a mix of old-school analog and digital, but it offers a much better navigation system than the Xpulse 200. The Himalayan has also become the model of choice for the Royal Enfield loyalists who make the compulsory pilgrimage to Leh.
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- Price:Rs 2 lakh onward
- Driveline:411cc oil-cooled single-cylinder, 24.3bhp/32Nm, five-speed gearbox.
- Pros: Chassis, suspension, and seat all great for their purpose; instrument cluster and nav system are good
- Cons: Power figure for the displacement, tank range
KTM 250 Adventure
KTM’s 390 Adventure is a solid model with a lot to offer, but KTM spied a gap in the price between the Himalayan and the BMW G 310 GS, and the 250 Adventure splits the two neatly. For the price, you get a decent number of features and the ability to cruise at more than 100kmph. Its component sharing with the Duke and RC models means that regular maintenance will be startlingly affordable as well.
- Price: Rs 2.5 lakh
- Driveline: 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder, 29.5bhp/24Nm, six-speed gearbox
- Pros:Great for long-distance touring, suspension, easy to maintain
- Cons: NA
BMW G 310 GS
This is an outright premium motorcycle that offers all that the premium badge on the tank stands for. It is priced halfway between the KTM 250 and 390 Adventures and competes in the same segment. Improvements for 2021 have made it a much better proposition to purchase, but you’ll get it mostly for the badge snobbery rather than value.
- Price: Rs 2.9 lakh
- Driveline: 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder, 33.5bhp/28Nm, six-speed gearbox
- Pros: Badge value, premium ownership experience
- Cons: Premium ownership experience has premium pricing, no switchable ABS, tank range
We’ve spent quite a lot of 2020 at home and not out of choice, so an adventure motorcycle can be a great way to make up for all the time spent cooped up in the house. A bike loan with the best two wheeler loan interest rates can help you go on to that much-awaited adventure motorcycle trip without any financial woes.