In recent times, the 150cc segment has in fact gone on to include bikes with slightly more displacement – from 150cc, 155cc and 160cc. Here’s a look at our pick of the top six 150 cc bikes in India.
The 150cc motorcycle segment is one of the most popular bike segments after the commuter class motorcycles. And within this segment, the premium 150cc motorcycles attract a lot of interest. In recent times, the 150cc segment has in fact gone on to include bikes with slightly more displacement – from 150cc, 155cc and 160cc – as several bikes in this list demonstrate.These are bikes which have stylish looks, decent fuel performance and good performance as well and cater to college-going youth and even young executives.
Here’s a look at our pick of the top five 150cc bikes in India
1. 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
This year, TVS launched the new-generation Apache RTR 160 4V, which takes the 150 cc – 160 cc game to the next level. The Apache RTR 160 gets its first significant upgrade, with new styling, new features and a new engine with four valves in the cylinder hence, the name 4V. The bike now gets a fresh new design, new body panels, attractive colour schemes and a completely new look and feel. The engine too has been thoroughly updated and it now makes 16.28 bhp at 8,000 rpm along with 14.8 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
2. Yamaha YZF R15 V3
3. Suzuki Gixxer
The Suzuki Gixxer is one of the most popular motorcycle models for the Japanese manufacturer in India. Sharp and distinctive design, impressive performance and handling make it one of the best 150-160cc motorcycles currently on sale in India.
The Gixxer’s styling is not ground-breaking, but the muscular, sculpted naked street looks work well, giving it a robust and solid appearance. The all-digital instrument console has a host of readouts, including a very handy gear position indicator, the only one in its class to have one.
The Suzuki Gixxer derives its name from the litre-class GSX1000R’s nickname, but this one is powered by a 155cc single-cylinder, air-cooled motor which belts out 14.5bhp power at 8000rpm and peak torque of 14Nm at 6000rpm. The engine is a refined unit and doesn’t strain itself or make any vibrations felt even when riding at high revs and high speeds. Top speed is around 115 kmph.
At Rs 76,165 (ex-showroom Delhi), the Suzuki Gixxer offers a very good value for money product. Overall real-world fuel efficiency is around 47-49kmpl.
4. Honda CB Hornet 160R
The Honda CB Hornet 160R is quite possibly one of the best looking premium 150-160cc bikes from Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India. Overall, the bike has got edgy styling with sharp creases all over.
Sharp tank shrouds leaning forward, which are part of the fuel tank than additional panels, a carbon fiber pattern cover on the top of the fuel tank, all digital speedometer, a stubby exhaust, a futuristic X-shaped LED taillight and fat tyres lend the Hornet 160R a sporty and premium look.
The engine is essentially the same unit of the CB Unicorn 160’s – a 163cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine which has been tuned to make 15.7bhp peak power at 8500rpm and 14.76Nm of torque. Ride quality is taut and handling is good too, but the Hornet is a tad heavy at 142kg and during spirited riding, the weight shows. Top speed is around 112kmph.
Brakes are high quality petal discs (for better heat dissipation and improved braking) and there’s the option of a Combined Braking System too, at a slight premium. At Rs 84,400 ex-showroom Delhi (for the CBS variant), the Honda CB Hornet 160R is an expensive proposition in this segment, but if you opt for single disc with rear drum brake, it’s available for Rs 79,900 (ex-showroom Delhi). In terms of fuel efficiency, the Honda CB Hornet 160R delivers average numbers of between 46-48kmpl.
5. Yamaha FZ-S FI V 2.0
The Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 2.0 is the latest variant of the popular FZ series, upgraded in 2014. The V 2.0 gets fuel injection with lesser power than the carburetted version, but it still is one of the largest selling bikes for Yamaha in India.
The Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0 borrows styling cues from its first generation sibling – with looks which, in a way, revolutionised the way premium 150cc bikes are designed nowadays. Sharp creases, muscle bike looks, borrowing heavily from litre-class naked streetfighter looks, the current Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0 still looks good, quite contemporary and well-proportioned.
In its second generation iteration, the Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0 goes under the scalpel, getting a sharper headlight, new instrument console and redesigned graphics. The fuel-injected 149cc engine makes 12.9bhp power and 13.6Nm of torque. On paper, the figures seem lower than the competition, but what the Yamaha makes up for is throttle response and smooth, linear power delivery, thanks to the fuel injection. Top speed is around 110kmph, but the Yamaha feels a little strained and not so spirited in higher revs.
Fuel consumption has improved over the first generation FZ series, and the Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0, on an average, returns between 42-44kmpl. At Rs 82,159 (ex-showroom Delhi), the Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0 isn’t exactly on the affordable spectrum of the price range, but what you get is a very good handling bike, refined engine and the Yamaha brand.
6.Suzuki Gixxer SF
Launched in India last year, the fully-faired premium bike from Suzuki is aimed squarely at young buyers. Based on the Gixxer naked bike, the SF version shares some of the key styling cues with its elder sibling like rear panels and the muscular fuel tank. The full-sized fairing on the other hand is more on the lines of the larger superbikes like GSX-R.
Suzuki has used the similar single downtube frame for SF version which is underpinned by the naked Gixxer and the same 154.9cc engine that powers the latter. Putting out maximum power of 14.6bhp and peak torque of 14Nm, the single cylinder engine comes mated to a conventional five-speed transmission.
Among various key features offered on the bike, LED tail lamps, aerodynamic fairing, clear lens indicators and digital instrument cluster are included. Available at Rs 87,344 (ex-showroom New Delhi), Gixxer SF is a lucrative option in the 150cc segment and delivers around 38-40kmpl which is decent enough.