Bajaj Pulsar 150 has always been popular in India due to their affordable prices. And let’s not forget that motorcycles are very effective at navigating traffic and crossing congested lanes. With the outbreak of COVID-19 in India, there has been an increase in the demand for passenger motorcycles in the country. Due to the viral spread and the numerous blockades imposed in different states over and over again, people are no longer dependent on public transportation and gravitate towards cheap transportation. As a result, many people have purchased a commuter bike to help with their regular commute, while many others are planning to buy one. Now the sole purpose of commuter bikes is to get riders to their destination. But due to competition in this sector, two-wheelers attract customers by offering everyday bikes that perform reasonably well. So if you want a commuter bike with a budget of around 1 lakh rupees, here are the most powerful bikes you can consider. Let’s take a look at them.
1. Bajaj Pulsar 150
Performance specifications Bajaj Pulsar 150: 14 bhp, 13 Nm
Bajaj Pulsar 150 Price: Rs 98,000 to Rs 1.08 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)
Bajaj Pulsar 150 is the most powerful motorcycle at under 1 lakh rupees. It is powered by a 149.5cc BS6-compliant engine that generates 14 horsepower and 13 Nm of maximum torque. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Bajaj Pulsar 150 is offered in three variants: neon disc, standard and twin. While the difference between the Neon trim and the Standard is limited to different liveries, the dual disc trim gets a superior suspension setup. The Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon and Standard models have 31mm telescopic forks with a five-way adjustable Nitrox shock, while the dual-disc variant has 37mm telescopic forks. As the name suggests, the Bajaj Pulsar 150 dual-disc has front and rear disc brakes, while the other two models have front and rear disc brakes.
2. Honda Unicorn
Honda Unicorn performance specifications: 13 bhp, 14 Nm
Honda unicorn price:Rs. 97,356( Ex-Showroom, Delhi).
The Honda Unicorn is one of the best-selling Honda bikes in the country. It is powered by a 162.7 cc engine with 13 horsepower and 14 Nm of maximum torque. The bike is available with a five-speed gearbox. For added convenience, the Unicorn comes with tubeless tires, an analog instrument cluster with necessary readings, an engine shutoff switch, a maintenance-free battery, and front disc brakes with ABS. The motorcycle suspension setup includes telescopic forks with hydraulic monopod.
3. Bajaj Pulsar NS125
Performance Specifications Bajaj Pulsar NS125: 14 bhp, 13 Nm
Bajaj Pulsar NS125 Price: Rs.95,315 (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)
The next entry from Bajaj after the Bajaj Pulsar 150 is, Pulsar NS125 launched in India a few months ago and is the entry-level naked street fighter in the Bajaj Auto lineup. It gets an aggressive look derived from the NS160 motorcycle but uses the engine from the Pulsar 125. The NS125 is powered by a 124.45 cc air-cooled SOHC engine that produces 12 bhp and 11 Nm. This engine is available with a five-speed gearbox. Suspension duties on the bike are taken care of by telescopic forks with a Nitrox monoshock, while the braking hardware includes 240mm disc brakes with 130mm rear drum brakes combined with CBS (Combined Brake System). The Bajaj Pulsar NS125 is available with a semi-digital control unit that includes an analog tachometer and a digital display for readings such as speed, odometer, odometer, clock, etc.
4. Honda SP 125
Honda SP 125 performance numbers: 11 bhp, 11 Nm
Honda SP 125 price in India: Rs.77145 to Rs.81,441 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The Honda SP 125 was the first BS6 product for the two-wheeler manufacturer and came with 19 new technologies and patented features. It has an LED headlight and a fully digital control unit that provides essential readings such as speed, odometer, trip meter, ECO indicator, gear position indicator, fuel efficiency details, etc. It is powered by a 124 cc engine that generates 11 bhp, 11 Nm, and is mated to a five-speed transmission. The bike has drum brakes as standard, but customers can opt for front disc brakes, albeit at a higher price. The suspension setup on this riding bike includes telescopic forks with dual rear shocks.
5. Hero Glamour
Hero Glamour performance numbers: 11 bhp, 11 Nm
Hero Glamour price in India: Rs.73,200 to Rs.77,900 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The new generation of Hero Glamour provides improved handling (due to the new diamond frame) and increased ground clearance by 180 mm. It comes with features like a semi-digital instrument panel, Auto Sail technology that allows the bike to crawl in choppy traffic, and the i3S idle stop and start system for improved fuel efficiency. The new Hero Glamour is powered by a 125cc BS 6 compliant engine that generates 11 bhp and 11 Nm of torque. This engine uses a fuel injection system and is now mated to a new five-speed gearbox. The passenger bike suspension hardware includes telescopic forks with five-step adjustable shock absorbers. The bike comes standard with drum brakes, but customers have the option of 240mm front disc brakes.