In this list of cheapest Adventure motorcycles in India, you will find motorcycles starting from around 1 Lakh all the way till Rs 3 Lakhs!
If you are one of those who have gotten over streetfighter motorcycles and just do not like racing machines with big bulky fairings and aggressive seating postures, there is a new segment you can hop onto – the Adventure Tourers. ADVs are fast gaining acceptance in the Indian market which is forcing more and more makers to pay heed – which will eventually result in higher number of offerings in the months to come.
ADVs can be of two kinds – off-road biased and road biased. If they are extremely off-road biased then they could be called as enduros. Nonetheless, if you are considering buying a motorcycle with high travel suspension for your in-city rides and long distance weekend excursions, here are FIVE of the most affordable ADVs in India at the moment.
Cheapest Adventure Motorcycles in India
Price – Rs 1.18 Lakh
After a really long wait, Hero MotoCorp pleased enthusiasts with a motorcycle that really ticked a lot of boxes. Xpulse 200 is a lightweight 200cc ADV which is your cheapest ticket to off-roads. On long open roads, its 18 PS engine feels underpowered but it makes up for the deficit on rougher terrains.
Its BS6 compliant version comes with an oil cooler and few other changes. In case you want more off-road worthiness, you can consider upgrading it with the company offered Rally Kit (here are its details and prices).
- Pros – Cheapest ADV, easy to ride, easy to maintain
- Cons – Underpowered, has reported few niggles
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Price – Rs 2.01 Lakh
The most controversial motorcycle in this list is an optimum between power and affordability. Though it does not come with a lot of gizmos and gadgets or a new-age engine, it still is one of the favorite motorcycles in this segment.
From a 410 cc long stroke engine, Himalayan produces about 25 PS of power and 32 Nm of torque. In its new update, the BS6 variant also gets switchable ABS along with a few other changes (which you can read here).
- Pros – More powerful than Xpulse, fairly easy to ride, decent balance of power and price
- Cons – Was extremely unreliable but new batches are better
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KTM 250 Adventure
Price – Rs 2.54 Lakh
The smaller sibling of 390 Adventure is a little under-rated but it, in its own right, is a nice package. It churns 30 PS of power and most of the traits of the 390.
- Pros – Powerful, feature loaded
- Cons – Frequent price hikes hurting its prospects
BMW G310 GS
Price – Rs 2.85 Lakh
The G310 GS BS6 got a big price reduction and it now is placed as an extremely competent rival against the KTM’s Adventure models. The German motorcycle made in India by TVS, is clearly the best looker in this segment and has some great mechanicals backing its prospects.
- Pros – Owning that premium BMW badge, looks
- Cons – Costlier parts
KTM 390 Adventure
Price – Rs 3.17 Lakh
The most fun-to-ride KTM’s 390 platform now also spawns a mid-capacity ADV. Though not a very good looker, the 390 ADV is a perfect balance of power and long distance touring.
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It produces 43 horses of power and 37 Nm of peak torque. The highlights are the extremely potent engine, upside down front forks, LED headlamps, Metzeler tyres, cornering ABS, off-road ABS, smartphone connectivity, traction control, etc.
- Pros – Powerful, feature loaded, probably the best your money can buy at this price
- Cons – Could have been more luring at under Rs 3 Lakh
*all prices mentioned on this page are ex-showroom Delhi
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So, if power is your major preference, the 390 Adventure is the most powerful out of the lot. If you are looking at a nice balance of power, capability and looks, BMW’ showroom is where you should head to. It your budget is around that 2 Lakhs mark, Himalayan is your only choice and if you are a poverty line biker or an IT professional (are they different? 😀 ), head to your nearest Hero showroom!