The premium mid-sized two-wheeler market in India has witnessed quite a stir with the launch of new and updated motorcycles. While some models have been racking up the sales, others are performance-packed ones capable of giving higher-displacement motorcycles a run for their money. That said, if you are looking for premium mid-sized motorcycles between Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh bracket, here are the best options for you to consider.
Royal Enfield Classic 350
This is a motorcycle that sells by the truckload and needs no introduction, really. The Classic 350 uses the origins of the original Bullet and combines it with modern retro styling. The Classic 350 is a handsome looking thumper even though it has been around for a while now. With several variants to choose from, buyers have the flexibility to select the variant that best suits their taste. The Classic 350 is a capable touring motorcycle, too, and has proven its mettle many times over. The 350cc fuel-injected motor is now BS6-compliant which makes it more refined with a crisper throttle response. It’s a motorcycle that you can commute on when needed and tour on as well, all while packing a lot of road presence anywhere you go.
Price: Rs 1.61 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)
If nostalgia is your thing, then the Jawa Standard is the motorcycle for you. Drawing inspiration from the Jawas of the yesteryear, the present-day Jawa aims to carry-forward the same legacy with modern machinery. Smooth flowing lines, generous use of chrome, spoke wheels and the twin-exhaust pipes are never boring to look at. The liquid-cooled 293cc stroker is coupled to a 6-speed ‘box and makes the Jawa an ideal motorcycle for all-day cruising. Read more about the Jawa, click here.
Price: Rs 1.71 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)
Royal Enfield Meteor 350
The newest member in the Royal Enfield family, the Meteor 350, is currently the talk of the town. It’s the successor to the Thunderbird, but rest assured, the Meteor 350 is an all-new motorcycle from the ground up. Sporting a double-cradle chassis and the new J-series 349cc motor, the Meteor is the first of the new era of Royal Enfields to hit the streets. Retro modern looks with modern tech features like smartphone connectivity, the Meteor 350 is the coolest Royal Enfield out there. Read our full review here.
Price: Rs 1.75 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)
Honda H’ness CB350
Targeted directly at the buyers of the Classic 350, the H’ness CB350 is the newest modern classic mid-sized motorcycle from Honda. Available in two variants, the H’ness CB350 draws its inspiration from the larger CB1100EX, sold in the international market. The H’ness CB350 follows a retro theme as far as looks are concerned featuring a round headlamp, curvy fuel tank, chopped fenders and chrome accents. As for the mechanicals, the motorcycle is up to speed with a modern 348cc air-cooled motor mated to a 5-speed ‘box with a slipper clutch. In addition to that, it also comes with Bluetooth connectivity, traction control, dual-channel ABS, LED lighting and a semi-digital instrument console.
Price: Rs 1.85 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)
BMW G 310 R
If cruisers are not your thing, but quality and premium are, then the G 310 R from BMW Motorrad is the one for you. It’s a fantastic motorcycle that loves to carve corners and is so refined that it makes you want to open the throttle at every opportunity you get. The cycle parts are of high quality, promising superior performance and the brakes are fantastic as well and stop the bike on a dime. Engineered by the Germans, manufactured in India, this bike is properly premium and available at a competitive price.
Price: Rs 2.45 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)
TVS Apache RR310
A flagship motorcycle is the best a manufacturer has to offer and that involves pooling in all the top features and tech to give the buyer the best possible ownership experience. And for a brand like TVS, who sure know their way around building motorcycles, the Apache RR310 is a testament of that. The latest edition of the RR310 has undergone substantial improvements that translate to lots of fun on the go. From grippy tyres to riding modes, ride data recording and telemetry to smartphone connectivity, the Apache RR310 has got it all. You can read our review here.
Price: Rs 2.48 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)
KTM 390 Duke
There is the thing called value for money, and the KTM 390 Duke is one bike that embodies that perfectly. Ever since it has been introduced in the market, no motorcycle in its segment has been able to match its performance and handling capabilities. And when KTM thought the 390 Duke was starting to look old, it brought in this razor-sharp looking streetfighter form that looks fantastic. Apart from the looks, the 390 Duke packs powerful LED lighting, bi-directional quickshifter, colour-TFT screen for instrumentation which is Bluetooth enabled. If speed and handling are what you want and have Rs 3 lakh to spare, look no further than the 390 Duke. Here’s our first ride story on the 390 Duke, click here.
Price: Rs 2.57 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)