Here’re the best bikes for college students that look stylish, come with awesome features and perform excellently.
The milestone of 18 years of age is a crucial one for those who love motorcycles. It is at this age, when they are eligible to get a geared two-wheeler license in India. And in this duration, they do step into the crucial college life, and for that, they do need a motorcycle, which not only serves the purpose of commuting from home to college, but also is a mode of enhancing their style quotient.
Following is a list of 5 best bikes for college students available in India, which offer a great balance of form as well as function:
Bajaj Pulsar NS 125
The Bajaj Pulsar NS 125 is one motorcycle which is not just all show and no go – a prime requirement of college students. The entire design of the Pulsar 125 mimics that of its elder siblings like the NS 160 and NS200, which makes it look very premium and sporty.
Even the premium features like clip-on handlebars, part-digital instrument console with tachometer, split pillion grab rails, split seats and rear monoshock have been retained from the bigger NS models in the Pulsar NS 125. However, the skinnier tyres and front suspension signify that it is a lesser powerful and smaller NS motorcycle.
The engine powering the Bajaj Pulsar NS 125 is an all-new four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected, 124.45cc DTS-i engine. Coupled to a 5-speed gearbox, this engine pumps out a maximum power output of 12 PS and a maximum torque output of 11 Nm. Bajaj has priced the Pulsar NS 125 at Rs. 93,818 for the single variant in which it is available, thus making it the most premium 125cc motorcycle in its category. Certainly, it is one of the best bikes for college students in India under 1 lakh.
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
With the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, TVS has tried to lure the college students by offering the same level of styling as that of bigger RTR 200 4V, but with slightly toned down performance levels.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V shares its complete design on the lines of the bigger Apache RTR 200 4V. However, there are some distinguishing elements which set it apart from the bigger RTR 200 4V, such as a long single piece seat (instead of split seats), skinnier tyres, absence of clip-on handlebars, redesigned side body panels and no riding modes.
However, worry not, for the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is still a healthily equipped motorcycle for its segment, with features like a fully digital instrument console, full LED headlamp with daytime running LEDs, LED tail lamp, petal disc brakes at both ends and single-channel ABS.
Powering the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is a new generation four-stroke, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, fuel-injected, 159.7cc engine, which is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. This engine, here on the Apache RTR 160 4V, makes 17.6 PS of maximum power and 14.7 Nm of maximum torque.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V can be had in one of the two variants on offer – single disc (Rs. 1,08,565) and double disc (Rs. 1,11,165). You can consider the RTR 160 4V amongst the best bikes for college students under 1.5 lakh.
Hero Xtreme 200S
After a brief period of absence from the Indian two-wheeler market during the transition period from BS4 to BS6 emission norms, the Hero Xtreme 200S is back, though without any significant change in its package.
The Hero Xtreme 200S currently holds the title of the most affordable fully faired motorcycle in India, which is considered to be a big party trick among college students, for the road presence such bikes offer. With its streamlined fully-faired deign and contemporary features such as full LED headlamp, fully digital instrument console, disc brakes at both ends, split pillion grab rails and rear monoshock, the Hero Xtreme 200S offers a new generation feel to its riders.
The Hero Xtreme 200S sources its power from a four-stroke, single-cylinder, oil cooled, fuel injected, 199.6cc engine, the power and torque outputs of which are rated at 18.1 PS and 16.5 Nm respectively. The engine comes mated to a slick 5-speed gearbox.
The Hero Xtreme 200S is being offered in a single variant, which will set one back by Rs. 1,20,214. From a very trustworthy brand like Hero Motocorp, the Xtreme 200S is indeed one of the best bikes to buy for college students
For those who want a taste of international and premium design as well as premium machinery under the skin, the Yamaha MT-15 is a no-brainer. The naked version of the immensely popular YZF R15 has an equally attention-grabbing design, with a lean and tall stance giving it an athletic feel – a personality that perfectly suits college students. Definitely, the Yamaha MT-15 can be a stylish bike for college students and holds enough charm to attract the onlookers.
The Yamaha MT-15 gets some premium features onboard, such as an LED projector headlamp with daytime running LEDs, fully digital instrument console and LED tail lamp. The basic chassis under the skin, comprising of Deltabox frame and 140mm section rear tyre, have been shared with the YZF R15, which makes it a great motorcycle when it comes to riding dynamics.
Apart from the basic chassis, the Yamaha MT-15 shares its four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 155cc engine with its faired counterpart. Here on the MT-15, this engine breathes out 18.5 PS of maximum power and 13.9 Nm of maximum torque, and gets the same 6-speed gearbox from the YZF R15. Priced at Rs. 1,40,900 for the single variant in which it is offered, the Yamaha MT-15 surely is one premium motorcycle worthy to go for.
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The overall design and personality of the Suzuki Intruder might have polarized opinions for the way it looks. But one thing sure with the Suzuki Intruder is that it will command glances for its extrovert design while impressing its riders with its good qualities.
The Suzuki Intruder is one small capacity modern cruiser motorcycle with comfortable laid-back ergonomics and loud styling, which surely will make the college students fall in love with it. Apart from these, the Intruder is blessed with some premium features like projector headlamps, wide handlebar, rear monoshock, fully digital instrument console, LED tail lamp, 1-into-2 exhaust pipe and pillion seat backrest.
The Suzuki Intruder shares its four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected, 155cc engine with the other two 150cc offerings from Suzuki, the Gixxer and Gixxer SF. Coupled to a 6-speed gearbox, this engine makes 13.6 PS of maximum power and 13.8 Nm of maximum torque.