Here’s the list of motorcycles that are best suited for road trips and long-distance rides in India.
A road trip or long-distance ride becomes more fun when you are on a bike. What’s better is when you are riding a bike that is made specifically to serve this particular purpose and give you a performance that you would love to enjoy again and again. If you are planning to go on a road trip with friends on a bike then you must ride a bike that is best suited to cover long distances very easily and offer you a punchy performance along with utmost riding comforts. Here’s the list of India’s top motorcycles that you can consider buying if you’re a road trip lover or a long-distance commuter.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350
One of the most viable options in the cruiser segment in India is Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 which has a classic cruiser style. Launched in 2000, the bike was given a facelift in 2009 extensively by powering it with the new 346cc unit construction engine (UCE). The new model of Thunderbird 350 gets a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, round headlamp, cruiser handlebars, spoked wheels and forward-set foot controls that offer a comfortable position to the rider. Weighing only 192kg, the bike is easy to manage and provides better stability during the rides. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 produces 19.8bhp peak power and 28Nm of torque.
Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220
A great looking motorcycle with chrome treatment, Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 is a bike that instantly catches attention. Bajaj included chrome in almost everything such as headlamp housing, front shock absorber fork, crash guard, handlebar, fuel filler cap and its housing, Bajaj Avenger logo, speedometer housing, pillion rider backrest mounts and the entire exhaust. It might look too much of chrome but overall, it makes the bike look shiny and attractive. Powered by an air and oil-cooled, single-cylinder, 219.9cc engine with a maximum power output of 18.8bhp and a peak torque output of 17.5Nm, Bajaj Avenger Cruise accelerates from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds and can clock the top speed of around 130 kmph.
KTM 390 Duke
KTM 390 Duke comes powered by a 373.2cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine that can churn maximum power of 42.90bhp and peak torque of 37Nm at 7,000rpm. Its engine is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. The main highlight of this bike is its power-packed 373cc engine, which is highly refined and delivers an instant burst of power as soon as you twist the throttle. The motorcycle has the capability of reaching triple-digit speeds in no time; thanks to the short gear ratios. The tubular trellis frame of KTM Duke 390 helps in achieving superior handling and its performance is the big reason for its success in India. Loaded with features, it is a bike that a person who is in love with road trips would love to possess.
Mahindra Mojo XT300
Featuring twin-pod headlamp, eyebrow-shaped LED daytime running lights, analog tachometer and a digital display to relay all the vital information, Mahindra Mojo is a feature-loaded motorcycle. An impressive range of over 500 km comes from its 21-litre muscular fuel tank. The bike has twin exhaust pipes, providing a throaty exhaust note which perfectly complements the Mojo’s overall appearance. It is powered by a 295cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that produces maximum power of 26.8bhp @ 8,000rpm and peak torque of 30Nm @ 5,500rpm. The bike is not just perfect for long-distance rides but also for daily commuting. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox, throttle response is crisp and the motorcycle can accelerate at a brisk pace before topping out at 147km/h.
Bajaj Dominar 400
The bike doesn’t just build its reputation on performance but also on design and styling. To many it might look like the previous model, however, it does in-fact have lots of updates even in terms of styling. The LED headlamp is the same as before but the mirror stalks are brand new and features a unique design that will stand out in a crowd. The major difference that you will notice is the upside-down forks upfront. As far as the performance is concerned, 2019 Bajaj Dominar is powered by the same liquid-cooled, 373cc, single-cylinder engine as the previous model. However, the ECU has been upgraded and a new exhaust system has also been added. These changes have led the bike to become BS-VI emissions compliant.