Indians love to ride a fully faired motorcycle. Be it the streamlined looks or the aerodynamic superiority, faired motorcycles are more fun to ride, especially for the enthusiasts. While the boy racer in us always wants to ride a fully faired motorcycle, the high initial purchase costs have kept many of from buying one. However, new manufacturing process and an increase in demand for fully faired motorcycles have helped make them affordable. Here is a list of 5 most affordable fully faired motorcycles which you can buy in India without burning a hole in your pocket. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
Hero Xtreme 200S – INR 98,400*
The recently launched Hero Xtreme 200S is the first model in our list of 5 most affordable fully faired motorcycles on sale in India. The latest product from Hero MotoCorp is nothing short of a masterstroke by the Munjals. Hero Motocorp utilised the existing platform of Xtreme 200R by slapping on a fairing and stiffening up the front suspension a bit. The powerplant is a 199.6cc single cylinder mill which uses a basic SOHC setup with 2-valves. Output stands at 18.4 PS and a17.1 Nm. While other 200cc motorcycles are all about performance with premium parts, Hero Xtreme 200S is all about democratising motorcycles which are not pure-bred commuters. So instead of a fancy slipper clutch and multiple spark plugs, what the Xtreme 200S gets are usable features. Say hello to an LED headlamp and digital instrumentation with smartphone connectivity for call/SMS alerts and navigation assist.
Braking duties are taken care of by discs at both ends. However, Hero’s first fully faired motorcycle since the Karizma ZMR gets only a single channel ABS. Colour options are limited only to 3 options. Besides that, India’s most affordable fully faired motorcycle is the amazing amount of support and service you can get from Hero’s large service network.
Suzuki Gixxer SF 150 – INR 1,09,870*
The next bike on our list of 5 most affordable fully faired motorcycles on sale in India is the 2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF 150. Suzuki India has made things fresh and happening with the introduction of Gixxer SF 250 inspired looks. For the increased pricing you get an LED headlamp, new instrumentation and a new LED tail lamp. The front suspension has been stiffened for improved cornering feel. However, this little fully faired motorcycle gets only two-colour options. The powerplant is the same 154.9cc air-cooled, SOHC mill which is doing duty in the naked Gixxer. The engine now produces a slightly reduced 14.1 PS of power. Suzuki Gixxer SF 150’s torque output though is unchanged at 14 Nm. The bike is now available only with fuel injection which brings it a step closer to meet the upcoming BS-VI norms.
Suzuki Gixxer SF 150 is a lightweight everyday motorcycle with a kerb weight of 146 kg. The gearbox is a 5-speed unit. Braking duties are taken care of by a single channel ABS. The most affordable fully faired motorcycle by Suzuki also gains new clip-ons instead of a handlebar setup. The best part about the bike is the ease of riding it offers. Right from the suspension setup to riding dynamics, the Gixxer SF is a gem to ride inside the city as well as on highways.
Bajaj Pulsar RS200 – INR 1,39,635*
If Hero is all about keeping the essentials and maintaining a low price point, Bajaj Auto wants you to ride new technology with a slightly higher yet value for money offering. Right from fuel injection, twin projector headlamps, triple spark plugs and liquid cooling, the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 has got it all. And boy, those curved, split LED tail lamps still stand out from the crowd.
The most powerful Pulsar yet is powered by a 199.5cc mill which traces its origins to the KTM Duke 200. In its present state of tune, the engine produces 24.5 PS of power and 18.6 Nm of torque. Anchoring the bike to a stop are discs at both ends. This includes a large 300mm unit with ABS upfront and a 230 mm unit in the rear. Add to that a company claimed a top speed of 140.8 kmph makes the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 a great crowd puller. The edgy looks are well accentuated by the 3 colour options while the big bike feel will leave you with an ear to ear grin.
Yamaha R15 v3.0 – INR 1,40,280*
The pinnacle of affordable performance is held by a fully faired motorcycle by the house of Yamaha. Yes, that’s the Yamaha R15 v3.0. The Indian edition of the R15 v3.0 was created by missing on a few parts like upside down forks, but it retains the VVA engine. Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) helps the R15 v3.0 deliver power across engine speeds.
Other features include LED headlamps, aluminium swingarm, slipper clutch and dual-channel ABS. The large R1 inspired instrumentation has big readouts and even gets a shift light. The high revving 155cc engine can produce 19.3 PS of power and 14.7 Nm of torque. Brakes include a 282 mm disc up front and a 220 mm disc in the rear. Dual channel ABS further adds to the safety net. This fully faired motorcycle has a kerb weight of just 142 kg and a high ground clearance of 170 mm. The only flaw in the recipe though is the small 11-litre fuel tank which will leave you looking for a petrol station sooner than the R15S.
KTM RC 125 – INR 1,47,000*
The last model in our list o 5 most affordable fully faired motorcycles on sale in India is the KTM RC 125, which is the newest small capacity motorcycle by the Austrian bike maker in India. Positioned as an entry-level sports bike, the RC 125 uses the same powerplant which does duty in the Duke 125. Besides that, the KTM RC 125 uses the frame from the KTM RC 200. The new colour scheme adds new stars to the looks.
Powering the motorcycle is a 124.7cc liquid-cooled mill which uses a DOHC layout. The engine can produce 14.5 PS of power and 12 Nm of torque. The high revving engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Braking duties are taken care of by a 300 mm disc in the front wheel and a 230 mm unit in the rear. Suspension duties are administered by 43 mm inverted telescopic fork up front. The rear suspension is taken care of by a 10-step adjustable (for preload) monoshock unit in the rear.