TVS recently launched something very radical in the form of the Apache RTR 165RP. With an 18.9 horsepower, 165 cc engine with Showa forks and punchy graphics, the bike really stands out. However, it will be limited to just 200 units. In that case, if it is sold out by the time you make your purchase decision, here are your other options with prices comparable to the Apache RTR 165RP price tag of Rs 1.45 lakh.
Yamaha MT 15: Rs 1,46,900 to Rs 1,49,900
The Yamaha MT 15 delivers almost the same power and torque as the RTR 165 RP, even in its standard form. And then the presence of variable valve actuation technology means it revs high and free. Even the MT 15’s tight handling matches its engine performance, making it a fun bike to ride, especially in town and cornering.
Honda CB200X: Rs 1,44,500
If you want a touring bike or something similar, the Honda CB200X is a sympathetic offering. The 184.4.cc, air-cooled engine, which is the same as the Hornet 2.0, is smooth and quite punchy, ideal for your city rides and short weekend rides. With a slightly different handlebar, the ergonomics also feel more relaxed than with the Hornet.
Bajaj Pulsar F250: Rs 1.40,000
The Bajaj Pulsar F250 is in a way the modern version of the hugely popular Pulsar 220 F. It gets a similar semi-streamlined design, but in a more aggressive and sporty avatar. In addition, the bike’s 249cc, oil-cooled engine has decent torque with the performance figures of 24.1 hp and 21.5 Nm. The five-speed gearbox is accompanied by an auxiliary and slipper clutch.
Royal Enfield Bullet 350: Rs 1,38,726 to Rs 1,60,493
If you’re ready to consider something completely different from the Apache, a little more conventional and old-fashioned, Royal Enfield’s oldest Bullet 350 starts from Rs 1.39 lakh. It has a British vintage design with a round headlight, peanut-shaped fuel tank, wire wheels and many metal body panels. The bike’s 346cc engine doesn’t deliver high performance, but the ‘dug’ exhaust note is admired by many.
(All prices are ex showroom)