In the dynamic landscape of the Indian motorcycle market, where power and performance often come at a premium, finding a high-performance two-wheeler within a budget of under Rs 3 lakh can be a rewarding quest for motorcycle enthusiasts. While the popular KTM 390 Duke and Royal Enfield 650 twins have traditionally been synonymous with bang-for-buck motorcycling, their prices have now breached the Rs 3 lakh mark.
However, fret not, as we’ve curated a list of five exceptional motorcycles that not only offer substantial power but also come with a price tag under the Rs 3 lakh threshold. These bikes, each with its unique blend of features and capabilities, cater to the needs of riders who crave exhilarating rides without breaking the bank. Join us on this journey as we explore the top 5 most potent and budget-friendly motorcycles available in India.
5. 2024 KTM 250 Duke (31hp)
The 2024 KTM 250 Duke has received updates, aligning it with the Gen 3 390. It stands out as the most potent 250cc motorcycle in India. Notably, it introduces a segment-first feature – a bi-directional quickshifter. Priced at Rs 2.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the 250 Duke delivers 31hp (peak), although it’s heavier at 163kg compared to some of its competitors, leading to its fifth-place ranking. Keep an eye out for our comprehensive review coming on November 3.
4. Honda CB300R (31hp)
The Honda CB300R has often been overlooked but with its revised price tag of Rs 2.40 lakh, it now poses a more formidable challenge to its rivals. What sets it apart is its svelte kerb weight of 146kg, making it even lighter than the KTM 125 Duke. This results in a higher power-to-weight ratio of 212.33hp/tonne, outperforming the next bike on our list.
3. TVS Apache RTR 310 (35.6hp)
The TVS Apache RTR 310 houses a 312cc engine, now in its most powerful iteration, generating 35.6hp. Even the base variant of the Apache RTR 310 offers a rich set of features and comes at a competitive price of Rs 2.43 lakh. For a detailed look at the various features and optional packages, refer to the provided link.
2. Triumph Scrambler 400 X (40hp)
The Bajaj-Triumph partnership introduces the Scrambler 400 X, essentially a taller and more spacious variant of the Speed 400 with mild off-road capabilities. Priced at Rs 2.63 lakh, it represents remarkable value, being only about Rs 30,000 more expensive than the Speed 400.
1. KTM 390 Adventure X (43.5hp)
The KTM 390 Adventure X, priced at Rs 2.80 lakh, stands as the most affordable model in KTM’s 390 lineup. Although it employs the ‘older’ 373cc engine, not the latest 398cc version, it delivers an impressive 43.5hp and 37Nm of torque. While it lacks electronic rider aids and features a simpler LCD display instead of the more advanced TFT units found on other 390s, the 390 Adventure X excels in offering maximum power and capability within a budget of under Rs 3 lakh.