If you thought The Brunette Diaries was all about the ladies, think again. We’ve put together a group of hotties, and they’ll be touring the streets of India very soon. Now, they may not be a gathering of Victoria’s Secret’s finest fashion models, but they are smoking hot nonetheless! That’s right boys – we’re talking about India’s most awaited bikes of 2015.
Being a bike enthusiast amongst my peers, I often get asked the same question over and over again, “Bro, which bike do you think I should go for?” And I’ve always given them the same answer – It really boils down to your riding style. It’s about time that I help you brothers decide for yourselves as to which bike suits your personality the best.
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So without further ado, I give to you the best upcoming bikes of 2015…
1. Bajaj Pulsar 200 RS
At the top of the list we have the much awaited Bajaj Pulsar 200RS. This 200cc Sports bike is essentially a faired version of its predecessor, the Pulsar 200NS. The most advanced Pulsar yet, the new Bajaj Pulsar 200 RS is nothing less than a super-bike in terms of design. The detailed front houses projector lamps for clear night visibility and style, while the addition of LED day time running lights further accentuates its aggressive appeal. The small yet attractive exhaust adds to the 200 RS’ racing appeal. Suitably placed body cuts and curves add for a great finish and a very masculine design. Oh, and if you were wondering, the RS stands for ‘Race Sport’, Bajaj’s way of stating that this bike means business!
Why go for it?
- Very refined sporty design
- Competitive price tag at close to Rs. 1.2 lakhs
- Great performance with a max power output of 24.2bhp
- Good level of comfort for track though a little stiff for the streets
- Easy access to service centres, being a Bajaj product
- The ABS version will cost a bit more
- Riding position may not be suitable for touring as it is more track focused
- Being a Bajaj product can only mean sub-standard parts (as far as my personal experience goes)
2. KTM RC 390
The ‘Faired’ brother of the KTM 390 Duke, the KTM RC 390 is more of a track focused bike than its naked counterpart. The bike boasts of many striking features that make it a formidable competitor in the Indian sports bike market. Its stylish body panels – from tank to tail, sharp fairing, clip on handlebars and switches for an aggressive riding position and superior control – are only some of the many features this bike has to offer. The bike’s key feature that sets it apart from the 390 Duke would have to be the all new aerodynamic fairing that packs a pair of sporty twin-projector headlights. It also comes with a powder-coated, steel-made tubular space frame that makes it a very sturdy bike.
Why go for it?
- Great value for money
- Gives you a true sports bike feel
- Excellent cornering abilities, especially on track
- A very powerful engine that churns out a whopping 43bhp
- Aerodynamic design & ABS enable you to stay in control even at high speeds
- Not ideal for touring
- Very small pillion seat
- Wrists start to pain on long rides
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3. Hero HX250R
The Hero HX250R is a stunning new 250cc model by Hero, which is sure to give the Honda CBR250R, Pulsar 200 RS and KTM RC 200 a run for their money, due to its spectacular design, extraordinary power and astonishing performance figures at its price range. This 250cc sports bike has been designed and developed by the joint venture of Hero MotoCorp Limited and their partners in technology, Erik Buell Racing, Engines Engineering and Austrian company AVL. Being the new bike on the block, this baby comes packed with sports bike positioned handlebars and footrests, Fireblade-like styling, a stylish under-the-seat exhaust and an advanced multi-sensor Electronic fuel injection system that delivers optimal power and response.
Why go for it?
- Sporty design with under-the-seat exhaust
- A very reasonable price tag, expected to be 1.3 lacs
- Very efficient engine owing to its advanced Fuel Injection
- Feature packed with ABS, combined braking and lots of modern tech
- Exemplary power to weight ratio, 0-60km/h in just 2.7 seconds and weighs only 139kgs
- Controversial looks
- Uncomfortable pillion seat
- One of the lesser powered bikes in its class
- Not much known about real world performance
4. Yamaha R25
We believe in saving the best for last, and the Yamaha R25 is certainly a cut above the rest! Inspired from Valentino Rossi’s YZR-M1 MotoGP bike, the R25 is not just track focused, but also suitable for city riding thanks to its not-so-aggressive seating stance. The bike features a very refined 2-cylinder, DOHC engine mated to a six speed manual transmission and churns out an astonishing 35.5 bhp, the highest in its class! But it doesn’t stop there. The bike’s engine is a screamer that redlines at 14,000 RPM and is so refined, that you hardly feel any vibrations at all. The R25’s racing DNA means its cornering abilities are top notch, and its aerodynamic design keeps the bike well planted even at high speeds. In the words of Rossi himself, “This bike really packs a punch!”
Why go for it?
- Handles like a true sports bike
- Premium design and high quality build
- Best in class performance in the 250cc segment
- Great cornering and stability owing to its racing DNA
- Comfortable enough for daily use as a city commuter
- High pricing for a 250cc at an estimated 2.75 lacs
- Yamaha has postponed the launch date more than a few times
If you’re scouting the market for a sweet sports bike in the 200cc-390cc segment, the above 4 rides are definitely the crème de la crème. While the RC 390 is fast and track focused it isn’t all that comfortable for long rides. The R25 is the best of both worlds, albeit at a higher price tag. The 200 RS will be a sure shot favourite amongst the crowds as Bajaj has always offered feature packed bikes for a reasonable price. And finally, we have the underdog, the Hero HX250R. A lightweight competitor strategically priced to give the rest a run for their money. But does it have what it takes to beat the rest at performance? Maybe not.
We hope this breakdown of the best upcoming bikes of 2015 has to offer makes it easy for you to decide which one of these bad boys you wish to take home. Always remember to consider your riding style before making your choice. Where’s the fun in riding a bike that has an aggressive seating position if you only need it for daily commute, right?