India is one of the huge and fastest growing for automobiles. It ranks next to China. Indian customers prefer feature-packed bikes that will not only give a pleasurable ride but should also be value for money. To meet this ever-growing demand and the consumer behavior, Indian bike-making manufacturers have considerably focused on designing, developing and launching models pitted against adversaries in the 125cc bike segment. The bike models that fall in this category guarantee basic functionality of speed, performance and fuel efficiency all at an affordable cost making it top the priority list for those who are looking to buy a commuter bike for the first time.
Best 125cc bikes in India
Bajaj has incorporated new technology in its engine in the segment of 125 ccs. it is known as DTS-Si Digital Twin Spark –Swirl Induction which aims for greater fuel efficiency for its customers. After ceasing production of the Bajaj Platina 125 for a while, Bajaj re-launched the Platina 125 in the Indian market in September 2008 at a price tag of Rs 39,000. The naturally air-cooled 124.6cc engine is capable of generating 8.5PS of power. Other than its 100 cc version Platina has a 5-speed gearbox and a longer wheelbase and wider rear tyre along with the Swirl Induction technology. As per the company claims, the motorcycle delivers a mileage of more than 100 km per liter. By looks, it is similar to that of its predecessor. The design feature includes premium black shade matte finish alloy wheels, clear lens headlamp, matt finished black silencer with chrome finish foot rest. The price tag is Rs. 39,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).
Hero Honda Glamour
The glamor is a combination of high-end sporty bikes and lower end 100cc bikes. The 125cc ‘Quantum Core’ engine of the Hero Honda Glamour offers the biker a pleasurable biking experience. The look is quite appealing with sporty graphics on the sides and optimum overall size of the body. The grooves in the tank are blended even for a 6-footer to accommodate knees with comfort. The sides of the tails look as if adopted from the former Ambition 135. The fuel tank is larger compared to other bikes in its segment. The large tank also has greater storage capacity. Other features of the Glamour include tri-pod instrumental panel, a trendy muffler along with heat guard, a spacious storage box that is very user-friendly. Hero Honda Glamour depends on the Quantum Core air-cooled, four-stroke and single-cylinder engine with a displacement of 124.7 ccs. which delivers a maximum power of 6.72 KW @ 7000 rpm with low engine noise. It has four gears which can generate a speed of 120 kmph. Priced Rs. 45,800 it has a 10.35 Nm @ 4000 rpm torque.
Hero Honda Super Splendor
Honda Super Splendor is a 124.7cc bike which gives a smooth riding experience with great fuel efficiency. Its 4-stroke single cylinder engine generates a maximum power of 9 bhp @7000rpm. The bike fulfills the practical needs of the masses. It serves as an ideal bike for those who wish to upgrade from a 100cc bike at an affordable cost. Hero Honda Super Splendor 125cc comes with many welcome features. The dashboard has a fresh look along with the trip-meter and fuel-gauge as standard. Levers and grips are well-finished with completely revised switchgear. Side panels are also designed differently. A black silencer with a massive chrome heat shield is included. The bike is easy to handle, hassle-free and offers a comfortable ride with good mileage. Good suspension system really gives a good ride to the biker. The Super Splendor comes with a 3-year, 40,000 km warranty which is unique in Indian bike market. Price is Rs. 44,450.
Suzuki Slingshot is very much similar to Suzuki Zeus 125. Former carries various designs and styling elements from the Zeus 125. Slingshot has newly designed sturdy upswept frame construct with a longer swing arm coupled with a preload adjustable rear suspension and a race-inspired lightweight alloy along with sharp and edgy head-lamps. It has all new front fender design, convenient gear position indicator, BS carburetor with a Throttle Position Switch (TPS) and DC – CDI along with the Suzuki’s Pulsed-secondary AIR-injection (PAIR) system. Slingshot’s fascia has sharp, clear-cut clear lens halogen headlamp and the dashboard includes a tachometer, trip meter, fuel gauge and common indicators. Overall the bike has an appealing front look. Price is Rs. 45,911.
TVS Flame SR
TVS Flame SR from the TVS is one of the best-looking bikes in the segment of 125cc. it’s has a complete set of new and unique features. It has a stylish and aerodynamic look that makes it all the more attractive. The bike has a contemporary urban look centered on a black theme. Some of its features like the headlamp, front fender, rear view mirrors, body colored shock absorber springs and special engine cowl has a design similar to TVS Apache. A special triangular shape is given to the bike. other unique feature of TVS Flame SR include alloy wheels, disc brake at the front, electric start and handle bar weights to control vibrations. The 125cc Flame has several styling elements such as LCD digital speedometer, dual lens tail lamp, and a DeltaEdge exhaust. The bike is also is also technologically sophisticated, with a 3-valve 125cc engine and sports the India’s first three-valve CC VTi (controlled combustion variable timing intelligent) engine.
Honda Shine offers a little more than other 125 cc bikes in the segment. A chiseled fuel tank is a unique thing to notice along with well-designed knee recesses and a familiar Honda filler-cap in chrome. The bike has a four-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine which is termed as ‘Optimax’ and is a scaled down version of the Honda’s Unicorn power plant. Its power output is 10.3bhp at 7500rpm. The dashboard also has all basic features built into it. Fuel gauge with three indicators on the right and speedometer and odometer are on left side. Unlike the Unicorn, shine’s instruments are sedated. With Maximum torque 10.9, Nm @ 5500 rpm, the bike is priced Rs. 51,485.
Yamaha Gladiator has an attractive look with its engine guard and graphics. The bike can be a great choice for starters especially if pillion ride comfort is a concern. Gladiator has an ingenious sticker job, black alloys and the R1 inspired indicators. Moreover, it comes with a 5-speed tranny that gives it a good pick up and great mileage. The specialty is that the bike is a good blend for the highway as well as city riding conditions. The 123.7 cc engine produces an output of 11 bhp at 7500 rpm which is good in the segment of the 125cc bike.The specialty is that the bike is a good blend for the highway as well as city riding conditions. The 123.7 cc engine produces an output of 11 bhp at 7500 rpm which is good in the segment of a 125cc bike.
The specialty is that the bike is a good blend for the highway as well as city riding conditions. The 123.7 cc engine produces an output of 11 bhp at 7500 rpm which is good in the segment of a 125cc bike.
Basically another version of the Gladiator, Yamaha SS125 has a sleek design and sports the same 4 stroke, air cooled 124cc engine that is capable of producing 11PS of peak power at 7500rpm and 10.4Nm of max torque which comes at 6500 rpm. Yamaha SS125 has an aerodynamic, racy under the cowl, tachometer, lowered front cowl, light weight aluminum alloy wheels, and disc brake at the front.
Honda CBF Stunner
Honda CBF Stunner has an aesthetic appeal and stands apart with its chiseled looks. You can also call it mini –Karizma looks wise. The bright yellow color goes really well with the contrasting matte black handlebars. The Stunner comes with feature unique of its kind in the 125 segment which includes integrated front cowl, sporty split seats, wide tubeless tyres at the front and the rear for all variants and a sporty foot step holder. It produces 11bhp at 8000rpm and 11Nm of torque at 6500rpm. Honda claims the Stunner can achieve 60kmph from a standstill in 5.2 seconds which makes it the quickest bike in the 125cc segment motorcycles.
It produces 11bhp at 8000rpm and 11Nm of torque at 6500rpm. Honda claims the Stunner can achieve 60kmph from a standstill in 5.2 seconds which makes it the quickest bike in the 125cc segment motorcycles.