Last few years India has witnessed tremendous success in the launch of 150 cc bikes. Indian bike market is flooded with some of the best bikes in the 150 cc segments manufactured by some of the best brands. Now the bikes in this segment have powerful engines and stunning looks to provide pleasurable riding experience to the bikers. One after another, the Indian bike market has marked the entry of some of the best 150 cc bikes. You will find bikes in this category from Bajaj and hero Honda. The recent addition is the new 150 cc Yamaha YZF R15. This 150 cc motorcycle segment in India is the stepping stone to the power-bike segment. Buyers in this segment are looking for appealing looks, refinement and power more than just a commuter. 150 cc bikes provide decent pick-up and speed without compromising on mileage. Read on for some of the best bikes in the segment of 150 cc category.
Top 5 150cc Bikes in India
Hero Honda Hunk
Hero Honda came up with this 150cc Hunk bike to give a competition to the Bajaj Pulsar and to counter the threat from the rising Apache RTR. It’s the Hero Honda Hunk 150cc version. The Hunk’s engine is the same as the CBZ X-Treme’s 4-stroke 150cc engine. Hunk’s engine is the same as the CBZ X-Treme’s 4-stroke 150cc engine which is capable of generating a power of 14.4 PS at 8,500rpm and 12.8 Nm of torque. Hunk’s 150cc engine produces tumble induction for efficient burning and a little more efficiency similar to that of a TVS CVTi engine. The technology is called by Hero Honda as advanced tumble flow induction (ATFI) that gives a balance of fuel efficiency and power. The bike has an Advanced Microprocessor Ignition System (AMI), and a tubular diamond type chassis. Talking about the looks, the bike has a sleek, compact build and sports tank shrouds. The Hunk also features an aggressive visor and muscular rear cowls and the tank offers a fine-knee recess. The Hunk too sports tripod instrumentation similar to Hero Honda’s Super Splendor and speedometer, fuel gauge and rpm meter are all analogue. Price: Rs 55,000 – Rs. 57,000
Hero Honda Achiever
From the world’s largest bike manufacturers, Honda Achiever though failed to grab the sales chart but yet doing well with its two in-house competitors four years down the line. It was launched in 2006 as Hero Honda’s only bike in this segment before the CBZ came back in 2007. Achiever shares its engine with the last generation Honda Unicorn, air-cooled 4-stroke engine with 149.1cc displacement. It produces 13.4 bhp and is equipped with a five-speed constant mesh gearbox. The other features of the Achiever includes well sculpted fuel tanks with cool knee indents, a multi-reflector headlight with a halogen lamp and a position lamp, uniquely designed muffler with heat shield, dual tone painted chain case, 5-spoke black colored cast wheels, attractive visor, chrome coated filler lead, single down tube, and five body colors. The tank, side panels, and the tailpiece are almost the same as the Hero Honda Ambition. However, the Achiever fails to provide the thrill and rush as expected from a 150cc bike. It clocks 0-60kmph in 5.63secs. It gives best on highways and not in traffic and has a top speed of 109 kmph. But Achiever’s flawless asset is its Honda power pack. Price: Rs 50,195 – Rs. 55,234.
TVS Apache RTR 160 Hyper Edge
TVS launched the face-lifted Apache RTR 160 Hyper Edge which was a cosmetic upgrade of the current model. It was skillfully designed to give a competition to the Pulsar and CBZ. The new Apache RTR has racing stripes along the length of the bike to give it a sporty appearance. The front faring and the side panels look aggressive and masculine. The changes that has been made to Apache includes new ‘Hyper Edge’ badge over the air scoops and new graphics over the front fender and fuel tank. TVS originally introduced a removable rear fender in the Apache 180 and this feature can now be found in the Hyper Edge too. The Apache RTR 160 Hyper Edge is powered by a 159.7 cc, 4-stroke, single cylinder engine that produces 15.2 bhp @ 8,500 rpm of peak power and 13.1 Nm @ 6000 rpm of peak torque. This engine is mated to a 5-speed gear box. Its new unique feature includes clip-on handlebars complete with nice looking alloy-finished levers and comfortable grips. The company claims that bike will reach a top speed of 120 kph and will deliver mileage of 42 kmpl in city and 52 kmpl in ideal driving conditions.
The stylish, innovative and stunning Yamaha FZ16 truly reflects the appealing look of a 150 cc segment bike. Every part of the bike is specially designed to give riders extra confidence at lower speeds. The first thing that comes to the notice is its tires that add to the boldness of the bike. The front tyre is of 100 mm, and produces impressive grip too. Yamaha FZ16 is powered by a 153cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC engine which generates maximum power of 14 bhp @ 7,500 rpm with maximum torque of 13.6 Nm @ 6,000 rpm. The 153 cc engine of this bike is designed for the urban commute. The mileage is not the highlight but is good. The bike covers the 0-60 kmph sprint in just 5.5 seconds. Available in two models FZ16 & FZ-S. FZ16 Yamaha FZ16 is priced at Rs. 67,000.
Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler
Honda entered the Indian motorcycle market with the Honda Unicorn. With its strong engine, sporty looks and pleasant performance the bike did well in Indian roads and proved to be the best in its 150 cc segment. Unicorn Dazzler is a premium and sportier version of the Unicorn and was launched with a price tag of Rs. 63,000 (ex-showroom) which is competitive and reasonable as well in the segment of 150 cc. The engine of the CB Unicorn Dazzler has been kept unchanged from the earlier Honda Unicorn rather updated to meet the emission norms. Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler’s engine is infused with a high torque characteristic which makes it one of the fuel-efficient bikes in its segment. The bike is based on a Unicorn Sport concept shown at the 2010 Auto Expo in New Delhi. Its features include well-executed tank scoops, side body panels, dual tone styling, new clear-lens tail lamp and a heat shield. Dazzler is neither too bulky nor too thin. The bike has been given special emphasis on its looks. The Dazzler is the first bike in Honda India’s 150cc category that has been installed with a semi- digital console. The assembly comprises of an analogue tachometer (which now redlines at 9,250 rpm from the 9,000 for the earlier model), regular information lights and a blue backlit digital speedometer, which displays speed in big bold letters, trip meter, clock and a fuel meter.