Commuter bikes constitute a whopping 55% of all the two-wheelers sold in India. To call them the lifeblood of the Indian middle-class wouldn’t be an overstatement, for they are what mobilize our nation, allowing millions of people to commute and transport goods at an affordable cost.
We take a closer look at the top ten best-selling bikes in India, and see what makes them so popular.
10. Bajaj Discover 100
The Discover 100 may be an entry-level model, but comes with a long list of standard features. Apart from a fuel-sipping 100cc engine, it also gets a 5-speed transmission and an electric starter, all offered at an attractive price. If it’s mileage that you’re looking for, then this is the bike for you – the Discover 100 is officially rated to deliver an astounding 91 kmpl! This would mean a real-world figure of around 80 – 85 kmpl on average.
09. TVS Star City
The Star City is TVS’s mid-level offering in the 100cc commuter space. It is a compact and lightweight commuter motorcycle, which makes it easy to manoeuvre in traffic. It’s equipped with a fuel-efficient 110cc engine, which is a very reliable unit and offers good rideability. Along with that, it also comes with a set of nifty features such as a digital read out that displays the fuel gauge and odometer, an econometer to help riders save fuel, and a service-due indicator.
08. Bajaj Platina 100
The Platina has been one of the best-selling bikes in India for quite a long time, and for good reason. Its engine may be only a 100cc unit, but it is more powerful than its rivals. Furthermore, it is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox, which improves rideability and allows the engine to deliver high mileage. The Platina can also carry a good amount of load, while its compact size and low weight mean that it is exceptionally nimble to ride through traffic. This is why you can see the bike used as the delivery vehicle of choice by numerous eateries, couriers, and other services which need their items to reach customers on time.
07. Honda Dream Yuga
The first product of Honda’s Dream series of commuters in India, the Dream Yuga took its rivals by surprise, offering a powerful-yet-efficient 109cc engine, high-quality construction and stylish looks too boot. Most importantly, it was quite affordable too. It is also very comfortable, thanks to a seat that’s larger than most of its rivals’, making it a pleasurable bike to ride for extended durations.
06. Hero Glamour
The Hero Glamour is one of the best commuter motorcycles on sale in India. Like all commuters, it is also quite fuel efficient, but surprisingly, it is quick on its feet too. Its 125cc engine is very smooth, and develops quite a bit of torque at low revs, which allows it to accelerate quickly from a standstill. It comes with a wide range of features, such as alloy wheels, a digital-analog combo instrument cluster, electric start, and even a disc brake. It is also a very smart-looking bike, which is one of the reasons for its success.
05. Bajaj CT 100
Despite being launched less than 6 months back, the CT 100 has managed to claim a spot in the top 10 best-seller list. The bike is Bajaj’s competitor to take on the might of the HF Deluxe, and is currently one of the cheapest motorcycles on can buy in India. The CT100 is based on the Platina, and shares the same 100cc mill with it, and is touted to deliver a mileage of 89.5 kmpl, as tested by ARAI.
04. Honda CB Shine
If a 125cc bike can pip many other competitive 100cc bikes to take the fourth spot, it should be a really good one. The CB Shine is that bike. The top-selling 125cc motorcycle in India is a commuter par excellence. It is not only fuel-efficient, but it is also a zippy motorcycle to ride. It comes abound with many features such as tubeless tyres, alloy wheels, electric starter, and a disc brake. For those who want a powerful commuter, without compromising on refinement and fuel-efficiency.
03. Hero HF Deluxe
Third on the list is Hero’s evergreen entry-level product, the HF Deluxe. It is a barebones commuter motorcycle, and is powered by Hero’s proven 100cc engine, which is known to be exceptionally fuel-efficient and extremely reliable too. While it may not be straddled with numerous features or creature comforts, it is a rugged motorcycle, which means it can withstand a lot of abuse, and maintenance costs are quite low. A good option for those looking for a basic entry-level commuter.
02. Hero Passion Pro
In 2001, Hero introduced the Passion series bikes to bolster their already strong 100cc line-up. In the due course of time, it went on to become one of the top-selling bikes in the country.
While the Passion shares its engine with the Splendor, it is a better looking motorcycle, with a more attractive design. Compared to the Splendor’s dull looks, the Passion seems refreshingly elegant. This helped it to win over numerous consumers who wanted a fuel-efficient and reliable bike that also looked stylish to boot.
01. Hero Splendor Pro
It should come as no surprise that the Splendor tops the list as the biggest seller in this category. It is the bike that defined Hero MotoCorp, and in over 20 years of its production, more than 11 million units have found happy homes throughout the country. The secret for its success is a combination of factors – a simple and rugged design, a super-efficient engine, low cost of maintenance, and most importantly, Hero’s stellar dealership and service network.
Like its erstwhile stable-mate, the CD100, the Splendor too is a bike where you ‘fill it, shut it, and forget it’. Thanks to its excellent mileage figure, and a sufficiently large fuel tank, you could ride for at least 700 kms between fill-ups. This helped the bike put Hero Motocorp on the course to becoming India’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer.
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