Top 5 Motorcycles In India Between 300cc-500cc, Sept. 2018
September 4, 2018
When it comes to “stepping up” to a higher capacity motorcycle then chances are you might be looking at your first 300cc-500cc motorcycle. Over the past few years, though, this segment of motorcycles has seen action unlike ever before with more and more manufacturers coming out with their own offerings. The segment has caught so much attention that global players like Harley-Davidson and Triumph (with Bajaj) have not only shown interest but also promised products in this segment in the coming years. And if you were looking to own one such bike right now and want a machine that offers great value for money, then there are several motorcycles to choose from in the Indian market. But worry not, we have decided to put together a list of top 5 motorcycles that have an engine capacity of 300-500cc, and cost less than INR 4 lakh, making these perhaps the perfect bike for you.
Keep in mind, though, that the list is in no particular order as the selected motorcycles serve different purposes to different kind of riders. With that out of the way, let’s get started.
Top 5 Motorcycles In India Between 300cc to 500cc – KTM RC 390
Well let’s be honest, fairings are cool. And if you want a full-faired motorcycle in this segment and price bracket, then chances are that you are looking for performance. And there’s no other motorcycle that does it better than the KTM RC 390. Not only does it look fantastic with the new, darker paint scheme, it also is your best bet for a track machine. The chassis, the suspension, the ride feedback, everything makes the rider want to take the corner faster while inducing more confidence every time the rider pushes their limit. All of this while not being as intimidating as a 600cc motorcycle and yet being capable of carrying similar corner speeds. So, if it is the on-track/cornering performance that you are after, you should not look past the KTM RC 390.
Top 5 Motorcycles In India Between 300cc to 500cc – TVS Apache RR 310
Oh, so the KTM RC 390 is a bit too much? Well, then you can consider the TVS Apache RR 310. It also has a full-fairing design and looks, if not better, then as good as the RC 390. At the heart of the RR 310 is an engine that TVS made in partnership with BMW and is also the culmination of TVS’s 35 years of racing experience. This makes it a great handling machine, something that TVS Apaches are known for, while also having enough grunt making it a good choice for track days as well. The differentiating factor, as compared to the RC 390, is that the RR 310 is not that track-focused and makes for a better for those who will be spending a lot of time on their bike commuting or going for long distance rides. And let’s not forget, those LED projector headlamps are sweet.
Top 5 Motorcycles In India Between 300cc to 500cc – BMW G 310 GS
And if full-faired motorcycles aren’t your thing at all, and you would perhaps prefer hitting the slush, mud and ruts, then you can consider going for an Adventure-Tourer design. The latest motorcycle to enter this segment is the BMW G 310 GS which replaces our recommendation of the Royal Enfield Himalayan. At the heart of the GS is the same engine, in the same state of tune as the TVS Apache RR 310 but the hardware that it comes along with makes all the difference. The motorcycle feels a lot more refined as a whole with better finishing and quality of materials used. And once you hit the road, the motorcycle has plush suspension making it great for highway rides and it can go on even when the road ends. It may not be a proper off-roader in stock condition, but minor upgrades and you have a very versatile and capable motorcycle in your garage.
Top 5 Motorcycles In India Between 300cc to 500cc – Bajaj Dominar 400
Okay, so you are not into track riding and are not into off-roading as well. What you want is a motorcycle that you can commute on daily and perhaps hit the highway occasionally as well. If that is the case, then the Bajaj Dominar 400 is pretty well equipped to handle that task. With an engine based on the KTM 390 Duke tuned for a much calmer riding experience, the Bajaj Dominar 400 is an easy-going motorcycle that is filled to the brim with features like a two-piece digital instrument cluster, optional Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and LED headlamps. The design of the motorcycle is also attractive and is the flagship Bajaj offering which is backed by a huge sales and service network spread throughout the country. Add to that the fact that there are several accessories available out there in the market which makes for a Dominar 400 which can be customized and fitted to your taste within a budget of Rs 4 lakh, and perhaps save you some money as compared to other motorcycles in this list as well.
Top 5 Motorcycles In India Between 300cc to 500cc – KTM 390 Duke
Well, if we have to go about a list like this then we cannot simply miss out on the KTM Duke 390. And there’s a good reason for that. The Street-naked motorcycle has the same heart as the KTM RC 390, which means great power and torque on offer, coupled with the advantage of it not being as committed as the RC 390 in terms of the riding posture. This makes the 390 Duke a sensible choice for longer duration of riding while still being a motorcycle that is capable of giving bigger bikes a run for their money on a race track. That’s not it, the 390 Duke also gets an all-digital instrument cluster which is perhaps one of the best units on offer with a budget of INR 10 lakh – and that’s a very big advantage. So it is a capable performance machine which can also be used for commuting and will always manage to bring a smile to your face whenever you twist the throttle.