In India, the adventure biking industry is quickly expanding as more riders opt for lifestyle vehicles rather than bikes that are mostly used for daily commuting. In India, there is a rising sector of customers who enjoy long trips and are not afraid to venture into unexplored territory. Then there’s the group of riders who prefer practical motorcycles that are well-suited to the Indian climate and road conditions. Customers in both of these segments have begun to gravitate toward adventure bikes, particularly adventure tourers, and automakers are progressively responding to their demands with new models. Take a look at the top five adventure motorcycles (including adventure tourers) that have been introduced in India this year.
1. Hero Xpulse 200
In India, the Hero Xpulse 200 launched the budget-friendly adventure bike class in 2019, and this year, the Xpulse 200 4V received a four-valve layout for enhanced power delivery and refined performance. The ADV is driven by a 199.6 cc oil-cooled single-cylinder engine that produces 19 bhp and 17 Nm of peak torque, compared to 18 bhp and 16 Nm on the Xpulse 200 2V. This engine is mated to a five-speed transmission, however, the gear ratios have been altered for improved performance. The Hero Xpulse 200 4V is priced at $128,150. (ex-showroom, Delhi).
2. Honda CB200X
The Honda CB200X is the Japanese brand’s entry-level adventure tourer, powered by a 184cc air-cooled engine with a five-speed transmission. This engine produces 17 horsepower and 16 Nm of peak torque. The front visor, under-cowl, semi-fairing, tank extensions, and upswept exhaust give the CB200X the appearance of an adventure-tourer bike. The low ground clearance of 167 mm, on the other hand, makes it an unsuitable motorcycle for rough terrain. The Honda CB200X will cost you $144,500. (ex-showroom, Delhi).
3. Royal Enfield Himalayan
This year, Royal Enfield introduced the upgraded Himalayan adventure bike, which features a revamped front rack, a new windscreen, a more cushioned seat, and a new plate on the rear carrier for safe luggage fastening. For turn-by-turn navigation, the ADV gets the Meteor 350’s Tripper navigation system. The Himalayan is powered by a 411 cc engine that produces 24 horsepower and 32 Nm of torque and is paired with a five-speed transmission. Switchable ABS is also available on the ADV for when you want the back wheel to slide. In India, the Himalayan starts at 2.11 lakh rupees (ex-showroom, Delhi).
4. Benelli TRK 251
Benelli’s latest addition to its India portfolio is TRK 251. Launched earlier this month at ₹2.51 lakh (ex-showroom), the TRK 251 is an adventure-tourer motorcycle powered by a 249 cc single-cylinder engine making 25 bhp and 21 Nm. This engine is offered in combination with a six-speed gearbox. The highlight of this bike is the USD suspensions setup with 41 mm diameter forks.
5. Triumph Tiger 850 Sport
The Triumph Tiger 850 Sport is powered by a liquid-cooled, 12-valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder 888 cc engine that produces 84 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 82 Nm of maximum torque at 6,500 rpm. The engine has multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection and is mated to a six-speed transmission. Angle-adjustable handlebars, an adjustable screen, adjustable seat height, and adjustable high-spec Marzocchi rear suspension are all included of this adventure tourer.