The two-wheeler industry in India is one of the largest in the world. People are turning to personal mobility as the pandemic situation improves, and two-wheelers are the most cost-effective option. Our finalists for the 'Bike of the Year' category ranges from different segments and price range, but they've all done a good job of making it onto the wish lists of many potential bike purchasers. It'll be interesting to see which of the following bikes takes home the top prize in our Bike of the Year competition. Lets have a look at the nominees of the Bike of the Year award of 91Wheels Auto Awards 2022.
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The nominees for this category include:
Bajaj Pulsar F250
Pulsar, India's own sports bike line, is among our nominees for the Bike of the Year. The Bajaj Pulsar F250 is the company's first motorcycle with a 250cc engine. This bike is a significant improvement over prior models while still preserving the original motorbike line's value offering. The fact that the new models are available in both faired and street-naked versions adds to the fun. The Bajaj Pulsar 250 appears to be more sophisticated and upscale than before. The projector lens headlamp with LED DRLs flanked on either side is a standout feature. The model features a curved fuel tank, split seats, and grip rails, as well as elevated clip-on handlebars, and a new exhaust muffler that is identical to that seen on the Dominar 400 and 250.
The CB200X is the motorcycle for anyone looking for a motorcycle that combines the benefits of an entry-level street naked with the versatility of an ADV. As a result, this new Honda bike has an ADV-inspired style and somewhat improved capabilities, making it an excellent alternative for individuals searching for a stylish bike with enough capabilities to handle mild off-roading and a comfortable ride for the interstate commute. The Honda CB200X is now marketed as a motorcycle that can be used for light off-roading. The Honda CB200X is powered by the same 184cc single-cylinder engine as the Hornet 2.0. At 8,500 rpm, its engine produces 17.03 bhp and 16.1Nm of max torque at 6,000 rpm. If you're looking for a low-cost ADV, this is it.
Honda CB 350 RS
Although the CB350RS is similar to the extremely successful CB350 H'ness, it effectively etches out a separate character with a lot of personalities thanks to the scrambler body style. It's a solid pick for people searching for a modern, attractive, and fun-to-ride bike that's also capable of racking up miles on long highway journeys. A round headlight, under-seat taillight, round rearview mirrors, Y-shaped alloy wheels, a skid plate, black smoked front, and rear fender, and a tall-set handlebar make it a perfect highway bike. In fact, in our opinion, the CB350 RS is one of the best-looking bikes set to be released in 2021. Now it's up to you to decide where this motorcycle fits into the race for Bike of the Year.
KTM RC 125
This small RC has all of the characteristics of its bigger siblings on the track, but with a softer power delivery that makes it ideal for short-distance trips. KTM has priced this competitively, hence it is a perfect bike for fully-faired bike lovers. It is one of the lightest fully-faired sports bikes in India. Apart from this, the KTM engine tuning and refinement give a nice touch to the riding performance of the bike and throttle response. The new KTM RC 125 comes with an LCD instrument cluster, which replaces the previous orange-backlit unit. While the suspension includes WP-sourced inverted forks up front and a mono-shock at the back. This is an excellent alternative for anyone looking for an entry-level sportbike on which to refine their performance riding talents.
KTM RC 200
Another RC on the list is the new KTM RC 200 which gets a significant upgrade over its smaller sibling, as it is faster and sharper in both straight lines and curves. Do you want to go on an enjoyable journey on the highways? You'll fall in love with this motorcycle if you take this. The RC200 has a superb aggressive appearance. It has a reputation for superb handling and performance. It's also a useful tool for anyone planning to upgrade to a middleweight sportbike in the future.
Royal Enfield Classic 350
This is the motorcycle that every retro bike enthusiast thinks of owning. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 has long been admired for its vintage appeal, to the point where it has become a classic in our market. With such high expectations, the new-generation vehicle had a lot of ground to cover, which it did well. The most recent version not only maintains the old design but also improves it in every way. The new Classic 350 has raised the bar significantly. It's lot more appealing now. The engine produces good performance while retaining its personality. It handles nicely and provides a pleasant riding experience.
TVS Raider 125
The 125cc motorcycle market is full of sensible, inexpensive, and fuel-efficient bikes, but consumers can finally choose a stylish, premium-looking, and feature-laden model with the arrival of the new TVS Raider 125. Overall, the Raider 125 redefined segment standards with its excellent package. For an entry-level bike, the TVS Raider 125 has a good design. The Raider 125's athletic design and feature-rich nature make it ideal for a market like India. A Bluetooth-enabled instrument cluster is also included.
Yamaha R15 V4
The Yamaha R15 has always been the go-to motorbike for everyone looking to improve their riding abilities, from performance junkies to beginners. The motorbike has gone through a few generation modifications in the more than a decade it has been on the market, which means it still makes a lot of sense as an entry-level sportbike. This time around, it has a lot of features, and the style is more aspirational than before, with styling influenced by the R7. The R15 now has a more tuned powertrain, and a slew of additional amenities including USDs, Bluetooth connectivity, a slipper clutch, and even traction control!
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