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Best Bike In 200 cc - 250 cc segment

Decade ago Indian bike manufacturers introduced Hero Honda Karizma and Bajaj Pulsar 220F, the 200 cc segments bike into the Indian market. With an increase in motorcycle enthusiasts in the country, Austrian manufacturer with Bajaj Auto made the debut of Duke 200 in the domestic market.

Since then KTM and Bajaj introduced performance-oriented 200cc segment naked and fully faired to the Indian automobile market. Later many other competitors came in the picture. This turned the whole perspective of biking in India and almost got over the 150 cc segment.

Now in 2020, there are best 15 BS6 complained bike in 200-250 cc segment range and almost under 2 lakh rupees.  If you are thinking of one in your garage, its hell of confusion. So, grab a chair and relax, we’ll help you choose the best motorcycle depending on your type, performance, and budget.

Let’s get started, for more convenience lets categories them in three types,

Cruisers

Bajaj Avenger Street 220


The perfect old-school budget cruiser with typical cruiser look and little chrome. Relaxed sitting, low seat height semi-forward set footpegs, raised handlebars make it a proper cruiser. You can cruise for hours with oil-cooled 220 cc DTS-I single-cylinder engine.

Bajaj Avenger Cruiser 220


Take Street 220, give most of the parts a chrome treatment, add some touring essentials like huge windscreen, replace alloys with spoke rims. There is no mechanical update but gets fuel injection as per BS6 norms. With huge windshield, raised handlebar, and oil-cooler its perfect cruiser for all-day cruising. It even gets a full digital speedometer with the required information.

(Ex-showroom Pune - ₹ 115,456)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Oil cooled, Single Cylinder, DTS-I, Fuel Injection
Displacement
220 cc
Max Power
19.03 ps @ 8500 rpm
Max Torque
17.55 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Cooling System
Air & Oil-cooled
Gear Box
5 speed
Clutch
Wet, multi-plate
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
Tubular Double Cradle Type
Body Type
Cruiser
Front Suspension
Telescopic, with double anti-friction bush
Rear Suspension
5 way adjustable, Twin shock absorber
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height
2210 X 806 X 1321 mm
Fuel Tank
13 litres
Ground Clearance
169 mm
Wheel Base
1490 mm
Kerb Weight
163 kg
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch / 90/90 17 49P – tube
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch / 130/90 66P 17 – tube
Front Brake
Disc, 280 mm
Rear Brake
Drum, 130 mm
Electrical
Head Light
Projector lamp, 55/60 W
Tail Light
Halogen
Side Indicator
Halogen
Fuel Economy Indicator
No
Features
ABS
Single Channel

Sports 

Bajaj Pulsar 220F


At times known to be the fastest Indian, make no mistake the most affordable, quarter fairing, sexy styling and performance bike till now and even after. The motorcycle has made millions of fans and even let them dreamed to have one. Oil-cooled, single cylinder 220 cc DTS-i engine pumps out 21bhp which let you top 140 kmph. It was then a head turner and even now makes you smile.

(Ex-showroom Pune - ₹ 116,262)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Oil cooled, Single Cylinder, DTS-I, Fuel Injection
Displacement
220 cc
Max Power
20.4 ps @ 8500 rpm
Max Torque
18.55 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Cooling System
Air & Oil-cooled
Gear Box
5 speed
Clutch
Wet, multi-plate
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
Double Cradle, Down Tube
Body Type
Quarter Faired
Front Suspension
Telescopic, with anti-friction bush
Rear Suspension
5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height
2035 X 750 X 1165 mm
Fuel Tank
15 litres
Ground Clearance
165 mm
Wheel Base
1350 mm
Dry Weight
160 kg
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch / 90/90 17 – tubeless
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch / 120/80 17 – tubeless
Front Brake
Disc, 280 mm
Rear Brake
Disc, 230 mm
Electrical
Head Light
Projector lamp, 55 W
Tail Light
LED
Side Indicator
Halogen
Fuel Economy Indicator
No
Features
ABS
Single Channel

Bajaj Pulsar RS 200


Bajaj’s first and only fully-faired motorcycle, marked as fastest pulsar yet, it is designed to be compact sports bike. It is not aggressive as RC 200 but with the raised handlebar, you can commute, cruise and even lean around the corners without hesitation. Its muscular fairing blending with tank, dual projectors gives it a nice look which may be liked or hated as per your way of looking. It shares the engine from is older sibling NS200, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 200 cc DTS-I (Digital Triple Spark Ignition) max out 24 horses.

(Ex-showroom Pune - ₹ 143,750)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Liquid cooled, Single Cylinder, DTS-I, Fuel Injection
Displacement
199.5 cc
Max Power
24.5 ps @ 9750 rpm
Max Torque
18.7 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Cooling System
Liquid-cooled
Gear Box
6 speed
Clutch
Wet, multi-plate
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
Pressed steel perimeter beam section frame
Body Type
Fully Faired
Front Suspension
Telescopic, with anti-friction bush
Rear Suspension
Nitrox mono shock absorber with Canister
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height
1999 X 765 X 1114 mm
Fuel Tank
13 litres
Ground Clearance
157 mm
Wheel Base
1345 mm
Dry Weight
166 kg
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  100/80 17 52 P – tubeless
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  130/70 17 62 P – tubeless
Front Brake
Disc, 300 mm
Rear Brake
Disc, 230 mm
Electrical
Head Light
Dual Projector lamp, 55 W, 65 W (High)
Tail Light
LED
Side Indicator
LED
Fuel Economy Indicator
No
Features
ABS
Dual Channel
DTS-i
Digital Triple Spark Ignition, 4 Valve

 KTM RC 200


The most expensive bike in 200 cc segment, premium performance, first step into KTM’s Ready To Race philosophy. Is it worth the cost? Yes definitely, with premium WP up-side down forks, WP mono-shock at the rear, aluminum swingarm, and many more. With KTM’s liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 200 cc engine you can go flat on the race track.

(Ex-showroom Pune - ₹ 197,103)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Liquid cooled, Single Cylinder, Fuel Injection, BS VI
Displacement
199.5 cc
Max Power
26 ps @ 10000 rpm
Max Torque
19.5 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Cooling System
Liquid-cooled
Gear Box
6 speed
Clutch
Wet, multi-plate
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
Steel Trellis Frame
Body Type
Fully Faired
Front Suspension
WP UDS Ø 43 mm
Rear Suspension
WP Monoshock
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height
1978 X 688 X 1098 mm
Fuel Tank
9.5 litres
Ground Clearance
178.5 mm
Wheel Base
1340 mm
Dry Weight
154.3 kg
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  110/70 17 – tubeless
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  150/60 17  – tubeless
Front Brake
Disc, 300 mm
Rear Brake
Disc, 230 mm
Electrical
Head Light
Dual Projector lamp, 55 W, 65 W (High)
Tail Light
LED
Side Indicator
LED
Fuel Economy Indicator
No
Features
ABS
Dual Channel
Engine Head
DOHC, 4 Valve

Suzuki Gixxer 250 SF


From the makers of Hayabusa and GSX-R, the debut of Gixxer 155 and Gixxer SF 155 cc based on its bigger sibling GSX was made in 2014. In 2019, the quarter-liter oil-cooled, single-cylinder,250 cc Gixxer SF 250 was introduced. Built with legendary power and stunning design, packed with decent features dual-channel ABS and more at affordable price. And with just 1000 rupees more you can grab MotoGP Edition.

(Ex-showroom Pune - ₹ 172,191 std)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Oil cooled, Single Cylinder, Fuel Injection, BS VI
Displacement
249 cc
Max Power
26.5 ps @ 9300 rpm
Max Torque
22.2 Nm @ 7300 rpm
Cooling System
Air & Oil-cooled
Gear Box
6 speed
Clutch
Wet, multi-plate
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
-
Body Type
Fully Faired
Front Suspension
Telescopic, Coil Spring, Oil damped
Rear Suspension
Swing Arm type, monoshock
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height
2110 X 740 X 1035
Fuel Tank
12 litres
Ground Clearance
165 mm
Wheel Base
1345 mm
Dry Weight
161 kg
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  110/70R 17 M/C 54S– tubeless
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  150/60R 17 M/C 66S– tubeless
Front Brake
Disc, 300 mm
Rear Brake
Disc, 230 mm
Electrical
Head Light
LED
Tail Light
LED
Side Indicator
Halogen
Fuel Economy Indicator
No
Features
ABS
Dual Channel
Engine Head
SOCS – Suzuki Oil Cooling System

Naked

The naked motorcycle, the most preferred category of all, a huge number of options to choose from. The type which can let you commute, tour and even go through corners without any disappointment.

Bajaj Pulsar NS 200


Launched in 2012, been in the market for three years and again made come back in 2017. Still carries little old school features back from 2012 but still best in class performance and affordable in the segment. Borrows KTM’s 200 cc motor, offering liquid-cooled, single-cylinder with Digital Triple Spark Ignition.

(Ex-showroom Pune - ₹ 124,006)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Liquid cooled, Single Cylinder, DTS-I, Fuel Injection
Displacement
199.5 cc
Max Power
24.5 ps @ 9750 rpm
Max Torque
18.5 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Cooling System
Liquid-cooled
Gear Box
6 speed
Clutch
Wet, multi-plate
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
Pressed steel perimeter frame
Body Type
Naked
Front Suspension
Telescopic, with anti-friction bush
Rear Suspension
Nitrox mono shock absorber with Canister
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height
2017 X 804 X 1075 mm
Fuel Tank
12 litres
Ground Clearance
168 mm
Wheel Base
1363 mm
Dry Weight
156 kg
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  100/80 17 52 P – tubeless
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  130/70 17 62 P – tubeless
Front Brake
Disc, 300 mm
Rear Brake
Disc, 230 mm
Electrical
Head Light
H4 Blue TInge, 55 W, 65 W (High)
Tail Light
LED
Side Indicator
Halogen
Fuel Economy Indicator
No
Features
ABS
Single Channel
DTS-i
Digital Triple Spark Ignition, 4 Valve

KTM Duke 200


The change everyone was waiting for, must needed transformation back from 2012, now it is here. All new 2020 Duke 200 BS6 gets new transformation borrowing bodywork from bigger sibling Duke 250, more aggressive look, split frame, and dual-channel ABS. While with new skin, it is essentially the same motorcycle beneath powered by BS6 complained liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 200 cc motor, also no change to the underbelly exhaust might disappoint some fans. With all these changes you have to pay Rs. 10,496 more to take it home.

(Ex-showroom Pune - ₹ 172,911)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Liquid cooled, Single Cylinder, Fuel Injection, BS VI
Displacement
199.5 cc
Max Power
26 ps @ 10000 rpm
Max Torque
19.3 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Cooling System
Liquid-cooled
Gear Box
6 speed
Clutch
Wet, multi-plate
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
Split Steel Trellis Frame
Body Type
Naked
Front Suspension
WP UDS Ø 43 mm
Rear Suspension
WP Monoshock
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height
2050 X 730 X 810 mm
Fuel Tank
13.5 litres
Ground Clearance
170 mm
Wheel Base
1367 mm
Dry Weight
150.3 kg
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  110/70 17 – tubeless
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  150/60 17  – tubeless
Front Brake
Disc, 300 mm
Rear Brake
Disc, 230 mm
Electrical
Head Light
Halogen lamp, 55 W, 65 W (High)
Tail Light
LED
Side Indicator
LED
Fuel Economy Indicator
No
Features
ABS
Dual Channel
Engine Head
DOHC, 4 Valve

TVS Apache RTR 200


The 1st in class to offer RT Slipper clutch technology and dual-channel ABS with RLP (Rear-wheel lift-off protection) also pushes boundaries with the race telemetry enabled SmartXonnect – a system that provides essential race statistics and riding data. SmartXonnect features, call & SMS alert, crash alert, lean angle mode, low fuel warning and assist, turn by turn navigation, and race telemetry. Also you can record your own lap timings with just one i-switch. Engine remains the same as before oil-cooled, single-cylinder 4V, 200 cc motor. The whole lot of package comes with an unbelievable price tag.

(Ex-showroom Pune - ₹ 125,000)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Oil cooled, Single Cylinder, Fuel Injection, 4V BS VI
Displacement
249 cc
Max Power
20.5 ps @ 8500 rpm
Max Torque
16.8 Nm @ 7500 rpm
Cooling System
Air & Oil-cooled
Gear Box
5 speed
Clutch
Wet multi-plate, slipper clutch with 5 plate
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
Double Cradle Split Synchro Stiff Frame
Body Type
Naked
Front Suspension
Telescopic
Rear Suspension
Mono Tube, mono shock
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height
2050 X 790 X 1050
Fuel Tank
12 litres
Ground Clearance
180 mm
Wheel Base
1353 mm
Dry Weight
153 kg
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  90/90 17 M/C 49S– tubeless
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  130/70R 17 M/C 62S– tubeless
Front Brake
Disc, 270 mm
Rear Brake
Disc, 240 mm
Electrical
Head Light
LED
Tail Light
LED
Side Indicator
Halogen
Fuel Economy Indicator
Yes
Features
ABS
Dual Channel with RLP control
Clutch
Slipper Clutch
SmartXonnect

Yamaha FZ 25 / FZS 25



Along with previous FZ 25 Yamaha brings in the new variant FZS 25 with BS6 compliant engine. Both of them gets little cosmetics like new Bi-functional LED headlamps and DRLs, in additional FZS get some touring accessories like long visor, brush guard, and golden alloys. There is not any mechanical change, it is powered by the same oil-cooled, single-cylinder 250 cc engine. It also gets dual-channel ABS as standard.

(Estimated Price - ₹ 140,000)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Oil cooled, Single Cylinder, Fuel Injection, BS VI
Displacement
249 cc
Max Power
20.8 PS @ 8000 rpm
Max Torque
20.1 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Cooling System
Air & Oil-cooled
Gear Box
5 speed
Clutch
Wet multi-disc
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
Diamond
Body Type
Naked
Front Suspension
Telescopic
Rear Suspension
Mono shock, 7 step adjustable
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height (FZS 25)
                                               (FZ 25)
2015 X 820 X 1105
2015 X 775 X 1075
Fuel Tank
14 litres
Ground Clearance
160 mm
Wheel Base
1360 mm
Kerb Weight
154 kg, 153 kg (FZ 25)
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  100/80 17 M/C 52P– tubeless
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  140/70 17 M/C 66S– tubeless
Front Brake
Disc, 282 mm
Rear Brake
Disc, 220 mm
Electrical
Head Light
LED
Tail Light
LED
Side Indicator
Halogen
Fuel Economy Indicator
Yes
Features
ABS
Dual Channel

Suzuki Gixxer 250


Although late to the party, quarter-liter naked competing FZ 25, which is based on smaller Gixxer 155 with little cosmetics and hardware to carry the same mill as of 250 SF. Oil-cooled, single-cylinder, 250 cc motor pumps 25 bhp power has some real juice.

(Ex-showroom Pune - ₹ 189,532)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Oil cooled, Single Cylinder, Fuel Injection, BS VI
Displacement
249 cc
Max Power
26.1 ps @ 9300 rpm
Max Torque
22.2 Nm @ 7300 rpm
Cooling System
Air & Oil-cooled
Gear Box
6 speed
Clutch
Wet, multi-plate
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
-
Body Type
Naked
Front Suspension
Telescopic, Coil Spring, Oil damped
Rear Suspension
Swing Arm type, monoshock
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height
2010 X 805 X 1035
Fuel Tank
12 litres
Ground Clearance
165 mm
Wheel Base
1340 mm
Dry Weight
156 kg
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  110/70R 17 M/C 54S– tubeless
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  150/60R 17 M/C 66S– tubeless
Front Brake
Disc, 300 mm
Rear Brake
Disc, 230 mm
Electrical
Head Light
LED
Tail Light
LED
Side Indicator
Halogen
Fuel Economy Indicator
No
Features
ABS
Dual Channel
Engine Head
SOCS – Suzuki Oil Cooling System

KTM Duke 250


The most expensive and powerful street fighter in the quarter-liter segment, which crosses the mark of 2 lakh rupees. It offers a great balance of performance and fuel efficiency in the KTM family. It offers most power in the segment, 29.5 bhp powered by liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 250 cc motor. The engine is linked to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. Gets new paint job and price hike of Rs. 3,328.

(Ex-showroom Pune - ₹ 200,000)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Liquid cooled, Single Cylinder, Fuel Injection, BS VI
Displacement
248.8 cc
Max Power
30 ps @ 10000 rpm
Max Torque
24 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Cooling System
Liquid-cooled
Gear Box
6 speed
Clutch
PASC antihopping clutch
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
Steel Trellis Frame, Powder Coated
Body Type
Naked
Front Suspension
WP APEX Ø 43 mm
Rear Suspension
WP APEX Monoshock
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height
-
Fuel Tank
13.4 litres
Ground Clearance
185 mm
Wheel Base
1357 mm
Dry Weight
161.9 kg
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  110/70 17 – tubeless
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  150/60 17  – tubeless
Front Brake
4-piston radial fixed calliper, Disc, 300 mm
Rear Brake
Disc, 230 mm
Electrical
Head Light
Halogen lamp, 55 W, 65 W (High)
Tail Light
LED
Side Indicator
LED
Fuel Economy Indicator
No
Features
ABS
Dual Channel
Engine Head
DOHC, 4 Valve
Clutch
Slipper Clutch

Bajaj Dominar 250


The Bajaj Auto has finally launched most awaited Dominar 400 smaller sibling. It borrows bodywork with little downgrade from Dominar 400 and engine based on Duke 250 platform, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 250 cc produces 27 ps of power, paired with a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. It also gets dual-channel ABS and USD forks. No mistake, Dominar 400 is the best and affordable sport tourer in its segment, so does the Dominar 250 will keep the pace.

(Ex-showroom Pune - ₹ 160,000)


Engine & Transmission
Engine
Liquid cooled, Single Cylinder, 4V DOHC, Fuel Injection
Displacement
248.77 cc
Max Power
27 ps @ 9750 rpm
Max Torque
23.5 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Cooling System
Liquid-cooled
Gear Box
6 speed
Clutch
Wet, multi-plate with ANS
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis
Beam Type Perimeter Frame
Body Type
Naked
Front Suspension
Telescopic, USD forks, 37mm
Rear Suspension
Multi Step adjustable Mono shock with Nitrox
Dimension & Capacity
Length X Width X Height
2156 X 836 X 1112 mm
Fuel Tank
13 litres
Ground Clearance
157 mm
Wheel Base
1453 mm
Dry Weight
180 kg
Tyres & Brakes
Front Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  100/80 17 52 P – tubeless
Rear Wheel / Tyre
17 inch  /  130/70 17 62 P – tubeless
Front Brake
Disc, 300 mm
Rear Brake
Disc, 230 mm
Electrical
Head Light
LED
Tail Light
LED
Side Indicator
LED
Fuel Economy Indicator
Yes
Features
ABS
Dual Channel
DTS-i
Digital Triple Spark Ignition, 4 Valve, DOHC
Clutch
Slipper Clutch

Husqvarna 250 Twins


The Husqvarna 250 Twins were showcased at India Bike Week 2019, and are launched by Bajaj Auto in Feb 2020 which will be sold at KTM outlets. These are powered by same engine liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 250 cc as that on Duke 250, also generates the same power of 29 ps. Both sit on steel trellis frame with USD forks and mono-shock from WP, aluminium cast wheels, and dual-channel ABS.

Both carries same hardware and almost same body but Svartpilen is based on scrambler platform with off-road and raised handlebar and Vitpilen is café racer based bike with clip-on handlebars.

Specifications for these twins are not out yet, there has been no review due to paramedic lockdown in our country. As soon as we get the specifications we'll update.

(Estimated Price - ₹ 185,000 - 190,000)

Now looking at the power figures and prices, let's find out which one suits you better. If you are a cruiser bike type person there are two options but with the same engine specifications. If you are a chrome lover, Avenger 220 cruiser will give you lots of it. Avenger street is bit urban kind, with alloy wheels and black paint finish. But still, you have an option from the naked type, as they can be a good cruiser too with some accessories on it. 

If you are looking for faired one with very low on budget there is always Pulsar 220F for you which won't disappoint you any time. But if you can push the budget boundaries higher you may have fight between Gixxer 250SF and RC200. But let's make it simple for you, if you are a track person or willing to get some track skill you definitely should pick RC200. If daily commuting and weekend drives make you happy hands down its 250SF. 

Now the more tough choice is for nakeds, Yamaha and KTM fans won't be confused coz there line ups are ready with updates, FZ 25 or all-new Duke 200. Well if you just got your driving license, Apache RTR200 will offer you dozens of features and technology. 

If you are looking for balanced power, fuel economy, and premium, also ready to break the FD, you should go for Duke 250. If you are not in much hurry and would like to make your road presence let Husqvarna Twins hit the showrooms. 

Last but not least, if you are in the middle budget or waited for bigger Dominar due to budget, Bajaj Auto has made you an option. 

So, here is what we'll suggest you in this segment. These all motorcycle are almost under 2 lakh rupees. But still in this price range, you have other options than 200-250 cc engines. We'll get back to you with those motorcycles, until then stay tuned to the High On Gasoline.

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