When it comes to purchasing bikes, there are a few things that you may want to consider. For example, do you often head out on long road trips and if the answer is in the affirmative, then you need a bike that can take on the rough ‘wear and tear’ of long trips and yet provide you with a certain measure of comfort. The motorbike needs to come with the right engine displacement that would allow you to relax in your seat without the engine taking up too much space. It also needs to come with the requisite durability and resilience as well.
For example, the terrain may be different and the gradient may become steep – so the bike must be one that handles the same with ease. Just check out our top collection of bikes that you can use on your road trip as well as any long trip with ease.
#1 MAHINDRA MOJO XT300
The Mahindra Mojo XT300 is a touring motorcycle and it certainly looks that part with its 300 CC engine, its eyebrow styled DRLs along with the exposed tube frame. On the whole, it looks quite powerful, muscular and looks ready enough to handle anything that you can throw at it. The Mahindra Mojo XT300 comes with coaxially mounted swing arm renders a nice touch to the overall design. It is powered by a 295CC engine that comes with a single cylinder and one which is liquid cooled as well. It also comes with a power output of 26.8bhp as well as the torque of 30N.
Apart from this, it must be noted that the bike has a very powerful 295 cc engine. The engine has a liquid cooling system so there is no chance of overheating either. Apart from this, the top speed of the bike is 147 Kmph and the bike gives a mileage of 25 Kmpl. Mahindra Mojo XT300 comes only in one variant which is priced at Rs 1, 83,010.
#2 HONDA CBR 250R
The Honda CBR is a tourer, one that is built to perfection with its front fairing which is quite effective in protecting you from wind blasts. This is the bike that you may want to go for when heading out on long trips. The bike comes with a 249CC single cylinder, liquid cooled engine, which cranks out power at 26.1bhp and 22.9Nm of torque. The overall design is aerodynamic so as to reduce any drag on the vehicle.
This 249 cc engine in the bike is a liquid cooled engine and it is coupled to a 6 speed transmission to deliver the power when you need it. As per the information available, the top speed of the bike is around 135 Kmph and the road presence of Honda CBR 250R is quite prominent. The instrument cluster of the bike has analogue as well as digital display and lastly, Honda CBR 250 R is priced at Rs 1, 66,752 for the non-ABS version. The top variant of the bike which comes with ABS is priced at Rs 1, 96,275.
#3 ROYAL ENFIELD HIMALAYAN
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a tourer and one that has been specifically engineered to handle long road trips. It is designed to handle all the wear and tear of long road trips but was developed essentially as an all-purpose motorbike. It features a retro look with more than a few changes; it comes with comfortable seats, low saddle height, minimal styling complete with brackets and mounts. It also comes with an extra raised front fender, long travel front suspension, round headlamp, as well as LED taillights.
It comes with a 411CC single cylinder, oil cooled engine that’s mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. It comes with a power output of 24.5bhp and 32Nm of torque. The mileage of the bike is around 32 Kmph. Royal Enfield Himalayan has a digital instrument cluster which also has a digital compass as well as the gear indicator. All these features make it the Royal Enfield of the next generation. There are four variants available in Royal Enfield Himalayan and the base variant starts at Rs 1, 67,997 whereas the top variant costs Rs 1, 82,125.
#4 BAJAJ AVENGER CRUISE 220
The Bajaj Avenger Cruise comes with a complete chrome makeover; irrespective of whether you like the chrome excess or not, the fact is that this bike was specifically designed for long road trips and the ability to handle different terrain smoothly. The bike comes with a classic design which has not changed much during the last few product upgrades except for select changes. On the whole, the design is as good as it can get with a focus on reducing drag on the vehicle as well as to make you feel comfortable when riding your bike. Incidentally, the bike comes with 219.9 CC engine with a power output of 18.8bhp and a peak torque output of 17.5Nm. The bike comes with a top speed of 130 KMPH.
The long trips on Bajaj Avenger Cruise are very comfortable and one of the factors that contribute to it is the seating position. You can also opt for a backrest for the front passenger which makes it even more comfortable to ride the bike. The standard variant of the bike costs Rs 95,706 and the ABS variant costs Rs 1, 02,426.
#5 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T100
This motorbike is one for the books; it features a retro look that’s similar to motorbikes from the 1970S, but despite the way it looks, it features all the functionality that you would need and some. It comes with a flat seat as well as twin shock absorbers, which makes it plain that this motorbike is essentially a tourer and one designed for long road trips. It comes with a 900 CC twin cylinder engine, with the power output of 54bhp and a peak torque of 80Nm. The engine is mated to a 5 speed gearbox.
The engine in Triumph is a liquid cooled engine and the gearbox of the bike is also very smooth. This is the only bike in the list which has 2 cylinders and it is certainly a powerful beast. The bike has one standard variant costing Rs 8.87,400 and do not expect much in terms of mileage from the bike because of the engine capacity.
These are some of the top motorbikes in this category; most of them vary from each other in terms of functionality but have all been designed to handle the wear and tear of long road trips. So if you were looking for the right bike for a long trip, then you may want to review the various models posted above.