The ultimate bike buying guide under 300cc

The year 2017 has been a very busy year.

The 150cc to 400cc segment is flooding with new launches literally every other week.

And, India is finally catching up with the Euro IV standards a.k.a BS 4. All the existing BS 3 bikes have been pushed at never before discounts.

If you don’t know what is BS4:

     Bharat Stage 4

BS 4 compliant vehicles have two major changes. Auto Headlamp On (AHO), which means you can’t switch off headlamp manually.

The second one related to control of indirect emissions arising due to fuel evaporation.


Said that, for any consumer upgrading from 100 – 110cc category will find themselves moving to 150cc and from 150cc to 200 – 250cc category and so on.

If you are out looking to buy a motorcycle, it is obvious that it’s going to be a very difficult decision when every other bike is compelling to buy.

Here, we try our best to help you make a wise decision by listing and comparing the bikes categorically.

The newcomers

  1. Apache RTR 200 4V

With its stunning looks and superior build quality, it is a great choice for anyone looking to upgrade from 100-125-150cc segment. The bike offers best in class features and performance is at par with its rivals.

Apache RTR 200 4V
  1. Dominar 400

Too bored with your Royal enfield 350cc or your Duke 200? This one is exactly for you.

Bajaj Dominar 400
  1. FZ 25

Yamaha finally has a 250cc new comer to its already successful FZ lineup. Reliable. Japanese quality. First in class, it even has a real time fuel consumption indicator.

Yamaha FZ 25
  1. Bajaj Pulsar 200NS

What was a game changer for Bajaj, has been relaunched for 2017. It has a striking new graphics, a new engine cowl and a smoother engine.

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS 2017
  1. Bajaj Pulsar 200RS

It is very identical to the NS except that it has better aerodynamics and a fully faired body.

  1. KTM Duke 250 and 390

Adrenaline pumping insane performance. Orange beast. It has surreal looks, an advanced first in class TFT instrument console, ABS and finally a visible exhaust.

KTM Duke 390

Updated versions

  1. Gixxer 155 BS4
  2. Honda Hornet 160R BS4
Suzuki Gixxer BS4
Honda Hornet 160R

All time favourites

  1. Yamaha R15
  2. Honda CBR 150R and 250R (Discontinued now)

The Majestic

  1. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350
  2. RE Classic 350

Tried and tested

  1. TVS Apache RTR 160 and 180
  2. Hero Karizma 200
  3. Hero Xtreme 150


  1. TVS Akula 310
  2. BMW G310R

Special mentions

  1. Mahindra Mojo 300

A sports tourer from Mahindra with love it or hate it looks. Recommended for anyone looking to use it for long weekend rides.

Mahindra Mojo 300
  1. Benelli TNT 25

An Italian sports bike for enthusiastic daily riding. Great build quality, design and engine.

Benelli TNT 25
  1. Kawasaki Ninja 300

Signature green. Ultimate-in-class performance and looks. Racing oriented.

Kawasaki Ninja 300

So you got to know all the options available. Still confused? Find your bike from the easy self-explanatory colour coded chart.


How to use it?

Find whichever key factors you are most particular about.

Shortlist the right one for you by colour.

Thanks 🙂

P.S. This article is written keeping in mind the novice readers.




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