Adventure bikes for beginners are the new and upcoming trend in the riding world.Adventure bike are all-terrain motorcycles for riding on sand ,gravel ,damp and slush,broken and uprooted roads ,over water crossings , also ideal for city riding as well , due deep cracks and potholes on the roads through out the country.Such motorcycles are usually used for touring and riding long distances.A motorcycle falls in the adventure category if it has (a) high and wide stance (b) good ground clearance (c) high mounted exhaust and (d) ability to mount panniers and top box etc.
The following is a list of entry level adventure bikes for beginners .All bikes below are of 500 cc and under for riding enthusiasts to quench their thirst of touring.
Royal Enfield - Himalayan
The Himalayan is best in class adventure bike for beginners from the trustworthy seller Royal Enfield ,priced at just 1.80 lakhs (ex-showroom). The Himalayan is the most popular and bang for the buck bike on the list. The bike is available in three colors white ,blue and black in two variants ABS standard and ABS sleet . It is India’s first homegrown and most affordable adventure motorcycle. By the looks of it Royal Enfield has gone to great lengths to develop this motorcycle and it is a far cry from Royal Enfield’s usual crop of bikes.It is a worthy contender in the list of adventure bikes for beginners.
|Engine Displacement (CC):|
|Power (PS@rpm):||24.83 PS @ 6500 rpm|
|Mileage (ARAI) kmpl:||29 Kmpl|
|No Of Gears:||5 Speed|
Hero XPulse 200
The XPulse 200 is the base level adventure bike for beginners by Hero Motorcop .It is the newest and the cheapest bike on the list priced at Rs 97000(ex-showroom).The is also the least powered bike ,at an engine displacement of just 199.6cc . the bike is equipped with a single channel ABS system.it the most affordable ADV in India. True to its off-road credentials, it gets a long-travel suspension, high ground clearance and knobby tyres. the bike feels sturdy and well built even though its priced such reasonably.
|Engine Displacement (CC):||199.6 cc|
|Power (PS@rpm):||18.4 PS @ 8000 rpm|
|No Of Gears:||5 Speed|
|Fuel System:||Fuel Injection|
Kawasaki Versys-X 300
Designed to be the ideal travel partner, the Versys-X 300 is built for adventure .The Versys X 300 is the new and base model entry in the Kawasaki’s Versys series ,priced at 4.69 lakh(ex-showroom). The Versys X 300 is also a powerful bike on the list displacing 40 ps of power out of a 296cc engine. The versys is available only in one color green and only one variant as well and has Sporty and nimble handling thanks to a lightweight chassis and long-travel suspension. The versys is also equipped with ability to attach panniers and top box for long distance travel like all the other bikes on the list.
|Engine Displacement (CC):||296 cc|
40 PS @ 11500 rpm
|Top Speed (Km/h):||132 kmph|
|Torque (Nm@rpm):||25.7 Nm @ 10000 rpm|
BMW G 310 GS
The GS 310 is the new and base model entry in the BMW’s GS ‘s series ,priced at Rs 3.49 lakhs (ex-showroom).the GS 310 is a well built, robust and sturdy bike to take on those harsh conditions that the road offers.The GS 310 is available only in one variant and four colors silver ,red ,grey and black .The GS offers a smooth and a comfortable ride with the BMW level quality and assurance of a radical machine . The bike comes stock with dual channel ABS for that sudden need for braking under any circumstances.
|Engine Displacement (CC):||313 cc|
|Power (PS@rpm):||34 PS @ 9500 rpm|
|Torque (Nm@rpm):||28 Nm @ 7500 rpm|
|No Of Cylinders:||1|
Benelli TRK 502
Benelli TRK 502 is a very radical and mean looking bike with a beefy front and a wide stance . The bike is priced at 5.10 lakhs (ex-showroom) ,being the most expensive bike on the list.The bike displaces about 48 ps of power making it the most powerful as well on the list.The bike is available in two variants TRK 502 ABS and TRK 502 X which is priced at 55.50 lakhs(ex-showroom).A wide color choice of six colors is available to choose from. The pricing of the bike by Benelli is on the higher end of the spectrum making the TRK 502 a competitor with higher powered adventure bikes.
|Engine Displacement (CC):||500 cc|
|No Of Cylinders:||2|
|Torque (Nm@rpm):||45 Nm @ 5000 rpm|
|Power (PS@rpm):||47.58 PS @ 8500 rpm|
Upcoming Adventure Bikes for beginners
KTM 390 Adventure
KTM is expected to launch its first adventure bike ,the 390 adventure. Expected launch is October 2019 at Rs 3.00 lakh on wards. the bike shares its engine from RC 390 and Duke 390 from KTM as well.it is a stand alone competitor on the list and should give quite a competition to its above rivals.
Honda CB 500X
Honda is set to launch its CB 500X at Rs 5.00 lakh on wards by the end of the year.The CB 500 X is a decent from its liter class successor AFRICA TWIN and hope for the CB 500X to follow such great steps of its successor.