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A look at the most popular adventure tourer bikes on sale in the country

Adventure and Motorcycles are two words that have always been synonymous with each other. Adventure tourer bikes are in-built with specifications to handle off-road junkies, unpaved roads, and rocky paths thereby letting you enjoy your tour in any way. When it comes to choosing an adventure touring bike, it's quite a daunting task considering the number of options available in the country right now. Factors such as the riding style and the purpose of use should be taken into account while deciding upon the right motorcycle. Here we have listed the most popular adventure tourer bikes in India that will further help you to decide which bike will be the right choice for your needs. 


1. Hero XPulse 200


The BS6 Hero XPulse 200 is offered at a starting price of Rs 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom). In terms of design, the motorcycle features a full-LED headlamp, LED tail lamp, and hazard lights. It further comes with a full-digital instrument console which gets a gear position indicator, average speed, trip time, and Bluetooth connectivity. The bike pairs to the Hero RideGuide app and shows turn-by-turn navigation on the instrument console. The BS6 XPulse 200 is offered in a total of five color options namely White, Matte Green, Matte Grey, Sports Red, and Panther Black. Performance-wise, the Xpulse 200 draws its power from a 199.6 cc, oil-cooled, 4-strokes, 2-valve, single-cylinder, fuel-injection OHC engine that churns out 17.8 bhp power and 16.45 Nm peak torque. The motor is mated to a 5-speed constant mesh. In terms of the brake, the bike gets a front 276 mm petal disc with ABS and a 220 mm petal disc on the rear wheel. 


Hero XPulse 200

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs 1.18 lakh

Engine 

199.6 cc, oil-cooled, 4-strokes, 2-valve, single-cylinder, fuel-injection OHC

Power

17.8 bhp

Torque

16.45 Nm

Transmission

5-speed

Color Options 

White, Matte Green, Matte Grey, Sports Red, and Panther Black


2. Honda CB500X

The Honda CB500X has launched at a sticker price of Rs 6.87 lakh (ex-showroom). The adventure tourer is sold through Honda’s premium big bike dealerships – BigWing Topline & BigWing. Design-wise, it takes inspiration from the legendary Africa Twin. Upfront, the bike features a full-LED headlamp and a tall windscreen. The feature highlights include a negative display LCD meter, Honda Ignition Security System (HISS) theft-deterrent, and ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) technology. The bike is sold in a total of two color options - Grand Prix Red and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic. The 2021 CB500X is powered by a 471cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled motor. While being mated to a 6-speed gearbox with an assist/slipper clutch, the motor churns out 46.9 bhp power and 43.2 Nm peak torque. The braking duties are taken care of by a 310mm disc at the front and a 240mm drilled petal-style disc at the rear coupled with double-channel ABS.

Honda CB500X

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs 6.87 lakh

Engine 

471cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled

Power

46.9 bhp

Torque

43.2 Nm

Transmission

6-speed

Color Options 

Grand Prix Red, Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic


3. Royal Enfield Himalayan


Royal Enfield introduced the BS6 Himalayan at Rs 2.01 lakh (ex-showroom). Earlier this year, the BS6 Himalayan received three new color schemes - Mirage Silver, Pine Green, and Granite Black. The existing color options include Rock Red, Lake Blue, and Gravel Grey. Besides this, the 2021 model benefits from Royal Enfield’s tripper navigation system. It is further powered by Google Maps and works with the Royal Enfield smartphone application to give turn-by-turn directions. Design bits like halogen headlight, switchable ABS, and a hazard light switch have been retained from its predecessor. The adventure motorcycle is powered by a 411 cc, air-cooled, 4-strokes, 2-valve, single-cylinder, fuel injection SOHC engine. Being linked to a 5-speed constant mesh, it dishes out 24.3 bhp power and 32 Nm peak torque. The braking duties are handled by a 300mm disc upfront and a 220mm disc at the rear end. 


Royal Enfield Himalayan

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs 2.01 lakh

Engine 

411 cc, air-cooled, 4-strokes, 2-valve, single-cylinder, fuel injection SOHC

Power

24.3 bhp

Torque

32 Nm

Transmission

5-speed

Color Options 

Mirage Silver, Pine Green, Granite Black, Rock Red, Lake Blue, and Gravel Grey


4. Suzuki V-Strom 650XT


Suzuki launched the BS6 version of V-Strom 650XT at Rs 8.84 lakh (ex-showroom). Cosmetically, the bike retains the vertically stacked headlamp, a tall windscreen, beak-like front fairing, a knuckle guard, a LED tail lamp, a semi-digital instrument cluster, and tubeless tyre compatible wire-spoke wheels. Mechanically, it is powered by a 645cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine that generates a maximum power of 69 bhp and a peak torque of 62 Nm. The engine is further linked to a 6-speed constant mesh. Furthermore, the motorcycle is offered in two paint shades namely Champion Yellow and Pearl Glacier White. In terms of the brake, the BS6 V-Strom 650XT comes with twin rotors at the front and a single disc at the rear coupled with double channel ABS and a three-level traction control system.


Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs 8.84 lakh

Engine 

645cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine

Power

69 bhp

Torque

62 Nm

Transmission

6-speed 

Color Options 

Champion Yellow, Pearl Glacier White


5. KTM 250 Adventure


The KTM 250 Adventure features a distinctive KTM-style bodywork. Priced at Rs 2.54 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it gets an aggressive look that is inspired by the rally bikes. Design bits include a halogen headlight, LED DRL, LED indicators, LED tail-light, side-slung exhaust, split-style seat, and an engine cowl. Performance-wise, the bike is powered by a 248.8cc, 1-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine that churns out 29.5 bhp power and 24 Nm peak torque. The motor is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The quarter-litre adventure tourer rides on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear cast wheels. Along with front and rear disc brakes, it also gets an anti-locking braking system. Furthermore, it is offered in two color options - Orange and Black.


KTM 250 Adventure

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs 2.54 lakh

Engine 

248.8cc, 1-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled

Power

29.5 bhp

Torque

24 Nm

Transmission

6-speed 

Color Options 

Orange, Black



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