There was once a time when India was head over heels with 100cc commuter bikes. But with changing times, it's the 150cc segment that has garnered increasing attention, especially from young buyers. And with the slightly higher displacement -- 155cc and 160cc -- offerings also being included in this category, there's much more for buyers to choose from.
Here are five of the most popular ones:
Yamaha FZ-S Version 2
This Yamaha, in its second iteration, has to be one of the most efficient 150cc commuters available in India today. Fantastic agility, a welcoming suspension and a peppy engine make for a great companion either for work or for a weekend spin.
At 13PS the engine might sound underpowered on paper, but it makes up for it with smooth throttling and higher fuel returns. So if you are looking for a complete package with typical Japanese looks, you know where to find them.
Bajaj Pulsar AS 150
It was the Pulsar range that proved to be Bajaj's magic wand over the youth of the country, ever since the 'Definitely Male' campaign. And with the Pulsar AS 150, this charm has only intensified.
Powered by an all-new 150cc four-valve motor which makes close to 17PS, the bike is supported by a rather street-oriented suspension. Dear thrill-seekers, look no further, this the 150cc bike of your dreams!
The Gixxer has helped Suzuki regain a place among India's best in this segment. Apart from its breezy handling and distinctly naked looks, the bike's USP lies in its cosy ergonomics.
Power is belted out by a 155cc motor that is good for around 14.7PS and 14Nm while top speeds rise up to 115kmph. No wonder the Gixxer already has a sizeable fan base in India.
Honda CB Hornet 160R
From its sharp styling to its X-shaped LED tail lamp, the Hornet simply can't be ignored. Along with the visual appeal is a 163cc pot that accelerates like a storm.
In all honesty, the bike is a premium attempt from Honda to stake a claim in this quickly growing segment of bikes after failing with the CB Dazzler and CB Trigger. And it seems like the Japanese manufacturer has got it right this time around.
Hero Xtreme Sports
When the CBZ was first unleashed in the country, it brought about a paradigm shift with a never-before seen blend of style and performance. Its followers, in various forms, haven't been able to replicate the original one's success.
However, the Xtreme Sports is a worthy continuation of the heritage with a peppy 150cc engine, updated looks and some much-needed new features.