Motorcycle companies continually engineer new beasts for long-distance and off-road travel. Endurance, fuel economy, design and displacement are key factors when choosing bikes for long rides. We’ve curated a list of the best motorcycles to choose for your long-distance trips to explore the beautiful country and beyond.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Available in 3 variants, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is a motorcycle targeted at off-road travel. It is one of the most affordable bikes developed by Royal Enfield in the touring and adventure sector. The Himalayan has notable merits like high ground clearance, a powerful single-cylinder engine, displacement of 411 cc, switchable ABS and anti-locking braking system.
- Weight: 199 kg
- Mileage: 30 kmpl
- Max torque: 32Nm at 4500 rpm
- Price: Rs. 1.91 lakh (approx.)
KTM 390 Duke
One of the best bikes for long ridesis the aggressive and efficient KTM 390 Duke, sold in ceramic white and silver metallic variants. Weighing only 167 kg, it is one of the lightest long-distance thrill bikes packed with a compact and powerful engine and advanced riding features. There is a colour-TFT screen which connects via Bluetooth to the rider’s phone. The bike sports a manual 6 speed gearbox.
- Weight: 167 kg
- Mileage: 25 kmpl
- Max torque: 37 Nm at 7000 rpm
- Price: Rs. 2.58 lakh (approx.)
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Bajaj Dominar 400
Bajaj has assessed the Indian consumer market well and developed one of the most affordable commuter bikes, the Dominar 400. With a displacement of 373.3 cc, the bike sports a single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which is able to generate up to 35 Nm of power. The Bajaj Dominar features LED highlight as well as turn indicators which are useful for visibility during off-road travel. Other notable features include a twin-display setup and a slipper clutch.
- Weight: 187 kg
- Mileage: 32 kmpl
- Max Torque:35 Nm at 6500 rpm
- Price: Rs. 1.97 lakh (approx.)
Deliveries of this cruiser bike have recently begun in India. This powerful machine is equipped with a 343 cc, fuel-injected motor which is liquid-cooled. The rider experience is enhanced by optimised gear ratios, along with a double-cradle frame. There is standard ABS braking by front and rear disc brakes. The seat fashions a tail lamp right below it and the rear fender supports the indicators. The minimalistic design and bodywork, along with its strong engine and high fuel economy make it one of the best bikes for long distance travel.
- Weight: 175 kg
- Mileage: 30 kmpl
- Max Torque: 32. 74 Nm
- Price: Rs. 1.95 lakh (starting)
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The Mahindra Mojo 300 launched in 2019 is popular for its torque and refinement. While it is slightly on the bulkier side, this commuter bike is a brilliant touring machine with its 6 speed manual gearbox, wide comfortable seat, anti-locking braking system and 294.72 cc engine.
- Weight: 186.2 kg
- Mileage: 30-35 kmpl
- Max Torque: 25.96 Nm at 6,000 rpm
- Price: Rs. 1.99 lakh (starting)
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