Top Bikes Under ₹ 10 Lakh
The Rs 10 lakh bracket is a psychological barrier for the superbike buyer in India. It’s also a price range which offers some bikes with impressive performance and stylish looks. Choosing one over the other is a difficult proposition for the buyer. We list out the top bikes under ₹ 10 lakh and what these bikes offer.
1. Ducati Monster 821
The Ducati Monster 821 follows traditional Ducati Monster styling with its muscular and bulky looks, an exposed trellis frame and a fat 17.5-litre fuel tank accentuating its all-muscle design. The talking point though is the 821.1cc Testastretta 11-degree L-twin which makes 112bhp at 9250rpm and peak torque of 89.2Nm at 7750rpm.
Ride-by-wire offers a choice of three different throttle maps – Urban, Touring and Sport. In Urban, power is restricted to 75bhp with the Ducati Traction Control at a most intrusive Level 6. Touring gets the full power but traction control is dialled low at Level 4. Sport offers full power with the least traction control and ABS intervention. Top speed is an estimated 225km/h although a lack of any wind protection doesn’t make it ideal for prolonged high speed cruising.
While the Monster 821 in red is priced just above ₹ 10 lakh, the Monster 821 Dark at ₹ 9.72 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) offers a stylish and muscular naked with the performance to live up to the Monster legacy. Of course, you just don’t get it in red. For those seeking to make a statement, and ownership to the Ducatisti club, the Monster 821 could be the perfect blend of performance and looks.
2. Ducati Scrambler
The Ducati Scrambler is a simple, neo-retro motorcycle, launched as a contemporary tribute to the original Ducati Scrambler of the 1960s. What is described as the post-heritage design of the Scrambler actually works quite well, combining modern elements with the simplicity of motorcycle design of the ’60s and ’70s.
Powered by an air-cooled, L-twin 803cc motor, the Scrambler makes 75bhp of power and peak torque of 68Nm. Throttle response is a bit snatchy and may take you by surprise, but overall performance is very entertaining and handling offers a feeling of intuitive confidence.
Perfect for city riding, and even the daily commute, at ₹ 6.62 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Scrambler offers a fun motorcycle but may not be the ideal bike for long distance touring, owing to lack of wind protection and a slightly stiff suspension.
3. Triumph Street Triple
Agile, fun, punchy and with an exhaust note and engine sound which is instantly likeable, the Triumph Street Triple is the performance seeker’s ideal toy. Offering the best of both worlds as a bike which can be used for riding in the city as well as carving the racetrack on weekends, the Street Triple offers a level of performance which is both entertaining and highly addictive.
Powered by a 675cc in-line triple engine, the Street Triple offers refined performance and smooth acceleration that is difficult to rival in its segment. Output is rated at 78bhp at just over 11,000rpm and 57.3Nm of peak torque kicking in at 8,375rpm. Priced at ₹ 7.91 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Street Triple offers the perfect blend of sporty performance and everyday practicality.