5 ideal touring bikes for long rides
Royal Enfield Himalayan
One of the most affordable touring motorcycles in India, the Royal Enfield Himalayan comes equipped with a rear rack along with multiple racks all around. Priced at Rs 2,14,501 – Rs 2,22,141 (both prices are ex-showroom), the bike features front telescopic suspension, rear monoshock and cradle frame split half duplex. In terms of features, the Royal Enfield Himalayan uses an analog instrument console and a Tripper digital display module. The Royal Enfield app built with Google Maps offers real-time directions. The motorcycle is powered by a 411cc air-cooled engine that generates a power of 24.3hp at 6500rpm and a torque of 32Nm at 4000-4500rpm.
bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise
Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise is an entry-level cruiser bike available at a starting price of Rs 1,37,805 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Featuring a cruiser design and low seat, the Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise uses an oil-cooled 220cc DTS-i fuel injected engine producing 19hp. Bajaj claims that the Avenger 220 Cruise offers a mileage of 40 kmpl. A single-channel ABS with front disc brake ensures safety for long journeys. Some of the bike’s highlights include a high windshield, low seat, wide handlebars and front footpegs.
KTM 390 Adventure
Available at a starting price of Rs 3,31,671 (ex-showroom), the KTM 390 Adventure is ideal for those who like to go on long journeys. The adventure bike features a lightweight trellis frame as well as a removable trellis subframe for luggage or a passenger. Using a liquid-cooled 373cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine, the touring bike generates a maximum power of 43hp and a maximum torque of 37Nm. Electronic equipment includes riding modes, traction control, ABS cornering and the Quickshifter+.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Featuring a vintage design, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is a retro roadster with a flat bench seat, stripes, minimalist side panels and a classic fuel tank. The Interceptor 650 is powered by a 648cc oil-cooled SOHC 4-stroke parallel-twin engine that delivers 47hp at 7150rpm and 52Nm of torque at 5250rpm. The RE Interceptor 650 is equipped with dual channel ABS for rider safety. Additionally, the bike can be personalized using the Royal Enfield app. The price of the Interceptor 650 ranges from Rs 2.86 lakh to Rs 3.15 lakh (both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). The Interceptor may be the odd one out on this list since it’s not technically an adventure touring bike, however, given the performance and comfort it offers, it could very well long-distance tourism.
Suzuki V-Strom 650XT
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT is a mid-weight adventure touring motorcycle that is powered by a 645cc engine producing a peak power of 71hp and a maximum torque of 62Nm. The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT gives a mileage of 26.46 kmpl and is available at a price of Rs 7.46 lakh (ex-showroom).