Touring is synonymous with freedom. The term is applicable to bikers. It is a Western biking subculture. In recent years, touring has become a national phenomenon in India. Touring means taking one’s two-wheeled vehicle, preferably a bike to far-off destinations. Often the road conditions would be tough. Hence, touring bikes need to be powerful, fuel-efficient and comfortable.
Bike brands in India offer quite a few long-distance touring bikes. KTM and Bajaj Auto are the two brands that offer the best touring bikes.
Some of them are mentioned in the sections below:
The Pulsar NS 200 is one of the best sports bikes under 2 lakhs that is also fit for long trips. It is a street bike that is offered by Bajaj at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 1, 71,388.
The bike is offered in a single trim. Bajaj offers 4 colour schemes for the bike. The engine on the bike is a 199.5 CC BS6 unit. The peak power and torque outputs of the engine are 24.13 bhp and 18.74 Nm.
The bike is offered with dual disc brakes but single-channel ABS. The fuel tank on the bike can hold 12 litres of petrol. The dry weight of the bike is 159.5 kg.
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The Austrian bike brand KTM is known for its street, compact sports and touring/all-terrain bikes. For India, the brand offers two all-terrain motorcycles. They are the Adventure 250 and Adventure 390. Both bikes entail premium price tags but bike finance options for them are readily available.
The KTM Adventure 250 comes with a price tag of Rs. 2, 87,945. The 248 CC engine of the bike is good enough to produce 29.5 bhp power and 24 Nm torque. The bike is offered by KTM with dual disc brakes and dual-channel ABS.
The KTM Adventure 390 on the other hand, is the powerful version of the Adventure range. The bike is offered by KTM with a price tag of Rs. 4, 01,442. The powerful 373.27 CC BS6 engine is tuned to produce 42.9 bhp power and 37 Nm torque. KTM also offers the bike with dual disc brakes and dual channel ABS. The dry weight of the bike is 171 KGs. The fuel tank on the bike can hold 13.4 litres of petrol.
Bajaj also offers two true-bred touring bikes. They are the Dominar 400 and the Dominar 250.
The Dominar 400 comes with a sticker price of Rs. 2, 73,949. It is designed to be a mean-looking street bike. The bike offers a butch road presence. Bajaj offers the bike in a single trim and two colours. An engine that is derived from the engine of the KTM 390 Duke powers this bike. The Dominar’s 373.3 CC, BS6-compliant engine is tuned to produce 39.42 bhp power and 35 Nm torque. The bike comes with dual disc brakes and dual-channel ABS.
The Dominar 250 is similar to the Dominar 400. The difference lies in the smaller, 250 CC engine and the sticker price of the bike. The bike entails the ex-showroom price of Rs. 2, 10,389. Bajaj offers the bike in a single trim and two colour options. The 248.8 CC, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6-compliant engine can produce 26.63 bhp power and 23.5 Nm torque. The bike is offered with dual disc brakes and dual-channel ABS.
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The Avenger Cruise 220 is meant for touring. A low-riding highway cruiser keeps the rider and their companion comfortable for long hours. This motorcycle is undoubtedly one of the best bikes for long rides. The reason is simple. The bike has a powerful engine that is designed for endurance. The bike’s low-slung seat, forward-swept footrests and rear-swept handlebar keep one away from fatigue.
The bike has a reasonable ex-showroom price tag of Rs. 1, 72,556. Bajaj offers the bike in a single trim and two colour options. The engine has a single-cylinder. Instead of a carburettor, the engine is paired with an electronic fuel injection system. The engine is also BS6-compliant and liquid-cooled.
The peak power and torque outputs of the engine are 18.4 bhp and 17.55 Nm respectively. The bike is offered with front disc and rear drum brakes. The front brake is paired with ABS. The rear brake is paired with Bajaj’s patented anti-skid system.
Note - Choosing the best touring bike could become an easy process when one test rides the bikes mentioned above.Apply for Loan Calculate Your EMI