5 best bikes under 3 lacs – Which one should you buy?

By | August 28, 2014

Ever dreamt of owning a super bike? Couple of years ago it might have been almost impossible, but now we find it difficult to choose one! Yes, that is the amount of choices that we are swarmed with now in the Indian market. We have cruisers, naked street fighters, fully faired mean looking machines and even classic-styled café racers. So here’s a list of top 5 best bikes under 3 lacs that you can buy in the market right now, to make your life more fun than ever.

best bikes under 3 lacs1. KTM 390 Duke

The first on the list is the KTM 390 Duke. It offers extra-ordinary performance for its price. This orange monster has got a single cylinder 373.2cc liquid cooled engine offering a tremendous output of 43 bhp@9500 rpm. Weighing at just 139 kgs (full dry), It is the FASTEST Indian on the roads. It handles like dream, along with the help of super sticky Metzeler tires and is available at a price tag of 1.87 lacs making it an even more irresistible machine. 

The 390 Duke offers excellent touring as well as track performances. It even returns around 35 kmpl on the highways, which is pretty good for a bike with such performance capabilities. With ABS as standard, this is one completely awesome package.


  • Extraordinary performance
  • Good looks, head turner
  • Value of money


  • Looks similar to duke 200
  • Small petrol tank (just 11 liters)
  • Not everyone likes the way it sounds

best bikes under 3 lacs - Inazuma

2. Suzuki inazuma

The Suzuki Inazuma has a 248cc twin cylinder liquid cooled 4-stroke engine with output power of 24.1 bhp. The Suzuki Inazuma isn’t an eye turner; the bike simply doesn’t look sporty and looks like it’s a bit outdated. The Inazuma is a relaxed bike to ride, offering smooth performance even in higher speeds. It is priced at 2.16 lacs making it one of the cheapest twin cylinders available.

The bike has mostly been a disaster for Suzuki, mainly because of the launch price of 3.1 lacs, which was just plain stupid. They sold about 3 units in the first month, and then went back to reduce the price, which is still a lot for such an ugly duckling.


  • Twin cylinder, very smooth
  • Good build quality
  • Twin exhausts look cool


  • Looks like a badly modified 100 cc commuter bike
  • Hellishly overpriced
  • Doesn’t do anything well, average performer in all areas

royal enfield continental gt3. Royal Enfield Continental GT

The continental GT is a blast from the past! It is the best looking, fastest, lightest, most powerful Royal Enfield ever made. Powering the café racer is a 535cc fuel injected, air-cooled engine that produces 29.1 bhp of power and 44 Nm of torque. With very little vibrations and good handling, it is very good package over all, at 1.85 lakhs.

For some people, the Continental GT is a stupid bike. It takes away the only good thing about Royal Enfield motorcycles – Comfort. It is not quick (going by the displacement), doesn’t handle too well, and weighs too much!


  • Beautiful looking machine
  • Good performance
  • Nice build quality


  • Single seat as standard, double seat looks ghastly
  • Clip-ons make the bike really hard to handle
  • Not a very comfortable ride for long trips

Honda CBR250R

4. Honda CBR250R

The Honda CBR 250r looks like a mini Fireblade, having a fully faired body. The 249cc motor produces 26 Bhp. It looks big and powerful. It has good ergonomics and offers a smooth ride. The 250R is not a fun bike to ride as it doesn’t accelerate hard, but it’s an amazing tourer with very less windblast.

The CBR250R was one of the first budget performance tourers in India. Many riders have taken it from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and beyond, without any issues. Now the bike looks dated, and has lost most of its charm. With the CBR300R expected to arrive soon, this one is slowly going to die away.


  • Looks
  • Smooth ride
  • Comfort for long trips


  • Overpriced against the Duke 390
  • Not a very quick package
  • Looks dated

DSK Hyosung Signature GT250 R

5. Hyosung GT250R:

The Hyosung GT250R is a massive looking bike offering good performance from the four-stroke, air and oil cooled V-twin engine which has a power output of 28 bhp. The seating position is aggressive and the suspension is quite soft offering good rides in the city. It is quite expensive though at 2.75 lacs, so only rich brats with deep pockets consider it as an option.

Hyosung is notoriously bad with build quality and after-sales service. So that again goes in favor of rich brats with deep pockets. The bike looks huge for sure, but is a pain to take through tight spaces in traffic. Not a bad option overall, but many better bikes available out there for lesser price.


  • Good looks, almost like a superbike
  • Performance is nice too
  • Has that big-bike feel and riding stance


  • Over priced
  • Bad after-sales service
  • Build quality issues

Best bikes under 3 lacs – Verdict:

Every bike is different from each other in one way or another but KTM’s 390 Duke blows everything out of the competition. The mean-looking orange monster has managed to tick almost every box in the list by offering exceptional performance, handling, touring and track capabilities making it the best value for money machine out there. What do you think?

  • Prabhat Singh

    Akhil bro can you tell me any bike riding gear related site which is indian based but accept international cards. Like outdoor travel gear accepts before but not now. I visited some of your sites but none of them accept int cards. As my cousin lives in usa. He wants to gift me some products on my bdday. That’s why asking if you know it will be great. (:
    Except amazon Flipkart otg.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Bikeopedia.com does not accept international cards?

      • Prabhat Singh

        No bro. It doesn’t accept. I also thought that it accept. Coz it has international countries in billing and shipping but it don’t accept. :/ i feel pitty for Indian’s sites.

        • Akhil Kalsh

          What about BikeGear.in?

  • Bhimsen Kulkarni

    “It takes away the only good thing about Royal Enfield motorcycles – Comfort.”
    Lol 🙂 I cannot agree more 🙂
    I think this is the only article here, I have read so far, which is pure veg. which is not your typical style 😛
    kind of addicted to your posts, and it makes my day.
    Keep it going 🙂

    The first article I have read here is “6 reasons I will never buy RE” as I don’t like RE bikes, and luckily came across this website when I googled ‘I don’t like RE bikes’. :p
    I always had a desire for long rides or trips on bike, but never owned a bike. After reading some of the articles here, it has only increased my desire for biking. Don’t blame it on me, it is your articles which makes even lazy ass couch potato to get zeal for biking. I have plan to buy a bike by 2016 January.
    Can you please suggest a bike under 1 lac Rs? My height is 5’6″ and weight 68 kg.
    I need it for commuting, 40 to 50 kms, and weekend long rides/trips. (within 600 kms).
    Performance, Decent mileage ( 35/40+), pillion comfortability, agile (considering city traffic), and comfortable for long rides.
    some of the options I see are Pulsar 200 NS/AS, Apache 180 ABS ( heard it has vibes, and engine is not so refined), FZ S, Gixer SF.
    My knowledge is very limited, if you know (obvious that you know) some other options which you think suits me, please suggest.
    Thank you very much in advance for your suggestion.


    • Akhil Kalsh

      Gixxer SF is what I would buy!

      • Bhimsen Kulkarni

        Thank you for your quick response Akhil, 🙂
        but it does not have rear disk brakes if I am not wrong.
        And unlike others, I am not that much into full faired or semi faired bikes, as I have not ridden faired bikes yet.
        Anyway, I will consider your valuable suggestion.

        • Akhil Kalsh

          Yes, it doesn’t have rear disk, but I don’t think that’s an issue. Rear brake is anyways not too useful 🙂

          • Bhimsen Kulkarni

            Thank you for your time and suggestion bro 🙂

  • Mandaar

    Hi buddy. I have found some really nice articles here. Was able to learn a few things myself. Also, found your riding story to be really inspiring. Though I have been riding for over 12 years now, I have never been on a multi-day long trip. I have seriously wanted to do one ride at least every year. In fact this is how I stumbled upon this blog a couple of days back while I was searching for reviews of Duke 200/ 390. I am in the phase of researching to decide between D200/ 390/ CBR250.
    Btw, is there a reason why the D200 not included in the list of under 3L bikes? Don’t want to sound complaining.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      I think D200 is not in that list because there isn’t much of a difference between that and the 390, and with the 390 you get so much more power, metz tires, ABS, and slipper clutch.

      Nothing beats the 390, except if you want to travel with a pillion, or do a lot of city riding, in both of which cases it’ll be a bad choice.

      • Mandaar

        True. Its exactly why I am confused which to choose. My main commute would be to & fro office on weekdays and occassional one-day rides with/ without the missus.

        D200 seems good for this, but no ABS and no Metz grip. Heard MRF have got better tyres close to Metz, but not sure. Truly hoping if KTM gets in 200 with ABS or 250-ABS!
        D390, as you said it, would be a discomfort for daily use (heating, clutch and stiff ride issue), but has ABS – good for long ride!
        CBR250 is a good commuter and tourer, plus has ABS, so a good package for my need. But stupid Honda has taken the old CBR off shelf, and the new (stickered) will not make it to the showroom for another month or so.

        Else I am left with Apache RTR 180, only because it offers ABS.

        Since my budget is within 2.5 L, these seem the only viable options.

        Would be great if you could suggest. Thanks in advance.

        • Akhil Kalsh

          If I had to make this decision, I would go with the Duke 390. It has its problems, but man you’ll be run laughing out the service center every time you see the bill. The cost of ownership of that thing is ridiculously low, something that Honda can never match.

  • DeVorsey

    I know you guys have to include the RE Continental here as it’s priced around Rs.2 lakh, but the article is misleading in terms of the bilke’s primary drawback – major vibes! This thing starts rattling low in the rev range and just keeps on increasing. If you’re doing an article on “best” bikes, it’s okay to exclude a few 🙂

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Hehe, point taken mate. I anyways hate all REs, so fuck’em.

      • Kiran MVV

        You can replace the Continental with the Himalayan, but yeah, seeing as RE hasn’t improved the least bit and also seeing the new brand of issues that the Himalayan has been getting since its inception, I am not feeling that bad that it aint in this list… 😐

        • Akhil Kalsh

          Himalayan is not bad, but still far from good.

          • Kiran MVV


  • ‘Best’ is best said to be subjective, cause you clearly didn’t give a seconds thought when it came to considering long term running costs and reliability. I would’ve definitely mentioned the Karizma R, Pulsar 220 etc, though they’re of course dated.

    • Yeah, Karizma is just plain ugly so I would never recommend it to anyone, no matter how good a bike it may be. Pulsar is a nice machine, but far too old to be considered.

  • sheik

    I will not accept .ktm is only ment for styling.not for comfortable riding .it’s k for Biker not for a rider .i think cbr 250r and ninja 250r and 300 gives awesome performance and comfortability than ktm.

    • OK! CBR250R is definitely much more comfortable than any KTM, can’t say the same about the Ninja though.

      • Mayukh Tej

        Ninja250 is equally comfortable and much better cruising speeds as compared to the cbr250r but the only sad part is the number of times you need to stop to fill up your tank as it drinks fuel like a baby sucking on a baby bottle!

        • Harish Kumar

          Not exactly. Ninja thuds even over small potholes on the road. On a bad stretch of road it is really painful to ride a Ninja. Although the CBR is not exceptionally smooth on bad roads, it irons out most bumps nicely. CBR is an out and out small sports touring motorcycle. Ninja is kinda track oriented but can be ridden as an everyday bike provided you have good roads and empty stretches.

          • Akhil Kalsh

            I agree!

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