Touring is a newfound biking subculture that is gaining a lot of traction in India. The concept of touring has its roots in western nations. But in recent years, thanks to social media, Indian riders got exposed to the idea of motorcycle touring. Riders find a sense of belonging on the open Indian roads when they are on their favourite bikes. On top of this, motorcycles offer more freedom to an individual. The reason is simple. Motorcycles that are designed for touring can traverse the toughest of terrains with utmost ease.
The demand for touring motorcycles is increasing across India at an exponential rate. Hence bike brands have launched several touring-capable motorcycles in recent years. This post, in the following sections, will shine a light on some of them.
Here goes –
Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220
Cruiser motorcycles are meant for highway cruising. They are comfortable and come with powerful engines meant for endurance runs. Bajaj ensured that its revered Avenger range had the aforementioned qualities. This is why the Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 is a hit product! The bike has a low-slung saddle, forward-swept footrests and a rear-swept handlebar. These three together can keep a rider in comfort for extended hours.
The bike is reasonably priced. The current ex-showroom price tag for the motorcycle is Rs. 1, 72,556*. The bike is offered in a single trim. The engine powering the motorcycle is a heavily revised engine that is used to power the Pulsar 220 F. The engine has a single-cylinder and now comes with an electronic fuel injection system. The engine is also BS6-compliant and has a liquid cooling system.
The peak power and torque mappings for the engine are 18.4 bhp and 17.55 Nm respectively. Bajaj offers the motorcycle with front disc and rear drum brakes. The front disc brake unit is paired with a single-channel ABS. The rear drum brake unit is paired with Bajaj’s patented anti-skid system.
KTM Adventure 250 and Adventure 390
The Austrian motorcycle brand KTM offers a range of all-terrain motorcycles in India that are fit for touring. This range is marketed as the Adventure series. There are two motorcycles in this range. The Adventure 390 and the Adventure 250
The Adventure 250 is offered in a single trim and two colours. The ex-showroom price tag of the bike is Rs. 2, 87,945*. The engine is a 248 CC, BS6-compliant unit. The peak power and torque mappings set for the engine are 29.5 bhp and 24 Nm respectively. The bike comes with dual disc brakes and dual-channel ABS.
The Adventure 390, on the other hand, is one of the best bikes for long rides currently available in India. This bike is also offered by KTM in a single trim. However, one can choose from two colour options. The present ex-showroom price tag for the bike is Rs. 4, 01,442*. The engine on the bike is a 373 CC, BS6-compliant unit. The peak power and torque mappings set for the engine are 42.3 bhp and 37 Nm respectively. KTM offers the bike dual disc brakes and dual-channel ABS.
Bajaj Dominar 400 and Dominar 250
Bajaj tried its luck in the touring bike segment by introducing the Dominar 400. A bike that is meant for touring and endurance runs! In terms of styling, the bike is designed like a streetfighter but without an aggressive riding stance. The price of the bike is aggressive and it stands at Rs. 2, 73,949*. The bike is offered in a single trim and two colours. The engine on the bike is a 373.3 CC, BS6-compliant unit. The peak power and torque mappings set for the engine are 39.42 bhp and 35 Nm respectively. Bajaj has equipped the bike with dual disc brakes and dual-channel ABS.
The Dominar 250 is the more accessible bike in the Dominar range in terms of price and power.
The bike is offered by Bajaj in a single trim and two colours. The ex-showroom price of the bike currently is Rs. 2, 10,389*. The Dominar 250 has a 248.8 CC, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6-compliant engine. The peak power and torque mappings for the engine are set at 26.63 bhp and 23.5 Nm respectively. Dual disc brakes + dual-channel ABS are OEM standard fitments.