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Ratings

Thrill-free zone 3 Tepid 33 Interesting 333 Seriously good 3333 A truly great bike 33333

Database Knowledge

Key

N = new entry this month. Weight is the bikes’s kerb weight as quoted by the manufacturer. Prices all in thousand rupees. Acceleration times in seconds. Top speed in kmph. Fuel efficiency in kmpl claimed by ARAI.

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Our Choice

Best of the Rest

Honda CB Twister. The CB Twister offers great handling which coupled with its eager, quick revving engine makes for an exciting proposition in its segment. It looks stylish as well, and boasts of typical Honda quality.

Model & name

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Engine cyl/cc

bhp/rpm

Nm/rpm

Weight (kg)

0-60kmph

Top speed

kmpl (ARAI quoted)

The Bajaj Discover 100T makes a good case for itself, offering perhaps the best value for money with its competitive pricing and strong performance. The Honda Dream Yuga and Neo are two other viable options, offering the same package as the CB Twister.

upto 110cc Bajaj Discover 100 DTS-Si Bajaj Discover 100M Bajaj Discover 100T Bajaj Platina 100 Hero HF Dawn Hero HF Deluxe Hero Passion Pro Hero Passion X-Pro Hero Splendor (Plus, Pro) Honda CB Twister Honda Dream Neo Honda Dream Yuga Mahindra Centuro Mahindra Pantero TVS Star City TVS Star Sport Yamaha YBR 110 Yamaha Crux

47.0 47-50 50.2 41.4 40.2 43-46 49-54 50-56 46-52 49-57 46-51 50-53 45.8 39-44 40.9 39.7 48.4 41.1

44.5 46-49 49.1 40.4 38.4 42-44 48-52 51-53 45-48 45-52 43-48 46-49 45.0 43.2 41.2 40.1 46.0 39.0

1/94 1/102 1/102 1/99 1/97 1/97 1/97 1/109 1/97 1/109 1/109 1/109 1/107 1/107 1/110 1/100 1/106 1/106

8/7500 9/8000 10/9000 8/7500 8/7500 8/7500 8/7500 9/7500 7/8000 9/8000 8/7500 8/7500 8/7500 8/7500 8/7500 7/7500 7/7500 7/7500

8/5000 9/6000 9/6500 8/4500 8/4500 8/4500 8/4500 9/5500 8/5000 9/6000 9/5500 9/5500 8/5500 8/5500 8/5000 7/5000 8/6000 7/6000

115 114 121 113 109 112 119 119 109 108 105 108 120 120 99 95 126 113

8.6 NA 7.6 9.7 7.9 7.9 12.3 8.2 12.3 6.8 8.3 8.3 8.6 8.6 10.3 9.8 12.8 12.1

86 NA 98 79 89 89 82 82 95 94 87 89 97 97 91 86 84 90

89 84 89 76 83 83 84 84 81 86 74 74 85 79 84 83 70 78

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55-58 58.6 62.1 57-59 60-63 54 56-60 61.5 47.2 55.0 58.9 55.6 54.8

54-57 NA 60.5 54-56 58-60 52 52-56 56.9 42-44 52.6 56.0 55.6 52.1

1/125 1/125 1/135 1/125 1/125 1/125 1/125 1/125 1/113 1/124 1/125 1/123 1/123

12/9000 13/9000 13/9000 9/7000 11/8000 9/7000 10/7500 11/8000 8/7500 9/8500 10/8000 11/7500 11/7500

11/7000 11/7000 11/7500 10/4000 11/5000 10/4000 11/5500 11/6500 8/5000 10/6000 11/6000 10/6500 10/6500

125 125 122 129 129 121 120 128 112 129 116 125 127

6.3 6.2 5.2 8.3 6.8 8.3 6.0 6.2 8.8 8.5 6.8 7.3 7.3

102 104 101 98 100 97 96 100 88 93 94 104 104

77 65 68 83 70 83 72 70 75 73 67 71 71

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68.7 71.9 70.5 68-71 68-71 67-77 64.6 65.6 69.8 74.8 71-78 60-63

1/149 1/179 1/149 1/149 1/149 1/149 1/149 1/149 1/160 1/177 1/153 1/153

15/9000 17/8500 13/7500 14/8500 14/8500 14/8500 13/8000 14/8500 15/8500 17/8500 14/7500 14/7500

12/6500 14/6500 13/5000 13/6500 13/6500 12/6500 13/5500 13/6000 13/4000 15/6500 14/6000 13/4500

143 147 134 150 143 137 146 149 137 139 135 133

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+ Styling, performance - Tyres could be better + Premium feel, equipment, looks - Below par grip from tyres + Styling, engine performance - No updates yet + Basic commuter that does its job well - Premium pricing, dated design + Styling, performance, handling - Looks identical to the Honda Stunner + Bigger Splendor, efficiency - Performance, ageing design + Engine, gearbox, reliable - Looks ordinary + Styling, performance, handling - No tachometer, pricey + Comfort, performance - No disc brake + Styling, engine - Performance + Refinement, handling - High speed stability + Comfort, smooth engine - Mid-range + Dynamics, engine, performance - No disc brake

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Best of the Rest

Honda CB Trigger. The CB Trigger is the newest of the lot and looks fresh in this highly competitive class. The engine feels silky smooth, offering good performance. Handling and comfort are great as well, not to mention high equipment levels and quality.

70.6 73.9 73.9 72-76 71-74 72-83 69.6 73.1 67.3 73.1 75-82 60-66

+ Smooth engine, efficiency - Clunky gearbox, vibration at speeds + Option of disk brake, modern engine - Too early to say + Fesh styling, performance - Hard tyres lack grip + Frugal engine, ride quality - Uncomfortable ergonomics, dated + Efficiency, affordability - Looks and feels dated + Reliable workhorse, frugal - Feels dated even after styling additions + Tried and tested engine, ergonomics - Styling not impressive anymore + Updated styling, efficient - Priced as much as 125cc bikes + World's largest selling bike, proven product - Too common, underpinnings + Sporty styling, Honda reliability, performance - Skinny tyres + Best in class fuel efficiency - No disc brake option + Efficiency, reliability - Doesn't look much different than the Neo + Feature-loaded, efficiency - No disc brake option + Efficiency - Average styling + Build, efficiency, easy to ride - Bland styling + Alloys and better decals than the Stay City, price - No sporty intentions + Comfort, efficiency - Feels lacklustre, dated, pricey + Basic commuter which does its duty well - Not as good as the competition

The Honda CBF Stunner is a good handler and packs a punch, while looking sporty and offering good efficiency as well. The Mahindra Centuro is worth looking at as well - the powertrain is impressive and it offers features that are unheard of in the segment.

Our Choice

150 to 180cc Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i Hero Impulse Hero CBZ Xtreme Hero Hunk Honda CB Trigger Honda CB Unicorn Suzuki GS150R TVS Apache RTR 160 TVS Apache RTR 180 (ABS) Yamaha FZ (FZ16, FZS, Fazer) Yamaha SZ (S, RR)

Rating

Best of the Rest

Bajaj Discover 125ST. The Discover 125ST pulls ahead of the competition with its strong engine performance and high equipment levels. It gets a rear monoshock, LED tail lights, digital speedometer with modern styling to match its performance.

110-135cc Bajaj Discover 125 T Bajaj Discover 125 ST Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS Hero Glamour Hero Ignitor Hero Super Splendor Honda CB Shine Honda CBF Stunner Suzuki Hayate Suzuki Slingshot Plus TVS Phoenix Yamaha SS 125 Yamaha YBR 125

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Yamaha’s FZ series still rules the roost with its torquey engine and able handling while styling appeals even today. The Suzuki GS150R is on the other hand is a highly capable machine with a refined engine and a slick 6-speed transmission.

5.6 5.1 5.4 5.7 5.6 6.2 6.1 5.6 5.3 4.5 5.3 6.4

111 116 105 112 108 102 107 106 118 124 106 98

64 60 50 65 66 60 65 59 45 44 51 62

+ Tried and tested machine, performance - Feels dated + Performance, styling - Gearbox, no recent updates + Dual-purpose styling, practicality - Underpowered + Performance, dynamics - Tyres, pricey + Ergonomics, performance, practical - Old-school design + Styling, engine, equipment - Not much VFM + Engine, comfort, handling - Dated + Refinement, reliability, six-speed 'box - Performance + Performance, brakes - Vibration, feels cramped + Styling, performance, ABS option - Ergonomics, vibrations + Best-looking 150cc, big-bike styling - Performance does not match looks + VFM, styling, price - Tyres lack grip

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