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160 cc Bikes – Comparative Review

1. Yamaha FZ & FZ-S (BS6) @ ₹ 99,200 & 1.03 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) 

The first manufacturer to start the infamous Sporty 160 cc Commuter segment was Yamaha with its FZ16. By introducing Fazer being a Semi – faired version of FZ, Yamaha kept updating and expanding its portfolio by replacing the 160 cc carburetor engine by fuel-injected 149 cc, thereby reducing the power & torque output but increasing the fuel efficiency and introducing the 250 cc bikes – FZ 25 & Fazer 25. Even today, after keeping updated with Single-channel ABS and BS6 compliance, the FZ is one of the best-looking street fighters in the budget sports bike segment.

Specifications :-

  • 149 cc Fuel-injected BS6 compliant Engine ;
  • 12.4 PS of Power @ 7250 rpm & 13.6 Nm of Torque @ 5500 rpm ;
  • 282 mm Front Disc Brake & 220 mm Rear Disc Brake ;
  • Front Tyre Size :- 100/80 – 17 & Rear Tyre Size :- 140/60 – 17 ;
  • Weighing 137 kg ;
  • Having 165 mm of Min. Ground Clearance                           

2. Suzuki Gixxer & Gixxer SF @ ₹ 1 Lakh & 1.10 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)

When Yamaha was enjoying its Monopoly in 160 cc Sports commuter Segment with FZ, Suzuki also thought of enjoying some, while some if its Premium 650 cc or Higher Sports bikes were not doing well, Suzuki launched the Gixxer 155 cc Naked & Semi-faired , getting inspired from its own Premium Sports bikes GSX-R 750 & 1000 and Suzuki able to withdraw people’s attention with its sporty aesthetics, feature-rich Speedometer & wide Tyres. But with time passed, with other manufacturers also launching 160 cc Bikes, Suzuki also updated its bikes with features like Funky Colour Schemes, Single-channel ABS & Fuel-injected Engine, which till date, is one of the best engines to ride , because of , say its Fuel-efficiency, Power Delivery, Cost of Mainetenance, etc. Gixxer also expanded its Portfolio with 250 cc Sports Bikes which also helped the company to compete in the higher racing bikes’ segment also.
Specifications :-

  • 155 cc Fuel-injected BS4 compliant Engine ;
  • 14.1 PS of Power @ 8000 rpm & 14 Nm of Torque @ 6000 rpm ;
  • 266 mm Front Disc Brake & 220 mm Rear Disc Brake ;
  • Front Tyre Size :- 100/80 – 17 & Rear Tyre Size :- 140/60 – 17 ;
  • Weighing 140 kg / 146 kg (SF) ;
  • Having 160 mm of Min. Ground Clearance

3. Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS @ ₹ 94,195 (ex-showroom Delhi)

Bajaj‘s Pulsar 160 NS was the weakest bike amongst all because of its Tyre Size, Speedometer & Disc Brakes’ Size. But when Bajaj updated the Pulsar 160 NS with Single-channel ABS, Front Disc Size & Tyre Size also increased from 240 mm to 260 mm and 100 mm to 120 mm respectively, due to which Pulsar 160 NS somehow able to stay in competition.

Pulsar’s range of bikes’ USP is not their Features & Specifications , but their Sporty Aesthetics & Frugal engine , because of which till date, when we think of a Sports bike, the first name that recalls is PULSAR 150, 160, 180, 200 & 220F, which till date are bought in heavy numbers by Indian customers.

But now, Bajaj Pulsar’s bikes are facing the crisis of sales because of its carburetted engine range, which is due by Bajaj for a later period for the mandatory compliance of BS6 Emission norms , under which Bajaj has to update its engines from Carburetor to Fuel-injected ones. 
Specifications :-

  • 160 cc Carburetted BS4 Compliant Engine ;
  • 15.5 PS of Power @ 8500 rpm & 14.6 Nm of Torque @ 6500 rpm ;
  • 260 mm Front Disc Brake & 230 mm Rear Disc Brake ;
  • Front Tyre Size :- 90/90 – 17 & Rear Tyre Size :- 120/80 – 17 ;
  • Weighing 148 kg ;
  • Having 177 mm of Min. Ground Clearance

4. Honda CB Hornet 160R & X-Blade @ ₹ 95,078 & 88,672 (ex-showroom Delhi)

In Dec’15, when Honda launched its CB Hornet with all the Bells & Horns, it was the best looking & first-in-segment bike, to sport a pure Naked Sports bike Avatar at that time. Because of Honda’s reliable Engine, it was the best bike to have in someone’s collection. Honda not only promised but also delivered the best bike one could dream of. With all the features and scope of improvements, Honda just kept selling the CB Hornet in large numbers, and kept updating time-to-time be it Funky Colour Schemes, LED Headlamp & Single-channel ABS.

Also, Honda also launched the X-Blade that was a segment below CB Hornet but above its 160 cc Commuter Unicorn 160 at a Price tag of ₹ 79,768/- , considering the price-conscious Indian market. At this price, Honda proved that a Sports Bike is not necessarily be having a premium price tag. X-Blade, till now, is one of the best 160 cc Sports Commuter one could own for its Daily Commute.

But now, Honda’s both bikes are facing the crisis, because of its carburetor engine, which is due by Honda for a later period for the mandatory compliance of BS6 Emission norms, under which Honda has to update its 160 cc Engine to Fuel-injected one.
Specifications :-

  • 163 cc Carburetted BS4 Compliant Engine ;
  • 14.9 PS of Power @ 8500 rpm / 13.9 PS @ of Torque 8500 rpm (X-Blade) ;
  • 14.5 Nm of Torque @ 6500 rpm / 13.9 Nm of Torque @ 6000 rpm (X-Blade) ;
  • 276 mm Front Disc Brake ;
  • 220 mm Rear Disc Brake / 130 mm Rear Drum Brake (X-Blade) ;
  • Front Tyre Size :- 100/80 – 17 / 80/100 – 17 (X-Blade) ;
  • Rear Tyre Size :- 140/60 – 17 / 130/70 – 17 (X-Blade) ;
  • Weighing – 141 kg / 142 kg (X-Blade) ;
  • Having Min. Ground Clearance of 164 mm / 160 mm (X-Blade)

5. TVS Apache RTR 160 4V @ ₹ 1.03 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)

If we follow TVS Apache Series history, they’ve always been considered sports commuter bikes, owing to their Cool Digital Speedometer features, but with time all things should update in their respective ways, maybe a Facelift or a Brand new model.

        TVS has been always doing well to not to just stay in competition but also challenge models of various Japanese manufacturers be it Honda , Suzuki or Yamaha. This bike was launched when Suzuki Gixxer , Yamaha FZ and Honda CB Hornet were doing well and TVS was lacking behind with its Apache 160 2V & 180 2V being a little commuterrish when compared to them and TVS needed a sports commuter very badly.

        Be it the segment first feature-loaded speedometer Top Speed Recorder, Gear Position Indicator, Lap Timer and others or mechanically Being the most- powerful Bike in its segment (16 PS @ 8000 rpm & 14.1 nm @ 7000 rpm) at that time. Even after getting updated to be BS6 compliant , RTR 160 4V is still the most powerful among others and with the price of just ₹ 1.03 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), it still has the Value for Money quotient.

Specifications :-

  • 160 cc Fuel-injected BS6 Compliant Engine ;
  • 16 PS of Power @ 8250 rpm & 14.1 Nm of Torque @ 7250 rpm ;
  • 270 mm Front Disc Brake & 200 mm Rear Disc Brake ;
  • Front Tyre Size :- 90/90 – 17 & Rear Tyre Size :- 130/70 – 17 ;
  • Weighing 149 kg ;
  • Having 180 mm of Min. Ground Clearance

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