The best motorcycle for touring, adventures and outdoors (below 5 lakhs)

It makes me very happy to see smaller touring bikes making their way to India. And this year has been exceptionally good, BMW GS 310 is here, and similarly, there are three more exciting motorcycles that can fit under the touring category.

Which exciting motorcycles am I talking about? You guessed it right. They are the Interceptor 650, Jawa 42, and the original Jawa. 

In this post, I’ve included all touring bikes which you can buy below 5 lakhs. But that’s not all, in the end there’s a little talk on which one you should actually buy for touring.

BMW GS 310 GS.

Much is being said about the BMW 310 GS by auto journalists. Some say that it is a spot-on motorcycle for a country like ours, while some say it could be better. What I feel though, is that the BMW 310 GS is a very capable motorcycle. It has all the makings of a great adventure tourer. But! But! But! It is overpriced. 

Highlights

34 bhp @ 9500 rpm

1800 mm suspension travel

19-inch front and 17 inch rear wheel

Premium Equipment

Dual channel ABS

Upright ergonomics

Price

The BMW 310 GS is priced at 3.49 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Ninja 300

Wait, did I just called Ninja a touring motorcycle? Oh yes, I did. I find it the best sporty motorcycle which one can use for touring. The stance is not too aggressive, there’s fairing for wind protection, moreover, it is a reliable motorcycle. So, if your idea of touring is reaching places fast and in style, this is the motorcycle for you.

Highlights

39 bhp @ 11000 rpm

Dual Channel ABS.

Six Speed Gearbox.

Slipper Clutch

Price

For 2018, Kawasaki has revised the price of Ninja 300, and now it costs 2.98 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)

Apache 310 RR

Apache 310 is also one of the dynamic motorcycles which you can use for your touring duties. Equipped with the same engine as on the mini BMWs. the Apache’s stance is neutral, not too committed, not too upright. If you can ride to Ladakh on a CBR, you can do it on an Apache too. I think that would be an even better tour.

Highlights

Dual Channel ABS.

Six Speed Gearbox.

Slipper Clutch

Fairing for reducing wind blast

price

Formerly named Akula, the Apache RR 31O is priced at 2.23 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

If I could give an award to the hottest bike launch of the year 2018, I’d give it to the Interceptor 650. It is one motorcycle which drew all my attention, simply because of the value it offers. If you can ride a Bullet 350 to Ladakh, I expect you to criss-cross India on the Interceptor 650. 

Highlights

648 cc twin cylinder engine

Upright ergonomics

Dual channel ABS

Spoke Wheels

price

The price of Interceptor is the sweetest thing after it’s looks. It costs 2.50 lakhs (ex-showroon Delhi) Which is a steal deal, if you ask me. 

Bajaj Dominar 400

If I were to choose one bike for touring in India on a budget, I’d definitely pick the Dominar. It has all the makings of a good touring motorcycle, except for the buzz that creeps in at higher RPMs. Apart from that, with some bit of modifications, the Dominar can become an excellent touring companion for our Indian roads. 

HighLIGHTS

Dual Channel ABS.

Slipper clutch.

Powerful LED headlight setup.

Six Speed Gearbox.

PRICE

Bajaj Dominar is widely used as a touring bike in India, and it costs 1.63 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) There have been rumours that Bajaj is working on a full blown touring version of the Dominar too. 

Jawa Forty Two

Jawa is back! And so is the smile on faces of retro motorcycle lovers. The company recently launched their two models, one is called the Jawa, and the one in the above picture is called Forty Two. In the past, Jawa was widely used by riders for touring. And since it’s back, we can expect a lot of buying Jawa for touring. 

Highlights

293 cc single cylinder engine

27 BHP & 28 NM torque

 ABS on front brake

 14 liter tank

price

1.55 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)

Royal Enfield Himalayan

If I talk about touring bikes in India and don’t mention the Himalayan, it would be blasphemy, isn’t it? The Himalayan has been built specially for touring, and it is a motorcycle which you can ride on any terrain. If you are a hardcore adventurer, the Himalayan will be the best motorcycle for you.

Highlights

19 inch front tyre

220 mm of ground clearance

Spoked wheels

Now comes with an ABS too

price

1.81 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)

The decision of choosing the best touring motorcycle is entirely yours. So, for coming to a conclusion and choosing the best touring bike, first ask a question to yourself-

How often am I going to take my motorcycle for adventures?

If the answer is quite often, you should buy a full bred tourer. Himalayan, BMW GS 310 are the two options for you. Otherwise, you could go for a Dominar or the JAWA 42 if you’re more of a cruising person. 

I would personally go for an Interceptor 650 because it fits right in. The price, the power, the purpose, everything is just like it should be. Talking about the Ninja 300 and Apache 310, buy them only if you’re into cool looking bikes that can be taken on a tour. 

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