The Royal Enfield twins and the KTM Duke have been the best bang for your buck motorcycles in India. But today, you can get a brand new one at a price of up to Rs 3 lakh. We’ve put together a list that includes five bikes under Rs 3 lakh but still offers a good level of performance.
All prices are ex-showroom .
- 1. 2024 KTM 250 Duchess 31hp
The 250 Duke is India’s most powerful 250cc motorcycle today. It has many of the features found on the Gen 3 390. It is also the first segment bike to have a bidirectional quick-shifter. The 250 Duke, priced at Rs 2,39 lakh, has the same 31hp peak as the CB300R but weighs 163kg more, hence our lower ranking.
Watch this space as we will be bringing you our full review of the 250 Duke on November 3.
- 2. Honda CB300R 31hp
CB300R was always an underrated motorcycle, but now that it is priced at Rs. 2.40 lakhs, the bike poses a greater threat than ever before. CB300R’s 146kg curb weight is the ace in its proverbial sleeves. It is lighter than the KTM125 Duke. The CB’s 146kg curb weight is lighter than the KTM 125 Duke!
- 3. TVS Apache RTR 310 35.6hp
Apache RTR 310 is the most powerful version of its 312cc engine ever, with 35.6hp. Even in its base form, the Apache RTR 310 is a feature-rich bike. It costs Rs 2.43 lakh. Click to read about the various features and optional packages in detail.
- 4. Triumph Scrambler 400 X 40hp
Scrambler 400 X is the second product that emerged from the Bajaj and Triumph partnership. It’s a Speed 400, but taller, roomier, and capable of light off-roading. The Scrambler 400X costs Rs 2,63 lakhs, which is Rs 30,000 higher than the Speed 400 but still offers a great value.
- 5. KTM 390 Adventure X – 43.5hp
The 390 Adventure X, at Rs 2.80 lakh, is the most affordable model of KTM’s 390 range. The 373cc engine is still used, and not the 398cc, but it still produces 43.5hp and 37Nm. There are no electronic rider assistance systems, and the LCD screen replaces the TFT screens found on other 390s. The 390 Adventure X offers maximum power and capability for a budget of less than Rs 3 lakh.
Linger in Champagne
Book a training ticket for the high-speed TGV to Reims (45 minutes away, with WiFi on board) once you’re ready to head north. Reims is one of France’s Top French Cities, meaning that it’s one the best examples of joie-de-vivre. Rent a car at the Reims station (book in advance for automatic transmission rentals). If you don’t have a car, it’s difficult to travel around the Champagne region. Taxis are also not readily available. You can hire iGoVE to chauffeur you around Champagne (because, well, alcohol). They’ll use an eco-friendly Tesla. Visit the more than 800-year-old Reims Cathedral. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where French kings have been crowned between 1027 and 1825.
Your Champagne home is Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, a 49-room property that opened just this summer. Royal Champagne, located in Champillon, is in a perfect location between Reims and Epernay. This is where you will find many of the tours and tastings. You’ll be unable to leave the Relais & Chateaux Hotel, which is so comfortable. The sommelier will help you choose from 200 bottles of Champagne at the hotel bar. You can also enjoy the view of rolling vineyards in the Montagne de Reims while relaxing by the outdoor pool. Royal Champagne hired Jean-Denis Rieubland to oversee the hotel’s culinary program, which includes Le Royal, a fine-dining restaurant decorated with portraits depicting the most significant women in Napoleon Bonaparte’s life.