SOME OF THE MOST FUEL EFFICIENT BIKES IN INDIA.
1. Hero Splendor i3s
Claimed mileage: 102.5kpl
Starting price: Rs 51,911 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
With an almost unbelievably high fuel efficiency that goes into triple digits, was there any doubt that this bike was going to be at the top of our list? Hero MotoCorp basically took its bestselling product of all time, the Splendor, and put what it calls ‘i3s technology’, or idle Start Stop System. What this system does is switch off the engine every time you pull the bike to a halt and idle for more than a few seconds, and automatically restart it when you pull in the clutch once again. Switching off the motor during idle situations makes an already very efficient motor even more so.
2. Bajaj CT100
Claimed mileage: 99.1kpl
Starting price: Rs 31,802 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
The original CT 100 was one of the more successful bikes in its segment and Bajaj brought the name back a few years ago to signify its resolve in taking on the competition in a class that is undoubtedly the largest chunk of the Indian two-wheeler space. It’s billed as the slightly less premium sibling to the Platina, but gets almost similar features such as the SNS rear suspension. However, the motor doesn’t get DTS-i technology and makes slightly lesser torque as compared to the Platina. The company also launched a variant called the CT 100 B that features a round headlight instead of a headlight cowl, which is over Rs 1,000 cheaper.
3. Bajaj Platina 100ES
Claimed mileage: 96.9kpl
Starting price: Rs 47,155 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
The Platina has always been one of Bajaj’s bestselling and highly efficient motorcycles. In its 2015 avatar, the Platina sports new styling along with an electric start as standard. The air-cooled motor features the company’s proprietary DTS-i twin-spark for improved combustion efficiency leading to the high mileage figure that the company claims. Now marketed with what the company calls “ComforTec”, the Platina features the company’s dual-spring SNS (spring-in-spring) rear suspension with a claimed 22 percent longer travel than its competition as well as claimed 28 percent longer front suspension (again, compared to its competition).