With scooters having posted impressive growth figures in recent years, entry-level motorcycles seem to have lost their novelty, or so is the larger mindset. However, lower capacity commuter motorcycles continue to be the choice for customers in smaller towns and rural markets, while also being reliable options with respect to higher fuel efficiency. Let's not forget that the 100-110cc commuter bike segment also happens to be the most competitive with almost all products carrying a price tag just under ₹ 60,000 (ex-showroom).
Ruled by Hero MotoCorp for the longest time, a host of new products have made their entry into the segment giving a tough fight to the Indian bike maker and the customer of today is creatively spoiled with options. With urban markets also warming up to lower capacity bikes, we list down the top commuter motorcycles under ₹ 60,000 that tick all boxes.
1. Hero Splendor iSmart
The latest model to join the 110cc commuter segment, the Splendor moniker is a legend in this space and Hero MotoCorp has used the nameplate on its first indigenously developed offering. The Splendor iSmart then, promises the same reliability as its predecessors while the latest model is BSIV compliant powered by an 110cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine good to produce 9.4bhp and 9Nm of torque. The motor is paired to a 4-speed gearbox. Hero has also equipped the model with its iSmart technology that is essentially a start-stop system and shuts off the engine in order to conserve fuel. In addition, you also get a segment first auto headlamp function, something only seen on performance bikes in India.
Price: ₹ 53,300
2. 2016 TVS Victor
Much like the Splendor, the Victor is a popular nameplate for TVS Motor and the company decided to resurrect the same when it introduced its latest commuter motorcycle earlier this year. So the 2016 TVS Victor was a highly anticipated motorcycle and has quite lived up to the expectations. While it may not be the most stylish motorcycle around, the Victor scores high on features and functionality, making it a lucrative offering. The bike is equipped with the segment largest 60-watt bulb, semi-digital instrument console, engine kill switch, petal front disc brake and much more. The suspension has been tuned for a pliant ride quality, while wide seat accommodates the rider and pillion with ease. Power on the Victor comes from an 110cc single-cylinder engine with a 3-valve setup that churns out 9.4bhp and 9.4Nm of torque, while paired to a 4-speed gearbox. The fuel efficiency is a claimed 76 km/l.
Price: ₹ 49,715 - ₹ 51,715
Claimed Fuel Efficiency: 76 km/l
3. Honda Livo
Honda failed to make a mark with the Twister in the 110cc segment, but managed to get it right when the Livo was introduced last year. The bike maker since then has sold over 1.20 lakh units in a year and is one of the popular offerings in the commuter segment. The motorcycle borrows its underpinnings from the Honda Dream Series, but with a sharper and edgier styling that appeals to younger buyers, while power comes from the 110cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that belts out 8.2bhp and 8.63Nm of torque. The motor is paired to a 4-speed gearbox and weighs a light 111 kg, giving it a peppy feel. The Livo also comes equipped with Honda Eco Technology (HET) helping it return a claimed fuel efficiency of 74 km/l.
Price: ₹ 53,501 - ₹ 56,004
Claimed Fuel Efficiency: 74 km/l
4. Bajaj Platina 100
The Platina is one of the consistent sellers for Bajaj Auto and continues to be one of the popular motorcycles in the 100cc segment. The Pune based bike maker refreshed the model last year with new graphics as well as a self-start option. Power on the Platina ES comes from the 102cc single-cylinder engine churning out 8.1bhp and 8.6Nm of torque. The motor comes paired to a 4-speed gearbox. Having said that, what really makes the Platina 100 ES really popular is its claimed fuel efficiency figure of 104 km/l, making it one of the most fuel efficient bikes in the country.
Price: ₹ 43,241 - ₹ 45,252
Claimed Fuel Efficiency: 104 km/l
5. Hero Passion Pro
If Splendor is Hero's best-seller, the Passion Pro is the second best and consecutively ranks as one of the top selling motorcycles in the country. A highly popular offering, the Passion Pro boasts an elegant design and is loaded with all the essentials. The bike is powered by a 97.2cc single-cylinder engine (developed by Honda) known for its reliability and is tuned to produce 8.24bhp and 8.05Nm of torque. Furthermore, you get a semi-digital console with side stand indicator, telescopic front forks and twin rear shocks. Braking performance comes courtesy of drum units at the front and rear, while the front disc brake is optional. Hero claims a fuel efficiency figure of 75 km/l, which makes it easy on the pocket as well. Interestingly, Hero also offers the Passion Pro in the off-road ready 'TR' version as well.
Price: ₹ 44,000 - ₹ 48,934
Claimed Fuel Efficiency: 86 km/l
6. TVS Star City+
TVS has multiple offerings in the 100-110cc segment with the Star City+ being a strong seller. The motorcycle is also one of the top sellers for the manufacturer and offers all the essential features needed. The bike comes with a semi-digital instrument console with an eco-meter, service reminder, electric start as well as button tyres. Power comes from an 110cc Ecothrust engine tuned for 8.2bhp and 8.7Nm of torque. The motor is paired to a 4-speed gearbox, while a kerb weight of 109 kg lends a good power-to-weight ratio. The Star City+ also offers a segment-leading fuel efficiency figure of 86 km/l.
Price: ₹ 49,125 - ₹ 52,925
Claimed Fuel Efficiency: 86 km/l
7. Honda Dream Neo
The Honda Dream Neo was the 2014 NDTV motorcycle of the year in the up to 110cc segment and is the first commuter segment bike from the Japanese bike maker to get HET. The styling and the mature looking bike comes with an analogue speedometer and fuel gauge, while the competitive pricing makes it an extremely value for money offering. Power comes from the 110cc single-cylinder engine known for its reliability, while Honda's service back up makes for a hassle free ownership experience.
Price: ₹ 49,602
Claimed Fuel Efficiency: 72 km/l