150 to 160 cc motorcycles are the most selling motorcycles in the Nepali market with riders using these largely for their daily commute and as well as occasional highway ride. 150 cc motorcycles are popular as they provide good mileage and good amount of power, and offer balance on both budget and fun.
In this issue of Business 360, we have listed some of the most seen 150 to 160 cc motorcycles on Nepali roads.
Bajaj Pulsar 150
The Bajaj Pulsar 150 has been ever so popular since it was launched more than two decades ago. This 150cc motorbike has become one of the highest selling bikes in Pulsar’s lineup till date. The bike got a major update in 2018 giving it features such as fatter 37mm front forks, a longer wheelbase, an LED tail light and a wider rear tyre. The Pulsar 150 is powered by a 149.5cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with fuel injection which produces 14PS at 8500 rpm and 13.2Nm at 6500 rpm. The motorcycle is priced at Rs 282,900.
The Honda Unicorn is one of the most loved motorcycles in the Honda motorcycle lineup. It was first launched in 2004 and till date the motorcycle looks almost the same as the first-generation model with a few minor updates. This bike is well known for its refined engine, reliability and comfort. The Unicorn comes with an updated 162.7cc single-cylinder air-cooled BS6 engine that produces 12.9PS and 14 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission. This motorcycle doesn’t come with any fancy features. It still retains a simple DC bulb headlight and an analogue console unit. The Unicorn is available in the market for a price of Rs 308,900.
Although the Yamaha MT15 is priced at Rs 483,900, it is undoubtedly one of the most selling 150cc motorcycles in the market. It has been quite popular among youngsters for its powerful and punchy engine and agile handling since it was launched in 2019. Powering the MT15 is a 155cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine generating a maximum power of 19.3bhp at 1000 rpm with a peak torque of 14.7Nm at 8500 rpm. The bike’s engine is mated with a 6-speed gearbox transmission. The two-wheeler is also featured with the slipper clutch for smooth riding.
TVS Apache RTR 160 2V FD
The TVS Apache RTR 160 is a naked street motorbike available at a price of Rs 283,900 in Nepal. TVS Motor Company first introduced the RTR 160 in 2007 and in 2022, the motorcycle got updated with few styling tweaks and some added features such as bluetooth-enabled fully-digital instrument cluster with revised user interface, slipper clutch, dual-channel ABS, and three ride modes. On the performance side, the 159.7cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox makes a maximum power of 15.8bhp at 8,750 rpm and 13.85Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm.
Suzuki Gixxer 155
Derived from its elder sibling the GSX-R, Suzuki introduced Gixxer 155 in 2014 to compete with other brands in the commuting motorbike category. It was quite a hit as soon as it was launched in the market. It was loved for its handsome sporty looks and refined engine. Later in 2020, the Gixxer got a facelift with completely redesigned looks, new digital instrument cluster and a BS6 compliant engine. The Gixxer 155 gets the same old 155cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected engine that was on the BS4 bike. The BS6 motor now makes a power of 13.4bhp at 8000 rpm and 13.8Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. Although it is less seen on the Nepali road, the motorbike is a great contender for 150cc motorcycles in the market.