Sports bike do look gorgeous but aren't the most suitable option as a daily commuter. This is because their forward riding position can take a toll on your back, especially during traffic snarls. This is where street bikes come into play, more specifically the naked streetfighters. Thanks to an upright riding position, they are a little less commanding to ride and their short wheelbase makes them ideal for navigating traffic. And let's not discount the fact that the lack of body panels and exposed mechanical bits do make them appear sporty. This is why there is a high demand for naked streetfighters, especially in the entry-level segment where there are only a handful of fully-faired bikes. Now, if you too are planning to buy a new entry-level naked streetfighter, then your list of options to consider will be quite long and Yamaha MT-15 is most likely to feature on that list. This is because the MT-15 looks quite sporty, packs in a reliable engine (155 cc 18 bhp, 14 Nm), and offers comfortable ergonomics. But honestly, there are some other options than Yamaha MT-15 that may better suit your needs. Let's take a look at them.
For reference, the Yamaha MT-15 costs between ₹1.41 lakh and ₹1.42 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is the most powerful bike in the segment which is why it deserves your attention. In terms of looks, it gets a V-shaped headlamp cluster with a top cowl, a curvy fuel tank with prominent tank shrouds, split step-up seat, raised tail, rear tyre hugger, and blacked-out engine bay. It comes equipped with a semi-digital instrument console which includes an analogue tachometer and a digital backlit display for essential readouts like speed, odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, fuel efficiency, service due indicator, ABS status, etc. The NS200 is propelled by a 199.5 cc liquid-cooled engine which delivers 24 bhp and 19 Nm of peak torque. This engine uses fuel injection, patented triple-spark technology, and is paired to a six-speed gearbox. The suspension setup of the bike include telescopic forks with Nitrox mono-shock while the braking duties are tended to by 300 mm front and 230 mm rear disc brakes with single-channel ABS.
Bajaj Pulsar NS200 performance figures: 24 bhp, 19 Nm
Bajaj Pulsar NS200 price in India: ₹1.33 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is the only motorcycle in the segment to get multiple riding modes -- Urban, Rain, and Sport. The Urban mode optimises the engine performance for urban commute while the ABS is set to respond quickly. In the Rain mode, the ABS kicks in early to ensure a controlled and stable ride over wet surfaces. The ABS delivers maximum response in this mode. And as for the Sport mode, the ABS is mapped for the least intervention while the engine delivers maximum power and acceleration for a spirited ride. This mode is more suited for track and highways. The bike also gets a fully digital instrument panel with the SmartXconnect system for smartphone connectivity and GTT (Glide Through Traffic) that lets the bike crawl in bumper to bumper traffic without throttle input. TVS Apache RTR 200 4V uses a 197.75 cc oil-cooled engine that puts out 20.5 bhp and 17.25 Nm of peak torque in Sport mode. The naked streetfighter is available with a five-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. What sets this bike apart from its rivals is that it gets Showa telescopic forks with preload adjustment and mono-shock. It is available with single-channel ABS as standard but buyers can also opt for the dual-channel ABS variant.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V performance figures: 20.5 bhp, 17.25 Nm
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V price in India: ₹1.28 lakh to ₹1.33 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Honda Hornet 2.0 is powered by a 184 cc air-cooled engine that makes 17 bhp and 16 Nm of peak torque. This engine is paired to a five-speed gearbox and uses PGM-Fi (fuel injection) system with 8 onboard sensors. It makes use of a fully digital instrument panel that offers all the necessary readouts like speed, tachometer, fuel-efficiency, odometer, trip meter, service reminder, fuel gauge, etc. This bike also features a gear position indicator, battery voltmeter, hazard switch, and engine start-switch. Honda Hornet 2.0 gets a slight edge over its rivals in the hardware department; the Japanese motorcycle is equipped with gold-finished inverted forks with mono-shock, making it the only bike in the segment to get this provision. The braking duties, on the other hand, are tended to by 276 mm front and 220 mm rear petal disc brakes with single-channel ABS.