The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is a vehicle safety system which ensures that the wheels on any vehicle maintain tractive contact with the road depending on the drivers’ inputs while braking and prevents the ceasing of the wheels all of a sudden, saving the bike from skidding. An ABS employs sensors and a series of hydraulic valves to limit or reduce the braking intensity on the wheel which is likely to lock up. Even though an ABS enhances the braking control, it increases the stopping distance and safety comes at a cost – ABS can be an expensive affair for most vehicles. Unfortunately, most of the vehicles in India, especially bikes, do not have ABS. But things are changing slowly as the number of people prioritizing safety over anything else is increasing and people are becoming keen on having ABS on their vehicles. Here’s a list of bikes equipped with ABS which care for your safety as well as your pocket, starting from the costliest one on the list 😉
1. BAJAJ DOMINAR 400
This sports tourer from Bajaj comes with ABS variant and costs INR 1,60,272. Dominar 400 is overall a well-packed motorcycle and priced in a pocket friendly manner. The dual channel ABS offered with this 373 cc machine which produces 35 PS power and 35 Nm torque earns it first place on our list! If you look at the sales figures, more than 80 % of the Dominar 400s are the ABS variants which clearly indicates that riders have focused more on safety than price.
2. Bajaj Pulsar NS200 & RS200
Bajaj Pulsar series has significant market share. Both Pulsar NS200 and RS200 feature a single channel ABS i.e. only the front wheel is secured by the ABS and the rear is a simple disc which could cease or lock. The ABS variant of former is priced at INR 1,11,411 while the later is priced at INR 1,37,491. The ABS variant of both the motorcycles cost about INR 12,000 more than their standard variants. The 24.5 BHP power, faired look and better wind blast protection gives the RS200 an edge over the naked NS200 which is powered by 199.5 cc engine generating 23.5 BHP power.
3. TVS Apache RTR 200 4v & RTR 180
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is another value for money product which has been developed to deliver speed without compromising on safety. The 197.75 cc engine of this motorcycle churns out 20.05 PS power and 18.1 Nm of torque. Along with dual channel ABS, the bike also gets a Rear Wheel Lift-Off Protection (RLP) which ensures the bike sticks to the road no matter how hard the brakes are applied. This motorcycle is priced at INR 1,09,485.
The Apache RTR 180 is the cheapest motorcycle which features the dual channel ABS and comes at an attractive price tag of INR 93,497. The only major setbacks are the dual shock absorbers and basic instrument cluster.
4. Honda CB Hornet 160R
The Honda CB Hornet 160R basically belongs to commuter segment but does come with sporty looks and hence we decided to list it here. The bike gets a 162.7 cc engine which produces some impressive power of 14.9 BHP and 14.5 Nm of torque. Unfortunately the Hornet gets a single channel ABS only. It is priced at INR 90,734.
5. Suzuki Gixxer & Gixxer SF
The Suzuki Gixxer is the cheapest bike to come with ABS feature and costs INR 87,250. Just like the Hornet and Pulsar, the Gixxer also gets a single channel ABS. Even though it is cheaper than Hornet, it has a sportier riding posture and much better handling. The Gixxer gets its power from a 155 cc engine which produces 14.6 BHP and 14 Nm of torque.
The Gixxer SF is just the fully faired version of Gixxer which costs INR 96,386. Except the carburetor and fuel injection option, there are no major differences from mechanical aspects. Gixxer SF also has a single channel ABS.
Please note that we have not included few bikes which are cruisers or cost more than INR 1,70,000 as this article is more about affordability of ABS.