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Top 10 Bikes With the Best Mileage in India

One must always look out for all information regarding the motorcycle that they are interested in buying.

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One common way of travelling is by using motorcycles or bikes. They have the bigger advantage of being cheaper than cars, they take less space when it comes to parking, and the bike insurance is significantly cheaper than the car insurance.

Speaking of bike insurance, as is common in India, a two-wheeler insurance is mandatory for motorcycle owners. The main objective of bike insurance is to help protect people from traffic accidents. The insurance policy also helps in protecting the bike against any natural disasters-based damages such as earthquakes and landslides, other than occurrences such as theft fire or riots. Generally, the bike insurance policy is categorized into two policies. The first, known as “act only” policy, covers any type of damage on the bike, physical injuries, or even death. The second one is called “comprehensive” policy, and it covers damages caused by external forces—such as natural disasters, fires or burglary—as well as third party damages.

When buying a new motor vehicle, an insurance policy is included in the price. The insurance is only valid for one year, and the owner must renew the policy every year. The owner can choose to renew the same policy or multi-year two wheeler insurance policy with the same company or with a different one.

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One thing is for sure, make sure that you ride the motorcycle safely on the road to reduce traffic accidents.
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Every year new bikes are being released, and enthusiasts may be interested in looking for new ones to replace their old ones. But some even choose to keep using their old bike most probably due to financial reasons, or maybe they are already comfortable with the ones that they already have. One thing that comes to mind when it comes to shopping for bikes is the mileage. Specifically, which of the bikes sold tend to have the best mileage, or can travel the furthest without breaking down. Here, we list down the top 10 bikes in India that have the best mileage.

  1. Honda Dream Yuga (Mileage: 72 km/l)

Initially billed as the “cheapest bike Honda has ever produced”, the model is first introduced in 2012. This model has the lowest mileage in this list, but can go up to 97 km/h in speed. The engine is a 109cc single cylinder air-cooled block with a 4 speed gearbox. The 130mm drum brake is in the front and rear; the Dream Yuga has no option for disc brakes. Just like the other models in the ‘dream’ series, it has a basic styling and a very conventional look. The 2016 model introduces two new colours, which are Black and Athletic Blue Metallic; in total, the model has 6 colours.

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The 2016 model introduces two new colours. Flickr
  1. Honda Dream Neo (Mileage: 74 km/l)

After Dream Yuga, Honda then launched Dream Neo in 2013. This model, which is sold at a lower price than Dream Yuga, was released then to compete against its competitor, Hero Splendor. The mileage is slightly higher than its predecessor—BikeWale even listed this model as its 7th most popular mileage bike, compared to Dream Yuga which is placed at number 10—and in terms of design, it is similar to Dream Yuga, except it has different graphics and the tail section is more basic. Just like Dream Yuga, Dream Neo also has drum brakes at the front and the rear with a four-speed gearbox.

  1. Honda CD 110 Dream (Mileage: 74 km/l)

After those two previous models came CD 110 Dream. Honda India released this model, which is cheaper than the two other modes of the Dream series, in 2014. In terms of mileage, it is similar to Dream Neo, and its design closely resembles Dream Neo, except that it has restyled graphics. In 2018, the model received an upgrade in terms of graphics, and its name is changed to CD 110 Dream DX. The engine is larger compared to its predecessors, which is a 110 single cylinder engine, but also has a four-speed gearbox as well. The basic colour for this model is black with five different graphics.

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The engine is larger compared to its predecessors. Flickr
  1. Yamaha Saluto RX (Mileage: 82 km/l)

Yamaha Saluto RX is the successor to the Yamaha Crux, and is “designed especially for the Indian roads”, as highlighted in Yamaha Motor India’s website. This model has the advantage of being light, which makes it easier to park or can reach a higher mileage. Speaking of mileage, this model is far better than the Honda Dream series, and the bike can travel up to a speed of 90km/h. The model implements a brand new platform and engine with BlueCore technology. Besides an 110cc air-cooled engine, this model is fitted with a four-speed constant mesh transmission. The Saluto RX is available in 4 colour schemes, which are black, matte black, blue and red.

  1.  Hero Passion Pro i3s (Mileage: 84 km/l)

Passion Pro is the “3rd Most Selling Bike in September 2018” on ZigWheels.com. It shares the mechanical bits with the Splendour model, and is promoted to those who want basic motorcycles with a splash of style. With an air-cooled single-cylinder engine of 97cc, the Passion Pro can travel up to a speed of 87km/h. When fitted with an ‘i3S’ Start/Stop System, the bike becomes more fuel efficient. The basic model has drum brakes whereas the top-of-the-line variant can be fitted with a front disc brake. Passion Pro is available in eight paint schemes.

  1. Mahindra Centuro (Mileage: 85.4 km/l)

The Centuro model is the most popular Mahindra model ever. With a mileage of 85.4 km/l, the Centuro boasts the features of having so many technology but with a reasonable seling price. The model is fitted with an anti-theft alarm, and also introduces a digital dashboard that sends out reminders whenever you’re travelling on eco-mode or when your bike needs servicing. The bike is also fitted with lamps that make it easier to find when parked in dark areas. The Centuro uses a single-cylinder engine with 106cc, and is fitted with a four-speed all-up shift pattern gearbox. The model is available with 3 colours—black, silver and red.

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The actual Mahindra Centuro, by means of Mahindra 3 Wheelers, is really a highly effective as well as clever bicycle. Flickr
  1. TVS Star City Plus (Mileage: 86 km/l)

First showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo in 2014, the Star City Plus is an upgrade from Star City, TVS’s most popular model. The Star City Plus introduces some added features and cosmetic changes. The model also comes with a 110cc DLI engine and a four-speed gearbox. TVS Phoenix inspires the design upgrades of Star City Plus, with a crown visor, new rear-view mirrors, a muffler guard with stainless steel and side panel grills which is honeycomb-textured. The model has four colour options—black, blue, grey and scarlet.

  1. Bajaj CT 100 (Mileage: 89km/l)

Bajaj is proud to claim that its motorcycle is the most affordable in India. With a 102cc single-cylinder engine, it can go up to 90km/h in speed, and has a 4-speed constant mesh transmission, with drum brakes on the front and the rear. Bajaj launched a newer version of the model, the CT100B, which a more affordable version than its predecessor, and is targeted to customers of rural areas. The selling point of the new model is that it has low maintenance but high fuel efficiency. The CT100 is available in four paint schemes.

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BAJAJ MOTORS CT 100. Flickr
  1. TVS Sport (Mileage: 95 km/l)

TVS Sport, also known as the TVS Star Sport, is a ‘sportier’ version of TVS Star City, but it is based on the older version of Star City. Compared to a standard bike, the Star Sport has sportier graphics supported by a racier front cowl. The basic specifications of Star Sport are similar to Star City.The engine is a 109cc single cylinder, and is fitted with a four-speed sequential gearbox, and drum brakes on the front and the rear.

  1. Bajaj Platina (Mileage: 104 km/l)

Coming at number 1 is the Bajaj Platina motorcycle. Positioned above the CT100, the Platina Comfortec is targeted at customers who want a hassle-free commuter motorcycle. To offer a more comfortable ride, the model is updated with a reworked suspension. The Platina Comfortec boasts an extremely frugal 102cc engine and is considered as one of the most fuel-efficient motorcycles in India, with a mileage that is the highest among others in this list. To increase the comfort levels, the model is fitted with a cushier seat and rubber footpegs. The overall design is basic and has a very conventional look.

Also Read: 10 Money Saving Tips for Buying Bike Insurance This Diwali

When buying motorcycles, customers always look for many factors other than mileage. Some may want a simple design yet can travel very far, but there are also those who prefer a sports-type of motorcycle that is also comfortable at the same time.

Nonetheless, one must always look out for all information regarding the motorcycle that they are interested in buying. One thing is for sure, make sure that you ride the motorcycle safely on the road to reduce traffic accidents.

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The Errant Son: Mir Murtaza And Al-Zulfiqar

Would the Bhutto charm, have worked on India? And had it been so, would the map of the Indian sub-continent today, have resembled the idea of a free market zone in South Asia, with porous borders?

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Mir Murtaza Bhutto with Shahnawaz Bhutto
Mir Murtaza Bhutto with Shahnawaz Bhutto
Tania Bhattacharya
Tania Bhattacharya

By: Tania Bhattacharya

India-Pakistan relations have hit a record low following the dastardly Pulwama Attack on a CRPF convoy in Indian administered Kashmir, on the 14th of February this year. Curiously, the Pakistan PM Imran Khan, made a statement a few days ago, endorsing the Indian PM Modi, and suggesting, that in case there was a re-election of the latter, the Kashmir issue may be finally resolved. This scenario is significant, given that both Imran and Modi, are perceived hardliners in their respective nations. As some South Asian policy watchers have noted, it is hawks like the two aforementioned heads of state, and not peaceniks, who are more likely to take large risks over bilateral issues involving the two neighbours, since if any of them is required to acquiesce, they cannot be labelled as anti-nationals. Peaceniks, their good intentions aside, are looked upon with suspicion in their countries, which accuse them of selling out.

 

These are the heady days of jingoist patriotism in South Asia, where Right Wing organizations seem to be faring much better than the other political alternatives; but there was a time not very long ago, when Southern Asia was in a sweet spot between Dictatorship and Democracy, where conducive factors facilitated the spectre of Left-Wing radicalism, in both India and Pakistan. Between the imprisonment of Pakistan’s democratically elected PM Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and the mysterious plane crash that killed President Zia ul Haq in 1988, a shadowy entity by the name of Al-Zulfiqar had emerged out of the pale, and rocked the Zia dictatorship, with its nuisance value. What were the origins of Al Zulfiqar, and who, was its chief executive officer?

The PIA Hijack drama
The PIA Hijack drama

We must retrace our steps to the early 1970s, when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the Pakistan president. His eldest son, and second-born, Mir Murtaza, would build a lavish tent on the sprawling lawns of 70 Clifton, the Bhutto residence at Karachi. Inside the private sanctuary he had made for himself, the young lad would read the influential works of prominent Marxist revolutionaries like Lenin, Mao, and Che Guevara. The walls of his tent would be adorned with posters of world-famous figures, who had adopted Marxist techniques and applied them to their personal agendas. Murtaza had become deeply involved with the guerrilla warfare ethos of Socialist insurgents and quickly became a role model for his younger male sibling, Shahnawaz, junior to him by four years.

 

Sensing that the wayward, and obstinate nature of the older Bhutto was getting him into trouble with his high school officials and law enforcement, Zulfiqar had insisted, that Murtaza abandon his tent, and his Leftist reactionary literature, to concentrate on his school syllabus, so that the straight and the narrow could produce results for the latter. As soon as it became possible, and after consulting his wife Nusrat Bhutto, the President had packed off his enfant terrible to study in the United States, and then to England, where he hoped, that a new environment would change him. It was here, that Murtaza shone. A thorough academic, he researched upon and produced a dissertation, concerning the consequences of India’s nuclear program, on Pakistan. He developed the reputation of being a cad, and somewhat of a lady’s man as well, during his student years in London, where he was a regular sighting at nightclubs, with one or the other pretty girl, on his arm.

 

His father, had made the issue of the ‘Muslim Bomb’ an international one, arguing, that since the Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Marxist political spheres had their own, ultimate weapon of mass destruction, it was only fair that the Islamic world follow suit. Israel though not openly belligerent with the bomb, was suspected of being in possession of the technology to construct one, in 1966 itself. Moreover, it had refused to sign the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty). Pakistan, under his leadership, he had sworn, would ‘gift’ the Muslim world with its first nuclear weapon. The president’s (and later, Prime Minister’s) son, would broach the topic on an academic level, and make its knowledge, widespread.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto with his third wife Husna Sheikh
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto with his third wife Husna Sheikh.

Murtaza was yet abroad, when his father, by the time, the democratically elected Prime Minister of his country, was toppled in mid-1977, in a military coup, headed by General Zia ul Haq, who until the event, had been Zulfiqar’s handpicked Chief of the Pakistan Armed Forces; and a man, that the confident, and arrogant premier, termed his ‘monkey general’. In a letter, handwritten to her brother, Benazir had advised him to travel to the United States, to meet with American leadership, that were friendly with the Pakistan Peoples Party, to plead for assistance in toppling the dictatorship of Zia. Interestingly, she had told him to steer clear of a top Bhutto aide, Ghulam Mustafa Khar. This is testified by Lt. General Khalid Mahmud Arif in his book Working With Zia. Khar, an uncle of PPP ex-Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar (2008 – 2013), had been a confidante of Prime Minister Bhutto, who he faithfully plied to the home of Bhutto’s first, secret mistress, and then, legally married third wife, Husna Sheikh, on a daily basis.

 

From the United States, Mir Murtaza had decided that it was not judicious to return to a strife-ridden homeland, which was experiencing its umpteenth military rule. Instead, he had flown to Syria and then Libya, to garner support from Bashar al-Assad and Muammar Gaddafi respectively. The Assads and Gaddafi were supportive of the Bhuttos. Zia to them, was an American puppet that had been installed as a means to an end, that too, through an undemocratic and unpopular regime change. It was in Syria occupied Lebanon, that Murtaza had begun building up a guerrilla outfit, which he named, the PLA (Pakistan Liberation Army). Members from the PPP back in Pakistan, were herded off to the Middle East, for rigorous guerrilla training, that was imparted by the Leftist PFLP (Popular Front For The Liberation Of Palestine). When Mir Murtaza deemed that the time was ripe for ambushing Zia’s men in positions of power; the trained militia of PLA flew to Afghanistan, where they continued further arms training, awaiting an opportune moment, to cross into their homeland, using the mountainous, and lawless tribal routes of northern Pakistan, which flanked the Durand Line.

 

While in Kabul, Murtaza Bhutto decided to rename his outfit Al-Zulfiqar Organization, or AZO. Shahnawaz, the younger son of the jailed premier, joined his older brother and was imparted training in guerrilla warfare, and violent Marxist insurrection. When not wielding guns in army fatigues, the young volunteers and the Bhutto brothers, would watch Bollywood flicks to kill time.

 

Initially, all Shahnawaz wished to do, was to open a tourist agency in Pakistan, and live quietly with the Afghan object of his affections. But the restless circumstances that engulfed the young man, forced him to join Al-Zulfiqar, all the more so, as it had his older brother at its helm; a man he had much admired from the days of his youth.