Various types of bikes as per usage & application

By: Donal Sanghvi Category: Bike Lovers21/03/2019

Bikes come in various colors, shapes, sizes, and features. Each bike with its unique features can be categorized for its own purpose or application. The various categories are Sports, Dirt, Street, Adventure, Tour, Home Use, Commercial, Delivery….etc. Let's explore some categories and some of the most preferred bikes in the categories.

Adventure Bikes:

Adventure bikes are bikes which serve a dual purpose or street ride as well as endurance ride a.k.a. on road as well as off-road. Endurance bikes are the type of bikes which are usually preferred for long rides and cause little to no problems, issues or maintenance during a long journey. Adventure bikes are the most preferred bikes in the bike category as everybody wishes to travel long distance or cruise to a point which they have never been before.

Some of the preferred adventure bikes in India are:
  • Dominar 400
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan
  • Hero XPulse 200
  • Honda XRE 300
  • Yamaha Lander XTZ 250

Tour Bikes:

Although any bike can be taken on a long journey it is recommended to go on Tour bike as they are designed specifically for long distance riders. The features commonly incorporated in Tour bike are relaxed seating, upright seating position, large capacity fuel tank, large displacement fairings and windshield for a high degree of weather and wind protection.

Some of the preferred tour bikes in India are:
  • Royal Enfield Classic 350
  • KTM RC 200
  • Honda CBR250R
  • Bajaj Pulsar RS 200
  • Mahindra Mojo

Home Use Bikes:

All the gearless, less weight, easy to start, park and carry basic daily items are categorized as Home Use. The daily activities like grocery shopping, buying day to day items, dropping and picking up your child can be easily and effortlessly done on such bikes. Bikes which are very handy in a small distance, traffic and require less time to learn to drive belong to this category. Home use bikes are mostly preferred for women as they are involved majorly in the day to day activities and daily chores.

Some of the preferred home use bikes in India are:
  • Honda Activa 5G
  • Honda Dio
  • TVS Jupiter
  • Suzuki Access 125
  • Hero Maestro Edge

Commercial/Delivery Bikes:

Various businesses and commercial organization require a bike regularly and more often than usual, in such cases we need to buy a different type of bike which lasts longer and cost us less despite rough or extensive usage. Commercial/delivery bikes are on the rise as the whole commerce circulates around the delivery time of a product.

The main criteria for these bikes are :-

  • Fuel Efficiency: This is a key factor when it comes to selecting a commercial bike, as it determines the cost per delivery or cost as per the travel which incurs as an expense to the commercial organization. The cost is calculated for per km hence a bike with average 60 would cost you around 0.75 INR per KM according to a fuel price of 80.
  • Delivery time and Traffic: Business organization provides features like 30 MInute delivery and quick delivery despite traffic. The idea is to purchase a bike which is handy in traffic and has a good pickup in small distances and moves quickly in traffic and between narrow paths.
  • Reliability: The bikes which are chosen for delivery purposes have to be very reliable which means they do not cause fatal breakdowns consuming time and incurring a loss to businesses. The uptime has to be calculated along with the time it needs to get it serviced, fixed or altered.
  • Low maintenance cost: WIth the fuel efficiency aspect of the bike usually a less cc engine is preferred among the delivery chain as it costs very less to maintain as well as regular repairs. The cost of parts which are replaced are also less compared to a heavy duty bike.
  • Ability to be modified to have storage in the rear seat: The modification aspect is very important and the bike needs to have space at the rear end or a carrier on top of which a box or modified storage space can be created.

Some of the preferred home use bikes in India are:
  • Honda CD 110 Dream
  • Hero Splendor or Passion
  • Bajaj Platina 100 or Discover 100
  • TVS Star or Max4r