What are the Top 10 Best-Selling Bikes in India 2022? The motorbike sector was one of the best-performing in the Indian vehicle industry in the first month of 2022, with 9,16,365 units sold and a 5% year-on-year growth rate. Some brands and items continue to be popular buys due to their unique characteristics, and it’s no wonder that commuter motorbikes top the roost here.
In January 2022, the top ten best-selling bikes (7,62,145) account for 83 per cent of all motorcycles sold. In the first ten months of FY2022, when total industry sales were 81,15,517, these top sellers maintained the same 83 per cent ratio, at 67,56,308 units.
List the Top 10 Best-Selling Bikes and Scooters in India 2022:
Hero MotoCorp gets its financial clout from the Splendor, the world’s best-selling motorbike and two-wheeler. In January 2022, the firm sold 2,25,382 units, bringing the company’s 10-month total in the current fiscal year to 19,32,736 units – only 67,264 shies of the two-million milestone.
The Splendor line, one of India’s first BS6-compliant two-wheelers, consists of three models: the Splendor Plus, the Splendor iSmart, and the Super Splendor. With a starting price of Rs 59,600, the Splendor Plus remains the most economical. The most costly model is the Super Splendor, which starts at Rs 67,300. The Splendor iSmart costs Rs 67,100.
The Splendor is powered by a new engine: a 113.2cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected unit producing 9.1hp at 7,500rpm and 9.89Nm of torque at 5,500rpm. The best-selling bike in India, which has Hero’s i3s start-stop technology, comes standard with a 240mm front disc and a 130mm rear drum brake.
The increase in demand for the Splendor line is being driven by an increase in demand from rural India, which has had a strong Kharif season. Demand for fuel-efficient commuter bikes will only rise in the coming months, as farmers boost their transportation operations.
Hero HF Deluxe
The HF Deluxe has long been the best-selling motorbike, selling 1,34,860 units last month. Hero MotoCorp debuted the BS6 HF Deluxe exactly a year ago, with the basic model priced at Rs 55,925 and the i3S variant priced at Rs 57,250. (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi).
The redesigned HF Deluxe has a 100cc, single-cylinder fuel-injected engine that produces 7.94hp and 8.05Nm; Hero says the new engine is 9 per cent more fuel-efficient and performs better, with 6 per cent quicker acceleration. Hero’s i3S is also included in the new HF Deluxe (idle start-stop system).
Honda CB Shine
This Honda on two wheels is doing well in the sales department. Normally ranked fourth, it has risen one place with sales of 1,16,222 units, surpassing the Bajaj Pulsar by 18,642 units.
The CB Shine was one of the first motorcycles in India to get the BS6 modification. The same 124.73cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine has been modified to BS6 specification, increasing output from 10.31hp to 10.88hp. While the power increase is minor, the BS6 CB Shine includes electronic fuel injection, which results in a crisp and smooth throttle response. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
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The sporty Bajaj Pulsar line is ranked fourth, with 97,580 units sold in January and a total of 7,78,525 units sold in ten months. It is believed that sales would have been higher if not for the negative effect on manufacturing caused by the sluggish supply chain for semiconductors, which has also impacted Bajaj Auto.
The sporty Pulsar line consists of nine variants: the Pulsar 125, the Pulsar 150, the 150 Neon, the 150 Twin Disc, the Pulsar 180, the Pulsar 220, the NS160, the NS200, and the RS200.
In an effort to rev up Pulsar sales, the business released the new 2022 Pulsar 180 on February 23, priced at Rs 1.08 lakh, therefore increasing the line-up of India’s most popular entry-level sport motorbike brand. The 180-200cc motorbikes now account for 20% of the sports biking category, and the new Pulsar 180 will target customers searching for a sports vehicle that offers the finest in technology and performance.
The Hero MotoCorp motorcycle lineup includes numerous long-standing models, such as the Passion, that continue to sell in the domestic market. The upgraded BS6 113cc engine from the Splendor iSmart powers the Passion, producing 9.15hp and 9.9Nm of torque.
This fuel-efficient commuter motorbike sold 43,162 units in January 2022 and 4,22,574 units in the first ten months of the fiscal year, compared to 26,905 units and 4,49,530 units the previous year. Given the COVID-19-induced sales drop and the sluggish economy, this may be considered a strong display for the Passion, which certainly isn’t going out of style anytime soon.
Royal Enfield Classic 350
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is evidence that old can be gold. The traditional thumper, which sold 40,872 copies in January, is witnessing a resurgence in popularity (January 2022: 40,834). And, with 2,93,421 units sold in the first ten months of FY2022, this machine remains at the top of heavy metal fans’ wish lists.
The Classic 350 BS6 features a fuel-injection system that produces 19.8hp and 28Nm of torque. The new Classic is around Rs 11,000 more costly than the BS4 model, with pricing beginning at Rs 1,78,000.
The Classic 350 is Royal Enfield’s most popular motorbike, accounting for 65 per cent of the company’s total sales of 4,48,151 bikes from April 2022 to January 2022.
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Apache, the flagship motorbike and luxury bike brand of TVS Motor Co, is ranked eighth. The Apache series, which consists of four models – Apache RTR 160, RTR 180, RTR 160 4V, and RTR 200 4V – sold 28,456 units in January, a little decrease from August 2022.
On October 12, cumulative Apache sales surpassed the four-million-unit mark worldwide. This premium brand debuted in 2005, therefore the journey from zero to 40,00,000 units took 15 years. Surprisingly, the final million or ten lakh unit sales occurred in only two years. On September 10, 2018, the TVS Apache surpassed the three-million-sales mark.
The sustained popularity of Hero commuter bikes has hurt demand for the Bajaj Platina, which ranks eighth in the Top 10 rankings with 27,131 units sold. Its 10-month total is 3,36,396 units, a decrease of 64% over the previous year.
Bajaj launched a new ES (Electric Start) Disc Brake variation to the Platina 100 lineup in early July, bringing the total number of variants to three. The Platina 100 is powered by a BS6-compliant 102cc single-cylinder engine with a max output of 7.9hp and 8.34Nm. This engine is connected to a four-speed transmission.
The Unicorn is the second Honda bike in this Top 10 list, with 25,799 units sold in 10 months and 1,83,997 sold in 10 months. Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India introduced the BS6 model exactly a year ago. The Unicorn was Honda’s first motorbike in India, and this new model is based on the outgoing CB Unicorn, which is one of the manufacturer’s most popular models. The Unicorn 160’s 162.71cc single-cylinder engine powers the bike.
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Is Hero Glamour losing its allure among consumers, or are the reduced numbers an outlier? It was formerly a regular at No. 5 or so, but now it’s at the bottom. The bike sold 22,681 units in January (January 2022: 40,318) and 4,03,166 units in 10 months (April 2019-January 2022: 5,54,158), a dramatic 27 per cent decrease year on year.
The Glamour is certainly feeling the heat as it competes with popular bikes such as the Honda SP 125 and the Bajaj Pulsar 125. While it has the same displacement of 124.7cc, the single-cylinder engine powering the Glamour is new and comes with a 5-speed transmission.
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