Two Wheelers for Ladies

These are exciting times for two-wheelers in India. Its market has been growing at a rapid rate and is fuelled by increasing purchasing power in rural and urban India. During the past five years, two-wheelers have been growing at 7% CAGR, while it’s 2% in the case of four-wheelers. In the 1980s, when major international two-wheeler companies began to enter India through joint ventures, the demand for  ‘motorcycle’ began to overtake that of ‘scooters’ and soon the market was dominated by motorcycle sales at the cost of scooters. So much so that Bajaj Auto, which had been dominating the two-wheeler scooter market space for decades, withdrew from the scooter market to focus on motorcycles. Today, scooters are rapidly gaining market share in India, and as per Credit Suisse, a Swiss Brokerage firm, India will see scooter sales dominate 40% of the 2-wheeler market by 2020.

Increasing number of women 2-wheeler riders

The dramatic rise of two-wheeler sales, on the back of rising scooter sales, can be attributed to changing social trends in India, wherein more girls and women are stepping out of their homes and claiming their right to independent movement. Today, more and more college-going girls, working women, businesswomen and even housewives, prefer to ride a two-wheeler for their daily conveyance. The good old scooter is the preferred vehicle and this has been a major factor in driving scooter sales in both rural and urban India.

Honda the biggest beneficiary

When global auto giant Honda decided to break away from its local partner Hero Motors, it made a strategic choice to focus on scooters and also decided to increase its focus on the female rider. Today, Honda dominates the two-wheeler market, which includes motorcycles and scooters, with their best-selling model in India, Honda Activa. In May 2016, Honda Activa was the largest selling model topping both the scooter and motorcycle categories. And women have played a key role in the success of this model.

Best two wheeler models for ladies to buy in 2016

Ladies have a range of models to choose from based on budget, size, weight, mileage, maintenance and of course speed. Today, women are not just seeking a simple journey from point A to point B, they are demanding speed, performance and support. In fact, more women are now interested in trying out performance motorcycles which has traditionally been a male bastion. So here is our list of recommended scooters and motorcycles for women.

Honda Activa 3G

Our Number 1 choice for style, handling, speed and performance. This scooter comes with the new Honda Eco Technology (HET) which offers a smooth ride under city conditions, especially for women, where easy handling and safe riding get priority.

  • Engine: 102 CC 4-stroke single cylinder engine with an air cooled OHC.
  • Top speed: 84 kmph
  • Fuel capacity: 5.3 litres
  • Brakes: Drum brakes in front and rear wheels
  • Tyres: Tubeless
  • Mileage: 35-45 kmpl
  • Weight: 108.00 kg
  • Price: Rs 50,048 (ex-showroom Delhi)

Honda Dio

All those ladies looking for a lighter and peppier ride may find the Honda Dio a good option. It’s lighter in weight, making it very attractive for teenage girls. The top speed is marginally less than the Activa but most other features remain the same. The Honda Dio is slightly more expensive but that’s a small price for lighter handling.

  • Engine: 102 CC 4-stroke single cylinder engine with an air cooled OHC.
  • Top speed: 80 kmph
  • Fuel capacity: 5.3 litres
  • Brakes: Drum brakes in front and rear wheels
  • Tyres: Tubeless
  • Mileage: 35-45 kmpl
  • Weight: 105.00 kg
  • Price: Rs 48,412 (ex-showroom Delhi)

Honda Navi

This unique crossover between a bike and a scooter places the Navi in an exclusive niche. The Navi comes with the Honda Eco Technology (HET) and could be interesting for those ladies who are looking for the thrill of a bike but the feel of a scooter.

  • Engine: 110 CC 4-stroke SI.
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Top speed: 81 kmph
  • Fuel capacity: 3.8 litres
  • Tyres: Tubeless
  • Brakes: Drum brakes in front and rear wheels
  • Weight: 101.00 kg
  • Price: Rs 39,648  (ex-showroom Delhi)

TVS Scooty Pep+

In terms of handling and mileage, this one is a winner offering a whopping best-in-class 65 km mileage. Teenagers and young women working women will love this light ride.

  • Engine: 87.8 CC 4-stroke single cylinder engine forced air cooled.
  • Top speed: 78 kmph
  • Fuel capacity: 5 litres
  • Brakes: Drum brakes in front and rear wheels.
  • Mileage: 35-45 kmpl
  • Weight: 95.00 kg
  • Price: Rs 44,044 (ex-showroom Delhi)

Yamaha Cygnus Ray- ZR

This new launch from Yamaha will suit those female riders who want a stable ride with a pillion passenger.

  • Engine: 2 valve 113 CC 4-stroke air cooled SOHC engine
  • Top speed: 80 kmph
  • Fuel capacity: 5 litres
  • Brakes: Drum in front and rear wheels.
  • Mileage: 49-53 kmpl
  • Weight: 103.00 kg
  • Price: Rs 55,500 (on road-Delhi)

Suzuki Access 125

This is a good option for those seeking power and mileage. Suzuki Access 125 comes with the new SEP engine that offers a good enough reason to make it a serious contender.

  • Engine: 125 CC 4-cycle, 1-cylinder, air cooled, SOHC 2-valve.
  • Top speed: 80 kmph
  • Fuel capacity: 5.6 litres
  • Brakes: Drum/Disc in front and Drum in rear wheels.
  • Mileage: 64 kmpl
  • Weight: 102.00 kg
  • Price: Rs 59,222 with Drum brakes (on road-Delhi)

TVS Jupiter

With over a million TVS Jupiters on the road, this model sold 43,867 units in May 2016, making it the second highest selling scooter for the month, Honda Activa being the highest.

  • Engine: 109.7 CC 4-stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, OHC.
  • Top speed: 85 kmph
  • Fuel capacity: 5 litres
  • Brakes: Drum brakes in front and rear wheels.
  • Mileage: 62 kmpl
  • Weight: 102.00 kg
  • Price: TVS Jupiter – Rs 49,034 (ex-showroom Delhi); TVS Jupiter ZX – Rs 51,057 (ex-showroom Delhi); TVS Jupiter MillionR – Rs 53,034 (ex-showroom Delhi)

Vespa LX125

Vespa has a long tradition in scooter manufacturing and is an iconic brand that has made a re-entry into India. Vespa has launched a 125 CC version only for India but also offers a 150 CC version. For ladies, the 125 CC version is ideal. The mileage is low at 45 kmpl but the larger fuel tank capacity of 8 litres makes up for that and offers more or less the same frequency for tank top-ups.

  • Engine: 125 CC 4-stroke, 3-valve single cylinder air cooled.
  • Top speed: 100 kmph
  • Fuel capacity: 8 litres
  • Brakes: Disc brakes in front wheel and Drum in rear wheels.
  • Mileage: 45 kmpl
  • Weight: 114.00 kg
  • Price: Rs 66,661 (ex-showroom-Delhi)

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