ABS is undoubtedly the most important feature that a motorcycle should have in the present day riding conditions. The bikes are getting more powerful day by day and the power requires technology to get handled in the best possible way. Most manufacturers offer ABS on big bikes while the same is seen missing from Indian performance bikes from a long time. Many brands have taken a step forward and today, you have the option of ABS on a total of six motorcycles that can be bought under INR 2.5 lakh. TVS is one of the oldest players that offer ABS on its Apache RTR 180 as an option.
The same is even the most affordable motorcycle to carry this safety feature and comes with ex-showroom price of INR 90,700. Next comes Bajaj Pulsar RS200, carrying just single channel ABS and priced at INR 1,33,800. Bajaj could have offered dual channel ABS as the unit was ready and perfectly working on the bigger Dominar 400. Using single channel ABS increases the risk of skidding as the rider can accidentally hard press the rear brake and slip away from the uneven surface. Bajaj Dominar 400 is powered by a bigger 373.2 cc, single cylinder engine producing 35 PS and 35 Nm of torque. It even comes with dual channel ABS as an option.
Apart from these 3 bikes, Honda CBR250R, KTM RC390 and KTM 390 Duke are offered with dual channel ABS. Honda CBR250R retails for INR 1,90,000 while both the others are placed above INR 2.25 lakh. Honda provides ABS at an extra INR 30,000 on the regular CBR250R while most others charge around INR 10,000-15,000 for the same. Both the KTM motorcycles are offered with Bosch dual channel unit as standard. Government is working on few measures to mandate ABS on bikes over certain engine sizes. The bikes under 150 cc would most probably get standard combination braking system in India.