Mods, modifications. Another reason to love riding a bike. Isn’t it an exciting and visceral experience to own the motorcycle you want and be able to modify it? I hear you say yes, and I have to agree. There are some people who prefer the motorcycle in stock form, i.e. the way you got it when you bought it off the showroom floor.
There are still more rebellious and enthusiastic riders, who are not satisfied with what they get from the factory. They want more from their motorcycle. They want their motorcycle to have good visual appeal and look the way they want, which is to look sexy, or you want to improve the performance of the motorcycle, say, by installing an air filter, or a sprocket or By replacing the complete gearing. , or by giving it better brakes, tires, and suspension, etc. or, if you’re a wild child, you’ll give it a big bore kit or change the engine! Or, you want more comfort by giving it a more comfortable seat, or you want to improve the carrying capacity while touring, or, you want your motorcycle to sound like a million bucks so you can add an exhaust. Want to add (fake fact- putting an Akrapovic sticker on your bike will increase power by 10 horsepower!!!!).
Anything you can do with your motorcycle, the sky’s the limit. You can customize your motorcycle as per your wish. Well, there are some motorcycles that are easier to modify and have more modification potential and capability than others, one reason being that they have a huge aftermarket. And that is going to be the topic of today’s blog post.
These are our picks for the top 5 motorcycles available in India with great modification potential. (Please note that these bikes are in no particular order, in my opinion, each one of them is amazing)
For this, I would recommend the Avenger 220 Cruise and the 1st Gen Avenger as they both really look the part. Others, like 150 Street, look like commuters in my opinion (no offense to their owners, you can edit them too). Avenger has been a very popular and appreciated bike, because it is basically a budget cruiser, in my opinion, it is the only budget cruiser in India, there is nothing like it in the market. Japanese rivals tried, in the form of the Suzuki Intruder and Yamaha Antiser, but they couldn’t beat the Avenger.
The Avenger wasn’t really anything special, a commuter bike with the looks of a proper cruiser, like those big burly Harleys, but on a budget. But it was special because it was a bike that brought many cruiser enthusiasts, who couldn’t afford a cruiser, into riding. What made the Avenger special was its low price, looks to die for, easy availability of parts and cheap maintenance (’cause it’s a Bajaj, duh), comfortable, torquey engine and cruiser. Ergos with forward seat footpegs, and the fact that it was otherwise. Still one of the most comfortable bikes in the segment. Since parts are cheap and easily available, there is nothing to worry about.
Since this bike is all about big cruiser looks, and sexiness, most people modify it for looks, to make it look like their idea of a “real” cruiser. I would also suggest you to make it look like a beautiful cruiser, or whatever you like. The next thing I would recommend, and I guess people do, is to make the seat and suspension setup more comfortable as this will add to the Avenger’s riding experience, making you feel like you’re riding. You’re riding the cloud, no kidding! The next thing I would suggest is to go for an aftermarket exhaust, which can be a bit tricky. If you search around a bit and get the right one, it will really look like a cruiser! Last but not least, if it’s possible, I’d suggest getting a bigger bore kit to increase displacement and torque, which will make the experience even more expansive. I would recommend moving the displacement to 350 or 400 cc if possible.
Bajaj Pulsar NS200
The NS200 is, in my opinion, the best sporty street naked bike in the 200cc class, if performance is what you want on a budget. It makes the most power in the 200cc class, has the highest top speed, 6-speed transmission, 4-valve head, liquid cooling, and timeless modern-classic looks. It is quite reliable, and it is also cheap and easy to maintain parts are cheap and easily available and maintenance is also easy because it is a Bajaj. The engine and transmission are taken from the KTM Duke 200, so there is no doubt that this is the spicy meatball of the segment. It goes like hell by 200cc standards. In stock form it has a top speed of 145 kmph!
It’s efficient in the city, maintains comfortable triple-digit speeds on the highway, and handles long-distance touring quite well. It is also a very enjoyable motorcycle in the corners. Its heart lies in the open road and corners as it has really good handling and is one of the best handling motorcycles in the segment. It loves its revs, and once you rev it hard, you’ll love the sound as the tachometer passes 6000 rpm, this thing gets downright serious and pulls like a beast. This is due to the frame frame, monoshock at the rear, and a really stiff suspension setup at the front. It is the go-to choice for thrill seekers and squids on a budget. The NS200 platform, like the Avenger, has been around forever, so parts are easy to find and the platform is known for having huge potential for both types of mods—performance mods and appearance mods.
People have modified their NS200s quite a bit for both looks and performance. Personally, I would suggest you get fully adjustable USD forks on the front, from a reputable brand like Showa or Ohlins, and a fully adjustable rear monoshock from a reputable company. Give it a full system exhaust, an air filter, an ECU tune up, give the engine a big bore kit to 400cc, give it some good tank grip, give the throttle a bigger cam for aggressive throttle response, this adjustable Able brake and clutch levers, give the brakes a master cylinder, steel braided brake lines, ditch the old pathetic Eurogrips and give it a brand new set of Michelin Road 5 tyres, give it 2 320mm front discs with center pads up front. (In case it’s not clear, it’s the same setup as the KTM Duke 390, but double), and boy, oh boy, you’ve got one crazy track weapon on your hands. Have fun overtaking other bikes in the pier and BIC!
People know this 2-stroke legend, so he needs no introduction. People have done many mods on this bike. You can edit it to get the look you want. Scrambler, cafe racer, or stock look, your choice. I would also recommend putting on fat tires for a nice, rugged look. You can also modify this bike for better performance. People have used the RX100 in racing forever. This bike has a lot of racing and high speed capability. You can use expansion chambers, porting, engine tuning, sprockets, bigger carburetors, air filters, faster throttles for better performance, and even disc brakes for better stopping power.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650/ Continental GT650
This bike is a retro motorcycle and cafe racer that has truly earned its fan following. It looks sexy, looks like a million bucks, and goes like hell. This bike can be modified for both looks and performance. You can display the Interceptor 650 or even perform it as a scrambler, as Sagar Sheldaker did. His project “Hair Scramble” is worth a look. The Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT650 are the same bike, but the Interceptor is a typical retro bike while the Continental GT650 is a cafe racer.
You can modify the Continental GT650 to look like a cafe racer and my other recommendation would be to modify it to make it a track bike because despite its weight and being a Royal Enfield, it has track. The bike has a lot of potential to be. I would also suggest fitting an exhaust as this will save weight and increase the sound of this beast, and a bigger bore kit to increase its displacement and thus increase power and torque. Trust me, it deserves it.
Royal Enfield Classic 350/500/Bullet 350/500
These bikes have been around forever, people have been modifying them for looks and comfort and putting exhausts on them forever, so if you want your bike to make a statement and you want It sounds and looks like Shahid Kapoor’s entry in Kabir Singh, if it suits your personality you can edit it as per your wish, you won’t regret it. I would recommend that you replace this bike for looks, sound and feel, not for performance, because this bike is not for that.