Chennai: For the middle class, mileage is a crucial consideration while zeroing on a two wheeler. However they are really baffled to find out the correct mileage figures of any model as the claims of vehicle manufacturers were subject to the rider `under standard test condition'.
However the standard test conditions widely vary with the actual riding conditions. Further the fuel used to test is quite different from what is available in the petrol bunks. This also determines the actual mileage for the vehicle users.
In order to help the consumer to understand the real world mileage figures from every motorcycle in the country, automobile magazine, Overdrive, conducted a detailed never-before test of each and every motorcycle available in India.
According to a release from Kinetic Engineering Limited, the magazine tested 54 two wheelers and the Kinetic brand motorcycles have come out as the most fuel efficient motorcycles in the country.
Kinetic Engineering's entry level motorcycle Boss has been judged as the "Mileage Champion" of India, beating all other two wheelers on mileage, and leading the category of up to 100cc motorcycles - winning over motorcycles like Hero Honda Splendor, TVS Centra, Bajaj Boxer, LML Freedom etc.
In the category of motorcycles between 100-125cc, Kinetic Boss 115 tops the mileage chart, with Kinetic Velocity coming in second, beating other motorcycles like TVS Victor, Bajaj Caliber 115, Bajaj Wind 125 and others. And to complete the hat trick, in the category of motorcycles of 150cc and above, Kinetic GF 170 city and Laser have again come on top over competition like Bajaj Pulsar 180 dtsi, Hero Honda Karizma and others.
Says Adil Darukhanwala, editor, Overdrive, "It seems as if Kinetic has focused its energies on squeezing out the maximum mileage from its bikes."
Adds Sulajja Firodia Motwani, joint managing director, Kinetic Engineering says," I am happy that our efforts in research and development have paid off. Mileage is very important to Indian customer, and we have been striving to offer the best mileage to him."
Even among scooters, Kinetic Zoom is India's most fuel-efficient gearless scooter at 50 kmpl on road mileage, and Kinetic Zing is India's most fuel-efficient two-stroke scooterette with 57.6 kmpl mileage.
The Overdrive mileage research covered both city mileage as well as highway mileage. To ensure complete comparability, similar weight riders and identical riding patterns and routes were used. The research, spanned over 3 months of testing, included 8,800 km riding with 160 km logged on each two-wheeler.