My previous rides were
My first two wheeler (geared & non geared class) was a Bajaj pulsar 180cc bought in August of 2015. I wasn’t very aware about style and features or any other specifications about a motorcycle. All that mattered it had 2 wheels and an engine. Also, I believed a light and agile bike would be the best bet for a novice like me. Thus over 8 months and 8000kms I travelled across South India exploring places like:
The next in line was a Royal Enfield Classic 350 and this followed by the current motorcycle – a 2017 KTM Duke 390.
My options were
Amongst motorcyclists, it is said that the motorcycle is an extension of oneself. My case was no different, I was looking for a motorcycle with the following aspects:
Comfortable on long rides
Offered reliability with low maintenance costs
Thus my options narrowed down to:
Triumph Street Triple
I chose my current bike because
That’s my favorite question… My mantra behind my motorcycle choices have always been, firstly to be handy and skilled with the machine I own. Nevertheless, keep the skillset sharp and knowledge on all types of bikes up to date; after all, learning never stops, does it?
After understanding all types of motorcycles and to be able to weigh between, their pro and cons in these 4 years I was ready to make an informed decision. The Twin-cylinder ER6N is an exciting street bike, and pocket friendly too.
Considering all factors like riding the in crowded Indian city traffic to cursing around tarmac roads to mighty mountains curvy roads, this 649cc powered, four-stroke, parallel-twin, with liquid-cooled engine which uses a four-valve per cylinder layout and dual overhead camshafts. This bulletproof Japanese engine provides a decent power output of 71.1bhp at 8,500rpm while peak torque of 6.5kgm comes in at 7,000rpm. The ER-6n’s fuel-injected engine displays torque rich character, with a meaty mid-range that makes this an easy bike to zip past traffic in.
The number of kilometers clocked so far – 12000kms
My most memorable rides
On my Kawasaki ER6N I have had some really unforgettable amazing memories. Specifically enjoying it’s the power, comfort and performance it has to offer. On the highways it’s comfortable & and one can maintain good highway speeds. In return offering good fuel efficiency without no major downshifts. And on curvy and bendy roads it is effortless and confidence inspiring.
I made my first long trip on this machine within 15 days of its arrival. A Tristate route in which I covered beautiful & scenic roads through Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Riding a 649cc machine for the first time on curvy roads gave me some difficulty, thus it took a while adjusting myself to its front heavy design. But after spending some time behind the handle bar, it made my transition easy. While this model came with no Abs system, on sandy and gravel patches it surprised me the most.
I would recommend/ not recommend that girls/ ladies buy this bike because
This motorcycle is one of the best in its class. Below mentioned are few points felt after riding it:
Its definitely a good choice when anyone wants to upgrade in higher capacity category considering budget, riding style change after any other street, cruiser and touring segment motorcycles.
It a dark horse machine to me as it doesn’t make much sound but gives solid speed punch.
Its seat height and handle positioning offers comfort, and is suitable to most riders.
The suspension not only offers stability at high speeds on highways it also absorbs the impact on bad roads and soft roading .
What could be better is, its turning radius.
The 650cc engine does heat up while waddling through city traffic, it however is bearable compared to other high revving sub 600cc machines.
The Japanese potent engine build quality is very reliable. Thus, making this machine confidence inspiring for woman riders who enjoy touring.
The Kawasaki ER6N gives around 22kmpl when you are at130-140kmph on a constant throttle. This literally is KTM Duke 390 territory in terms on highway mileage.
Features of Kawasaki ER6N :
Fuel tank capacity 16 litres
Kerb weight 204kg
Engine Layout Four-stroke, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled
Power 71.1bhp at 8500rpm
Torque 6.5kgm at 7000rpm
Specific output 109.6bhp per litre
Power to weight 348.5bhp per tonne
Gearbox 6-speed, 1-down, 5-up
Front suspension Telescopic forks
Rear suspension Offset single shock, twin tube swingarm
Front brake 300mm petal discs
Rear brake 220mm petal disc
Wheels 6-spoke alloy
Rim size (f-r) 17 inches
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