Welcome to Sepang. And welcome to our track ride review of what is a truly special motorcycle. This is the Ducati Panigale V4 S, and it is one of those rare two-wheeled machines that make you feel like you are a much better rider than you actually are!
The similarities between the two are many. Both cost around Rs 7 lakhs, come with 'all-black' styling, and have liquid cooled twin cylinder engines that masquerade as air cooled units, you know, just to trick you into believing these have old world charm. These are also both low slung, laid back and ideal upgrades for various Royal Enfield owners.
We’ve ridden both the carbureted TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and the fuel-injected one at the TVS test track a while ago, and we’ve recently also had a go with it on our favourite roads, and with strong competition as well. Now it is time for the long haul.
According to Kawasaki, the Vulcan S isn't your average cruiser. And, if I were to quote the Japanese bike maker verbatim, 'It doesn't require the rider to conform to any herd mentality fashion or lifestyle.'
It has been three months and three thousand kilometres since the Apache RR310 joined our long term fleet. In that time, we have reported on its city commuting and track handling capabilities, not to mention the general design and build quality levels. Here then is a quick pros and cons list if you are still sitting on the fence regarding the RR.