Swinging a leg over the saddle of the Platina is no tough affair, given its 807mm seat height. Once settled, you are in a position which is ideal for hours of riding. The positioning of the handlebar and footpegs make sure that there’s no stress on the arms and legs while the adequately soft cushion keeps your waist happy.
Now, thumb the starter and the first thing one will notice is the smooth idle of the engine. Engaging first gear conveys that the gearbox is not very slick but it has a long throw and shifts with a satisfying click. As the motorcycle begins to move, you realise that it is not very quick off the line. However, the closely-spaced first three gears make sure that overtaking is easy in traffic. Shift to fourth and as soon as you reach 40kmph, the gear shift guide suggests that you engage the fifth gear and doing so smoothens out things considerably. With the top gear engaged, not only does the motor runs freely at speeds of around 70kmph, but you can also potter around with equal ease at 40kmph. The good spread of torque helps in charging ahead with decent pace but on the highway, overtaking requires shifting down a cog. The motor feels strain-free until 60kmph, after which the vibes start to make themselves felt through the handlebars and footpegs. While this blurs the images in the mirror, it is not all that annoying until the bike hits 80kmph speed. With a single rider, the engine maxes out at 95kmph.
The ride quality of the Platina is plush for the most part and it skirts over potholes, bumps, ruts and stones with ease. Going over sharp bumps generates a bit of jolt from the rear but it’s not profound. The long travel of the suspension prevents them from bottoming out in most scenarios, until you go gung-ho through the craters. In terms of handling, the 118kg kerb weight and narrow handlebars of the bike assure seamless maneuverability through traffic. The mirrors spread out a bit which might result in you brushing them with other vehicles but, on the flip side, they provide great rear visibility. As easy as it is to maneouvre the Platina through traffic, the motorcycle feels equally planted around corners.
The braking setup on the Platina 110 also does an outstanding job. The Anti-Skid Braking (ASB) mechanism drops the anchors with ample progression. For the uninitiated, the ASB activates both front and rear brakes on applying only the rear brake. The progressive action of ASB prevents the front wheel from locking. As for the front brake, which was a disc in our case, it has bite and feel in abundance. However, pulling them at high speed left the motorcycle wobbling a bit.