The Audace looks daunting and intimidating, and there’s no doubt about that. Get this 300kg cruiser in motion on the highway, and there’s a sudden change of perception about the Audace. The overall riding stance of the Audace is not that of a typical cruiser but it’s more on the aggressive side with a wide drag style-handlebar where you need to stretch your arms little more than usual and there’s also the forward set pegs to complement the aggressiveness.
I’m a big guy and I was able to soak into this riding position quite comfortably. What bothered me the most is riding the Audace in city. Needless to say, we know this beast does not like to be cramped. It’s very uncomfortable, blame the super hard hydraulic clutch. You need to have very strong hands if you plan to buy the Audace. And there’s the centre-biased weight distribution to make your ride difficult in the city. In short, don’t think of buying the Audace if you plan to do a lot of city riding. The Audace belongs to the highway and its performance blows you away.
The engine – 1400cc transverse v-twin engine is a unique one. This engine produces 96bhp and 121Nm of peak torque and this engine is mated to a six-speed transmission that transfers power to the rear-wheel via a shaft drive. Start the bike and the handlebar vibrates to the tune of the V-Twin and interestingly that’s the only time you’ll see the handlebar moving or vibrating. Because once you start riding the Audace, you’ll be surprised to see how refined and smooth this engine is. And the best part, you won’t experience any vibrations from this motor, not even at higher rpm. It’s super impressive. This engine is all about mid-range and that’s why you’ll see yourself crossing 100kmph with ease.
The ideal cruising range is between 100kmph and 140kmph but there’s plenty of room to go above that, if the road conditions permit. There’s more than enough torque coming out of this V-Twin till 5000rpm, after which it starts to lose little steam. At low end too, the Audace won’t disappoint you with the power delivery. It’s linear and easily accessible – something you want to see in a cruiser.
The suspension setup of the Audace is slightly on the firmer side, but not bad enough to break your back. And this makes it easy for the Audace to go around the corners with some really good lean angles. It eats up bumps and potholes pretty well. The braking department too, is impressive. Dual channel ABS is standard and when you combine this setup with the sticky Dunlop tyres, you’re one confident person on the road.