Before heading out to some smoothly paved highways, we spent a lot of time with these bikes in the city. The Interceptor with its 650cc parallel twin motor that is known for having plenty of torque, moved easily past the ever growing traffic. The slick gearbox, and the light clutch worked like a breeze. On the highways too, the air-cooled motor didn’t sweat. In fact, it didn’t show any signs of stress nor was its refinement affected in anyway. Thanks to the tonnes of torque, the bike can stay at 120kmph for hours.
The G310R, with its 310cc single-cylinder engine, is a modern one in every way. The refinement, the character and the performance all add up to a nice riding experience. It’s the least powerful bike in this game with just 33bhp and 28Nm of peak torque, but even with this figure, the G310R does its job quite willingly. The mid-range is strong, and that sorts one’s life in city as well as on the highways. But post 5500rpm, the vibes can be felt easily on the tank and the pegs.
The 390 Duke churns out 43bhp in a linear manner. The throttle response is crisp, thanks to the presence of ride-by-wire. The motor is refined, but sounds a bit crude at higher revs. Due to the nature of the bike, the bike doesn’t feel happy below 4000rpm, and that is slightly bothersome while riding in city. Post 5000rpm, the 390 Duke is very quick and has the capability to reach triple digit speeds in no time. Here again, there are vibes, yes, but limited only to the pegs.