KTM RC390

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KTM RC390

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A sports bike in its purest form. Reduced to the essentials. Agile, fast and extremely sporty. Whether you are on the highway, racetrack or streets, the Moto3 genes are perceptible in every manoeuvre and convey pure race feeling.

We especially love the headlights, the brakes and it’s compactness. Riding it gives an incredible feeling. It shares the same base as its sibling the KTM Duke 390 but its shorter wheelbase and reinforced frame give it a distinct sports bike feel. The handling – simply spectacular. The performance – incredible. The power – awesome.

This is a serious racer with Moto3 roots and we highly recommend it for people who enjoy sports bikes. Our main recommendation revolves around the price point; it is seriously good value for money. You get a brand new bike with ultra modern technology for the price of a used 5 – 10 year old (bigger cc) sports bike here in Kenya.

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Design 1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
Displacement 373.2 cm³
Bore 89 mm
Stroke 60 mm
Performance 32 kW (43 hp)
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6 speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication Wet sump
Primary gear ratio 30:80
Secondary gear ratio 15:45
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch / mechanically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment

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Frame Tubular space frame made from steel, powder-coated
Fork WP Suspension Up Side Down
Shock absorber WP Monoshock
Suspension travel front 125 mm
Suspension travel rear 150 mm
Brake system Front Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper
Brake system Rear Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs – diameter Front 300 mm
Brake discs – diameter Rear 230 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4” X‑Ring
Steering head angle 66.5°
Wheel base 1,340±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 178.5 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 820 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 10 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Dry weight 147 kg

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Specifications and images obtained from manufacturer’s website: http://www.ktm.com/supersport/rc-390-1/

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KTM Duke 390

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KTM Duke 390

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Light as a feather, powerful and packed with state of the art technology, this orange monster hits that sweet spot where power, agility, practicality and beauty are in balance. You will hardly find another motorcycle that guarantees you fun in the urban jungle, highway corners and off-road tracks at its cost.

There are five things we love about this bike: The orange exoskeleton, the orange wheels, the orange wheels, the orange wheels and crucially the orange wheels.

This is a fantastically balanced bike that will even please experienced riders. If you are looking for a bike to ride daily and is versatile enough to handle just about anything then this should be it. It’s powerful, it handles well, it looks good and it has very clever technology to keeps you safe.

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White

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Black

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Design 1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
Displacement 373.2 cm³
Bore 89 mm
Stroke 60 mm
Performance 32 kW (43 hp)
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6 speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication Wet sump
Primary gear ratio 30:80
Secondary gear ratio 15:45
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch / mechanically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment

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Frame Tubular space frame made from steel, powder-coated
Fork WP Suspension Up Side Down
Shock absorber WP Monoshock
Suspension travel Front 150 mm
Suspension travel Rear 150 mm
Brake system Front Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper
Brake system Rear Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs – diameter Front 300 mm
Brake discs – diameter Rear 230 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4” X‑Ring
Steering head angle 65°
Wheel base 1,367±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 170 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 800 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 11 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx. 139 kg

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Specifications and images obtained from manufacturer’s website: http://www.ktm.com/in/naked-bike/390-duke-2016/

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Bajaj Pulsar AS200

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Bajaj Pulsar AS200

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Based on the successful Pulsar 200NS, the Pulsar AS200 continues the Pulsar line superbly. The idea behind the AS200 is to have an alternative to the 200NS that is more comfortable, more aerodynamic and more touring friendly. It also comes with upgraded electrics and slightly tweaked engine.

Best of all, it retains the brilliant chassis, engine and gearbox that make the 200NS an excellent all-round bike. You won’t get any other 200cc motorcycle anywhere that is as modern, well built, practical and reliable all for the price the Pulsar AS200 is available at.

We really like this bike and we think it is the perfect bike for urban commuters and occasional tourers who would like to ride to in style, with no fear and without spending a fortune in fuel and maintenance costs.

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Type 4 – stroke, SOHC – 4V – Liquid Cooled, single cylinder
Displacement 199.5 cc
Combustion system Triple spark
Max Power 23.52 @ 9500 (Ps @ RPM)
Max Torque 18.3 @ 8000 (Nm @ RPM)
Exhaust system Exhaust TEC enhanced centrally mounted

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Front Telescopic Front Fork with Anti-friction Bush
Rear Mono suspension with nitrox
Front Brakes: Dia 280mm Disc Rear Brakes: Dia 230mm Disc
Front Tyre: 100/80 – 17 – Tubeless Rear Tyre: 130/70 – 17 – Tubeless

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Frame Type Pressed steel Perimeter Frame
Wheel Base 1363 mm
Length x height x width 2070 mm x 1205 mm x 804 mm
Ground Clearance 167 mm
Vehicle Kerb weight 153 kg
Total litres 12L

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System 12V Full DC MF
Head Lamp (Low/High Beam-watts) 55 W Low beam Projector55 W High beam MFR
Tail/Stop Lamp LED

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Specifications and images obtained from manufacturer’s website: http://www.bajajauto.com/pulsarAS/index.htm

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Bajaj Avenger Street

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Bajaj Avenger Street

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The Bajaj Avenger brand has been around for several years and it has always served the needs of people seeking affordability, reliability, comfort and good feeling from a cruiser bike. In 2016, Bajaj reinvigorated things by introducing the Avenger Street to join its older sibling – the Avenger Cruise.

The Avenger Street is a modern bike that’s very well made with quality sturdy parts and designed for reliability, great looks and easy maneuverability in city streets. We have listed this bike on this website because it is genuinely a great bike with a lot of good feeling around it and available at a great price.

Cruiser bikes are about feeling invincible and being cool and the Avenger Cruise starts you off in fantastic fashion. And yes, it is surprisingly very very affordable.

 

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Displacement 220cc
Combustion system Dual spark plug
Max Power 19.03 @ 8500 (Ps @ RPM)
Max Torque 17.5 @ 7000 (Nm @ RPM)

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Front Telescopic Front Fork with Anti-friction Bush
Rear Twin shock absorber
Front Brakes: Dia 260mm Disc Rear Brakes: Dia 130mm Drum
Front Tyre: 90/90 – 17 – Tubeless Rear Tyre: 130/90 – 15 – Tubeless

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Wheel Base 1490 mm
Length x height x width 2177 mm x 1070 mm x 801 mm
Ground Clearance 169 mm
Vehicle Kerb weight 150 kg
Total litres 14L

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System 12V Full DC MF
Head Lamp (Low/High Beam-watts) H4 (55w low beam and 65w high beam)
Tail/Stop Lamp LED

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Specifications and images obtained from manufacturer’s website: http://www.bajajauto.com/bajajavenger/

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Bajaj Pulsar 200NS

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Bajaj Pulsar 200NS

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Without a shadow of a doubt, the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS is the best 200cc motorcycle in the world in terms of value for money. Yes. I said it. The best in the world. You won’t get any other 200cc motorcycle anywhere that is as modern, well built, practical and reliable all for the price the Pulsar 200NS is available at.

A measure of its pedigree is thte fact that it shares and engine with KTM’s Duke 200. However, Bajaj’s interpretation of a naked street bike based on this engine is nothing short of amazing: Liquid cooling  makes it more powerful than other air or oil cooled competitors, a 6 speed gearbox gives options on the road and a perimeter chassis means the handling is fantastic and it is the crowning feature of this bike.

This bike has been so successful that Bajaj has created the Pulsar AS200 and Pulsar RS200 based on the 200NS platform.

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Red

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White

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Blue

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Type 4 – stroke, SOHC – 4V – Liquid Cooled, single cylinder
Displacement 199.5 cc
Combustion system Triple spark
Max Power 23.52 @ 9500 (Ps @ RPM)
Max Torque 18.3 @ 8000 (Nm @ RPM)
Exhaust system Exhaust TEC enhanced centrally mounted

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Front Telescopic Front Fork with Anti-friction Bush
Rear Mono suspension with nitrox
Front Brakes: Dia 280mm Disc Rear Brakes: Dia 230mm Disc
Front Tyre: 100/80 – 17 – Tubeless Rear Tyre: 130/70 – 17 – Tubeless

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Frame Type Pressed steel Perimeter Frame
Wheel Base 1363 mm
Length x height x width 2017 mm x 1075 mm x 804 mm
Ground Clearance 169 mm
Vehicle Kerb weight 145 kg
Total litres 12L

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System 12V Full DC MF
Head Lamp (Low/High Beam-watts) H4 Bulb 55/60 W Bulb with 2 Pilot Lamps
Tail/Stop Lamp LED

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Specifications and images obtained from manufacturer’s website: http://www.bajajauto.com/pulsar200ns_index.asp

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Yamaha FZS-FI

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Yamaha FZS-FI Version 2.0

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The Yamaha FZ Series bikes come from a long line of well built and reliable street bikes. Version 2.0 takes it to the next level – it brings Yamaha’s Blue Core concept in a refined 149cc Fuel Injected engine for unmatched performance and efficiency.

What we love the most about this bike is the brutish look and the magnificently wide tyres (Rear Tyre = 140mm wide!!), that give wonderful stability and an enhanced riding experience. We also love its very light weight (132kg) because it makes it easy to control and it accelerates very well.

The 149cc Fuel Injection engine brings wonderful fuel efficiency and yet the power is just enough for street riding. We especially recommend this for first time riders because of its lightness and ease of use. The winning bit for us though is the rear tyre. At 140mm, it is only 20mm less that most large sports bikes, giving it a fantastic brutish look and magnificent stability on the road.

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Viper Black

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Alligator Green

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Matt Green

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Wolf Grey

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Shark White

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Engine type Air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve
Displacement 149cc
Bore & Stroke 57.3mm x 57.9mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Maximum output 9.7 kW (13.1PS) / 8000 rpm
Maximum torque 12.8 N・m (1.3 kg f・m) / 6000 rpm)
Starting method Electric
Lubrication type Force-feed lubrication, wet sump
Fuel Supply Fuel injection
Clutch type Wet, multiple-disc
Transmission type Constant mesh 5-speed
Gear ratio 1st=2.714 2nd=1.789 3rd=1.318 4th=1.045 5th=0.875
Cylinder layout Single Cylinder
Battery 12V, 4.0AH (10H), Sealed type

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Frame type Diamond
Suspension (front/rear) Telescopic / Monocross
Brake type(front/rear) Disc/Drum
Tire size (front) 100/80-17M/C (52P)NYLOGRIP ZAPPER-FX1 (Tubeless)
Tire size (rear) 140/60-R17M/C (63P)revz-Y (Tubeless)
Headlight 12 V, 35/35W
Turn signal light(Front/Rear) 12V,10W×2 / 12V,10W×2

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Overall Length × Width × Height 1,990mm × 770mm × 1,050mm
Seat height 790 mm
Wheelbase 1,330 mm
Minimum ground clearance 160 mm
Kerb weight 132 kg
Fuel tank volume 12 liters

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Specifications and images obtained from manufacturer’s website: http://www.yamaha-motor-india.com/motorcycle-fzs-fi.html

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Piaggio Vespa

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Piaggio Vespa

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The Piaggio Vespa is an iconic brand of scooters from Italy that have long been manufactured in India.

The Vespa models LX, VXL, SXL and Elegante continues to embody the simple-looking original design philosophy that made retro scooters so popular. The design theme includes the rounded or square headlights, curvy body panels and a slightly forward leaning stance. They have 125cc and 150cc single cylinder engine options mated to a CVT gearbox.

Standard features include electric start, front disc brake, single piece analogue instrument cluster, hydraulic suspension and both disc and drum brakes.

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Specifications and images obtained from manufacturer’s website: http://www.vespa.in/our-choice/

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KTM Duke 200

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KTM Duke 200

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KTM is a strong global brand and the Duke 200 is a well crafted piece that combines KTM’s SuperMoto heritage with the refreshing street bike thinking that went into designing the Duke range. It has a powerful fuel injection engine, a six speed gearbox that gives very decent power and low fuel consumption. Precisely what you’d expect from a genuine KTM.

The Duke is about maximum fun, powerful propulsion, dynamic cornering, a featherweight chassis and first class brakes.

This is more than a street bike and the 200cc engine in it is deceptively powerful – that’s why we love it. It handles highway blasts just as well as it handles roundabouts and if you are looking to bring some excitement into your life on a budget, then this is your bike.

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Orange

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White

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Design Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
Displacement 199.5 cm³
Bore 72 mm
Stroke 49 mm
Performance 19 kW (25 hp)
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6-speed, claw shifted
Primary gear ratio 22:72
Secondary gear ratio 14:42
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch Clutch in oil bath / mechanically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment

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Frame Tubular space frame made from steel tubes, powder-coated
Fork WP Suspension Up Side Down
Shock absorber WP Suspension Monoshock
Suspension travel Front 150 mm
Suspension travel Rear 150 mm
Brake system Front Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper
Brake system Rear Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs – diameter front 300 mm
Brake discs – diameter rear 230 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4” X‑Ring
Steering head angle 65°
Wheel base 1,367±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 170 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 800 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 11 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx. 129.5 kg

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Specifications and images obtained from manufacturer’s website: http://www.ktm.com/in/naked-bike/200-duke-2016/

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Airbnb in Nanyuki with some 2 idiots

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I would like to state right at the beginning that this is a true account of the exact events that transpired during a riding tour I embarked on with my friends Eric and Evans. I begin by telling you that this is a true account of things as they happened because some of the things that happened were so unbelievable, that if someone were to tell me this story, without first cautioning that it is nothing but the truth, I would not believe it myself.

I made a resolution at the beginning of this year to be a more honest and sincere man and I hope this story shows the magnificence of my endeavour. And so I shall begin:

We were in my house, frying sausages after a day servicing Evan’s bike, when I suggested that a man with a bike such as his, a CBR 600RR, should have achieved more as a rider. I said that it was a wicked shame for him to own such a bike and to never have exercised its limbs beyond the usual office commute.

There was justice and truth in my rebuke but Evans is an unjust man. He scoffed at me saying that it was a wicked shame too for a man as fat as myself to be riding a 200cc bike.

“Take those road trips you do for example,” he said, “I would rather commit suicide than ride a 200cc bike all the way from Nairobi to Kisumu,” he continued, picking up a sausage and stuffing the whole of it into his mouth.

He is a wicked and greedy man I tell you.

The conversation continued in this vein until I managed to convince him that what he ought to do is take a ride with me to Nanyuki for a weekend so that he could see that even small-engine bikes such as mine could make such trips. He was open to the idea but said some unkind things about my bike. He said that he would have to ride with his brakes fully jammed on if he was to sacrifice himself for such an undertaking with me. But I let him pepper me with abuse because I was determined to make a better man of him and to show him what small under-powered bikes could do over long distances. He swallowed the last of the sausages and agreed that we’d set out the coming weekend.

Friday came and we met at my house for lunch before setting out. It was all nice and jolly until I told him that our mutual friend, Eric, would be joining us for the ride.

“Why the hell would you invite that man for the ride?” exploded Evans, “He rides a Hero Karizma for heaven’s sake!” he shouted.

As much as I didn’t like his attitude, truth compelled me to agree on the point of Eric’s bike. Eric is a decent enough man but he has one fault – he absolutely adores his Hero Karizma ZMR. I am usually more philosophical about his love for that bike, saying that some bikes have looks that only a mother could love and perhaps Eric feels this motherly instinct very strongly towards the Karizma ZMR.

Evans on the other hand uses very violent language and coarse expressions whenever he hears of it. I have often urged him to take a more Christian view, telling him that he ought not to say things to injure Eric’s feelings because Eric and the entire class of ZMR lovers, are a sensitive, yet lovable bunch of people. I succeeded in getting Evans to accept having Eric as part of the trip and later that afternoon, we set off.

The ride started alright and the first incident of note happened when we realised that Eric was no longer following us. I signaled Evans to stop and we waited on the side of the road. After 5 minutes we decided to turn around and ride back to look for this Karizma loving fellow that was delaying us. We passed the point where we’d last seen him and rode for about 5 more kilometres beyond that point. We stopped, looking at each other with puzzled expressions. What could have happened? Even though when I say ‘puzzled expressions’ am not really telling the truth because we were both wearing helmets and thus I could not see Evans’ expression. Mine though, I feel, was a puzzled expression.

At around that time, the news was awash with stories about a cult called the House of Yaweh that believed that the world would end on that very day we were taking the ride. So in a moment of weakness I asked Evans if he thought Eric was a member of House of Yaweh and if he could have been snatched up to heaven.

“They would never have taken the Karizma with him!” retorted Evans indignantly.

I paused for a while to consider this and I too felt that it was highly unlikely that a Karizma, of all the bikes in the world, could be taken up to heaven, especially considering there were two other bikes on offer right on the same road.

As if by a miracle, we saw Eric emerge from a corner. He explained that he did not have enough fuel and had decided to stop for fuel. He thought it was OK to let us ride ahead because he felt he could easily catch up with us if he opened the throttle a bit. We exchanged looks with Evans and let that last statement slide and continued with the ride. A ZMR catching up with a Pulsar 200NS and a CBR600RR is like suggesting a tortoise can hunt an antelope.

If you go to Nanyuki, I suggest that you use the AirBnB app to find a lovely house to stay in rather than a hotel. That part of the country, Nanyuki/Timau, is a magnificent place to visit. Through the app, you will get to stay in an amazing farm house with a river flowing nearby with the sound of livestock and the smell of burning wood in the air.

We rented a room in such a house for the night and it was wonderful. The host cooked up some amazing meat balls and served tea that was creamy and hot. We spent the evening sitting by a bonfire listening to the host, who was an interesting chap with lots of stories.

Just as the stories were getting into high gear, Evans and Eric expressed an opinion that they would prefer to listen to the rest of the stories in the morning when they were not so tired. I protested saying that it was only 9pm and that I did not expect anyone to be tired having ridden only 200km! But I was speaking to the wrong kind of people – they have weak spirits and are not used to fine living.

Much later in the night I too trudged off to sleep. Being a courteous and respectful man, I thought it wise to quietly sneak into the room with the lights off so as not to disturb my friends with whom we were sharing the same bedroom. I opened the door and slowly walked into the room quietly closing the door behind me and telling myself to only remove my shoes when I had sat on the bed so as not to make any kind of noise.

As I was walking in, I found the floor to be quite uneven with some hard bits and some soft bits and I was struggling to keep my balance. I tripped on something hard and roundish and my entire 90kg weight landed with a thud on even more hard and soft bits of the floor.

From the nature of language that arose from the still Nanyuki night, I figured that I had walked over and fallen over some human beings. I stumbled back across the room to the door and switched on the lights and saw those two idiots lying on their mattresses on floor!

“What the hell is wrong with you?” thundered Evans wiping a shoe print off his face.

“I didn’t know you were lying on the floor when there are perfectly fine beds in the room!” I shouted back.

It had transpired that the two spineless idiots had felt that their mattresses were not thick enough to rest their aching backs sufficiently, and Eric had suggested that they stack the two mattresses so that the two grown men would lie together, under the same covers, on thicker mattress.

I was furious, but glad to have taught them a lesson by walking over them and to have finished it off by dropping my significant weight on them just to warn them against such behaviour the next time.

It is only my Christian attitude to things that keeps me as friends with these two people.

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Want excitement in Nairobi? Try parking in town

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There are several ways to derive excitement from living in Nairobi city. There are lots of stunningly beautiful women to stare at, lots of places to eat and thousands of clubs and hangout joints. If you are the nature loving kind, there is a national park within the city, a few forest trails and the Ngong Hills for those that want to trek for hours while breathing in clean crisp air. I hear this is good for the liver.

The best way to get excitement out of Nairobi though, I find, is to ride into the city centre and park on any of the streets. First there are no designated parking slots for motorbikes so you have to wedge your bike in between cars. The true excitement comes when you return to your bike, ready to go home. You never quite know what you’ll encounter, it’s the sort of stuff that gets your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping.

Several months ago I rode into town for some business and while I was standing beside my bike, fastening my helmet and preparing to leave, I was approached by three men who greeted me and insisted that I speak to them. I obliged, unfastened my helmet and then one of them, their leader I presume, showed me a heavily faded badge and announced himself to be an undercover parking attendant from the Nairobi City Council.

I laughed heartily at his job description and asked the funny man and his friends how I could be of use to them. His face suddenly turned severe and he wanted to know if I was aware that I was breaking a city by-law by parking my bike without a special permit sticker.

I said I was not aware of such a law. I added quickly that if he assured me on his word as a gentleman that I had indeed broken a city by-law, then I would, without further hesitation, believe it. He gave me the required assurance and I thanked him, proceeding to put the helmet back on my head.

I mounted the bike and one of the henchmen moved in and clasped the motorcycle’s handlebars. I asked what the matter was and the funny man said that this matter could not be resolved that easily. He said that he must take the bike away and that I must follow him to pay a city fine, towing fees, release fees and a whole other list of fees.

As it turned out, these were criminals who pose as parking attendants and extort money from people. I immediately knew I was in trouble because in this lawless country, such criminals work with the police and city council officials, the very people you’d look up to for help. So I had to think quickly.

People tell me that I am a well-made man, about 6 feet in height, muscular but with a growing pot belly which am told does not suit me. People also tell me that with my light complexion and face hair shaven, I could easily pass for an army colonel working with the American embassy. So with my heart pounding and my armpits pumping out enough sweat to wash my shirt, I dismounted the bike and stood beside it, drawing myself to my full height and pushing my chest outwards.

I faced the gangsters and told them in a surprisingly calm voice, that as a senior colonel working with the American embassy, I was not obliged to pay for parking anywhere in Nairobi. I further told them that I knew they were not City Council employees, and that our undercover FBI agents in city have been tracking and reporting their activities. The thug holding the handlebars recoiled and withdrew to a position behind the others and I knew I had them.

It was the funny man’s turn to laugh, nervously I must add, at my suggestion that he was an impostor. He said, calling me “Sir” that he was indeed a city parking attendant and had not worn his uniform because he was on leave and only came to town to check if his colleagues were doing the work properly.

I arranged my face to give the most dangerous look I could give and with an American accent I invented there and then, I told the thugs that they disappointed me. I continued addressing threatening remarks to them, finishing it off by telling them that had I not been a good man who did not want to ruin their families, I would have them immediately arrested or shot.

At this point, the main thug’s henchmen, who were no longer equal to conversation, bolted away from the scene leaving me with their leader. I placed my arm on his shoulder, in an Italian mafia kind of way and told him to think about himself and his family. I told him it would be a sad thing for his family if he got arrested or shot for messing with the American government. He apologized profusely, mumbling all kinds of words and then he too beat a hasty retreat.

I mounted the bike again and inside the helmet breathed a massive sigh of relief. I have never parked on any street in Nairobi since that day, it had been such a warning.

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