Kawasaki Ninja 1000: the grand master

The numbers
Engine: 1,043cc, in-line four-cyl
Power: 140bhp, 68Nm
Transmission: 6speed
Weight: 230kg
Tyres: 120/70 r 17 (f), 190/50 R 17 (r)
Fuel Efficiency: 18.8kpl
Fuel tank: 19 litres
Top speed: 290kph (approx.)
Price: Rs 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Pros: A versatile and capable long-distance 1000cc bike that is very usable on a daily basis.
Cons: Having to return the bike to Kawasaki.

The verdict
A tremendously smooth, powerful and user-friendly long-distance runner. One of the best sport-tourer motorcycles in India – if not the best.

Rating: 9/10