Unequal Opportunity: Harley vs Ducati vs Hyosung

The Monster 795 is not much bigger than the KTM Duke 200, but its desmo motor is home to 86 horses. And this synergy of petiteness and the right amount of power makes the 795 hugely satisfying to ride. It's also why it’s the quickest bike here, with 100kph delivered in 3.8 seconds, and 160kph showing up on that digital dash with very little provocation. This is most certainly the most thrill-for-money motorcycle on the right side of Rs 10 lakh.

Suddenly, the Harley and Hyosung are long gone. I’m surfing the highway to Mumbai on a wave of bright red Italian torque, alternately slowing and gunning the throttle just for the heck of it. ‘The Super Low/Iron 883 made better sense for this shoot, eh?’ They might have, but they also would’ve been outclassed by the two red bikes. For America to stand a fighting chance, it needed twice the firepower. And even then, it wasn’t enough. Where have we heard that before?