THE CBZ was the first bike to command Aspi's attention, probably
due to the fact that it was the closest to his lazy behind.
A sighting lap later Aspi was right on the pace flogging
the big Honda on the straight and laying it down through
the bends. Says a lot for the adjustability of the bike
but more of the man's considerable riding skill and finesse.
And the said man came back pretty impressed after five laps
on the CBZ.
He rambled on thus: "The bike handles really well,
mind. None of that high speed wander that we had on our
long term bike and no chassis flex to bother me. The suspension
is the stiffest here, the way it should be for track use.
The mid-range punch delivers good drive through the corners
and didn't leave me fishing for gears mid way through corner.
And those tyres grip very well indeed. Nice tyres, very
nice tyres." For the record the CBZ was shod with a
Dunlop 100/90 rear which after the test session was over
Aspi proclaimed to be the best tyre on all the bikes here.
This also explains why he cast his vote for the best handling
bike in favour of the Honda.
After my stint on the CBZ I had to agree with Aspi's ramblings.
For one, being able to stretch a bike to its limits on a
race track has a lot to do with feeling comfortable on the
bike. Comfortable as in when you adopt your most radical
race track riding position, arms bent, tummy almost on the
tank, helmet inches above the clock. It's in this regard
that the CBZ scores highly, the slightly radical for the
road riding position working like treat on the track.
The motor's power delivery was commendable but found slightly
too harsh at the top end. And lacking ultimate top end grunt
too, the straight feeling longer than it really is. The
fact that Aspi didn't mention anything about the gearbox
was down to the unobtrusive manner in which cogs shifted
seamlessly throughout the test. So efficiently that the
box didn't even intrude on our sensibilities. Now that's
how we like our 'boxes here, we do.
We didn't consider it prudent to print lap times but we
did measure the top speed of all the bikes, out portable
GPS unit hung around Aspi's neck logging data each time
he went out to belt out fast lap after the other. The CBZ
ultimately registered a top speed of 106kmph on the back
Engine 4-stroke, SOHC
Max Power 12.62bhp@8000rpm
Max Torque 12.3Nm@6500rpm
Kerb Weight 115kg
Power To Weight 109.8bhp/ton
Price (on-road Pune) Rs 56,760