That’s in comparison to the Shogun of course. The Boss will come to life shouting out loud, making sure no one misses its entry. The throttle ‘feels’ hair-trigger and nudges you to snick it into first and “get on with it already”. And when you do, you’re done for.
At 8000 rpm, the Shogun’s needle is hovering around the 110 kph mark, although you aren’t supposed to take that reading very seriously. Still, 100 kph on a ‘stroker fills your helmet (we insist you wear one. Tom Cruise you ain’t) with a loud enough buzz to make you jump off the motorcycle and into the sea with your fingers in your ears. More important to both of the motorcycles’ character is the acceleration. The 0 to 60 kph run is interrupted by a wheelie in first gear. Second is clear and fast. Third is strong and takes you onto the last leg where fourth takes over and propels the Boss forth with a near-GP bike like poise. All along, the Shogun does so without any majorly discomforting shenanigans. Mild vibes from the ‘bars and slightly buzzing footpegs are all you get.
The RX-Z, having a slight displacement advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how you look at it), is the faster but softer of the two. It isn’t averse to burbling about at low speeds and when you ask for its services, won’t ever let you down in a quarter-mile sprint. By itself, the RX-Z isn’t soft. It’s just that the Shogun has the sharper blades of the two. So yes, when you gun the throttle, the Z leaps forward with matchless determination. That, when paired with its lean architecture is one of those things that was instrumental in coining the term ‘headrush’.
Either has the potential to put today’s similarly specced four-strokers to shame. Alright, as a package, the Pulsar 135 may be stronger (in terms of kit, handling) but the only way you’ll get it to spew out a trail of blue smoke is if you set it on fire. Which, of course, we won’t recommend. Alright, the handling isn’t sport-spec at all but appreciating the strong powerband whilst seated upright is not everyone’s cup of tea.
So, if I were in the used motorcycle market or perhaps on a time machine set in ‘reverse’, which of the two would I pick? Slippery question, that. See, the RX-Z is more liveable with. It will happily putter around (not that the Shogun won’t, but the Z just ‘feels’ more at ease) at low speeds and can also zip through, mile after mile, without a fuss.
The Shogun, on the other hand, is the more introverted of the two. It just wants to roll out of the pit lane, go spoil everyone else’s lap times, roll back into the pits and that’s about it. No friendly handshakes and other such trivial exchanges.
Shogun Full Specs
Overall length 1955 mm
Overall width 680 mm
Overall height 1080 mm
Engine type Air – , 2-Stroke,115cc
Bore × stroke 57.0 × 48.8 mm
Carburetor- MIKUNI BS26SS
Displacement 124.5 cc
Compression ratio 10.2 : 1
Starting system Kick and electric
Maximum horsepower 14.5 hp
Fuel tank capacity 10 L
Fuel consumption 35-40 kmpl