We all love the thrill of speed. It’s what every rider or driver craves for when he sits down to control a powerful machine. But the problem is that with such a powerful machine, one has to have equally powerful self-control. A video doing the rounds on the Internet shows a Hyundai Creta and KTM Duke 390, going head to head on the public roads.
In the video, we can already see that the rider is going way faster than the actual speed limit. Not only is the speed is a bit too much, the lean angle of the bike, is also very high. We can see the rider going past vehicles at blistering speeds until he sees an equally fast Hyundai Creta. The rider speeds up even more and in a bid to come close to the Hyundai Creta, touches almost 170 km/h.
Such speeds are unsafe, on any Indian road. In the first half of the video, the Duke 390 overtakes the Hyundai Creta and the rider slows down after that. In the second half, the Creta passes the bike again at a high speed, which again makes the rider of the KTM dDuke 390 to engage in another dangerous act of speeding. Although he does overtake the Hyundai Creta, the whole event would have turned into a disaster if either of the parties lost even a bit of control.
Exercise in futility
The Duke 390 has a 373 cc liquid cooled fuel injected engine. This particular model in the video is an old one which produces almost 44 BHP and 35 Nm of torque. The bike is capable of going from 0 to 100 km/h in under 6 seconds. Such a type of performance is equivalent to expensive sportscars. The Duke 390 is a pocket monster and is infamous for being involved in several accidents. Although the bike has a dual channel ABS, even it can only do so much, when you’re doing speeds of 170 km/h. The lack of riding gear is another thing which is wrong with the video. The rider is wearing no protective gear on his body. It sends out a negative message to the young riders who are slowly beginning to understand the importance of riding gear.
Equally irresponsible competition
The Hyundai Creta is also not going slow by any means. The SUV is going close to 170 km/h, which is a very dangerous speed for driving, especially in our country. The Hyundai Creta, in its top spec model, makes around 126 BHP of power and 259 Nm of torque. These power figures are more than enough to land you in trouble if you’re not careful while driving. The Creta driver is equally irresponsible and reckless.
In the end, there is no real winner here. The whole video may have gained views on Youtube, but it is counter-productive and teaches irresponsible behaviour. Everyone should always go to the race track for practising their racing skills and never without proper gear.
Video courtesy GhostRider