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The Handsome Naked
Aug 14, 2002 03:25 PM 8437 Views
(Updated Aug 14, 2002 03:25 PM)




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Energy is the capacity to do work. Everything on earth possesses energy and that urge to do work and perform. Bikes are no exception. Whenever we choose a bike, a very optimistic and ambitious rider would expect it to be a strong and healthy, performing, durable, efficient and high power outputting bike. But yeah!! This doesn’t happen always. Again, being optimistic is not bad either. Anyway, let me come to the point straightaway.

I hereby would like to throw some light on the handsomely naked “mobike”, LML Energy. Wait a minute. You might be wondering what a naked bike is all about. For me a bike without those dooms and large chunks of fibre come under this elite category. The likes of Calibre, Yamaha and this one, all belong to this elite club.

LML’s maiden attempt in the world of motorcycles resulted in the introduction of two bikes (coined as mobike twins) namely, the LML Energy FX and the LML Adreno. While you keep expecting a review an Adreno from my side, I would like to highlight on some aspects of LML Energy FX.

The bike has a really attractive look and seems to be healthy. With not much beautification involved, the bike is commendable. With downtube, cradle chassis the bike provides great suspension and steering geometry. The hot Energy only gets hotter with all those chrome on the bike. But what is important is the fact that this bike is stable and sturdy and can easily survive a crash. On the whole it is a rock steady motorcycle.

The strong chassis coupled with the twin top running from the steering head right down to the swingarm pivot provides that extra punch in suspension. The longer wheelbase and finely carved Ceriani- type front forks ensure excellent handling and stability. The five-way adjustable shock absorbers and the 240-mm diameter disc brakes, would enables to apply brake without much drama and fuss.

The 110-cc engine gives an output of 9 bhp and I feel, that is good enough. With a 3-valve 4-speed engine, backed by a multi-valve cylinder….. Wait a minute!! Am I becoming an automobile Engineer or what? Let me not bore you with all those teasing intricate details. To sum it up, the Engine can produce sufficient energy so as to give you optimum satisfaction.

The four-speed gearbox is simply wonderful. Shifting is Very light and slick and so no real worries on that count. Since the bike is geared more towards everyday city riding with derivability as top priority, speed is a bit concerning. The bulky tyros contribute a lot to this aspect. Anyway, there is no real problem in handling the vehicle, just because the vehicle is heavy.

Well, efficiency of the vehicle has sowed the seeds of doubt in many a mind. It lags a lot behind other vehicles in this area. Only 55-kmpl mileage at the best of times is not so convincing. Some qualities that make us applaud this bike is what has made it inferior on the mileage count. With the 14-litre fuel tank, this bike might have a nice enough operating range, but really a lot is left to be desired in fuel efficiency.

Another, not so nice thing is the different key system for handle lock, ignition switch and the fuel tank. Maybe, LML lacks some experience in bike making.

With an attractive price and choice of colour, if you ask me whether you can buy this vehicle, then you’d get two replies.

Firstly, I personally feel most of the people these days look for mileage, if not power. Since this vehicle looses a lot of points on both counts, the general tendency is to turn your back to this bike. But if you are a person who look at performance, handling, riding pleasure and the like, then certainly go for it.

It is really sad that after outperforming other bikes in its engine class, segment and handling, the bike has let us down on fuel efficiency. But that doesn’t mean, the vehicle isn’t worthy enough. Certainly that naked body makes it look really handsome. And if you need to get the best out of this mobike then,

1.Drive within a speed range of 40-50kmph

2.Avoid frequent gearshifts.

3.Do not ride with clutch pressed.

4.Avoid fast acceleration and sudden braking.

5.Maintaining constant pressure on tyres are necessary.

So what else, just give it a shot and I bet you wouldn’t be disappointed

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