The 647cc V-twin purred to life with the most gentle of persuasion, and like every man-child on a monstrous bike, I revved the throttle. You know the kind of revving that hooligans do at traffic signals? Those two-short pulls of the accelerator followed by a satisfied sideways look. Of course I didn’t do the sideways glance, honest! I immediately heard the engine note change instantly from that soft purr to a dignified growl. That’s one of the first things I observed when obvious comparisons started forming in my mind with the 883 Superlow. Unlike its entry-level Harley rival, the Aquila Pro isn’t that throaty.
I couldn’t wait to get on the road with the bike and the ride quality was everything I expected and more. The wide, soft, leather seat, the posture, it all makes you feel like you’re on a moving recliner. Even if you’re not a hulking six foot three bruiser, and are a more moderately proportioned Indian male like me, you still don’t feel stretched out over the bike. The engine responds quickly to the call of the throttle and the belt drive makes for a nice noise-free ride. The Aquila Pro sticks to its cruiser cred to the tee and yet feels zippy enough when you need it to. The bike is more nimble than you’d think. Despite my apprehensions about navigating traffic (especially Pune traffic in this case) weaving through jams was not an issue at all.
So, how does it perform? The bike builds torque steadily and before you can open it up fully you either run out of road or traffic makes you ease up. This juggernaut is rock-steady, grips the road well, and there’s very little vibration.
One of the funniest things with being on the road with a high-end bike is the questions you get asked at pit-stops. From the reasonable “How much does it cost” to the very Indian “How much milage does it give?” Who cares, seriously?
And now for the geeky stuff
Since this is after all a geek’s review there were some interesting discoveries I made on the electronics and gadgetry front. The instrument cluster, though a little tacky, had an indicator for reporting internal errors. The bike has a number of sensors which report problems using error codes. In addition to this the bike can be hooked up to an Android-based diagnostic tool for maintenance and service. Now that’s cool!
All good things come to an end
Pretty soon the time came to head back and hand over the bike. But to conclude the bike is certainly worth considering if you want to go beyond the Enfield and don’t have a strong penchant for the Davidson name.