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RUNNER KNIGHT RIDER: COMMUTER FRIENDLY

The commuter segment is a competitive segment which accounts for more than 80% share in the Nepalese motorcycle market. Almost all major manufacturers have their own hold of share in this highly cut-throat segment. Following suit, Raman General Pvt. Ltd has introduced Runner brand of motorcycles in Nepal. The Bangladeshi motorcycle company is a mass-selling manufacturer with affordable pricing and good service facilities. We had a chance to spin the Runner Knight Rider inside the capital. This is how the motorcycle fared.

STYLING

The Runner Knight Rider carries a commuter-friendly DNA which is highlighted by a broad headlamp cluster, two-piece handlebars, a big 15L fuel tank, blacked-out engine, faux aerodynamic vents, inverted triangle shaped muffler with steel highlights, and a chiseled rear with LED taillamps, split seats and split grab rails.

Other visual highlights include 17” five spoke alloy wheels with tubeless tyres and a semi-digital instrumentation panel. The instrumentation panel provides all the relevant information. It contains a digital speedometer, gear shift indicator, odometer, and service indicators.

To sum it up, overall quality, fit-finish and attention to detail are all good on the Knight Rider.

ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

Runner says the engine provides low vibration, less noise and fast acceleration for a race like experience. Let’s find out. The Knight Rider is powered by a 4-stroke, SOHC, dual valve, single cylinder, 150cc engine which delivers a maximum power of 11.93 bhp @ 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 12.2 Nm @ 5500 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox.

Start the ignition and the motor comes to life with a throaty note. Although power delivery is relatively low as compared to other motorcycles in the market, it builds up after you reach 5000 RPM. Spin it harder, the engine won’t disappoint you. However, play through the gearbox and you will get disappointed.

Although gearshift is precise, the motorcycle clutch feels heavy. You need to pull revs higher than required on a commuter bike because of the poor power band. This can be a problem when you are climbing roads with a pillion. Performance could have been decent if not better, considering it is a commuter bike.

ERGONOMICS & SUSPENSION

The Knight Rider is a comfortable machine to ride with its commuter-friendly upright position. The seating geometry is relaxed and comfy for both the rider and the pillion.

But the suspension setup is hard. Suspension is telescopic at front and a monoshock at rear. The hard setup can be uneasy in potholes or broken tarmac. However, maneuverability is surprisingly good with no complaints in heavy traffic or tight spots. Braking duty is provided by a 240mm disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the rear.

Overall, the ride quality is good and the Knight Rider handles with a light feel.

VERDICT

Runner, being a new brand, can fit smartly into the commuter segment. The Knight Rider could have been a worthy package if the motor was slightly powerful. Nevertheless, it can be a good motorcycle for people whose purpose is to move from place A to B in a comfortable manner. Besides, the pricing falls on the lesser side of the spectrum.

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