Innovative Review: Duke 390 Poem by Akhil

by Saad on January 14, 2014

You have read a lot of reviews on BikeAdvice but for the first time we have received a user review entry in the form of a poem on a Duke 390. It has been written by Akhil Kalsh and here it goes rhyming across…

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Breathing the air
The air of Ladakh
Feeling the chill

Feeling determined
Even though Khardung la
Was a bit uphill

Uphill and dangerous
Rain, fog, hail and snow
But smiling so wide

Struggling on my Pulsar
13 horses aren’t enough
Dude, I need a new ride!

A new ride for sure
Something more crazy
But what to choose?

Something spoke within
“Duke 390 it is”
And it was not the booze!

Ninja too costly
CBR too slow
Bullets I hate

What else could it be?
Is this all we have?
Oh, but wait!

What of that prince
Of orange dynasty
That flies without wings?

I asked around
And everyone told me
The same little things

No other thing
Holds a candle
To this orange beast

I took a test drive
Booked one right away
Time for a feast!

After the feast
I started to blog

Sharing the love
With fellow riders
So much fun, so much win

3 weeks on
I had my Duke
Oh the way people saw!

Eyes wide open
Orange inside their head
So naked, so raw

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“Who is KTM?”
“How much is the mileage?”
“What is the cost?”

How many times
I have answered these questions
The count I’ve lost

It’s alooker
Grabs the eyeballs
Pulls them out the socket

Then you get on the saddle
Push the starter
And it blasts like a rocket

It blasts like a rocket alright
And pops a wheelie
Even if you don’t try

But the hard suspension
And the Indian roads
Will surely make you cry

Cry you will more
11 liters of fuel
In that puny little tank

Then the mileage
That will keep you running
In and out the bank

The mirrors are useless
The horn even more
The headlight is worse

She hates low speeds
Heats up like a furnace
City riding is a curse

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But she roars like a 2 stroke
As smooth as a 4
The best of all

The Metzeler rubber
And the ABS system
Will never let you fall

The throttle rumbles
The engine tumbles
The 44 horses pull

It feels like riding
A 3000 pound
Raging, alcoholic bull

173 top speed
0 to 100 in 5 seconds
100 to 0 in 4

Jaw dropping price
Ultra-killer looks
Could you ever ask for more?

I decided to test
The limits of my Duke
In one cunning way

Ride from Bombay
All the way to Bangalore
In one single day


I did it last week
14 hours up, 12 hours down
Now it’s time for something more

How about Kanyakumari?
What of Goa?
Maybe a Saddle Sore?

Whatever it maybe
Wherever it maybe
I proudly stand tall

I own the bike
That changed our world
Once and for all

The Duke 390 is crazy
Young, naughty, evil
A bit mental in the head

But there is nothing like it
Not for the price
When all is done and said

It’s a phenomenon
A revelation
Not some dirty, cheap fluke

Here we are
Tipping our hats
Me and my Duke

Akhil Kalsh

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

kp January 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

ktm duke 390 is cult now….


Akhil Kalsh January 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm

It definitely has a cult following.


Mahi05 January 15, 2014 at 1:34 am

Awesome dude!!…. thats one way of telling story..:)


Akhil Kalsh January 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Thanks man, glad you liked it!


rathish January 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

Superb superb, very interesting … photo of the poet could have been included…


Akhil Kalsh January 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Thanks Rathish! Check out for some intro and a snap.


Chakshul January 15, 2014 at 11:41 am

Super Super Review ! great !


Akhil Kalsh January 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Thanks Chakshul!


akhil January 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

nice review…u r a real biker….best thing i liked bout it is your honesty while reviewing .
you understand your machine…happy cruising


Akhil Kalsh January 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Thanks Akhil, your comment is greatly appreciated.


faisal January 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Very well written review, nice and neat and easy to relate to.


Akhil Kalsh January 15, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Thanks Faisal!


sainath January 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm

superb ……Poetry


Akhil Kalsh January 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Seemed like the best way to present it Sainath, thanks!


Sachin Syam January 17, 2014 at 12:11 am

Hey man, I’m also competing in the review contest. But I seriously think you’d win. I have liked your review. All the best. :-)


Akhil Kalsh April 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Thanks Sachin! Best of luck to you too.


Ayush Chauhan January 17, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Good work dude, Hope you win this thing


Akhil Kalsh April 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Thanks man!


Vishal January 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Good bro…Something different and innovative than others ;)


Akhil Kalsh April 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Haha, yeah, let’s see what it does!


Prakash Solanki January 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Look what BikeAdvice is doing, turning bikers into poets. Haha…nice work bro. Totally loved it.


Akhil Kalsh April 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Thanks Prakash!


Amit Mohan January 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

change is always good . This is the first review i read word by word .I appreciate your efforts and innovative style.

CBR is slow , was this word used to complete your poem.

Mysore – Srinagar via Mumbai , Delhi in just 85 Hr (no night drive)safe by choice

Srinagar – Gaya 2090 km in 33 hr

Pune – Mysore in just 11 Hr

speed above 150 is not in our country
All the best


Akhil Kalsh April 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Nice work man! CBR is relatively slow as compared to the Duke, but it is definitely much more comfortable for long rides. Best of luck to you!


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