Product Review: OKS Chain Lube for bikes

Being our first product review, we were naturally thrilled about trying out the Oks Chain Lube that was sent to us a couple of weeks back. To really test the product, we decided to use it on our weekend ride up to Kolli hills.OKS Chain Lube Spray_01

A bit about OKS – Back in 1978, an engineering graduate Friedrich Kuhn-Weiss founded OmniKote Spezialschmierstoffe GmbH and developed high-performance lubricants. The name was later changed to OKS in 1981. Today, the brand owned by Freudenberg Group has a manufacturing unit in Mysore and is available across the country.OKS Chain Lube 2

Before our 650+ km ride, we took the bikes to the KTM service centre to tighten and lube the chains. To our surprise, we found the service centre also using an Oks chain lube. On the road, we began to notice the difference in reduced chain noise and increased smoothness be it on flat roads of Tamil Nadu or the steep hill climbs.

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Hairpin bend en route to Kolli Hills

Having covered the local tourist spots, it was time for a check-up before our return journey. A quick clean up of the chain and lubrication using the Oks mini can ensured we had the same performance till we reached back home. The mini can retails at Rs 165 and the full sized can costs Rs 700.

To view the entire list of OKS offerings, try this link – http://www.oks-india.com/Products

Why lubricating the chain is necessary? Earlier, bike chains were lubricated using grease which did the job of keeping the chains friction less. However, with the emergence of high power entry level bikes such as the KTM Duke, Honda CBR, Mahindra Mojo, Benelli TNT and the Yamaha R15 / R3, the pressure exerted on the chain and sprockets are immense and hence need to be taken care regularly. Modern chain cleaners and lubricant sprays do the job very well as they are engineered for such high stress usage. Service centers advice modern bike owners to get their chain tightened and lubricated every 500 kms. This ensures smooth riding and longevity of the parts.

So the next time you plan a ride over 500 kms, don’t forget to carry a chain lube spray along with your toolkit.

KTM India – Delighting riders since 2012

To extend their dominance in the Indian biking segment particularly beyond the 125cc range, Bajaj Auto in collaboration with Austrian manufacturer KTM, launched its popular model, the Duke 200. This pocket rocket churning out close to 25 bhp was a game changer in the starved performance biking scene in the country back in 2012. The icing on the cake was the price of Rs.1.17 lakh (ex-showroom), thanks to hyper localisation by Bajaj. The Duke 200 is currently sold at around Rs 1.44 lakh (ex-showroom).

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The 2014 model of KTM Duke 200, 200cc with 26 hp

The Duke 200 with its light weight body had a massive power-to-weight advantage and soon became a popular option among youngsters who earlier had to be satisfied with the 150cc Pulsar which put out 15 bhp or the 225cc Hero Karizma with a modest 17 bhp. Both were very capable bikes in their own right, but the Duke 200 was a class apart.

 

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KTM 390 – 44 hp, 375cc single with ABS and sticky imported Metzeler tyres

Encouraged by the response to the Duke 200 (sold 11,000 units till then), the company decided to take it a notch higher and in less than 18 months, launched the bigger more powerful Duke 390. Priced at Rs 1.8 lakhs (Rs 2.14 lakhs on road in Bangalore), the Duke 390 (375cc engine) was capable of churning 44 horses and achieve a limited top speed of 175km/h. The specs were mind boggling for us and we couldn’t digest the fact that KTM and Bajaj were able to give us this package at under Rs 2 lakhs along with an industry first ABS as standard and performance Metzeler tyres.

 

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Kriegers, one of the early KTM 390 clubs of Bangalore

Biking enthusiasts across the country made a beeline to the KTM showrooms across the country to test ride the 390 and fought to be the first to get their hands on one. I was one among the lucky few as well and have never regretted owning this mild beast. Ignoring a few finishing defects, the bike has always brought a smile on my face and its low cost of ownership and easy maintenance has enabled a lot of us fulfill our dream of owning a performance bike sooner than expected.

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Both the 200 and 390 based RC series come with cosmetic changes such as full fairing, projector headlamps, integrated pillion seat and clip-on handle bars.

Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant had more surprises in-store when they brought out the RC 390 and RC 200 in 2014, two super sport models based on the same two engines and priced at Rs 2.05 lakh and Rs 1.60 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively.

Rumor has it that the company is now working on launching an adventure sport variant to take on the highly awaited Benelli TRX 502 scheduled for a September launch and the recently launched Kawasaki Versys 650.

Kawasaki Versys 650

Newly launched 2016 Kawasaki Versys boasts of a 650cc parallel twin (68 bhp) with fully adjustable front and rear suspension and a smart locking system for side boxes / panniers

With the right kind of products and pricing, Bajaj Auto and KTM will be able to extend their dominance in the mid range performance category for years to come. But, we do hope they bring a twin to India in the near future.