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Old 17th December 2008, 09:27   #1
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Talking I hate titles but here is me :)

Motoring was always a dangerous waste of time for my family so I always yearned to have my own set of wheels.

By the time I completed junior college in Pune I was adamant and bought myself my first Yezdi Roadking, a grandfatherly set of wheels for a paltry 5K with every metal joint rattling. Spending 4 times the price in repairs and renovating, I finally owned the famed 'Black Fog' - a fume spewling ride with a faulty third gear that slipped when needed.


Moving back to Mumbai, I was keen to retain the motoring pleasures and bought myself a new and subdued Kawasaki Bajaj Caliber whick lacked its namesake. Got the engine modded, seats redone, handlebar curled, but nothing would make it feel like a cruiser. Ended up exchanging it for a 1995 Enfield Bullet 350 that offered some thrills.

The Bullet it was, with its own pulsing and throbbing at throttle but had a short life till I had to sell it off to meet ends.

Withdrawl pangs set in and I replaced it with a Yamaha Enticer. Yeah yeah! Underpowered, under performed, under weight, and squatty, it was not my ride to be. I recently donated it for a good cause and I have never been happier

Got my first set of 4 wheels in 2004, a Tata Indica DLS. I remember the test drive so vividly. Newbie at the wheel, I took over from the salesperson and started overdrive. The temperature rose and hints of smoke were seen. When I parked on arrival, the showroom guy took me to the side, thanked me for "testing" the vehicle and booking one before, informed me that the E-Brake had been on all the while, and advised me to some serious driving lessons.

Had that car for a good 5 years till I sold it a month back.

Now I look forward to a new Tata Sumo Grande GX, Black 7 Seater. Due any day. And why a Sumo Grande one may ask. Well my main reason for a larger vehicle (non sedan) was because I have a large dog, a belgian shephard called Apache, whom I like to take along for long drives and vacations and a car like this is perfect (and within budget).

I think this makes a good intro. What says you?
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Nice Intro, the title made me read the post ! And welcome to T-BHP.
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remember to get the 66k discount tata is giving on the grande till the 20th

oh, and welcome !
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I think this makes a good intro. What says you?
I say we should have more intros like this. Welcome to Team BHP!

Please read up on rumoured Sumo 'makeovers' which are allegedly the reason for the huge price cuts on that vehicle.
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Welcome aboard!

No offense meant for others but read a really nice intro after quite a while Should be fun to have you on board.
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Nice intro but be careful as here in Bangalore i have seen only 2 Sumo Grande that too one was test drive vehicle.
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Old 17th December 2008, 16:15   #7
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Welcome aboard namah!!! I think its time to dig the past and look for the future, try your hands on New Royal Enfield Machismo 500
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welcome namah, neat intro i say. Enjoy your stay and do post more on your travel exploits.
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Old 17th December 2008, 17:35   #9
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That sure was a good intro post. Was laughing like mad at the e-brake thing you mentioned.

Welcome!
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Yes, the intro was nice

Welcome and enjoy your stay !!
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Excellent intro,I never visit this section but the Title caught my attention

Looking forward for your posts

Enjoy ur stay.
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You surely know how to catch people's attention eh?

Nice intro and eye-catchy title.

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welcome aboard...home of true motomobile enthusiasts
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Nice intro, and welcome to TBHP. Also like the choice of your next car. Hope to see an ownership thread soon.
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Old 17th December 2008, 22:23   #15
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Wow,
This feels like receiving an ovation post an intense soliloquy ala "Kabhie kabhie mere dil mein khayaal aata hai". Thanks you guys.

I will document my travails from the time I receive my car to the trauma it endures getting me around. Though on receipt, the first order of business is a few mods to make it more friendly and then a drive to a coffee estate for new years.

Will keep the sour n spicy rasam laced updates on how I fare with the Grande.
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