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Old 15th November 2011, 14:26   #1
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Default Lana and me, to death do us apart. My Royal Enfield 500

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Aloha everyone. This is my first post so please bear with me until I hone my writing skills to match the Gurus on the forum.

My weakness for girls since my childhood has resulted in me having dated several in the past, to be precise: 1961 Petrol Amby (Broke up), 1999 Zen (Broke up), 1998 Esteem (Broke up), 2005 Lancer 1.5 GLX (Still going around), 6 Suzuki Shoguns (Still going around with one), 1 Suzuki Shaolin (Broke up), 1 Suzuki Fiero (My brother is dating her now), 1 Yam RD 350 HT (Still going around), 3 REís-350, 535 & 500 (The 500 is my wife and thatís what this post is all about).

Experiences with the other girls will follow in further posts. So without wasting anymore time let me begin my story:

I had many girlfriends in the past. Many of us parted ways due to various reasons while I continued to look for the perfect soul mate who would spend the rest of her life with me.

I did find one really hot one whose was named Perl (1984 RD 350 HT) and we went around for quite a while, that was until I met Lana (A 1995 model RE 500) in the year 2002.

There was something about Lana. Maybe she was not as hot as Pearl, maybe she lacked that wow factor that Pearl had, but somehow she seemed like a more reliable person. Someone who would stand by you always without acting cranky the way Pearl used to.

As destiny would have the, the relationship between Lana and me blossomed.

Before I proceed, just between us, I must admit that I still have feelings for Pearl because of her uncanny ability to seduce every time you put your legs across her, which is why I am still in touch with her and keep her for those weekend flings

Lana and I have had our ups and downs just as any other loving couple. Like they say, the more you fight, the closer you get. Out of temper, she has burnt me several times on my leg, kicked me hard on my shin and insulted me at the front of my friends. I consider them all signs of a relationship growing stronger by the day. I still love her. I treat her to makeovers at the spa. Buy her all the makeup she needs. Take her on holidays, almost having covered the entire country!

And, let me be frank, none of the beauties that have set foot in the country till date can replace Lana, except for those rich and haughty chicks like the Harleys and R1ís who I canít afford to date. As of now Lana remains the love of my life. And who knows if death do us apart. Amen!

For now, let me leave you with some pictures of Lana:To be contdÖ
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Thats a nice looking bullet. Your Lana is hot.
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@fireblade: Thanks, glad you liked her
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@aadith: that's a nice looking bull.
Do you stay around Cambridge Road, Ulsoor. I remember spotting a similarly modified bull parked near Nilgiris about a week ago.
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@arunkumar: Yep, that must be me I stay on hutchins road and cross ulsoor every day on the way to office.
And i'am not surprised that you spotted the bike near nilgiris
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Great ride, just the basics, thats what a bike should be. Where did you get the tyres from, I am also looking for an 18" Michelin for mine. Keep Thumping.
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Great ride, just the basics, thats what a bike should be. Where did you get the tyres from, I am also looking for an 18" Michelin for mine. Keep Thumping.
Thanks for the compliments Yep i prefer it bare and basic. I bought the tyres from a guy in JC road. The front is a 110/90 19" Perilli MT and the back is a 120/90 Michelin SECRAC. This modle of michelin is no more supplied in india so you it's little hard to procure and the price quoted is a little steep
Infact I got the last tyre they had in stock!
Some might ask me why the combo of michelin and perelli...Well it was delebrate and the result is some awesome cornering
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Default Royal Enfield Bullet - Either you love it, or you hate it.

(This post would be a pretty long one, followed by detailed reports on my experiences with different motorcycles that I own/had owned over the years. Hopefully it will make an interesting read!)

Itís been 26 years since I first rode a motorcycle. And no, I donít have one foot in the grave. I just turned 34. But it would take me ten long years to fall in love with the bullet.

My affair with the bullet was far from love at first sight. I perceived the bike to be slow and sluggish, the type you could picture only a cop or your maternal uncle on. In fact, during that period, 1998-types, one would actually see only the above-mentioned souls riding a bullet, well with the exception of the occasional firang that is.

It was more of an accident that I bumped into the bull (pun intended) that would start an eternal love affair with the motorcycle brand.

At that point of time I owned a Shogun, my first motorcycle that I was absolutely in love with. Being a native of the Queen of Hill stations, Ooty, we had a group of close-knit friends, all of whom had just got their first rides. And yes, you guessed it right, it was an orgy of RXís and Shoguns.

But then there was one guy who begged to differ, so he went ahead and bought a RE 350. The irony being that he was the son of the Ooty DSP! We all mocked our friend saying that heís made the worst decision of his life and how he would be lagging behind on trips astride his white elephant (The bike was painted white).

Then came that day that would create an undying bond between the bullet and me! My Shogun had gone for some engine work and I was left without transport. The owner of Tia (Yes my friend had christened his white elephant by then) was going on a ten-day family trip. Alas, he let me borrow Tia till he was back.

I cursed the first day, cribbed the second, abused the third, and then surprisingly I was in love! That feel was hard to describe, thumping away up the windy Ooty roads with the cool breeze caressing my face and the music to my ears, courtesy the Ďshortieí. Those ten days I spent with Tia were sheer bliss (or should I say seven days, sans the three days I spent getting a hang of her).

What was to precede was only too obvious. I bought my first bullet at the age of 18, it was a 1979 model that I picked up for a mere 11k. I went on to paint the bike silver and make some subtle changes, including a bigger tank and an 18-inch rear wheel.

FYI: They used to refer to them as CBZ wheels since CBZ had the broadest 18-inch rim and tyre (100/90) found on any production motorcycle in India at that point of time (The Eliminator wad a 15-inch rear to clear those in doubt).

All the maintenance of my bike was taken care of at my friendís workshop (he works with Harley, Dubai now). He and his dad were specialists in bullets, RDís and other vintage bikes. For those who are familiar with Ooty and Bullets or touring companies Blazing Trials and Enduro India, the name Collin Lillywhite should strike a chord.

Pearl (Named after my then girlfriend who used to sport two piggy-tales that resembled my bulls handlebars), served me well, which was until pearl the II came along, my 84í Yam RD 350 HT. I got a killer deal from an English gentleman who was working as a teacher in Hebron School. He was leaving the country.

I couldnít afford the upkeep of both bikes, so with a heavy heart I had to part ways with Pearl. On the brighter side I sold her to a friend who has kept her in pristine condition since.

Today, I own a 96í RE 500 among a few other rides (A Shogun, RD 350 and Impulse). I call her Lana. Our affair that that started way back in 2002 has come a long way. Weíve covered most of the country and not once has she given me any serious trouble. Itís that undying love that canít be explained in words. Itís that bond with the machine that surpasses the bond between humans. Either you love it, or you hate it.

I chose love!

Iíll leave you with a link to one thread I had published a couple of years ago on tbhp and a few pictures of my rides to sum things up. In further posts ill give detailed reports on each of my rides.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...eld-500-a.html (Lana and me, to death do us apart. My Royal Enfield 500)
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There are two types of bikers that I know.

The first are the ones who use their bikes ONLY for buying groceries, attending college and commuting to work. Anything more than 50 kms, their heart spills out, the 'biking is dangerous' and 'bikers are rowdies' phenomenon comes into play. They were probably the men whose parents instilled in their mind that 'Beta, better to buy an Alto than a Duke 390. At least you wont get wet in the rain and will have 'status' in the society'. Pull up on a Ninja 650 next to them at traffic signals, and they stare, ask and maybe click a photo. Go on bike rides and while you have a cup of tea inside a restaurant, they sit on your bike without your permission and click a photo as a prospective whatsapp DP. Deep inside, they love the idea of revving the bike but never buying it, because again, Alto gives you 'status'.

The second type are the ones who, before buying a new bike, research everywhere except for classified CIA files. They want to make the best decision because they're not getting themselves a bike, but a soulmate. For them, covering the bike every night is more important that receiving the phone calls of their ladies. For them, going on a bike ride is more important even if it invites scowls from the parents or the partners. For them, theyll cut down on mobile recharges, cigarettes, eating out and socialising to preserve money so that their bikes are always tanked up. If they forget to lube the chain, it's a huge blunder. A single speck of dust, off it goes. Cleaning the bike for them is not meant for only service center days, but every weekend. Mind you again, they are the ones who religiously wear helmets, jackets and gloves as well. For them, a bike is their way of showing 'status'.

From what I read, me and you are the latter.

I was never into bikes until I passed out of high school. Let me clarify that MTV Stuntmania or Roadies didnt have any role to play in my affection for bikes as well.
It was something else. It was just the mere idea of motorcycling.

I learnt biking on my own. Till today, I havent tasted dust. Biking has always attracted me and transported me to a world of my own where I have found unparalleled security, freedom and joy. During my time in Bangalore, I looked forward to Saturdays more than any other day of the week. Sleep took a backseat and waking up at 4 in the morning for rides suddenly felt exciting and energetic. I fondly remember spilling my morning tea many a times in the rush of gearing up and hitting the throttle.

My bike has taken me to a lot of places with various people riding around it. Today, its 2000 kms away from me, safely parked inside my house in Noida, and I shall be visiting it soon. I fondly remember every day the rides I have done on it, and the countless times I have dodged retarded buses and dogs so as to avoid any damage to it first, and then me. I remember how I rode it to office as well as to long destinations, and I also remember how quickly I transformed from a formal suit wearing fellow to a biking jacket wearing biker withing half an hour of returning home.

And then it hit me.

It has never disappointed me or embarassed me. Some wise petrolhead said 'Respect your wheels and they respect you'. It was the perfect soulmate I could think of, as it gave me company and joy when no one else did.

That, my friend, is the crux of being passionate about your motorcycle. And not everyone will understand this.

Guess I chose love as well, mate!
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You guys have both made me very emotional. And whenever I see an old passionately loved 500, I get even more emotional. Its like seeing an old movie. You know you've seen them before. But you cannot resist the urge to pause and see them one more time. Be it on the road or a forum.
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An Enfield Bullet is what hit the chords in most of us bikers.

I always am grateful to the Brits for that.

I remember, I was always riding borrowed 100cc bikes after I turned 18 and I did enjoy them, but always knew there is a spelling mistake somewhere in those bikes.
Got a chance to ride a RD350 when I was in college, and the sound- yes the sound is what drew me to all machines more than anything, loved the sound of a perfect tuned RD350 and I still turn my head when I hear one on the streets.

Perhaps it was the sound that attracted me to a Bullet. No other bike had that unique note. Got a chance to ride a C1350 and it was love at first sight.

Got a chance to ride around a heavy crank 79' Bullet of my uncle's(yes, maternal)in my hometown and that sealed the deal. I needed one. I haven't felt that need for anything else till date!

He agreed to sell it to me for a low price , but it was an old bike and there were transport and RTO hassles to be taken care of and my dad was against it which led to the path for a new Enfield.

In 2002, Enfield had the Std, Electra, Mach 350, Std 500 and the TB. Some old stock of 535 were around too.

My choice , which was decided myself was between the STD350 and Electra and to escape the battery and ignition issues on a Std, went for the Electra and it has been a trip ever since.
A lakh and 5k kms on a stock Enfield and I enjoy it every time I hit the road.

Reading the OP, I was reminded of my 500. Although I wasn't attached to it as much as my 350, that's the bike that took me places. Now it is been looked after by an equally passionate biker.

PS: aadithsince1980, I think I have seen your 500 at my mech's garage (Muneer) in Bangalore.

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aadithsince1980 mate I loved reading your post and your passion towards motorcycling especially Royal Enfield motorcycles. I have always felt:

The first time you ride a Royal Enfield especially the CI's it does something to you.
That thumping engine with oodles of overflowing torque do something to you.
That regal look and timeless design does something to you.
The heavy weight and the metal body with that cast iron block do something to you.
That hissing sound of the pressure release while depressing the decompressor lever does something to you.
That feeling of being one with the motorcycle while doing solo rides does something to you.
The feeling while kick starting and when you hear the engine roar to life does something to you.
The fact that this motorcycle is a rolling history on wheels does something to you.
The numerous tests of time this motorcycle has passed while still going strong does something to you.
The reason the Indian Armed Forces has been using them since ages in unimaginable terrains and conditions does something to you.
Even today a well maintained CI turns heads does something to you.
A motorcycle with pure mechanical and electrical controls being selling until 2010 does something to you.
The feeling that this motorcycle can be passed on to your children does something to you.
Although we as riders have been riding since ages and have rode many a motorcycles till date, Yet the Royal Enfield Bullet CI does something to you.

I bought 5 RE's after listening to my heart and Yes I Love all my 5 RE motorcycles.

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Absolutely well scripted post sir.

Since you mentioned the bond with your bikes, in somewhat similarity I have also owned the Bullet 350, Shogun, Yamaha YBX and currently own a Yamaha Rx 135 5 Speed. "view my garage" as bragging rights permit .

And I am 34 too

The only decision I regret till date is selling off my Bullet due to financial crisis and later Shogun for the lack of availability of parts.

Exactly as you mentioned, I used my bullet in those times when people looked at you as the great one who can ride the "wild" beast, like I was some airline pilot or something. At every signal I used to get these looks of oomph. I used to literally change the looks of my bike every 3 years (courtesy American Chopper - Biker Build off Madness).

The Bullet of the yesteryear was famous for behaving differently in the same corner everytime you ride it there, or the 100kmph on western highway felt different than the 100kmph on eastern highway. And tackling those small challenges everytime you ride was a huge thrill in itself. DIY adjusting the tappets after every ride, or setting the points every weekends, left side Brakes and right side gears, heavy crank, the art of the "Butter Kick", the fear of kickback and conquering it, playing with the carburetor screw etc etc... and never in those 2L plus kms did I change the block or pistons.

Slowly I came back to track business-wise but now I see bullets everywhere. Even if I buy the brand new problem free and technically sound bullet I don't think I will ever get back the feeling of possession of the older one.

The same joy I now enjoy on my Yamaha 135 5 speed. And I have vowed I will never ever sell it even if I own any other bikes.

Its like taming and bonding the Ikran Turuk-Macto (mountain banshee) of Avatar movie. Once you bond your soul with your bike it will never break.
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PS: aadithsince1980, I think I have seen your 500 at my mech's garage (Muneer) in Bangalore.[/quote]

When was this? Actually my bike got stolen . I was going to post about it in the next part of my post. Please do let me know. Do let me know if you see it again

I had actually written the above article long time back but didn't post it ever since my bike got stolen by my ex-brother-in-law (long story, that I will relate in my next post. Been tied up with work, will post whenever I'am free)

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It’s been 26 years since I first rode a motorcycle. And no, I don’t have one foot in the grave. I just turned 34. But it would take me ten long years to fall in love with the bullet.
superb stuff mate. Loved the emotion in this write up. I rode my first bike way back in late 80s. It was an yezdi my father bought in 1974. The czech engine with the double exhaust was a true beauty! Ahhh... how i cried when he sold it. Am still on the lookout for that - some guy in Mysore had bought it. it was registered as TNE 1381.

History repeats they say!!! i had an RE and sold it last year while moving our of Bangalore. Now in search of another RE. Hope to get a good one soon as my son now wants to do a road trip with me on that (again history repeats as i had done lot of road trips on the Yezdi with my dad).

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