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Old 23rd February 2007, 20:36   #31
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Is this the same bike u ppl are talking bout??can anybody explain wats so special in this bike??really i dont know or have i heard about this one.....
It is, but its been changed quite a bit with the Earl's fork (reverse) in front being replaced by a conventional telescopic one and the headlamp used seems to be borrowed from the RX 100.

If you want to now whats special about this bike, read the first few posts on this thread - some of them have links to articles on other pages.
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It is, but its been changed quite a bit with the Earl's fork (reverse) in front being replaced by a conventional telescopic one and the headlamp used seems to be borrowed from the RX 100.

If you want to now whats special about this bike, read the first few posts on this thread - some of them have links to articles on other pages.
Apart form front forks and Head laight other not original things are 1) Tail lamp 2) handle bar 3)swiches 4)rear pillion footrest sub frame (original are cantilever type and attached to swing arm directly) 4) speedo meter 5) swing arm mounted side stand 6) logo on the side panel
This model is featuring round enclosure type filter. The earlier model had
a big beautifull box type filter encloser.
The side panel can be opened by twisting the black button screw and the cavity can swallow lot of the thing (storage space).
Now after restoration when i ride my GTS, i have to be very careful because i ve expericed thing like Some cars pull over after overtaking me to ask me the price, name of the bike, and even " is it electric bike?"
When Tmbhpian EGANGSTA was test riding my GTS he was followed by some guys like maniac. A guy said i want this bike.................
Small size of this machine make her to stand apart. Dont go on the size because (whatever examples you can find) are not coming cheap. By the way where is awini> the creator of this thread.
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Old 16th March 2007, 14:55   #33
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The Bobby (proper name Rajdoot GTS) was made after the Rajdoot Runabout fiasco - Escorts attempt at making a scooter with a motorcycle engine. The joke is that Escorts had too many small wheels leftover from the planned scooter production endeavour and therefore decided that if a scooter with a bike engine wont work, a bike with scooter wheels might. It worked briefly, thanks to the promotion on Bobby (the movie).

Basically they thought the scooter was a bad idea, tried improving on it, failed, and therefore tried to make a bike that could be ridden by scooter lovers - India was primarily (99%) a scooter market back then and bikes were frowned upon as either (1) dangerous (2) not for family men or (3) for guys like Shammi Kapoor who chased girls around.

A Scooter was more conservative. Methinks since Escorts didnt have a scooter, they tried this.

Read more here:

http://www.hindu.com/mp/2006/03/01/s...0100670300.htm

http://www.hindu.com/mp/2006/03/01/s...0100670300.htm
Before they collaborated with Yamaha in the early eighties, Escorts used to offer 3 two wheelers, all fitted with the same 175 CC two stroke engine:
  1. The Rajdoot Motorbike
  2. Rajdoot GTS (Bobby)
  3. The Rajhans Scooter (Perhaps the name was changed from Runabout to increase sales)
While the Rajdoot Motorbike was very popular in North India, especially in the country side and small towns, the other two didn't do too well, notwithstanding the publicity GTS received as a result of Bobby film.

The scooter as well as GTS continued to be sold till the early eighties.

Incidentally, the Bobby producer Raj Kapoor's sister was married to the Escorts owner.
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Old 21st March 2007, 14:13   #34
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are not coming cheap. By the way where is awini> the creator of this thread.[/quote]
awini is out riding the bobby and enjoyin every bit of it...
well is seems iv sparked quite an interest in the booby... perhaps someday we can start a bobby club and ask escorts and rk studios to sponser it... maybe have dimple and rishi kapoor as guests of honour.... till then, im looking for another bobby, because my 4and a half year old son loves the bike, and i have another child coming soon, so im planning for the future and will leave one for each of them, its certainly going to be pretty cool to own by the time they grow up!! its the coolest ever indian bike.... the RD and Yezdi 350s are macho... not cool. like the difference between james bond and arnie....
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So do I ! We might just have a queue for this...
mee too mate .. ive been hounding my mechanic for the same.
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how do i post a pic of the bike here? im not able to post attachments....
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You need to upload on a hosting site like Imageshack.us and then post the thumbnail forum link in your post.

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how do i post a pic of the bike here? im not able to post attachments....
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Hi Awini,
I have a 1980 Booby GTS.I purchased it in a rather orignal condition(Old paint,dented mudguards,broken lights,speedo not working etc) for Rs.2000 in Hyderabad and i jolly good spent about 10000rs which included a new paint job,chroming,new elctricals,engine servicing,new MRF tubes and tyres and the Little Daschund as i call it goes like a lightning.IF ur in Hyd,i know a great mechanic who can fix it..ill post some pics as soon as i get the privelege from moderators of BHP
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Hey Hillram. I am from Hyderabad and am interested in procuring a Bobby. Is there any way you may have some leads on one? If you do come across one in the near future please do pm me.
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Hmmmm now i am thinking of visiting my native and collecting all these Bobbies including Rajdoot made before 1970's which looks like some BMW's and also few Rajdoot 175 cc Scooters are also there, i dont know how many of us here knows this very heavy 175 CC scooter, its got the same Rajdoot engine.
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Hey Suren,
You should have seen the Bobbys displayed at the Vintage Car & Bike Rally on August 15th.My Bobby got 2nd place in under 200cc category.
We have lots of GTS in Hyderabad that too in good condition.i recently picked up an RD 350.
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few Rajdoot 175 cc Scooters are also there, i dont know how many of us here knows this very heavy 175 CC scooter, its got the same Rajdoot engine.
Thats the Rajdoot Runabout...am hunting for one as well!
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Hi Karl if you want that ill get you as m not much keen about restoring it, i am more interested on bikes. Actually my friends father was having it and after retirement they sold it to some Kabadi just for 500, let me confirm whether its available or scrapped, if its not scrapped then just need to pay 500-1000 max and transportation and u r game.
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Ajay, how many Rajdoot runabout laying around ????? am interested .

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Welcome to the club buddy!

post up a full size pic please. so what else do u own?

and btw, the original owner of this thread has still not postic a pic of his bike.
finally posted pic in Photo Gallery.

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