It’s been couple of months now that I was travelling by car to office and life was more struggling as the time spent on road was nearly half of what was spent in office. Traffic on the roads of Bengaluru was becoming worse than previous day. It takes me easily an hour to reach office which is hardly 9 kms away. My knees start to talk to me as I used brake and clutch pedal more often than accelerator. The knee cap sometimes use to pain like hell when stretched a bit. My wife travels by Activa and reaches within 40 minutes even though the traffic on her route is much worse than mine. This was when I put fourth the suggestion to get a bike for myself. My wife supported the suggestion immediately and told to check which bike suits me. I was hesitant to bring this topic in front of my parents as I have already changed bike couple of times and recently brought an Activa and a car for myself.
Harley Davidson Street 750 was my first choice but then waited for the feeling to let it pass, not because of the budget of the bike but the maintenance and “keeping it safe” made me realise that it won’t work out for me. Royal Enfield classic 350 (black) was second on the list. But then we wanted to check latest bikes. Of all the bikes recently, Royal Enfield Himalayan caught my attention and I was in the awe of the bike. The dirt bike looks, high seats, black and white colour and simplistic design made me fell for it. I kept the option of it in front of my wife & one of my friend. Surprisingly, both refused me to go for it as it would not suit me and height might be an issue. I had gone to showroom twice for test ride and found it comfortable enough to ride and handle. Must say, BHP of the bike is simply great. The way it picks up from 0 to 60 in no time is thrilling. One of the reasons which was our concern was the cost (1.93L on road). Typical Indian mentality stuck me, that when the price comes down, we tend to pull down even the budget of ours. We thought for a week and thought to take second hand bike which is hardly few months old. To my luck, found a guy on OLX who was selling his Himalayan as he was travelling to US on official purpose for half an year. He sent me the pictures of his bike and how he had maintained it.
Upon seeing the pics he shared, I was convinced on purchasing the bike from him. After discussing and negotiating, we came to an agreement and made a deal at 1.45L for a 4 month old bike. It sounded a pretty good deal and we both were happy for it. We decided to meet at my office for the trial and move forward if we are satisfied with the performance of the bike. Me and my friend tested it and then we left for my wife’s office to take a feel of pillon rider. She was also comfortable and told me to go for it. We informed him that in couple of days, we would meet and take the bike.
It was on January 19, 2017, when the bike was mine. The same day, I initiated the transfer on my name. It happened a couple of times now that, people sometimes stare at my bike when I’m riding. It feels so good that I have owned it.
Waiting for a long road trip soon!