]The search for a bike began once I bid adios to Bajaj Avenger 220 Dtsi 2012. The thing I liked about this bike was the relaxed seating position. I missed it badly once it was gone. However I wanted something for me as well as my Dad, so I was searching for a old classic so that my dad feels good. We had a yezdi roadking 1996 electronic when I was in my 10th, this was the bike in which I had my first 2 wheeler experience. So-many memories it had however it had been scraped due to incoming of new bikes like Hero Honda back in the days for a mere 1500/- ( wish I had preserved it till date). So the first thing that came to my mind was to purchase a fully restored Yezdi, searched for long months, the prices were sky high one person even quoted 1,10,000 for a fully restored bike. So yezdi was dropped not because we didn’t like it the guy had restored it with full attention to detail, however the mind said No, heart said go for it don’t look at the price. Also came in contact with a person who had a single owner yezdi which wasn’t restored was lying there in his garage it was a 1997 yezdi jawa roadking electronic almost finalized it for 30k when dad said he doesn’t need a yezdi. So the entire search operation went down the drain. So what next, a bike was very much required.
Next in line was the Bullet. So took test drives of RE’s and I liked thunderbird Stone Dad liked classic 350. However a family meeting was held and it was decided that it would be TB 500. I wanted matt black so we went for TB 500 Stone. We paid the advance amount of 5000 and the wait started. The showroom people had informed us that it would take at least 3 months for the delivery to happen.
A month passed by and one Sunday while I was pampering my Sierra with a coat of polish a friend of mine came visiting on his 2012 Classic 350. We are chit chatting and in between he said that he was looking to sell his Classic 350 as he wasn’t riding much which was justified by the ODO reading of 16k in 3 years. I just took it for a casual ride and found the condition of the engine to be good however there were a lot of scratches on the body which he said was due to lack of parking. I asked my Dad to go for a spin and he instantly fell in love with it. The happiness on his face was very much evident so finalized on purchasing a used Classic 350 and cancelled the booking for TB 500 with a heavy heart. However the search started as a bike for both so wanted it to stay like that. Finally came home the RE Classic 350 2012.
The Entry of ATOM ( yeah named it ATOM) as in the movie real steel I somehow like to think machines are a life form call me crazy
Bike Purchase Value: 80,000 INR
WB RC Silencer: 3800 INR
Saddle Bag a Pair: 2500 INR
Single Coat Paint for Petrol Tank: 800 INR ( with Rubbing and polishing of entire Bike)
New Exide Battery: 3300 INR
This was the initial amount that was spent on the bike.
From then on Dad takes it out every morning while he goes for a walk to a park with his friends and the rest of the day its with me. I have taken it on many long rides and never had any problems except the seating position.
Since the bike has come into our possession it has run around 6k kms the reading is now 22k. In this 6000 odd kms of ownership, one thing I Hate about RE’s is the seating position.
A list of CONS
1. Seating Position
2. False Neutral at times ( This is something one gets used to its not actually a con )
3. Headlight not being adequate
4. Build Quality
5. Fish tailing while braking
6. Spark plug issues in Rainy season
A List of Positives
1. The pride you get once you are riding it
2. The Thump it’s just magical
3. Wonderful for long rides ( Driving experience not the seating)
4. The front disc brakes are reliable.
A few Pics i had clicked