Okay guys, now you may have guessed what i am talking about!
right, i am talking about a BUS! many here would be knowing that we are purchasing two Ashok leyland buses for tour purposes & here i would like to share the experience of buying & customizing a bus.
why customizing? because normally only the chassis of a bus is purchased from the company & the body + interiors is built by some other firm, depending on your requirements. yes, fully body built buses are available but they are nowhere as luxurious or stylish as custom built buses.
firstly, let me share some specs of the chassis:
make: ashok leyland 4/89 222"
engine: hino series BSII 6 Cyl turbocharged intercooled diesel
max power: 84 KS @ 2400 RPM
max torque: 410 NM @ 1700-1800 RPM
transmission: 5 speed synchromesh
steering: power assisted
brakes: full air dual line
dimensions (in mm):
ground clearance: 249
turning circle radius: 11060
now, why ashok leyland & not tata or eicher?
AL buses have proven its worth down south. they are known to be the best for highways & also considered to be very reliable & fuel efficient.
why not volvo?
volvo buses are opted only for inter city travels. people opting for contract carriages within the city dont prefer volvos as it will turn out to be too expensive for them!
once the bus is fitted, next comes air suspension. AS is generally fitted on the rear wheels only. there are many brands of AS in indian market and also many firms who does the installation. infact, A.L. supplies its own AS as a dealer fitment.
after the AS is fitted, next comes the body & interiors. again there are many firms available & we opted for prakash which is based in bangalore. our deal with them is confirmed & we have selected the bus specifications, some details as mentioned below:
1) 49 seater with armrests
2) seperation between driver & passenger cabin
3) 8 JBL speakers + LCD TV provided by me
made interiors which include side walls, luggage compartment & top
made driver dashboard
6) metallic painting with graphics
More details + specifications + pictures would be added soon...