Hello my fellow TAI
'ns, i hope everyone is doing good. So guys i thought of sharing my ownership experience for my very first bike. And it was LML Graptor
. I always wanted to have a bike since i came back from Hostel (Dehra Dun). But my parents didn't allow me until i passed my 12th. But i got my dad's LML Vespa though.
So here comes 2004 and i cleared my 12th and the result was out and i got a first division. So the day i got my result, my dad asked me that very day, Son what bike do you wanna buy. I was soo happy. So i had few bikes in my list and they were
1. Honda CBZ
2. Bajaj Pulsar
3. Honda Splender
4. Honda Karizma
So i went with my friends and my brother and took a TD for each one of those . And i liked Karizma because of its styling, performance, speed. But since it was bit out of the budget, it was out of my list. Since Karizma out of the list my second choice was Honda CBZ and i told my dad the same. And he told me to go ahead and get all the information about the bike including the prices, discounts etc. So the next day i went to the dealer with my best buddy (Naveen) and took another TD and then got all the necessary information. But i was bit unsatisfied about something inside. And i had no idea what was that about.
So while going back to my home i saw a black bike at the LML Dealership and i thought of stopping by and see what was it. So when i came close and that Black Bike was looking really awesome with the new looks, my heart just fell for it. Yes it was the Graptor. So we both went inside the dealership and went to SA. The guy gave me all the info about the bike and the best part was that it was 150 CC and cheaper then the CBZ and also i could take the delivery in a day or 2. So i took all the information and went back. Told my dad about this bike and that i wanted to go for it. My dad told me to go ahead and book it. The very next day i went to dealer paid him Rs 5000/- and booked my bike in Black color. And the dealer told me that after 2 days my bike will be delivered.
So on the date of delivery my dealer called me early morning around 10:00 AM
and told me that my bike was ready and i can come take the delivery. I just ran to the bathroom, got ready in 20 mins and off i go with my dad. We reached the dealership and my bike was standing right by the door shining in BLACK. My dad gave them the check for the remaining amount and we completed all the formalities within next 30-40 mins.
I took my bike and went to a Mandir with my dad and brother. My dad and mom liked the bike as well. The Technical Description
: Engine Layout:
Single Cylinder, Four stroke Displacement:
150.8 CC Maximum Power:
Manual 5 Speed Acceleration:
0-60 in 6 secs. Fuel Economy:
43 kpl. My personal best 58 Kpl
I liked the bike because of its look, which was different from CBZ and Pulsar and these two bikes were very popular that time and therefore very common. So i wanted something different. Also i liked the Blue speedometer light and the overall looks of the bike.
What i didn't like about the bike was that it had a thin rear tire and that the bike was lower from the back.
Modifications done: 1. Got my rear shockers raised a bit
2. Got a bit wider tire
3. Got my handle changed to a shorter one
4. And replaced my silencer with an after market one.
5. Last not the least the bike was discontinued.
I love my bike and still it is running and have not given us any major trouble. Now my brother is using it. This June it will complete 8 wonderful years. I took my bike to Pune and drove it there for around 1 year. but had to bring it back since it was UP registered. Every Single cop used to pull me over and i had to pay something just because it had a UP number.
My longest drive on my Bike was Delhi to Moradabad (150 kms).