today i bought a new bajaj avenger dtsi 220.
i had given up riding 2 wheelers 14 years back when i surrendered my freedom ( got married ) before that i had ridden Lamdretta scooter, bajaj super scooter suzuki samurai and yamah rx 100 extensively.i never had a major crash with any of them. after marriage my wifey wanted me to give up biking and we bought a 4 wheeler ( indica V2 ) but recently i chanced upon few bike logues and i was hooked hook line and sinker.
have a peek at the most impressive ones ( hope some body will also get hooked
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then there was some body in our forum to whom i had broached the thought of buying a 2 wheeler- AR Rami ji. he stoked the ember in me slowly into a raging fire by frequently calling me up and discussing the beautiful bike logues i had messaged him.
next i had to get the approval of the finance minister. it was the finance ministry that had cancelled even the thought of 2 wheelers. became a very loving husband and father ( not that i was not so before ). first i got the kids to my side . they wanted a bike very much and voted for me. cajoled wifey and finally she had to succumb to my persuasion. but one condition she out forward - will have to take me along on all trips. i would have given my foot for a bike and i agreed. the final yes was got when we were in a jewellery when she wanted some thing very badly i brought up the bike and she finally gave the green signal. i immediately rang up ramji and conveyed the good news, partly to prevent her from going back on her words.
the next part was which bike to buy ?????? well i am a guy with touring on roads as an obsession though no much touring now a days due to the compulsions of life.(papa never made big money so that we could live off his earnings and hence have to work for a living.) hence cruiser bikes were only considered royal enfield thunder bird and bajaj avenger dtsi 220.
i had never been a fan of bullet mainly because it was a tall bike and i am only 163 cms tall. my friend had recently bought a bullet classic and i test drove it. was impressed by its riding comfort but it was a bit heavy for me. if ever it leaned to the side i would need some body's help to right it.so bullet was ticked off. also avenger had long ago gotten into my heart ( nearly 4 years ago ) and had test droven it. in fact i almost bought it that time but finance officer vehemently vetoed it. so it was avenger dtsi 220 with all its shortcomings.also after seeing the Arnold schwarzeneger movie TERMINATOR who wouldn't want to have a cruiser bike.
From where to buy -
there are many number of bajaj showrooms around where i live. but i have a friend who owns a bajaj show room which was about 40 kms away, rang him up and asked him about it. his reply was do you want it today ? i was surprised
was he pulling my leg. i told him i didn't have the cash to which he told me who asked for money you can have the loan approved in 5 minutes flat.and he could deliver the bike on my door step. wow!!! i was impressed. so the e bike was delivered to my friends garage from where the snaps were taken, from where i drove it to my home at payangadi 3 days later. will have it registered next week.