I lost it there again, my mind. Now she is back on to my mind, playing games with me. I was in love with her ever since I experienced her. She was so beautiful and powerful, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird.
That day we took her to wildness. On the 17th day of June 2006, PP took her from Silk Board to Silk Board covering the entire stretch of Outer Ring Road in Bangalore. For 90 kms the trip meter moved. Guru was the pillion on that ride as Tanuja had invited me for a sumptuous lunch.
But afternoon she was mine and PP was the pillion. As per Anurag's (Tanuja's Husband) suggestion we hit the Bangalore Hyderabad highway that day and as he said there wasn't much traffic especially after Hebbal Flyover. I cruised.. just was thumping and thumping the accelerator. I never minded as it touched 100kmph, I was just pushing her for more. At times PP was tapping my shoulder just when he thought I was erring somewhere. Good that he was there, or else I would have reached Hyderabad :). We climbed the quarry after going some distance, may be around Devanahalli. Tested her power and balance at 4-5kmph and at 105-110kmph and came back.
Even though my legs where aching, and hands feeling the pressures of a long drive, I was on cloud nine, elated and proud to be riding the Bird. I and PP were laughing. May be we couldn't just express the feeling that we were going through and that resulted in laughing. We could see the respect we were getting when someone overtakes us, he would look back in all admiration. And later when I overtake him, I will give him a kind of kiddo look. "Oh poor chap; look he is riding a 1000cc Maruthi Zen."
From that day on she has been a pain in the heart. The futile thoughts of how to get her. Thoughts of giving away my "Definitely Male" Guy to someone. It has been a pain altogether. And on top of it I should answer many a people. First I should get the permission from my mom who is always against bike. Then I should make understand my father why I should go for it, who believes that vehicles are not supposed to be changed so fast especially two wheelers. And give an answer to my sis who always would say "Kore kaalayallo thaan ithu parayaan thodangeetu, vallathum nadakkumo." Then I have to answer the people (That includes my Anon Ex Roomie) who say "you may be settling down in a year or two, why then not go for a car" or "Ninakku Vattano... Enthinaada Ithra Kaashu Koduthu Ippo Oru Vandi Vaangunne".
Oh my God!! I want to shout at the world that it is the passion and not the practicality. I may be young, settled or wandering, or old still I want to ride her forever. I couldn't and thus those plans too were shelved. I became a good boy, paid the Road Tax for my Blue Bird Pulsar and ride happily as long as I was not seeing her.
Today I saw her again, and all my emotions and feelings erupted. And as I reached the hotel for lunch, I saw her again parked in the parking lot. She had the Bullet Silencer, which normally gives the thump, instead of her normal silencer. I ogled at her and checked her silencer. Her boyfriend stared at me, as if I was about to snatch her from him. And later after my lunch on the drive back office, she crossed me again.
Someone at the T'Bird forum commented "You need to constantly take care of her. It's like your wife."
Wish I could marry her. Till eternity.
PS: I was thinking of this post ever since I rode her, but just delayed it so that I won't think of her. But simply couldn't resist it today :). She Rocks!!