Yea…it had been a dream for me, when I saw a Bajaj Pulsar screeching past my side. I was 17. In three more years, I’ll come out of my Teen loop. I dunno how to ride a bike (???…How 2 drive a Bike will be apt here….) Pulsar was amazing. The girl at the pillion too :-). I wanted to learn. But how?. My brain’s crushed, squeezed….it ran brute force algorithm to find all possible ways to learn driving a bike….My chemistry mam was busy with the Benzene Ring structure and its explanation. My thoughts came back to the class. I was uninterested. Benzene ring did not make any spark in my mind. I was still thinking about Pulsar.
I saw the same Pulsar with the upgraded specification. Improved Style, Improved CC, Improved Accessories, and what not?. I was 20. Three years passed like 3 minutes. I was bit happy. I had mastered driving a Bike. I was bit sad too. I did not know how to drive a bike WITH GEAR! Honda Activa became my First Luv, when I met one of my friend after a long time. He taught me just ABC….I mastered till XYZ. Honda Activa was easy. Just a game of Throttle and Break. My uncle too had a transition from his TVS 50 to Honda Activa. I was happy to see that again. same GOLD colored bike. So it became a routine, whenever I visited my uncle, I would ask him for a ride and he’ll give the key with caution “Careful!!!” . I’ll get the Key and go all the streets of Triplicane. In one such ride, I had to put a sudden break when a guy crossed my Activa. I could see the indicator beaming in Yellow. I was again into my unfulfilled dream. He was riding an awesome Black Bajaj PULSAR DTSi 180 CC Bike. He already left. I raised the throttle to go back Home. My Lecturer was busy connecting the Data Cable of 8085 Microprocessor Training Kit to the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) which was fabricated with the series of Red LEDs and some bunch of Resistors of 0.5 MilliOhms, and few capacitors of 0.5 MicroFarads. My wandering thoughts came back to the Applied Electronics Lab. There were some plates of ICs which did the job millions of formerly said Resistors and Capacitors. God knows what an Electrical Engineering student has to do with these Circuit boards though electronics was stuffed in the curriculum. I was asked to find the gain of the Transistor. Transistor Specification was given in the Laboratory Manual. I took my Scientific Calci to proceed. My lab dress was stinking like a wet Dog. I did not wash it, last weekend
Passion keeps changing not only for Bikes !
You see a girl. She look damn gorgeous. You wanna say “Honey I Luv U. Be my Valentine. Will U??”. You wanna marry her. You wanna make her ur life partner, for ur Life time. You want her to be ur world. You keep thinking about her all day, all night. You imagine yourself riding a Bike and she is seated in the pillion..(OMG…again bikes here????) You imagine having dinner in a roof top restaurant. Thinking all these, you doze off in your bed @ Home. You hug the pillow and sleep tight. The next day, you see someone in your work place, so cute, so pretty awesome. She is beautiful too ! Now our mind shifts it gear from 2 to 3 and then to 4 (Oh..wll u please stop this comparison of bikes n gears???). You again slide into your dream world. This time no dinner, no riding. You imagine yourself with her in a Sea side relaxing in cool blue T-shirt and denim shorts. She smiles, u smile back, and u will want to eat Sundal, if the place being Marina Beach and after all the romance, u come back from your dreamz. It will be 6:00 AM in the Clock and you get ready for the days work. Waiting for 10 more minutes on that day, ur bus being late, you happen to see someone waiting for the bus too. Unfortunately she happens to be working in some other Company. Her bus comes. She leaves, adjusting her free hair in the corner of her cheeks. you again go back to ur thoughts….oh sorry u can’t afford that. Your Bus has come. You too leave adjusting ur Tie and ID Card. (Copy Cat !). See how your passion keeps changing??? Keep your window open so that, u can again spot someone cute, gorgeous, beautiful, awesome again!!!!!!!!!!
It happened for me too. not the above paragraph. Pulsar’s Love faded slowly, gradually. It was an exponential decay in the curve. I saw something more attractive than Pusar. TVS Apache RTR FI 160 and I had fallen in Luv. Luv for Apache! Even Pulsar 220 CC didn’t interest me. I was mad on Apache. Its Red color really engulfed me into its beauty. It was sexy. My thoughts were still in the air along with the millions of Radio Frequencies and the Mobile Base Station Signals. The project period was still wasted like hell. We were sitting in the Computer Lab of our EEE Dept, busy browsing through the Micrcontroller Datasheet. Not even an inch of progress in the Circuit Board. ICs were haphazardly lying beside the SMPS (Switched Mode Power Supply) and Battery Eliminator. The Frequency generator was innocently showing a greenish sine wave. Project mates were busy with their discussion on yesterdays tiring journey to Kodaikanal. I was staring at a stray dog sleeping happily outside the Lab window, without any worry about the First project Review next week. The project title was flashing in my mind – Real Time Based Auto Solar panel Tracking System…
One fine Saturday morning, the sun was mild in its rays. it was August. My neighbor uncle was getting ready for some work. I sprang into his bike and said, “I’m going to drive this today….”. He acknowledged my request and started it. And asked me to drive. I raised the throttle. The bike jerked and the engine went off. I then realized the fact that driving a GEAR bike is not a child’s play ! Sunday was not too bad. He taught me how to handle the Clutch and the Throttle. The same starting problem 😦 I couldn’t understand why the engine switches off when I come to a halt. i was able to move only few inches forward with jerks. I had lotsa things to learn.
“You should put the gear in Neutral, my boy…“. He used to say 100 times when the engine goes off.
The Clutch-Gear-Throttle-Neutral co-ordination was complex! I had to concentrate on everything in the bike. Every mechanism that made Bike run, made me quite uncomfortable learning it. But I had to overcome this anyhow. I should learn driving a GEAR Bike. That was my dream. Above all, the bike was heavy. God! Please help me. Damn heavy bike with complex procedures to start, to run and to stop. I was getting tense.
“How the F**K people drive these monsters??…” I was frowning. I know this will not help me in learning any ways. I had to learn. So I accepted things as it was.
TRY TRY TRY Until U Succeed!
I tried , tried, tried & tried more…., but the engine was so arrogant that it always goes off, whenever I put the bike on halt. One fine evening, I had mastered the technique 🙂 The golden words reverberated in my Heart….”You should put the gear in Neutral, my boy…” From that day, whenever I came to a halt, I transitioned the gear to Neutral. The engine was stil alive. I was Happy. Finally some positive reply from the other side. Bike was so nice to me. It obeyed my command. Thats Good !
The D-Day decided. I decided to get a bike. You know which model??. PULSAR ! But there were lots of opposition from all sides. First stood my father.
“NO. Thats too heavy to handle. You can’t control it. Better get a Splendor”. This was my papa
“NO. Pulsar is so fast. It gives heavy jerk. You’ll be thrown out. Please don’t get it..”. This was my mom
“NO. It has very less Mileage. You won’t get the spare parts so easily. Its not economic…”. This is my neighbor.
So response is so bad. Same was the response for Hero Honda Hunk, Hero Honda CBZ, TVS Apache. What to do?. I was cribbing. But finally considering the mileage and the weight of the vehicle, I accepted that all others were right. I was not wrong ! So I decided to get a bike which had gud looks, gud mileage, gud style and comparitively less heavy Bike. I googled, yahooed, did an image search, compared the rates, specifications, style, and colors. After all the analysis, i narrowed down to one bike, my beast, my monster which will obey my orders, which wil take me anywhere I wanted without any troubles.
Yes Hero Honda Passion. This is the one I initially wanted to get. After mastering the GEAR Vehicle, I’ll get the one I really want. This will do now. We started on Friday to the Hero Honda Outlet. Selected the color and model. The cash was paid and cheque has been given. We took the Bike outside. After feeding it with a Liter of Petrol, Keeping the gear in Neutral, I kick started the bike. It smiled and the engine came into action. Then I held the clutch, transitioned the gear from Neutral to 1 and slowly releasing the clutch and rising the Throttle simultaneously, in some Sync, the Bike moved forward smoothly.
Success ! My first Bike, First Start…All went fine. Atlast, I’m the proud owner of my Awesome RED-BLACK Hero Honda Passion Plus. The same day, I bought a Helmet too. The next day, I went with my neighbor Uncle to purchase accessories for my Bike – Tank Cover, Seat Cover, Handle Grip, Engine Cover & lottu & Losku. Finally, my bike is dressed appropriately to suit the Chennai driving conditions. I asked my sister to take some snaps of my bike along with me. So that I could upload it in ORKUT and tell all my friends about my new Luv. I finished typing the article Bike – My Passion ! at around 10.35 PM. WordPress was helping me a lot in the typo errors and spelling mistakes, which I did frequently.It was October 2nd. No Office. Holiday!. I was seriously keying in the article…No…my personal experience on GEAR Bike. No, No….My Dream which came into reality….whatever. I’m 23 now, Happy, Excited and satisfied. I can drive a Gear Bike 🙂 I know how to drive a Bike (I need not specify it as GEAR Bike…coz, it has become default when I say “BIKE”). I had a gr8 passion for Bikes, that’s why I got a Passion Plus!!…woooooooooooow 🙂
Some of my friends’ comments seeing my Bike pics in Orkut…..
Vinoth Kumar :- “machi…congrats….irrundallum konjam overa illa??? 2 yrs munadi clutchkum brakekukum vidyasam teriyathavanuku Hero honda “passiona”…mmm…nadathu….helmat poda maranduratha…mukyama oppositla varavangala jaagarathaya irruka sollu [:P]”
Karthikeyan.K.R :- “dai pavi….unnaku bikela gear podava tariyadhu da…unnaku eduku pudhu bike?????what happened to ur pulsar plan……too heavy for u????anyways have fun……….always ride by with a girl aside hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm”
Shyamala :- “is that a passion plus?kally TRYING HARD to look cool percing on the bike…kally fails miserably tho… 😛 :P”
I’m now saving this page to be published. Its getting late. Its 10:48 PM in my system clock. Should go for sleep. Tomorrow Office. Bbye. Kally Signing Off 🙂