The bullet bug bit me at quiet an early age. Staying on the ground floor and my bed next to the window, I would start my day with a sight of the bullet parked right outside my window. The uncle who owned it use to take us kids for a ride on his bike.
During college, on my visit to Mangalore my uncle introduced me to his priceless possession. A 1968 Royal Enfield and told me how the bike was passed on to him by his dad . The first time he handed me the keys of the bike, he had full faith that I won’t be able to start it ( sad but true). I was soaked in sweat but the bike didn’t budge.
I Purchased my first bike when I was in Bangalore the A350 in 1999 and we had some memorable rides. I loved everything about her and spent hours cleaning, polishing and riding to the outskirts of bangalore . I toured most places in south before shifting to Mumbai.
Back to Bombay: Mumbai had changed for me, all my friends had settled abroad or busy with work. So it was time I got my old friend back, laid my hands on a second hand A350 and this was the start of a new journey. Through internet I came to know about Inddiethumpers. Joining a club was not what I was looking for. I was more interested to know what places I could ride too. On my first ride with the club I felt welcome and made my first set of friends in Mumbai. Then the club became an addiction and the members, family. Every thumper is a unique character, with a common passion and that’s what binds us. That’s the reason we say once a Thumper always a Thumper. I have done a fare share of solo rides but never knew what I have been missing until I became a thumper. Riding in a group, laughing on stupid jokes, enjoying each others company,fighting over food and standing by each other whether it’s a fall or break down is what thumper all about.
Maharastra,Rajasthan, Karnataka, M.P,Uttarakhand,Kashmir,H.P….arrg actually it feels stupid to talk about it. The more you ride, the more you wanna ride. For me roads are good, ghats is what I prefer and off-roading is what I live for.