For the long weekend on Diwal, I had a bus ticket to Coimbatore on Friday night, but since Friday is a holiday, I was thinking of driving to Coimbatore. The previous Saturday when Raja and Ashok were also interested in joining, it was decided that we’ll drive. On Tuesday, I was talking with my house owner and told him that I’m going home for Diwali in bike. He said, “ethuku sinna vandila, peria vandi thaan iruku illa, eduthutu poo” (Why small vehicle? Take my big vehicle and go). They had two Maruthi zens and one is very rarely used. I admitted that I can’t drive cars. He smiled and pointed to the “big vehicle”. Its a Thunderbird. Hmmm. When I bought my pulsar, one of my friends commented: “When you ride a bike, it should look like a prince on a horse. But with this bike you look like a mosquito on a buffallo”. Thunderbird is twice powerful than my pulsar and its definitely a bulky beast. How will I look like? Mosquito on an elephant? Never mind, I thought of trying. Thursday I took it to office. It was like a test drive. I drove in the Koramangala traffic and in the inner ring road as well. I felt comfortable and thought I can handle it. So I decided to take the “big vehicle”.
Friday morning, I left at 6.30 AM. Raja and Ashok joined me at Madiwala and we started. After Hosur, I lost them from my sight. I waited in the road side and then went back a km also. Cudn’t find them. With no cell signal, I cudn’t catch them. There is no point in looking for them and I proceeded alone.
I took the Thoppur, Bhavani, Tiruppur route. The four lane NH – 7; Thoppur forest; Mettur Dam; Tiruppur-Pollachi road, everything was perfect and the ride was enjoyable. Except for one small accident. I was having breakfast after Krishnagiri in a Punjabi Dhaba(Is it true that there are more Punjabi Dhabas in Tamil Nadu than in Punjab?) When I came out to the parking space, I saw the headlight was smashed and the mudguard was scratched. Someone in a car, which was parked near-by, told me that some lorry crashed into my bike when it was taking reverse. The driver of the lorry came down; saw the damage; went back to his seat; and went away from the scene. I was helpless. I’ve to repair it now Monday morning I started and took the Coimbatore-Salem route. Except for the 15 mins heavy rain after Salem, the ride was perfect. The total distance was around 800 kms. I’ve taken few pictures. The film roll is complete, I’ll post them here.
Don’t ask me what was the response at my home for driving. I better not write anything about it 😉
My pulsar will be good till 100km/hr speed. Beyond that speed, you will slowly feel that you are loosing control. But Thunderbird is different. Most of the time I was driving at 80 km/hr and many times at 120 km/hr. The bike was solid. No wobbling at all. After a while, you won’t even hear any sound from the engine. Its surprising quite at higher speeds.
Thunderbird is a nice bike. Initially I thought it might not be comfortable to drive in city traffic, but I was wrong. It is equally good for regular commuting. May be I’ll sell this Pulsar and buy a Thunderbird. But first I should put on some weight. At least I should look like a bird on an elephant 🙂