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    Default Beat of a different drum - Bullet 350 standard

    Hi guys,

    A small introduction to my Bullet Standard 350.

    Well.. not many buy a bullet standard nowadays. It costs a bomb, difficult to maintain, difficult to ride (left side gear), dosent go fast, dosent even give good mileage !! It dosent make sense to buy one. Does it ? To know the answer read on..

    Lets roll back to the summer of 1995, my first tyrst with a self propelled internal combustion two wheeled. A Luna !! At 11 years of age, I was riding the biggest thing on two wheels among my contemporaries who were still riding 1 HP (Human Power) bicycles. I felt the king of the world. As if i had all the power in the world right under my seat !!

    1996 : Graduated to my fathers Rajdoot. 175 cc, two stroke and very very heavy for my physical stature !! that was my introduction to geared motorcycles.

    Moving on with the times i got a taste of a hoard of different motorcycles, old & new, fast and slow. starting from the puny Bajaj M80 to the Pulsar 220 dts Fi.. have rode them all, loved them all and unfortunately forgotten them all. But one of them stayed back in my heart. It was a 1982 bullet standard. Got to ride it for hardly 200 meters and that was enough to touch a chord deep inside my heart which none of the other bikes could. I cannot express it in words. Its just like bumping into this lady while crossing the street, your eyes meet, a spark and you exchange a thousand words in that instant. you move on but keep cherishing that moment for a long time to come. You cant explain it, but it just happens.

    Thus my elusive love affair with the bullet started. Whenever i would hear that magical thump, my head would automatically stretch to find the source.. ahh there she is, all gleaming in black and chrome just ready to be rode into the sunset. Someday.. someday i will have you all for myself !!

    So, on 31st January, 2009 i walk into Teknik Motors, Bangalore to take delivery of my childhood crush. As i watch the gleaming black lady ready to be ridden off, my eyes feel a rush of moisture. Ten years i have waited for this and finally, SHE is all mine.

    I turn on the ignition, decomp the engine and gently kick her over. She starts on the first try. As I stood there motionless, listening to the engine tick over, i felt like a man who has everything. felt like a COMPLETE MAN !!
    Never before has a bike been able to infuse so much emotion in me. It felt as we had known each other for a long time. its just like rekindling a long lost love affair.

    Well, mileage, cost, performance and other rational parameters did not clinch the deal. for me, it was the emotional attachment i had with this machine. It was my way of realising my dreams. It was my rebirth to motorcycling.

    Purchase date : 31st January, 2009
    Kms done till date : 12K + change
    Mileage : 27-30kmpl in city (currently getting 25kmpl due to slight rich tuning)
    Top speed attained : 120 kmph (approx) - speedo keeps flickering at speeds above 100.
    Mods done -
    1. Replaced the 3.25 inch rear tyre with a 3.5 inch one.
    2. Replaced stock company headlamp bulb with Halonix 35/35W bulb.
    3. Installed a small chain cover near the clutch case to prevent the oil spilled from the chain into the trousers.
    4. Replaced the clear lens of the indicators to orange ones to complete the classic look.
    5. Changed stock black fenders to the chrome ones (ohh.. i simply love the black and chrome look)
    6. Disk brakes at front.

    Trips done so far :
    1. Ooty
    2. Munnar
    3. Hogennakal
    4. Hassan
    5. Tumkur
    6. Mysore
    7. Pondicherry
    8. Local areas like Nandi hills, Mekedatu, chunchi falls etc

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    Last edited by pistonheadz; 10-19-2009 at 12:11 PM.
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    Motorcycle Ownership Experience Thread Approved.

    @Pistonheadz: It would really be appreciated if you can downsize the pictures to 800x600 resolution, as that is what we, at xBhp recommend.
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    Hey.... Nice write up... Std 350 for me... Is one machine where u buy the bike for the emotional attachment or love you have for the bike more than what the bike has to offer technologically... It might not be the fastest, might not be the most reliable but nevertheless it brings a smile to your face whenver you ride it... Although i don own one myself... This is wat i felt with the few hours i got to spend with the std...

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    Nice bullet there... i have had my own experience with my bullet but what ever it was it is great feeling to ride it... though i plan to sell off or just store my bullet for some time now and will come back to it after a year of so.
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    Absolutely loved the way you have written it pistonheadz!!! Seriously amazing story man...

    Mine is pretty similar - just that I test rode every bike in the market (despite having a pulsar 150 and X-Treme) and picked up the STD350 - my Black Stallion - on 16th March 2008!!!

    Albiet work has not allowed me trips on her... but then ride it to work!! (have left the cage to my wife!!!). In fact the last two days had an amazing ride from Chennai to Bangalore and back...

    I can fully understand and feel what ever you have written!!! It is an absolutely fabulous feeling that you get from riding her!!!

    Cheers to her!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by desideep View Post
    Nice bullet there... i have had my own experience with my bullet but what ever it was it is great feeling to ride it... though i plan to sell off or just store my bullet for some time now and will come back to it after a year of so.
    Dada - how about loaning that 1987 bull to me for the time you are planning to store it!!!

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    Whenever i would hear that magical thump, my head would automatically stretch to find the source..
    +1 he he he

    There is something magical about the bullet and it can't not be described in words. Is it because of the lineage or the primitive nature of the engine or the sheer size or the thump or the comfort or the respect. It has a cult status and makes you feel you are the king. Everyone makes way for the bullet , literally

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    Great thread started Ritwik. One more member joining the Bullet clan soon.

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    Another one bites the bug!! congrats on living your dream out man! exotic or not, the bullet is the last of the ones of a league of their own, and the std remains true to its root in this regard!!!


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    Very well written. Keep thumping!

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