Whoa, I am updating the blog after a month! Very recently I realized that one of my ponies has seen good ten years of her life and our decade long association deserves a respectful mention in my blog. It was 2006 when this Bajaj Discover 125 DTSi made her entry into a poor man's stable. Her elder sibling was a green colored Bajaj Caliber 115 (was popularly called 'Hoodibaba' bike in those days). For devil's sake don't presume it as a sponsored post. When I say "Hamara Bajaj", it doesn't mean I am publicizing the automobile brand. I know hospitality in their showroom, after sales service in their workshop and their brainstorming on R&D (I so wish I could just say 'everything') simply suck. Yet, I couldn't help borrowing the tag line of a 1989 Bajaj Doordarshan Ad because that's the only two-wheeler brand I've been growing up with since I was born. I learnt riding on a Bajaj Chetak, discovered the freedom of youth on a Bajaj Caliber, matured as a rider on a Bajaj Discover and presently munching miles on a Bajaj Pulsar! The connection is pretty old you see. Soaked in the sentiment of "Hamara Bajaj" let me cherish a decade of togetherness with my Discover 125 through this humble photo post.
Although I used to take my Caliber 115 out of the town and throttle hard on highways, my misadventure with that motorcycle couldn't touch the sweet spot of being categorized as bike trips. It is the Discover 125 which parented the rider in me, sowed the seed of wanderlust on two wheels, cultivated my patience on the saddle and gradually made me acquainted with this entirely different ball game of motorcycle touring. Its sub 125 cc engine delivering max power of 11.5 bhp might look minuscule on today's spec sheet, but, it never fell short in real world conditions in any of my rides. I rolled her over every possible type of surfaces, be it cheesy highways, crippled highways, rural mixed roads or off-roads (Ah not to the level of dirt biking of course!), but she never gave up on this carefree owner, not even for once in these past ten years of relationship! With experience I've learnt what to carry and how to carry in a motorcycle trip. But, those days I was so naive that I didn't mind hanging a duffel bag at one side and let it swivel at its own to affect the aerodynamics of the vehicle at higher cruising speeds. The modest weight of my Discover (i.e. 129 kg ) was never too light to make me feel wobbly while overtaking heavy vehicles over 80 km/hr mark, while the same weight gave me liberty enough to pull the bike out of any congested parking space with the help of its firm grab-rail.
Its odometer has crossed 39,000 kilometers and, as I admitted I'm not among the most caring owners, the sound and behavior of my motorbike's engine has changed a lot. I miss the addictive melody of her new DTSi engine. I miss the completeness I used to feel while riding it in one-thousandish trips. Till date it stands strong in highways and runs with me for hours. But the engine vibration at high speed is certainly not optimum for cruising the whole day. With the Pulsar 220 I can ride faster, smoother and cover more kilometers in a day, but if I could quantify my satisfaction per kilometer as a motorcycle tourer, undoubtedly my Discover 125 would be well ahead in that race. I don't mind you doubting on my orientation when I tell you how I keep staring at my parked motorbike with charmed eyes while taking food in a roadside inn. If you're an avid biker I'm sure you too would have similar moments to share. For others I would say- get a motorbike. Considering its old age and the magnitude of my upcoming motorcycling itineraries, I have decided to limit her usage to short distance commuting. However much I criticize the lax attitude of Bajaj I'll always have a sentimental string attached to them. Though I'm contemplating on upgrading my stable with a Honda or KTM my world of motorcycling will always be blissfully indebted to "Hamara Bajaj".