Feel like a ride

It was a fine evening. Just like any other.

Was at office contemplating the next few hours and I was reminded of the road. It has always been a nice thought to munch on. The wide road and the unending miles. Traffic far and between with sparsely interspersed shops and small eats.

I felt like a ride that moment. Light as  the air on my face. Ticklish as the light drizzle on my visor. Wet as the slush on my tyre tread. Steady as the beat on my thumper. I felt like I was ready to drift.

I picked up my keys and was off.


Hope that my Royal Enfield will be it.

Hope is all I have. Someday…soon!

Royal Enfield mufflers

I have been receiving a lot of traffic from enfield muffler related search queries. I have had my bullet 500 muffler changed and the search that I had done for this could be useful to quite a few people. As far as I know there are three people who manufacture the BSA Goldstar type silencer mufflers in India.

1. Muneer from Bangalore; Contact number-+91-80-2591079; Cost of muffler without chrome coating-Rs 1200

2. Shakeel from Pune; Contact number-+91-9822004432; Cost of muffler without chrome coating-Rs 1200

3. Royal Motorcycles of Delhi; Contact number-+91-11-42542341,+91-11-41547983; Cost of muffler without chrome coating-Rs 800

The mufflers are manufactured in two varieties, free flow silencer and the one with glass wool in it. The free flow muffler is preferred for it’s ability to reduce back-pressure on the engine and the glass wool muffler is less preferred as it is purely for changing the exhaust note of the bike. The above cost is for the free-flow muffler.

The mufflers cost around Rs 500 to be chrome coated and there could be courier charges as applicable.

Hope this helps out a lot of bullet enthusiasts in getting the stock mufflers which offer a very dull note and enormous back-pressure on the engine, changed to a more enjoyable thump and marginal differences in pick-up.

I have made some enquiries regarding the longterm effects on the engine and there has been no negative feedback. The only issue could be sound levels as with respect to traffic regulators and personal preferences for a less noisy silencer.

But trust me, a bullet is kind of ‘less’ without it’s thump. Say what you may, people gotta hear before you are there.

Bullet diaries

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 AVL-vital stats:

Date of purchase: 03/04/2008

Odometer reading: 3759kms as on 15/05/2008

Number of visits to the garage: 2 services and 2 minor repair work

What the heck?

I was riding down outer ring road reminiscing about the state of affairs with my bullet.  I was not really sure if this was the best decision as I had a few minor repair works always pending in a brand new motorcycle. I was passing numerous bikes of the sub 200 cc varieties and I used to own a splendor myself. I remember how well I used to maintain this bike with complete confidence that all is well with the bike. I was chewing the cud.

I had a conversation with a fellow bulleteer and I remember him saying this

“You can never be 100% satisfied with the status of your bullet. There are some generic issues with this bike”

So relevant as this bike had some issues that I have to get used to. I don’t remember how I got into a philosophical mode at this point in my train of thoughts. I suddenly thought that the bullet is like a person with whom there will always be some issues. Add to it that I was getting to know my fiancee very well and as with anybody else, there are going to be things which one is not used to. It was not a discomforting thought in any sense and I could actually perceive a gentle smile creeping onto my face pulling those whiskers at the corner of my mouth upwards. I was actually happy in the sense that I was cruising on my bike and I had sort of come to terms with a troublesome thought.

The bullet is actually like a person. It needs lots of attention. Right from the point of starting the bike to the point of parking the bike. I actually did not feel it to be much of a deviation because I used to take very good care of my splendor. weekly washes and polishes. Regular services and a bit of mechaniceering myself. It was good fun. I hope it will be good fun too.