Sal­man’s Ride

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I re­cently saw Sal­man Khan’s lat­est video and was won­der­ing what the black and yel­low bike was that he was rid­ing in it. Can you tell me which mo­tor­cy­cle it is? I could not find any de­tails about it.

Shivprasad, via so­cial me­dia Hello, Shivprasad,

We looked into it and the bike Sal­man Khan is seen astride in the video is a Tri­umph Bon­neville T100. Given the num­ber of fans the two ma­jor ac­tors have, fans who are so strongly in­flu­enced by them, it would have been great to see Khan and his pil­lion, Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez, wear­ing a hel­met dur­ing the rid­ing scenes to pro­mote rider safety. Com­ing back to the bike, the T100 is the mid-range model from the Bri­tish brand’s retro-styled line-up. The one in the video is the old 865-cc air-cooled T100 that was dis­con­tin­ued in 2015. That iconic rounded head­lamp, sculpted tank, old-school de­sign mo­tif, peashooter ex­hausts, and spoked wheels are all part of its sig­na­ture aes­thetic. The en­gine pow­er­ing the cur­rent gen T100 is a 900-cc liq­uid-cooled par­al­lel twin that puts out 55 hp and 80 Nm of torque and comes mated to a five-speed gear­box. Prices for the T100 start at Rs 8.87 lakh (ex-show­room).

Is Or­der­ing Bikes On­line Risky?

My plan to buy a bike was put on hold fol­low­ing the out­break of the pan­demic and the re­sul­tant lock­down. My par­ents do not want me to take the risk of vis­it­ing the show­room in per­son. I told them that we can also book my new bike on­line now and that it is safe. How­ever, my dad says we can­not risk that be­cause we might end up get­ting a faulty bike. Is this true? Is there any­thing I can do to en­sure a good bike in this sit­u­a­tion? I re­ally want to start rid­ing my Royal En­field In­ter­cep­tor 650. Please ad­vise me.

Rahul M, by e-mail Hello, Rahul,

Two-wheeler show­rooms that have been re­opened are be­ing cau­tious and are go­ing to great lengths to en­sure safety of their pa­trons. How­ever, if your par­ents are not com­fort­able with the idea of vis­it­ing a show­room, you may see the logic in that as well. As for the risk of get­ting a melon when book­ing on­line, all the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers of­fer a warranty on their prod­ucts and con­duct thor­ough checks on ev­ery bike be­fore it leaves the fac­tory for the deal­er­ship. A sec­ond round of checks, called “pre-de­liv­ery in­spec­tion (PDI)”, is con­ducted at the show­rooms as well, so you shouldn’t worry about that, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing a re­puted brand like Royal En­field. How­ever, again it de­pends on your par­ents’ com­fort level with or­der­ing on­line. If your father wishes to per­son­ally vet the bike be­fore de­liv­ery, it wouldn’t do too much harm to wait a lit­tle longer, would it? When you do even­tu­ally get the bike, make sure you ride safely and al­ways wear proper rid­ing gear.

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