Is­land Ro­mance

Be­ing sur­rounded by the sea on all sides did not keep Sau­rav from bring­ing his dream mo­tor­cy­cle back to life. Here is how he went about it

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TS­tory: Joshua Vargh­ese here are mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers and then there are mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts. to­day, we fo­cus on the lat­ter. these are the peo­ple who buy a mo­tor­cy­cle be­cause their heart tells them they must have it. Be­yond all rea­son­able thought that in­cludes value for money, deal­er­ship net­work, re­sale value, and so on, these seem­ingly crazy ladies and gen­tle­men buy the mo­tor­cy­cle that speaks to them in a way none other could.

this is the tale of a man and his mo­tor­cy­cle from one of the most beau­ti­ful is­lands in our coun­try. al­low me to briefly walk you through the story of an­daman and ni­co­bar’s sau­rav Ku­mar Guch­hait and his res­ur­rected 1998 yamaha rX-Z (that he named “leg­end”).

sau­rav is a mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast who hails from have­lock, an­daman and ni­co­bar is­lands. the rX-Z un­der dis­cus­sion here was owned by his un­cle pre­vi­ously and sau­rav fondly re­calls all the beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries he had with it. By the time he turned 20, sau­rav ac­quired the rX-Z for him­self, but it was clear that the jour­ney ahead was not go­ing to be easy.

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Sau­rav Ku­mar Guch­hait the mo­tor­cy­cle’s con­di­tion had de­te­ri­o­rated and it was ob­vi­ous that key parts needed re­build­ing and, in some cases, re­plac­ing. the list in­cluded chas­sis, fuel-tank, head­lamp, fair­ings, rims, and tyres.

to aid him in this project, sau­rav sought the help of a me­chanic from the neigh­bour­ing is­land. af­ter sourc­ing all the nec­es­sary parts from chen­nai and Ben­galuru with the help of an rX se­ries spe­cial­ist, mujib Khan of cham­pi­ons rac­ing, my­la­pore, sau­rav and his me­chanic buddy be­gan work on the rX-Z. the duo be­gan the restora­tion on a sun­day and worked their way through the whole project over the rest of the week, com­plet­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle, in­clud­ing paint, by Fri­day morn­ing. through­out this process, Khan sup­ported them with cru­cial in­for­ma­tion about the mo­tor­cy­cle’s re­pair pro­ce­dures over video calls when­ever nec­es­sary.

the rX-Z is now a proud mo­tor­cy­cle, a fully re­stored two-stro­ker in an era of Bs6 norms. sau­rav guar­an­tees that ev­ery­thing on the mo­tor­cy­cle is stock bar­ring the paint, which is a stun­ning shade of

adren­a­line red, a fac­tory colour that is of­fered on the yamaha yZFr15s, and, af­ter look­ing at the pic­tures, we are not go­ing to com­plain.

We would like to take a mo­ment here to ap­pre­ci­ate sau­rav’s pas­sion for his mo­tor­cy­cle. re­build­ing and main­tain­ing an rX-Z in a lo­ca­tion as re­mote as have­lock is not an easy task. it is al­ways en­dear­ing to read sto­ries like this where some­one has gone the ex­tra mile to make their dream a re­al­ity.

to­wards the end, sau­rav told us some­thing that we think is worth shar­ing. his rX-Z was de­liv­ered to its first owner on the ex­act same day sau­rav was born. co-in­ci­dence? look­ing at a happy sau­rav astride his bright red rX-Z, we think not.

‘this is one mo­tor­cy­cle which i will never sell. i want to grow old see­ing this bike and would want to die see­ing the bike for the last time,’ said sau­rav.

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