Sunday, April 22, 2012

My husband and his Royal Enfield

My husband's bike
My husband has two loves; his dog, and his bike. The first two places were already taken when I started dating him so I never really stood a chance to be his first love!

I must admit though that I am a bit enamoured with his Royal Enfield, it is indeed something!

When we first met, I was very impressed with his bike. We went out of drives and he even tried to teach me to ride it! But I am afraid I did not show much interest. I have driven bicycles and mopeds (they are of course no match to this) but the thought of driving this machine made me nervous :(  Much to his disappointment! (In my heart I was elated that he even considered letting me handle his bike. He is very choosy about who drives his bike!)

When he was growing up, one of his uncle's used to ride a bullet, I believe he was so impressed with that bike that he decided to buy an Enfield when he grew up.

There can be dirt all around, but his bike has to be shining and glowing. My husband sometimes spends hours and hours grooming the bike, so much so that he neglects himself, forgets to shave, to get a haircut; some romance he has with his bike! And once he goes off on a drive,  I don't expect him back before 3-4 hours.I wish he would devote that much time to me!

He is willing to give me a ride on his bike, provided I learn to enjoy it and not crib too much about how he is driving! It certainly is a great drive (I prefer the car though) but city driving does not permit the pleasure of riding the bike and not worrying that something will hit you. It is nice on the weekends though, when there is less traffic or even when it is drizzling, it is indeed lovely to go on a drive, stop by the roadside eating joints or dhabas, and have those sinful mugs of tea and, just simply enjoy the ride.

He has gone out on long drives on his bike, to Sikkim, Bankura (in West Bengal) etc. I know for sure that he wishes to do more of these but I fear about his safety. But I know sooner or later I will have to let him go off on those long trips with the love of his life, if that's what makes him happy, I guess that will be. And in many ways I am glad that he has an Enfield, it looks and is a real stable bike and I love the sound of it! There is certainly something about it.

If you like going out on long rides on your bike, Here is a link that might interest you - www.facebook.com/CastrolBiking 

6 comments:

Punit Dubey said...

Quite a romantic Bullet story :)
I loved the line '..it is indeed something!' It certainly is :))
Many of my Bulleteer frnz' wives have started enjoying the rides in fact long rides as pillion, try it you may fall in love with it too....

C. Suresh said...

I hope your husband knows how lucky he is! I can only think of the biking couple I described in 'Zen and the art of mountain motor-biking' who can count as being as lucky.

Maun Vision said...

That's great sacrifice I must say. tolerating a husband having his mind elsewhere, when it must be on high alert to receive wife's command and execute the order without delay.
well, this is what I feel love is.
*salutes*

Ramakant Pradhan said...

A Royal Enfield is undoubtedly the best in the field.

Abhyudaya Shrivastava said...

that's pretty sweet and romantic

Ranjana said...

Thanks, Punit, Suresh, Ramakant, and Abhudaya for your valuable comments.

@Punit- yes, Punit, I know, it is quite easyt o fall in love with the bullet. I may already be...i don't want to admit:)

@Suresh, Thank you,I must mention this to my husband !