Built and Not Just Bought

Auto Today|May 2020

Built and Not Just Bought
It all started with a little bit of history and a sketch Rahul Ghosh narrates how he revisioned the humble TVS XL and ended up rebuilding it
Rahul Ghosh
It all started a few months back when I was caught sketching by my colleague and fellow petrol head Dipayan. Quite obviously it sure looked like a snazzier version of the humble TVS XL moped. While most people consider them to be humble means of transport, I feel they pack in a punch. Apart from a history lesson, Dipayan was also intrigued as he had recently seen the first race moped at TVS’ Motosoul event in Goa. “Why don’t you actually build it?” were the golden words. The nail had been hit hard and now I had a partner in crime as well.

One thing was pretty clear that we needed to have a two-stroker as it is versatile enough to offer numerous tuning options. Friends, family and even the odd Roman were contacted. But no one could lead us to a two-stroke XL. We even thought of resorting to ‘moped-jacking’ but still failed. Nearly a month later the phone rang with news that Dipayan had convinced his milk delivery guyto part with his XL. Minutes later I was in front of the bike which sure looked ragged. It had been hauling for years and probably was made to run on even kerosene or something. Still we just bought it!


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May 2020