Character Analysis

Fast Bikes India|February 2018

Character Analysis

What does the word character mean to a biker? Is it a euphemism for unreliability? Does it have any real consequence at all?

Aninda Sardar

All too often I hear the boys in the office talking about motorcycles that have character. The word character is a recurrent theme in the world of motorcycles and it isn’t as if I haven’t used it myself. As a student in Pune 15 years ago, the misguided youth in me decided that I must have a 1983 Bullet. Not because 1983 was special. It’s just that the bike on sale, and the one that I could afford, happened to be a 1983 model. But why a second-hand Bullet from a mechanic I had never met before? Because a Bullet had character.

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February 2018