Early next day a telephonic conversation with Pushu, clarified that the motorcycle I rode a 150cc & a 180cc variant was available too.
Both 150 & 180 looked alike which sounded strange to us, whilst
Few days later, Pushu called to inform me that he was dispatching a 180 cc Pulsar to Auto Service as it was in an accident.
The reasons why this Pulsar was headed to Auto Service were
1. Wanted to maintain secrecy of the accident
2. Was not confident of the capabilities of his team
This silver 180 landed in vehicle ferry truck.
The damages were
- . Bent fork & Crash guard
- 2. Broken headlamp
- 3. Bruised handle bar weights
- 4. Broken clutch lever & Yoke
The damages to the accident indicated that there was a 90o impact . The Size of the impact gave us an insight of the capabilites of the motorcycle & its Raw Power.
Whilst Bent parts were straightened, handle bar weights painted, broken levers replaced with Caliber’s, The Polarized Glass sporting Head lamp posed a challenge as there were non readily available in the market. The Search teams at Auto Service went into a over drive with Shop to Shop search, eventually to land up with a retro glass belonging to a 1950 model Norton motorcycle. We had to buy it at a premium, which honestly was “Illogical” but was the necessarily required for the moment
This was probably the first ever Pulsar to be repaired outside the factory / factory environment.
Personally I used this Silver monster (for those days standards) for a few days & the same is currently stationed at Bajaj auto’s Training centre @ Peenya.
Few days later , we got a Purple 180 for my Brother in law who rode a competitor 150cc motorcycle, a Red 150 was delivered to my cousin who rode another brand of 150cc with the following conditions
- 1. Report back every issue that they faced
- 2. Get back to dealers only for corrections
- 3. Attend customer meets
- 4. Allow factory to carry out necessary checks / changes when required.
The customer meets were being held meticulously every fortnight & most owners attended them.
Whilst both of them were very happy with the Power & performance of the bike, there were a few niggles which were a matter of concern.
The 150 sported a front drum brake & a self-starter; whilst the 180 sported an open chain, front disk brakes. The tip of the Iceberg was “My Cousin sister ended up greasing her Kanchi silk sari” which incidentally was my gift to her during her wedding.