A Day With The ‘One!

Here, take the keys and you can keep her for the day!” – these words still echo in my ears as he handed the keys of the Yamaha YZF-R1 into my hands, and asked me to just ride her around for the day, and if I wanted, keep her for the night as well!

That was 9th of June, 2009 and today when I write this ‘log’, it is 12th June. Three days have already passed by but it all seems so fresh in my mind as if it is happening with me right now.

It all started with a simple Facebook chat on the morning hours of 9th June, when he just casually asked me whether I could take the R1 and get a little work done on her from a premier superbike service center in the Delhi/NCR region. I have always loved superbikes, especially the R1. So, this was an offer I JUST could NOT refuse. Meanwhile, I gave a call to a friend of mine who I knew was free on that particular day, and he was more than happy (VERY happy actually) to accompany me to pick up the ‘One.

Life is not easy during the peak summer months in the North of India, and Delhi is ofcourse no exception. With the sun mercilessly beating down on mother Earth and the temperatures shooting out of the window, we reached the spot where we were supposed to pick the R1. Now, I have been on an R1 a few times before (both as a rider and as a pillion), but believe you me, each time I lay my eyes on it, I feel I am in a different world altogether. And today was a special day because I knew this time the R1 was at my disposal for a whole day!

I quickly picked her up from there, with my friend as a pillion and in no time we were on the roads and perhaps the subject of ego, jealousy of uncountable souls on the roads. People were staring at us with admiration, with shock, and girls ofcourse never fail to notice these machines on the roads, trust me. It was sultry, REALLY hot but the sheer pleasure of riding the R1 was so much fun, and so addictive that I was totally lost in it.

After getting the ‘work’ done on the R1 from the service center, we were again back on the roads and this time for good. I mean we did not have much work except for the fact that we had the R1 all for us, for the whole day! “He” had even asked me to keep the ‘One for the night, but I thought it’s always better to return her to her rightful owner before calling it a night. We roamed around the streets of Delhi on the premier superbike. It was a dream come true, a dream which I had always dreamt of, something which I always wanted to do but had never shared this with anyone else. And now, it was actually happening, and I just could not believe my senses.

From South Delhi to Vasant Kunj, to Vasant Vihar, Munirka, Priya’s complex, Naraina, Inderpuri, to the congested roads of Karol Bagh(!!), to Janpath, to the porsch Chanakyapuri area, to South Extension an Lajpat Nagar during PEAK rush hour, to even the Central Market and then on to CCD to sip a couple of cool drinks/ coffee is what we did.

And that is precisely the reason why I am putting it up here, in this blog of mine simply because this was almost like a small road-trip/ travel that I did inside Delhi and on the R1 no less! I could not/ did not click any pictures because I just did not want to let go the R1. I wanted to be onboard, I wanted to ride her as much as I possibly could before my ‘time’ ran out. It was hot, my thighs were burning because of the tremendous heat that a four cylinder 998cc machine displaces when it is fitted in such a small place as in a motorcycle, and when it is ridden in some of the most peak hour traffic, but then who cares. I just know that I have always loved the R1, right from my college days to now, although NOW things were actually different because the machine which I had always dreamt of, the machine which had always amazed me, I was riding it!

I also managed to take my lady love out for a short spin just to give her that adrenaline rush which probably any Indian bike could not have given her, and trust me, the look on her face after this ‘short’ ride was worth a million dollars (if not more!). She was excited, scared, amazed, nervous and ofcourse HAPPY for the fact that she was one of the very few ladies who had the experience of riding pillion in an SBK.

After almost a whole day onboard my dream machine, it was time to baid good-bye to the machine. We (me and my friend) dropped her off to her rightful owner, and we came back to our respective homes. I might have returned the machine to her owner but the memory still remains, it is all so fresh in my mind that I could literally feel my hands and body shaking after the wonderful ride through the Delhi streets, for a full day.

This is what motorcycling, and more specifically SUPERBIKES can do to you…

Comments

  • BANDAHV  On June 15, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Man o man, this is for te very first time i visited your blog page and just loved the first person account of a day with the one.
    Plain amazing.

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    • Bobby Roy  On June 15, 2009 at 4:47 PM

      Hey Bandhav, thanks for the comment. πŸ™‚ And I am glad you liked my blog.

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  • DevilisH  On July 22, 2009 at 11:47 PM

    Hats off to you !!! can feel your excitement through your words !!!

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  • Inder  On August 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Bobby, why don’t you put some photos of the ‘One’, it would am icing on the cake to this wonderful write-up

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  • Prashant  On August 24, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Nice blog…

    You a great flair for writing..A pic of the one would’ve added to the fabulous post..

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  • Alfred  On November 18, 2009 at 7:57 AM

    Bobby, after reading ths blog .. i felt like it was not you who rode the bike, But it wuz me..! Seriously, i can neva afford this Bike. But am plannin to go Fo Ninja250R in cpl of months.. Iv read the article about Ninja as well. Truly Awsme.! Dude.. you can add ma name in yo Fans List.. kip writin..

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    • Bobby Roy  On November 18, 2009 at 9:34 AM

      Hey Alfred, thanks for those generous comments. πŸ™‚ And keep checking the blog for my latest travel adventures.

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  • varun  On May 20, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    hey nice post mann…!! got here from the your xbhp signature.. really nice..

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  • Siddhartha Pandey  On May 22, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Hey really nice one man!!!! thoroughly enjoyed what you have written here. My dream bike is the “1” itself, dreaming about it from my school days actually, but never was able to get my hands on it though.

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  • Amit Chilka  On October 14, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Nice blog… thoroughly enjoyed & felt like I was riding one!

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  • ajayananth  On December 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    I still remember the first time I saw the R1 in flesh. It was Dec 25th 2003, saw a 2003 Red White R1 ever in flesh late at night just after the Christmas mass with a friend and she(my ex) said ‘ If only you would look at me like that, I will be yours forever’.

    That is the kind of thing the R1 made me do πŸ™‚

    After 2years, I volunteered to work at an SBK garage in Blore, just to get upclose with the motorcycles. that is when I rode ‘The One’ for the first time ( 10 Aug 2005 )
    I mean I was numb, the entire night I could see the needle of the tachometer doing the diagnostic check (when one turns the ignition)

    Thank you Bobby, for bringing so much nostalgia πŸ™‚
    May you own THE ONE soon πŸ™‚

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    • vulpineshooter  On December 2, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      Thanks, Ajay for sharing your experience. And I am glad my post could make you nostalgic, could bring back those year old memories! πŸ™‚ I so wish and hope that i get to own the ‘One some-day soon; this has been a dream for years now. For YEARS! πŸ™‚

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  • Keb  On March 15, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Ooh! That is a beautifully written piece eulogising one of the best motorcycles ever built. I did not read this before. I accidentally chance upon this and read it through. Brilliantly done! πŸ™‚

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