Fiat’s X-Men

There were three exposures left on my last 120mm film roll that I took with me on a trip to Kashmir. So I headed out to the beach early one Sunday hoping to capture something interesting  before sending the roll to the lab. In the first forty five minutes all my dull mind could frame... Continue Reading →

Once I Was – Part 1

Every time I am on the road, I take sneak peaks into front yards or open garages of houses I pass, with the hope of finding stunners from the past. As a result of this diverted attention I have been a target for expletive bombs from irked motorists. However, this has also helped identify some... Continue Reading →


Chennai's Regional Railway Museum hosts a good collection of locomotives and coaches from 1875 to the late 80s as part of its outdoor exhibits. I found this to be more interesting and experiential compared to the the two indoor galleries. One gets full access to interiors and controls of most locomotives and coaches. And there... Continue Reading →

Old but full of soul

I have often heard motorcyclists say things like this about classic motorcycles - "..this bike has a lot of soul."   or "..there is this special bond between me and the motorcycle when we are on the road." As an owner of both a classic (1983) and a modern (2014) motorcycle, I too feel the same way about the... Continue Reading →

Made Like a Cannon Performs Like a Tank

The engine sounds like the insides are going to shatter anytime, No you are not taking her: The engine was submerged in the flood waters during the December 2015 rains. Despite persistent bearing noise we just had the water pumped out and engine oiled, without actually opening up the engine. After the first test ride... Continue Reading →

Lessons learnt

It's been over three months since the motorcycle was fully dismantled, the final assembly is in progress now and we are expecting to wrap up by the 22nd of February. The painting has come out really well. Though we didn't get the brown I had in mind when we were mixing the paint, the brown... Continue Reading →

Queen’s makeover

Though not indicated in the RC book, RocketQueen is actually a Yezdi Classic II and not a D250 Classic as revealed by the side monograms. This is a picture of RocketQueen sometime in 2006, about the same time I was mulling over giving her a makeover. Being a student, my shallow pocket only permitted me... Continue Reading →

Price list of precious and semi precious metals

Spare parts estimates November 2015, (for Yezdi D250 and Classic II) Download Excel Version Part Name Price Dealer Exhaust pipes (locally manufactured) (2) 2900 Balaji Auto Stores Bend pipes (locally manufactured) (2) 1100 Balaji Auto Stores Rubbers, clips, gaskets and nuts (for exhaust assembly) 550 Balaji Auto Stores Seat with base plate 1150 Balaji Auto Stores... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑