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Friday, July 06, 2007

You`ll Be In My Heart

It started on one rainy day in August. I still remember the day that i 1st saw her. I just thought she wasn't the one for me. I had gone after other of her kind with more mean and killer looks. But then as they say "Relations are made in heaven". Relationships are funny things. Friendship, brotherhood, parental, children and marriages are quite sacred with all of us. But then there are some relations that go beyond all these, those that defy common sense. those that just start with nothing in common, but become the most endearing of relations. We all come to a stage where we can never tell why we are in love with someone/something. We just love them for what they are, for being there when we need.

That what was between me and my Libero. Now i know what you all might be thinking; "Why is this guy being so senti about something like a bike?". I just can't tell why i fell in love with something as inanimate as my bike. Maybe its coz that was given to me at a time when i was in a new phase of my life. The years that i spent in college were just amazing. All the days of fun, laughter and enjoyment were spent with the bike with me. I really pushed it to the limits and it had resulted in 1 major accident and a few minor one's throughout the 3 years that i had been riding it. It was the 1st ride that got me to break the 3 digit speed barrier.


Unfortunately these are the only pictures that i have of my bike.
(That's my house compound in the BG, leave the foliage unnoticed)

So coming back to the day i saw it for the 1st time. I was pretty excited and was really very very happy with my dad for giving me a bike of my own. It was late evening by the time the bike was given off from the showroom and i drove it home. The very next day i drove for 60 kms around the city, in the by pass, near the beach almost anywhere i could go. The service engineers were always surprised at the small intervals in which i used to show up for getting the bike serviced. It was a workhorse which i had used in all possible conditions and it had never let me down. I can still remember the numerous instances when i had a smile on my face beating another bike in a street duel. It was always a heart-warming feeling when i got to beat bikes with higher power and engine capacity with this steed of mine. I drove it for more than 50,000 kms in the last three years and never have i been troubled by a major problem.

In India, Yamaha scripted a success story with a sporty two-stroke single—the RX100. Memories of this torque monster still strike distinctive chords for many an enthusiast that learnt the joys of riding, milking its indestructible engine for all of a then staggering 11bhp! To many the questions of what went wrong and where, remain unanswered. Now am not saying that Yamaha came up with the Libero to satisfy all those ambitions. As far as i know Libero was one bike that had the punch of a Yamaha and the efficiency which could give a chase to the Hero Honda's age old philosophy of "Fill it, shut it, forget it". The bike gave me excellent thrills and a pretty decent mileage for the speed that i drive at.

It was a companion that gave me company during the lonely evenings at the Shanghumugham beach or the fast drives from college till the numerous theatre's in city to watch films with friends. It is one inanimate object that i gave up with a lot of emotions.

Thank you my faithful steed .. i'll never forget our rides together. You`ll Be In My Heart

12 comments:

Rahul said...

hmmmm,
"We all come to a stage where we can never tell why we are in love with someone/something. We just love them for what they are, for being there when we need."

thts absoluley true....

n i've never seen some1 havin this kinda attachment towards a bike...

Rohin said...

I actually felt sad while reading that. Me and that libero of ures had some memories as well. The number of free rides i got are innumerable ....

krish said...

wonderful post. i never knew u had this much love for ur bike. feels very sad to know that u had to sell it.

it was really a friend who was "with u" when "u needed"...!

Abhilash Suryan said...

....then why did you let 'her' go?!....

Advocatus Diaboli said...

dei...things change..u have 2 let go..
libero today...ducati tomoro..

nayana said...

dat was a real touchin blog abhi..dat was a proper farewell 2 ur beloved bike..
nayana

musku said...

Very genuine feelings... and I appreciate your attitude towards ur bike. Many won't care their vehicles at all!

One comment - Fast life is soothing to five senses , but there is a danger hidden in it. When we go very fast the impact of a collision will be (very) high. This is there in the professional life also. However, above all , LUCK(or GOD) is there which can change (twist) many events in our life.
Go fast with "protective gear" atleast...

Blesson Varghese said...

Abhi...I remember that Libero...You took me on the day of E-vogue, guess it was Feb 26th or 27th, 2005, to buy around 50 litres of petrol for the Generator. That was memorable carrying back the 50 litre can on the bike. You were a real good sturdy driver on that bike...........

Abhijith said...

Really really wonderful post !!!
Beautiful things in life do come to an end , forget it and get along with life . As someone said , Libero today , Ducati tomorrow .

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

Abhilash Sir- Dad didnt' gimme much choice when he said 1 day morning that he'd sold my bike!

Diaboli- Still that Libero is spl for me!

Kurien said...

dai that was really nostalgic felt really sad reading through it..i also have had a ride on it after the convergys recruitment drive..

vishnu said...

nice one man....

a frst ride is always special and after readin this i want mine asap !! :P