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Finally caught a Bullet !

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For those who have been following my pursuit to find an RE here in UAE -
I finally found a Bullet in Wilsons garage in AD.... i guess you can say perseverence pays !


Thump on,

BT






Visitors

1st SB UAE Meet

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Would you go to Afghanistan ….. not once or twice but over 7 times in past few years ? I guess you are thinking twice ! – Well meet our new member of Silver Bullets – Jose Kaithan who’s done it officially (He wd luv to go there on a Bullet someday !)! Jose owns a RE Standard 350 in Kerala! Jose turned up with family.

Silver Bullets – First ever International meet or the Middle East chapter meet was real cool though we could not get much time. We could just have the intros done.

I traveled down 100km + from Abu Dhabi to Dubai to meet the guys. We met at Mall of the Emirates, Dubai.




Abi Mohammed, into Telecom solutions out here turned up first, with his pal Shanavas. Abi owns a RE Standard 350 in Trichur. He maintains his bike so well that without being used for a year, when he starts it, thumps to life in 5th kick! All without going to a mechanic. I guess that speaks for the Bullet’s reliability!

We talked a few things about the Bullet, gazed around at the malls. Motocity is a showroom…

Independence Day Ride

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Maybe I could not have asked for a better Independence day gift than touching a Royal Enfield Bullet here in UAE !

Some of you might recollect that I had seen a guy ride a RE 535 city bike and had mentioned it in my mails.

As I was strolling for dinner I heard the familiar thump of the Bullet. I turned around – Voila, RE 535 - the same guy I had seen earlier. He cruised slowly. My pal Chris said. - Go get him.

He mysteriously stopped by the side of the road. Im wondering if the RE Bullet stopped on seeing me or was showing the colors of maintenance ;-) .



I got talking to him, showed my RE T shirt…some coincidence I was wearing it at that time! His name is Ibrahim. Hes working in the Construction Industry. He had bought the Bullet secondhand.

He said theres no Bullet showroom in Abudhabi, but there a Bullet specialist mechanic called Wilson, who imports parts from India and you can ride you Bullet here !!!!! . I have his cell no.He thumped away,saying he would be leaving back to India sh…

RE must do the Harleyway !!!!!

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There are things KNOWN and things UNKNOWN ….. And between them are the DOORS – That was how the cult rock bank “The Doors” advertised themselves”

All companies yearn for their products to get a Niche market or a cult status and they know there is growth, profits and sustainability in that path.

The Royal Enfield Bullet is one of those bikes and my favorite too. But I always feel that they don’t do enough to justify and promote their Brand of motorbikes.

All of us have heard of the Harley Davidson motorbikes! I visited their showroom in the Middle East to check them out. Beyond doubt it was a great experience for me!

I do feel that Royal Enfield could pick up a few tips from them on how to promote their bikes.





Harley D Showroom
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BT on the Harley !

It was a thrilling moment when I sat on the Harley. Comfortable it was and real solid!

I somehow felt it was easier than straddling a RE Bullet between your legs. Probably, my feeling that if you can master riding a RE Bullet with brakes lef…