Help me get a new bike

Wheels have always been my biggest indulgence, and my bike is my passion. A new bike is a very, very, very big deal for me. John Abraham tells more.
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Updated on Feb 28, 2009 06:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByJohn Abraham, New Delhi

That’s it. I’ve decided as of this moment that I want a change in my life. A big change, a dramatic change. I’ve decided I am going in for a new bike… and that’s a huge deal for me. Wheels have always been my biggest indulgence, and my bike is my passion. A new bike is a very, very, very big deal for me.

I’ve spent the past few weeks looking at baby after baby, wondering which one would be perfect. You wonder why I call my bike a baby? I believe that the most beautiful creation of mankind is a woman, and a bike is second only to that. My motorcycle for me is an outlet for all my emotions — I ride when I am happy, upset, excited, nervous.

The fastest I’ve ever gone is not even a permissible speed, so I believe it would be imprudent to tell you about it.

There are two bikes I’ve finally zeroed in on: the Suzuki Hayabusa GSX 1300 RR and the Kawasaki Ninja ZZR 1400. But I just can’t decide which of the two I want. Both are sport-tourers. My earlier bike was a super sport but now I feel it’s time I started touring and reflecting on things I’ve done and need to do in life. The kind of bike I have reflects the state of my mind. I had a super sport when I was on high drive… but now I’m cruising.

I haven’t really considered eco-friendly bikes thus far, but recently I saw the coolest thing ever. I was dubbing for New York at the Yash Raj Studio and this young guy came in to work on a scooty that made no noise at all. I was fascinated. I walked up to him and said, “Hey buddy! What’s the deal with the bike?” It was a battery- operated bike — no gears, no petrol!

It worked for eight hours after being charged overnight. It was awesome, the most amazing contraption I have ever seen. I think if anyone wants to do something for the environment, this could be a great option. At top speed, it went at about 60 kmph and in peak traffic you don’t need more than that, do you?

My other passion is my Gypsy. When I went to buy it, the guy who sold it to me was like ‘Are you serious?’. He thought I wanted it for my security. Turned out lots of actors bought Gypsys to be part of their cavalcade. I said ‘no’ and assured him that I really wanted to drive it around. And I love it.

I’ve remodelled it into a very cool open-top hiker and I love driving it around.

But I’m digressing. The important question at hand for me is which bike to bring into my life. You know what, you decide. That’s it. I’m going to step back and let you guys take a call on which of the two machines you think work for me. I’d love for you to be a part of this momentous decision of my life.

Mail your suggestions to — and change my life.

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