Mumbai hotelier buys limited edition bike used by Black Cat NSG commandos for expedition
The Royal Enfield bike cost Vasai resident Avinash Kushe Rs1.9 lakh; bikes were used for 40-day awareness ride by National Security Guardmumbai Updated: Jan 29, 2018 13:32 IST
A 43-year-old biker from Vasai, Avinash Kushe, is now the only person in Maharashtra to own the Royal Enfield’s special edition National Security Guard (NSG) Commando motorcycle.
Kushe, a hotelier, bought the bike for Rs1.9 lakh at an online sale organised by the NSG in December. “I was planning to purchase a Royal Enfield Bullet when my friend Girish Iyer, an avid biker himself, advised me to buy the NSG special edition bike. I jumped at the idea,” he said.
Proceeds from the sale will be donated by the NSG to NGO Prerna Foundation, which provides education to underprivileged and physically challenged people across the country.
Royal Enfield has manufactured only 15 such bikes. The bikes were used in the ‘Ride Against Terror expedition, a 40-day, 8,000-km ride organised on September 7, 2017, that saw 15 Black Cat NSG commandos ride across the country to spread awareness about fighting terrorism. The ride was flagged off by Kiren Rijiju, Union minister of state for home affairs.
“I participated in the NSG’s online sale. Within seconds, all 15 special edition bikes were sold out. Luckily, I could get one,” added the proud owner of the Royal Enfield Black Classic Stealth 500.
The sale was conducted on December 13 , 2017. “We had to register on Royal Enfield’s website before the sale began. We then got a unique code that was to be used to buy the bike,” Kushe said. “I heard that within 15 seconds of the start of the sale, the entire collection was sold out.”
The bikes have the NSG insignia,said Kushe, adding that the purchase price includes GST, transfer of registration to Vasai RTO, insurance and change in number plate. “I plan to take my bike to work daily as a tribute to the commendable work done by the NSG. Its insignia holds a special place for me,” he said.
First Published: Jan 25, 2018 12:28 IST