Hamara Bajaj — fond memories almost coming to an end

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Hamara Bajaj – fond almost coming to an end

It’s six months since Bajaj Ltd announced its withdrawal from the market in India. This meant that one of the common names and valiant family – the Bajaj Chetak – faced a phase-out.

Hamara Bajaj

The scooter – ‘Hamara Bajaj’ as in Bajaj’s most successful – has been there in the Indian for almost 40 years with models – the most successful Super and 150 . For the middle class family consisting of a husband, and two to four kids, this was like their family that carried the entire and their accessories through the roads and under all kinds of conditions. Its toughness and low maintenance made it super successful in though the surge of Japanese in the mid 80’s slowly forced it out of the It is really hard to forget of those scenes that all of us witnessed, admired and laughed at

The retro-commercial featuring Hamara

Peculiar things about a scooter

Though there are variations different models, the typical scooter weighs around . However, it could pull its weight without causing trouble.

Since the engine is on the right side . it always had an while riding whereby the tends to move towards the if you are not careful. This was one of the issues for who tried their hands on a

To fix this problem, they in placed the tyres in an offset . In other words the front and tyres are not in a straight line but has a offset . I was surprised to learn from one of the old timers that I known.

The split seats never designed with the in mind but the need to accommodate the family head and the fat-bottomed Indian house wife and kids (in all available gaps)

How to a Bajaj Chetak – the sequence of

This is the funniest part . what I have seen and it involves the following operations in same sequence.

1. Insert the ignition key in the handle keyhole. Turn the key vigorously to four times while turning the handle to make that it is unlocked. I hear people that at times, it can get during the ride as well?

2. the vehicle off the centre stand a ‘thud’ (of the stand hitting the of the scooter). To effectively do this, you to have your left on the left handle of the vehicle and right hand on a little behind the rider’s seat is always kind of loose. You to be leaning forward at an angle of 60% respect to the ground level in to effectively manage this.

3. the vehicle to a flat surface and doing so for some weird you have to always pull the lever. Or is it just a habit?

4. you are on the left side of the vehicle but the starter is on the other side. So, you to enter through the wide space between the handle and the seat and get to the other side. It is a that’s religiously followed and it me of entering the house from the door and exiting via the kitchen or

5. Now, tilt the vehicle to the side by about 30 degrees and it in that position for 5-10 in order to make sure the little petrol remaining in the reaches all vital parts (or that matter) of the engine. when the vehicle has recently a full service/maintenance, you have to do it you are so used to doing it.

6. Straighten the suddenly climb the kick lever and force all your on it and simultaneously turn the accelerator vigorously (four to five a second). Subsequently – if it’s to start that is – it gives out an roar along with a cry of the horn owing to loose connections. More often not, throughout the ride, you get to that sound.

7. Now occupy by entering from the right and allow your co-passenger(s) to You have to keep turning the or the entire sequence need to be

8. Engage first gear and leaving the clutch lever, it jerks and jumps due to a slipping or gearbox unit.

…and you go…

While on the ride…

Immediately the take off, the most thing that you will is that the rider, after into second gear, suddenly raise his … and himself . This is due to the fact the front split seat is way too forward. This adjustment once in a while throughout the especially after taking off traffic lights.

The pillion if it is a lady, will be usually in an awkward sideways position she will be holding her right on to her husband (rider)’s right or the loose handle behind the seat. Her left hand be usually on the support handle/spare (fondly called a stepney) behind the rear seat. She then bend all the way front and over her husband’s left so as to quickly jump down in of an emergency.

Due to the imbalance of the vehicle you have to dedicate an extra 10% of body weight towards the side. However, this can based on how much weight pillion rider is bifurcating to side.

The rider will never use the indicator lamps (blinkers) this feature is something was introduced in later models and he is not to it. The horn, with whatever sound it has, itself is used.

When typical scooter rider, enters the road from a side he usually takes wide 90 turn – in fact 3/4th of a – before merging into the of the road. This invariably some concerns among drivers on the road, but they expect this and manage the See the illustration below to understand I am talking about.

A Bajaj = A happy family

Jokes the middle class family, on a scooter, was always such a scene for a typical Indian and we that togetherness for a couple of It often depicted the resilience of the Indian or a small business man who to make both ends but successful at the end.

It was this kind of families – by those individual who drove entire family to safety single day – that paved to the kind of growth that we are at the moment. In fact, in the 70s and 80s people to yearn for owning a bajaj and for six months or one year after the order, in order to get their dream scooter delivered.

I thought of spending some to write about the legendary because we all will be soon what we came through.

live hamara bajaj!

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