I rode the 300 first. And like one finds any four year old saying the darndest of things cute at first, I found the 300 endearing as well. But, only for a while. Then, just like the kid's behaviour, the 300 started to bug me. Yes, its lack of weight was a plus. And, it felt right whether you rode it standing up or sitting down. And, its power never really overwhelmed. But, that meant I had to wring it all the time to keep moving on the sand dunes.
And with its closely stacked gearbox - it's a dirt bike, after all - I found myself shifting up and down the 'box every 21st second. And, did I mention its handling was akin to a four year old as well - restless and in hyperdrive? It got tiring, tedious, and unmanageable after a while.
And yes, I really meant sand dunes! I was in Merzouga in Morocco, in the Sahara desert, to ride Sherco TVS' range of off-road motorcycles. The bike I was referring to was a Sherco. Made and sold in Europe. And, it isn't coming to India any time soon.
Neither is the bike you see here. But, this one carrying the TVS Racing stickers, is way more special.