It all started in 2008. At the MMRT race track. A 150cc motorcycle with fuel injection, liquid cooling, and the dynamic ability to make your local delivery boy seem like he had racing potential, was unheard of at the time.
It was surreal. And I was there.
But, it also had a price tag that many of us that day thought consumers wouldn't pay, for a 150. But, how wrong we were.
The first generation R15 became a cult bike. We overlooked the skinny tyres, the uninspiring rear-end design, and the lack of colour options. Instead, we embraced its sensational handling, its outstanding braking, and its innate ability to help pop almost everyone's 'kneedown' cherry.
Then came version 2.0. Again at MMRT, and again, I was there.
At first glance, the R15 V 2.0 seemed like an even better proposition. It had fatter tyres. It had a more authentic supersport design; tail section included. And although the number of colours that it came in seemed lesser than the number of sarees possessed by Bollywood’s quintessential mother, aka Nirupa Roy, its sexy-coefficient was through the roof.
Oh, the irony!
It too garnered a handsome fan following, girlfriends seated in the stratosphere notwithstanding. But, it didn't have the gen-one's easy, capable and forgiving handling.