Alappuzha: Ride down memory lane on the bike of yesteryear

Yezdi Colt was Enfield India and Ideal Jawa’s response to foreign competition

Alappuzha: T.V. Boban is the proud owner of a rare Yezdi Colt 60, the rage of 1980s, which is still making its presence felt on the roads in Kayamkulam here. Whenever Boban, 33, a vintage bike collector from Krishanapuram near Kayamkulam, takes a ride on it to the nearby shops or parks it, the area trembles with the clatter of Colt.

Boban, Akshaya Centre owner and the only ‘Colt rider’ in the state, had acquired it from Mysore for Rs 43,000 in June 2013. He started the antique bike collection a decade ago and says he is afraid whether anybody will take it away from the porch since it weighs only 40-50 kg. Hence, he locks it up inside the house and carries it like his own child. He owns at least 16 other Yezdi and Jawa models apart from the Colt.

The Colt was bought from Gavin Jude Wilson, a Mysorean antique bike collector, and the ownership has been transferred to his name, he claimed. The mileage had never been checked. “When I want to ride it, I buy petrol and use it. For me, mileage doesn’t matter,” he says.

It was in the 1980s that Enfield India and Ideal Jawa started offering fuel-efficient, lightweight bikes in response to the arrival of foreign automobile companies. While the Enfield India breathed fresh life into the German motorcycle maker’s lightweight bikes, the Ideal Jawa pinned its hope on the 60CC Yezdi Colt-a feature that appealed to most women bikers of those days. According to Boban, there is another Colt 60 in Thiruvananthapuram, but it is not in a running condition.

“I’ll never sell off the bike even if someone offers me a million dollars,” Boban said.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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