So, it was decided that I will buy a bike. Which one? I asked Abhi of http://bikeszone.com and he promptly suggested Hero Thunder.
I went to Commercial Street to check out Hero Thunder, but liked something much more beautiful from Hercules. How much? I asked, knowing it will be around Rs 5,000 or more.
"This is eighteen."
So, I promptly scaled down my tastes to settle for something that didn't look all that good, but still managed to have a lot of drool value. That was around seven thousand.
With my mind set for this cycle, I came back and started doing the calculations. A spare-wheel rack for two bikes (to mount the bikes on my jeep) will set me back by another 10,000. (image courtesy http://www.jk-forum.com/showthread.php?t=13001)
It is made by Thule of Sweden, and adds some character to your jeep. Okay, so 10,000 plus 7,000 make 17,000. Easy math. A pair of saddlebags for the bike will be around Rs 700. Plus a helmet for me for around Rs 800.
How much? Not much.
Called up the guy who sells spare wheel racks. Hey, so what's the weight that your carrier can manage to hold?
Sir, it is meant for foreign bikes made of aluminum. Ah. So I want to buy a Hercules blah blah for myself. Will that do?
No sir, you better buy that Rs 18,000 model to be able to carry it in this rack.
How much? 18,000 plus 10,000 plus 1500?
I am NOT buying a bike. Decided. Aju is selling his bike for Rs 1500. I am not buying, didn't I say?