Rajdoot, India's milkmen motorbike. Doodwala or Palkar is Desi milkman. Rugged Indian village bike
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Under May blazing sun scooterized Palkars, Tamil milkmen, run the freshly milked to afternoon reopened chai-shops. Boiled it lasts till 9pm.
Here with a market vegetable (Sabzi) load, as seen on a Jodhpur street in Rajasthan, India.
The Rajdoot has a 2 stroke 173cc engine that proved so good that it became a staple with Indian milkmen (Doodwala in Hindi or Palkar in Tamil). These people have to ride the most rugged rural paths to get to farmers who sell their own family cow's milk and then stop and start (heavy wear usage) for every client's home or shop they deliver. Add India's hot climate and even hotter in this rural belt and you got a ruthless trial ground for any machine.
Rajdoot sold about 1.6 million black "soviet" styled motorbikes, in the Excel and Deluxe models, until it was phased out in 2005 by Yamaha, the new owner of Indian 'Escorts' company, the original manufacturer. Due to Euro II regulations, as per Japanese management.
In 2007 the Rajdoot already looked as a surviving dinosaur in a world of streamlined and colorful motorcycles. Currently, in 2011, these bikes are quite rare on rural roads.
Maybe when I get to the rural belt of Mhadya and Uttar Pradesh or Bihar, the traditional stronghold of this bike, per this article, I may see more of it.
More about this documentary project on: My India: Where every village is home - Experience !
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