Yezdi Roadking motorcycle, Ideal Jawa of Mysore, India. A Indian classic in Kerala
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I was too late to meet the mythical Yezdi, but the trail of reputation it left behind was still twirling on many tongues I met along Indian village roads. It became so rare that I had only managed to spot it once. Actually, I had no clue what I am looking at as it rattled past me one morning near the S.T (bus terminal) of that small town of Kerala. All I knew is I had just seen an odd bird. Traveling India north to south for about 2 years I had embedded an animal instinct by then of what is normal and what is out of place. This bike triggered that instinct. I couldnâ€™t pullout my camera fast enough to aim & shoot, zooming & clicking like a paperazzi on duty as it ran up and ahead .
Walking up the street I found it parked on the dirt margin by the pot-holed main street. I got into some closeups and macros to capture this migrating bird on itâ€™s momentary, blissful landing within arm reach.
Several locals spectators stared from a distance, not clear what was they're spectacle: the Yezdi or the rare foreigner popping up in their neighborhood.
That was my first day in the town that is named after another mythical figure: King Mahabali.
The bike owner, a friendly man in his 50's took the time and effort to find some means of communication with me, the â€˜Angrezâ€™. With the help of many technical terms, which sound the same in any language, we found common grounds. Scribbling his answers in my notebook, I showered him with curious questions.
He invited me over to his home where a relative has fluent English. I took his phone and address description. We did try to coordinate that visit despite the holyday season (involving King Mahabali memorial celebrations, parades and family feasts). One dedicated Sunday I went out to the town skirts but after much foot work and locals help I met dead ends in any direction I took and quit. Maybe Iâ€™ll be lucky enough to spot a Phoenix once more.
My India: Where every village is home - Experience !
Yezdi Roadking motorcycle Ideal Jawa Ltd Mysore India classic CZ 250 two-stroke bike Indian brand 250 cc engine with twin exhausts semi-automatic clutch Sholavaram two-wheeler racing
In the story Legendary Yezdi in Mahabali's kingdom.
Also by Etan Doronne
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