Royal Enfield REUNION West : Spirit of the West
Every job has its perks. While some get to travel the world, some others get to sip some of the finest wine out there. We as auto journos get to ride motorcycles, sometimes to places far away from the bustling city life. So when fate handed out yet another opportunity in the form of the Royal Enfield REUNION ride to Mahabaleshwar, I latched it with both hands.
Royal Enfield had arranged a Thunderbird 500 for me, which I picked up from Navi Mumbai, the trip’s starting point. With the sun just waking up from its slumber, I loaded my luggage ready to hit the road.
Even though I had not ridden the new Thunderbird earlier, I found myself more than comfortable on the low saddle and the tall-ish handle bars, but most importantly I was love struck by the way the 41.3Nm of torque made overtaking in the city traffic conditions a piece of cake. It didn’t take long for me to get acquainted to the bike and before I knew it, I was thoroughly enjoying leaning the bike from side to side and speeding through the twisties on NH 17 that were laced with trees on either side of the road forming a natural canopy.