Report: P.Tharyan Photography: Mohd Nasir
I was bugged with all kinds of deadlines...Deadlines for
paying my bills, deadlines for filing my reports, deadlines for getting funds,
deadlines for paying my income tax, et al. I was tired too. I was tired of listening
to lies, tired of false promises, tired of calls from PR agencies trying to sell me a story idea, tired of begging for vehicles to test drive and also
tired of my 20 something correspondent Joshua David Luther telling me I was
getting old. I had to rush out and scream....I had to rid myself of this
monotonous, boring and dreary lifestyle I was leading. I had to break myself
free from the shackles of boredom. It was then I remembered that I had the new Mahindra
Gusto scooter lying at my place.
Joshua had done a test ride of this scooter at Khimsar in
Rajasthan. There was no point reviewing it again. I rushed home and cleaned the
scooter and got it back to its shining self. It had hardly been parked for a
couple of days and it was covered in a thick layer of dust. Now it was ready to
move and ride me out of my mundane thoughts.
I inserted the key in its slot. The electric start button
got the two-wheeler purr to life. Off I went to a place I knew. I cut through
the traffic with ingenuity like a fleet footed athlete. The scooter was
beginning to impress me with its manoeuvring abilities and its torque. No gears
to change and no super hot engine to burn a hole in your thighs. Effortlessly I
rode on unmindful of the distance. I could see my lens man Mohd Nasir capturing
every moment with his Canon EOS 7D. For him it was an assignment he could not
afford to miss.
I felt my youth rushing back. I lifted my tired legs and
giggled like a kid in senior school. I kept my helmet on. A stickler for rules,
I never compromise on safety. While there are all kinds of four letter words we
use in our life time, there is one I dread the most--- “COMA”. Jules Bianchi,
Michael Schumacher....driving accidents can really mess up your life, better
safe than sorry, they say.
Mounds of gravel lying by the side of the road triggered my
passions further. Youthful fervour gripped me like two strong arms around a
slender waist. I rode the scooter on top of the mound. Just like that. No real
purpose but to satisfy my child like cry. It was fun at its best. I saw Nasir
clicking away furiously. He had never seen his Editor bitten by this strange
bug. But he was enjoying it. He too, I presumed was bored to death with his
mundane shots...panning, tracking, interiors, exteriors, one-third, two-thirds.
This was different, no matter how silly or juvenile or mad it looked or felt.
Here was a machine and man in absolute tandem. This was not a straight line
ride, this one was all over at one go.
The all new Mahindra Gusto is an indigenous scooter built by
Mahindra Two Wheelers. It’s stylish in every aspect. It’s great for every
youth, or anybody with a heart beating as fast as a youth.
At the heart of this scooter is a powerful aluminum M-Tech
110cc 4-stroke, air cooled engine which produces 8bhp @ 7500rpm and churns out
9Nm of torque @ 5500rpm. This peppy little 4-stroke has been designed and
engineered in Mahindra’s very own R&D facility in Pune. The Gusto is light
and zippy even though it has one of the longest wheel bases in the segment at
I made full use of the strength of the telescopic air
suspension in the front and hydraulic long stroke suspension in the rear. This
was a Mahindra product that comes from the very same family that has studs as
strong as the XUV 500, the Scorpio and the Thar. It comes from the same family
that has a purposeful baby like the Mahindra Reva. It comes from the same
family that scores best with its Centuro. I did my cornering at speeds above
50kmph. It stood its ground, the brakes too behaved perfectly. Both its brakes
are 130mm mechanical drum brakes. They say a front disc brake variant is in the
In front I noticed a small storage box than can best keep
your mobile phone safe. I wish it had a lid over it to cover it from rain. In
case of pouring rains, one can keep your wallet and mobile in it and ride on.
Thankfully, it was not raining and I made the best use of the November weather
in Delhi. It was not hot, neither was it cold. It was perfect to cut through
the wind and experience the youthful days for a fleeting moment. The Gusto does
that to you, it helps you discover your past, your youth and vigour and brings
back loads of fun times, all wrapped up in great nostalgic flavour. Imagine
what a simple ride can do to your life?