A salty breeze swept the coastal landscape, with an overcast sky for company. Within minutes, the weather digressed from a balmy morning to searing heat, revealing a tenacious sun, as crisp as toast. First week of April, and summer is already kicking in its womb. There’s no escaping Goa’s heat now!
But as far as motorcycling is concerned, weather is no issue.
So I strapped my helmet on, swung a leg over the new ‘Roving Red’ Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and departed from the Royal Enfield’s Garage Cafe in Baga, with several riders for the One Ride event.
This year’s One Ride saw the new Thunderbird X rub shoulders with its cruiser cousin… ended with an amiable meeting and a brotherly pat on the back. Among a coterie of level-headed Bullets and haughty Himalayans, the Thunderbird X stood out with its grunge-tinged temperament, showing off its all-black mechanicals and a deep red-coloured fuel tank. More Gen-X, than millennial. More Cobain, than Bieber. But while it shares the same narrative and DNA of the classic Thunderbird, there’s more to it than what meets the eye.