Bullet Love: Cuttack man celebrates birthday of his prized Royal Enfield

Cuttack: How far would you go to show your love towards your favourite bike? There is a man in Cuttack who is now in the news for celebrating the birthday of his favourite motorcycle, a 1961 Royal Enfield bullet. Being a proud owner of the 1961- make Royal Enfield, 50-year-old Snehasis Kar of the millennium city has been throwing lavish parties every year. Over 1200 people attended the birthday bash of his first love this year.

It was the thumping exhaust note of the bullet that fascinated Snehasis in his teenage days. Apart from his favourite bike, Snehasis owns 16 more Royal Enfield bullets and he has restored all the bikes after purchasing discarded and scrapped parts.

“I was upset when my father sold a bullet that he rode. Later, I bought my first Royal Enfield in 1993 (1961 model).For the past few years that I have been celebrating the birthday of the bullet,” said Snehasis.

Snehasis further informed that he usually buys scrapped bullet frames and other parts at a cost ranging between Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 and restores them. The total cost of restoring bullets is around Rs 1.30 to Rs 1.50 lakh depending on the model and availability of parts.

Snehasis’ collection of Royal Enfield bullets includes one 1961 model, seven 1962 models, one each from 1974, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1995 and the last one is a vintage 2003 model.

“I want to display all the models with adequate information about them by setting up a small museum in the city so that people can know more about these machines,” he added.