Initially, apart from fuel cost, I did have other problems my 3-year-old ICE scooter was having a ton of problems(due to my rough riding style), from Activa I was considering going for Ntorq and visited a dealer this was way back before even Tarun shown the pre model in 2013 I think read that in Team-BHP, I was so amazed that I wanted to do a prebook. but did not find much on the Internet. Tarun also joined the Forum and was enthusiastically explaining the 450
Then in the same forum, there was a huge discussion about how this scooter had got its investors and will start production I was like maybe it will get here in Chennai sooner than I thought, but they started booking only in Bangalore.
Meanwhile, my Activa gave me so much trouble, from compression failure to gearbox leaking oil into rear drum brakes causing brake slip, I was soo done with activa and was in immediate need of a new scooter. but in 2016 I think 3 years later Ather started delivering the scooter so I thought I will get it in a year or so,
But they gave a nod only that scooter will be available in Bangalore and Chennai will receive notification if they launch man I just went to TVS showroom to book it and was in line to pay the advance and something caught my eye, a person who had also booked his Ntorq was not happy with the scooter, and then it clicked my mind to repair my old Activa and wait for this one, rather then buying the ICE scooter and go through all the troubles again so in later that year I spent 15k in repairing the scooter just in parts front mudguard, front handle, handle column, fork bearing, brakes, carburettor, clutch shoes, rear brake oil seals and the no labour since I became the grease monkey myself in all these years of owning it.
Then came the mail that they are launching the scooter and have kept a reception for all those who showed interest in the scooter, I test drove it, and man there was nothing like it, I prebooked it the same day 6 months later in Dec '19 I finally got my hands on it,
WAS THE WAIT OF 5 YEARS WORTH IT?