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Denied bike by father; teen makes one himself
Published on 18 May. 2011 10:39 PM IST
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Denied a bike by his father as he was too young to drive, a Std XI student made a bike modelled on an American chopper. The headlight and engine is from a Luna, the front wheel is from a cycle and the rear wheel belonged to a Bajaj M80. The petrol tank is from a Yamaha RX100.
Yash Gehi (17), said, "I collected the materials from two-wheeler models that are no longer in production and made this bike after a month's hard work. I was inspired after seeing a bike called American Chopper on the Internet."
Gehi spent Rs 9,000 to purchase the used materials. After the bike was ready, Gehi first rode it around his farmhouse in Gir. Then, satisfied with its performance, he took it out on the streets of Rajkot. "I made this bike to ride it, not to sell it. Its mileage is 40 km per litre. I can make a similar bike if someone places an order for it. I can also guide other underage enthusiasts who are interested in making a similar bike," he said.
Kishore Gehi, Yash's father, said, "I denied him a bike for his safety, but I had little idea that he would take it up as a challenge and make one himself."
Gehi's bike, named Indian Chopper, has a 49-cc engine. It has two start-modes kick start and pedal start. The gap between the tyres is 1.5 metres and the bike can touch a maximum speed of 60 kmph. Its breadth is just one foot and, hence, can be parked easily in the narrowest of lanes.
Gehi can ride his bike because a licence is not required for motorised vehicles whose engines are below 50cc.

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