|My Bullet and I take an imaginary trip to Royal Enfield's UK tech center.|
But not until last night did the new Royal Enfield Interceptor (if that is what it is) actually appear in my dreams.
True story. I really was dreaming. Here's how it went.
I found myself driving to an appointment at the new Royal Enfield technical facility at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, in England. As I approached I noticed a single motorcycle parked just outside the wide gate of the garage entrance. By its hunched outlines I knew it must be the new twin.
No one was around, but my appointment was in the office, not the garage, and it seemed uncouth to approach the still Top Secret motorcycle.
I dutifully entered the office and was surprised to notice, hanging around near the front windows, Royal Enfield boss Siddhartha Lal. He was dressed to ride and clearly killing time. No doubt he was waiting for some famous motor journalist to appear for an unofficial peek at the new motorcycle.
The lucky journalist must be running late, I guessed. And I began to hatch a plan to wander back outside to where the motorcycle was parked. The photos I could get would be a world exclusive for this blog.
Suddenly the skies opened and the building was slammed by powerful wind and rain. Employees rushed to slide the office windows closed, as water came flying in.
No chance for photos now. The motorcycle would probably have been fetched back into the garage at the first gust.
There was a bit of rain water on the floor of the office. Once a janitor always a janitor, and I grabbed a mop and swept it up. It was instinctive.
To my surprise, Siddhartha Lal had noticed me for the first time and had noticed my good deed as well. He was smiling. Outside, the sun began to return. Perhaps I would be seeing that new Royal Enfield twin after all.
Instead, I woke up.