A cool zephyr catches my silk scarf, flopping it gently onto my jacket as I move along onward. The typical splatter of the 150cc two-stroke heralds my arrival well before I actually reach. She hears the banter, and I can see the smile on her face. She's looking splendid in that floral top with a bright mini skirt. Ah! These are good times, happy times. It's hard to believe then, that my ride began to take shape in the aftermath of horrible bloodshed.
They say war kills lives, but breeds ingenuity. Throughout history, the pace of progress has accelerated tremendously during or immediately after the gloomy pall of the fighting has passed over.
As cities began being rebuilt and the guns of the second world war were silenced forever, the once buzzing factories churning out weapons now had nothing to manufacture. With the spare capacities on hand, manufacturers went about to address the newest need of the masses - transportation.
Years of fighting had cost the world dearly. Economies were in the doldrums and resources were scanty. People needed transportation and it had to be cheap to buy, run and maintain. Rationing of fuel also meant that it had to be fuel efficient as well.