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From a Guru Grandfather to a Guru Grandson

This love story started with Ganpatrao Mane, the grand-daddy of Yezdi motorcycles in Pune. His son Arun Ganpat Mane and grandson Abhijeet are currently steering the fortunes of their family-owned business on a very even keel. Their garage is a bounty hunter’s paradise for Yezdi parts.

  • ARUN AND ABHIJEET MANE

    PUNE

If there’s one gap that’s already been bridged between three generations of the Mane’s, at Mane Auto Works, Shukrawar Peth, Pune, it’s a shared passion for all things Yezdi and JAWA. Busy with a call, Arun puts down his phone to greet us as we trudge in towards the end of a long hard day.

Travelling back in time, Arun fondly recalls: “A passion for tinkering around with 2-wheelers ran in the family. My dad Ganpatrao started his own garage in 1955, after years of working with bike dealer J Williams & Co., Pune. My uncle was with Ideal Motors, Mumbai for 8 years, as a CZ mechanic; prior to which, he was sent to Czechoslovakia for training. He also had a hand in the construction of Ideal JAWA’s Mysore factory building. After his return from Czechoslovakia, he was a much sought-after hand in the welding, electrical and mechanical shops at the Mysore factory.”

The start

Arun’s love for the brand was sparked off in his early teens, when he began visiting dad Ganpatrao’s garage, after school ended. “I imbibed whatever I saw him do at the workshop,” says Arun, "now my son has learned the ropes. He is very good with bikes and has now taken it forward.”

As part of Pune's JAWA Doctor triumvirate, Arun brings new life to people’s favorite old vehicles, at a reasonable price. Any make, any model, any condition. “Sadly,” says Arun, "people feel old bikes are a headache and difficult to maintain, which is not true. Old engines are amongst the best available today; low on maintenance and easy to ride.” This explains why Arun has become the custodian of over 250 old JAWAs and Yezdis left to his care.

Right after high school, Arun joined the Indian Air Force from 1970 to 1974. He thereafter went on to college, earning a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, which stood him in good stead. Having learned all the tips and tricks of the trade from dad Ganpatrao; he was now armed with knowledge and reasoning, as he soon took over his father’s garage.

All in the family

Walking in his footsteps, son Abhijeet has also completed a Diploma in Automobile Engineering at the famed IST, Pune. He joined dad Arun’s garage thereafter, in 1999. The love father and son have for their common passion, has also enabled them build strong father-son bonds over time. This was very evident from the pride Arun takes in having son Abhijeet succeed him.

Arun’s love for the brand was sparked off in his early teens, when he began visiting dad Ganpatrao’s garage, after school ended. “I imbibed whatever I saw him do at the workshop,” says Arun, "now my son has learned the ropes. He is very good with bikes and has now taken it forward.”

Amongst the many JAWAs and Yezdis Arun owned, a JAWA 1965 and a Yezdi Roadking 1984 were especially dear to his heart. “Simple symmetrical design, excellent weight-to-power ratio, drawn from being a well proportioned 250cc bike like no other, are just two of the many reasons I just love this 2-stroke brand, that can be used for 10-15 years, without anything serious happening; irrespective of the terrain,” gushes Arun.

Arun Mane
 

Besides being the patriarch of Mane Auto Works, Arun is an avid reader, who once spent a couple of years, teaching at the Govt. Polytech, Pune. He also spends his time counseling students about which career to pursue and answering the many WhatsApp and Facebook queries he receives, specially from clients and fans.

"Today’s bike owners have knowledge and understanding about the JAWA and Yezdi brands. They are keen to know everything about classic bikes."
ARUN MANE

Arun can be found at his garage late into the night, when most of the surrounding establishments have long shut shop. This has helped many stranded JAWA and Yezdi riders, who’s bikes he’s fixed, enabling them to get back home at a reasonable hour.

Speaking about the future of the JAWA Yezdi brand and today’s generation in particular, Arun says: “In my days, we worked under people and learnt without questioning them as to why mechanical things are designed in a particular way. Repairing them happened without anyone's guidance. Today’s bike owners have knowledge and understanding about the JAWA and Yezdi brands. They are keen to know everything about classic bikes. I have GenNext come to me with infinite questions and demands. They don’t mind spending a few extra bucks to get the best. My only advise to them is carry the brand passion of our generation forward, and ensure it never dies."