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The Prologue – “Inception”

So this is the first post for my blog.  A bit of history here I would like to share before we go ahead and explore the details of the blog.

My family has always been against me buying a bike, their rational has been if you have a car then why do you need a bike…

Also what added to their apprehension was the fact that Mihir my brother and I rode cycles as kids decently badly, and by badly i mean we were part of a couple of accidents nothing to serious but things which would scare the parents 🙂

Anyways all said and done today  we have gone ahead and got ourselves a bike the same has an interesting story which has its roots all the way in Goa.

My sister-in-law Ekta (she & me are drinking buddies) on our last trip to Goa learnt how to ride a bike with gears and while she was there for about 15 days was enjoying bike rides…

That was where “Inception” Happened

Ekta got herself a bike pictures of the same are across the blog (Royal Enfield Classic 500 cc) post her Goa experience this is where things changed, not between us but for Mihir & me.

Like 2 excitable kids we also wanted a bike!!!


Now we wanted a bike so post loads of discussions and against all family rules I went ahead & decided to learn how to ride a bike. I knew how to ride a cycle so assumed things wont be so tough.

We also went to the all knowing oracle Rachita (my very lovely wife) & told her we were contemplating buying a bike, she knowing our attention span suggested that we learn to ride and use Ekta’s bike for a few days to figure if this was a passing phase & if we indeed enjoyed ridding the bike. (Most times she is rational and correct)

Ekta was kind enough to teach me the basics and use her new bike to learn 🙂

Day 1 – Started learning with peddling and learning to pick up the bike in gear that went on for a day in the building compound.

Day 2- Learnt to balance & ride the bike in 1st gear still in the compound.

Day 3- By now Ekta was sure i could hit my lane and learn gear shift while ridding on the road. so the same happened

Day4 – Learnt to navigate the RE classic across multiple gears and ride across my lane and adjoining ones

Day 5- This where the world changed Ekta took me to the racecourse in the wee hours of the morning where there was like open space to the tune of about a compound size of 1000meters plus, there I learnt to control the speed of the bike, gear shifting, turning, cornering etc

Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy learnt how to ride ( Will be putting up videos for the same soon)

Also through this we went got safety gear for Ekta, registered the bike and went for multiple bike rides to Nariman Point, Worli Seaface & other places, note Ekta would ride and i would sit behind and thats where the idea of the blog and strategy for getting a bike was decided…

The Bike

Post learning the bike we decided to get one for ourselves, point to note here Mihir still didnt know how to ride a motorcycle and his rational was that once we get our own bike I will learn…

Coming back to buying the bike convinced the Mrs. that will not ride badly will not loose temper while ridding ( Mihir & i have Temper issues)  While all this was happening we had done so crazy R &D on which bike to buy and had zeroed in on the Bajaj Avenger. Clearly we want to feel like we were ridding a Harley or a cruiser so this one was the best option in the market.

Went to the dealer who said in 24 to 48 hours we would have our bike… By now the family was informed surprisingly Dad, Uncle & Aunt were super excited, we also learnt that Uncle in a similar situation in the early 70’s had gone and bought himself a bike 🙂

Mom though was totally not in favor of the same   so again multiple promise time “we will not ride in traffic, will not ride rash etc etc

Finally in about 2 weeks since “Inception” we had a BIKE!!!

Life Now

Immediately after getting the Avenger every morning I have been waking up by 5:30am and going for a ride on the open roads, hands down this is one of the best feelings ever. Also taught Mihir how to ride in about 24 hours which was super awesome!

We also decided and this happened basis “Inception” of thoughts since past years and having watched multiple seasons of “The Great Biker Build Off” that we wanted our bike to have a retro theme & thus a visor was brought to add to the bike, simultaneously we went & got helmets from a shop called Bachoo Motors. (details of the Helmets & other Gear is in the Helmets & More section) All in all life now is super exciting!

The name for the blog is also a derivative of a retro T-shirt Mihir use to wear ages ago and still is worn by his wife Yooti, the T-Shirt had graphics of these rebel cool kids and header of “Bad Boy Gang” in-turn we called the blog “Bad Bike Gang”

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Our Bikes

Bajaj Avenger 220cc

The Bajaj Avenger is a cruiser style motorcycle designed and manufactured by Bajaj Auto in India. It draws the styling and other design cues from the Bajaj Eliminator which had an air-cooled, single-cylinder Kawasaki engine and was sold at a premium. It was launched with a 180 cc engine, which has subsequently been increased to 200 cc and then 220 cc.

To gain a strategic position in the premium segment, Bajaj engineers replaced the Kawasaki single with the indigenously conceived, and more successful, 178.6 cc DTS-i engine from the Bajaj Pulsar sportbike. However, the engine had to be re-tuned to suit the torque-demanding characteristics of a cruiser. The bike was launched in June 2007. It is also the first cruiser developed by an Indian company. The wheelbase is 1,475 mm (58.1 in).

The Avenger was upgraded in 2007 with an increase in engine capacity to 200 cc. The oil-cooled engine was a modified version of that fitted to the Pulsar 200. The Avenger 200 features a modified engine of Pulsar 200, delivering 0.5 bhp power and 0.4 kgf·m (4 N·m) torque less than the Pulsar. The bike has a top speed of 114 km/h (71 mph). It does 0 to 60 km/h (0 to 37 mph) in 5.18 seconds and 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 20.03 seconds.
In July 2010, Bajaj launched a 220 cc version of Bajaj Avenger.

Royal Enfield 500cc

Armed with a potent fuel injected 500cc engine and clothed in a disarmingly appealing post war styling, this promises to be the most coveted Royal Enfield in history.

For those who want it all. The power, the fuel efficiency, the reliability and simple, yet drop dead gorgeous classic styling. The classic turns heads not because it wants to but because it can’t help it. You will appreciate the beat not just for the music it creates but also for the muted feeling of strength and power that it signifies.

The view is simply better when you are astride a Royal Enfield Classic 500 – whether moving or still. Nothing more to be said.

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