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Baby Motorcycle Steps

This one is for all you inexperienced riders out there – people like me who like to ride their motorcycle, but are still not familiar with the beast.
 
If you read our blog regularly, you know we own a Bajaj Avenger; the bike was an impulse buy. That’s really not what this article is about, it’s about learning to ride it. I would like to share my experience here. I learnt to ride in about 3 hours and hence. A couple of things for people who are thinking how the hell did he do that? A) I knew how to ride a bicycle and B) I have been driving a car for about 20 years now. Now I have of you thinking again, “How the hell does that help?” Let me explain. The bicycle clears the balancing bit, you don’t need to learn how to balance on a motorcycle if you have mastered a cycle, once that fear is out, it’s fairly simple. Point B is about applying the transmission logic from driving a car to the motorcycle, accelerate, once the engine revs enough press down the clutch and change gears, only difference the hand and leg movement is reversed.
If you are like me, and know how to ride a bicycle and drive a car, rest assured you will pick up the bike in 3 hours or even less. So what about people who don’t know either? I would recommend learning the balancing bit on a bicycle – it’s much much lighter and you can also add training wheels. The changing gears and all may take a little more time, but you will eventually get it, but if balance is an issue you need to get over that fear first. Moving on, assuming you have started riding, the first thing you will notice is the accelerator is insanely loose, just turn it a little and the bike flies. To start off, learn to control the same while the bike is in neutral (That’s the N on your indicator panel); your first few rides should only be in the first gear, even if the bike revs up do not move up a gear, once you can ride about 100 meters, move up a gear. If a car comes behind, stop on the side, do not let go of the handle bar to give way, etc. To start, master the handle brake. You can move onto the foot brake later. That’s  pretty much it..
My trials and tribulations, now that I have been riding for 2 months, I still have trouble getting the bike moving from a stationary position. I do believe I have mastered the first three gears, but I still get confused when I hit the 4th one, I think I am in 3rd and try pressing down on the clutch before realizing the error. Turnings, especially around South Bombay, is a challenge; I tend to slow down then quickly change gears and then get out of the turn in 1st or 2nd gear. That being said, I do believe I am getting better with every ride. Oh! forgot to mention the faster you get falling out of the way the better. Please note this does not mean you go and fall, just try and lock the fear of falling out your head. To all the inexperienced riders out there, keep at it, it does get easier and a whole lot more fun.
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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Categories, Trips & Rides

 

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Beyond The Avenger(S)

Normally, all our pots are related to Bikes. This one is a tad bit different (like they say in Bollywood hut ke hai)

What do we do beyond Bikes? There is movies, sitcoms, video games, food and relaxing. Do note: we are not teenagers; clubbing, smoking up and the general testosterone/hormones from hell is really not our thing. This post focuses on movies… something which pretty much governs our lives most weekends – we end up buying a ton of DVDs and watching them on our home theatre systems. One of our favorite genres: Super Hero movies! We watch any movie that comes under this category – cartoons, anime, b-grade blockbusters…. does not matter.

So how does this tie in with bikes? Our first and current bike is called Avenger. This also happens to be the name of the biggest movie coming out this year (massive amounts of excitement in our lives has happened). Okay, moving back to the movie, the Avengers stars 6 super heroes all packed into one movie, four of the stars have actually had standalone blockbuster’s leading up to this movie.

The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Ironman, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Captain America form the mighty team…all of them assembled under one roof by Nick Fury. To appreciate the movie to its fullest, you have to have a little background on all it’s characters. Am penning down my opinion about each of them below; not to worry this will not be a long wiki type article –

  • The Incredible Hulk – Dr. Bruce Banner is transformed into the beast every time he loses his temper (I wish I could also), this due to a overdose of gamma radiation in a lab experiment.
  • Thor, is the son of Odin and his wife Jord – he is, for the lack of a right word, a God! Need I say more…?
  • Iron man, the flamboyant playboy, Tony Stark, moonlights as the metallic hero; this is part of his inventory spree and also a challenge where he is concerned.
  • Captain America, a super soldier experiment that actually worked in the 60’s. After tons of battles, the Captain froze in a block of ice, he then emerged hale and hearty in the present and Nick the slick convince him he will save America by joining the Avengers.
  • The Black Widow: she is your standard KGB operative gone wrong. Do note, gone wrong because currently she is fighting the good fight. Trained to kill, Natasha Romanoff is the most good looking member of the team…. or is it Thor, shit this is difficult….
  • Hawkeye, is the black sheep of the team, an orphan by the name of Clinton Barton, he is trained in a circus. Like all wannabe, he saw Iron man and decided to become a super hero. Trained in archery, Hawkeye uses both his eyes to battle the forces of evil, he also had a fling with the Widow.
  • Nick Fury, suddenly changed skin colour from white to a…….let’s say darker shade! He is a war veteran and the commanding force that got all these super egos under one roof.

If you still want to know more, check the blog in a day or two for details – bio on each of them. Milind, Rachita, Yooti and I have watched most Avenger movies out there: 4 feature length, 2 Animated and the very first television series; suffice to say we are Avenger veterans and can’t wait to watch the movie. Currently the plan is to watch it next Monday when the theatre is less crowded (we can’t handle crowds). Would suggest next time you are out on an early morning or late night bike ride, drive down to a theatre or rent a DVD; it will definitely add to the whole relaxing experience. If you are like us and love movies about bikes, here are a few recommendations, not in any particular order  –

Easy Rider

The World’s Fastest Indian (Must remember to watch this over the weekend)

The Motorcycle Diaries

Chopper Town (Documentary)

Sons Of Anarchy (Sitcom)

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

Wild Hogs

Hell’s Angels on Wheels

Mad Max

Terminator

If you have a recommendation add it below in the comments. Now back to doing what we do best – Relaxing…do check the movie poster gallery below 🙂

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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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