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The Weekend Bike Rides & More

The Stare Down

Kids Killing it on Skates

Revisited Haywards 5000 (Strong Indian Beer) after ages on Thursday evening. Yes, the weekend came in early with the gang assembling at my house fondly  known as the Adda (Headquarters). Finished friday work and moved into the weekend celebrations with alcohol and good food. Then came the Saturday morning bike ride which was past Worli and Nariman Point; there was a brief staredown between me and a Siberien Huskie as you can see in the picture. Also on Saturday and Sundays, there are skating classes for kids where in parents block a certain aspect of Nariman Point & kids race around there which seems like a lot of fun! Then took Mihir to Hanging Gardens through Walkeshwar. Most of the day was spent drinking Carona and watching movies!

That’s One Mean Machine

Jason Statham on the Ducati Desmsedici RR

After watching the trailer of Expendables 2 and in our drunk frenzy we decided to watch the Expendables – it was too much fun watching the crazy action & awesome dialogues in the movie. 300 & Expendebles are a must watch if you are hammered…the experiance is unmatched. Post watching the movie and seeing iconic scenes like Micky Rourke riding a bike, I did some R & D on the movie & realised the movie has some crazy bikes (we will be doing an entire post on the same soon); some interesting bike facts around the movie, The motorcycle that Jason Statham’s character, Lee Christmas, is riding is the Italian made street legal MotoGP race inspired Ducati Desmosedici RR. This sport-bike carries a price tag of $75,000, has a top speed of 190+ mph (305 km/h). This 989cc 4 cylinder produces 200hp while only weighing 377 pounds (171 kg). Of the only 1,500 made, 500 made it to the U.S. and they all sold out within five hours. Tom Cruise was the lucky recipient to receive the first one imported to the U.S.  Evening on Saturday was spent eating the yummiest burittos ever made by the Mrs. …totally bad ass!!!

Killer View

Gate Way of India

Sunday morning began with a bike ride past Apollo Bunder & the legendary Gateway of India; the sites & sounds here were amazing considering you have the Taj hotel and the sea at a stretch of an arm’s distance; also the view from the edge of the footpath is brilliant.

Spent most part of the ride with the bike parked and glaring at the view, then headed to Nariman point to see kids skate and then back. Went to Moshe’s for brunch where the discussion centered around how good The Avengers movie is & the brilliance of the plot, characters, script, dialogue, etc. Got back, decided to watch Mark Whalberg’s Contraband which was a decently exciting movie, passed out for a bit, then woke up to some exciting Grey Goose Popsicles which were made by Yooti (sister in law)  & the Moto GP Portual leg.

Post dinner, lazed watched Super Natural, ate Kaluha flavored chocolate dessert again courtesy Yooti which was the perfect end to the superb weekend!

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Grey Goose Popsicles


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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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One Rider To Rule Them All

I have been following Moto GP since the late 80’s; this was when cable TV was introduced in India, I was very fascinated with the sport and pretty much watched all the races back then. Ace riders like Wayne Rayney, Michael Doohan, Kevin Shwantz dominated the races then, it was during this era that a young man by the name of Valentino Rossi entered and completely changed the face of the sport.

Valentino Rossi, fondly known as the ‘The Doctor’ (this has been attributed to his “cold and clinical dismantling of his opponents”) is to Moto GP what Michael Jordan was to Basketball. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name – seven of which are in the premier class. Rossi is a super racer; someone like him graces the sport once in a millennium. Rossi’s achievements are spectacular but what is even more astonishing is the speed at which he has achieved them; Valentino started racing in Grand Prix in 1996 for Aprilia in the 125cc category and won his first World Championship the following year. From there, he moved up to the 250cc category with Aprilia and won the 250cc World Championship in 1999. He won the 500cc World Championship with Honda in 2001, the MotoGP World Championships (also with Honda) in 2002 and 2003, and continued his streak of back-to-back championships by winning the 2004 and 2005 titles after leaving Honda to join Yamaha, before regaining the title in 2008 and retaining it in 2009. (Would like to thank Wikipedia for this information, I am a fan but it’s impossible to accurately follow the same year by year).

So beyond the crazy 9 world championships and 103 victories that he has accumulated, what sets this rider apart from his fellow racers? To start with, it’s the sheer pace that Rossi rides at, once he is in the lead, there is a good probability that he will end up lapping the last few riders. Next is his approach of methodically breaking down other riders during the last few laps of races; I have witnessed this many times over the years, Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau in the past and now Jorge Lorenzo should be able to give you fist hand accounts of the same. His biggest secret to success was his relationship with the bike, he understood the machine, was familiar with every nook and cranny, knew when he could exploit the most from it and when to hold back. In his own words “To being a great racing driver, but the most important thing is to have a good relationship with the bike … you have to understand what she wants. I think of a motorcycle as a woman and I know that sounds silly, but its true” – This is what most riders miss out on; they believe an awesome pit crew will ensure the bike is at its peak.

It would unfair if I did not mention Max Biaggi in this post, he probably had the ugliest rivalry with the ‘The Doctor’ somehow the rivalry started even before they started racing together, at one point in time Rossi would not acknowledge Biaggi’s presence, putting up XXXXXXXXX on his website and so on, eventually the rivalry died out based purely on Rossi’s success.  While on rivalries Rossi Vs Doohan is always going to be a debate amongst purist, there is no concrete winner there, both had different styles and enjoyed success at the highest possible level in different eras, you may not have had a chance to watch Doohan, but make an effort watch the Moto GP and watch the ‘The Doctor’ in action rest assured you will not be disappointed.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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From Ships to Bikes

“Ninja” the word represents sports bike to anybody remotely associated with motorcycles. However, the company that built this bike was originally into manufacturing Ships. The paradigm shift happened when Megero Motorcycles which had been in business since 1937 making dirt bikes, was bought out by Kawasaki in 1960. This was the beginning of out of the box decisions made by Kawasaki which made them a leader in the motorcycle industry rather than a follower.

Originally Kawasaki’s aircraft engineers designed the bikes, their primary focus horsepower. This approach led to the bike becoming very popular with thrill seekers. This focused approach led them to win the FIM world championships and a manufacturer trophy on multiple occasions. The first was with Dave Simmons in both the West German GP and the Isle of Mann TT.

The 80’s is where the company’s fortunes really changed; Developed in secret over six years, the GPz900R rocked the world when it was first released in ’83. The new model was equipped with Kawasaki’s first liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder engine (max power of 115 PS) and a light, compact chassis. With a top speed of the more than 250km/h and a 0-400m time of 10.552 s, the GPz900R rewrote the motorcycle record books and took the top spot as the world’s fastest bike. When sales started in 1984, the GPz900R was named “Bike of the Year” by magazines all over the world, the name Ninja was given to it by a bunch of engineers in the US office of Kawasaki (No particular reason for the same); this was then adopted by their global counterparts.

As kids we have seen the Ninja being ridden across the streets of Mumbai, there was one that a guy rode on Altamont road, this was close to our school and we would just stare at the bike in absolute awe. Till date this is one of the bikes we aspire to own….

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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