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My Route 66

Riding a Motorcycle is about muscle memory, like swimming – you will never forget it but if you don’t keep at it, you will not progress to the next level. This week, we will be focusing on certain key basics while we showcase areas of interest in and around Mumbai.

Currently, I have a fixed route while riding, Home – Narmain Point – Walkeshwar – Mahalakshmi – Home. I have been fixated on the route for about 2 months now. Two reasons for selecting this route: the awesome view at Marine Drive and the twists and turns on the Walkeshwar stretch. What I have found most helpful while riding is looking ahead – being able to look ahead, being able to notice what’s important – is a vital specially when you are riding in Mumbai. You never know when someone tries to sneek past you or jump in front of you. Looking would seem very ordinary and that that’s something everybody is capable of, but you will notice that there is much to learn about looking ahead.
You ride towards where you look, so to learn cornering well, you will have to look in the right direction. In traffic, you will have to learn to notice far more than you usually see. Whether safety or speed appeals most to you, you will have to work on your looking skills. The only advice I can give here is try not to get distracted. Focus on what’s ahead and anticipate your move accordingly. Marine drive is ideal for practising – this road is broad and in the morning has a lot less traffic.

Enough about the looking. Let’s go back to the riding. I generally leave home at about 7:00 am, go through Marine Drive upto Narimain point and then turn towards Cuffe Parade; note the Cuffe Parade road tends to get very crowded even at 7 in the morning; from there it’s pretty much back towards home. When I hit Chowpatty on my way back, I don’t take the right to go home, I carry on towards Walkeshwar – this is the other end of South Mumbai – the road is an uphill with a few twists and turns to master the art of cornering, the top most being a complete U-Turn towards Hanging Garden (more on that a little later). In my opinion, the essence of motorcycle riding is cornering: You may keep enhancing your cornering skills for the rest of your life, and you will probably never reach full perfection (well, maybe with the exception of Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa). What kinds of mistakes are often made in corners, and what is the reason for those mistakes? What can you do about it? What is the perfect line, and how do you find it? When do you brake, and what is the right speed for a corner? I think too many things to cover in one post, suggestion – practise slow cornering; the aim should be to be able to take an uphill u-turn without putting your leg on the road.

Now, back to riding. So post taking the dreaded U-Turn at Walkeshwar, I head towards Hanging Gardens. These are the iconic public parks which anyone who has lived in Mumbai is aware of. Amazing open spaces at the top of a hill; I actually went into the park this weekend, something I have not done in about 15-20 years; I was pleasantly surprised at how well the park was maintained. There were a lot of senior citizens walking and sitting around the park, there was classical music playing on the PA system, clean bathrooms. I was pleasantly surprised. I then went on to the Shoe House Park…. I have no idea what it is called, but there is a giant shoe in there; as kids, Milind and I used to climb up to the top of the same. Again, pleasantly surprised – the park was maintained well, people were not littering, absolutely awesome! I had my camera along, so did some photography and rode back home. Check out the amazing beach view from one of the lookout points in the park. If you are in Mumbai or live here and enjoy bike rides like we do, check this route; I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. As usual, check the gallery for pictures from Hanging Garden, both early morning and late at night.

The amazing Photo Gallery

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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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Heaven & Hell

Every Sunday you realize there is God!!! I mean this is his way of showing all of us there is a Heaven & Hell; Saturday & Sunday is what the brilliance of Heaven feels like & then there is Monday & the rest of the days….. definitely Hell or the experience similar to the overall concept of the underworld… Running pillar to post managing friends, family and other crap is just ridiculous. Weekends, on the other hand, are such a joy, purely because the manic pace slows down multifold and from time to time you can laze and do absolutely nothing.

What A View!!!

Open Roads Are Super!

So post bawling about the start of the week, let me reminisce about the weekend that was & all the fun stuff! Saturday morning began with a very early morning bike ride from home towards Bandra reclamation; the ride was spectacular as the weather was nice and breezy with a bit of a cloud cover. Rode around reclamation for a while, sat on the bike motionless, parked on the road enjoying the weather. From there decided to ride back to Nariman point; the same was a blissfull ride. Got home and didn’t feel like doing much, so decided to grab a few movies, watched Friends with Benefits & some Horror flick called Intruders. Then there was family lunch & dinner. Watched an episode of The Great Biker Build Off where in Cory Ness (The son of Legendary Bike Builder Arlen Ness)  was the winner. Got very inspired by that and immediately started to plan the route for the  Sunday morning ride. The day ended with watching the season finale episodes of Supernatural season 2 & Spartacus season 3. Oh, forgot to mention, there was also some minor enahncement work done on the bike for which Guddu (our mechanic) came home and did the needful!

Lower Parel Flyover

Sunday morning started off with the bike ride passing through the back road of Haji Ali which is actually the racecource road. There is a brilliant canope of trees which covers this road and at day break it looks absolutely super. Past that, went onto the the Lower Parel flyovers which are an absolute treat to ride past int he morning when there is no

That’s Astro!!!

traffic. From there, turned off at Dadar station and turned back towards South Bombay. Went across Haji Ali which, according to me, is one of the greatest stretches you can ride past in the city. Then Road upto Walkeshwar and Breachcandy and finally got home. Finished my little Astro’s walk, oil massage, bath & breakfast, then decided to laze; watched Sherlock Holmes part 1, starring Robert Downey, Jr., which was fantastic, then watched X-Men First Class. Had a nap, woke up, decided to cook Vindaloo (goan style Spicey Curry) for dinner which turned out awesome & crazy hot! Finally, the day was closed by watching Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows; in this part Robert Downey is in another league. If you haven’t seen the movie get the DVD… highly recommended.

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Crazy Spicy Vindaloo

.Now, post all the fun part, you wake up to to a mundane Monday where you are running to get to work through crazy traffic, at work figuring deadlines, deliverables, etc. In the evening, by the time you are back home, you barely have the time or the strength to do anything & this cycle continues for 5 full days! Now how does this compare to the 2 days? To my mind, it’s very clear….. Saturday & Sunday = Heaven; Monday through Thursday = Hell. Friday is an exception only because the next day is Saturday and post half of Friday you are in total weekend mode & that’s the real reason why from time to time it is also called Good Friday. Also, if you have Saturday as a working day then read the next line carefully, go kill yourself… (That’s a Joke)  Actually if you have Saturday working, quit! Trust me, that’s the best thing you can do for yourself and people around you 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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First Bike Date & More on the Weekend Chronicles

Most of Friday was spent doing some crazy documentation at work. So come evening, I picked up a few beers & started planning the weekend! Saturday was Rachita’s (my wife) birthday so the plan was  around her & Sunday was going to be basic chores – Astro’s, our little baby cocker spaniel’s, bath, family lunch, visit to the chopshop & general lazing. So now the POA was crystallized.

View on our Bike Date!

Saturday morning kick-started at 6:00am with Rachita & my first bike ride date in 15 years! Yup never had we ever gone on a bike double-seat. We rode past Worli Seaface to Nariman Point & back; she was a bit nervous from time to time basis her apprehension about riding bikes, though, after a bit things were better. We felt a bit like college kids, we also tried to sit like they do in the movies where in the girl holds the guy from behind, though Ra said it was uncomfortable considering the same was straining her back. All in all, we had fun & the day had started off on a great note!

Happy Birthday Flowers

More Happy Birthday Flowers!

Post bike ride, we got home, took the car & Mihir (my twin brother) & left for Dadar flower market to pick-up flowers for the Mrs. Mihir wanted to do some photography so he came along, though once we reached there, cops patrolling the streets didn’t allow him to click pictures and asked him if he had permission to click the same…..WTF is that? Anyways, he snuck in a few shots! We bought some awesome tulips & liliams & got back home. Post arranging flowers & finishing a shower, etc. we left to pick up a watch for the Birthday girl which Mihir was going to gift to her. We picked up a nice one from SOBO Central Mall; then went to Mainland China for lunch & came home for some nap time.

Evening was spent making some awesome red velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting & some Spinach and Cottage cheese bake for the evening party with the families. Party celebrations went on in full swing & too much fun became!

Byculla Bridge is Awesome!!!

Sunday morning, as always, started of with a brilliant bike ride past byculla bridge, lower parel flyovers. I then spent the morning with Astro – his oil massage, bath, brewed some beer (will write a post on that shortly) then watched Supernatural & started Spartacus 3 which was toally brilliant. Post which, I left for the Chopshop with Mihir to get some work done on the bike & get new customized seats. It took about 3 hours to get the seat customized, though was totally worth it. I also got some investigation done around getting a silencer which will give the bike a dual exhaust. Also found out details for the eagle bike which Jayeshbhai at the chopshop was trying to sell to us. Got home, had awesome dinner, watched Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol which was toally entertaining, had some amazing red velvet cake which was left over & then passed out.

Getting Seat Cover Customized...

Woke up to the same thought as the last 2 weeks I miss the weekend & i hate Mondays. This time though, there is much to look forward to as next Monday I have put in a leave and Tuesday is a Holiday! Now planning the extended 4 day weekend with the gang…

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Seat has been Customized...

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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The Chronicles of the Weekend

Always a good start to the weekend!

Post the morning bike ride on Friday the 13th, 2012 the agenda was clear finish work related stuff ASAP & bring in the weekend! Add to that we were celebrating Rachita’s (my wife’s) birthday, so, in true biker style, there was going to be an overdose of food, alcohol & good company. The celebrations surpassed all expectations as alcohol and food consumption was at its all time peak!

Sensational Mini Cheesecakes!

Add to that  the brilliant cheesecake made by the Mrs… Simply  sensational!!!

Saturday morning bike ride was through Shivaji Park & Bandra Reclamation, post which the gang decided to go for Brunch at Smoke House Deli. We will be reviewing this place in a forthcoming article, though please note, this is one of the best places we have eaten at….a must visit if you are at Phoenix mills.

Yummy Meat Spread

Post brunch, some awesome sheesha/hookah was had as we crashed at home. Evening was spent with more alcohol 🙂 & a ride to colaba where some awesome meat was eaten at a road side roll outlet (Idris Chacha makes the best Sheekh Kebab Roti Rolls).

Early Morning Ride

The iconic (at least in my world) Sunday morning Ride happened with Ekta (drinking buddy) as we rode across the Highway to Kalina, post which we went exploring areas like Choonabhatti, lBS road, etc.  which we had heard off, but never visited. Put a decent 40+ km on a 2 hour bike ride!

Yummy Waffles were eaten for lunch & afternoon was spent napping. In the evening we watched Ghostrider 2 starring Nicholas Cage which has some crazy bikes & bike action sequences.

Overall, the good life – bike ride, friends, family, food & alcohol was the weekend which I am already missing :(. This article, like last monday’s article, stems from my hatred for mundane Monday’s & so am already working towards making my week exciting!!! Hope you try the same too…

Brilliant View off the Highway

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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