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The Bike ride around Home


This weekend’s ride started the way like any other, fairly straightforward around Marine Drive and back again; while on my way back, I realised I needed to pick up some Peach Nectar to make Peach Sangria later in the evening. So I rode towards Grant Road Station and soon enough realized that the area near my house is also a great place to ride and take pictures.

En route to the Station!

Construction at Nana Chowk

Cobbler Outside Our Lane.

General Notice – Riders who are afraid of narrow streets, please do not come to this vicinity; on the other hand, if you like photography, some amazing shots are there for you to capture. Back to me now, I started by parking my bike and walking across Grant Road vegetable market. The place gets mad crowded even as early at 8:00 a.m. in the morning. Once I picked up the juice, I decided to take a detour and move from the back lane of the station towards Tardeo, from where I exited and came back towards Nana Chowk. Around Nana Chowk is where they are constructing a sky walk which will lead straight to the station. My curiosity got the better of me. I parked my bike, took the camera and climbed up the Skywalk. The first thing I noticed is how clean it is, next that it is a fairly long walk towards the station. Anyways, I kept moving forward taking pictures. After a while I reached the station; surprisingly, the skywalk started to shake as I got close. At this point, I am thinking Earthquake, but a passerby informed me that the walkway vibrates a bit when trains pass by. I walked back towards my bike and moved on; next on my list was Mani Bhavan and the by lanes around the house.

Rumbling Skywalk!


Off Mani Bhawan

Mani Bhavan, the residence place of Mahatma Gandhi is in the street next to where I live. I have moved up and down these lanes for 30 years now. The buildings have an old world charm that is hard to find nowadays. If you are around Gamdevi, be sure to explore the lanes, I took a few pictures of Mani Bhavan and then moved towards Kennedy Bridge which has an awesome view of the Old Gamdevi (we call it that….. it’s not really that old). Note the drive is fairly challenging, as beyond narrow streets, you are also avoiding people shopping and kids playing cricket J. Once on the bridge, I got off to take a few shots. At that time a bunch of school kids saw my bike – they were very fascinated with the customization and requested if I could show them if the Iron Eagle lights up. Of course, I happily obliged and left them smiling. After all this excitement, I went back home to watching movies. In the evening, the beautiful Mrs made us Peach Sangria, do note I got very high after 3 glasses! Post that, Rachita, my sister-in-law, cooked us some unbelievable Pasta, followed by a Peach Crumble for dessert. To round it all up, a Saturday well spent.

Temple around the residence…

When I look back on the entire day, I believe the sights and sounds I saw around my house were very fascinating; I would strongly suggest this to anyone, the important part is you need to change your mindset while walking around areas you have a million times. Think about it like a tourist and the amount of things you will notice will surprise you.

Total Awesomeness!!!

For all my alcoholic friends here is the recipe for the Absolute Amazing Peach Sangria! Enjoy!

  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle rosé wine
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup peach nectar
  • 6 tablespoons thawed frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pound ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1 (6-oz.) package fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups club soda, chilled




  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a pitcher; stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peaches and raspberries. Cover and chill for 8 hours.
  2. Stir in chilled club soda just before serving.
  3. Peach-flavored vodka may be substituted. In that case, omit the peach nectar.
  4. 1 cup frozen raspberries may be substituted or omitted.

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Trips & Rides


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Our Awesomely Sensational Bike

The Awesome Visor

Today’s post is about the crazy-ass modifications done on our bike! As some of you who have read our previous posts are aware, we own a Bajaj Avenger – purely because its the only bike in the country which is affordable that gives you a cruiser look & feel. Also, we have talked about it in multiple posts before but we wanted to consolidate the same & thus we are here. So over a period of 2 months of owning a bike, we have added a lot to the same and tried to make it as cool as possible (at least in our heads).

The Eagle on the Fender

Please note, we have also spent a minimal of money post discovering the chop shop lane in Bombay & getting a specialized mechanic to work on our bike. So let me start from the fact that the first addition wegot done on our bike was the customized visor / wind shield. Mihir, from day 1, was very clear that we needed to get this addition on the bike. It gave a good retro feel to the bike and also, for all practical purposes, was a good purchase. This buy was done directly through the dealer from whom we bought the bike. Post this, and realizing we wanted to customize our bike with further modifications, we accidently stumbled upon thechop shop lane and found out that getting the bike customized isn’t going to cost much…

The Awesome Grips

So then we found a store which catered to our needs and was cost effective. From here, our first buy was the handle grips which were chrome platedand very retro looking. By now you would have figured we are kind off retro junkies J.Next thing bought were foot rests; this piece of equipment is an amazing buy as the standard foot rest you get with the Avenger are foot pegs and are not comfortable for long rides. The foot rests are comfortable and also don’thinder in the gear changing process. Also bought was a stand for the bike shaped in the leg of an eagle, which is one of the coolest features on our bike. This was also chrome plated andsuper!

The Stand and Foot Pedal

Indicator Caps

So this was more or less the first phase changes added to the bike. Phase 2 was bags. Somehow, always wanted a cool set, so went and got 2saddle bags & 1 mini bag for the bike as you can see in the pictures. Then, the mini light chrome indicator caps were bought which add a whole different feel to the bike. Finally, the seat of the bike was sorted wherein we got chrome tags across the length to match the saddle bags & before I forget, the final piece of the puzzle added to the bike was on the chrome plated eagle head with illuminated redeyes!!! Currently, this is all the work done on the bike. Do take a moment tocheck some kick ass pictures of the bike, courtesy Mihir. Also if you areinterested in our previous posts “Chop Shop Heaven” & “The Chop Shop” (Featured in the Bikes & Builders section) we have covered more details of not only our bike, but also the place where we got the same modified.

Mini Saddle Bag

Now, the Overall Cost –

1) Chrome Handle Grips – Rs. 600/-

2) Foot Paddles – Rs. 100/-

3) Eagle Side Stand – Rs. 2000/-

4) Front Visor – Rs. 3000/-

5) Saddle Bags – Rs. 650/-

Amazing Saddle Bags

6) Indicator lamp Caps – Rs. 100/-

7) Seat Chrome Tags – Rs. 300/-

8) Eagle Head Chrome Emblem – Rs. 2000/-

Grand Total = Rs. 8750 to get the bike looking insanely awesome!!!





Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Bikes & Builders


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Chop Shop Heaven

This is where Magic happens

Bikes being Customized

For most of us, seeing customized bikes on the streets triggers statements like “that’s a cool looking bike” or “that’s a mean machine”, followed by “that must have cost a some major bucks…”. Post getting our bike, we were sure we wanted the same to be customized, though didn’t know where to go and get it done; stores, designers would be expensive & also the same would take a decent amount of time. So one fine day, while visiting the dealer fromwhere we bought our bike, by chance we stumbled upon the Chop Shop Lane. If you live in Bombay, own a bike or are planning to buy one or are just interested in interesting stuff the city has to offer, read on…

My Bike Accessory Supplier

The Seat Customizing Stall

Situated off Lamington Road, towards the road which leads towards Bombay Central Station, there is a Junction to the right of which is a lane where you will see loads of activity and bikes parked along the footpath. As you enter the lane, you will see shops which display bike parts like tyres, fuel tanks,helmets, accessories, etc. Walking into any shop here is an experience as these small, unassuming shops offer the world in terms of bike customization. Mihir& I, on our discovery of this place, walked past & in and out of everyshop to see what they were offering…. it was like kids in a candy store except this candy store was the size of a mall! Also once you start exploring nuances of this place you will find shops which specialize in products and accessories; we found helmet shops, shops which sell handlebars & also a vendor on the roads who customizes the seat from whom we did get our seat modified. We also visited a shop by the name of Jayesh Scooters from where we got our bike accessories like the saddle bag, the eagle leg stand, chrome grips, etc. The owner there was helpful, specially considering we are casual bikers and newbies to this whole process. Since that day, he has been trying to sell us the concept and customize our bike as “The Eagle Bike”for which he has sold us a chrome eagle head which has been mounted on the front fender.

Eagle Bike Time

Guddu working on our Bike

Another brilliant concept which works in this lane…. you buy what you want from theshops and instead of getting it fixed at a garage, you can hire a mechanic who you will spot hanging around the lane or working on another bike and get things done on the spot. These mechanics – most of whom look like kids – are brilliant. Each of them has the ability to disassemble and reassemble any bike. Also the ability to add accessories, do some chopping work, etc. is a walk in the park for them. Also, as additional service, they get your bike washed & polished which is very cool! Guddu is the guy who worked on our bike and now is our personal designated mechanic who not only works on the bike basis enhancements required, but is available on call if there is any repair required for the bike.

Another thing which you see around this place is a swarm of bike enthusiasts & these span across multiple categories right from the hard core speed demons to the likes of those who have just bought a bike andare getting basic additions made to the same. You also see bikes right from Harleys to the likes of Kinetic Hondas and the same is definitely a visualtreat.

Pre-Owned Bikes

Value for Money Stores

The major reason which attracts these hordes to this place& beyond all what has been mentioned is the cost effectiveness of this place, what you would end up paying forat a fancy store or online, you get here for about half the price which is the killer app. Also there is a huge scopefor bargaining considering all shop owners will hike prices; so a good assumption is a 20-30% discount on any item. If you can ride a hard bargainthen who knows even 50% is a possibility. The market also is a display gallery for pre-owned motorcycles and if you are interested in purchasing one of those this is the place where you will probably get all makes & varieties; youjust need to find the right dealer who will be available at every 100 meters. To conclude, we for a minimum sum of money, have gotten our bike customized and personalized (you can see pictures for the same in the photo section); also the icing on the cake being, we have got it done basis what we like and chose in terms of spares & accessories. If you are looking at getting work done on your bike, do visit this place. Also if you are touring the city, and are looking at seeing the inner works of Bombay, this is a great place to understand the madness!!!


Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Bikes & Builders


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