Putting the personal back into writing

Life’s strange. On one side, I’ve been fortunate to have projects flowing in, while, on the other, the personal observations have had to be kept at bay. 

Namesake surprise

What are the odds that I meet my namesake, in a chance encounter, on the penultimate day of the year. Yes, that’s the beauty of motorcycling – anything’s possible with a twist of the throttle.

Royal Enfield’s Safari Touring Jacket & Nimbus Helmet Review

Dusshera Celebrations turned extra special this year, thanks to Royal Enfield, who sent over some #REUrbanGear goodies for us. We were jumping around in joy as we went about opening each of the boxes like giddy kids. In-fact our happiness was heard well around the residential complex by the time we’d unboxed every one of…

Motorcycle Talk: Tools to bring along For the Ride

My tool-kit journey, like most of you here, started out with the OEM kit that’s provided with every bike. But that quickly proved inadequate on my 250-300 km rides. Back then, I had a few loose spanners at home and took to carrying them along as well when venturing beyond the city. These rudimentary attempts…

HauryaBikers’ Breakfast Ride to Hotel Ahura

The Urge to get back on the road begins within 2-4 days of returning from the previous one. Maintaining the delicate balance between funding those rides and being a useful contributor to family & friends though sometimes stretches this wait for longer. Something similar had happened in the month past. Bidding adieu to the Bappa’…

Trying out Castrol’s POWER1 CRUISE Engine Oil

Friction and heat are our twin enemies, robbing the engine of performance, and jeopardizing our trips in terms of reliability. The engine oil we use in our bikes, should not only give us superior power and performance, but do this for the extended period of time that we usually end up riding. This is why,…

Royal Enfield’s Riding Jackets: there’s one for every reason and season

From the Cast Iron Electra and the UCE Thunderbird, the Continental GT and now the Himalayan, Royal Enfield’s motorcycles are an unexplainable attraction. The thing that I deeply respect them for, is the way the company balances the needs of the present, while staying true to their illustrious British origins and classic motorcycling lineage. Royal…

A neo-classical motorcycle affair

When you’re a 20 year old motorcycle, there’s always something that’s going bust on it. It could be the meters or the brakes, the lights or the carburettor. It could even be some nuts & bolts that suddenly decided they’d had enough and decide to hop off. But as long as you keep that 2T-Fuel…

Bombay to Goa – a quick run on the Royal Enfield Himalayan

Goa calling, again! If you’d known me 5 years ago, then you’d never have said something like this back then. I’d been to Goa just the one time until then, that too on a family trip where we took Aazo along on a pilgrimage to all the major temples that he wanted to visit in…

Bike Spotting: Hero Honda Street

The Hero Honda Street was a revolutionary one for our market. It promised all the control & efficiency of a manual transmission with the ‘clutch-less’ convenience of an automatic. It didn’t quite do too well though.  Maybe it was too bold an idea for regular motoring folks, or the ‘step-through’ riding style of the bike….

The Yamaha RD350: Dream Interrupted

Spotted a RD350 yesterday, being lovingly bought back to life. Was in a workshop the size of a security guard’s cabin in Mumbai, but that didn’t matter. There it was sitting majestically in the classic Red livery. It managed to stop me right in my tracks. The brain drained out all other thoughts. The heart…

Welcoming UM Motorcycles to the neighbourhood

Attempting to break into the automotive industry in India is a tall task. The market is ruthless & even established players routinely find their products sinking into red. This bloodbath is most evident in the 2-Wheeler segment, where a handful of bikes & scooters outpace the rest of them. It takes great guts for a…