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.

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…

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…

Tyre Talk – Air Pressure Gauge

When you’re out on the road, the tiny contact patches of rubber called tyres are the only thing keeping us from becoming a part of the scenery. Most folks around would simply go with the tyres that come along with their bikes. Few bother about the grip levels, how supple the rubber is and other…

The Key Maker 

The KeyMaker, aka chaabi-waala. There’s one in every neighborhood, out here in Bombay at least. Absolute life savers, these guys are magicians. They sit by their small stall, working through heat, noise, rain & grime. Offering their services on a round-the-clock basis, they’re in regular demand by locked out home owners. There is however, a…

Haurya Bikers – Vaandri Diaries

Turns out, going on a mad, fun-filled ride is only the beginning. It was just another week when the ‘ridingitis‘ bug bit again with a vengeance. Since everyone’s schedules weren’t quite aligning, it was decided that this’d be a short breakfast run, down to Fountain Hotel on NH8 for some kheema pao. The point is…

Twisties, trails and throttle rolls of fun on the NH3 run

The past few weeks had been rather hectic. Plenty of trips, but more a case of more work and less play. Plus the sight of watching the horses sitting idle in the corral had begun to get on the nerves. There hadn’t been much time on the road since the 2015 edition of Royal Enfield…

MotoCouple Beginnings – Officially Speakin’

It was one of those IBW Chai & Pakoda Rides. The entire parking lot at Hotel Fountain, off the NH8-Ghodbunder Road intersection had turned into one huge mass of motorcycles and their riders. From the ginormous Harley’s to lightning quick sport-bikes, the Royal Enfield’s and sub-400cc single cylinder machines – they were all there. Amidst this…

How we bought our Riding Jackets

It was January, a brand new start, not just to the year, but to life in general. Celebrating our first month of having run slo-mo donuts ’round the holy fire, the missus and I were planning to experience the magic of India Bike Week. Having made our maiden long-distance ride together only a month earlier…