Featured Story: Gururaj Rao

Two years ago, Gururaj Rao was just an ordinary young man. He considered himself a Mumbaikar, having grown up there, and had crossed the usual milestones that the majority of Indians usually aspire for. He had graduated from BITS Pilani, Goa and was about to embark on his corporate journey as a product manager at Oracle. He was waiting in charged anticipation for the next chapter of his life to unfold.

Unfold, it did. And how.

During his days at BITS Pilani, Goa, Gururaj had become a keen biker, owing to the city’s popular bike rental culture. He would rent a motorcycle and ride it around the quaint state, through its narrow paths and dusty lanes. It was nothing like the other hobbies he had grown up with, which consisted of collecting coins and stamps, and reading. Biking gave him an adrenaline rush, and this pushed him to ride more.

It was in the summer of 2014 that Gururaj chanced upon an initiative launched by Yamaha. The company was promoting its latest model, Yamaha FZS – FI, and it made sure that the launch was nothing less than legendary. For the promotion, Yamaha started a campaign called Mission 10,000 Km, a unique opportunity for bikers to prove their mettle in a motorcycle expedition from Delhi to Chennai. Gururaj was selected for the 40-member strong expedition through a demanding screening process. After sending in a one-minute video on why he deserved to participate, he was interviewed by a panel from Yamaha who quizzed him in more detail about his biking affiliations and interests. And before he knew it, he was on board!


Mission 10,000 Km was flagged off by biking aficionado and actor, John Abraham on 14th September 2014, and as the journey began, the bikers split into two groups. 20 bikers followed a route along the western coast of India, and 20 along the eastern. Gururaj was among the latter half of members, who collectively covered 28 towns in 34 days. On the 34th day, he arrived in Chennai with a new victory and a newfound passion. That voyage was what ignited the love for bikes within him, he says. And his life hasn’t been the same since.

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In April this year, Gururaj took to his motorbike again, this time to cross international borders. After much deliberation, he decided to collaborate with other riders from an organisation known as Dream Riders’ Group for part of this journey. But for the other part, he was certain he wanted to ride solo. This is what his route map looked like:


Gururaj started from his base location, Pune, and covered Hyderabad, Vizag, Kolkata and Siliguri before venturing into international territory. From Siliguri, for the very first time, he took his motorcycle to Bhutan, which is situated a mere 70 kilometres away. Gururaj took his time to explore Bhutan, spending twelve days in the country, before heading back to Guwahati via Trashigang, Bhutan’s easternmost district.


From Guwahati, he then made his way through Siliguri once again before heading to Nepal, his second international border.


Gururaj’s journey home was through parts of Bihar, Muzzafarpur, Lucknow, Udaipur and Ahmedabad. When he reached Pune, there was one less item on his bucket list.

Kudos on your drive and passion, Gururaj! Reminds us of what Donovan Bailey once said: “Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” Couldn’t have been said better.

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Biker Destinations: The Misty North East

Imagine waking up to clouds in your coffee and a gentle mist in your face. The North East is all that and more. With rolling hills and narrow passes, snow-topped mountains and dense forests, the region is a traveller’s paradise. Yet, not many know that it is also a dream destination for bikers. Mind you, this wonderful land isn’t every biker’s cup of tea. It’s for bikers with nerves of steel and a love for challenges. The North East is a land of great adventure.

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The North East is composed of seven states, also known as the Seven Sisters. Throughout, the terrain is tough, rugged and rocky, providing ample challenges to even an experienced biker. Covering all seven states in one go may be time consuming and challenging, so bikers normally stick to Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland. Travellers usually start their trip in Guwahati. Since this is the most well-connected airport in the area, you can fly from Bangalore, Delhi or Mumbai directly. Assam offers an array of unparalleled experiences: the grand Brahmaputra River valleys, one-horned rhinos, endless streams of tea plantations and the largest river island in the world, also known as Majuli. Booking a motorbike in advance is advisable in Guwahati.

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After traversing the magical Assamese landscape, the journey for most bikers continues on into Meghalaya. Meghalaya, also known as Abode of Clouds is filled with hills and soft clouds that dip into each other. This part of the trip will pass through picturesque scenes, with pristine waterfalls, living root bridges and some of the cleanest villages in Asia! Living root bridges are man-made bridges made from the aerial roots of banyan fig trees.

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Meghalaya is also renowned for housing some of the cleanest villages in the continent. In 2003, a village named Mawlynnong in Meghalaya was awarded the coveted title of Cleanest Village in Asia by Discover Magazine. A giant feather in India’s cap, no doubt. The villages skirting this region are also known for their superior sanitation techniques and waste disposal methods.

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After Meghalaya, Nagaland is often the next destination. This state is famous for its swinging bridges, ancient temples, snowy paths and the Indo-China border. Nagaland is home to the mesmerising Sangetsar Lake. The lake was originally formed as a result of a flash flood, which struck the state in 1973, but the water body has now become a massive tourist attraction. On the way to the lake, there are a multitude of other waterbodies.

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Many bikers also visit the Tawang Monastery while in Nagaland, which is a sanctum of peace and calm.

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The North East is a haven for nature lovers and adventurers alike. We often don’t realise how restricting travelling in a car or bus can get, both in terms of view and experience. Biking your way through the North East gives you that window. When are you opening yours?


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The Legendary Riders Series: Indian Larry

Indian Larry wasn’t Indian. His name was actually Lawrence DeSmedt and he was born and bred in New York, USA. Raised in a modest Catholic home, Larry always knew he wanted to take the path less trodden. His father was a carpenter, with simple hopes and dreams, and he wanted his son to follow in his footsteps and become a carpenter like him. But Larry had other ideas. In the 1980s, Larry took to cruising through the streets of New York on his chopped Indian motorcycle, thereby gaining the name ‘Indian Larry’.

When Larry was in his final month of high school, he made a trip to California to visit his sister Diane. Diane was deeply involved in the counterculture scene and soon enough, Larry also started dabbling in drugs. In 1971, Diane was murdered, and a combination of grief and drug use swept Larry into a violent whirlwind of drug addiction. In order to pay for these costly drugs, Larry raided banks and shops; anything to get some wads of notes in his pocket. Anything was worth the drugs, he thought. However, in 1972, as he was exiting a bank after a raid, two police officers fired at Larry, narrowly grazing one eyebrow; any closer and he would have died right there. He was sent to Sing Sing prison for three years and curiously, this period paved the way for the next phase of his life, for it was here that he earned his high school diploma and honed his mechanical skills. When he was released in 1975, Larry moved to New York, the city which would later be known for his rise to prominence as a motorcycle maven.

Larry was instrumental in gaining acceptance for motorcycles as an art form. There was more to them than their utility; they were the highest works of art, he believed. According to him, they combined all media: sculpture, painting and mechanics. Along with Paul Cox, Fritz Schenck, Steg Von Heintz, and Frank, Larry founded Psycho Cycles in the early 1990s. During this time, they designed a notable New York City chopper style and Larry came to be known as a distinguished motorcycle builder.  He helped to re-popularise the choppers that prevailed in the 1960s, before long front ends became popular. When building a chopper, Larry drew from the bank of experiences he had built over the years in the fields of mechanics, welding, and metal fabrication. Among custom bike builders, Indian Larry was credited for having perfected the old-school style of building. Larry regarded himself a ‘gearhead’, and was deeply immersed in the hot rod culture of the 1950s and 1960s.

Yet, Larry didn’t just restrict himself to engineering motorbikes. He enjoyed stunt biking just as much and took part in the Discovery Channel’s programme ‘Biker Build-Offs’ in 2003. The programme profiled eminent bikers from around America, following their journeys as they custom-designed motorcycles and then traversed the country to various bike shows. On one such show in 2004, Larry was scheduled to perform a series of stunts on his bike, Grease Monkey. He had always been meticulous in ensuring that the alignment of every bike that he created was perfect, so that it wouldn’t veer towards one side while riding. Larry prepared to stand on his bike, with his arms outstretched in a crucifix, T-position, while the bike would pass through a tunnel of flames. He had done the stunt numerous times before over the years, but the previous day, Larry had expressed concerns about performing the stunt. Perhaps it was a sixth sense. As he began the stunt, the front of the bike began to teeter, and Larry fell on his head. He died of head injuries a few hours later in Carolinas Medical Centre in Charlotte, USA.

Indian Larry’s legacy went beyond just building bikes. Many people were touched by his genuine warmth and authenticity; he didn’t have an air about him. As a testimony of his life and contributions, Billy Lane, Keino Sasaki, Paul Cox and Kendall Johnson built a bike for Larry in the Indian Larry Shop. The episode was covered by the Discovery Channel for their biography special on the life of Indian Larry. The bike was named ‘Love Zombie’, a name that Larry had conjured up for his next creation. A fitting tribute to this incredible man.

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Bangalore’s Hidden Food Trail

Who doesn’t love a good weekend food binge? You know, the two days in the week when you can abandon those good-for-nothing diets and actually thank your stomach for all that it has done for you. Alone time with the tummy. Pet Pooja. Food therapy. Call it what you will.

Bangalore has no dearth of eateries. Right from tiny roadside joints to lavish five-star restaurants, the city is a veritable food haven and a foodie’s paradise. Yet, there are some eateries that the city harbours that not many people know about. Local treasures they are, and it is time that we uncovered them. They’re best visited on a bike as most of these eateries are situated on the narrow roads of old Bangalore. The quaintness of their locations, however, only adds to their charm.

So when you’ve got your bike started, there’s only one thing left to do. Ready, set, zoom. And eat.

Let’s get started with Bangalore’s finest hidden gems!

  1. Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, Jayanagar: If you’re craving some deliciously crispy vadas and soft, melt-in-your-mouth idlis, Brahmin’s is the place to head to. End your little visit with some tasty, warm kesaribhat.

Price for one: Rs. 60
Location: Ranga Rao Road, Near Shankar Math, Shankarpuram, Basavanagudi, Bangalore



  1. Karnataka Bhel House, Basavangudi: The ultimate chaat destination, this eatery is known for its excellent aloo chaat, masala puri and sev puri. It has outdoor seating, where you can enjoy your snack in the cool evening breeze.

Price for one: Rs. 60

Location: 29, 3rd Main Road, 3rd Cross, Bazaar Street, Uma Theatre Road, Chamarajpet, Basavanagudi, Bangalore


  1. Vidyarthi Bhavan: When you enter Vidyarthi Bhavan, you’ll feel as though time has stood still. The heritage tiffin room was started in 1943 as an eatery for students, but has evolved over the years into an inviting restaurant serving a wide range of people. The benne masala dosas here are thick and crispy, laced with warm butter, and they pair very well with a steaming tumbler of filter coffee.

Price for one: Rs. 70

Location: 32, Gandhi Bazaar, Near Gandhi Bazaar Circle, Basavanagudi, Bangalore


  1. Sairam Chats: This little chaat house offers unique experimental snacks that you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll find novel items on the menu here, like bun nippat masala, bhel samosa and dahi bhel kachori. Definitely a must-visit!

Price for one: Rs. 50

Location: 83, 2nd Temple Street, 15th Cross, Near Kadu Malleshwaram Temple, Malleshwaram, Bangalore



  1. VV Puram Food Street: Imagine an entire street lined with the most mouth-watering treats. Right from the hot and spicy masala dosa to the sweet, divine dal holige, this street has something in store for everyone. Try the honey-infused rose gulkand at Shivanna Gulkand Centre; it is a slice of heaven that you should definitely not miss! There is a spread of other stalls along this road, selling sweet corn, manchurian, pav bhaji, and other tasty fare.

Price for one: Rs. 50

Location: Food St, VV Puram, Shankarapura, Bangalore



Ah, it’s a good thing it’s the weekend. A food trail would be the ideal way to unwind.

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Exploring Bangalore on Two Wheels

Bangalore is seldom explored on two wheels. Weekdays are spent navigating through traffic-riddled streets from home to office and weekends are usually reserved for trips to the nearest movie theatre. And days leading up to long weekends are spent plotting how to flee the city in favour of clear roads, countryside air and yellow, unfiltered sunshine. Yet, it’s not often that you’d think of planning a road trip within your own city. Negotiating Bangalore roads on weekdays is tough enough, let alone weekends, right? We hear you. But we also know a few areas in the city that will allow you to uncover some hidden gems tucked away in corners of Namma Bengaluru. And they can all just about fit into one beautiful, long Sunday bike ride. Here’s the recipe to a perfect Sunday:

Nandi Hills: We recommend that you start your day early, around 5 am. Ride to Nandi Hills in time to view the spectacular sunrise from the hilltops. Alternatively, you could even rent a cottage around Nandi Hills the night before so that you can open your windows to the rising sun when you wake up. Nandi hills is a veritable land of friendly monkeys, charming treehouses and the best vistas that Bangalore has to offer. When you’ve taken your fair share of pictures and have traversed the hills, it’s time for your next stop: breakfast! Make your way to Malleswaram via NH7 towards Kodandarampura. Take the exit from NH4 and exit onto CV Raman Road. Continue on, before making a turn for Margosa Road, Malleswaram.


Malleswaram: One of the oldest, quaintest localities in Bangalore, Malleswaram has trapped time in its folds for the past forty years. We recommend that you park your bike in one of the by lanes between 5th Main and Margosa Road and then don your walking shoes. The tiffin rooms, markets and streets in Malleswaram haven’t changed since the 1970s and the air perpetually carries the fragrance of toasted coffee beans, ready to be turned into fresh filter coffee. Visit CTR, a cosy little tiffin room seated on the corner of the junction of Margosa Road and 7th Cross that has been around for eons.

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Their Benne Masala Dosa is world famous and has been ranked the #1 Masala Dosa on several forums. Pair your dosa with some piping hot filter coffee.


After having your fill at CTR, walk a little further up Margosa Road towards 15th Cross and you’ll find a little hole-in-the-wall store serving steaming hot idlis. You’ll know it is Veena Stores because of the crowds that spill on to the pavement. There is no seating here, but that hardly deters the throngs of people who visit this little haven for its melt-in-the-mouth idlis.


Then, time for some akki roti, a traditional Mangalorean pancake that you don’t get in too many places around town. Visit Halli Mane, housed on Sampige Road. By this time, we predict that your stomach will be stretching at its seams, so we recommend that you walk back to your bike, for the next leg of your trip. Digestion, check.

Colonial Bangalore: To experience the remnants of the colonial era, the areas surrounding Palace Road are colonial emblems that will transport you back several centuries. The Bangalore Palace is known for its architecture, aesthetics and antiquity and the construction of the palace was started in 1864 and conforms to the Tudor style. Next, ride to the High Court, a two-storied building called Attara Kacheri, constructed in a Graeco-Roman style. A little way away from the High Court is Mayo Hall, on MG Road, built in memory of Lord Mayo, Viceroy and Governor General of India in the 1970s. In fact, the buildings lining MG Road were mostly built during the colonial age, and the road will send a certain, unexplainable nostalgia coursing through your veins.


MG Road: This road has a plethora of restaurants to choose from. The adjoining streets like Brigade Road and Church Street are also exploding with dining options in a range of cuisines. Our recommendations are Ebony on MG Road for Parsi fare, Nagarjuna on Residency Road for some spicy biryani and then Corner House for some delectable sundaes, also on Residency Road.


Central Bangalore: Most people think that the heart of Bangalore is the MG Road area. It isn’t. In reality, the heart of Bangalore belongs to the 16th century and is the oldest and largest market in the city, inaccessible by car. A bike then, would be the perfect alternative. Chickpet, Cottonpet and the surrounding areas are the central point of Bangalore, and are a melting pot of silk sarees, handicrafts and children’s toys. The lanes here are narrow and busy, but will offer an array of visual treats as you pass by. Park your bike in a by lane and walk slowly, to absorb the cultural fabric of the area, so very different from the Bangalore of today. Then ride to Avenue Road, the book capital of Bangalore. You’ll find discounted books of all kinds over here, and if you’re a bookworm, you will find it hard to peel away.




Mysore Road: By now, the sun would have started to set and the sky will be set in glorious hues of soft velvety orange. It is the perfect time to hit Mysore Road towards NH275. It will take you about an hour to reach Rasta Café, a popular hangout that is open 24 hours a day. Set in a 3-acre area, the café is the perfect place to unwind. Order a cold coffee and relax. But hey, why stop at that? Go ahead and order that pizza.


When you’re done with that pizza, it’s time to head back. By the time you reach Bangalore City, you’ll be pretty exhausted. Your arms will be hurting, your legs will be sore, but your smile and memories will more than make up for it. Bangalore is best explored on a bike, and when you’re done with this list, we’re sure you’ll agree with us!

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7 Things to Look For In a Motorcycle

They say four-wheelers carry your body, two-wheelers your soul. And they couldn’t have been more right. A recent study conducted by bike insurer Bennetts, suggests that the desire to ride a motorcycle stems from your DNA composition and draws out a sense of curiosity and wonder that is often insatiable. If you find that you belong to this category and are on the brink of zeroing in on a new bike, here are some tips that you should note before swiping that credit card.

  1. Ergonomics: Ensuring that a bike is comfortable and in tune with your body is something that you should check. While you can test this by taking the bike for a short spin around the dealership or climbing aboard the bike while it’s stationary, it may not necessarily be a true representation of prolonged journeys with the bike. Try envisioning yourself with the motorcycle for extended periods of time, cruising on the highway or braking your way through city traffic. If you feel that there is excessive pressure on your wrists, elbows or knees, the bike may not be your best companion in the long run. Consider another one instead.

  2. Seat Height: Is the seat at the right height for you? That’s a question you should be asking yourselves when inspecting a potential bike. Try swinging one leg over the bike to see how easy it is to get on. It’s a good index of how well you’re physically suited to it.

  3. Wind Protection: A wind deflector is a practical way to protect yourself from the elements whilst on long, windy rides on open roads. A bike without a fairing may be aesthetically more appealing and may flaunt a rugged exterior, but will tire you out due to wind exposure. If you’re the cruiser kind, pick a bike with a deflector, or pick one up online and attach it to your mean machine.

  4. Saddlebags: Motorbikes epitomise free spirits. With their light-weight, versatile design, they’re the best companions for road trips and overnight journeys. Yet, despite their sleek build, they also have the capacity to carry luggage. Some bikes come with attached saddlebags, but you could easily get a saddlebag on the internet and attach it to your bike saddle. Make sure to check that your saddle is wide enough to accommodate one.

  5. Electronic Aids: Traction control and anti-lock brakes are effective tools to ensure on-road safety. If you’re a fan of riding in extreme conditions, you should consider going for these. What’s more, you can turn off these systems with a button, for those times when you want nothing between you and your bike!

  6. Sound: Excessively loud bikes can lead to noise pollution as well as dangerous glares from passing strangers. But that doesn’t mean that a bike can’t let off a deep, beautiful burble as it glides along. Check for the sound that the bike makes before making your decision. If it’s music to your ears, it’s a compelling reason to consider it.

  7. Fuel Economy: Most bikers consider their bike their passion, and don’t pay much attention to mileage. However, it would be worthwhile to evaluate this, because maintenance in the long run should not end up burning a hole in your pocket. Go over some MPG figures to find out the fuel economy of the bike.

When you’re done with all of these, you’re one step closer to taking that final ride home.

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5 Advantages That Bikers Have in India

We think that motorbikes are God’s answer to Indian roads. If you can’t mend the roads, you sure can beat ’em. Whether it’s those narrow, beaten lanes or wide roads engulfed in traffic, motorbikes can one-up anything that comes your way. There’s a reason most Indians prefer two-wheelers on the streets; they’re fast, fuss-free and breezy. If you’re a biker, or if you plan on buying a bike, here are 5 advantages that you will have over drivers!

Less traffic: We did a survey to see how much one’s hair grows when they travel from Yelahanka to Whitefield on a weekday evening. We found that in a car (because you’re there for so much longer), hair grows by 0.01 millimeters, whereas on a bike, it grows by 0.0001 millimeters. Less traffic means less hair growth, which means you can make a fortune with fewer haircuts. Bingo!

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More pit stops: We all know that traffic signals can take a lifetime to turn green. But the great part is that if you’re on a bike, you have a ready-made ticket to a pit stop every time the light turns red. Hop off for a tender coconut or some buttermilk the next time you’re stuck. But remember to park on the side first. Otherwise your bike may end up going on a trip without you.

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Beat the heat: With soaring temperatures, the best way to stay cool is to don a helmet and embrace the winds. There’s nothing like a little bike therapy to calm those nerves. Try it!

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Discover secret escapes: You know those virgin iridescent beaches and calming mountain tops they show in the movies? They really do exist, but chances are, you’ll have to travel a fair bit to get a glimpse. Most often, the most unexplored parts of the country are the most obscure, which is why they’re accessible only by foot. A bike, though, is more likely to get you far closer to these pieces of paradise than any other mode of transport.

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Dodge people on the wrong side of the road: Indians love to drive and ride on the wrong side of the road. It’s so disturbingly common, that we reckon we’re the only country where driving on both sides of the road ought to be made legal. If you’re on a bike, you’re in a better position to dodge these clowns than you would be in a car. Also, just to make life more interesting, you can pretend you’re part of a video game trying to beat the bad guys.


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Bike Diaries Part 3 – How To Avoid a Brake Up

We had you at brake up, didn’t we?

We may not be experts on how to survive human relationships (we’re hardly an authority on such matters), but we sure can rattle off a list of things that you should do to keep your relationship with your motorbike going smooth. In our last two editions of Bike Diaries, we’ve spoken about exhaust maintenance, and skimmed over some other general bike maintenance tips. Today, though, we thought we’d tell you about how to ensure that your brakes are working perfectly. So whether you have disc brakes or drum brakes, we’ve got you covered.

  1. Disc Brakes: Today, the majority of motorcycles in the market feature disc brakes for the front wheel, and a handful of them even boast them for the rear wheel. Here are some checks that you should do to keep your disc brakes working fluidly.
    • Brake Fluid: Keep a check on the amount of brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir. The reservoir for the front disc brake is usually located near the handlebar at the front, while the one for the rear brake is located behind the heel plate near the rider foot peg. Make sure you use a brand new can of fluid, because opened cans tend to accumulate moisture as they age. Also, avoid dropping fluid on your motorcycle’s exterior as it can severely affect its shiny panels and other components.
    • Brake Pads: We all have a tendency to leave our brake pads wearing until they are completely worn out. When you notice the pads are thinner than 3 millimeters, it’s time to get new ones. Otherwise, they can damage your brake rotor, and you might have to get your entire brake assembly overhauled. That can turn out to be a pretty hard hit on your credit card statement, so why even go there?
    • Substandard Brake Components: Well, we don’t really need to say much about this. If your brake is substandard, you’re gifting yourself a ticket to the hospital. It’s really not worth buying sub-par products just because your bank account stacks up a little bit higher.
  2. Drum Brakes: Though drum brakes are slightly outdated now, they are still used for several motorcycles in the country. Most drum brakes are composed of a dual leading shoe setup including two cams on either end of the brake shoe that push both ends on to the brake drum to produce friction, and then bring the rapidly moving wheel to a halt. They are slightly cumbersome in terms of maintenance, but with regular servicing, you won’t even feel it. Here are some things you should know.
    • Bike Liners: Drum brakes usually require their brake liners to be changed regularly to ensure that braking power is optimal. This can be done by removing the rear wheel, extracting the brake shoe and then inspecting it carefully. Usually, you’ll find enough dirt and mud inside to successfully start your own compost business, but that’s your call really. We say, throw out the mud, and if your brake liners need changing, add it to your to-do list.

If you think it seems like a lot to do, or you just don’t have enough time, book a service at, and we’ll be at your doorstep.


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10 Things Nobody Ever Told You About Bikers

So after many long months of surviving on a diet of instant noodles and potato chips, you finally scraped together enough moolah to make the elusive down payment for that coveted bike. Your bank balance is lower, your expenses are slower, but boy oh boy, was it worth it! There’s no quantifiable word in the English language to measure the feeling attached to buying your first bike, though we’ve sent in a couple of proposals to the folks who manage the Oxford Dictionary; we’re still awaiting their reply. All in good time, we say.

But whether your current bike is your first or not, there are a number of things you should know, that we’re sure will bring a smile to your face.

So here we go; 10 things nobody’s ever told you about bikers:

1. Bikers have better self-esteem: Yes, you read that right! The confidence that shines through as a biker’s adventurous side is uncovered is unparalleled. With routine jobs, exhaustive lifestyles and jaded relationships, a bike is a man’s best thrill companion and helps build self-esteem better than the godforsaken shrink.


2. Bikers get all the women: Now, tough does not equal bad; it just means that there is a uniquely macho quality about bikers. And women love that. Period.

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3. Bikers have instant style: Ok, so while a lot of us think leather is worn mainly because well, it looks so divine, it actually has several practical features. Not only do leather jackets have multiple, intricate pockets to hold your knickknacks and baubles, they are windproof to shield you against the fierce wind on those awesome evening rides.


4. Bikers are freewheeling: Who needs to plan road trips with a bike? A bike brings out your impulsive side and will release the child in you, so that when others question your sanity with regard to last minute trips, you can respond by asking them, “Why so serious?” But remember to paint your face first; otherwise the joke’s on you.

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5. Bikers are more social: With the number of bike clubs and trip forums that the city has to offer, you’ll never be alone if you want to plan a trip. Have a weekend spare? No problem. Join some fellow bikers; that’s more friends and a weekend made!
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6. Bikes make you fly: No, not literally, but they are so much more liberating. Travelling on a bike gives you better views, fresher air and a sense of liberation, whereas cars are like boxes with no views, no air and the opposite of liberation (prison maybe?). But wait, why are we even comparing a bike to a car. We don’t think this even warrants a comparison. Ok then, next point.

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7. Biking keeps you young: No matter what your age, whether you’re fresh out of college, or you’re the grandfather to a brood of young ‘uns, biking keeps you mentally alert and keeps the youth within you intact. So forget those anti-ageing creams in your fifties. Take to your bike instead.

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8. Biking keeps you real: There’s no end to cars. It’s easy to get lost in the wide spectrum of cars that are out in the market today. But not with bikes. Bikes keep you grounded; they keep you real and in turn, you become more relatable. Unless you own a Harley.

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9. Bikers are better connected to nature: Bikers are the yin to nature’s yang. There’s an inherent connection between bikers and nature, what with the open roads and calming winds forming an organic backdrop for riders.

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10. Bikers are just better: Do you really need another reason?

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Bike Diaries Part 2 – Is Your Bike Ready for Today’s Match?

We often overlook those leaking oil tanks and seizing breaks, thinking we can always fix them tomorrow. But the procrastinator extraordinaires that we are, we often end up putting it off, day after day, week after week, until our bikes collapse in exhaustion and disappointment, almost as if they are seeking revenge for us not having treated them better.

Usually, we wouldn’t rant on a day like today about all the possible problems, major or minor, that could jeopardise your safety. Not when India and Australia are going head to head in an epic pseudo-quarterfinal. Oh no. But then we figured, you’d need your bike in excellent shape by the end of the match right? How else would you celebrate?

So we listed down some tips and tricks for you to turn your bike’s frown upside down, to pave way for this evening’s victory!

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