Month: December 2017

Braking Techniques for beginners

Braking Techniques for beginnersBikers have a 6th sense, it is called logical sense.

Braking Techniques for beginners is an art that is best mastered early. Be it navigation, mechanics, riding skills or handling emergency situations, I believe if and when used effectively this gift from God can prove to be a Ram-Baan. Over a decade ago while riding to work on my CBZ  back then, I started to slow down even after turning the fuel knob to reserve. All of a sudden the bike came to a grinding halt almost hurtling me to the ground in rush hour traffic.

To find the cause I tried to pull the bike to the side but it refused to budge. It had its front [disc] brakes jammed with the disc smoldering hot. With some help I parked the bike in a compound nearby. Then poured some water to cool it off. Later on, I took it to the hero Honda service station. Then I escalated the issue wherein it seemed like the brakes were “over serviced”. The brake overhaul was something recommended by the adviser. After a detailed conversation, the manager got the fault rectified to my satisfaction. Thus I figured that:

“Jo hazeer woh Vazir”

Be present when the part/parts in question are being taken off the bike. Also, take pictures if necessary should the case of mitigation arise. Presence always gives you the edge whether you are an ace rider or technician. When it comes to ignorance or knowledge about your vehicle. On the other side desperation creates perspiration and haste makes obviously not BIRYANI. In an extreme case ride at a slow pace. But keep to the side of the roads if the vehicle is somewhat ride-able. The front discs have enough stopping power to lead you to the nearest safe house like a fuel bunk or police station if need be.


A to Z –

It’s a colloquially used term by locals in any area (well in a way) from Ace engineers to localised mechanics. There are those who do a thorough check. Before you give your vehicle to the service station, a check list made by you is helpful. In this case check for unusual brake pad wear, erosion of the discs, brake fluid leakage/air pockets and any other faults.


Second your notion –

When on a forum be it online or in friends circle check to see what they have to say. Show them your findings[as noted in 1. &2.] They may find the “photo bomber”/fault. I had changed the 1st set of brake pads at about 7000 odd kms [too lazy to check my records]. I was like “Damn you Pulsar…” but let’s face it, it could just be incidental. In my case, instead of worn out brake pads a set of iron plates came off. But nothing like getting a 2nd say from someone who has more experience in the matter.


Escalation –

For those of us who have had a sound education, am sure you would not be googling this term. Escalation with the authorities would have a proper channel. It’s OK to lose your cool. If the cooker never blew the prescribed number of whistles how would the cooks know whether our favourite dish is ready to serve? But then when it comes to serving they would follow a method, won’t they? Check with the resources available to you. Website, phone numbers, references etc. For the path between the customer care and consumer court, there will be a land of opportunities waiting to be explored. Do not just mudsling and a legal notice “Serve if you must”. But well decorate it with complete documentation. However whatever you do, leave the loud words and actions to the uncouth. You are a civilized lot – approach the situation in a tactful manner.

Do keep in mind these “Braking Techniques for beginners”.

Night Time Riding Tips – The Shadow rider

The current state of roads is inversely proportionate to the taxes paid by the average breadwinner. While at some places it may be at par with international standards elsewhere apathy is only a compliment. While some of you reading this would be able to meander through the planet mars and reflection of the moon’s surface while jumping of a set of speed breakers that would catapult the average Joe higher than an X games jumper, the rest would be glad to have reached the parking lot!

Taking a cue from this thought about the road conditions I began to observe patterns that formed. I did this while giving complete disregard to all the jargon on the internet so and simplify it for anyone. I made few observations that would prove helpful for those having difficulty, particularly at night – a time when the chances of missing a road hazard are at its peak. Even at times speed breaker is visible on a poorly lit or dark road because of nighttime reflectors or white stripes on it. What do you do in case the speed breaker is not visible?

It is easy to follow the pattern shadow formed by the obstacle. The longer the shadow, the bigger the speed breaker and the shorter it is, the nastier it is for the rims of your bike. It is no daunting task to make this observation; its best practised on a daily route during the night so as to be able to acclimatise oneself to riding the wave of darkness thus created. While this will require a few nights of travel on the same route it is advisable to memorize the location of the speed breakers so as to slow down or break well before time and go over the obstacle.


While still continuing with the series, shadow riding aims to throw light on those times when we ride sans natural illumination or in simple terms – sunlight. While today’s topic is synonymous with the term clarity of thought, there is no denying that even the slightest misunderstanding can turn the sweetest of relationships sour.

Today we will talk about the headlamps of our vehicles. Irrespective of the wattage even the slightest speck of dust can render the rider blind in poor light or heavy fog conditions. Not all of us park indoors nor live in surroundings that are dust free.  Once while riding back home on a clear yet dark night I realised that in areas of low lighting the high beam was not travelling as far as it should. Taking advantage of the riding glove’s fabric I lean forward and wiped the headlight. Lo behold, to my surprise the similar patches got significantly brighter. Nowadays, We certainly have more food on our plate than we can ask for in order to feed the ever-increasing appetite or our ambitions and careers so as to climb the rungs in our career and in doing so would then to ignore cleaning the head light of our two wheelers.

Also, please do ensure that while you may keep the visor up while you ride at times, it is clean before a ride out during or after sunset. With the visor down the dust that had settled inside will direct any light source on your eyes and take your attention off the road. I recommend that you clean not only the headlight but also the visor (preferably with a soft cloth) on both, the inner and out sides so as to avoid any light source to distract your attention when you are on the road.

Ritu Kaur – Bullet Queen

Ritu Kaur – Bullet Queen of Vadodra

Born to a Punjabi family and raised in Vadodra Gujarat, Ritu Kaur is a swimming coach in an international school in Vadodra. Her tryst with motorcycling began when she was in the sixth standard during summer holidays. She usually spent the vacations at her relative’s house in Punjab. Due to lack of proper public transportation in that small town travel used to be very inconvenient. Not willing to compromise, one fine day she requested her elder cousin brother teach her how to ride a motorcycle. He agreed and taught her how to ride on his Yamaha RX 100. This is the first step how Ritu Kaur – Bullet Queen of Vadodra came in to being.

Ritu Kaur - Bullet Queen of Vadodra

Ritu Kaur – Bullet Queen of Vadodra, taking it further

When she returned to Vadodra and school started she used to ride to school on her father’s Vespa. During her college she used a TVS Apache to commute. Recently she also participated in the MRF Mogrip National Championship (Ladies 160 -220c). Ritu Kaur represented Team 10 Racing. She gives the complete credit to her coach Mr. Sunil Nigam of team Baroda Automotive Racing ( BAR) for arming her with the skill sets to give reigning champions a run for their money. Done, while allowing her to hone her skills with limited facilities to train and practice. Riding on behalf of Team Kings Autoriders at the recently held Royal Enfield Rider Mania, Ritu Kaur cruised her way to the podium with two trophies much to the joy of her team, well-wishers and fans.

Ritu Kaur - Bullet Queen of Vadodra

Here is a brief summary of her journey in the field of competitive and non-competitive events
  • Founder and Moderator : Bullet Queens – Vadodara
  • Runners up of dirt track bullet race riders mania Goa 2016 (Only female participant from  Gujarat)
  • Motocross dirt track at Kochi carnival 2016 – Winner
  • Winner-motocross championship at Trissur, Kerala 2016
  • 2nd runner up – Round 3- Pune, MRF Two Wheeler National Championship Rally 2017
  • Winner Round 5- Coimbatore, MRF Two Wheeler National Championship Rally 2017
  • Winner of Jaipur Dangle Dirt race ladies class 2017
  • 1st place, CEAT 2wheeler scooter motocross race in Bhopal 2017
  • Winner of Tumkur, Karnataka Dirt race 2017
  • First place, Royal Enfield Riders Mania Dirt Race on Bullet 500cc & 2nd Runners up in350 cc
  • Winner of Trials Royal Enfield 2017
Royal Enfield Rider Mania Trials 2017

Gurumail in the News:

Bullet queen of Vadodara proves herself in the male zone

Ritu Kaur with her team and their haul of trophies

Cafe Racer Riding Denims – Two years and counting..

This month two years ago, Cafe Racer debuted at the India Superbike Festival, taking the festival by storm it had most of the PYTs walking away with a Cafe Racer package that was now synonymous with our lenses. Adding to the fray were the children who lopped up their merchandise (read caps) allowing a very short shelf life.

In the times of other brand who offered full-fledged “Touring pants”, there was only one of them who went DARK ;). Nevertheless we had some invasion from the east who vied to be on the saddle of every motorcycle. Taking a stride into the past and  looking back at how this brand has developed it array of riding denims is nothing short of a quantum leap! Celebrating two years of affiliation and also as very satisfied customers we have one of the moderators of  The Lycans – Pune , Suhas Kumbhar share the lense space with the Yamaha FZ 25.




For more details and to get your pair of Cafe Racer riding Denims click here


Photography: Rishi Lokhande


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