Month: March 2018

Haathi mat paalo – Don’t buy it …

Haathi mat paalo

Haathi mat paalo has been doing the rounds. Not only on celluloid or social media but also in various motorcycling circles online as well as offline. The creative teams of marketing houses labour to make their concept viral. Also, they attempt to influence us the prospective customers to give the product in question a second look. It is them who at the end of the day reap the profits and walk away with the prize.

Don’t buy it if you cannot push it

Not too long ago with this person in question who in conversation happened to blurt out, “don’t buy it if you cannot push it”. Referring to her stead, that she had the honour of pushing it to the fuel bunk. This was on an odd occasion when the two-wheeler ran out on fuel. She was glad to state that before opting for the scooterette she made sure she was able to push it. It is rather odd for a woman to look at the finer aspects. This, as a matter of fact has become a trend among female motorcyclists.

The Magnifying glass

While purchasing a two-wheeler they go over the fine print. She does not stop at getting an opinion from family and friends. She also painstakingly takes time out to research about the vehicle in question. Taking it to the next level, she would take a couple of test rides. This is to see how well it suits her riding style. In this case she looked at the simplest yet toughest task. That of getting the scooterette off the road, should there be a breakdown for any reason.

"BE AN INFORMED BUYER". 

The “Brand wagon” folly

Running after a specific brand or model to jump on the fame or adrenaline (read “ego pumping”) bandwagon is in fact gender neutral. The sparse number of female motorcyclists as compared to the male counter parts has given the common folk a different perspective altogether. Falling prey to following the trend is what leads these types of buyers to re-sale forums.  To list their sparingly used vehicles for sale. Little do they know that it is not just lack of research. It is also a short fall in the perseverance levels and the primary reason for this downfall.  There is a lot to be spoken about this (which will be taken up in the future).

However, whoever you are irrespective of gender, age or economic stability do not end up buying a white elephant bole to.. “Safed haathi mat paalo !! “

DISCLAIMER: 

For the love of motorcycling images of any fossil fuel powered two-wheelers have not been posted. This is purely a think before you buy themed post not limited to “CC” or kitna deti. Please be practical before buying. Do not just follow the trend just to jump on the train. Irrespective of gender, economic stability or any other demographic attribute that sets you apart from another – “BE AN INFORMED BUYER”. 

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DIRTSACK GYPSY – A Flashpoint photographer’s point of view

The DIRTSACK GYPSY is a monstrous bag with an amazing carrying capacity up to 60 litres! To be frank I loved the shape of this bag right at the first time I saw it. The box type shape and easy to mount buckles are not short of being user friendly!

There are many bags and saddlebags in the market which offer same capacity but are still smaller in the price range! That is what I had in mind before I bought this bag. Why not? Spending thousands together on a bag that can be used only on a bike is a difficult choice to make, yes! You could carry your other bags, rucksacks. But the pain starts when you have to carry more than one bungee cord with scratches all over the bike’s body made by those bungee hooks. So this time I had to travel for almost 20 days, it’s not the first time I was travelling this long but yes it was the first time I was investing on motorcycle tail bag, earlier I had to carry the rucksack bag fasten it with a bungee and keep my camera bag on top it fasten it with a bungee net; I always had to ask help for a stranger to fasten my luggage as I couldn’t do it alone, all in all it was cost saving but time and pain giving experience, and as my nature was to stop at every corner to take a photographs. And this was the most pain in the ass moment for me to stop, remove the bungee cords and take out my camera to click photographs and again pack it the same way, I couldn’t take it anymore so I started to look for a tail-bag for my bike.

 I found that two bags that were matching my needs –

  1. The Viaterra claw

  2. Dirtsack gypsy

The Viaterra claw costs Rs 3500 while the Dirtsack gypsy is a bit pricey at 5500, now as Viaterra claw is at a small price point yes I chose Viaterra claw, as it fit perfectly in my budget, I didn’t wanted to hurry in the buying process, so made some phone calls to our fraternity from Lycans – Pune, As after I told what has happened and I’ve thought of buying the Viaterra claw. They suggested me of Dirtsack gypsy, as The admin has himself used it in his all India ride and Dirtsack gypsy provided him all the comfort and the Space he wanted.

The Lycans – Pune Admin on a tour with the Mahindra Mojo UT300 somewhere on East Coast Road south of Chennai.

Now comparing the both Viaterra claw and Dirtsack gypsy let me break it down what I saw and felt:

Dirtsack Gypsy

Viaterra  Claw

Has Shape retainers (fibre) Doesn’t has shape retainers (foam padded to be in shape)
Has 4 side pockets (2 large) Has 2 large side pockets
4 point anchoring system 3 point anchoring system
Reflective strips on all the sides Reflective strips just at the back
Has a pleasant yellow interior Standard black interior
2 1.5L water bottle holders Doesn’t have any

Finally I decided to increase my budget and go with Dirtsack gypsy. I contacted Mr. Clinton from Dirtsack and he was kind enough to ensure I got the bag within 24 hours as I was leaving the next day. Now I had to pack my entire luggage and this bag assimilated everything with space left to throw in a couple of more clothes. I knew at this point that the investment I made was not a waste at all, in fact It was worth every penny spent from my extended budget. I was carrying one extra bag that was my camera bag on top of the gypsy! I tried the compression straps to tie up my camera bag! To wonders it worked amazingly and did not move an inch even after hitting a patch of bad roads. Mounting this bag on my Bajaj Pulsar 220F was not that hard!

Now you ask why not easy?

  • Pulsars do not have anything in the rear to fasten the straps to, so I had to find a workaround to fasten the straps in place!

  • The bag looks amazing when fully stuffed!

  • What is that I liked the most about the bag as a photographer, I do not always to dig in the luggage to find the camera.

  • They have also given a mesh pocket just beneath the upper flap to store papers/memory cards/maps if you wish to.

  • Also, there are mesh pockets on the inner sides of bag in which you can keep money or your passports etc in the pockets provided.

There are 8 buckle points given to this bag so that you can choose the appropriate one to fasten it to your bike. Four buckles at the back and four at front. Also, there are two in the front hidden beneath the bottle holders. It took me two days to find those buckles. The bottle holders they cannot hold all bottle types, I had to carry 2x 0.5L Tupperware bottles.

Putting rain cover was a bit uneasy, and the bag is exposed to water from tyres splashing. They even have given Rectangle plastic loops to tie bungees cords and bungee ropes too. As us INDIANS are amazingly skilled at workarounds, laying a sheet of tarpaulin on the seat and then mounting the bag on top of it solved that problem for me. The zippers are of amazing quality and the storm flaps given to prevent water from entering. I felt that the zipper’s pull handle get stuck in the flaps at times. You will get to used to it in no time

Words & Photography credits: Abhishek Abhi

Orazo Motorcycling Boots – 1st impressions

Footwear maketh the fellow

Shoes are said to be the barometer of a person. So also in the case of the Orazo Motorcycling Boots – PICUS VWR 1st impressions test. As legend has it, is the first true impression of what their essence could be. Keeping in line with the times different writers and lyricists have laid their impressions on their thoughts as regards footwear. Be it the children’s favorite puss in boots or the evergreen classic by Nancy Sinatra.

Orazo Motorcycling Boots – PICUS VWR 1st impressions

I walked from the premises where the Orazo Motorcycling Boots – PICUS VWR is built. I then proceeded to the Auto Expo on the second day was indeed a walk in the park. Treading on from there via the Delhi Metro I crossed the tri-city area in peak and off-peak hours. This wasn’t as easy, carting along about 15 odd kilograms of luggage. After wrapping up the chain of events at the Auto Expo Components show it was time to head towards the New Delhi railway station.

The dead wait

Moving out of my comfort zone I decided to spend the evening on the bench for the night. This in order to get with the Orazo Motorcycling Boots – PICUS VWR 1st impressions test. Until it was time for the train that would take me to Mumbai, which arrived an hour and half behind schedule. By the time I boarded the train, I had already spent 18 hours without taking the boots off! No signs of fatigue or cramps that would have been directly triggered by the boots. at nights Delhi gets really cold and sans winter socks it was indeed a cozy night spent in the general waiting room.

Ride Sunday?

Several steps and kilometres further it was time to take the motorcycle out of the garage and I was able to do so with ease. By now you are thinking how much was I bribed to write this, Right? Well flattery is the best form of bribery. And, the first impressions of the Orazo Motorcycling Boots – PICUS VWR left me flattered. For an average build person that I am, several shoes have bitten the dust (literally!) under my feet. The most recent being a single density safety shoe that saw it end in 8 months flat!

Link to Riding – Biking boots / PICUS -Velcro (VWR)

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS Tourer

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS Tourer
Basking in the evening sun the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS in “Nightshadow Mode”

Nightshadow Touring Concept by Lluvia Industries

The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS Tourer was conceptualized over a conversation that a few more discussions somewhere in the middle of 2017. the good folks at Lluvia Industries gave us the opportunity to collaborate. We assisted with developing a touring setup with the simplicity and panache of a business suit, sans the bells and whistles.

Given their domain expertise in the manufacturing industries albeit their age and our team’s commitment to criticism it was indeed an event to wait and watch for.

While we consider our inputs apart from that of fellow motorcyclists of the same genre (Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS) great care is being taken to ensure that the “fallouts” wander not too far from the Sigma levels( Click here for a quick view of the setup ).

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS modified

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS Tourer – The ride to India Bike Week

Finally after much do we set off from Coimbatore towards Goa for the India Bike Week. Laden with the new setup it took some time to sink in to the new riding posture. Meandering through the forests of Tamil Nadu is a memorable experience when getting into Mysore. Chugging along on about a litre worth of engine oil that lay still over the months of “design time” and the tyres that were at about 85% of its life (on the front) required caution. Giving it all  in the last 20 kilometres to Mysore we made it to our friendly neighbourhood Drivol Dealer. He was more than helpful with getting the old oil flushed out.

No sooner the engine sunked its teeth into a fresh serving of the lubricant. A few cups of tea and a hearty lunch later we were on our way through the spine chilling hills of Coorg. A downhill ride to the shores of Mangalore. After a very brief halt and a few cat naps over we touched the parking lot of our humble abode in Goa.

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS modified

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS Tourer – First Impressions

Glad to have made it, after a tucking in the machine for the night it was time for a goodnight’s sleep. While expecting a reaction from friends about the new aesthetics all they were raving about was the fresh blood injected. The curiosity to the boost in power on the motorcycle built up. Indeed it was hard to notice the handlebar risers that fought the fatigue over a good 1000 odd kilometres before docking in Goa. The minimalist details hid in plain sight. The top rack lit up in the twilight became hard to miss. Heading out on an errand to Chorla Ghat got the pillion in praise of the backrest. That because it gave him about 100 kilometers of unprecedented  comfort.

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS modified

Yes, you guessed it right, We did attend  Pulsar Festival Of Speed 3.0 with our able pilot Ryder_07 He was at complete ease while on tarmac.
  • Indeed the Fog lamps were all set to go, however the new riding posture ensured that the en-route Pune journey was made in about 10.5 hour.
  • A ride without fatigue while raking in over 200 kilometers of break-less travel.
  • This without exceeding 90 kmph or hitting the corners of Anmod that led to the first break at Goa Ways hotel  just past Sankeshwar.
  • The next stop could have easily been Kolhapur
  • However to make the best of light a 20 minute halt to fuel and re-hydrate at Satara before touchdown at Pune.

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS modified

We tested the prototype for 4000 kms on the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS. We are extremely with the results and look forward to seeing the final product. There are enthusiasts  who have expressed interest and are eagerly awaiting to transform their Bumblebees to the #nightshadow. Here is a quick rundown of what you can look forward to:

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS modified

 Night Shadow Touring Concept by Lluvia Industries –

The kit consists of:

Fog lamp mount

Fog lamps used were purely for real time analytics and not part of the package

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS modified

Accessory mount –

From action cameras to cellular phones for navigation purposes , this aims to give you the “straight handlebar experience”

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS modified

Handlebar risers

For enhanced long distance riding comfort

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS modified

Diarest pillion backrest

Extremely comfortable for pillion which has been tested with a subject travelling over 100 kms. This includes city, highways and ghat section on its 1st trials. Thereafter we have also taken in to consideration female pillions. After the handlebar risers, this is one product that will be missed the most. Also, this will be offering a (1st in class ) provision for riders to mount their action cameras to capture the landscapes that go by.

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS modified

D Guard Saddle stay

This is derived from the Domistrada and tailored exclusively for the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS. The saddle stay is purpose built to keep the saddle bags from inwardly sway and adding a safety quotient.

saddle stay Bajaj Pulsar 200NS

saddle stay Bajaj Pulsar 200NS

Top rack

Another item that has is derived from the Domistrada. It is designed to mount most available top cases or luggage solutions/bags. Also, one has the option for illumination for added night riding safety (optional extra)

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS toprack

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