Rear View Mirror

Now that Motolethe turns 1 year it is time to add 1 more category – Rear View Mirror. In simple terminology RVMs are used to “look back” and in a way it is related to reflect. In the context of Motolethe RVM will be thoughts not related to the others but those that are the outcome with a relation to motoring and anything and everything around it.

Rear View Mirror indeed has another derivative of the author and co-incidentally are the initials of those that were an indirect influence or part of the elements because of which he came to be. So while profanity isn’t at the helm the message will be as fluidic as acid.

T823 Tyre Test

Ek Ajnabi Haseena – Mojotastic Kanyakumari

Ek Ajnabi Haseena – Mojotastic Kanyakumari: The Prelude

Sitting in my father’s car in 2008, he would often joke about this relationship I shared with this “young girl”. Given my dedication towards meeting her everyday (well, almost) and spending time with her had him convinced that indeed we were in a relationship! But then again, it is said, “it’s all in the name”. Her unconventionally unique name was enough for him to brag amongst his friends about this girl his son was dating. However he isn’t to be blamed, after all on a daily basis he would drop me to our meeting point. Well there were times when I went on my own. This relationship was a short one yet a cherished one; it ended when I moved back to the city. This is all about Ek Ajnabi Haseena – Mojotastic Kanyakumari.

Sounds pretty interesting for an opener, doesn’t it? Son in a relationship with an eighteen year old girl and father is very supportive. Not all relationships end on a cordial note or just because one moves out of the city. After all what about LDR – Long distance relationships? While I may not have gotten into LDRs back then, today I can very well boast that am pretty good with LDRs but more on that later…

This lady was no other than Kanyakumari Express. That was for as long as I can remember my daily commute from Lonavala to Pune, a ninety odd minute journey to reach work. Yes, I used to live in the city and could have shifted elsewhere but when you “break up” you look for a change – one that this small town offered. Having travelled by the train and geography being one of my favorite subjects I wondered what would it be like to travel to the southernmost tip of the country?

Ek Ajnabi Haseena – Mojotastic Kanyakumari: Strike 1

Cut to 2017, somewhere in the last quarter a phone call and no sooner I am south bound on a prototype motorcycle. We were not in stealth mode yet invisible to the trained eye of vloggers and other paparazzi motorcyclists. After all when you are an auto blogger, who better than you can spot one of your kinds? We thus chose a route and time to blitzkrieg completely undetected by any spy lenses. The journey initially planned out led us to Kanyakumari! Wow I said to myself am going there after a decade, well almost.

As luck would have it a last minute change and we re-routed just off of Madurai thus missing the city by a day or so worth of riding. The built up enthusiasm to visit this city went pop like a flat tyre. Nevertheless with a heavy heart I moved on and ahead to complete a ride spanning almost half the country in just over 20 odd days of riding!

Ek Ajnabi Haseena – Mojotastic Kanyakumari: Strike 2

The year 2016 brought in the Bajaj Dominar,a formidable opponent set to dominate its “Mitron”. Drawing first blood I managed to take my social circles by surprise and began to learn a new way of motorcycling. The Bajaj Dominar is a fast, highway friendly and comfortable bike. It got me to places well before I could map them out and indeed it felt nothing short of a Delta 6 accelerator suit. Having achieved this kind of confidence an interstate ride beckoned.

The only question, where? After a lot of deliberation it was decided to do multi city ride to visit and explore exotic places. Since I missed Kanyakumari by a whisker I added it to accommodate a coastal hill station combo. Thus all plans drawn out and we were revving to go. An unfortunate demise in the family of one of the riders put the plan on hold.

Ek Ajnabi Haseena – Mojotastic Kanyakumari: 2019 no unnees bees?

This year I got the opportunity to ride out more often and was now craving for a long distance ride. Keeping time and leaves for the latter half of the year I began planning and saving for the ride. This time a direct run and return all within 5 days or so!

Then came and mysterious caller whose words took me back in time. Just two years though. A new motorcycle was set to be launched and this is the successor to the prototype I once rode out on. The launch was a gala event and meeting with members of the team brought in a lot of nostalgia and of course, Kanyakumari. So now it was going to be a ride to Kanyakumari in either of two flavors:

#dontholdback and #gohyperriding

Or

Be #mojotastic because #mojogoeseverywhere

Ek Ajnabi Haseena – Mojotastic Kanyakumari: Cold feet

Finally putting the dilemma to rest I picked up my friend’s Mahindra Mojo UT300 and set out towards Goa. My team was Goa bound in the car for Rider Mania 2019. We were representing Invictus Touring Gears at the festival and what better time to visit Goa than now?  Heading towards Goa on a cold winter morning had me questioning my reasons for being on the motorcycle.

Both knees pulsating with a feeling that molten tar had seeped in between the knee joint and a head as warped as the big bang theory itself. For the first 70 kilometers I was just clueless and ready to park the bike at home and jump in the car. Three days of adventure and thrill of a different kind and I was all but a Grinch on Christmas. We took our first halt for breakfast just before Khambatki.

You are probably wondering what the hell I am writing 😉

 

When the Kanyakumari trip was being planned Goa happened on an invitation to be a part of the Royal Enfield festival. The idea was to combine both journeys and add a different flavor by creating a new one. A solo ride to a destination and a ride to attend one of Asia’s largest festivals were combined on a single trip. This made room for leaves and the budgets too.

 

Ek Ajnabi Haseena – Mojotastic Kanyakumari: 2019 no unnees bees?

So now back on the road I was ready for the ride. If I don’t ride at least a 150 kilometers nonstop on a Mojo I never rode that bike at all. In all practicality I had to draw a fine line too. A line between a joint pain that was subsiding courtesy the meds and the sudden build up in enthusiasm. From Khambatki ghat to the intersection of Ajra link road it was a 200+ kilometers slingshot. Drawing from this I marched into Goa to partake in the festivities. Three days of festivities, a phone full of memories overpowered the hangover of tiredness. The next day I rode out towards Bangalore.

Expecting it to be a breeze given the day light and pleasant weather I forecasted Tumkur by sunset. To my horror the up gradation on the highway slowed me down and I got to Nelamangala around 9pm. The schedule of the evening included meeting a close friend because of whom I became an integral part of a motorcycling club. Taking the Nice road I headed towards electronic city for the night. A former member of the Pune chapter of the club, he is now settled in Bangalore and in conversation we caught up on two years’ worth of experiences.

 

NAFS MOTORS – The Pitstop

The following day’s schedule beckoned new tyres – a set of Timsun 823s, a chain sprocket kit and a routine inspection. Here I’d like to mention that the able team at Mojo Bangalore probably awaited the bike as a pit crew awaits the vehicle in Formula 1. Before I knew it I was all set for the journey ahead. A sudden downpour and lack of rain wear didn’t dampen my spirit. Beyond the borders of Karnataka all I met with was a slight shower and overcast clouds. Keeping the bike in check for the first 100 kilometers until a coffee break played out well.

New Achievement unlocked

Past Salem the motorcycle allowed me to carve a 313 kilometers niche to my current cache of nonstop riding distances. This gave a much needed boost and we docked on the edge on the country just in time for sunset! Finally a dream comes true! What once a thought is now a reality. I did my homework while planning the route on the Scout My Trip route planner. I spotted a few places beyond the famous Vivekananda memorial. Now I already knew where all I wanted to go.

I wanted to visit Our lady of Ransom church and Sunset Point. Apart from the last railway station on the southernmost tip of the country. That way in a couple of hours I:
  • Visited a religious monument
  • A historical monument
  • A place of interest
  • A seashore
  • The southernmost Railway station
  • They have a bus stand
  • A dock of sorts too

Kanyakumari Arch

Ek Ajnabi Haseena – Mojotastic Kanyakumari: Mission Accomplised!

And am sure if there were airport I’d go there too! Not knowing what to have for dinner I took up a friend’s suggestion Koot parotha. Finely chopped Malabar parotha stir fried in a pan with meat and veggies in spicy concoction. Settling for the night I kept the alarm for a pre-sunrise wake up. The evening’s over cast left us bereft of the sunrise with clouds blocking the view.

The rising sun augmented way for the daily life around that stretches. I left early and thus skipped the traffic. Making the outskirts of Bangalore well in time. All pepped up and excited I headed back to NAFS Motors – the dealership to lube and set the drive chain for the journey home.

Ek Ajnabi Haseena – Mojotastic Kanyakumari 2000+ kilometers in 3 days flat!

I settled for the night with a late start the next morning. The day turned from a pleasant Bangalore to a relatively hotter Hubli served with a dash of highway dust. Making it back to Maharashtra before sunset was a blessing. I egged on towards Pune with a long halt at Karad. The idea was to night Pune at nightfall so that I can settle in for the day ahead.

The drop in temperature did not deter me since I was already accustomed to a colder Bangalore that is reminiscent of Indore at this time of the year.Giving the final leg of the ride a boost were a bunch of Harley’s that got me to the Satara toll plaza. From there on all I could see was a piping hot cup of tea beyond the last toll plaza at Khed Shivapur before I got into the city. Yes, like the dream to be in Kanyakumari the little dream came true too.

Social distancing – being backward compatible

Social distancing – being backward compatible

It’s the second day of the lockdown and waking up to a quite weekday with birds chirping in the summer breeze is a myth, now turned reality. The ongoing pandemic has brought the so called “social machinery” to a grinding halt. Everyone has been asked to practice social distancing in order to curb the spread of the virus. Some of us has taken this seriously some have thrown caution to the wind.

Those of us who have taken this seriously understand it this way – live today ride another day. Indeed motorcyclists amongst others take the road less travelled and ones where danger joins them for a cup of tea once in a while. But then again nothing beats an idiot trying to budge through traffic adding to the chaos, does it? The current situation is as realistic as any sci-fi flicks on similar themes sans the “mutation”(thankfully!). Social distancing – being backward compatible is what can help us get through the lockdown.

Social distancing – being backward compatible?

Let us understand this in motorcycling terms, however let’s first look at the phrase “backward compatible” first. Backward compatible – simply put is the ability of software to work with older version of hardware and the like. Opening an MS office Word 2007 document in the current version of Microsoft Office. In the motorcycling world there are technology support functions that earlier requires skill of the motorcyclist to execute. A simple and relatable act of stopping the motorcycle. Earlier the braking efficiency depended upon the motorcyclists reflexes against the road conditions and other variables. Today thanks to ABS some part of that is handled by technology, taking off some part of the burden. Some motorcyclists can switch efficiently between tech and non-tech machines almost instantly some not as much.

The motorcycle is parked, the gear is stowed away now what?

Most of the population is working from home. Those whose main work relied on the businesses that are shut for them it’s a long vacation. Given the fact that one needs to work more in times like festivals and national or state holidays for people in these sectors it’s a breather, in a way. For the rest who have a computer is work from the pajamas so as to say. The workaholics typically will sail through this while they make up on lost sleep sans the travel time. For the rest will its them and their trusted alarms. Yes, some of you reading this are with your families and they are glad to have you home while you engage yourself over home brewed tea at eleven am.

Social distancing – Unsocialize??

The last decade brought the world from Led monitors to tablets. The first ever encounter I had with one was about two decades back and not too long ago, a complex design was built ground up over a coffee! Today one can carry a DESKTOP worth of computing power in the palm of one’s hand. Adding to this is the internet boom. In five years India went from just out of 2g to entering 5G internet speeds. A once corporate only high speed fiber optic line has made its way into most of our homes.

A once sought after social media platform by youngsters is now considered an access point for the elders. From Instagram to YouTube there is a plethora of influential talent floating around whose activity personal and business revolved around “content”. But is you can’t step out your avenues for content is at least 90% lesser. Those who are adept to “going out” now need to adapt to staying in. Yes, just like locking your motorcycling in the garage when you go out on a long vacation sans the bike. Unsocializing is like unlearning everything from college degree backwards!!

 

The pre-cellular phone era

Social distancing – Being backward compatible in these times is to have a state of mind that existed in the pre-cellular phone era. The direct beneficiaries here and the loners and introverts because they really do not care about the world, since they are lost in their own world. Those who have already been in positions that allow them to work from home are already at a head start. A walk in the park or society or to the grocery store for them is a breather enough.

For the rest here is what this entails. The pre-cellular phone era was a time when satellite television just entered, some newspaper publications were getting a makeover and local calls required the one rupee coin or access to a landline at home. Thus with limit resources then we had a more room to manage boredom. It’s surprising that like the west, India too has counseling to help individuals cope up with “boredom” which has been given rather fancy terms.

 

The print media is now accessible online

For everything else there are the news channels. Television has been a go to place to kill boredom and it’s been a boon. Unlike time when I received calls on the remote and attempted to change the channel with my mobile and I wonder if that had anything to do with the invention of smartphones. Once in a while I do find time for an abrupt nap which is a new form of time pass for me! It’s been about thirty six hours since I’ve stepped out of my building and this is not my first time.

At times I’ve spent a couple of days without the need to step out of the door let lone going outside the premises. The Smartphone now runs a two time cycle in twenty four hours or a third cycle in case am expecting a electricity shutdown situation. And no am still not netflixing around as yet. Ideally this is a good time to give yourself an opportunity to hear yourself think. Probably the last few months of staying disconnected is helping me get along without much stress. Or it’s just me.

Here are some pointers to being backward compatible:
  • If you have television or Netflix, watch not just “television”, watch the news as well
  • Read – There are lots of print media that has gone online, a quick fix to reading newspapers
  • Rather than forwarding forwards phone a friend
  • Have a laptop will counter strike, say thank you ji to pubjee
  • Sleep is a luxury in these times, it’s the best time to cash in on it
  • Eat – spending time at home can certainly be a good way to de-canteenize your dietary tract.
  • Walk it off – a short walk in the park without music can have magical effects given the lack off polluting agents. If you live in a single building, a few laps from ground floor to the terrace should keep the joints in fighting fit condition. A walk to the grocery store is a good option rather than driving it down. Be sure to take precaution and avoid entering densely populated stores.
  • Radio GAGA – listen to the radio
  • Wax on wax off – the gym is shut, no worries! Just like the karate kid, engage in household chores. Give your washing machine the cover, take charge of the mop and you may not miss the gym.
  • Still in doubt ask about – this is a good time for the elders to share anecdotes and younger ones to ask for ways of keeping oneself occupied with the need of seeing a shrink.
Acknowledgements:

WHY A MAN SHOULD READ – BY ANINDA SARDAR

Carbonado Backpack BY Carbonado

 

Safeguarding your Data


Sitting at my laptop wondering what to wirte about safeguarding your data? Today I am in the first month on the second decade of just another millennium at some part of the day in a time zone other than where you and I may not be connected by longitude or latitude. So what makes this introduction so special? And what has changed every since my “launch day” at the computer lab. Today the notebook is literally a notebook in terms of its mass and dimensions. What hasn’t changed is the clicking of the keyboard which in fact has shed its fair share of weight ever since its inception, nah correction invention.
Back then all we had access to this fortified air conditioned room labeled as COMPUTER LAB with some weird looking gizmos call computers. From the mono colored screen to the slim display the computer has evolved from being the long lost cousin of a battery to a THIN CLIENT. This contraption does more than just games and calculus.
Today these intelligent machines not only compute faster than the speed of light they also store a lot of Data. No it’s not like ATTA (whole wheat) which is fine grounded and edible. With the advancement of the technology on both HARDWARE- TANGIBLE FORM and SOFTWARE – WRITTEN CODE a few of the following as a collective are known as DATA:
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
PHOTOS
VIDEOS
DOCUMENTS
While this isn’t an exhaustive list of items under the nomenclature of DATA these items may have items of emotional or accountable value. This electronic form of storage has saved millions of square feet of living space and real estate. Come to think of it as nostalgic as it gets, once upon a time some of us would have written about Science as a boon or a curse. Today Data has very well taken centre stage.
From corporate to households, today everyone is concerned about data theft. Millions of dollars are spent just to protect sensitive information from corporate espionage. Not just this, leaks have turned the tables and tarnished reputations of individuals from every strata of society that has access to a Smartphone or a computer. The richer the data, the more susceptible it would be to theft. Simply put data is the electronic, intangible form or jewelry and precious stones. If kept unattended or not locked away just like valuables it can get stolen and then sold or manipulated.
Thus comes in the need for safeguarding data. Typically data can be classified as –
Current
Obsolete
The world has come a long way from blackmailing using sensitive information like photos, videos and documents. Just as they existed in the tangible world so also in the electronic world there are threats. Today one can live in a cave or a meditation centre but ask one to live in a cave or so. For all you know you just got exiled! The reason being information spread in Cyberspace created but us through the various mediums that is a repository of information, which should be kept away from the WRONG HANDS.
Thus be it data currently on the storage device or data that once upon a time existed on it is what matters. There are methods for extracting information. Safeguarding data can be done in various ways. Locking it up in safe and throwing the key in the bottom of the ocean sounds simpler today. Thus it is imperative to ensure information which holds personal or professional importance be safe guarded. This can be done be adopting best practices without even purchasing complex equipment or data protection software. Earlier I mentioned about a key. Here in the electronic world the key is a a password made up of combination and permutation of – letters, numbers and in some cases special characters. To make it even difficult to break through facial identity and finger print recognition methods are adopted to keep devices that hold key information safe. Safeguarding data can be done by following industry standards on the professional front and keeping abreast with the latest means to safeguard your data.

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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Breaking Stereotypes – All Bikers go to Ladakh

Breaking Stereotypes – All Bikers go to Ladakh

It is commonplace nowadays that a when in conversation it comes across that you are a motorcyclist the other person asks, “Have you been to Ladakh?”. Then I begin to wonder if this person skipped Geography as a subject? Is this individual blind by the common notion that travelling to Leh-Ladakh or getting Leh’d is the ultimate goal of every biker. Taking this in to account, pat comes the cross question, “Do you consume alcohol and /or you like partying?” If the answer is a positive one I ask them if they’ve been to Goa. If not I ask, why? You may wonder what relevance does it bear? Breaking Stereotypes about motorcycle journeys, read on.

Breaking Stereotypes

Breaking Stereotypes – “coming of age”

As mundane as it may seem, there is a deep rooted link a notion that these places bring to one’s mind. In case of a non-motorcyclist, for us there is more to the highest motor-able roads. It is the “coming of age” for those who have been there. Likewise in case of those who are adept to partying, there are places beyond Goa. Yes my friend if you are a party animal am sure you listed out at least five scenic places now. These are the getaways where let go of the stress that life usually offers you. These are the off-sites that get your game face on at work.

Breaking Stereotypes

Breaking Stereotypes – similar lifestyles same subcultures

As a journal, Motolethe is the culmination of a motorcycle and its rider, the other characteristics. Being as diverse as the gorges of a mountain pass is to a hair pin bend. Not all motorcyclists engage in the same type of motorcycle related activity. Indeed there are those who are all rounders. Some all-rounders are typically leaned towards a specific type of pursuit. That which makes up the genealogy of that person’s riding style. So also, not every party animal’s definition of a party would necessarily be an Electronic Music Festival. It can be a Live Rock Concert or even attending The Opera.

Breaking Stereotypes – The conclusion

Taking a cue from this I would encourage the non-motorcyclist reader to explore the adventures of the erstwhile motorcyclist. Who knows you may discover a piece of paradise you never knew existed. That too within the periphery of your “Long Weekend Getaway”. Yes, do feel free to thank that bloke whose adventure came to life when the neurons fired up your imagination. Just like fire flies on a dark lonely night. There is more to the journey that ever is. There is more to India that just the highest mountain pass! Even more than the interesting places that are there. We live in land that is more than our windshields. Welcome to Incredible India

#RVM

Breaking Stereotypes

Viral Journalism – For clicks and hits

For clicks and hits – the item song story

While the intention is not to get undivided attention, I see no harm in any kind of attention. From the cabaret days to the item song era one formula always worked. That was THE ITEM SONG routine. Even if the movie was at best forgettable the item song is beyond legendary. Same in the case of some talented people unlike myself. These authors have the comprehension skills to match the likes of Mozart. Viral Journalism a whole new symphony!

Viral Journalism – copy, paste and post.

Some people have the money to buy a very expensive automobile or motorcycle. There are also some individuals who buy a DSLR. It would not be a surprise that even the world’s worst washing powder brings out the best colour, shine and texture. Likewise, there some of these talented individuals who are self professed awesome writers. And some who are genuinely qualified not just in skill they have a college degree to validate it. Now here is the twist, in some cases these people forget to do their homework. As I would like to assume (which I would rather NOT) and in some cases they blatantly do not! They simply copy, paste and post.

While developing a so-called steamy spice filled right up (a write up that makes no sense but it may go right above the head) with a cherry on the pie headline just to drive traffic. Yes, like of these authors whose pickled (profanity -filled) pointed out about how stats work and how he generates the money.

Viral Journalism – HOMEWORK?

Irrespective, the fact remains that is how it works. Yes, you may not like to hear it, but it is correct. I would not really care if the article drives traffic or not. You can copy paste this as your status and share it! I know some of you personally and hence I do have the audacity to tell you in the capacity of a reader – what you may never have done in your school or college years, you should do here – YOUR HOMEWORK.

Viral Journalism- RE “search”

If you truly believe that this article is shallow and doesn’t make sense well you just hit rock bottom. For the depth of your research in some cases is no longer than a skimpy piece of apparel. Keep away from making assumptions. Keep it limited to your analysis of machinery. I am OK when you criticize your subjects. However, I am not Ok when you do without knowing the entire background story. Ye,s please beat your chest or pat your back with pride. That which comes from the KICK you get from doing such write-ups. Now go figure the last exclamation.

#rvm

Buying a helmet?

Buying a helmet?


Buying a helmet?

From time immemorial every illustrated battle has a warrior in history who went down or floored armies with or without his helmet. I will not get in to the history of how a soldiers crown became a motorcyclists first line of defense. Be it in keeping the green reaper away on the track or off it. Yes this article in no way is to support, market or up sell helmets of any manufacturer. On a second thought when buying a helmet, if helmets became not just mandatory, but a component of a two-wheeler insurance policy sans the taxes it would make life easy.

Appraisal

With the new year around the corner and the onset of December most of us have either a fixed figure of a raise in CTC. some of us even have remuneration figure in mind, In some cases a cheery cherry a promotion too. “Let me get that raise and I will… (Add your wish list here). If not I will look for better opportunities. In all of these years of my work life, never have I come across an employee asking for a pay cut. Let’s accept it – a small denomination recharge gives you more talk time than the average vegetable. Specially when bought by the kilo and leveraged against each other.

The other picture of An insight to buying a helmet for yourself.

While the above paragraph allows you to drool in a confused state of mind, picture your head etched in tarmac with your eyes bulging out from the impact. All this while you are still in the sitting position on your two-wheeler. Now spice this up – you just died.

Now lets fuse both your income and your loss of income in a situation that leaves you brain dead for life. If that sounds harsh, a head injury that allows a highly paid executive owning a middleweight motorcycle to fry papad and pakoda’s to earn a living.

Now lets talk about the net worth of your current skill set, using this simple formula:

Net take home (less deductions and without variable income/perks/incentives) x12months x20 years

(You can increase or decrease the number of years depending upon when you retire or choose to retire from a full time job.)
*If you are a business professional or a doctor and such, here your monthly average income may be considered.

The total amount arrived at, is your net worth. Thus considering that you are a capital asset that does not appreciate or depreciate in value over the duration as mentioned under “years”. Here I have used a term of 20 years. This is considering that you took a home loan for 20 years. This is your primary of your investment and are working solely to pay that off, apart from other expenses. Is a cool pair of shades or a designer haircut worth risking the loss of income? Is it OK for you to leave your loved ones to grieve upon your loss? ( that is, in case you die)

Also, not too long ago a well respected writer shared his thought about purchasing a helmet. Yes, that echoed well with my extended family. Wherein he spoke on the lines that, “if you can afford a Smartphone worth 30,000 you can afford a helmet”

In case if that does not convince you just because you are a “safe and sane rider” astride a scooter. Here is something – A few of my acquaintances had near misses. In some cases their teeth chipped because they did not wear their helmet for an errand.

To conclude my pieced on buying a helmet, I’d like mention another writer who is a cautious rider. Yes, I was highly impressed by her ideology. Why I spent on a helmet even though I ride “just a scooter” is indeed worth a hundred helmet salute.

Photo Credits: Rishi Lokhande

Helmet: Axor Stealth Crazy

A scoop full of bullshit -Reminder to self

A scoop full of bullshit is in reference to a write-up I once read on the scoops and vomit, yes you heard right. He does have a distinct style and rather offbeat style that makes slang sophisticated.

The author’s thoughts became a benchmark for me and helped understand where to NOT over do it…

For example there was this “wanting to be journo” who to add some spice to his write-up put in a dash of profanity. While the journo who made an attempt to write like the author in question, his thoughts on this certain event allowed me to assume that he did he passed out from a vernacular medium school where English is taught as the 3rd language.

There are some auto journalists who write quite well and to the point. This is not about who writes best. But it is about those idiots who would have barely made it to the finish line probably begging for grace marks in English and for all you know have Bawled the BOWL and FRANNDSHIPPED the friendship.

In fact they are so lazy that their plagiarism bleeds in almost everything they do when it comes to photographs.

Their approach to automotive – journalism is something like this:
  • Get lucky with any publication
  • Get an assignment even if they are not paid
  • This one is my favourite ”flash identity card”, (next we should print our calar fotos on our business cards)
  • Write a few lines of gibberish and coat it with phrases used by the bigger publishing houses
  • Publicise that junk all over the internet
So for those vomit spewing inglis doods (duds):
  • Go back to school and learn the parts of speech, try wren and martin without passing out (fainting)
  • Avoid txtn wn u ryt up fanC, lv 8 2 wsup..

If you want to be a rap lyricist, go learn the nuances and techniques to poetry, you are nothing more than a yuppie. If you think you are all that, look for a job as a lyricist.

Dancing around and uploading a video does not make you a “less poser”. Just that you posed too many frames Mr. DAD BOD, I will have to accept that belly dancers now have a new form of entertainment – YOU. So keep pohsing, don’t forget to keep the bike in the frame

Profanity – “A scoop full of bullshit?”

You should want to consider the fact that your vocabulary sucks. So bad that, if you were a black hole, gravity would pull you in. So first polish your language – try passing primary grade before you “rapidex’’

Look up the meaning plagiarism understand it, digest and DO NOT “digress” it.

Last but not the least feed yourself a scoop full of your verbal bullshit
That pretty much sums it up.

#rvm

RVM – Rear View Mirror

Now that Motolethe turns 1 year it is time to add 1 more category – Rear View Mirror. In simple terminology RVMs are used to “look back” and in a way it is related to reflect. In the context of Motolethe RVM will be thoughts not related to the others. Those that are the outcome with a relation to motoring and anything and everything around it.

Rear View Mirror indeed has another derivative of the author. Co-incidentally they are the initials of those that were an indirect influence or part of the elements because of which this came to be. So while profanity isn’t at the helm the message will be as fluidic as acid.

Thank You for your understanding, here’s an excrept on what to expect….

#unbikeyourself

BSR Initiatives – Chai With Children

An initiative known as miles for smiles was started a few years ago by the founding (Bangalore) chapter of Naked Wolves, this was carried forward by others , the Naked Wolves | Mumbai & Pune. As part of this novel gesture they donated bedding for  The Shikshangram Shelter for Children back in January 2014. Then in November 2014 they raised funds for the purchase of lockers for them.

Taking a cue from this and the ideology of not being mere benefactors but their friends as explained by Mr. Surojit Sadhu,  Naked Wolves | Mumbai & Pune Chapter one of our team members came up with this concept of Chai With Children. A second in this series was held to celebrate Diwali and Children’s Day (Click here for pictures) over Song and Dance.

As a site we are here for the rider not the “ride” per-say. However not all of us were bestowed with the proverbial “Silver Spoon” and for us to be reading this am sure we have come a long way from our humble beginnings. However seeing the spark they have, in our endeavor to inspire and be inspired we pledge our support through “Chai With Children”.

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