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ROYAL ENFIELD ONE RIDE 2017 | BRCpune | #MadeLikeAGunGoesLikeABullet

Sunday, 2nd April 2017

We start riding for the thrill, for the adventure, for our friends, for our quests, and we continue riding for ourselves.

It was not any other Sunday Ride for us, we Royal Enfield owners, it was like day of Diwali for us. The most anticipated ride of the year, #OneRide, was happening… Just like the tradition which is going on for the past 50 years, our club, BRCpune organized the event for all the passionate Enfielders in Pune… We have been participating in #OneRide for the past 8 years but, this year was ultra-special, last year around 156 BullRiders participated but this year we have broken all the records, not only in Pune but across the country… A whooping 207 passionate Royal Enfield riders from Pune and 10 riders from Mumbai participated which totals to a massive figure of 217

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At 7am we gathered at Dehu Phata to where all the bikers from different parts of Pune came in together… As this was a RE event, the expectations were great and hence we had to live upon that… Prior to this event we made promotions on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter along with mouth publicity which was the most important part… It was not a huge surprise because of the promotions we did (and the efforts that our seniors undertake) to see a large gathering of bikers, but yes, the scene was amazing especially the sound of 217 Royal Enfield bikes thumping together…

After a short briefing, we started our ride towards Lohagad, a fort which was a part of the arsenal of the great Shivaji Maharaj. Seeing a file of 217 riders staggered together on the highway is one thing but, riding in that file with utmost discipline and pride is other… It was quite a view for all the road side people and other people driving on roads especially when we hit the villages… Theoretically, with 217 people riding together, there should be minor issues like delays, crashes, etc but thank God, there weren’t any… All thanks to the awesome management… Sometimes things look like they won’t work, but, somehow, they do…

We approached the foothills of Lohagad from where all the photography and micro-blogging started… There were quite a few new riders who were struggling to get their bikes up on the steep ghat roads of the Maval ranges… It was such a great gesture shown by all the club members who not only helped them but gave life-long lessons on how to ride in ghats… This is what biking is all about, because the spirit of motor-cycling is above all the things in the world when you are on the ride with your friends, family, no matter whom, this is what OneRide is all about, to bring everyone together on a single platform out on the open roads…

We finally reached the parking of the fort where we took a long break… Few of them started to find breakfast and tea while our group was more interested visiting the main fort complex… Trekking up with the more conventional way by stairs we started our climb… The view in the way was extra-ordinary. Every turn we were posing for either a selfie or a groupfie, portraits, group photos and you name it, we were doing everything to capture the moment…

The sun was rising and as we were approaching the top, we began to feel the real heat which of course didn’t stop us from clicking more and more and more pictures and exploring the fort… Few of the riders were brave enough to beat the scorching heat and reach the summit of the fort…

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The Famous BRC Bolt
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The Bolt
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From a Different Angle

 

After about spending a good one hour up, we slowly were inclining to move back to the base… In the way, we found our so-called ancestors aka the MONKEYS with whom people started taking selfies… Lol, just imagine one of them coming to him and snatching away his phone… Back in the parking everyone refreshed their own way, I personally had a good, freshly made, chilled sugarcane juice, heaven after the long trek on the mountain…

Everyone was already looking tired but this was not the end of the ride, we were going to take the exotic route via Pawana backwaters, the road famous for its breath-taking views but not so well maintained… There was gravel everywhere on the road with herds of cattle moving across the streets… A mishap was about to happen when a buffalo came in from no-where on the street right in the middle of our path, thankfully, no casualties reported not even to the buffalo but it certainly was a terrifying moment with the animal petrified at the end…

Moving along the curved and winding single lane road, we spotted some eye-catching scenery for which we did not wait to click… The temperature was soaring in the low 40’s but thankfully the winds were blowing keeping it coooool and giving much needed soothes… We approached Pirangut by 11:45am from where we were going to disburse… But it wasn’t over yet, the main thing, special edition #OneRide stickers were in the house for everyone who participated in the ride contributing to its mega success…

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“The Only Perfect Way to feel the weather is to ride in it…”

 

The Videos of today’s ride –

Vinit Patil – https://youtu.be/rRF8eHnIfmQ

Amar Pawar – https://goo.gl/XvCwIR

If you are in Pune, own a Royal Enfield Motor Cycle (no matter which, be it a GT or a Himalayan, a Classic or a Thunderbird, Standard or an Electra) and want to join our club for further rides, visit BRCpune‘s facebook page or WhatsApp Sarang on +91 95796 43213 !!

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Breakfast Ride to Shri Satya Sai Pandurang Kshetra, Hadshi

Date – 19th March 2017, Sunday

It was the third Sunday of March and as usual, we decided to do a ride just like we do every Sunday no matter what… So, the location was finalized which was the Satya Sai temple near a small village of Hadshi near Mulshi for our 206th Ride

The meeting point decided was Chandani Chowk in Pune… So, we met at 6:00am, a total of 31 Enfield Riders showed up, few of which were having their first ever CLUB RIDE… We all were briefed and we started the ride from our meeting point… By 6:30am, we arranged ourselves in a pack and started the ride…

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Here We go again

Feeling the fresh morning air and the pre-summer vibes, we gushed through the narrow winding ghat roads… Personally, this was the first time I was riding at 90+kmh/h in ghats… But then again, this is one of the few things which you can experience only when you are riding with club and getting encouragement from your fellow riders… Riding pretty hard over the bumpy, cracked and the so-called roads, we reached the Paud village from where the road condition got worsened, more rough roads, and we rode with same speed on which some of us were worried for our MRF tyres which so not have a great history of sustaining such road conditions… Few riders with their action cameras captured some really intuiting timelapse videos of the road which really are a treat…

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After about a 45min ride from Chandani chowk, we reached the temple property which basically was a privately-owned hill over which the main VITTHAL temple was established by around 7:15am… We had to ride through the ghat road which was again, owned and maintained by the Temple Trust… Let me tell you, it was a flat and crisp piece of well-maintained tarmac to every motor riders delight. We parked our bikes in the parking which was again, well-marked just like the complete setup of the property… Few members which lost their way or went in for a fill-up joint us directly here… We did a quick photo shoot and as the sun was getting hotter, we were feeling the rage so we without making any delays started our walk to the main temple complex…

Reaching the main complex which was as majestic as a phoenix, it was really mesmerizing to the eye… The main palace had water-fountains at the entrance and a huge garden surrounding it through which we had to make an entry in… We took the blessings of the God and then it was all about photoshoot… Selfies, Portraits, Candids, Groupfies, Group Photos and everything else you can imagine… We strolled around in the garden clicking pictures of/with the life-sized real life objects which were so beautiful that One could not just left them unattended… So, spending quite a spiritual time there, we decided to head out take the road back to home…

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Pandurang Hari

We came back to parking lot where again we did a lot of photoshoots with the bike, with each other from different angles, even tried to get a Jugadoo Drone photo effect… Lol, yes, we did that… After that we geared up once again and started our return journey… Following the same route back home, we departed from Hadshi and this time we were riding even faster as almost every rider was hungry and we didn’t get anything, not even the Prasad at the temple…

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So, riding back there was a great feeling of not wasting Sunday and doing something extra-ordinary than the third world people who were still sleeping by the time we reached back to Chandani Chowk… We did a final but not the last goodbye and disbursed to our own ways… NO casualties reported whatsoever; all in all a great, short Breakfast ride…

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If you are in Pune, own an Enfield and want to join our club, head down to this link of BRCpune ‘s facebook page or leave a message below… Expecting you soon..:)

*Please visit brcpune.com for more details regarding taking the club membership….

 

My Helmet #SavedMyLife – Importance of a Good Quality Helmet

I have been using a helmet daily on my commute and it has definitely become a necessity and not an obstacle.. I was ( still using ) previously using an original ROYAL ENFIELD helmet which I bought with my Thunderbird itself; It was a Half-Face Helmet so I decided to upgrade lately to a Full Face Helmet from MT, yes, it costed three times more than a normal Vega or a STUDDS helmet, but today, I can Proudly say, INVESTING Rs. 5775/-  in a helmet saved my eye and secured my future…


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MT Helmet with IRIDIUM PLATING got hit severely by a stone

It was a usual day and a regular commute for me to PCMC from Sinhagad road via Mumbai-Pune Highway… I ride pretty fast on the road and even today I was riding at around 120km/hr, which is very fast considering all the #Chutiyapa (pardon me 😂) on the Indian roads.. 

I could see a truck at a distance carrying stones and other construction materials… As it approached a bump (common on Indian Highways), it didn’t cared to slow down (pecular with Indian Truck Drivers), and no surprises few stones were cut of from gravity and went into space, ready to fire back on the earth in the form of meteors…

As i mentioned, my speed was about 120km/hr or 75mi/hr, a stone crashed on my helmet (picture above) and scratched the Iridium plating on the visor on the area which was directly in front of my left eye..

Iridium is a chemical element with symbol Ir and atomic number 77. A very hard, brittle, silvery-white transition metal of the platinum group, iridium is generally credited with being the second densest element. Wikipedia

As you can read above, Iridium is a pretty hard element and is the second densest among all.. If the stone did that on the Iridium Visor, I don’t even want to imagine what it could have done to my eye, probably I could have gone blind for life in one eye or have got involved in a severe accident due to loss of vision for a second.. All in all, it was a very nasty experience as the aftershock of the impact made me lose balance for a moment…

With this I can only say that my Helmet indeed saved me today.. I appeal to everyone to use a helmet while riding any motorcycle.. Remember someone is waiting for you at home or office.. Just sacrifice a COFFEE at Starbucks for a few weeks to ensure a safe ride..

Featured Image is shot using an action camera mounted on to the helmet, don’t try the same with your mobile phone…

#RideSafe…

You can read about affordable Riding Gear in my previous blog here

 

Road Safety Awareness Ride

On 22nd January 2016, I did a Road Safety Awareness Ride in association with Pune Police and Seasons Mall #Pune.. Er, I am also a part and member of Blitzkrieg Riding Club, Pune which is the one of the largest #RoyalEnfield Clubs in India with over 500 Passionate Enfield Riders..

So Our Club was invited by the Seasons Mall Team to take part in their Road Safety Awareness Ride which was arranged in association with the invincible Pune Police.. The Ride basically was to promote the use of Helmets and other safety gear while riding a two wheeler among the Locals..

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The Blitzkrieg Riding Club

So we, team BRC, and the Harley Davidson Owners’ Group, the HOGs, met at Seasons Mall by 7am..

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird(s)

The occasion witnessed the presence of Hon. Commissioner of Police – Smt. Rashmi Shukla, Join Commisioner of Police – Mr. Sunil Ramanand. DCP Zone4 – Mr. Pravin Munde, MD of Magarpatta City – Mr. Satish Magar, Director of Magarpatta Retail – Mr. Shirish Magar, Technical Director of Magarpatta City – Mr. Umesh Magar and many more great pioneers. It was a Mega event with the presence of all these Heavy Weights..

So, by 8am, the ride was flagged by the Commissioner of Pune Police, Smt. Rashmi Shukla, and we were off for an approx 40km City Ride which was mapped from within the interior areas of the Pune City.. The Pune Traffic Police Team led the Pile of Superbikers in the rally..

The arrangements were pre-done and it was a moment of proud as we were giving something back to the society and becoming a role model for the youths and giving positive message of using a Helmet.. If you have read my previous blog,I had quoted a Hindi Proverb that says, Sar Salamat, toh Pagadi Hazaar; which means you can have as many dezires fulfilled by having your head safe, wear a helmet to keep your head intact..

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Disclaimer – Don’t try this at home.. Shot using proper Action Camera which was attached on the Handle Bar..

Yes, I had our TriColor attached to my bike and let me tell you there is no feeling like seeing the National Flag flutter majestically with all its might showering its glitter on the earth right in your rear view mirror..

The ride ended in about an Hour and Half and we came back to Seasons Mall where we were about to witness an exquisite Dance Performances by various artists and Dance Academies.. We were served breakfast before the event and yes, free RedBull 😂😂…

We disbursed back to our homes after the fantastic performances by the team Dance Exhibala..

 

If you are Pune, own a Royal Enfield, and want to join our club BRC, leave a comment below with your number or simply go to BRCpune’s Facebook page (link above) and ping SARANG, the Club Leader..

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Few More Photos From the Ride-

 

See more Photos on Seasons Mall’s Facebook page here: https://goo.gl/TsBF6S

Thank You for Reading, see yaa and wait for my next Freedom Rush Blog 😁😁😁😁…

Lavasa Ride

Date – 5th October 2016

It was a very unusual day as the Monsoon was long gone but it was about to rain.. In the midst of the situation someone sparked with an idea to go to Lavasa for a #BikeRide.. So we decided to bunk the college that day, and so we set off with 2 Royal Enfields, a KTM and a Suzuki..

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I was riding my Thunderbird which just glides effortlessly on the Winding Smooth Tarmac Roads that lead to Lavasa which passes through several Ghats, Valleys, Waterfalls; You can say that the area becomes Heaven when it rains.. Lavasa is a True Blue Paradise for Bikers, No matter what you ride, you are definitely up for something..

It was raining pretty hard and as we were approaching the #LakeCity, we stopped at numerous spots for Photo Sessions.. In the Mountains we were all surrounded by Thick Fog which apparently were the Clouds… It was such a beautiful or you can say eye-pleasing view that we decided to stop and take a break as the visibilty was almost zero..

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So after taking a short break, filling up our appetite, we set off again.. Cruising at around 70km/h we reached Lavasa by around 12p… There were hardly any people out there due to the Heavy Rains and Constant Landslides in the area so the roads were empty making our lives that much more enjoyable to test out the maximum output from our engines..

By 3pm we were back wandering in to the city (its basically a colony) which is inspired by the city of Portofino in Italy on the Mediterranean coast clicking photographs and preping to head back home…

You might have seen this place in various hit Bollywood MOVIES like Jai Ho, Gabbar is Back, Bodyguard, etc … Lavsa is also Home to India Bike Week that takes place in July each year when all the superbikers from India and abroad come and showcase their biking skills here..

All in All its a great place if you are in Pune and one of the must visits as Lovnavala is getting common and everyone is visiting Lonavala, just try Lavsa and it won’t let you down..

Wait for my next block and till then have a look at this above journey through the photos below..

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Happy Riding.. #RideSafe..

Affordable Riding Gear

The Happiness of riding a bike is unmatched, you don’t want it to get sour anytime.. Evey time you ride a bike, you must take care that you are riding it with full caution.. Safety gear is must to #KeepYouInOnePiece 😂😅

So here I am posting a list of Safety Gear(s) which are utmost important while riding a bike.. The Gear ranges from as low as Rs. 200 (things like Buff, Gloves, etc. ) to as much as you can afford actually… No matter how much you spend on other things, make sure to spend at least 45% on a Helmet.. You know there’s a saying, Sar Salamat to Pagdi Hazaar… Now you know why.. So lets start..


Helmet

Make sure you spend the max budget on the helmet you buy..  Brands like Vega, Kranos, Studds, MT, etc give an awesome value for money… See the one that fits your head perfectly, Online SIZE CHARTS should help you in this..

Buy from Amazon.in


Riding Jackets

As pricing and variety mostly depend on the size and the material you are desiring, jackets completely depend on personal taste.. While buying make sure its thick and washable as thick jackets soak up all the shock when/if you fell off from the bike and prevents minor scratches…

Buy from Spartan Pro Gear


Shin and Elbow Guards

These protect your joints and prevents fracture on most occasion.. These are very essential if you want to walk on both your legs and ride back again after a fatal accident.. Investing in a long shin guard can be very fruitful while toughened plastic elbow guards will do the job just fine..

Buy the Shin guards from Amazon

Buy the Elbow Guards from Amazon


Riding Gloves

They soak up must of the vibration from the handle bar (if any) and prevent finger injuries when you fell.. The Also are essential as the provide proper wrist support for holding the accelerator and the clutch bar.. You can buy the ones from ProBiker as they are quite affordable and do the job perfectly.. I myself use them and do highly recommend them..

Buy from Amazon


High Ankle Shoes

These are completely different from your regular loafers and shoes.. The high ankle length ensures your foot don’t get twist when you fell from the bike.. Again, even these depend on which you buy and from where you buy.. If your use is low to moderate you can go for the one’s in the link… These were my first High Ankle Shoes and really are good..

Buy from Amazon

Thats it… All the basics that you need for a safe Ride on any terrain…

Get Out and Explore…