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Riding to work !

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Do u ride to work ?

There have been some prejudices in society with people riding motorbikes and most people do not look at bikers as nice folks just touring a place on a motorbike. There have been biker gangs with tattoos and a rash social life which have inspired a lot of movies etc. However despite all that there are many who prefer to ride to work! So will this affect you as a professional in your career if you ride to work?

I have had the opportunity to interact with some leading top-notch global executives who ride to work and have shared their feedback on my blog -

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http://www.planetbt.com/royalenfield/ridetowork/ridetowork.htm
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Interested folks can view them !

Happy new year 2009 !

Cheers !

BT

pics:Katee Sachof in photoshoot for Interview mag.

Royal Enfield-Choppers special !

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Everybody likes to customise motorbikes to suit their own tastes and comforts. I have not done much on my Royal Enfield. I came across some pics of Bullets modified into choppers.aka US ishtyle.Personally I am not much in favour of wild modifications unless safety factors have been considered and is legal so that you can ride free without looking out for cops !

Click below for more pics and details on customized Royal Enfield Choppers !

http://www.planetbt.com/royalenfield/chopper/choppers.htm


Happy Chopping !

BT

Blast from the Past ! - RE Advertisements

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Blast from the Past !- Classic Royal Enfield Motorcycle Advertisements

I have always liked advertising and its creativity. I came across some classic Royal Enfield motorbike advertisements dating from 1930s onwards.If anyone finds these ads boring there are some ads featuring girls towards the end :)

Please click link below (5 pages of old RE advertisements !)

http://www.planetbt.com/royalenfield/ads.htm

Cheers !

BT.

Washing my motorbike

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You may call it partiality, discrimination or crazy. There is a guy who washes my car daily. But I don’t like him washing my Royal Enfield motorbike. No way. That’s one thing I would rather do myself unless it’s given for a grand service with a spray wash and a diesel spray etc.

Talking of washing, few tips to bore you ….. but you can pass me your own ideas , if good enough - I shall add it here.
N.B. It is assumed that your bike is averagely clean and has NOT come from a muddy dirt track or a very long tour. (If ‘Yes’ …psssst (give it to the service station !)

You might have seen motorbike websites telling you how to wash your bike by having 3 or 5 buckets of water with different ingredients in different buckets! Well folks …. I don’t advise that – we are washing a motorbike here – Not making colorful Indian curry with exotic spices!

You will need soft cloth/chamois cloth … still don’t get it ? Arre yaar that ‘yellow cloth’ in the service station/petrolpumps !

Hope u also have got so…

Batmans motorbike - Batbike

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I always liked Batman comics and the first Batman movie I watched was way back in 1989 featuring Michael Keaton was simply superb. The Prince soundtrack was a great hit at that time too.

Last weekend I went for the Batman sequel – The Dark Night. An excellent movie I must say and captivating performances by Heath Ledger as the joker. I was thrilled by batmans motorbike - the Batbike(Bat Pod?). More dope on it below.

Even actor Christian Bale(Batman) did not get to ride the Batbike because they did not want him to get hurt. It is another fact that it was very difficult to ride the Hub-centre steering, twin engines - one mounted in each wheel hub bike. It was so difficult to ride it that only 1 stuntman could do it on the sets. The machine – has been described as a steamroller combined with a motorbike and atomic missile !

For ur eyes only !

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*****Naked bike :-)





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***** Heath Ledger@ it !




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Motorbike movies

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If Im not riding my bike, a good alternative on a lazy Sunday would be to watch good movies involving motorbikes in a big way.I came across a couple of good ones last weekend on the Boob tube. Of course you cant call the TV the boob tube these days with flat screen and LCD TVs.So what u call them - "Flat Man 'chester' tubes? Anyways...


Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta)
Release Date :24 September 2004
Director:Walter Salles

The movie is about exploring the vagabond spirit within all of us and how a motorbike exploration leads to a person finding his inner calling.

Based in the 1950's , Guevara,a 23-year-old medical student, and his friend Alberto Granado, a 29-year-old biochemist set out to travel across South America on an old motorcyle - 1939 Norton 500, dubbed La Poderosa - "The Mighty One". While watching
the movie, the Norton bike sound does sound great.

Ernesto "Che" Guevara (June 14,[1] 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as Che Guev…

Heights of Bulletism - Legendary Royal Enfield Bullet

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Many of us are proud owners of an RE Bullet.We love our bikes so much - below a 'take' on heights of Bulletism:






Heights of The Legendary Royal Enfield BULLET !

1. If any motorbike has 5 litres petrol and a BULLET has 5 litres petrol,the BULLET has more Petrol than the other bike.

2. There is no theory of motorbike revolution. Just a list of jap-crap that the BULLET has allowed to live.

3. BULLET is the reason, Tata's after buying Jaguar are still afraid to enter the motorbike segment.

4. When a BULLET moves forward, it is not moving.It is pushing the Earth backwards.


5. If you Google search "BULLET bad bike" you will generate zero results. It just doesn't happen.


6. Contrary to popular belief, the Titanic didn't hit an iceberg. The ship was off course and accidentally ran into a BULLET which was thumping some sea waves!

7. The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed... unless it meets the BULLET

8. There are only two t…

Early morning ride-Indiagate

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Riding a motorbike is more pleasurable when the weather gods are cool. New Delhi(India) has been hot lately with temperatures ranging over 41+ and the weekend rains prompted me to feel the cool breeze on my Royal Enfield Bullet motorbike on Sunday morning. An Early morning ride to India Gate was the perfect chill out.(Around 8.00 am)



Roads in New Delhi are excellent for riding if theres no traffic...greenery is lovely along many roads
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Thats as far as they allow the bullet !
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Massive --one word is enough !
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Long shot.....
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Adjoining gardens have excellent architecture too
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Cool lake to chill out ....
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Men in uniform rehearsing
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Bull looks on.....
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Kids have a ball in the water
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Next to Amar Jyoti
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Sun is peeping out... got to go ! Cheers
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Thump ON.
BT

Loud pipes save lives?

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The roar of an open throttle supplemented by a loud exhaust pipe makes heads turn….. ! RE Bullet enthusiasts probably don’t need a loud pipe …. They automatically turn around listening to the bullets thump.

Loud pipes save lives? Well – see what the Hurt report says - 76.8% of all accident hazards are straight ahead of the motorcycle accident. While only 3.2% are coming from behind the motorcycle. So then loud pipes should face towards the front to save lives !

I guess we all ride our bikes and we would all like to sound nice as we ride. I was recently in Karol Bagh looking at exhaust pipes and found many exhaust pipes which were plain pipes.. no mufflers or fill-ins. These kind of pipes roar like hell – I must say just noise. They are perfectly fit for the 18 year old who wants to let everyone know that hes got a license on 2 wheels and others who just want attention! I suggest to folks who want ‘some’ noise go for a BSA Goldstar kind of exhaust- called Goldie in biker circles or the …

Cargo your Bullet

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Hi guys,

Glad to blog again after a break of near 50+ days ! I was down in Kerala for a couple of days in Xmas 2007 to cargo my bike to New Delhi. My bike was unused for 7 months since I was away in UAE.The bike was covered, though i didnt take any extra precautions. Uncovering the plastic .... Voila!

----- Unused Bullet 7 months! (Rock solid)



I called up Murugan who promptly sent his bro to get the bike started. I could have tried it myself, but didnt want any delays since holidays were around!The only things he did to get the bike started was to replace old fuel with new fuel and clean the spark plug!

----- Shotgun Murugans bro Ranjit emptying old petrol!




I tried sending through Railways and truck companies and finally settled on Gati cargo - Rs.3400 + 400 for packing by their outsourced agents (Now packing also got BPOs?)However you get a chance to check the packing to ur satisfaction before the bike is sent(i didnt get time to check it ..also forgot the thermocol to pack the petrol ta…