Sunday, November 10, 2019

New cup : New tea ~ Enter the Interceptor 650cc parallel twins

Enfield Bullet 350 cc (CI) engine >> to the Interceptor 650 parallel twins

I have been riding the Enfield Bullet (Cast iron engine - which produces the original thump sound) from 2002 onwards. It is a very reliable bike and rock steady. I still pride myself on the 2000 km ride from Kerala to Goa and back in 3 days!! Once you are used to an Enfield bullet, the lighter Japanese bikes are hard to digest at that time – choices being the likes of Yamaha RX 100 or the Suzuki Shogun or the Kawasaki 100cc bikes.

Typical questions from an old bulleteer  to an interceptor include – 

Does it have a neutral finder?  ….. No sir

Are the brakes on the left?  ….. No sir 

Where is the petrol reserve switch ? ….. Not available sir

Where is the kick start pedal ? ….. Not available sir

Well enter the Interceptor 650 Parallel twin air cooled 650 cc engine

 ( 0 to 60 in 3 seconds)!! … wow not so Enfield. One misses the joy of gunning the CI Bullet to life and feel the heartbeat with the thump as it flies slowly on the road.

Electronics and sensors at play … One can see the Engine malfunction indicator, Battery low voltage indicator, ABS indicator, Low oil pressure indicator, Fuel indicator with blinking sign once it hits reserve – like 3 litres fuel remaining. and the Neutral indicator among others. Sensor based feature kills the engine if bike topples from upright position.

The bike is great to ride, stable, sharp braking and is a joy. Riding at 100 feels like one is at 30 or 40km/hr  ~ such is the stability and smoothness of the bike without vibrations. One wishes if there was a all gears indicator instead of just a N sign when it hits neutral.

Enjoy the joyride – It is Enfield and yet not so Enfield 👍


Biker BT

thanks to Priyanka/Abhijeet @manzil motors for a seamless, hassle free and joyful buying experience.😎

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Delhi Bikers Breakfast Run - 10 years of RIDE- RESPECT- RELAX !

Delhi Bikers Breakfast rides celebrated its 10 years of breakfast rides on March 16, 2019. The success of this group is probably in its basic principle - 'Promote riding motorbikes' so that more people can learn to enjoy motorbikes and respect one another. Joshua John and friends started this initiative. Experienced riders join to share wonderful stories on each ride. This time we had  Deepak Gupta sharing his epic adventure of riding 51,000kms, 99Days, 15Countries, 3 Continents!! Truly inspiring.

All motorbikes are welcome - even a 50 cc or a 1800cc bikes. You will find all bikes here on the ride from classic Jawa or a cast iron Royal Enfield to powerful Harley Davidsons, Triumph or BMW's all riding together - a true celebration of the riding Spirit.

This is a totally non-profit initiative. Volunteers organize rides and one can join the rides up to the destination and breakfast is an optional affair depending on entry to a particular dhaba or any resort in case of a swimming pool etc.

The motto - Ride, Respect, Relax says it all.

Though some biking groups have their rules like only superbikes allowed or only Enfield Bullets etc., many biking groups collaborate here for events organized by Delhi bikers like the "Delhi Biker's Fest".  They do join in for the breakfast rides too which happen on Saturday mornings. 6 am to 10 am. So one has time to balance motorbiking and family too! Some bring their kids too on the rides.

Thanks to Gaurav for the company on the way back ... Some pics from the 10-year anniversary ride -

Joshua John welcoming the new riders and briefing the riders.. 2 lane formation, keep distance, go slow ride safe, no stunts and etc..etc... :)

Some snaps ...

Dirt track 

KD ..official photographer 

BT with Deepak Gupta who just covered riding 51,000kms, 99 Days, 15 Countries, 3 Continents!!

Happy riding!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

The future of motorbiking with Artificial Intelligence

Thrill has a price and that is balanced with risk a motorbike rider takes while riding the motorbike. Probably, the dangers of motorbiking are more notorious than the joys and thrills of motorbiking. Ask any parent who's child asked them to buy a motorbike for them. How could the future of motorbiking possibly look like? Enter technology - Artificial intelligence and sensor-based devices that communicate with other to give the rider a safer experience.

Being a motorbike rider and enthusiast, I see the future motorbike riding going to be totally 'safe'. (Read Boring)

Google maps currently provide traffic information to cite today's working technology example at a minimalistic level.

In future, for example, a rider will get information on the surface of the roads ahead -

Is it even? Any potholes? What is the optimum speed to maintain? Based on 'Live data' gathered by sensor devices AI-based data analytics can provide the answer -"Yes, its safe to speed up to 150km/hr for the next two kilometers".

Further drill-down data on the environment can also be provided along with "What -if" scenario analysis - Would it be safe to go over 100 km/hour on the road at this point of time? What is the average speed of the vehicles within a 1km radius? Is there any vehicle that is moving without adhering to traffic rules that could pose a danger to the rider within 500 meters of the motorbike?

Sensors will be able to detect these type of vehicle movement and alert the rider to take an intelligent decision. Or similar to your current Google assistant or Siri on your phones, devices can give continuous tips and advisory as you ride your bike and are on the move so you can make decisions based on sound accurate facts leading to a much safer ride.

We have the Internet of Things(IoT) sensors that motorbike riding companies can implement and get information on the state of the motorbike in real time while it is rented out to a customer. Is he riding in low gears and damaging the engine? For the X speed that the rider is cruising, is he using the optimal gear mix? What speeds are the riders going at? Ultimately with all this data available, the rider can be classified as a good rider and a bad rider. This level of data availability can help motorbike rental companies decide on the rental price based on the style of riding of a person and also insurance companies can raise the premium for riders with a higher appetite for risky riding.This is an example of what revenue models can arise from exploiting data from a couple of kilometers on the road.

We are looking a scenario of immense unstructured data being gathered from a stretch of a few kilometers that will be part of the Big data platforms. Analytic software companies will mine these data with applications and will provide a riding guidance through paid apps. Information will be displayed on multiple devices like the rider's helmet or glasses. You might have read about BMW's concept self-balancing bikes where the rider will never fall ; )

The future motorbikes will be focused on safety, but it takes away the opportunity of the human rider to use his skill and judgment to ride a motorbike - which is the real thrill of motorbiking. Using a high level of technology as above in motorbikes is like taking the sweetness out of the chocolate, rendering it tasteless.

Ride safe.

Biker BT

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Crazy to re-register my Enfield Bullet post 15 years?

You think its Crazy to re-register my Enfield Bullet post 15 years? - Yes and No. If it was just taking it across to the RTO a few kilometers away - that's fine.

Painted it brand new, changed parts to get it shiny - around 20000 bucks.

  • But, transporting the bike cross country from Delhi to Kerala?
  • Flying down for the re-registration process and physical fitness test?
  • Transporting it back up North again? 

The guy must be nuts, right?

Honestly, I wanted a Bullet since the teens and could buy one only when I was around 30. There is a sentimental value attached to that buy. I believe treat your bike well and it respects you as well. Junk can be traded, but when the bike is good solid as a rock and fit it deserves to stay - especially the cast iron engine and the natural thump magic of the Bullet which makes it iconic. Collector's item.

Anyway, transporting it - Agarwal packers quoted 12000 rupees "Delhi - Trivandrum" bike transport, packing all included.

I did it through SafeExpress - Rs.4500 ( But packing to be done by me). Cool.

I wasn't around post re-registration when it was to be shipped back so did it through Agarwal packers - Rs.8500 packing and transport (South to North direction transport is mysteriously cheap). Probably I feel the assumption is it's a B-tier city so lower income etc blah and blah?

The interesting thing is on the way to get the Bullet fitness test done at Trivandrum, I was stopped by the cops twice and fined both times for not having a mirror on the left handlebar. The mirror would not fit and I could not miss the fitness test schedule time as well. But then - that's compliments from  Life. Funny? No, after all the effort I took as above >> Seriously No.

So here I am, ... Ride on :)


Biker BT

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Can i play with madness - riding in the rain

Monsoon started full blast and you get the feeling to go all out and get wet! When you got to just go !!! Didn't think if the petrol tank was full ( can catch a petrol pump on the way).My wife accompanied me. Enjoyed the thumping Royal Enfield Bullet ride, amazing droplets hitting the face and the bike splashing water all across .... lovely! :)

And then the bike engine stops - in the rain. Perfect day eh?

My Bullet has never let me down all the 15 years! It always gets started.Trust. However, my wife did give the Bullet a push for the first time in her life trying to get it started :)

Humanity is alive still! Thanks to the guy who lent me some petrol and refused Paytm. Thanks to Shehzad for telephonic troubleshooting. Another guy who stopped to offer to find a mechanic and did come back and tell me the mechanic location a kilometer away. Thank you !! :)

But hey... remember the Bullet never lets me down and it gets started amazingly - and wow ... we are back to riding and splashing in the rain back to home.

Great day! Amazing fun. Try playing with madness ( But have enough petrol ;)


Monday, May 22, 2017

Riding solo

Riding solo

Motorbiking with friends is always welcome and it feels great to know that someone is there to help out in the case of a flat tire, engine problems or whatever. Friendly assurance and peace of mind- So nice isn’t it?

To experience the real thrill and spirit of motor biking, take off on a solo ride. Cut the threads that bind you. Burn the dependencies. Free yourself. Just you, your motorbike, your issues, and your route – You command yourself. No strings at all. Just pack and take off. Preferably don’t plan much – some high-level directions and know the dusk stoppage point.

As you take off solo, you will immerse yourself in the elements of risk to be managed by yourself and probably share the new company of loneliness. You will emerge with improved confidence. Riding along, your issues and worries are likely to float into your thought train. Get a grip and do not let it distract and you could get solutions, new insights, and perspectives.

Solo riding is not as bad as you think. It will make you realize that the world is a friendlier place. Ride off to the rural areas, far off from the maddening materialistic city life. Appreciate the curious looks of what and why of people around you. Seek assistance and see how glad people are to be of help. It will reassure you of human values and humanity. Stop. Go out of your way to help someone. As you take rest at dusk, you can introspect and also wonder what to do with time. Probably it’s not passing at the same speed as before.

This is a motivational article on solo motorbike riding which can be a very rewarding experience besides giving each one their personal space and time. If you are kick started on it, other things like riding safe and keeping dear ones informed will easily fall in place. 

Take care of your motorbike and it will take care of you as well. So when do you start?

Ride safe.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Shine on project - BT Royal Enfield Bullet CI

Hi friends,

If you managed to come to this page first of all.. thank you! Today no one seems to have time to read blogs and prefer just to see a dumb pic and kiss its derriere with a 'like button'. No offence to Fz#@$%burgers anywhere ;)

Very few of us have a bike that is in top notch condition even after 15 years and I have joined the club powered by my RE 350 Bullet Cast Iron engine. So I thought time to -

Renew.Re-energize.Get the Shine back.

I turned back to our good old time-proven philosophy passed on from our ancestors of "I don't want to spend money" ( or rather the secret truth is I didn't have money for this jig)

Trump and Hump may rhyme in the USA, but I decided to go with the acronym -KISS.... ( Keep It Simple Stupid) design philosophy inspired by the US Navy.

The philosophy inspired me to go for the bare basics approach without any frills.The motorbike was painted without mounting the engine off the frame. The project in pics below. Thanks, Shehzad @ Bikers clinic []

Return of the JEDI

Welcome to the jungle!

Cheers !
Biker BT

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