BIKING – A 6 SIGMA AFFAIR
Manan gave a very candid description of our recent trip to Binsar with marvelous pictures taken by Sunny.
This visit which is my third with XBHP and 7th in total, I observed the whole operation of biking very minutely. While leaving Delhi, the tempo and start up thrill was very different and one is a in a very different frame of mind thinking about the whole journey ahead. There is a different feeling inside oneself and one tries to leave Delhi quickly in order to get out of the rut. Simultaneously, as soon as one gets open roads one craves to zip and a bit of competitive spirit also generates. Now, all this put together becomes quite challenging for the biker and increases the risk as well.
Driving swiftly, maneouvering the bike, braking, taking care of fellow biker who is either towing the line or trying to overtake, observing the surrounding vehicles who again get threatened by the biker’s presence, all together makes biking quite a challenging sport wherein there are almost nil chances for errors so far as safety is concerned that’s the reason I have termed this article as “ Biking – A 6 Sigma Affair”.
6 Sigma is nothing but a Japanese Business Jargon which many of you may be knowing and is related to quality deliverables in any process. It basically outlines 2-3 errors in one million operations if I am not wrong. Operation means any action e.g. Starting the bike is one operation, taking off the stand, pick up, overtaking, braking, taking a turn – Each of this activity may be called an operation. I would say that biking is more than a 6 Sigma affair since it may not permit even 1 error in 1 million operation since that one error could be fatal to the biker.
We picked up well from Delhi, then had to byepass Garh Mukteshwar due to a jam and then traveling through general Rudrapur on bumpy road and then reaching the foothills of Nainital to start riding on hilly road took all of us from various experiences and each experience of driving on a two way highway, single bumpy road, hilly road and then along the riverside while accessing Binar wherein we were driving at around 120 KMPH and that too after driving around 10 hours since morning.
We were driving @43 degrees for around 5 hours which tested our stamina and resilience to concentrate and at high speeds and then we entered single road village roads with lot of bumps at similar temp and after hour and a half started ascending to Nainital which was yet another test of our experience and patience to reach the destination. Reaching Nainital, had to cross a traffic jam which further tested our resilience. Having lunch at Nainital gave a different turn to the reflexes and we had yet another 100 kms to cover and that too in deep mountains.
Started at 0530 in the morning, each one of us was eager to reach the destination to enjoy the temp which was around 17-18 degrees. The engines were being tested to the optimum revolutions and throttles were not getting rest at all now when fresh and cool air started touching our faces. All six of us – Sunny almost touching his knee caps on the road on almost every second turn, Manan throttling away to glory, Pravir cruising on mountains on his Bullet 350 as if every turn was on back of his mind( he was traveling on this route for the first time) with Mrs. Pravir sitting behind, Sunil pulling the Karizma and self on Intruder too careful on road bends with my Son Abhinav was the last to reach each RV. Most powerful bike having more than 1500 CC more than all the bikes reaching the last on the mountains may not be very palatable after spending 13.5 Lacs.
While on the way back on the plain roads where we reached quickly, we were lucky to get all the highway, as mentioned by Mannan, all clear right from Moradabad byepass to Delhi and we covered 167 Kms in around 2 hours which is difficult to digest. We were zipping and I was touching 200 KMPH every now and then, still I could find all my fellow bikers meeting me quite quickly at every stopping point.
To share about one error which I was going to make – I was at almost 180 KMPH on the clear highway when I saw two young boys zigzagging on the highway and as I came closer they suddenly started moving to the right of the highway which is supposedly the fast lane. At this high speed I could not do much other than praying and trying to brake without skidding. Whatever happened, God was kind and I could pave my way through safely.
The lesson what I learnt from this episode which I would like to share with you is that the trick of biking lies in saving yourself and your bike from the other fellow driver on the road and it is not all about your driving skills or driving rules (which the other person does not follow) and thus it is important to discount the degree of perfection which one feels one may be having, it would result into so called a safe driving and add to the degree of error to other vehicles traveling on the road. Assume that the other vehicle would turn without the indicator, assume that the pedestrian would jump on the road and assume that while you are overtaking the vehicle may come onto you may save you from unexpected errors. And for all this you need to have a cool mind constantly in control of your emotions which enjoys the sound of your machine and knows its ability and is considerate to both oneself and the machine.
Overall a wonderful trip, enjoyed each and every moment with fellow bikers and made atleast a dozen new members on XBHP. Thanks to all of you. Getting ready for our next trip to Jodhpur…. Am sure Sunny and Anurag are enjoying their Italy trip representing XBHP. Wishing them a safe ride. More to follow. Please feel free to write incase of any suggestion or comment. Cheers Captain Ravee