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    Greetings ...

    First off I'd like to say hello and thanks for a wonderful site. For those new to the motorcycled arts, it's certainly been a treasure trove of information for those starting out on, what can only be, a wallet cleaner of a hobby. (..sorry.. lifestyle).

    Allow myself to introduce ... um.. myself .. I'm an Australian living in India suffering (according to my lovely wife) a mid life crisis. Given the penchant for people my age to either go Second Wife / Girlfriend or Porsche / Lambo / {insert douchie 4 wheeled vehicle here}, I thought the better option would be for motorcycle. So at the ripe old age of 41, I've decided to learn how to ride a motorcycle.

    Given my penchant for trying new things and then giving up, I've decided to do the "cheap" route in case I don't like it. Plus It's a great option to find out what my preferences are before I get the "main" bike. I've managed to pick myself up a second hand Pulsar 135LS to learn how to ride on. Given I'm that I'm 6ft 1in and have an almost unhealthy obssession with everything Biriyani (or rice items when I'm in the south), you can imagine someone of my build on a Pulsar 135LS. Suffice to say, the potential for hilarity ensuing is relatively high. GIVEN the fact that most people in Australia do start on a 250 and above, my friends back home have taken to calling me "postie".. (meaning the only people in Australia who ride bikes <250cc are postmen)

    Granted I'm not a complete newbie (having done the scooter thing in various parts of india), the only real issue I had was with the clutch & gears. Since most of us back home drive automatics, the concept of the clutch is as alien to me as head wobbling is to a foreigner. Given the distinct lack of riding schools in India (unlike in Australia), I've also had a doozy of a time navigating traffic. Granted I've had friends giving me pointers, it's mainly been an hour of "here's how you change gears" and being pointed to M.G. road and being told to "practice there".

    In the least I haven't killed myself yet. Striving NOT to be yet another foreigner buying an enfield, I've decided on the CBR 250R, unless of course the Pulsar 370 turns out to be a better option. An upright riding posture is certainly 1st priority given that all my indian biking friends (and brother in law) own cruisers. I do have a penchant for Japanese bikes so the CBR 250 fits nicely. I'll save up later for the VRF1200 :-) I don't need a sports bike as I'm not 26 anymore.

    Anyway, That's enough about myself. I guess I'll see you around the boards or ulsoor lake.. :-)

    SDFONECHAN

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    Default Re: Well-Seasoned Newbie

    SDFONECHAN

    Enjoyed reading your intro and welcome to xBhp

    Loved the bit about foreigners finding the head wobbling funny

    Riding schools out here are friends on the road with the Nike advice 'Just Do It'!

    Anyways all the best at staying alive on Indian Roads, especially considering you live in Bangalore!!!
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    @sdfonechan sir, let me be the first XBHPian from Bangalore to welcome you on board!

    You're put up near Ulsoor lake, is it? Please feel free to join us in the offline G2G meets (get together sessions) as well as on a few rides to nearby places.

    P.S - loved your intro.

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    Welcome to xBhp! It was a glorious intro indeed, loved going through it. This biking fraternity has been more than instrumental in changing the biking scene in our country; rest assured, you are in the right platform. Do share your biking experiences here with us.

    Wishing you a happy and successful biking life ahead!


    PS - Mr Monk is right about Bangalore roads, 'like someones says - "mastering riding/driving on Indian roads enables one to ride on any road across the world".
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    Nice to BE Welcomed!!

    There was a great line from a movie which applies to the subtle art of motorcycle riding in India..
    "Go that way, REALLY FAST and if anything gets in your way... turn"

    I wholly agree that learning how to ride on Bangalorean roads certain prepares you for riding anywhere in the world (although, China, Italy and Egypt can lay that claim also). Apparently, Karnatakans pride themselves on having the worst traffic, however I've always thought Chennai was worse. I unfortunately cannot tell the diffrence even after having visited a number of your fair cities.

    My wife, a staunch Mumbai-ker can tell the diffrence and insists it's worse here (Apparently mumbai traffic-goers are more polite). My next door neighbor who's a lawyer from Delhi corroborates. And as you well and TRULY know you can ALWAYS trust a lawyer, especially from your capital (no offence to any laywers / Delhi-ites out there ... hehe).

    I've seen people actually complain about riding in Sydney to which I would point them to numerous youtube videos displaying the oh-so-coordinated ballet that "we" face on the roads.

    Certainly the machine is only part of the equation. Bike culture, which I'd certainly like to experience (time permitting since I have kids), is up on that list too. So @Divya Sharan, feel free to point me to a URL or PM me on the next G2G and I'll certainly endeavour to socialise. However, not being blessed with a Facebook (despite the fact that I live and breathe computers) account, PM / Email is the only option. I promose to keep the snark to a minimum ;-)

    Also, now that I own a bike (or lawn mower with handlebars as my brother puts it), the leathers I wear when wandering the house has some gravitas

    I'll also have to make sure to check back with you guys and see if this unnatural hatred of AUTOS that I'm developing as I ride is perfectly normal or not.

    SDFONECHAN
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdfonechan View Post

    So @Divya Sharan, feel free to point me to a URL or PM me on the next G2G and I'll certainly endeavour to socialise. However, not being blessed with a Facebook (despite the fact that I live and breathe computers) account, PM / Email is the only option. I promose to keep the snark to a minimum ;-)
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    Welcome to xbhp ... you are most welcome ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdfonechan View Post
    I'll also have to make sure to check back with you guys and see if this unnatural hatred of AUTOS that I'm developing as I ride is perfectly normal or not.
    You're absolutely on the right path!

    I and most enthusiasts hate Auto drivers. They're the biggest lunatics here.

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    Welcome to Xbhp sdfonechan . That was a pretty interesting intro.

    Quote Originally Posted by sdfonechan View Post
    I'll also have to make sure to check back with you guys and see if this unnatural hatred of AUTOS that I'm developing as I ride is perfectly normal or not.
    Haha, that's perfectly normal. With time you will learn to ignore the Auto-walas, and the most important thing what riding in Bangalore teaches you is, "Reflexes".
    When you start riding in Bangalore, your reflexes maximize, sort of riding the Kung-Fu style
    It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the ride - bolts!

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    Welcome and I wish you all for safe and sound riding. .
    As Sebastian vettle himself claimed that Riding Indian Roads is the most dangerous thing.
    And I myself feel that if you can ride/drive in Delhi, you can ride/drive anywhere in the whole world.
    Frankly, don't buy cbr 250, it has been a long time since the bike was launched.
    That said, wait for the Auto expo 2014 as a lot of things are going to be revealed there. ..
    Ride safe

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