MOTORCYCLE


Motorcycle riding as a hobby began late in life in the year 2002, and my first motorcycle being the Kawasaki Eliminator from the Bajaj group. Somehow I never had the opportunity to seriously get on to it.

I liked the cruiser style of riding as opposed to the crouched racing style and it was easy on my back. At a whopping Rs. 80,000, I purchased it, much to the surprise of others. "Midlife crises buddy' is what one of my friends remarked.
Though a straight line bike, I found the bike extremely smooth, easy to handle and 175cc, it had just about enough power to stay behind most of my friends, who tried to race me with other Indian bikes (on Indian roads).
Papu Ramaswamy, my childhood friend and motorcycle enthusiast was my first 'guru' who took me out with him and other friends on Sunday rides. Nandi Hills, the ring road, and surrounding country side were our route. Before we adjourned, we returned to Papu's house to have breakfast made by Sushmitha, a wonderful host. We did a Masanagudi - Ooty trip too. We talked of rides, falls, repairs, modifications and all else.


Formation of IFMR:

One day I was talking Zarryl Lobo and Anish Kumar, both Rotarian friends who had biking experience and I suggested we should form a group within Rotary. We agreed on this.

International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians or IFMR was born when Jorgen Otzen the world president of IFMR appointed me as the President of the Indian Chapter. The Bangalore Chapter, only one in the country, was opened on 23 February 2003 at the Rotary District Conference, when Rtn. Bhansali was the governor. PP.Rtn.Zarryl Lobo continues as the district 3190 chair and we put India on the map ! 14th country to be listed on the website of www.rotary.org

We have about 30 members from 15 clubs in the district and every First Sunday of the month we ride out for breakfast. Attendance is pretty good and we did a Rotary Centennial Ride in 2005 covering many parts of our district, visiting clubs. As a part of a bigger adventure, I went on my bike to Kashmir. The route I took : New Delhi > Manali > Leh, Ladakh >Srinagar > Jammu > Amrithsar > Waga Border > New Delhi. 2500 Kms in 15 days. It was done by me alone, Solo on my motorcycle between Aug 03 - Aug 18 in 2006.



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