Sunday, 7 February 2016

Firefighting Motorcycle

During last year (2015) air show, while returning from the Yelahanka air-base, I noticed a brand new (and colourful) motorcycle parked inside the Fire Station. Me being me, I got inside all curious to know what bike it was. Closer I got to the motorcycle, more familiar it started to appear. It turned out to be a Royal Enfield Electra UCE. However it wasn't a stock motorcycle we get to see on the road. It was modified to be a..well...firetruck / fire-motorcycle , if there is such a term. Luckily I had my cam with me and I couldn't miss out on the opportunity to capture some shots of this interesting machine. Its not always a good idea to point a lens at Govt run establishment without prior permission. So I just walked into the office next to the parking and spoke to the gentleman/officer there. He had no objections, if I could restrict my image to capture only the bike and not the surroundings/premises. I was more than happy as that's all I wanted :) So here are some of the photos I could get of the geared up Electra:

These bikes will be able to filter through Bangalore traffic to reach a location quicker than a bigger more equipped fire truck can and would be able to provide backup in the crucial initial stage of a fire incident. This in my opinion can make a real difference, as in India by the time a fire truck makes it to a location, most of the damage would have been done. So if something of this sort can make it early with a trained firefighter on board, the situation can be contained more easily.

Having said this, I am yet to see one of these in action in Bangalore yet. Hope they are getting used and making a difference. 

Have you seen this machine on road ? Do share any image/info you may have in the comments.


RE Himalayan - Assorted First Look Videos

Here is some first-look, overview, walkaround and expert opinion videos of the newly showcased Royal Enfield Himalayan from youtube.





Overdrive (Shubhabrata marmar aka Shumi):

Autocar (Kartikeya Singhee):


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Royal Enfield 'HIMALAYAN' - ** LAUNCHED **

One of the most awaited (at least by me) motorcycle from Royal Enfield has officially been launched today. 

Check out the official video of the event and the design story by the none other than the CEO himself, Siddhartha Lal. Its quite evident that they have gone the distance as a manufacturer to come up with a first of its kind product to cater to adventure touring niche, yet keeping it usable as a daily commuter. I know you might be excited to see the bike and everything else (luggage,accessories, etc) on offer, so go ahead and click the link below:
Product Showcased @ 36:51

I shall be checking out the officially revealed specs of this motorcycle and what it could mean in real world riding scenario sometime today. So stay tuned.

Ride Safe & Ride Far,