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Good Day DOC-Bengaluru!

We hope the New Year brings you loads of happiness and miles to your machines!

This Sunday get ready to burn some Rubber in Tamil Nadu. Yes, there will be 3 lane roads, some good twisties, a chance to get to know your fellow tourers and not to forget some great food at the much renowned Selvi Mess!

This ride is a total distance of 500 kms, this is a test of patience and endurance! So, get those gears ready! Pack your water bottles because we are riding to Kolli Hills.

Venue: Kolli Hills
Date: January 13, 2019
Distance: 500 KMS
Meet-up Time: 5 AM
Ride out: 5:15 AM

Meet-up location:

Jaguar Marqland,
Bommanahalli

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See you at the Meeting point!!

Regards,
Team DOC-Bengaluru

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Gupshup / Gupshup: 2019 !! Sunday - January 6th, 2019
« on: January 04, 2019, 12:44:41 PM »
Good Day DOC-Bengaluru,

A very Happy New Year to everyone!

We are glad to inform that our first meetup for the year is scheduled for this weekend!

We will be meeting at Nature's Cafe on January 6th, 2019 Sunday morning 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Come along! meet fellow riders, share your experiences and plans for the year ahead! Get expert opinions over a Chai and know your machines better!

Meetup location:

Nature's caff 17th Cross Road, 5th Main Rd, near sadashiva Nagar club, Sadashiva Nagar, Armane Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560080

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Expenses for breakfast ~ 130/- + GST 🙂

Meetup Time: 8.30 AM till 12.00 PM 6th January 2019 (Sunday)

See you there!

DOCB Admin Team
See you there!


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Day Ride / Breakfast Ride: Sunday (December 23rd, 2018)
« on: December 20, 2018, 08:22:36 PM »
Hello everyone,

Following are the details for the breakfast ride this Sunday. (December 23rd, 2018):

Starting point: ITI Bus Stop
ITI Colony, Krishnarajapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560016
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Briefing: 7:00 am
Starting time: 7:15 am

Breakfast: Maiyas Restaurant - ಮಯ್ಯಾಸ್ ರೆಸ್ಟೋರೆಂಟ್
No. 11 & 12, Highway Star, Kolar-Tirupati Highway, Venkatapura, Kolar, Karnataka 563101
073386 67266
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Total distance: 150km


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DOCB Pit Stop Partner
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Rider/Pillion Requirements:
- Helmet, Riding Jacket, Riding gloves and knee gaurds.
- Bike documents
- Fuel up bike before starting
- Bike should not be in running-in period.

See you at the meeting point :)

Regards,
DOCB team.

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Gupshup / Gup Shup December
« on: December 08, 2018, 06:46:11 PM »
Hello DOCBians,

We will be meeting at Chai Patty on 9th Dec 2018 Sunday morning 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

All our DOCB members are welcome to join in for GupShup meeting, This is the occasions where we get to know and interact with our fellow members. It is highly recommended for all new members join this Gupshup meet and catch up on things happening in DOCB.

Meetup and Tee/CAP distribution

Location: Chai Patty

772, 2nd Floor, 100 Feet Road, Above Royal Enfield Showroom, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038


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Expenses for breakfast ~ (TBU)🙂

Meetup Time: 8.30 AM till 12.00 PM

See you there!

DOCB Admin Team

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Night Ride / Night RIde - "Delicious Restaurant" on NH4 (November 17, 2018)
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:09:21 PM »
Good Day!

Are you ready for round 2??

We are riding to "Delicious Restaurant" at Chowdadenahalli, Kolar on November 17, 2018.

Assemble at: 8:30 P.M at APSRTC Bus Stop  - (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login)

Ride out: 8:45 P.M

NR Point - Delicious Resturant (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login)

Total Distance: 116 km

CHECKLIST:
Fuel up you bikes one day before.
Proper riding gears as per DOCB.
Prefer to have Rain Gear
No overtaking, and the formation need to be followed.
Average speed: 80 kmph

Please confirm your availability using poll.

Regards,

DOCB Admin Team.

Pitstop Partner: Highway Delight.

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Day Ride / Day Ride - Belur Temple (500 Kms)
« on: October 17, 2018, 07:56:36 AM »
Good Day Riders!

On the festive season, we are planning our next adventure to Belur. This would be a One day ride and we would be riding close to 500 kms. So, Gear up for this event!

Following are the details for Saturday ride (October 20, 2018):

Starting point: Popular Automach You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Briefing: 5:30 am
Starting time: 6:00 am

Breakfast: (To be Updated)
Lunch : Empire (Kunigal)

Destination: Belur (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login)

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Total distance: 500km


Riding Rules-  You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

DOCB Pit Stop Partner: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Rider/Pillion Requirements:
- Helmet, Riding Jacket, Riding gloves and knee guards.
- Bike documents
- Fuel up bike before starting
- Bike should not be in running-in period.

See you at the meeting point!
Please be on time

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Night Ride / Night RIde - "Delicious Resturant" on NH4 (October 13, 2018)
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:37:39 AM »
Good Day!

Get those gears ready and the tanks filled for another Night Ride with DOC-Bangalore.

We are riding to "Delicious Resturant" at Chowdadenahalli, Kolar on October 13, 2018.

Assemble at: 7:00 P.M at APSRTC Bus Stop  - (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login)

Ride out: 7.30 P.M

NR Point - Delicious Resturant (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login)

Total Distance: 116 km

CHECKLIST:
Fuel up you bikes one day before.
Proper riding gears as per DOCB.
Prefer to have Rain Gear
No overtaking, and the formation need to be followed.
Average speed: 80 kmph

Please confirm your availability using poll.

Regards,

DOCB Admin Team.

Pitstop Partner: Highway Delight.

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Gupshup / DOCB Gupshup meet September 23, 2018!!
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:33:13 PM »
Hi DOCBians,

We will be meeting at Chai Patty on 23rd Sep 2018 Saturday morning 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

All our DOCB members are welcome to join in for GupShup meeting, This is the occasions where we get to know and interact with our fellow members. It is highly recommended for all new members join this Gupshup meet and catch up on things happening in DOCB.

Meetup and Tee/CAP distribution location: 772, 2nd Floor, 100 Feet Road, Above Royal Enfield Showroom, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038


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Expenses for breakfast ~ (TBU)🙂

Meetup Time: 8.30 AM till 12.00 PM 23rd Sep 2018

See you there!

DOCB Admin Team

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General Discussion / ISI Helmets MisUnderstood ?
« on: August 09, 2018, 10:39:41 AM »
Warm Greetings Everyone!!!

I was just reading through some discussions and social media updates over the need for an "ISI Helmet" to be made mandatory, a few things i read were not only shocking but very odd to say the least! Before we get into the details of things around the standardisation, Indian helmet companies misusing their powers etc,etc. lets spend some time understanding "what is" and "what isn't" ?

NOTE: This discussion is specific to Helmets only and is more about my understanding and opinion against the standards.

Helmets:

We all know what this is, the colourful crown that differentiates a Biker and for some its an expression of what the Rider's emotions are! but, take all of that out of the picture and it is just another Protective gear that is made mandatory by the government considering the growing number of Road Accidents and also a means to hide your face from the traffic cameras so that they get only your Number Plates. LOL

Anyways, every Country/Continent that feels that they are good at talking crap, come up with something called "Standards", be it the US of A, the European Union hell even the world has standards called "ISO" then why not us? I mean "We are INDIANS" and we ain't gonna back off right? even-though our standards called the "ISI" is the same as the abbreviation "our neighbour" uses for their secret services! but, who cares?

Fun Facts ->

  • Any Country can create their own process to allow labels/Standards as long as they match or have something in common with the Global Standards. - This helps Foreign Trade. 
  • You Don't Need to Prove your product quality to the Government on a regular basis, All you need is a "Certificate" for one product and you are good for the next 50 years. There is no one who will walk though your door to test the quality as no Standardisation body has a mechanism/Method to check it.
Now, you could always say "ECE 22.05" is the GOLD Standard but, that's for Europe and their Road Conditions. They did not survey our Bangalore potholes or the EC Flyover or get stuck in Silk Board suffocating in the heat nor did they ride through the dusty Metro Construction Sites. HELL! most of them don't even complain of Hair-fall! (They are definitely not good examples for us!!!)

Coming to Helmet Standards:

If you go through the details of each of the standards set be it DOT/SNELL/ECE or ISI. These are only guidelines as to what needs to be put in as a minimum in order to attain these Certificates.

Categorisation of the Requirements are Based on:

  • Rigid Outer Shell
  • Impact Absorbing Liner
  • Comfort/Fit Padding
  • Face Shield 
  • Additional Face Protection
  • Retention System

Now all of these items only help you understand the shape, material and construction and an expectation on how to provide a degree of protection from injury in the event of an accident provided the helmet is fastened.

In Short, you are at the mercy of the product you own and what your pockets let you afford! People have lost their lives with Studds so has been the case with an AGV Corsar. The blame is not on the Material used, its the way He/She crashed. There is no respect in dying from a head injury even if it was "Shoei" because u still died!

My views are blunt on Helmets:
Fundamentally, if you can come up with a reason why you're riding with a helmet even you think is substandard, I can say with great confidence that you should not be riding a two-wheeler. My helmets don't cross 3 years, Crash or No-Crash, good or bad. My Helmet served its purpose and its time to go!!

So Instead of comparing and wasting time! lets just concentrate on the Road and try to miss those barricades! The Sticker on the helmet aint going to do much there.

Lastly: study and carefully choose the brands you trust. Wear their products because you believe they haven't cut corners. Be hard to please in this regard - there is no such thing as too good a helmet for your head.

If you feel the helmet is substandard, ISI or not. Don't buy it and share the word! People will oppose the brand and the brand will up the standards.

Be Safe! Ride Safe! #ATGATT

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General Discussion / Tata Nano is no More!
« on: July 11, 2018, 05:10:22 PM »
What started as one man's dreamdid become an achievement years later.  The time, the effort and that undying sense of achievement that in 2008, took the world by storm! is no more.

Yes,  it's true! Tata Motors has stopped production of the people's car! The 4 wheeler that gave so many families a chance to rekindle dreams is now just another page is the automotive history of this value-conscious country, that only looks at value for money. More is never the merrier. The hard work and effort of hundreds is now going to be called a failure! This is sad but a learning for all automotive giants, we are Middle class ruled economy, everybody wants more!

More details in link below:

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Good Bye Nano!

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Ride, Rider stories & Travelogues / She is almost a year old!!
« on: July 10, 2018, 02:07:35 PM »
It feels like yesterday that, I saw a TVC from Bajaj saying they have  a 400 cc offering and the first advertisement just swept me off my feet. It was love at first sight, it was just one of those things that tingle your palms for that Adrenaline rush, that hidden craze because these were just dreams that I could not afford.

It definitely wasn't as classy as it seems atleast for me. I was this golden eyed kid staring at the bike looking at me everyday I passed by the showroom on my classic saying "Do you think you are good enough for me?". Well, nevertheless I muscled up the courage to walk-in to the showroom and take a closer look at her and the rest just slipped through me! Its almost a year. She celebrates her birthday on the 19th of July! and man is she amazing !!!!

Here are some glimpses of my time with this amazing beauty! The Dominar 400, My "Harley Quinn" !!!!


Its gonna be lengthy, I hope I don't bore you. I thought, why not take you through my Journey  :P

Chapter 1: How it Happened!

It was a freakishly sweaty Saturday Morning at Chennai, just up from bed for my early morning dose of Youtube and WAM!! the Dominar Ad was on my face. I had the whole weekend to myself and there was obviously the need to get my Classic to the garage for an oil Change. So, I decided to lift my otherwise super lazy rear to the Garage and get her ready for the week ahead.

I don't know what got into me, I decided to walk up to the Bajaj Showroom about a 100mts from the Garage and there she was! Sleek, staring at the Street outside and a Donkey just making her scream for no reason! (lol, no Dirty feelings. I am still talking about the Dominar)

I walk-in, a warm greeting from an unknown Stranger.

Stranger: Hello Sir! How can I help you.
Me: Just Window shopping Sir, I wanted to check this bike out. ( trying to control my emotions!)

Stranger: My name is Mithun, I can show you the bike and also help you with a Test Ride. Let me know if you are interested.

Me: (Inside) BC, Ru serious! get that bike! lets see what it can do! Enough of your Ads troubling my Youtube time!!!

(Reality) Sure Mithun  ;D ;D

(Ain't I an As****e)

So, it happens. I get the bike. Pull the Dominar out for a test ride. (My first test ride for any bike till date) I start the engine (not impressed), I raise the throttle (doesn't sound like the Advertisement), alrite then! lets see what it can do!

I start and the rest is History!

I still make sure I meet Mithun (Currently with KTM) everytime I am in Chennai. This guy introduced me to something I had not felt before. The courtesy, the simplicity of Mithun just blew me away however, he was also the guy who gave me the bad news. No Black coloured Dominar on sale yet! Buggar !!!!

Chapter 2: The Predicament :(


I have always been a fan of Black, I have never thought of a Machine in another Color, a heart breaking thought at the back of my mind in every meeting that I attend at work. What do i do ? Should I go for it? Should I wait? Should I break my Dream Run? I was lost, confused. I wanted to own the Dominar no matter what.

Life had other ideas though, Mom fell Sick, I had to run back to Bangalore. Quit my job. I am now sitting at home, trying to find another job. Listening to the constant chatter of "Why are you not going to Work!" tough times it lasted for a few Months but Determination was all I had. :( :(

Chapter 3: The Good News. :)

Out of the Blue, an unexpected call for an Interview and Guess what I am employed again!! and the next thing, I called Khivraj at Hoodi,


Me: Hello, DO you have a Dominar in Black.
Assosciate: Not yet Sir, We are expecting the Color to come out in July!

( All hell breaks loose! The Dream rekindled! My first 400cc Bike (eventhough, its 373cc my mom wouldn't know, or would she ??? she still thinks I own a Pulsar though)

Me: Ok, I will see you at 3PM, Just confirm te Delivery Dates.
Associate: Sure

Chapter 4: My Fate is Sealed!


I walk-in, pay the leftover part of my savings. Give the Documents, One more test ride on the Dominar and 3 weeks later. I had her.


Like a wave, she came roaring out of the basement parking with shining Pilot lights, still wrapped in her first covers, shining! A Matt Black Dominar. I had it! I bought it! the emotions still in my eyes! the happiness. M bundle of Joy! right there! WOW!!!! the sense of acheivement! Something mind blowing!

I dont know if I would ever feel this way about another bike again but, this was just for the better days to come. I heard the blah blah from the delivery dude and as soon as the Key hit my palm, its GAME TIME!!!

From that day (July 19th, 2018), the way I look at biking has entirely changed. The sense of touring has changed, the passion for biking and adventure is more than ever before. Every Km I Travel, every trip i complete means more than it ever did before.


I found a new me! more than everything, I found a new brotherhood. A Family that I will always cherish. Yes, its DOCB. When I joined the group, I was another Squid that was probably just an unruly mess of speed and power. I tuned myself, I learnt alot, a supportive forum of fun, knowledge and people of all age groups!.


I can never thank Bajaj enough for giving me this Bike and Tushar bhai for what he has done to mould the group to what it is today, not to forget the Admins who are the backbone of this community and every single individual who have been so suportive to make one's dream become a reality!

A heartfelt Thank you to you all! Thank you for accepting me and my Harley Quinn to your family.

I am forever in debt. She will be a year old in a few days and already over 20K on the odo. Looking forward to some more memorable rides and loads of foolishness from me!


Untill next time! Take care Gentlemen. You are all Amazing and special.

GodSpeed!


Just reliving the memories in enough to put me in tears! it's no doubt a machine but, its a machine that gave me a family I never thought I would have. Once again, Thank you!

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Trusted Petrol Pumps in Bangalore / 24 hour Bunks in Bangalore
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:52:59 AM »
Here is a list f Petrol bunks around the city that will help you in case you run out of fuel:

These bunks are some of the best bunks around but, keep your eyes open :p

  • Indian Oil ( Bommasandra and Begur) - Below EC Flyover
  • HP - Tin Factory Bus Stop
  • HP - Marathalli towards HAL
  • HP - Murgeshpalya
  • Essar and Shell near Oil Mill Road
  • Shell and Indian Oil - Bellandur
  • Shell - Sankey Tank Road

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Dominar TVC / Dominar HyperTours 2018-19
« on: July 04, 2018, 09:06:14 AM »
Get You plans ready ! This year is filed with surprises and miles to be covered before hanging the jacket off one last time.








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Alloy wheel repair / Indian Two Wheelers Alignment : kammanhalli
« on: July 04, 2018, 08:28:41 AM »
For those in need of getting your alloys fixed/balanced at an affordable price. Look no further than Kammanhalli. LOL  ;D ;D ;D ;D

So, there is the small store that does the alignment, removes all sorts of Alloy bends and repairs damages as well on the Empire hotel - Thalaserry Hotel stretch in Kammanhalli.  They are well known to most bikers who are regular squids in the city :P

In case, you ever need some assistance with your wheels. Do reach out to them.

Indian Two Wheelers Alignment
No.60/1, Nehru Road, Kammanahalli, Bangalore - 560084, Opposite To State Bank Of Hyderabad
 
Phone: +91 9379410899 / 9343842301

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General Discussion / Night rides - Do's and Dont's
« on: July 03, 2018, 11:43:04 AM »
Good Day Gentlemen and ladies  ;)

Lately, our group has started adding more than usual count of Night Rides to our Inventory. Notable points being we do have some senior riders in the pack and members that are new to the whole 350+ CC conversion.

My intentions with this write-up is simple and straight, Safety, No Casualties and a Fun environment.

Here are some Do's that you could consider as part of these events.

  • Full Riding Gear, Rain Gears are optional, Clean your helmet visors before the ride
  • Check your machines before for the right tire pressure, Oil Levels, and lets not forget a good rest even if the ride is less than a 100 kms to and fro
  • Check your lights and Fog lamps (if installed) make sure all the electrical's are Functional including your "horns"
  • Carry all necessary documents
  • Preferably use the left lane, the centre and the right lanes are for bigger and faster vehicles. No Doubt we are faster but we are still on 2 wheels.
    • These are some basics before any trip but, they take utmost priority on a Night Ride.

      Here are some Dont's, very important ones to say the least.

      • A night ride after a busy day at work can be tough on your eyes and the ability to make split second decisions, if you are tired - Flag off your sweep. He/She will gladly wait for you to recover. DO NOT PUSH YOURSELF
      • Ride at whatever speeds you are comfortable with, Standard riding rules apply irrespective of the Ride type or location. The team will back you and wait if needed.
      • Lane switching. When you ride as group you are responsible for the rider in front of you and also behind you. any sudden dodges or changes can impact the decision making of the other rider and lead to a disaster. please use your indicators and make sure you do not disturb traffic as well
      • Dont Go Crazy: Traffic and trucks can charge any rider to go crazy. A good rider knows his limits so please refrain yourself to the maximum possible.
      • Do not overtake unless necessary and always pass on the messages either over Intercom or Signals.

      Ride Safe, Be Unique. Follow your lead and maintain formation!

      Godspeed!

      P.s. Please feel free to add any points that i might have missed.

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