Friday, December 18, 2009

The Thump Anthem : An ode to the butt-kickin Roadking

It is undoubtedly so, that time is of essence,
Purportedly I know,
Anything else makes me tense,
I'm sold on my convictions even if the world bellows,
That my Yezdi don't make sense.

Not to plastic 100 cc voyagers,
Not to the fibre cruiser punk,
Not to it archetypal 4-stroke half-breeds,
Ornate squishy glintsome variants, (Yuk!)
No no no!! My Yezdi's got some spunk.

Its not called the Roadking for nothing,
I've seen lily blush, cutie pink and demon teen,
Delinquent voyeur and the ilk, mutation supreme,
The Roadking is something else,
More spoken of and less seen.

Confidence never felt so inspiring,
Shape out of fashion, past with time,
No straight lines, curve to fancy round,
To no super-technology or rocket science bound,
The joy of a Yezdi, sweet and profound.

I'm not casteist, but detest prudence and trash,
I'm no perfectionist, innate flaws i shall pass,
no idealist, some come some go, thats the rule,
I'm not a chest-thumping-fundamentalist wannabe,
I schooled,graduated and then went to Yezdi school.

I learnt that it's all right to die sometimes,
Gathered that it's normal to feel sublime,
Figured that there are choices in life that one must make,
Reasoned that where there's a Yezdi Roadking,
That's my will. That's the way.

May the tribe grow.
May the roads fear.
May the people feel the power in second person.
May the stars shine of us and show us the way.
There's not more to be said.

Only travelled towards... and reached...And start all over again...


Friday, November 13, 2009

A multi Day ride..... to Yelagiri Hills..... First Time with BJYMC....

The Roaring Riders from Chennai have invited the riders from Bangalore for a multiday ride to Yelagiri Hills on Hosur Road.Total distance is 175 Kms

Starting on 07:00 Am in the morning (Guy we need to start early so that we reach before it is sunny)
Date :- 28 November 2009
We will meet the riders from Chennai at the foot hills of Yelagiri Hills... then we ride together with them to Yelagiri hills.
The plan is that we all reach yelagiri hills in the morning have breakfast take rest..for while then after lunch we all look around the place...
A photo Shoot with our beauties and then again take rest if required. We are trying to arrange for a camp fire....
There shall be some registration fees for this ride since the stay and food has to be arranged.

Dorms to be booked for the participants.

If in case of any couple participation then we would have to book rooms. Please inform by mail about such participation.

The total cost for food and stay in dormetry will be Rs 650/-This money shall be collected in advance during the start of the ride.
Food shall include Lunch and dinner on 28th November 2009Coffee and Breakfast on 29 November 2009

The rooms for couples will be charged a little bit higher.

Interested riders please confirm by 15 November 2009 so that the dormetry can be booked.
Please make sure you confirm your presence compulsorily since the booking is done only on your confirmation

Interested riders please write to me at or write to Lokesh at

Or please feel free ot call us on

Lokesh - +91 9880033994
Amrit - +91 9880105455

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Join us - Independence Day ride to Nandi Hills on 15th Aug'09

On behalf of Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Club, i'd like to welcome you all to the Independence Day ride to Nandi hills. This is a good location to test the torque & power of our bikes on the hairpin curves and hill climb. So lets ride to celebrate our Independence.

1st Assembly point is outside Club on St Marks Rd at 6.30am sharp.
From here we ride to Hebbal Flyover where the second assembly point is opp Esteem Mall just after the Hebbal flyover. People are request to assemble here by 7am sharp.

Total ride distance is about 130kms up and down. You are requested to wear proper clothing, wear a helmet, carry updated documents and light snacks in case we do not find a proper hotel for breakfast.

You are also welcome to bring along your friends on their bikes as long as they stick to the basic riding rules and do not over speed.

Do feel free to call either of us for more info.

Brian - 9886101005 -
Amrit Appaiah – 9880105455 –
Lokesh JM – 9880033994 -

Monday, July 20, 2009

Largest Get Together of Jawa Yezdi bikes in India on 12th July

Yes, the 7th International Jawa Yezdi Day celebrations in Bangalore saw the largest get together of Jawa, Yezdi and CZ bikes in the country.
Organised for the second consecutive year by the Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcyle Club, the event saw over 160 Roadkings, 70 Jawas and 60 Yezdi Classics with about 30 special category bikes like the 350cc twin Jawa's & Yezdis or the rare CZs.
By 7am the Kanteerva Stadium ground transformed itself into the '80s and '90s with all these rare beauties lining up according to their category. Each one was better than the other as their owners proudly showed them off to the other participants and visitors.

Cameras came out of the pockets and people went mad trying to get the right shot and angle to capture these unique bikes that had lined up. Media crew were not far behind as they covered the entire range and interviewed a few owners and organizers.
By 8.15am the registration counter had already run out of special Jawa Day T-shirts and stickers but requests kept pouring in. Soon the crowd was overwhelming and it was time to ride out to our destination Channapatna Coffee Day.

Ace Rallyist Chinnappa did the honor of flagging off these bikes which rode past MG & Brigade rd before connecting the Town Hall - Mysore Rd flyover. From here it was non stop ride to the destination which was about 75kms from the city.

By 11am most of the bikes had reached the coffee day on mysore rd and the riders went around admiring each others machines over a cup of hot coffee and some masala dosas. After another round of photographs, the riders returned back to Bangalore by 2pm with precious memories to last a lifetime.

Special thanks to the sponsors - Progressive Mines n Minerals for the venue and GreatEscapes Bangalore (A Travel Advisory Services Company) for the memorable Jawa Day Stickers.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures posted here and do share your comments.

for The Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Club

(From R to L - Lokesh, Brian, Amrit & Sam)

Friday, July 3, 2009

7th International Jawa Yezdi Day Celebrations coming up at Sri Kanteerva Indoor Stadium

Its finally here.. the day that we all have been looking forward to and getting our bikes ready to show off. It is the 7th International Jawa-Yezdi Day celebrations and for the second year in a row, the Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Club is organising a get together for all Jawa Yezdi bike owners on the 12th of July. The venue for this get together is Sri Kanteerva Indoor Stadium which is in the heart of the city.

Request you all to spread the word among your friends who own these rare beauties to start polising them and get them in proper running condition before this big day. After a brief get together we will be riding out to Channapatna Coffee Day which is a good 75kms from the city.

Assembly & registration will be from 7.00 am to 8.15am and a formal flag off will happen at 8.30am sharp. The route will be similar to that of last year - Kanteerva Indoor Stadium - Kasturba Rd - MG Rd - Brigade Rd - Richmond Circle Flyover – Mission Rd - JC Rd –Town Hall – City Market Fly over – Mysore Road – Channapatna Coffee Day & Back

Another request to all the owners of such bikes is to have all the bike papers in place including emission clearance certificate and proper helmet for the rider.

Special Jawa Day T-shirts and bike stickers will be available for sale on or before the ride day. So keep a look out for the registration desk at the venue.
Look forward to seeing you all in full force and exceed our last year's turn over record of 120 bikes.

For the Bangalore jawa yezdi motorcycle club


Ps: For additional information pls feel free to call any of us or leave a comment
Lokesh-9880033994; Amrit-9880105455; Brian - 9886101005

Monday, June 15, 2009

Ride to Kanwa Reservior

Its been a while since we've updated this blog but going forward you will get regular updates on the rides and events happening at the club.

Had been a while since the biker boys met and rode together so a ride to the not so popular Kanwa Reservoir was planned on one misty sunday morning during the last week of May.
As usual, we all assembled at the Rajarajeshwari Arch at 6.30am and after a short chat and exchange of greetings about 30 bikes headed out on Mysore rd towards Channapatna. After about an hour of continuous riding we reached Kamat Lokaruchi restaurant but didn't stop there. We wanted to reach our destination first so continued beyond for another 3 kms till we reached the arch on the right side which said Ramanjenaya Temple which is quite popular among the locals.

There is a small lane beside this arch which is a dirt road and after about 8kms of dirt riding we reached the scenic yet peaceful reservoir. There is some construction work underway hence we had to go beyond and take the back side rd to get on top of the reservoir. We soon gathered all our bikes and parked in order for our traditional photoshoot. Unfortunately, my bike had a small puncture and the rough terrain had taken its toll on the rear tyre which was completely flat by the time we reached this lake.
After all the bikers had gathered, some with their family members including small children, we had a round of photoshoot and brief discussion about the upcoming Annual International Jawa Yezdi Day celebrations. One enthuiastic oldtimer came prepared with notes on how to form the club formally with a lot of do's and don'ts which he share with all of us. We all went around appreciating some rare beauties and exchanged notes on spares and cues on modifiyin the latter models.
By 10.30 our tummies began to grumble and it was time to head back for breakfast but i on the otherhand had a task to complete before i could think of food. So with the help of a few bikers i quickly dismanteled the rear tyre and we were on our way back to the highway to get my tyre fixed. Within minutes we were back at Kamat Lokaruchi for a sumptious breakfast and exchanging notes on our bikes. With fully bellies we were read to head back and Amrit on his Yezdi Monach was kind enough to take me back to the resorvior to fix my bike.

Soon we were back on the road towards Bangalore with the sun god being kind to us and providing shade all thru. Guess we all reached the city by 1 pm and parted our respective ways with memories of yet another successful ride on our good old classic beauties.
Those of you who were part of this ride, do share your comments and hope to see you all for the next ride in June.

For the Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Club


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ride to Big Banyan tree and Manchebele dam - Bengaluru Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Club

25 January 2009 -

On a cold Sunday morning, I and Lokesh had organized a breakfast ride to the Big Banyan tree. We sent out invites 2 weeks prior, to all the bikers. We awaited this day for a long time and both of us wanted to ride very badly. The recession and all other day to day activities had frustrated us to the core and I know that many riders too wanted to ride very badly since a long time after our last ride.

The day before the ride, I was very enthusiastic and got my Yezdi Roadking cleaned, serviced and polished for the big day ahead. I had to pester the mechanic to give my bike back as soon as possible. I finally got the bike at around 8PM that day, and I took the bike for a small ride and it was perfect. My mechanic Shannu had done a perfect job. At times I feel he has magic in his fingers. I got back home early that day, ate dinner and slept.

I woke up at 5:30am on Sunday; I already had the butterflies flying in my stomach about the big day. I got out of my bed in a jiffy, hurriedly took bath and put on my Jawa day T- Shirt with some warm clothing over it and set out after having a coffee. I had to be careful not to wake the neighborhood so had to push the bike till the end of the road to start it. Stunningly the bike started in just one kick. so I hit the open road on my “Yezdi Roadking”. I had to meet Lokesh near Devegowda petrol pump on the Ring road. I reached the Devegowda petrol pump in flat 12 minutes from Koramangala. Lokesh was already there more eagerly waiting and told me- do not stop lets us go. We were supposed to meet the other riders near Rarajeshwari Arch on the Mysore Road. I and Lokesh reached the place at 6:35am, to our surprise we found three more riders on their Yezdi and Jawa already awaiting us.

We introduced ourselves to them, meanwhile all the riders started ringing up to find out where we had assembled and bikes started pouring in one by one, by 7:15am we had 19 Bikes and around 25 riders. There were bikes ranging from 1962 to 1996 and also its riders ranging from all generations. There was a small photo shoot with all the bikers together with the JAWA flag. Then we hit the high way sharp at 7:30am. On the road the onlookers gave us a surprised look and also few of them stopped us to find out if the company had started and if these master pieces were still available.

The riders were so enthusiastic that they just took off and there were small diversions that had to be taken on the way, so I had to ride faster and take the lead. We had to take a diversion after the Rajarajeshwari Dental College which is about 15 kms from our assembly point. The diversion was indeed a very small one so we all had to wait for a short while for all the riders to join us. The road was bad initially, but just a few meters from the entry it improved and got better. The entire stretch of the road was neatly tarred with a lot of curves; this made the ride a more pleasurable one. We all felt our bikes were talking to the wind. We reached the Big Banyan tree in about half an hour’s time. One of the Co- riders Manish wanted to take a few snaps of the bikes and we explored a place there which was at the end of a dusty road but a very nice place with beautiful scenery. The bikes were all lined up in a row, there were totally 20 bikes. We also assembled accordingly with our bikes in the order of their seniority. The older bikes stood at the first and the new versions followed. A lot of photos were clicked by many and a few were taken with all the bikers with their respective bikes. There was a small huddle of riders who wanted a photograph with an old Jawa in the foreground and with the Jawa flag.

By then we were all hungry and wanted to refuel ourselves so that we could match the rigor the bikes were in. We found a small hotel on the main road where we treated ourselves with some yummy tatte idli and vada. We then thanked the hotel guy and our bikes roared again heading towards the Manchenbele dam.

The ride to Manchenbele dam also was a very pleasurable one, the roads were not as good as the ones near the Big Banyan tree but the best part was we had to ride through a village. A few village boys who were playing on the road stopped to watch us ride and waved at us. They were happy to see so many bikes at once roaring on the road. All the people in the village were just finishing their daily activities, there were a few people who were getting ready to go their field with a plough on their shoulders, ladies in the village were busy heating up water, a few of them were cleaning the front yard of their houses, sprinkling water. A few were in the process of worshiping the Tulsi plant in front of their houses. Many were decorating their front yard with Rangoli. They all stopped their work to see us riding through their village. They saw us in excitement and smiled.

There were a few old men in the village who were observing our bikes closely and had a smile on their face and the look on their face communicated to us. There, a particular old man who twitched his mustache and felt proud that the bikes of this age are again on the road and the look on his face said that yes I know these bikes.

The village roads were dusty and rocky, and they reminded me of the first ever billboard advertisement of The Ideal Jawa Company; it said “Bad Roads?... Switch to Yezdi! These bikes are indeed made for such rugged roads. I was observing a Bajaj pulsar that came along with us; the rider had a tough time riding on these roads unlike our bikes that easily zipped past.

We reached a small steep curve as well as a steep down hill; we had a very short stop over there. This was an elevated place and gave a very beautiful view of the Arakavathi Reservoir. We had to travel a bit more to reach the dam and the reservoir. All the bikers started again and reached the reservoir. There was a very small passage where only one bike could pass and all the Yezdi and the Jawa made through the passage with ease. We again assembled there for some photos and lot of fun. We exchanged views about maintaining the bike. A few riders wanted to restore their bike so they made enquires about good painters and tinkerers. There were a few riders who were not satisfied with their mechanics so wanted to change their mechanic. There were a lot of discussions about the availability of spares and good maintenance of the bike.

We all had a huddle again and I, Lokesh and Sam announced to the team that the International Jawa and Yezdi Day would be celebrated in 2009 too and we wanted people to help us organize the event this year. We then thanked the riders for their overwhelming response and accommodating time on a weekend morning to ride with us.

After all the fun we rode back to Bangalore and decided that we would head home and end it with a nice shower and lunch.

This was indeed a very splendid ride we all had, I would like to end this with a small saying which I do not know who said but is real “ We believe that the Machine you sit on can tell the world exactly where you stand and we do not care what every one else believes”.