Bangalore RD350 Club
For your club, what does motorcycling stand for?
Motorcycling is an experience. It is an indulgence in the passion that each of us have. It is the freedom to express ourselves and an experience to undergo. For most, it is a great source for relieving stress from the mundane. we are the Lord's of two stoke these bikes were so;d between 1983-1989 in india and are now about 30years old - seeing a rd on the road is impossible these days - these bikes are two stroke with twin engine - 349cc with 31bhp - these are the fastest indian made ever - we build this club to keep the beast live **
Tell us briefly about the motorcycling ethics followed collectively by your club especially when related to practicing and promoting safe motorcycling?
SAFETY FIRST is the first thought that we promote. We constantly urge the club members to use good riding gear. The basic safety requirement is to have a helmet. NO HELMET NO RIDE. A briefing on the safety aspect is always done before we start any ride. Be it a short ride within the city or an overnight trip.
The club members ensures the safety of the bikes by advising on where to source quality parts for the bike. The RD being a legendary machine, securing quality parts adds to the life of the bike and also the mental health of the biker.
RESPECT. This is one of the most important ethos in the club. This is a multidimensional. We need to respect the other members, their opinion, other tuners / mechanics, other road users, etc. The bottom line is you need to respect one and all.
we have organised many rally to promote safe biking **
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding motorcycles?
Let us be downright honest, every aspect be it walking down the road or travelling in an aeroplane has its share of risks and dangers. The magnititued and possibility of these differ. On a motorbike, there are inherent dangers, this is something that we cannot deny. What we do is to embrace the fact that motorcycling is dangerous / risky. When you do that you have a heightened sense of all the dangers and are better equipped to cope with it. This being done, we constantly upgrade our knowledge about the dangers and how to handle them. This makes us better prepared.
Tell us briefly about the 2 most memorable/important motorcycling events organized by or participated in by your club?
India Biker Week – 2013 – Goa. This was the first time the Bangalore RD350 club embarked on a journey which was a real eye opener to all club members. Many were skeptical of the bikes making the journey but that did not bother anyone. In an ocean of Harleys and other newer / bigger bikes, the respect the RD still commands is a sight to behold. Many old timers came up to us and were reminiscing their younger days when they had an RD. That is when both a sense of joy and responsibility hit us. We were overjoyed with the response / recognition the bike got and now have a collective responsibility to nurture the bike and bring it back to its former glory
Weekend ride to Horsley Hills- Yercaud- Goa- Kerala - Hubli - Bandipur - Mysore - ooty - many more all memorable once on rd *
How has your motorcycling club contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
The Bangalore RD350 club was actively involved in creating awareness of the T20 Cricket world cup for the blind. We discussed with all motorbike and scooter clubs in Bangalore and had over 200+ bikers coming together on a Sunday morning to promote the event. The presence of the Indian cricket team just added to the festivities. At the end of the event, the bikers were generous enough to open up their wallets as well. In a matter of mins, Rs.65000/- was raised and donated to the Samarthanam trust who had organized the event.
During our long rides, we display our ethos of Safety first and Respect to all. When we pass through villages, towns and cities, there are a million eyes that are watching. We are sure that these simple rules gets its due from all.
For the years to come, we intend to be associated with both charitable causes and the ca
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
Motorcycling is still in its infancy in India. But the good thing is it is growing. It is now getting attention from all. The availability of good bikes be it for touring or track racing is ridiculously expensive all thanks to the taxes. Most of the bike manufacturers have traditionally promoted commuter bikes for daily use. Of late the manufacturers are realizing the market for performance oriented bikes and are slowing trying to satisfy these customers as well.
Cost and policies apart, the image of a biker in most minds is of a hooligan. Some immature guy with a bike who are reckless and disregards all safety has helped create this image. The club and its members do not encourage such behavior.
On the positive side, the highways are good but the village roads are better. They pack a scenic view & experience which transcends all borders