Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Club
Lokesh JM, Amrit Appaiah, Brian Ammanna, John Samuel
For your club, what does motorcycling stand for?
Motorcycling for BJYMC means passion for our old twin exhaust machines and the brotherhood of fellow bikers. We are always there for one another in times of trouble and in happiness as one big family.
Tell us briefly about the motorcycling ethics followed collectively by your club especially when related to practicing and promoting safe motorcycling?
Having had the reputation of being a hooligan if seen riding a Yezdi thanks to the numerous hindi and regional films in the 80's that showcased villans riding these bikes, we had to turn around the image of the bike and the rider.
Special care is taken to ensure that all rides of BJYMC are responsible enough to follow road rules and ride in formations of two's if the road is wide enough.
We also ensure that our bikes are ridden within the city speed limits and not exceed 80kmph on highways to ensure safety of the rider and the machine for which engine spares are hard to find. This ensures that our bikes are maintained well and last another generation for our children to enjoy them.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding motorcycles?
Motorcycles might give us the freedom to experience the open roads like no other vehicle but also comes with inherent dangers since the vehicle does not have a shell to protect its rider incase of an accident. Hence, utmost care needs to be taken to ensure the safety of the rider and to follow road rules at all time.
Tell us briefly about the 2 most memorable/important motorcycling events organized by or participated in by your club?
BJYMC since its inception in 2007 has been organising the Annual International Jawa Day each year on the second sunday of July. The 2010 and 2011 events held at Kanteerva Stadium saw the maximum participation of Jawa and Yezdi bikers which crossed the 500 mark. Reports indicate that this was the largest gathering of single branded bikers anywhere in the country even when the brand is not in production since 1996.
BJYMC is also actively part of the biking clubs in South India and meets them at an Annual event called Southern Raid. The 2012 Southern Raid was organised by BJYMC at Munnar with 7 different Jawa Yezdi clubs participating in the event (Chennai, Calicut, Trivandrum, Kannur, Mysore, Guntur, Mangalore, Shimoga etc). Bikers from all parts of South India converged at Munnar (About 150) for a 3 day event in October of 2012.
How has your motorcycling club contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
BJYMC being not for profit organisation has limited source of funds which is primary through voluntary contributions from members. This has not held us back in our bid to contribute to the society by organising awareness drives (Wildlife Awareness), spending time at orphanages and blind schools and contributing to organisations such as Goong during natural calamities.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
The best part of riding in India is the diverse terrain and virgin locations that are yet to be discovered by the public. Some of the sights and location are unmatched anywhere in the world (Leh and Arunachal region).
However, there are pitfalls too. Motorcyclists are not respected by other motorists while on the highway and there are no dedicated motorcycle lanes anywhere in the country causing more danger to the rider each day.