Thursday, July 30, 2009

Superbike: The Epitome of Biking


Super bike, what does this term mean? Let’s try to define this. A bike: A two wheeled motorized vehicle use for the purpose of mobility. Super: A quality of being better, far better than the rest. So a Super bike can roughly be defined as a motorized two wheeler which is better than the rest.

In modern biking context the term Superbike is used for high performance bike, a bike which produce huge amount of power, has the best chassis component to effectively harness all the power available. These superbikes use several engine configurations e.g.
Inline four , V twin , boxer twin or flat twin , parallel twin or inline two etc. In line four and v twin though are the most famous and widely used engine configurations. Most of the Japanese Superbike manufacturers like Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha use in line configuration while European manufactures like KTM, Ducati etc prefer the v twins.

As far as the engine displacement is concerned it ranges from 250 cc to 1400cc. On the basis of displacement these bikes can be categorized in the following manner the 250CCs are considered as beginners Superbike as these produce lower amount of power compared to full blown Superbikes. 600CCs are called supersports and is a logical step before reaching the liter class 1000cc bikes. Higher displacement bikes like 1352 cc Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZZR 1400 are called sports tourer. Though there are few exceptions to this as few European sports bike displace more than 1100CCs.

The styling is also a major criterion to distinguish these bikes; normally these can be categorized as naked sports like Honda CB 1000R . These bikes are devoid of any kind of fairing or wind protection and are best suited for city riding and up to a certain extent commuting. High speed runs on these bikes can be trouble as these machines offer no or very little wind protection.
Semi faired like Suzuki Bandit, Suzuki SV series these bikes make for a potent touring machine as the riding is stance is not aggressive as that of fully faired sports bike and coupled with this relaxed riding position semi fairing of these bikes work as boon for tourers who love munching miles on highways..
Fully faired like Yamaha R1, Honda CBR these machine are replicas of their racing cousins which do duty on racetracks. The riding stance is very aggressive and these serve the purpose of quenching the thirst of all those wannabe Rossis and Stoners of the world.
Supermotord like Ducati hypermotord , these are very distinct to look at as their styling is very unconventional, and these makes for superb hooligan tool for popping wheelies and sliding out of corner.

We have shunned Cruisers here in this discussion as they are breed apart and can’t directly be compared to Superbikes.

My Very First Ride to Hills

My very first ride to Hills:

I wanted to ride and I wanted to ride to hills, almost n number of times the plan was made and almost equal number of times it was scraped due to some or other reason. So I have severe doubt about the success of my n+1 number of plan, when I suggested my dear friend Bobby a weekend ride to some near by hill station. I will use this opportunity to tell you something about Mr. Bobby aka Aryan, he is an avid tourer and a fabulous photographer, in short a superb ride partner to anywhere.
The next thing was to decide upon a destination which can be done to and fro in short span of two days. But one thing was for sure we will be riding either to Himchal pardesh or Uttrakhand. Together these two states offer huge number of destination to someone who is residing in and around Delhi/NCR. In the due course of discussion, planning contemplating some other riders also becomes the part of this proposed ride. Narkanda was considered as the first choice but distance of 400+ kilometers from Delhi made it a little impractical to do in two days time. Here comes the kasuali into the scene, yes you are right this is the same place where Jaadu landed in his state of the art spaceship and turned Hrithik from zero to hero, but jaadu’s jaadu didn’t work on us and because of some unknown reason it was marked out too.
This is where Mr. Imran famously knows as Born2Lead or B2L came with the idea of going to Lansdowne, now this is a small hilly area with Garwhal rifles army cantonment.
The distance of just 250+ kilometers from Delhi make it just a perfect getaway for the hustle bustle of Capital city.
Destination was decided, riders were ready in short we were ready to roll. The meeting point was Mohan nagar, ghaziabad. I started from my place at 4:15 am and at 4:30 I was at the meeting point. Now I was waiting for the fellow riders to join me. I was full of excitement and anticipation this was “The Moment” I am finally riding and I am riding to hills, it may be relatively a short ride but it’s a ride nonetheless.
And this is just the beginning.