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Rider Stories: Felinophile, bike Fanatic Vinayak Bhanoo

Team wheelstreet brings you the adventures of “@thebuffmoto” – the Felinophile, a Diehard Bike Fanatic. The guy who never wanted to venture too much is now riding miles on roads. It was a pleasure listening to his experiences. We hope you would also love to be a part of his travel!

 

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This week’s Rider Stories features Vinayak Bhanoo, who loves cats and bikes equally. During his teenage days, he used to collect notebooks with pictures of bikes on the covers. When he was in Class 11, he had met with a bike accident as a pillion rider and it took him some time to get back to bikes. Back then Vinayak was just interested in bikes and his parents were completely against the idea of buying him a motorcycle. He bought his first bike after earning and learning how to ride a bike.

 

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Vinayak always wanted to own a big bike and so before his 25th birthday, he purchased Benelli 899 with his savings. This passionate rider shares an interesting experience during his IBW trip from Mumbai to Goa, “While calculating my expenses for the trip, I forgot to take into account that my bike gives a mileage of 8-9 kilometers per litre on the highway. By the end of the trip, I asked for loans because my bike had consumed twice the amount of fuel I saved for [laughs]!”

 

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Vinayak had thrilling experiences when he was learning to ride. He was always scared to venture out too much and would only ride up to Andheri Airport from his place in Mahim. One day, he felt that he needed to push himself. After making up his mind to go wherever he could, he went out for a ride at 5 o’clock in the morning. Soon, he came across a signboard which stated that he was about to reach Lonavala. The major issue that a rider faces while riding from Mumbai to Pune is that bikes are not allowed on the expressway. When he had started, it was quite dark and he didn’t even realize when he had entered the expressway.

 

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He suddenly noticed that there were no two-wheelers around and four-wheelers sped past him at very high speed. Vinayak was an amateur rider then and he moved to the side of the road with his bike cautiously. Suddenly he noticed that his low fuel warning light had started blinking making it impossible for him to move forward or search for fuel. He could not draw much attention as he was on the expressway and would have to pay a very heavy fine if he was caught. In spite of seeing an exit, he kept moving forward until he reached the toll gate as he was not sure of the route. At the toll gate, everyone was quite surprised to see him and the people at the toll gate showed him the way. Vinayak accepts that it was an immature plan as his parents were extremely worried about his safety.

 

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Vinayak admits, “Touring has never been my cup of tea and I am more of a technical rider. I want to do a track day with my own bike. I have plans to ride from Mumbai to my hometown in Himachal. Coming to bike riding, I always give first priority to safety while riding. My safety mantra while riding is to put on all the riding gears which ensure protection. One needs to be very careful while riding at high speed and think ten steps ahead while overtaking any vehicle on the roads. In case, a clear line of sight is not available, don’t go speeding ahead as it might lead to fatal accidents. My foremost advice to riders is to take every turn and every throttle twist with utmost care.”

 

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Vinayak feels that India is not the safest country when it comes to touring. A rider can share his live location with others so that he can be helped in case of an accident or emergency. He feels that It is better to ride with a co-rider so that help can be provided at the earliest. This passionate rider considers solo rides to be dangerous even if it is the latest trend. He associates riding with brotherhood and exploring with close ones. Vinayak feels that group rides are more enjoyable than traveling from one place to another all alone. He feels that one should not forget to carry the tire puncture kit and first aid kit even while riding short distances.

 

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That was a great read, yes guys? Wheelstreet will come with yet another interesting rider next week! Until that, stay tuned with us and ride safely on roads!

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