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Story Behind The Design: Classic Bikes

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Story Behind The Design: Classic Bikes

When you are the ‘70s born, growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s was a lot of fun. It was the world of macho men: men went to a barber’s shop and not a beauty salon. Rocky, Rambo, and Die Hard were awesome. And telephones were fixed on a wall or a table. We didn’t have a million marathon runners. And motorsports, in general, was a lot cooler. The motorcycles were very unruly and in the smell of all things unpleasant, garages built fast motorcycles.In the late ‘80s, I had moved to a boarding school in Chennai. My social life...

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Story Behind The Design: Never Stop Exploring

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Story Behind The Design: Never Stop Exploring

As I was growing up, I frequently shuttled between Chennai and Tirunelveli. I was lucky enough to be exposed to two different cultures – one: ...

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Story Behind The Design: James Bond 007 T-Shirt

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Story Behind The Design: James Bond 007 T-Shirt

In an era before the Internet, James Bond movies gave access to two things: chicks and cars. Since this is a family website, let’s stick to the cars!

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Story Behind The Design: Senna - Designed to Win

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Story Behind The Design: Senna - Designed to Win

In the mid-80s, I was introduced to the world of Formula 1 racing through the-then, India’s only sports magazine called The Sportstar. India was and is a one-sport, cricket crazy nation. It was natural for the media to cover everything about cricket. But if you were lucky, you would have one page on motorsports. And most often, it was after the championship.

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Story Behind The Design: Fun Begins Where Pavement Ends

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Story Behind The Design: Fun Begins Where Pavement Ends

Of the 30 years that I’ve been riding motorcycles, the last 5 years I’ve been riding a BMW GS R1200. Until this point, my riding experience was pretty much limited to streets and highways. I picked the GS because I wanted a motorcycle that was comfortable to tour across India. I wanted a motorcycle to cruise and surf over potholes and no-roads. As much as I loved the travel documentary, “Long Way Around” by the Hollywood actor, Ewan McGregor and his friend, Charley Boorman, the “GS bug” didn’t bite me until I started riding one.

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