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Old 7th July 2014, 12:44   #241
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3) leaving no space by virtually standing next to the divider on a signal or traffic jam
Perfect. Like in any war, it is difficult to protect two flanks. Best to take one out of the equation.

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4) If a two wheeler tries to squeeze in, I just honk once and move my truck a bit to block his way, 99% of the time they have not made another attempt
I do the same. Game of block-block, thou shalt NOT pass! Along with horn, I also roll down window and start a conversation with squeezy macchar showing due concern for his pressing urgencies in life and being adequately apologetic for blocking his way ...... not. But I guess its easier to do in Pune than Delhi.

In really heavy crawling traffic sometimes I even roll down the co-driver window, unbuckle my seat belt, put up my seat armrest and lean all the way over to the other side to fold in the mirror (you realise just how wide the Safari really is when you need to do something like this .....).

In addition to protecting your back bumper, you also have to protect your front one (the corners) from squeezy macchars trying to cut across the front of you if they see even the hint of a gap. Moral of the story is to not leave a gap. Beware of cyclists too. They are as bad offenders on this one.

Speaking of ego, I learned a lesson the other day while being frustrated behind a black smoke belching black Scorpio for quite some distance not being able to overtake. Finall while approaching a roundabout, Black Scorpio failed to cover left side adequately, and seeing the gap I went for it. The SOB saw me coming too late and tried to close the door (belatedly - I was almost through). I got squeezed to the left where there were those hanging roots of a banyan tree. Which had been trimmed, but were stil long enough to give the top of Beastie a whack. I was scared of scratches so immediately on reaching home climbed on the foot board and checked the entire left top of the vehicle. Hapily the roots had hit the top roof rack and not the roof per se.Big sigh of relief, lesson in humility and patience learned!
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Very important to leave your ego out of the picture in a city. I too stick to the extreme right lane in stop-go traffic, so as to get one flank covered. The problem is, machchars still try to squeeze in, with the inherent risk of the edge of their handlebars scratching / denting you. Despite the cladding (which is effective against cars), the bikers can still hurt you on the metal. And let me tell you, the metal is very easily prone to dents.
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Last night on the way back home from office Beastie completed the first 10,000 kms of what I'm hoping will be a very long life together with me and my family! And needless to mention, she's purring beautifully now. Better than ever. Soft and punchy is how I would describe her ride and engine pull feel.

Yeah, I know that at 15 months this would probably rate as a very slow 10,000 kms, but then ALL my vehicles, bikes as well as cars, are relatively low miles per years of age. My January 2005 Baleno who is now into her 10th year for instance is only just now about to hit 60,000 kms.

The only high miler was my KB100 RTZ (which I had for 10 years), but that was when I was a college student and then a struggling intern and young doctor, with no other mode or means of transport but her - Simone.

I've had Doppie, my Std 500, also for exactly 10 years now, but I've not racked up near as many miles on her in comparison.

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Congrats doc on crossing this milestone. Interestingly, it almost coincides with me completing 5000 kms on my storme today.
I'm even slower driver in terms of miles per year (can't cay about mph) as I have a 2004 Santro with 45k & 2010 ZMR with 5k on odo. But yes.. my college time Hero Puch was pushed beyond 25000k in just 4 years - and the poor 65 cc usually carried three merciless human-beings called friends.
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Congrats doc on crossing this milestone. Interestingly, it almost coincides with me completing 5000 kms on my storme today.
I'm even slower driver in terms of miles per year (can't cay about mph) as I have a 2004 Santro with 45k & 2010 ZMR with 5k on odo. But yes.. my college time Hero Puch was pushed beyond 25000k in just 4 years - and the poor 65 cc usually carried three merciless human-beings called friends.
Thanks bro. My new year resolution is at least 20K kms by the end of Year 2 - which means 10K kms in the next 9 months. Doable.

LOL Look at it this way - well kept genuine low mile vehicles from motorheads like us get great resale value above the norm when and if we ever put them on the market.
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