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Pune-Kolkata-Pune Ride Hero Karizma ZMR

After the success of my first Ride to Promote Safety in September 2012 on Hero Karizma ZMR, I was looking for another opportunity to do something similar.
Biking in India is dominated by men. It is supposed to be a man's sport. There are very few women who have broken the norms and created a niche for themselves. Dzone Group took up this mission to spread awareness and increase the participation of women in adventure biking activities.

 

With the primary focus on ‘Safe riding on highways’ and ‘women’s empowerment’ by equal participation in adventure biking activities, I geared up for my next trip. This time though, Iwasn’t a solo rider, but had the company of gutsy Ms Neha Gupta from Bangalore.

My bike for the trip from Pune-Kolkata-Pune was Hero Karizma – ZMR.

We started on 31 October 2013 at 07.25 am from my mentor and bike guru Mr Dilip Bam’s house at Chandni Chowk in Pune. The route was through Solapur-Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar-Kolkata and back via Keonjhar-Sambalpur-Raipur-Nagpur-Pune. We reached our destination Kolkata on 2 November.

Our mission and and the riding event was promoted on four Facebook pages. It was constantly updated by me and my team in Pune. More than a lakh Facebook users logged in to check our regular updates and messages on the pages - dilipbam.com, devjeetsaha.com, Puneinside.com and bikespecifications. It consisted of safety quotes, safety tips and precautions while riding a bike, thereby increasing awareness and motivating the women and youth. We used the social media platforms for our cause, but this event was also covered by many major newspapers and websites.

In Vishakhapatnam we met extreme biker Bharadwaj Dayala. He is the first Indian to complete a solo tour around the world. We had dinner together, and exchanged safety tips in between. He also helped us with the route.
 

I recall an incident which vanished our fatigue and motivated us. We had halted outside Sambalpur railway station in Orissa for tea. We went there as it was past midnight and the city was closed. There a young man recognized our bike and us as he was following updates on Dilipbam’s Facebook page. He was one of our well-wishers and a pleasant experience which made us forget our body aches and tiredness.

In Kolkata we met veteran biker Rajiv Rai. The humble rider helped us with the route and shared his invaluable experience with us. Precious moments they are!

The return ride began on 8 November. Kolkata was decked up as a bride as it was Durga Puja time and the entire state was in a festive mood. We started at 8 am from Salt Lake in Kolkata and reached Pune on November 11 at 11 in the morning.

Our effort was very well received and appreciated by the bike lovers and people from all age groups. Many women came forward and expressed their interest in biking. They had soothed their fear and cleared apprehensions regarding women biking. I do look forward to organize more such rides in future.

It is also an opportunity for me to meet interesting people, get valuable insights about biking and share the gathered experience with everyone connected with us.

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Brijesh - February 7, 2014 | 4:36 am ( 6 years ago )

My plan is all set, by the middle of February I and my biker friends will start our tour. Just one change, being a Kolkatan we will be a part of a Kolkata-Pune-Kolkata voyage; and yes, all of us will be on Hero Karizma ZMRs.

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Atish - February 6, 2014 | 10:29 am ( 6 years ago )

I am definitely a biking enthusiast and have read a lot about famous biking destinations around the globe. Didn't know the journey from Pune to Kolkata can be so exciting. I also have experience of riding in different parts of India, but never taken part in a Pune-Kolkata-Pune trip. As I know about it now and coincidentally also own a Karizma ZMR, a visit to Pune and Kolkata might be around the corner.

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Harshal - February 4, 2014 | 10:03 am ( 6 years ago )

Pune to Kolkata, on a bike. Oh, the journey must be really an exciting one.

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Satish - February 3, 2014 | 9:41 am ( 6 years ago )

To date I have driven quite a few bike models; the Hero Karizma ZMR will surely feature in my list of favorite bikes and primarily due to its incredible performance.

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Santosh - February 3, 2014 | 5:30 am ( 6 years ago )

I am a 21 year old man and really interested in biking. Hopefully one day I will also be able to check the Pune to Kolkata route on my bike. Hope 4 d best..

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Tarun - February 1, 2014 | 5:18 am ( 6 years ago )

Once we traveled to Kolkata from Pune on car and took the same route.. Solapur-Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar-Kolkata, it was an adventure trip. I can imagine how exciting the ride must have been on a bike.

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Shaji Chacko - January 28, 2014 | 11:36 am ( 6 years ago )

1nce again K-ZMR proven 2be the best 2nd only 2 RE-Bullet when it comes 2 riding ergonomics + engine life, i have gone thru devjeet saha earlier review also thru dilip bam website. keep up the goooood work devjeet. Shaji Chacko Bhopal

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