Hi there!! To talk about me, my name is Chinmaya Kar, and I am a humble IT professional, whose passion is into bikes, but as they say “Born to ride, forced to work”. I love bikes & cars, but bikes more. I love to tour – long rides, breakfast rides, overnight rides, and I am a die-hard fan of MotoGp Racing series (Moto3, Moto2, MotoGP). I am a fan of Casey Stoner and Marc Marquez. But my loyalty gets questioned when Valentino Rossi takes the win.
As with every petrol head, my love for two and four wheels started at a very young age. My mom says I had the habit of prying open every car or bike toy that my Dad would get for me from a young age of 4. My parents cannot recollect anyone from the family who was so much into cars and bike. So this passion of mine is a bit hard for them and of course for my wife too.
Fast track to the future, and I got real test of motor bikes after I started earning. Two months into my first job and I got my first bike, a Bajaj Pulsar Dtsi v1 in 2004 on EMI. Since then I have had several bikes like Pulsar 220 Fi, Hero Honda Karizma R, Yamaha FZ16, Pulsar 220 Dtsi, KTM Duke 200, Yamaha R15 v2, Kawasaki Ninja 300. Now I ride a Kawasaki Ninja 650 and a RayZ. RayZ is for things that I cannot do on my Ninja (like off-roading in Rajmachi). If all goes well, a Honda CBR650F could be in my parking spot within a year.
Riding a variety of bikes under my ownership, I have clocked more than 2 lac kilometres across them. That includes city commutes and highway riding. While city commutes has been for bread and butter, eggs & milk, it is the highway runs that has given me more joy and memorable experiences. All the highway rides that I had undertaken are etched permanently in my memory. I still remember my first tour from Mumbai to Dapoli on my KarizmaR. I crashed on that tour within first 20 KMs trying to save a dog. Needless to say we continued ahead, and I enjoyed that ride very much. I have had my fair share of crashes, and those crashes have taught me valuable lessons. Riding with proper Gear was one of them.
I had a very good riding group consisting of Pulsar 220 owners while I was in Bangalore. Bangalore to Hampi, Bangalore to Mumbai, rides to Hogenakkal falls, breakfast rides to Krishnagiri were some of the rides that we did together. Moving back to Mumbai 3 year’s back I struggled to find a proper riding group that suited my riding style. It was hard to find riding partners with whom my rhythm matched. Also, this was the time when I moved from Duke 200 to R15 to Ninja 300 to Ninja 650. I am no Rossi or Marc Marquez, but my riding skill was improving at a rapid pace. Add to that a crash course in riding at India Kawasaki Motors plant in Chakkan, Pune and I had gained lot of confidence in braking, cornering and other finer details of riding.
Just when I gave up all hopes of finding a group with whom I could ride, I met Nikunj Kosambi (LOST member), and other LOST member Pranav Deshpande. Riding with them on couple of trips brought back memories of my Bangalore riding buddies. We had a good rhythm, we had no problem riding in synch, our pace matched. Then I met Sachin Nair, Sherman Fernandes on other LOST rides that were open to guests. Riding with them was indeed a pleasure. And it instantly felt like home. I longed to join the group, as everybody else that I met from the group had amazing riding skills. My wish was granted and I am glad and feel honoured to have been inducted into LOST finally. I cherish the moment and I look forward to many more memorable rides. If only I had met them before the Sikkim Ride.