Monday, July 11, 2011

400 bikers celebrate, honour mechanics

BANGALORE: How do you like a bike show that honours mechanics and gives them a place in the hall of fame? Across the globe, the second Sunday of July is celebrated as International Jawa and Yezdi Day. This year, the event was bigger than ever in the city with more than 400 bikers in top gear at Shivajinagar grounds

Brian Ammanna, an enthusiast, said the day is an annual celebration of the vintage bikes in 175, 250 and 350cc ranges sold in India from 1960 to 1996. "These bikes made a mark in automotive history as exotic pieces of machinery and were known for their reliability and low-maintenance costs. They were last manufactured at the Ideal Jawa factory in Mysore before the company went bankrupt. But the few surviving bikes have been brought back to their former glory in the hands of passionate riders and mechanics." 

To remember these bikes and their fearless riders, Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Club has been organizing a meet every year in July. "We felicitated mechanics and all of us had breakfast together," Ammanna said. "It's very difficult to get spare parts for the bikes. We share notes and identify mecahnics who do a good job, referring bikers to them even if they are from different areas." 


* No. of Jawa, Yezdi bikers in Bangalore: 400

* They meet annually on the second Sunday of July

* International Jawa-Yezdi Day celebrates bikes in the 175, 250 and 350cc ranges sold in India from 1960 to 1996


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