THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A group of bikers in the city drove up to Kanakakunnu Palace on different types of bikes for a cause. Some of them were riding high end, macho looking bikes such as Yamaha YZF R1, Suzuki GSX-R1000 while the others were on good old Yamaha Rx 100-types. However, for the team members of the motor cycling platform xBhp it is not the make of the bikes but the idea of safe riding that has brought them together. They gathered on Sunday for yet another safe ride campaign organised by SCT College, Pappanamcode, as part of their annual college programme ‘Autobahn 2017’.
xBhp conducted their first ‘Motography Show’ at Kanakakunnu Palace. A national seminar on road safety too was held at the palace hall. Motography, derived from motorcycles and photography, brought to life the team’s trips to different terrains in the country. “All the photographs have team members wearing safety gears such as helmets, jackets, gloves. We promote responsible riding,” says the coordinator of xBhp in Kerala, Jayan Morris. He is a former IT professional turned business man in the city. Naveen Ravi, Vishnu Shaji, Varun Kumar, Vivek M Nair are some of the members from IT, medical and engineering fields who have joined the group due to their passion for riding.
xBhp stands for extra break horse power and it is India’s largest and popular motorcycling platform since 2002. The team members go for rides together to all parts of the country. Ladakh, Nepal, Bhutan are some of the favourite locations. Of course they go to nearby locations on a weekly trip. The recent trip was to Kolli hills in Namakkal. They also host xBhp bikers from other states. “We go with them for trips. They love to ride to Kovalam and Ponmudi,” says Jayan. The city branch of xBhp has around 35 active members. The members’ age range from 18 to 60 years. The group is part of many safe riding initiatives launched by the Road Safety Authority and City Police. According to Jayan xBhp was the first in the state to promote safe riding. “Many join us to satiate their passion for riding. They also approach us for information on bikes. We offer these information through our web forum. But only those who are committed to safe riding stay on with us,” says Jayan.
He said the until a few years ago it was difficult to procure safety gears. Most of it used to be imported from the developed countries. The situation has changed now and all the necessary materials are available here in the city, says Jayan. For the team a good helmet with full protection costs above Rs 2,000. If you care for your head buy a good helmet, says team xBhp.