Warmee up

Warmee – a handy tool for bikers born for the cold adventure.

I had received a few pouches of Warmee from their team; I had read about it and was keen to try them out this winter. From a biker’s point of view, anything that helps protect you from the cold is a must have tool in your bag. Until now, the tools referred to — thick liners or thermal wear kind of clothing.

I had no answer to anyone asking if there was anything available in the market that can work as an instant warmer thing. In fact few years back the only fastest way to get that instant warm moment was to grab hold of the bike exhaust.
Well burning fuel just to warm your hands at the chance of burning your skin, sounds so illogical.

Luckily technology has come a long way and ‘Warmee’ the latest in cold killer can cater those urge for instant heating solution.

If you see the below images of the product, the pack has all the instructions and most common questions answered, so I won’t again ponder over that part. But I’ll share my experience on how it has come to use in by motorcycle endeavors.

 

warmee

warmee

Winter is the season when I go on frequent rides early in the morning. Covering an average distance of 100kms is pretty obvious. Though how much I act fondly of cold weather, the single digit temperature ultimately gets you. And the primary issue lies while riding at high speeds; as all my riding gears are of mesh material, the wind really hits you hard on the torso.

Blame it on the age, very recently I have started feeling the chill on my skin. But here is a fact, I don’t intend to slow down. All I need is a solution to clear this hurdle.

So on my recent trip to Agra and Bharatpur, a total distance of 1300kms; I put two packets of Warmee in my jacket pocket. One on left and another in the right side.

Like the instructions say, it takes just few seconds to heat up. And while riding, within couple of minutes I felt a warm sensation inside my jacket. I could feel the chill disappearing on my skin. For 3 hours of riding in the morning, Warmee was at play.

Around noon when the weather was warm enough, I took the Warmee pouches out to dispose them off but wondered to see how long it stay warm before running its course! So for the time being I just kept it in my bag …and after couple of hours when we stopped for lunch somewhere on NH-8 — To my surprise, the pouch was still warm.

I can say I’m quite impressed with the new product and would recommend to fellow bikers.

I have also made a list of ideal scenarios where Warmee can come in great use –

– Camping (use inside sleeping bag)
– While riding motorcycle (like how I have mentioned)
– Bus/Cab journeys early morning or late nights, when its little over pleasant cold.
– For senior citizens who are sensitive to cold weather.
– Ladakh riders, to get some relieve from the ice cold weather at that altitude.

I’m sure there will be more number of ways Warmee can be used.

P.S. – Since it’s one time use; I strongly advice you to dispose off the pouch responsibly.

You can Buy Warmee on Amazon or Snapdeal; or you can find the store list on their website – Warmee

Warmee Pouch
Warmee Pouch

 

The Third Eye of The Biker

It’s been 10 years since I’m riding a motorcycle — in and around the city, outskirts, far distances in the state and annual long distance rides either to the Himalayas or down south. There is always a destination in mind and a craving to explore the unknown.

During these rides there were unfortunate times where I saw many accidents of my fellow riders and strangers; I myself have been in one accident where I broke my right elbow joint. It is fair to say that bikes and accidents go hand in hand. But it’s not a bad thing. We all fell ones when we were riding bicycle. So falling from a motorcycle is an inevitable fact of the two wheeler world. Although I do pray that we ride safe and be unharmed during and after every ride.

But after attending the India Bike Week 2013, first ever biker festival in India, taken place in the state of Goa I received a new insight when it comes to riding a motorcycle and motorcycle accidents.

One of the main guests in the honour roll of IBW was Subash Chandra Bose aka Bullet Bose. The man is a legend. The more you read about him the more inspired you will feel.

Bullet Bose gave a speech which I could not forget till date. His quotes, his statements became the building blocks in my head when it comes to motorcycling. His approach, his style and dressing was humble and admiring.

About today’s scenario Bullet Bose says, “Your generation is really lucky that you have best of the bikes to ride. Best of the motorcycle gear to use for protection but what the gen lacks is tolerance and patience. When the youth is speeding in city traffic, he is endangering himself and the people around him. There is frankly no need to rush unless emergency. If speed is a thrill you seek then you have hardly seen speed. And to get that perspective first hand, you need to get on the racing track. It is where you’ll not just meet speed but realize speed; understand speed… After a track experience under right guidance you won’t even bother to jump gears while riding in the street. You are above the average standard.”

Very rightly he has said that we have become impatient and wild. When riding many don’t respect the vehicles and pedestrian traffic around us. Just zip zap zoom in between them without thinking of the consequence and then one bad day… Boom… A super duper crash.

The Third Eye of The Biker

In a statement Bullet Bose also mentioned that he has been riding over 40 years now and in his racing career or while riding on the road till date not have had a single motorcycle accident.

Now this is where my previous ideology went for a toss. How can this be possible I wondered. It’s been just 10 years and already I have had my share of accident and incidents. And this guy is over 40+ mark, flawless in ways.

Bullet Bose quoted,”You the biker, should try to understand the psychology of the biker other than you.”

While riding back from Goa his quote keep hovering in my mind over and over again. It’s like it opened a third eye in me when it comes to biking.

When you put the key in the ignition, start the bike and head out on the road you need to be aware of the most non-sense thing any driver, rider or pedestrian is going to do to put you in harms way. The best way to explain or elaborate this is by seeing the movie Sherlock Homes starring Robert Downy Jr.

In the movie you’ll notice how he foresees and expects the move his enemy is going to make and imagines virtually in his mind so when the moment comes he is fully ready with an escape plan.

A biker should also open his third eye and start seeing the unforeseen.

Foresee the…

Foresee a vehicle jumping the red light.
Foresee a child crossing the road out-of-nowhere.
Foresee that you are in the blind side of the vehicle ahead of you.
Foresee the road is wet and slippery.
Foresee the oil patches in the middle of the road.
Foresee the dirt that can skid your tyre.
Foresee the potholes that can disturb your balance.
Foresee the idiot crossing the road at own leisure.
Foresee the local villager dancing in middle of the road.
Foresee yourself at the trick bend ahead.
Foresee the oncoming truck off his lane.
Foresee your overtaking smartly.
Foresee the responsibility of the pillion with you.
Foresee the car ahead breaking suddenly.
Foresee the vehicle coming from the blind side.
Foresee that there is always an idiot around.
Foresee your path.
Foresee your destination.
Foresee how much strength you have left.
Foresee when will the bike need break.
Foresee…….

With experience there will be many more factors you’ll ‘Foresee’ yourself. Everyday you should be ready to embrace the new thing learned.

Empty the mind while riding. Forget all the thoughts and worries you are carrying in it. Just focus on the third eye and try to anticipate what’s going to take place ahead on the road.