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Superbikes can be killers

As Azharuddin’s son Ayazuddin, 19, is battling for his life on a ventilator and his nephew Ajmal-ur-Rahman, 16, lost his life, cops and professional bikers say such accidents can be avoided if...

entertainment Updated: Sep 13, 2011 17:02 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times
Mohammed Azharuddin,Ayazuddin,Ajmal-ur-Rahman

It was just another thrill on Sunday for former cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin’s son Ayazuddin, 19, and nephew Ajmal-ur-Rahman, 16, as they raced through Hyderabad’s Outer Ring Road on their superbike. A little later, a horrifying divider crash left Rahman dead and Ayazuddin battling for his life on a ventilator. Till Monday afternoon, his condition was still critical. Professional bikers and cops say such accidents can be avoided if youngsters are more aware of their mean machines, and licensing is accompanied by proper training under a professional.

“One needs to thoroughly study the superbike before riding it. It’s very important to know the capabilities of a superbike, which can go out of control very easily. I can say by my experience that most people don’t even care about the specifications of a bike before they ride it. A superbike needs at least 100m of empty distance at the time of start, such is the potential of the bike,” says Arpan Dasgupta, member of the Delhi-based bikers’ club Royal Beasts, and a professional biker for over 10 years.

“If riding a bike needs 100% attention, a superbike needs 200% attention. The three most things are tyres, brakes and attention. Lose focus on any one of these, and you are likely to meet with an accident,” says Chris Harlen, owner of Delhi-based riding group Bulletwalas and a biker for over 35 years now. Ronit Sharma, 25, who rides a Honda CBR 1,000cc superbike and is a member of the Delhi Superbike Club, adds, “The rules for riding a superbike are totally different. The bike is like a rocket, it shoots through the air the moment you start it... it has tremendous pick up, and that needs to be handled with care.”

In Delhi, the Greater Noida Expressway, DND flyway and Rajpath are known to be superbiker zones. The police say they are doing all they can to check irresponsible biking in these areas. “Bike accidents are common on the highways due to overspeeding and riding without helmets,” says Saifuddin Beg, senior inspector with the Noida traffic police.

Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) Satyendra Garg says, “Road accidents happen but we haven’t come across any due to superbikes yet. Most of them are due to overspeeding, drinking, and racing.” Meanwhile, Azhar’s friends prayed for his son on Monday. “Prayers out for My friend Mohd Azharuddin’s son to get wet well soon,” tweeted actor Riteish Deshmukh. “I hope he pulls through,” said cricket-turned-commentator Atul Wassan. “May our collective prayers work,” said actor Boman Irani.

Superbike stats

* A superbike typically has an 800-1000cc engine, whereas an ordinary bike has a 100-250cc engine

* A superbike can pick up a speed of 100km/h in 3-4 seconds

* The BHP (brake horse power) of a superbike is as high as 300, whereas that of a usual bike is 13-28 bhp

* One cannot ride through traffic at low speeds easily on a superbike. U-turns need special care as superbikes are wider, and braking or stalling the engine while the handle is in a full lock turn will almost surely result in the bike falling.

First Published: Sep 12, 2011 18:39 IST