By Talal Hussain Malik, Head PBC Legal Dept.
he motorcycling community of Pakistan has long been a victim of stagnation when it comes to improvement in quality, variety, looks and performance of bikes. We have been getting the same bikes with just a modification of graphics on the tank and plastics. I consider it to be the dark era in the motorcycling history of Pakistan. Those days are gone now and we are hopeful of a brighter future. The collection of bikes at the PBC stall at the Expo was just a prelude to that brighter future.
The 5th Education Expo was organized by fairs.com under the patronage of Dr. Osamah Dir on June 08 and 09 at the Expo Centre, Lahore. In a country like Pakistan where on-hand information is not easily available to the students for higher studies planning, events like the Education Expo play vital role in providing all the required information to them under one roof.
There were stalls of renowned schools and universities for facilitating students of all ages. It was a matter of honor to receive a call from fairs.com team with an invitation for setting up our stall at the Education Expo. For Bikers’ Club such an invitation is validation of their status with the motorcycling community, so we did our best to make the stall attractive one.
Among some other attractions what made the expo better from the previous ones was the fabulous stall managed by Pakistan Bikers Club. For attraction of the youngsters we tried our best to make the PBC stall a great extravaganza of variety of bikes from different categories. In this respect we are indebted to Suzuki Master Motors, Defence Lahore and Piaggio Ravi Motors Lahore who both favored us by bringing their cool bikes for display. The purpose of our stall was not only to educate the youngsters about importance of safe riding but also to give them a little introduction of what motorcycling will be in Pakistan in the future.
In Pakistan, a motorcycle is still the mostly used means of commutation. Narrow roads coupled with average riding ability, non-observation of traffic laws and neglecting the use of riding gear takes so many precious lives every year. In case of accident a motorcycle rider is always open to injuries; a helmet is the least must to avoid casualty. The PBC stall at the expo was all about creating awareness in this regard, with a display of protective gear like helmet, elbow and knee guards and body armour; this stuff is hardly found in the market but easily available with PBC.
Above all, perhaps what caught the attention of visitors most at the expo were the two mighty Suzuki bikes. Suzuki Motors Pakistan recently stunned the motorcycling community of the country with their plans of importing some bigger bikes. A regular launch of the bikes is expected pretty soon but for the motorcycle lovers we managed the display at our stall.
Just when you entered the Expo hall, the Suzuki GSXR 1300 better known as Hayabusa in white caught the attention of the visitors. Hayabusa is a sport bike, among the fastest of street legal motorcycles on the planet. Powered by a 6 speed, 16 valves, inline four-cylinder liquid cooled DOHC engine, Hayabusa produces massive power, and it is a real king on the road. Opposite to Hayabusa stood the massive Mr. Intruder in black, a real attention grabber. The M800 also called Intruder is a twin cylinder shaft driven 800cc cruiser that produces about 50 bhp at 6500 rpm count. When I have enough money I’ll definitely buy it. Suzuki also plans to launch Inazuma, a 250cc bike albeit it was not available for display at the stall yet we know that the twin cylinder bike with an EFI engine is equally promising. We would be able to tell you about the riding experience of these bikes once we get them for a test ride.
Over the years, Honda and Yamaha have ruled the Pakistani motorcycle market followed by Suzuki but now there are other players in the market too, Piaggio Ravi being worth the mention. Though still new in the market, Piaggio Ravi has become hot favorite among the youngsters thanks to aero dynamic styling of the bike and the sporty looks that appeal to the young blood. The 125cc Storm has been a great hit and it also added to the attraction at our stall. Team Piaggio plans to introduce a 100cc Scooty in the country, what is of interest in this machine is that it has no clutch automatic transmission. Start the bike, give the throttle and off you go. It does not end here, Piaggio Ravi also working on introducing a 150cc bike with impressive sporty looks. The 150cc Piaggio BYQ will be a very promising bike, we were told.
-Published on page#14 & 15 in June-2013 edition of MOBILE WORLD Magazine