Mangalore, July 9: As many as 30 different variants of Yezdi and Jawa bikes hit the road in the coastal city on Sunday even as buffs of the classic bikes flocked to Shanthi Nilaya ground at Balmatta here to have a glimpse of them. According to Arun Shiri, a member of the Mangalore Yezdi and Jawa Owners Club, several youngsters are looking to own such bikes because of their heavy metal look, power, and thunderous sound. "Getting spare parts was difficult in the past.
But, now sourcing the spare parts has become easy as some manufactures in Bangalore and Mysore have started making them," he said "Most of the club members have purchased these bikes and a few have inherited them from their fathers and grandfathers," he added. The bike rally, organized as part of International Jawa Day, passed through KS Road, Kadri Park Road and MG Road.
Four Willys jeeps also participated in the rally. The objective of the rally was the create awareness about road safety. Ravichandra, an employee of a plywood factory, said, "I bought a 1983 model Yezdi seven years back. Today, my bike is as old (29 years) as me." Businessman S Jijuppillai, who owns three Yezdi bikes said, "I have been attending the bikers' meet for the past several years as I can meet people with same interests. I am also organizing bike rallies to travel to different places in groups." He said. He added that the demand for the bikes had increased over the years. "Sever youths approaches me to check if he is selling the bikes even now," he added.