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Early morning riders are a common sight on ECR and we catch up with two groups and their mean machines

A TYPICAL Sunday morning on ECR sees more than just walkers, joggers and cyclists. There is the rumble of Harleys and superbikes and they announce the Chennai bike groups on their routine rides. They have a cult-like following in the city. We talk to two groups whose common passion brings together like-minded bikers to enjoy weekends with exhilarating rides down the coast.

Superbike parade
The East Coast Riders’ bike contingent consists of a Hayabusa, an FZ and a CBR, among other beasts. Formed in early 2010, this superbike group rides up to TTDC boathouse from ECR every Sunday at 5.30 am. ‘‘We cover the 90 km trip in two hours,’’ Juzar Vanak, one of the riders, says. Comprising mostly of professionals, industrialists and businessmen, the group has also done rides in places like Yercaud and Kotagiri. Not surprisingly, you need to own a superbike to join. ‘‘We also expect a passionate approach to riding,’’ says Vanak, another member. Details: 9790910608

Meet the CHOG
The Harley brotherhood in India has individual chapters in states,  with Harley dealers. With around 80 riders, the Chennai chapter or the Coromandel Harley Owners Group, has been riding every Sunday since 2010. ‘‘We meet at Thiruvanmiyur PO and ride to Mudaliarkuppam Boat House,’’ says Nilesh Kapadia, secretary of CHOG. They also hold all-India rides every year, culminating in a finale called National HOG Ride in Goa every January.  ‘‘Our office bearers decide the trips and we post them on our Facebook page,’’ Kapadia says. So to be a part of this group, your Harley is the ticket. Details: 979043444
— Karan Pillai

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