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Monday, June 1, 2020

speed vehicles ~ urge to drive faster ! - accidents !!

Till Mar 2020, city life was frustrating – there were traffic jams everywhere you go. Arterial roads like Mount road would get choked with moving vehicles of various hues. Those travelling by train will have to plan, as the  bridge near the old Jail complex would get choked and would take an hour or so to cover 1 km distance. Life has changed – in April there were no vehicles on road – now, with lockdown 4 – one could see lot more vehicles but since the roads are perceived to be empty, people are driving faster ! – mad mentality.  In Beach road especially in the mornings, people would drive mad causing road accidents and some deaths too.  Why are we not disciplined ? – people behave rather differently when Police is nto around !  understand that in foreign countries there are great roads and special roads in which people can drive faster – not on roads which commons use.  There are autobahns special motorway connecting some cities.    

When I grew up – there were only few who owned vehicles.  There were Lamby, Vijay, Bajaj scooters and an odd Bullet, couple of Jawa (Yezdi later) and some Rajdoot bikes.  Mid-1980s changed the bike scenario with Ind-Suzuki, Kawasaki Bajaj, Yamaha, Hero Honda 100 cc bikes – I bought Bajaj Chetak for 16200 in 1990 and Hero Honda SS100 for 38200 in 1997.  Imagined driving a Ducati ! ever

Ducati Multistrada 1260 is the most powerful Multistrada yet. While the full-fledged adventure tourer is being offered in international markets in a total of four versions namely standard, Multistrada 1260 S, Multistrada D-air and Pikes peak, India gets only the former two. The bike gets the same 1262cc, L-twin Testastretta engine that powers the XDiavel. The Ducati Multistrada 1260 has features like wheelie control, cornering ABS, coloured TFT instrument cluster and a lot more. Ducati Multistrada  1260 S can be yours at a price of Rs.18 lakhs +  

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. is the motorcycle-manufacturing division of Italian company Ducati, headquartered in Bologna, Italy. The company is owned by German automotive manufacturer Audi through its Italian subsidiary Lamborghini, which is in turn owned by the Volkswagen Group.  In 1926 Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his three sons, Adriano, Marcello, and Bruno Cavalieri Ducati founded Società Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati in Bologna to produce vacuum tubes, condensers and other radio components. In 1935 they had become successful enough to enable construction of a new factory in the Borgo Panigale area of the city. Production was maintained during World War II, despite the Ducati factory being a repeated target of Allied bombing.

Meanwhile, at the small Turinese firm SIATA (Societa Italiana per Applicazioni Tecniche Auto-Aviatorie), Aldo Farinelli began developing a small pushrod engine for mounting on bicycles. Barely a month after the official liberation of Italy in 1944, SIATA announced its intention to sell this engine, called the "Cucciolo" (Italian for "puppy," in reference to the distinctive exhaust sound) to the public. The first Cucciolos were available alone, to be mounted on standard bicycles, by the buyer; however, businessmen soon bought the little engines in quantity, and offered complete motorized-bicycle units for sale. In 1950, after more than 200,000 Cucciolos had been sold, in collaboration with SIATA, the Ducati firm finally offered its own Cucciolo-based motorcycle. This first Ducati motorcycle was a 48 cc bike. 
By Yesterdays Antique Motorcycles en Classic Motorcycle Archive, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Power bikes could mean accidents too and there is news that Germany's Prince Otto of Hesse, 55, died crashing his Ducati into autobahn barrier weeks after posing for a photo on the motorbike.  The 55-year-old is thought to have swerved after overtaking another vehicle.  He was a descendent of  a royal dynasty with links to Prussia and British royals.  MailOnline reports that Prince Otto of Hesse died in the early hours of Sunday after swerving on his €20,000 motorbike and crashing into the guar.  The 55-year-old, a businessman who owned several McDonald's franchises in southern Germany,  died at the scene, according to Bild.

Prince Otto of Hesse, a member of a German royal dynasty  which dates back to the 17th century. The cause of the accident is not yet clear, but the motorbike is thought to have started swerving after overtaking another vehicle at high speed. 'For reasons not yet known, the rider lost control of his vehicle, started to swerve and crashed into the guard rail,' a police report says.  There is no indication that the prince was blinded by the sun or affected by the weather on what was a dry Sunday morning.  A police spokesman told regional publication TZ that the accident could have been caused by excessive speed. In 2010, the prince was given seven points on his licence and handed a nine-month driving ban after speeding in a car in Munich. However, he escaped criminal charges after paying a €3,600 fine, according to reports at the time.

                 Otto was a member of the house of Hesse-Philippsthal, a dynasty which dates back to the 17th century. The family is connected to Frederick William III of Prussia, a significant German ruler during the Napoleonic Wars and subsequent Congress of Vienna. Germany was once home to a bewildering landscape of small states and ruling families, meaning there are many royal titles still in existence today. Geneaologists believe Otto was a distant member of Britain's royal line of succession because of the centuries-long connections between Europe's historic royal families.  Otto married Carla Blickhäuser in Las Vegas in 1998, leading to a 19-year marriage before the couple divorced in 2017, according to German media. Otto was known as a car and motorcycle enthusiast who would arrange regular gatherings of scientists and others, for example at a hotel in Munich.

The 55-year-old had posted a smiling picture of himself on his Ducati as recently as April 12, just weeks before his death.  According to German media, Otto was also the franchise owner of four McDonald's restaurants in Ingolstadt. 

Accidents are always sad !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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