TVs ntorq ncounters — II
Traversing the city of IT, racing, food, good weather, and the brewing of man’s second best friend
The ntorq explores nightlife in Bengaluru
Bengaluru is a fascinating place, to say the least. it is bustling full of young professionals and students from across the country, all of whom seem to be right at home in this friendly city. the city during most of the day has wide flowing roads; tainted, though, by arguably the worst traffic one would ever see. However, once the sun has disappeared well beyond the horizon and the day’s work traffic has subsided, Bengaluru opens its arms and begs for exploration. and since i had the tVs ntorq at my disposal, that’s exactly what i did.
i rode out of electronic city, the it hub of Bengaluru, via a long flyover. it’s a two-laner full of fast-moving traffic, with one exit heading towards the city and the other taking one to the highway leading to Hosur. the peppy 125-cc engine kept up with the fast-paced city thanks to its tVs racing inspired performance. Maintaining a good pace without breaking into a sweat, the ntorq felt stable even with cars and trucks whizzing past at speed. With a perfect balance of performance and control, the tVs encouraged me to push it to the limit, and i obliged.
the plan was to ride towards M g road, the super lively street which comes to life at night. the road is a very well-lit shopping hub with lighting streaked from one side to the other. the ride there, however, was surprisingly slow even at this hour; the city’s infamous traffic refused to fizzle out. But a song in mind... nay, a few songs in mind... is always a great help.
Before that, i made a slight detour and travelled closer to the city centre and soon arrived on a road that took me straight to the iconic structure of the Vidhana soudha, a stunning piece of architecture which is the state legislative assembly house. With the soft light falling on the ntorq, the stylish cues of the 125-cc scooter looked twice as nice, making quite a few heads turn for a second glance. after a brief pause, i undertook a small tour of the area before heading towards M g road. riding through narrow by-lanes is always fun in a new city, as you never know what you may find. this is exactly what happened to me a few moments later. it was a narrow street with no street-lamps. With the ntorq’s bright headlamp to my rescue, i managed to weave seamlessly through the lanes and reached a street with a store that immediately attracted my attention. tusker’s Dainese and agV store is a small but lovely place to be for all two-wheeler enthusiasts. i found myself standing there and drooling over those amazing racing suits, jackets, gloves, shoes, and, of course, the agV helmets.
M g road beckoned, though, and, finally, a few turns later i arrived at what can be best described as the heart of this beautiful city. the first right turn on M g road leads you on to church street, which is famous for the number of restaurants and pubs that line it on either side. there are young people everywhere, either just having got done with work or college-going hipsters. With the friendly bunch around, the atmosphere is nothing short of electric. the trendy scooter effortlessly merged with the youthful surroundings and seemed to be the perfect partner on these roads. Mingling around M g road and church street for a while, i indulged myself with some local grub before heading out again. Healthy, clean, and pocket-friendly, pretty much like my frugal ride.
time to explore a little more. close to raj Bhavan road there is the colonial Windsor bridge that looked over the main highway. a pretty little bridge with old-fashioned lights and even some flags of a five-star hotel. a sight so beautiful, i decided to stop there, soak in the feeling and plan my next move. this proved to be a good thing as i received a call from a friend who had just got off from work. We decided that we would get a bite to eat and catch up
on all the friendly gossip. However, the location for this long pending meet was another one of Bengaluru’s shopping and food and beverage hubs: indiranagar. since i was new to the city, the ntorq’s smartXonnect came to my rescue. i could sync my phone with it and the navigation guidance could be displayed on the scooter’s digital display. all i needed to do was to follow the read-out of the distance ahead until the next turn and i was at the meeting point without any fuss.
indiranagar has a road called Hundred feet road. is it 100 feet wide? Yes, hence the name. Does that matter?... Perhaps, but not during the dreadful rush hour! What it is, though, is a melting pot of cultures with differently themed pubs, restaurants, and stores. Bengaluru is famous for its breweries and ask any local, they are proud about their beer. since i would be riding the scooter and still had the to city explorer hat on (read: helmet), i had to refrain from all the tempting brews, except a cup of coffee. the ale has to wait, perhaps for another day. i did take a peek and witnessed the captivating vibe. Places like toit, glenns Bakehouse, and truffles seemed to be buzzing with the youth.
after bidding my friend goodbye, i dialled on the navigation once again, this time taking me towards my night halt and the much-needed cosy bed. a light breeze and pleasant temperature accompanied me home as i tried to sum up this city to myself. Bengaluru does indeed have some lovely places to succumb to any food craving and if you are not careful, a beer belly. it is true that the traffic is often a bit too much to handle. it has a huge music scene, too, karaoke bars are packed with singers on Wednesdays and thursdays. However, this is a city with it professionals making their way up the ladder during the day, creating a relaxing vibe at night. the city is known for its race culture, too. the youth are all in proper gear whizzing around on their bikes and cars. it and race — well, to be fair, that is exactly what the trendy tVs ntorq scooter is. a race-inspired machine built on years of learning gathered through tVs racing, packed with loads of helpful gizmos to make for much fun and a feature-rich ride. Oh, Bengaluru, i like you, but now i must move on to see what else i can explore. i will see you again, though, sooner than later.
Smart Xonnect on the TVS Ntorq makes life so much easier
That rear brake light is stunning
Church Street is lined with restaurants and bars such as the one in the background