Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Sidestand Indicators

All two wheelers in India have a side stand which can be used for parking the vehicle temporarily. Motorists mainly use it when they want to buy something from a road side shop, or attending their mobile phones.

In some situations I find that people do not disengage the stand and start riding with the side stand still on. This can be dangerous sometimes if they want to take a left turn. The stand will hit the ground first and if the stand does nor retract the rider will not be able turn left. There are all possibilities that the rider may lose balance and fall.

I had a similar experience on top of the flyover in TTK Road. Myself and my friend were going then. We had to turn left and the side stand was on. We heard a terrible rattling noise and by the time we realised it we were very close to the parapet wall of the bridge. Luckily by then the stand had retracted and we managed unscathed.

Nowadays some two wheelers have side stand indicators in the instrument panels but the regular 100cc vehicles have none.

From then on I make it a point to indicate riders who have not disengaged their sidestands. It is easy if the rider is travelling in the same direction as I am. I either speed up or slow down until I come side by side to the rider and scream to him. Even this is hard sometimes because of other noises on the road.

But if the rider is coming towards me from the opposite direction, how do I tell him. We cross each other in milliseconds and before I realise he is gone. Do we have any hand signals for "side stand on".

We have a popular hand signal for "headlights on" which became even popular after Parthiban's movie. I thought may be this would be a good one.


What say all???


Blogger Prabu Karthik said...

your intentions r gog. infact 10,000 times better than parthiban's..
but indha sign is more like asking for 'lift'
when a thumb is involved, people always tend to look at the thumb first.

1:24 AM  
Blogger Yours Truly said...

EvvLo nalla eNNam ungaLukku. And how true!! Even I tend to forget, but thankfully no mishaps till date as someone on the road points it out immediately.

Actually indha symbol-ku enga college-la romba galeej meaning. However, neenga unga W550-oda headset-a kaadhula maatiNdu indha signal kaatinaa ellarum neenga "Oh podu" paata rasichu enjoy paNNreenganu nenaikka poRaanga!!

1:39 AM  
Anonymous shalini said...

itha oru vijay oda movie bayangra popular pannucha... i forgot the name of the movie... but vijay will meet with an accident coz his side stand will be on and stuff like dat... guess it was a bad movie and there was a comment on that movie in TV saying that " intha movie oda karuthu is to ride the bike without the side stand"...
how ever appreciate u r thinking...but the symbol doesnt look good...

2:44 AM  
Blogger Yours Truly said...

@shalini - Pudhiya Geethai if am not wrong!!

3:57 AM  
Blogger Aravind said...

very true.side stand indicator has to be made a standard fitment in all the bikes and i also strongly feel that bike manufacturers should give helmets along with new bikes whether they give it for free or pass the cost onto the customer.It has to be made mandatory.

4:10 AM  
Blogger srivat said...

balava ithu??..ayyala enna thidirnu side stand indicator patthi it by any means related to footrest:-D.intha mathiri kaila signalnu sonna enakku 'sombu'than nyabagathuku varar.(Kuththu)
Whenever I see someone driving with his side stand disengaged,I simply to point at his stand and he usually interprets it.

5:42 AM  
Blogger I am not said...

no comments

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

balaji, intha sign a SJ suriya vera meaningku use panitaru! side stand potu ottitu irukarathu ponna iruntha, etho number ketkaromnu ninechu adikavathudapora!

8:23 AM  
Blogger b a l a j i said...

when I am travelling in one bike, how can i ask lift from another bike!!!

yours truly,
naan walkman-la paattu ketutu bike otturadhu illa. i feel uncomfortable with ear phones inside helmet.

cannot completely agree with u on the helmet thing. when the person himself is not that concerned, why should the government be that concerned. IMO govt can reject insurance claims of two wheeler accidents without helmets

foot rest veru...side stand veru...i too have tried that by pointing the side stand... just wondering if we can get a hand signal for this also

iam not,
ayyayayo.... neenga arivu kozhundhu ne...

thanks for the warning

8:57 AM  
Blogger kuttichuvaru said...

aaha... samooga manappaanmaiya paaraattanum.... one question: left side of the road la vandi ottum pothu, opposite la vara vandi side stand antha vandiyoda left side, tat is totally not visible side of u thaana irukkum... appram eppdi antha vandi side stand potturukkarathu theriyum??

romba kozhappi irukkennu nenaikaren... mudinjaa purinjikka try pannunga...

9:15 AM  
Anonymous பக்ரிசாமி said...

'விரல் வித்தைக்காரன்' சிம்பு இந்த போஸ்டை பாத்துட்டா அவ்வளவுதான்... தன்னோட அடுத்த படத்துல ஒரு message சொல்லலாம்னு நினைப்பான்... 5 விரல் பத்தாதுன்னு 10 விரலையும் உபயோகிச்சு ஸ்டைலா ஒரு ஐடியா கொடுப்பான்... அப்புறம் என்ன?!! ரோட்ல போற வர்ரவங்கள எல்லாம் பரலோகதுக்கு அனுப்புவான்...

Humor apart, Kudos for this initiative!! But, Bala's gesture sounds like 'I am on a call' or 'You've got a call'.
Folding the thumb down and swinging the little finger to and fro would be my suggestion. The little finger would indicate the side-stand and the to and fro motion would indicate that it needs attention.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Ramya said...

In case u cant shout, stop the vehicle before the other person!! Porumaya niruthi sollunga, illa neengale left la poi kaal aala etti odhaichudunga.

7:12 AM  
Blogger blogSurya said...

I think the best method is madras style,
Shouting at him saying
"Beemaani veetle sollittu vanteyaa"

8:12 AM  
Blogger b a l a j i said...

tistance irundhu paatha theriyum

that sounds better

appadiye aagattum

adhuvum nalla thaan irukku

6:42 PM  
Anonymous meyya said...

i would suggest pakkirisami idea is better for this

11:22 PM  

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