Malayalam actress Manju Warrier was in the news recently for buying a brand new adventure tourer motorcycle. She is probably one of the only actresses from the Malayalam movie industry to own a BMW R1250 GS motorcycle. As per the reports that are available online, Manju Warrier, who is one of the leading actresses from the industry always had a love for bikes. The actress however did not have a two-wheeler driving license. She only got a two-wheeler license last month. Reports related to that are also available online. She effortlessly cleared the ‘8’ track test and obtained her two-wheeler license from Ernakulam’s Kakkanad RTO.
The actress got her driving license and we are happy about it. However, there are few things that we would like to bring your attention to when it comes to the driving tests and licenses in India. The motorcycle that Manju Warrier bought is a BMW R1250 GS adventure tourer motorcycle and we have seen her ride the motorcycle without any issues. She fell in love with this particular motorcycle when she went out on a road trip with Tamil actor Ajith Kumar in the mountains. She has bought an extremely powerful and heavy motorcycle while the bike on which she gave the test was a Bajaj M80 geared scooter.
In India, we don’t have a category for different types of motorcycle. A person who was passed a test on a bike or a scooter that generates less than 5 Bhp is thought of capable of riding powerful machines. This is a misconception and many countries have different categories of license for two-wheelers. Depending on the power and capacity of the engine these categories are determined. A person planning to ride a powerful motorcycle should have a license in that category. When it comes to four-wheelers, we have categories like LMV, Commercial, LCV and heavy vehicles license in India. This is not seen in the case of two-wheelers. We have geared and a Without gear category.
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A person who is learning to ride on a small-capacity motorcycle might not have any idea of how powerful a performance motorcycle can be. He or she might not even know how to handle the motorcycle in many cases. many of them would try to ride the motorcycle like a regular 100cc bike and the response from the engine would be different from that of a 1250cc motorcycle like the one that the actress bought.
India is one of the largest market for two-wheeler manufacturers in the world and we have seen many international brands entering the market for the same reason. Many of these brands offer high-end performance bikes and people who buy these bikes are trained on a lower-capacity motorcycle usually. We feel this system should be updated and like many other countries, two-wheeler licenses should also have categories. This would make sure that the person who has the license is capable of riding and handling the motorcycle. for the time being, we request young riders to gradually progress to bigger bikes as they can be a bit too intimidating and dangerous sometimes.
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