A Mumbai-based video blogger, Saurabh Mayekar, got beaten up at the India Bike Week 2017, for calling a superbike ‘ugly’. Here’s a video that shows how the video blogger was humiliated and beaten up for voicing his opinion about a modified Kawasaki Z800.
How did it all begin?
Saurabh Mayekar was going about video logging the various motorcycles that were at the India Bike Week 2017, which is one of the largest congregations of motorcyclists from across the country. He put out this particular picture on Instagram.
This picture is said to have reached the owner of the said Kawasaki Z800, who along with his biker buddies, began searching for Mr. Mayekar. He was quickly found, and first beaten up. He was then made to prostrate in front of the modified Z800, and apologise on camera.
The entire sequence was captured on video that’s now doing the rounds on social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Many on Facebook also seem to be supporting the assault, choosing to side with the assaulters rather than the victim. However, there are a few other sane voices asking for free speech not to be curbed. This incident casts an ugly shadow on the India Bike Week, and the organizers ought to be better prepared to prevent such assaults.
The modified Kawasaki Z800 superbike that’s in the center of this controversy is said to won many awards at biker congregations. Meanwhile, the motorcycle is no longer sold in India, what with Kawasaki replacing it with the more powerful Z900.
The Z800, when it was sold here, was one of the most affordable, inline four superbikes. The bike features an 800cc, four cylinder engine with 111 Bhp and 83 Nm on tap. Top speed is rated at 230 Kph. It’s last recorded price was 7.68 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.