WHERE TO UNWIND DURING THE MONSOONS?

An exhausting week of work will have you craving for inner peace and beautiful getaways. What better time than the monsoons to go on weekend vacation? Head out to great locales in the midst of nature, indulge in some adventurous activities, catch up with friends over road trips, soak in the rain on bike rides as they move with the wind from one scenery to another. Here are some monsoon weekend getaways for those living in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru.

  • Lavasa(Near Mumbai)

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This hill city is absolutely mesmerising during the rainy seasons. Perfect getaway for backpackers staying in Mumbai and Pune. Their serpentine roads are a dream ride for bikers. While you’re there you can zip across the water on a jet ski on Dasve Lake or go for a nature trail in Hotel Ekanth. Nestled among forest hill, Lavasa is known for its greenery, waterfalls and scenic routes. It is a favourite for monsoon travel as it provides the best view of the mountain passes, and gushing waterfalls. Continue reading “WHERE TO UNWIND DURING THE MONSOONS?”

FROZEN tIME

In India, something will happen to you if you’re in an exceedingly serious traffic or open road. It does not matter, thus last month I went through this terrible accident. that stony-broke my arm and a few scratches on the body.

So essentially what happened, it had been the morning  I was riding my KTM. Early morning and open roads made me ride my bike at some tight speed. For a primary couple of minutes went pleasant, obtaining a feel of my very little beast. Progressing to have my early morning breakfast to famed sweet shop. However altogether this, someone overtook me on his scooter( scan the word person, I do not wish to sound sexist however she was a woman, doing a little crazy Godzilla speed on her scooter). whereas riding she took right to hurry, so the little dog got petrified of her scooter and jumped before my bike.

THE TIME FROZE HERE

I don’t shrewdness several of you have got old this, however once somebody comes before the bike and you recognize the bike going to collide. At that moment, time froze and you begin having the little voice communication with no matter you’re progressing to collide. Same happened with me however now it happened with a dog. Thus dog saw me with a dead look as he has already discovered concerning the collision and the way unhealthy he’s progressing to get banged.

Dog reaction was ” Dude! i’m progressing to get in an exceedingly unhealthy shit.”

Dog was observing ME with a kickass angle and  I was like ” see its not my fault, You came before of me”

“Yeah! cool, however, WHO told you to ride your bike at 80+kmph on AN open road” dog curse ME.

And when this, we tend to each collided, though dog at liberty with minor injuries however I fall from the bike and got shuffled for a handful of meters. thus essentially once such incident happens in west, the majority pray for his or her life and convey god for terrific time they need on this earth. however here within the east, whereas obtaining shuffled my mathematical brain begin hard ” whoo! the front wing is for 8000, facet facing is for 5000, a replacement helmet can of 3500. Phew, this ride is cost accounting ME a lot”. when a handful of meters, because of friction somehow I managed to prevent. I stood up and next issue what I saw is my bike all shattered into itemshowever the $64000 twist comes currently a boy came and discovered ” ahh! it must be painful”

In my heart, I was crying out loud “yeah! lots, after all, it’s my bike. huh! I actually have to urge it to best mechanic”

the boy is giving me a clumsy look and showed me my battle-scarred hand & leg. it had been trauma and every one the degree area unit in my hand. Somehow that boy managed to require me to the closest hospital.

After a month, I am again riding beloved KTM but this time within the limited speed limit. And the punishment was enough for me and my bike. Gracefully, thanking god for this fast recovery. But you people ride safely who know next right or left turn may bring disaster to your life. And ride responsibly.

                                                       Ride safe, Ride responsible

The bike that gets worshipped

India is a land where you’ll not only see gods being worshipped but even trees and animals. But, I bet you’ve never seen a motorbike being worshipped, have you? Say what? That was my reaction too when I first discovered this strange but true fact.

Believe it or not but at the Om Banna Temple, the motorbike is worshipped as a deity! No wonder, it left me amazed as I stood wide-mouthed seeing a tall, black Royal Enfield Bullet ornamented with flower garlands and shielded in a glass box.

Located in the Pali district of Chotila Village, almost 50 kilometres from Jodhpur, this temple is the star attraction for a traveller crossing National Highway 65 in Pali. Hundreds of people come here every day to offer liquor and pray for a safe journey.

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I am not making this up, as it is one of the most awestruck places where every rider visit. There are many stories heard about this place but the most famous are the appearance of the motorbike at the accident spot. Police emptied the tank still next day bike was found lying at the accident spot.  Soon locals started worshipping the motorbike. Soon the place came to known as Bullet baba. Strange?

The Royal Enfield bike is encased in a glass box.What caught my striking attention was the sight of devotees offering alcohol to the bust of Om Banna. Believers of Om Banna make a wish at the temple and return on fulfillment to offer Om Banna a bottle of alcohol. Surely, one weird ritual!

But one issue is certain In Asian nation Royal Enfield is worshiped.

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A Rider’s diary

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I’ve been riding motorcycles for seven years. It’s extremely laborious to believe I’ve been doing something that long; several different hobbies and dalliances have come back and gone over those years. However riding and also the terrible culture of motorcycles has lodged itself into my being, in a very means that few different things have. Why? I don’t extremely are aware of it. Chatting with my riding mates, we have a tendency to all have such a lot of anecdotes, such a lot data we’ve gathered from all that seat time. There’s a clarity within the expertise, a richness that accumulates. The best, most intimate riders don’t extremely place confidence in it that abundant, they simply get on with it, and their riding looks easy. however, we’re all effort for that. I assume the 7-year mark simply is enough to pin down some lessons learnt while riding.
So here could be a bit what I learned over seven years of riding. I doubt everybody can believe all of it. Hopefully, you’ll like few

  • Learn to be quick and sleek. this is often, however, you management your life. It tries to manoeuvre quickly however your expertise makes it sleek.
  • It is invariably higher to predict than to react. Be the associate optimistic one that cares for everything in a very positive means.You need to remember what’s happening in around you.
  • Riding off road causes you to a far better rider. You learn to handle the case wherever traction is dodgy and touch upon obstacles. It is fun.
  • Life can keep going, the clock can keep ticking and affirmative, the boss can keep screaming. however, my bike can keep my curve smile that sets everything straight on behalf of me.
  • This was from my father. the sooner you rise to ride, the higher you ride are. It really seems to be a life lesson on behalf of me.
  • Riding a motorcycle is concerning as pure associate exercise in moment living. Our bodies and mind meld with the motorcycles, the management associate extension of our thoughts.
  • And finally, each second spent on top of the ground is nice. a day spent on 2 wheels is best. Amen!
                                          Happiness is riding a bike. Once unsure, ride it out.

KTM diaries- Late night ride for tea

7f6331cb2a8097b83ceaff84f70a0177Photostory…..Nice Monday night. I along with my friend on a late night ride on KTM Duke 200 stopped by at roadside Tea stall near Railway station.

Tea, late night ride and Bikes is an amazing experience though everyone can not subscribe to it.

For few, tea is a drink and for few, it is just part of life. You cannot resist to it.  Aroma of tea and ginger made those moments more relaxed. Although if you are living in northern India then this experience could get double. And to do so one need KULLAHAD. A small pot made of clay. It plays the different purpose in different parts of India. The Smell of clay makes sipping tea more palatable.

Only at railway station we could get tea after late night ride. But these roadside tea stalls have their own aroma and voodoo.

Tea is part of life. It kicks starts my day and also ends it too. A rainy day and riding motorcycle to nearest tea stall have its own space in my mind. It makes you relaxed and contented. And KTM is best to make my memories more memorable.

A day without tea is a day without joy.

5 reasons to buy KTM 390 2017

KTM-390-Duke-MY17_ActionKTM has finally pulled the wraps off their most anticipated motorcycles-duke 200 and duke390. Both of them were much awaited but KTM pulled out another surprise for their customer and played a well-planned gamble by launching a KTM 250. Although the KTM duke 200 didn’t get any major update.Styling and bodywork of the new Duke 390 inspired by the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. Major updates include Ride-by-wire throttle, LED headlamp, TFT display and side-slung exhaust. KTM duke 250 is something which mix of both 200 and 390. It has got the best styling but lost ride by wire feature. But what is it about the KTM 390 that make them stand apart from the crowd?

We list 5 features about these KTM 390 that you ought to know-

  • Design inspiration

The KTM duke 390 are designed on the lines of KTM’s purebred superbikes — the KTM super Duke 1290. The manufacturer has incorporated all the major elements of super Duke into the new bikes, making them highly enthralling and tempting for prospective buyers. From the fairing to the sharp and sporty rear end, the bike simply looks impeccable.

  • Engine

KTM Duke 390 are powered by mono-cylinder, 4-stroke, water-cooled engine with a displacement 373.2cc respectively. This machine is the most powerful options available in sub 500cc category. The Duke 390 dishes out an astonishing 45bhp of power.2017-ktm-duke-390-india-official-image-side-263x180

  • All new headlight

390 Duke now carries a Super Duke inspired headlamp assembly with LED lights. The structure has been divided into two parts and 6 LEDs have been used in total. The pass may activate both at the same time, throwing a strong beam of crystal clear, focused light on the road. The surrounding of the headlight is actually a horn-shaped DRL on the motorcycle. Even the low beam would be always on like the current series of KTM motorcycle.

  • Full TFT Instrument Console

Unlike the current generation’s full digital instrument console, the 2017 KTM 390 Duke features rectangular, colored display with more ease in terms of readability and content. It will enable the rider to even pair a smartphone through optional KTM MY Ride package. The buttons on the left handlebars are actually placed for easy operation of the console.

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  • Ride by wire system

Introducing Ride by Wire on the new KTM 390 Duke was the best thing KTM did to the favorite bike in their Indian lineup. They have no yet provided extensive features based on the same, including cruise control or traction control but the effect can be seen in the way the motorcycle rides in its 2017 version. It will sip the right amount of fuel and deliver power smoothly across the rev-band. It even opens the future possibility of using riding modes in the motorcycle of such class.

The bike has become safer and practical. Ride by wire has enhanced the performance. Although this new bike is 10kg heavier than the previous one and also there is a reduction of 1.5bhp but the increased torque has made this bike super fun to ride. So this motorbike is enough to ride to increase the adrenaline.

MY SOLO RIDE

“Don’t live same year 75 times and call it a life”
It was my  dream, solo ride to Manali

It’s a true biker’s dream to reach this at least once in his lifetime. It’s a moment to be cherished for a lifetime. Biking is not just to sit on a bike and ride, it’s much more than that which cannot be explained in words.

Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a back visiting equality Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing along Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley.

Manali is accessible by most transport means, but I choose a bike ride up to this place. Although I got the chance only to visit Rohtang pass. there are quite a few things I managed to see/try within that short period.

DAY ONE:

I was very adamant to go all by road. I was motivated and got ready for the trip. I choose Royal Enfield for my journey. A reliable and best bike for this trip. This was my first solo bike trip. I read hundreds of blog, watched thousand of videos and had million expectation to make this most memorable trip of my life. I started at 9 am and soon was on an open highway. I did all my homework before starting this trip. Although it was only 300 km with turn and twist made this journey amazing.On my way, there were many trucks and tourist buses but still achieved some reasonable speed on this stretch.

Reasonable speed is around 40 kmph. Very soon I was faced with potholes that swallow up my bike, craters filled with dirty brown water and truckers who appear out of nowhere to push me off the road.
About the time when I swear to myself not to come on this road again, I crossed a toll and from there, the roads get better. The road is then a straight run till Manali. The roads are a series of blind corners, hairpins and short straight stretches with villages all over. One has to be on top of your game when driving. There is a lot of truck traffic and sometimes it can get frustrating when to keep trying to get ahead of them. I was making sure of not overtaking any vehicle on blind spots. Still one need to be very focused on these roads.


About the time, I crossed all the bad roads and now I was hungry and cranky. Both man and machine need rest so I headed towards a Hill top restaurant.
Past that I came to Bilaspur where I filled my tank and bought few snacks. Past Bilaspur, machine start working. Open roads, less traffic and beautiful mountain range. It was like a movie scene for me. Soon I stopped at a mountain viewpoint and clicked few pictures.Now I was very close to Kullu. My first destination where I met an old friend who also hosted me.

I crossed beautiful Beas river dam and then headed towards Kullu. The surface quality was good and soon there were some really nice corners making things really interesting.

Soon I reached Kullu and here I ended my first day of solo riding.