Posts Tagged With: NH4

REunited with the Road

The last long ride took a huge toll on my bike. Mary Jane spent almost a month at the mechanic’s and in terms of damage, it cost me an engine overhaul and 20k to get her out of there. That’s why I was extremely nervous about setting out to Mahableshwar for Royal Enfield’s REunion West.

Bike shot just before entering Mahableshwar

Once I was on the NH17, I realised, there was nothing to worry about. The engine was smooth as makkhan and the roads were a treat to ride on. I covered a distance of about 280 KM in 7 hours. The only negative was that the scenery wasn’t to die for. Not every place can offer you a setting like the Himalayas and I’ll have to live with that.

The first day was spent getting drunk out of my skull and the second was spent catching up with old friends and watching bikers slug it out in (the same old) events like slow race, carry your bike, beer drinking, arm wrestling etc.

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I am quite bored of seeing the same competitive events at every RE gig I go to. But, at the moment I’ll keep my mouth shut as I have no alternatives to offer.

The highlight of my trip was sharing a toke with the only rider to put a Royal Enfield on the podium (He stood 3rd in the bikes category) of Raid de Himalayas. Em says I might I have a man-crush him, but can you blame me? I mean the fucker raided the place where most of us can hardly ride.

Moving on, the return journey was just a monotonous ride on the NH4 with the Unison gang. If you are a Mumbai Bulleteer, then do like their page. Noel, a fellow rider from the Himalayan Odyssey organises some amazing rides, which include a fair bit of off-roading to places close to the city.

My next ride might just be with them. If that doesn’t interest you, then check out Royal Enfield’s Ride Journal. There is one really tasty ride that I want to be a part of. More on that later – I need you to come back to the blog, don’t I?

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Rider Mania – On the Highway to Swell

In my last post I mentioned that I had two ways, rather highways to reach Rider Mania, Goa. Now, thanks to Vishwajeet’s boss, we will be taking the NH4. So, Mumbai to Vagator, will be done via Pune, where we’ll be joined by a few of the Pune boys who rode with us at the Himalayan Odyssey 2012. From Pune, we’ll head to Kolhapur, where we exit towards Goa. Apparently, the road through Nipani is riddled with pot holes, which is why I have suggested by many to take the Ghadinglaj exit.

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In terms of preparation, the bike has just been serviced. A setback of around INR 6,000. I had a few pending jobs like a speedometer change and fitting of new rims and spokes to be done. Everything has been carried out with precision and my bike is just purring like a well-bred feline; capable of handling a 600 KM ride. My body though has other ideas. Last night I had to pop a Cold n’ Flu to help ease, well my cold and flu. I hope I’ll be OK in time for the ride.

Talking about time, I leave my house at 3:00 in the morning (i know it’s going to be 3:30 by the time I leave). The Bombay riders meet at BKC at 4:00 AM and Manan has given us strict instructions to not faff around and leave the rendezvous point by 4:15. He is riding is beautiful Indian (pictures soon) with a side car. This is going to hamper the speeds at which he rides.

The plan is to reach Goa in 12 hours so that we are there before the sun sets. I have bought a new Cramster saddle bag, which allows me to carry a laptop. So, if time and a sober brain permits, I’ll keep you guys posted with the happenings and pics from the event.

Till then, ride safe!

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