|09-11-2013, 08:23 AM||#1|
Joined: Jul 2012
4 Blokes and 4 Bulls Thumping to Pondy
I was a a lurker here from sometime. It is time for me to stop salivating on those amazing RRs and contribute something to the forum, so here we go...
I was never a long distance rider, even though I owned various models of motorcycles starting my mid-20s. But I always enjoyed those short 30 to 50 kilometers rides. Call it midlife crisis, one day I walked in to a Royal Enfield showroom, and kept a polythene bag full of cash and asked them to give me a bike, they gave me Royal Enfield Machismo 350 AVL, with all bells and whistles like leather saddles et all. I clocked just 6000 kms in 4 years, not much to write home about. Sold it and I did not have any motorcycles for 3 years.
Life went on with my Jeep. But all this while there was an Enfield parked in my basement, covered with a plastic sheet, I knew it was the last breed of Cast Iron Royal Enfield made (2009). Beginning of 2010 they ceased production of Iron Horses. The owner was abroad and did not want to sell it. To cut the story short, during one of those chat with his parents who came to visit the locked apartment, he hinted that they are contemplating to sell the Bullet. 2 days flat and I was thumping around again. Moreover, the motor cycle became my workhorse, school runs, dropping wife in office, and my office runs.
But then the long ride was still a dream until two months back when I went out with my office buddies for a shot ride of 300 kms round trip. It was not easy for someone like me with two kids to be away from home for 3 days. Neither did my better half liked the idea. The bull kept on doing my domestic duties without missing a beat. But then my wife knew that I wanted to do this from sometime, one day she made an offer “You can go for 2 rides per year and 1 photography trip per month”. I wanted to negotiate but decided to make use of the opportunity.
So when my buddies planned for an 800 kms round trip from Bangalore to Pondicherry (more details of Pondicherry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pondicherry) I jumped in. the ride was planned on 7th Sep long weekend. The idea was to leave early morning of 7th September and reach Pondy by evening. Return Journey was planned on 9th September. The actual route to Pondy from Bangalore is below, the distance is 333 kms. But from every sources we heard that National Highway 66 is in very bad shape.
Instead we did the following long route, asked around and got to know that roads are really good, and we get to ride on scenic ECR. But might take more time. What the heck!!! We decided to do this route. Total distance was 459 kms.
From left, yours truly “the time keeper”, Joshua “the interpreter”, Bibhuti “The lazy sleeping slob” and Chinmay “The restless and treasurer”.
Now the rides.
From right to left. My RE Cast Iron Standard, Bibhuti’s RE UCE Electra, Chinmay’s (temporary) RE UCE Thunderbird, and Josh’s RE Cast Iron Electra 4S.
To be Continued ...
desi_rider screwed with this post 09-11-2013 at 08:59 AM
|09-11-2013, 08:58 AM||#2|
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Bangalore, India
Ahhhhh - this should be interesting
You live more in five minutes on a bike like this going flat out than some people live in a lifetime - Burt Munro (1899 – 1978)
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