Hi, I'm Swells Rides. You might remember me from such posts as Riding Sri Lanka on a Royal Enfield. Well shortly after retuning from that trip and sharing my photos and write ups with other riders and fellow Hashers, there was enough interest to put together another trip. This time we decided to do it by the roads less traveled, so the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Enfield</st1lace></st1:City> was not the ideal bike, and left at home. We decided to rent trail bikes, use Oliviers GPS and stay off the main roads as much as possible. Over a few beers we worked out a very basic game plan. Our entire plan revolved around meeting Steves Girlfriend and Oliviers Wife in Polonnaruwa. Other than that, we at the mercy of the GPS and the weather. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> We left <st1:City w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Colombo</st1lace></st1:City> on the October Poya day. (Poya days fall on each full moon. On these days, which are national holidays in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Sri Lanka</st1lace></st1:country-region>, devout Buddhists visit temple, fast and abstain from luxury and entertainment.) Michel arranged a vehicle to pick us up at our respective houses and drove us to Negombo. We rented the motorcycles from Negombo Bike Tours, www.negombo-motorcycle-tours.com There were 2 Honda Baja XR250, 1 Honda XR250, and a lone Yamaha XT 400. Michel had already expressed interest in the XT, Olivier and I claimed the 2 Bajas and Steve was left with the XR, cause he was at the store shopping rather than laying claim to a bike. We started right away with wiring Oliviers bike for the GPS. During inspection Michel found that the tank, and all the plastic pieces were only held on with a hope and a prayer, and apearently neaiter were doing a good job. The mechanic arrived and took the bike away, and didnt return for an hour. After a bit of smoke and a few sparks we realized hard wiring the GPS was not going to work on the Baja, so we just stocked up AAs and called it a day.