xBhp for some of us bike loving pals is the only way to show our passion towards this not so popular hobby. A way to connect to like minded ppl, a platform for us to isolate ourselves & unite to do participate in the one sport we all love, Riding. I remember 4 years back wen I got hold of my first bike admist strong opposition from my Mom, the purpose was to ride odd 35 kms from home to work & back. A week later I was headed to Lonavala, 35 kms converted to 135 km. As this was my first time on a 2 wheeler on a long ride, googled for some tips & was directed to perfect match xBhp. Things changed……..

Our Life...

Our Life...


Spot the Hyosung GT650R @ Mc Donalds Kalamboli

Since my change from the Unicorn to 220 it has been less of group rides are more of solo ventures. But you never miss the Anniversary G2G (Thumb rule). Waiting at a signal @ Goregaon bumped into ShadowBoy after an year (thtz why we have signal, to meet old friends) and was reminded of the G2G. Place was not yet confirmed, but we all trust MG. Nagaon, a never heard heard of place around Alibaug. Who care where we ride to, until the cake is awesome & foods good nywhere is jst fine. This ride was gonna be a solo mission, Sweta was out for good (don’t tell her tht I was happy). As always we had 2 version of the party, overnight (wet) and single day (dry). N no of reasons for not letting me joining the overnight rowdy croud, but the biggest was MBA. The course was starting the same day as everyone had planned to leave for the nightout. So the plan got pushed to one day ride, boooooo (some sacrifices are to be made for the greater good, whose good is yet in question)

@Wadkhal Naka

@Wadkhal Naka

Everyone I knew had reached Nagaon the night before. The Sunday morning group was all new for me except for George & Mayur. Got up early morning, a txt msg to George stating this time as usual I’m gonna be late, overdose of MBA induction was the probable cause. All geared up started started from my place at 6.30 (Thtz the time to reach Panvel) to explore another new place. Since past 4 years all our anniversary G2G’s are drowned in rain. To recollect 2008 Malshej wet wet wet, 2009 Mumbai everything was floating on roads, 2010 Bhandardhara – it seemed the dam walls will burst, couldn’t remove the camera. This one for a change was an exception for the Sunday morning group, the night riders had reached the destination swimming, paradoxically. Had heavy rains till Panvel, but after that it was just drizzling. Potholes potholes & more potholes, but yet I bravely reached Panvel. Huddled up wid the group, took eyeful glances of the Red Housung 650cc GTR. A crude beast like machine, looks good, sounds good to but now its a decision between GTR & Ninja, waiting for the CBR to join in. Took some group snaps & the needle was now pointing to Nagaon, only prob no one new the road & all No’s from the reached group were unavailable. Around 8 we started from Panvel McD @ 8.00 n headed to Vadkhal Naka, rest out the route would have to be sorted out on the way. Wid many newbies George was leading the group with me at the tail end. It’s a complete different thing to travel on a N lane road wid a divider & a narrow 2 lane road without one. NH17 – Mumbai Goa highway, falls in the without divider category & has one of the highest no of accident counts & statistically 35% are headon collisions while overtaking. Some say itz an art, I don’t think so, jst be alert, use common sense & ull come out the other end unscratched. Luckily most of the people I ride along are sensible and this group too was no exception. Reached Vadkhal within no time without much trouble, litle slow than planned due to Sunday morning traffic. Got in touch wid MG via Winsey & downloaded the Turn by Turn route info from him, detailed.

Ninja 250 & The Honda CBR250

Ninja 250 & The Honda CBR250


Hyosung GT650R

Hyosung GT650R

A little bout the Hyosung GT650R. Itz not as sweet as the Ninja 650 but itz a Maachoo Beast Machine. Manufactured by Hyosung Motors & Machinery Inc. distributed and marketed by Garware Motors. 647 cc carbureted 4 stroke, water-cooled DOHC 8-valve V-twin engine producing 82 BHP @ 9000 rpm.

The Ispat steel complex is the first thing that greets you when you start towards Alibaug. If you are nuts over heavy machinery, then surely you will like the things around here. The 30 km road to Alibaug is a single lane State Highway, not well maintained & in rainy season dotted with potholes. There are many serene spots along the, beautiful backgrounds for your pics. Dint get enough time to click any. It was not raining but luckily the sun too was a lil shy to glow in glory. Many police checkpoints later we reached our destination. Hoooray, Welcome Wagon was at the gate in all party mood to Welcome us :). The anniversary cake was awesome, Helmet.

Everyone was safely back home by 8.00 pm. Happy Birthday xBhp….

(Pics clicked & edited on iPhone 4. Apple rocks.)

Happy Birthday xBhp

Happy Birthday xBhp

2010 in review

Posted: February 16, 2011 in Touring

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,200 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 9 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 20 posts. There was 1 picture uploaded, taking a total of 7mb.

The busiest day of the year was November 25th with 107 views. The most popular post that day was Riding Along Sahyadri’s : Malshej – Shivneri – Ghodegaon (Part 2).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, holidayiq.com, google.co.in, xbhp.com, and google.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bhandardara dam, rajmachi, bhandardara, bhandardara hill station, and pulsar 220.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Riding Along Sahyadri’s : Malshej – Shivneri – Ghodegaon (Part 2) September 2010

2

Rajmachi – Ultimate Offroading August 2009
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My new ride – Pulsar 220 DTSi – The Offroading Beast June 2010
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Bhandardara – First Rains of 2009 June 2009
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5

Naigaon Roadtrip (A small Mumbai Suburb) June 2009
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A Peace full Soul

A Peace full Soul

Shivneri Fort :

Shivneri fort was on Anup places to visit list for a long time. He used to crib always how much he wants to go to Shivneri and Singhagad. So finally we were at the foothills of the fort. I confess tht Im not such a big fort fan, but until the camera likes it I don’t have a problem. We were yet to decide wether r goin to climb all the steps and see th ruins of the fort or ride back. We asked some vendors around bout the no of steps and how much time it would take to reach to the top n back. They were quite hellpfull and the approx time was tht we would require was 2 hrs. With enough time in our hand me and shiva convinced Anup tht he can climb all those steps.

The two Honda's

The two Honda's

Ganesh Gate - Shivneri

Ganesh Gate - Shivneri

We literally dragged Anup to the top. I after a long time was walking. We bikers get so used to keeping ous ass’s on the seat, pressing a button and twisting the throttle that we almost forget the 11 no bus. So I tooo was struggling to climbing all the steps. God knw how the Marathas used to do this everyday, all this kellogs and bonvitta has made us so weak. We waited at all the gates, there were many of those. Took some snaps for which no one was ready to pose, tooo tired. The irony to all this was a family which we had started the climb after us consisting of children girls and old ladies overtook us halfway. Ohhh my God, salla puri izzat ka falloda kar diya..

Warrior

Warrior

So we had covered 3/4th distance n already our lungs were out. Has some ginger mixed lemon water, must have. Tht was mind blowing, thirst quenching and refreshing surprisingly and tht too jst for 5 rs. We finally made it to the top. I wanted to see a fort n ther was nothing of that sort around there. Everthing I could see was ruins so we all were quite disappointed. We asked some visitors that wht can we see here. Everyone pointed to a distant place, the birth place of Shivaji. As it was tooo far n there was no energy left after such a small endeavor we decided to jump down on to our bikes and ride home.

Shivneri is a nice fort to stroll along but it would not attract the ooo’s n ahhhh’s. The Archilogical department has put some nice sign boards which show the name of each gate you pass through and other structures. There are two gardens and a temple to visit. The climb is not that steep and the administration has renovated the steps for tourist. The only way to reach to the top of the fort is by climbing all the steps, there is no rope way or ny alternate mode.

Dimbhe Dam:
It was around 12 when we finally were back on the bikes. I was still raining and we slowly headed towards Bhimashankar & were planning to go to Ahupe from there. The weather started to get better and the road conditions started to worsen. There were potholes all over and the Honda’s were rattling. As a pillion I was jumping around and nither shiva nor anup wanted to slow down. We reached a village and took a break some 20 – 25 km from shivneri. Asked some villagers around of the route to Ahupe, most of the didn’t knw the place at all. Some rickshawalls told us the route but also confirmed tht there is no motor able route from Ahupe back to NH222 (Malshej) & also told us tht the road are worst ahead. So we decided to move back, the whole Ahupe plan was flop & I was a bit disappointed. We headed back to Junnar and then back to Malshej. We had in mind tht we are goin to visit the lake tht we had seen enoute. So tht was the backup plan but our man objective of offroading was yet to be completed.

While heading back to Junnar anup saw some caves on a mountain. A local told us tht the only was to reach there is on foot & advised us not to go there is would be dark until we returned. We went a bit ahead and saw a small path leadin to the mountain & the anup jumped off the road with my uni of the dirt track. I was a bit astonished seeing the unicorn perform so well even in this terrain. The ZMA was jst enjoyin it & climbing the slope with ease while the unicorn was struggling a bit with itz heavy load & the slope. I had to push it through for sometime. Shiva with his ZMA had climbed up a considerable hight wen some villages told us tht there is nothing ahead. So we headin back to find the tarmac. I was busy runnin behind them clickin snaps, it was difficult. In 20 mins we were back on road, it was the same experience tht you would have on Mars (pathetic roads).

Offroading on the Unicorn

Offroading on the Unicorn

Not on a Beach but near The Lake...

Not on a Beach but near The Lake...

Shiva with his Karizma

Shiva with his Karizma

After covering some more Km’s were again of the tarmac, this time we were climbing the slope wihch had no path. Anup on the ZMA was leading me to the top and shiva preferred to follow us on foot rather than being a pillion. I t was really a wonderfull experience. Parked the bikes & took some snaps, I would not write more on this let the photos do the taking.

After enjoyin the offroadin session and satifying the offroad thirst we headed to the lake. Took some snacks on the way so tht we can eat it at the lake, we were hungry….. Reached back on NH222 and strated finding a route to the lake. There was a small road which leaded to the lake. The road was bad but the area around was so scenic tht those the 1Km stretch is now one of my favorite roads. To our surprise the road adruptly ended and went inside the lake, yes right Inside the LAKE. Tht was scary & weired. I wanted to take some pics with the bikes parked inside water. A lady was washing clothes by the shore we asked here bout the lake and the road, she said the road is used in summer when the water level goes down and assured us tht except a few crocs here n there it was safe. So I started pushing the bike into water and the two lazy bone staring at me. Took some nice snaps. Waited by the lake for some time & then headed back home.

It was an awesome ride & we had done my things Malshej, Shivneri Fort, Offroading, photos by the lake. But we were not able to go to reach Ahupe so tht task is yet pending…………………….

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Title: Riding Along Sahyadri’s
Location: Shivneri, Maharashtra
Route: Mumbai – Malshej – Shivneri
Date: 01 Dec, 2008

The rain had subsided. We had a cup of tea and some good day packets. Start a good day with a bite of Good Day. The dhaba was pathetic, all messy. We didnt have much choice as it was raining heavily for quite some time. We started gearin up for the route ahead. Eicher road map was out on the table to find the route to “Ahupe”. So we wore our jackets and started back on NH 222 (I lve tht no). As usual, we sat in the bikes and it again started raining heavily. This time I was on the front seat riddin the unicorn and gettin wet. Anup was sittin behind me as a pillion for some time and clickin snaps with my sony.

Malshej Ghats

Malshej Ghats

The ZMA & The Flying glove (Spot it)

The ZMA & The Flying glove (Spot it)

The bends atop the ghat

The bends atop the ghat

Peace

Peace

As the km’s increased on the trip meter, showers also started to become stronger. We had to park underneath a tree or would be fully drenched for the nxt 100+ km’s. The rain didnt want to stop. A thought came across tht the ride was a bad idea & we shld turn back home but seeing at the school kids headin to school without an umbrella was enough for us to regain faith in the tarmac bellow. We strated again with a underpowered unicorn and ZMA with a bald rear tyre. The ZMA was wobbling on the wet roads so we were slow. This time anup was riddin and I was shooting snaps.We crossed murbad in the nxt few minutes. The eyes were glued at the “Misal Pav” being served at the small tapri’s in Murbad. I was dying of hunger. Few km’s passed zoom… zomm… and the ghat sections of the NH222 started. I had been on this route during the rain’s. In mid august wen we had been here the surroundins were lush green with foggy climate. I can never forget the scenery. This time it was not green but has a yellowish tint of the dry grass around. Even with this pale yellow colour due to which the surroundings glow during the summer the ghats seemed to be awesome. The camera jst loved the Nane Ghats. The characteristic of this ghat is itz low altitude and properly banked roads.

Nane ghat was a cool ride. With anup on the drivers seat and the roads pretty dry we were at avg speeds of 70-80 km. Soon malshej started. Heaven was around the corner. Ive seen many ghats but the rocks on the mountains and the perfect harmony of trees and mountains always puts malshej on the top. Reachin to the top of the ghats we had a cigy break. I dont rem if they had alight. We had parked the bikes on the edge of the road. The view for there was cool. We could see zig zag roads tht we traveled to reach on the top. in 5mis we were out of there. There were sin broads everywhere “Falling rocks, Donot wait”. We slowly climbed dow the slope. I had captured enough photos to keep me busy for a week. Malshej had ended in a matter of 30 mins.

We were now busy hunting locals andaskin them the road to Ahupe, Shivneri………….

Breakfast on Foothills:

After some discussion with the locals we realized that we were way ahead of the turn for Ahupe. The only reason for this was tht I thought that nane ghat is after malshej where as itz opposite. So now to reach Ahupe we had to take the longer route from Junnar.

With nothing in the tummies we kept riddin . Soon on the foothills of Sahyadris where malshej ghats end and smiling at the Kalsubhai range in the opposite direction, we spotted a dhaba. Not actually a dhaba but a small road side joint. During the last G2G at malshej we had been to this place (Hope chetan n all remember it, bobby’s last ride). As it was early morning, around 9.30 am there was noithin ready. Shiva desperately wanted to have shev bhaji which he had tasted first time at the same place in August. Unfortunately there was no shev, so no bhaji. We settled for kanda pooha and tea. Till the cook was busy in kitchen I started to take some snaps around. The lens had some donkeys, cows and thorny bushes for breakfast. The pooha was takin ages and Anup as usual wanted to kill the owner for the delay. Finally the plates arrived and we refulled our tummies. In the cool climate of malshej the hot tea and warm plate of pooha was taskin awesome.

We started riddin agin after takin some directions from the owner. Eicher road map was always around to help us but we didn’t want to take ny risks. So we started movin, headin towards an unkown territory. After some 200 odd mts we saw a lake. A massive one which seemed to be filled recently by some dam thingy. We wanted to reach the banks of the lake, tried some offroadin but in vain. Later the villagers told us the only way to reach there was from the dhaba we had stopped for food. So instead of goin back some mts we decided to move forward.

So the now the plan was to go to Shivneri fort and then Ahupe and while commin back visit the lake. So we headed forward on NH 222. After some kms there was a inner road goin to junnar which we were supposed to rid eon. The road unlike the NH was very narrow and had many potholes, more than wht we have in mumbai during rains. We were a bit excited as we thought there would be a big change of offroadin in this type of terrain. The unicorn was leadin and suddenly on a turn the ZMA cam runnin. “Guys, U knw wht. There was a beautiful Hen, I jst killed it……….”. Shiva had ran over another animal, but unlike Goa it was not a cow this time. So now Shiva was demoted from “The Cow Killer” to”The Hen Killer”.

Shiva: The Hen Killer

Yellow Beauty

Yellow Beauty

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam

Into the Jungle

Into the Jungle

Jungle Jungle .......

Jungle Jungle .......

Before all the villagers would come huntin for us we ran from the place. The road ahead was a dirty patch of tramat windin down the ghats. It was a bit scary and almost impossible to bend because of all the rubble around. But as u knw Anup sirji is not goin to be stopped by shabby work of some contractor. Zooom we went through the ghats…………..

We reached the foothills of The Great Shivneri Fort, the birth place of the great maratha yoodha Shivaji.

We will meet Shivaji after a short time. Till then enjoy some road pics………….

Title: Riding Along Sahyadri’s
Location: Shivneri, Maharashtra
Route: Mumbai – Malshej – Shineri
Date: 01 Dec, 2008

On a terror struck weekend in mumbai. 3 bikers and 2 bikes from mumbai decided to visit the birth place for shivaji and ride in the along the calm and peaceful Sahyadri mountains in mahrashtra.

I started to write the triplog. Was thinking a lot of how to start it. Then how can you have a triplog without the reason you planned the ride. I could not resist my self from going through the incidents that took place before this trip.

Here is something that my heart has typed involuntarily.

The two beauties

The two beauties

Were scared to go more inside

Were scared to go more inside

A Wednesday :
The was dull. Heading to office seemed I wondered, how boring it is to work form 9.00 – 7.00. Do the same thing day in an out. Get up early in the morning, not actually early but a bit late always. Then clean the mess, flush out all the bugs frm ur body. Get dressed like a joker with a tie in haste. Run run & run for the 9.07 Dadar local and while ur runnin for the train think of contingency plans in case u miss the train. How boring and dull this schedule is I felt. Even is such a planned day where nothing seems to ever change for 5 days for the week, uncertainty always prevails. One never knws whtz next. Who knws whether you are you are goin to return home today nite for dinner or the Almighty has something else in store for you. May be good or bad, but always as one goes away from his safehouse we call home each passing min during this period bring more and more uncertainty in ones life which is nullified when he comes back home in the evening.

So in this uncertain world with many more variables than Einstein and Newton had thought, I started my journey towards office in South Mumbai. The same usual work at office. Nothin special to cheer about or even thing of. So as the day started it comes to an end as the sun starts setting in the sea. Lovely scene along the worli sea face near my office. As the sun sets the level of uncertainty in your life starts to reduce. As one packs bags and heads towards a stable platform and a fortress of love & harmony the role of luck starts diminishing.

I reached home around 10.30. One of my friend was at my place to take some stuff. Had a bath, a cup of tea. In the background I hear my mom spekin to someone on the phone and saying “Yaa everyone’s fine. Anup & Sourabh both have reached home.” For a sec I thought might be usual chat with my grandpa. My bro come to the room & says there are terrorist firing from AK47 at public in VT station and a bomb has exploded somewhere. I told him to shut up and close the rooms door and get out as I was on the phone. Look at how used to I have become to such terrorist attacks, it now feels like India wining a match. Nothing special, nothing to care, itz nothing so important tht would force me to snap a long distance call get out of my bed and tune in to 24*7 crap news channel. Is it to be taken so lightly?

I lost a person I knew in these terrorist attacks on the trident, I jst came to knw it yesterday. Two of my friends had had jst signed off from duty @ Taj Palace. One works as a supervisor on the 6th floor. I didn’t realize tht how a person jst like me motivated by conspirers and a gun in had can change so many peoples life. On Thursday wen I went to Taj with my friend to find his girlfriend who was missing since the past night, I first time heard an AK47. The sound is horrific and nothing tht I want want hear ever in my life again.

This incident has changed many peoples life. The only ppl to blame for this is each one of us. The only reason 150 ppl lost their lifes was because of carelessness at various levels.

I hope that we stand up once again united and take the responsibility of securing India.

Shivneri & Malshej

Shivneri & Malshej

Winter Rains

Winter Rains

The Ghost Rider

The Ghost Rider

The Night :
Mumbai under siege for the past two days, my office had declared holiday even on Friday. With my laptop in office I was pretty my bored at home. Suddenly phone rang “Anup”, so there was a hope that Saturday may be bright. Had a concall with RazorBlades to decide where we are heading. But after a discussion of about one hour we were yet in Mumbai. The main problem was bikes. There ppl and one bike in ridding condition. Anup’s ambitions engine had flu and needed to visit a doctor. There was 0 breakin on razors RTR due to the wrong tyres tht he had purchased last week. We failed to persuade Razor to bring his friends Bullet.

We called up Shiva to see wht he was doin on Saturday and as expected he was free for a ride. Four people on a concall will to ride somewhere but don’t knw where. Razor was hesitating to come for ny ride due the constant headache he was having for past few months. The doctor had said him to rest. So he was out of ny ride. So it was Me, Shiva & Anup “The Lonely Trio” again for a ghostly ride. We don’t knw the destination yet. We had first planned to go to Sinhagad and Shivneri fort through pune. But we cancelled it. Anup told he will find a place to ride to and call us back in an hour.

So by midnight we zeroed in on a tribal village called “Ahupe” on the foot hills of Sahaydri. The route planned was Nane Ghat – Malshej – Shivneri Fort – Bhimashnkar – Ahupe – Nane Ghat. The agenda of the road trip was “Off Roading”. We wanted to explore a small off road route from Ahupe to Nane Ghate. So with the route map ready we ready to go.

Early Morning

Early Morning

The Rider & The Pillion

The Rider & The Pillion

Sunrise

Sunrise

With a Honda Unicorn and Hero Honda Karizma were were all ready to go. The one other problem was cash, we only had 1500 for the full ride and we would have to save every penny and every drop of petrol tooo. We started \from thane around 5.30. It was drizzling throughout. Filled tanks of our Honda’s at a petrol pump near bhivandi bypass, Rs. 500 petrol for the ZMA and Rs. 500 for the Unicorn. We headed towards Kalyan and the drizzle was turning into rain. We had not expected rains at all, but assuming it would stop we kept ridding. Instead of stopping the the rain God was showering his bessing on us. On one side my heart wanted the rain to stop but on the other hand I knw the rain would make the climate in Malshej awesome. We finally stopped at a dhaba and waited for the rains to subside.

XBHP Resurected (Lonavla - Amby)

XBHP Resurected (Lonavla - Amby)

My fisrt XBHP G2G was Malshej friendship day G2G, approx a month back. I had joined XBHP a month after I got the Unicorn but after my first Malshej G2G, some Hacker had bought down the fourm, it stayed like this for almost 3 month. Then thanks to Sunny & other senior memebers XBHP was resurrected  from the grave. We bikers had gout our playground back.  So like a small kid, was excited bout this meet. Chetan had posted the ride Invite.

“After the recent rebirth of xBhp, we meet up to celebrate our sole platform of biker friendship with a new josh.

Mumbai & Pune are two cities which are separated by 100kms. From the past few months, the bonds have become strong. We xBhpians from both these cities have been riding together for quite some time now and learning from each other. This ride is very much a friendship ride and we plan to make this successful by ensuring a zero casualty rate.”

Unlike other ppl who couldnt sleep tht nite for the sheer excitement, i was fast asleep dreamin bout Me my Uni & Leh.

R Pandhra (Yamaha R15)

R Pandhra (Yamaha R15)


Apache RTR FI

Apache RTR FI

4.30 AM: Moms like, you young ppl dont sleep @ 10 n want to get up @ 4 in the mornin. (She is against me ridin a 2 wheeler but has got used to it like all other parents. But for a change on satuday wen i got elbow pads instead of a jacket she was furious. Came to knw how much parents care bout safety). Got ready by 5.30, geared up with the new riddin gear and went to pick up mayur, my pillion for the ride and was waitin sharp @ 6.00 am like a dumb at Kashimira (I trusted shannon & kunal tht they will be on time).

6.15 AM:
Kunal (The Doctor) arrives followed by shannon. We start riddin towards Jogeshwari meet Moto, Winzee & Tazz @ BP petrol pump. Fill up tanks and we move towards Panvel to meet everyone else @ Macd. Moto was leadin, assisted by Kunal & Shannon. Felt good to be in a formation right from start and as everyone knws u cant rip a unicorn it feels good wen everyone’s around.

Dont knw the time: Reached Macd, met everyone. So everyone was jumpin n sayin u missed all SBK’s. SBK tht to 20 . Met everyone after a long time. In macd we saw true marcus, wen bobby comes back he will have a lot of competition . Left panvel in bout 15 mins after all the fires were finished by marcus.

Khopoli:
Took a break at khopoli before the ghats start i.e the real roads start. One thing tht i noticed & tht all seniors have notices is bout the pit stop parkin. We park 3 to 4 bikes parallel to each other. Itz jst a tikin bomb, someone will get hurt badly someday if this continues. Max 2 bikes parked parallel to each other. The ghats finally start, did some sharp leans on the twisties. For the first time I felt the Uni so responsive, the start plugs do help a lot to improve performance. (Ppl who saw the unicorn leanin comments r welcomed. It was my first time leanin ). Later i realized tht wht i was doin @ the speeds was not tht safe, will try to cool down a bit nxt time. Saw the SBKs returnin wen we reached the expressway .

Lonavla: Met chetan, inder and other bikers frm pune @ radhakrishna restraunt. Had tea and bike talk. Bombay guys were like, u knw we saw 20 sbks.

XBHP Horizon

XBHP Horizon


Khopoli Pitstop

Khopoli Pitstop


A Two Part Life

A Two Part Life

Left for Amby. Had a bit of test drives there. I rode the Ymaha R 15, dont knw wht ppl say but the bike is class. Itz got evrythin except power. Ill be ready to spend a lac for tht piece of engg. I knw many readin this will be like wtf .

Anup rode my Uni while returnin, while i sat as a pillion. He was the luckiest i guesss rode bike avaiable except the 220 & the discover. Wanted to knw how others hadle the uni so tht i can improve my riddin + wanted to take some pics.

Reached lonavla for lunch. Nuterino crashed meanwhile. Everyone was worried as chetan too was not reachable. Everythin was cool after chetan returned and told rahul is fine & on his way back home, not on the RTR buy a Tempo .

Had food, waived of pune ppl & started the 100+ km trip back to the metro we call home. This time in a proper formation as we did while returnin from mumbai. Reached mumbai around 6.30. Moto was busy riddin gaurav’s R15 with him as a pillion and Anup was rippin motos 200. Left anup @ his place, hope he got his bike by now. Reached home around 8.00.

Lonavla - The Horizon

Lonavla - The Horizon

So tht the end of beautiful day. I lost my camera cover and my Umbro (I had it for 4 yrs) windcheater today.

Hanoz missed u a lot on this trip. I mean missed ur camera n pics.

It was a pretty short log indeed.

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After 3 months of processing and struggling to take all the necessary approvals from my family & my fiancee, Im now a proud owner of a Pulsar 220 DTSi. This new world is very very different from the Honda world im used to.
For the past 2 years ive being living on planet Honda , wid by 150cc Unicorn & my journey into the biking world has been quite smooth. Wid one of the best engines available today in the Indian Market, the Honda Unicorn backs the pagent of the most reliable babe in its category. I have been riding the Unicorn for last 2 years / 45,000 km  widout any performance issues or any other problems. Useage patter 75% log distance rides/touring – 25% city comute. Ive done Hampi, Rajasthan…. & also Saddlesore on my Unicorn. For the last 3 months the Uni was giving me engine problems. Milegae would sometimes drop to 10Kmpl, the bike would not go more than 83.5 Kmph (No speedo prob). Had decided to use the Unicorn for some more months & then take a new ride.
My Unicorn, Itz not mine nymore

My Unicorn, Itz not mine nymore

The Red Beast

The Red Beast

Why the Pulsar 220 DTSi & not the R15. The Unicorn is one of the best bike in the Indian market compared to reliability along with the new Suzuki. The engine is soo smooth that you dont knw if the bike is On/Off, u need to throttle up n chk. Its soo silent that you feel you are riding a electric scooter wen an RTR overtakes you. There are no vibes at all. The engine is an exact opposite of Lean & Mean, its too reliable. Im actually fed up of the softer nature of the Unicorn & wanted more aggression in my life. The R15 is a bike I admire but 2nd, 3rd & 5th gear of the bike really suck. O n these 3 gears dont knw where the power suddenly disappears, so didnt go for the R15.

Booked my Pulsar 220 on Friday with the help of a local dealer called Kamal. The Pro Biking  Rs 3500 – 4000  extra, as a premium. As Sunday was Akshaya Triti, I want the bike delivered on Sunday, mom wanted it actually. I had purchased my Unicorn from Kamal so contacted him & asked him to see if he could help. From selling the bike to getting the Transfer of the Unicorn, bank NOC, PO from Andheri PBK for the 220 was done in one day i.e Friday. Saturday the bike was ready n waiting at Sai Service godown in Vasai. I had insisted tht I take the delivery directly from the godown & didnt want any stupid rider to drive the bike before I could touch/feel it. Its a very different feeling wen you go to pickup the bike from the godown & not the PBK. A line of all Pulsars lined up along the wall to say goood bye & best of luck to a bike which was one of them yesterday & now today has a owner. We had yet not selected the color & my fiancée was present wid me to select it. Frankly speaking, I didnt like ny color tht Pulsar’s come in. We were looking for the grey but as it had a 6 month waiting we decided to go for the Red beauty.

On the highway

On the highway

IRC Tyres

IRC Tyres

Gorgeous red beauty

Gorgeous red beauty

The Read beast offroad

The Read beast offroad

I guess in Bajaj problems start before taking deliveries, the DTSi logo on the engine was coming out. Got it fixed by the store in charge. They the big shock, the fairing had vibes & the gaps near the tank were not symmetric. After some discussion wid the store in charge was able to convince him that there was a problem & he either needed to rectify it before delivery or issue me a new bike. Wid not expertise to repair the bike he issued the a new one. Tested it first for ny deffects & then told him to get it ready for delevery. It had some scratches on the silencer but didnt have much options, either the IRC or no Scratches. There were only 3 bikes in the godown wid IRC tyres, all the new lot that had come was having MRF Zapper fitted on it. Was lucky to get the IRC option. It took 2hrs to get the bike ready, & finally around afternoon the bike was in my hands. This was the first time I rode a P220 in my life. The beauty is mind blowing & the beast underneath begs to allow it to roar.

Got the bike out of Sai Service & took bike for a spin on the highway. Completed 400Kms on the same day with a lil offroading.