It all started when a dear childhood friend of mine randomly planned a trip to Chennai to meet other childhood friends over a long weekend.
Got a text message "Bombay-Chennai flight tickets tonight at 3k, game?"
Replied : "You, and a random trip, stop kidding !"
Then she forwarded me the booking text message, and I replied "I'll ride to Chennai, meet you there !!!"
I frantically opened up my laptop and started looking up the route and then realized that my bike wasn’t prepared for this mega ride !
It was a moment of realization and inception, the seed was planted in my head, I had to do this !
That weekend I did extensive research on pre-prep for such long rides and read-up all the touring blogs (1000kms+) to get the first hand experience of seasoned riders who have attempted and successfully executed such long rides !
Finally prepared a list of things to-buy :
1) Tank Bag
2) Tail Bag
3) Rain Suit
4) BackPack Rain Covers
5) Puncture Repair Kit
6) Foot Pump
7) Surgical Gloves
8) Garbage Bags
Also searched for a couple of stores retailing travel gear and got some amazing advice at the Outdoor Travel Gear Store in Pune.
As it was raining heavily, my main concern was to get rain-proof bags, which turned out to be an over-expectation/lack of experience. No-bag in whatsoever price range will not be able to provide full water-proofing.(It reminded me of my LS2 jacket which came with the 100% water-proof tag)
Decided to do some IJT(Indian Jugaad Technique) and went straight to a local bag shop and bought a large good-quality laptop bag and a small side bag, then asked the shopkeeper to make some changes.
Initially it was difficult to make him understand my requirements, but then I took him to my bike(Duke200) and gave him a demonstration that how this can be fastened on the rear and the tank. He was excited and so was I.
Finally after 3 hours of trial & error, the bags were a perfect fit, though I was a little sceptical about the durability, but had no issues during the entire trip.
So the check list was almost complete but couldn’t find a decent sized foot pump, so skipped that keeping fingers-crossed.
Called up my friends in B’lore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Nashik & Mumbai and told them about the ride I’ve planned coming weekend. And they called me names, to be decent ,crazy, retard, mad, stupid and other adjectives in hindi and English. So I though, I’ll surprise them by sending actual pictures when enroute, and it worked !
Initial Plan :
Day 1 : Pune - B’lore
Day 2 : B’lore – Chennai
Day 3 : Chennai – Pondi
Day 4 : Pondi – Chennai – Hyderabad
Day 5 : Hyderabad – Nashik
Day 6 : Nashik – Mumbai
Day 7 : Mumbai – Pune
Actual Executed :
Day 1 : Pune - B’lore
Day 2 : B’lore – Chennai - Pondi
Day 3 : Pondi – Chennai
Day 4 : Chennai – B’lore
Day 5 : B’lore – Pune