In our bid to travel the world, we have been to a fair few countries. During the Great Asian Odyssey, we covered most of Southeast Asia. We’ve visited Japan, the Philippines, and China, to name a few. But in our quests, Indonesia eluded us for a while. But then again, we are still going, aren’t we? So, this year, we decided to get rid of that vacant spot. Moreover, we didn’t just visit this stunning country, we thoroughly explored it!
When it came to choosing a motorcycle, we went with the venerable TVS Ronin. We’ve explored extensively on the Ronin and grown quite fond of it. The engine runs smoothly, complementing the relaxed ergonomics. Despite its cruiser-ish approach, it can handle diverse conditions quite well. Overall, the TVS Ronin has been a trusty partner in many of our recent roadtrips and it played the same role for the 2,000 km we covered in Indonesia.
Most importantly though, we had another partner that has stuck with us and our motorcycles through thick and thin. Whenever we plan to undertake a roadtrip our go-to is Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE. Through various roadtrips around India and around the world, Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE has proved its mettle in a variety of conditions and a variety of motorcycles. Needless to say, it was the first choice for this roadtrip as well. How did it fare? Read on to find out!
Despite the engine of the TVS Ronin being one of the relaxed ones out there, its torquey nature is still a challenge for the engine oil. Moreover, Indonesia is a diverse country, and you can expect all kinds of weather conditions and terrains if you are out to explore it thoroughly. That means that we needed an engine oil that could step up to such demands. We went with Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE 10W40. With its 5-in-1 Full Synthetic Technology, Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE is equipped with everything one needs for a roadtrip like this.
Right on cue, the engine oil was put to test right at the beginning of this roadtrip. As we rode out of the TVS dealership in Jakarta, we were greeted by the city’s traffic. Add to that Jakarta’s hot and humid weather conditions and it was a perfect disaster for a sub-par engine oil. However, Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE 10W40 proved itself otherwise.
By optimizing the friction between the moving parts, it made for a smooth ride in the traffic. With the engine working hard and the ambient temperature not much help, the heat could have spelled disaster but Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE does more than enough to keep the engine running cool. That combined with optimizing the friction meant that the engine of TVS Ronin was well-protected throughout this tough start of our Indonesian roadtrip.
Whether the Indonesian archipelago threw biting cold or searing heat at our TVS Ronin, we had Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE 10W40 taking care of it and ensuring that the engine was not only kept cool, smooth, and protected, but also ready for bursts of acceleration with every twist of the throttle. Thanks to Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE 10W40’s 5-in-1 Full Synthetic Technology, our TVS Ronin retained its performance even after we covered 2,000 km in significantly varying conditions.
Next up, we rode to Bandung where traffic and heat aren’t too big a problem. The challenge for Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE was different here. Through the winding roads, we put the TVS Ronin’s performance to the test, fully trusting in Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE to help the motorcycle power through this section. With the friction being managed deftly, the acceleration on hand was thrilling and with the 5-in-1 Full Synthetic Technology at work, the performance never tapered and endured throughout this jaunt.
Moving on, from Bandung to Pangandaran, Tangkuban Parahu, Yogyakarta, and then to Bromo, we encountered dramatic weather changes. Heat, humidity, sudden drops in temperature, and everything in between; the man and the machine had to be prepared for everything. Especially in Bromo, the temperatures were significantly cooler. Kintamani was a similar story with it being situated at an elevation of 1,500m above sea level.
Regardless of all that, none of these proved to be a challenge for Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE. Being a fully synthetic engine oil, it has been designed to retain its viscosity even when mercury dips. Overall, whether we faced searing heat or biting cold, Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE helped our motorcycle power through all of that. As we have experienced earlier as well, it remained faultless throughout and our TVS Ronin went flawless throughout.
In this roadtrip filled with wonders and challenges, we traversed the length and breadth of Indonesia. From the bustling Jakarta to the serene Bali, we enjoyed every bit that this beautiful country has to offer. TVS Ronin powered by Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE 10W40 proved to be a worthy companion for this wonderful roadtrip and in doing so, made our faith in Castrol POWER1 ULTIMATE even stronger.