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    Everyone I know has a dream. Big or small - it is relative. When xBhp was founded as a single web page back in 2001, downloading a 4MB file for learning ASP to create the website over the internet over a dial up in India was a dream. But one fine day it did happen.

    That day the seeds of the xBhp forums were sown. Within a year or so, by 2003, xBhp.com grew to have 10,000 registered members. Real people. In those days with dial up and GPRS mobile internet.


    Those were the days. As they say. But better were on the way!


    Then there was another dream. To shoot and upload better photos, inspire a generation to ride and document. The best available on any motorcycle or car forum or website in India. That too became an eventual reality. The first camera that xBhp chose to shoot with was a Sony 1.3 MP with 3X optical zoom and a swivel screen. That was 2002. The first DSLR that we got our hands was not until 2005. Things took time. Dreams took time to materialise. It was never easy.


    In 2003 there was another dream. I wanted to have the best available bike in India back then - a Hero Honda Karizma - powered by a fiery 17 Bhp 223cc engine. That bike was the first one in India to have a proper bikini fairing. There was no fully faired motorcycle available in India back then. The Karizma (a 75,000 INR machine) was a dream made into reality by paying the money over 18 months.


    Yes, dreams take time to materialise. But they keep changing. Human desire and ambition is insatiable.


    Then there was a dream to do an all India roadtrip on a 1000cc superbike. An unheard of task back in 2005. But that too did happen. The Great Indian Roadtrip saw a '05 Honda Fireblade 1000RR accompanied by moto-scooters go around India for a good 13,000 Kms. Superbikes were not available in India officially until much later.
    The dream again shifted a notch above. Another check mark later it morphed into a dream of doing xBhp and my first out of India ride. It happened to be Australia.


    That was a lesson in many things, including my first real brush with the western world of motorcycling.


    We thought that was it. We had achieved whatever there was to achieve. No Indian motorcycling community, magazine or journalist had achieved that so far together.
    That was 2007. The Great Australian Roadtrip saw two of us ride 22,000 Kms on South Korean Machines.

    We were on top of the world. Let me correct that, bottom, actually, down underside of the world.


    That was the year when Casey Stoner also realised his dream of becoming a MotoGP champion. We just remember because lot of people in Australia thought we were on red Ducatis from afar on the road.




    That was cute.

    Then we went around this great country again on a Ducati Multistrada in 2013.
    Anyways. Dreams fuelling other dreams.


    54 countries and thousands of photos later we were sitting in a coffee shop in Delhi. The seeds of this very roadtrip were sown there. Might as well have been coffee bean seeds for all you know.


    It is strange where you can get inspiration from. We just wanted to do what hadn't been done anywhere before. In a way it had never been done before, and with bikes that it's not meant to be done.

    The first bike of choice was a Ninja H2. There is nothing like this on the planet. With it's ECU flash upgrade 260 Bhp sounded too tempting along with that sweet Akrapovic and the flutter of the supercharger. I had been told it accelerates like nothing else on the planet on two wheels while being ultra reliable. It was time to try it out, but the way we wanted to.


    The first time we saw it was in EICMA 2014. This was the first image of it :



    It was the most hyped motorcycle in decades and rightly so. We were blown away when we saw it. And read the specs on paper. It was so fine, so unattainable.

    In fact it took us almost one year to get our hands on one, and that too we only rode for around 10 kms. That was super exclusive for us. We were like happy little kids.


    Dreams are the sweetest when they materialise slowly. Especially if they involve fast bikes.

    Here we are. So many dreams later. We embark on a ride of a lifetime on bikes that are pinnacles of human engineering and unrelenting lust for beauty and power.


    However, to make it even more special we decided, with Ducati announcing a Final Edition of the 1299, that we wanted to mark the occasion and celebrate the twin-cylinder Superbike by doing a power trip right around Australia. So the second bike was the Ducati flagship and one of the most beautiful bikes in the world - the Ducati 1299 Panigale. I have been privy to the Ducati camaraderie and ethos unlike very few people. Having ridden the Multistrada across 20 plus countries and meeting countless Ducatista I can vouch for that.


    We can almost see the ground trembling with 450 Bhps rolling into the horizon in the Australian outback and a few Kangroos hopping here and there (hopefully missing the bikes).

    This is going to be one hell of a trip. The perfect amalgamation of technology, nature and the wanderlust that ails us. We will do our best to let you live through us vicariously.


    Talking about machines. Our better halves. On the road we are one. And here they are.

    The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja H2
    Supercharged madness.
    1000 CC .
    210 BHP Stock.
    Reflashed to 280 Bhp with
    Akrapovic slip-on. Pannier solution from BikeBiz Au. Paint protection from TrackPro Au. Puig Racing Screen from Online Racing Spares Au. AirHawk Seat.



    The 2016 Ducati Panigale 1299
    King of the Track.
    1299 CC.
    200 BHP Stock.
    Puig Racing Screen from Online Racing Spares Au. AirHawk Seat.Ridden by Sunil


    The ones who made it all possible -with their support & resources


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    You can see our route here and see live updates here.








    I will be updating this thread with photographs from the road as often as possible. Next up is the blog of the first day.
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    Was waiting for this thread. Awesome narration with mind blowing pictures

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    Day 1 of the #powerTrip360 saw us riding around 325 kms from Sydney to Gloucester via the Putty Road. The Putty Road is full of high-speed twisties and is a famous hangout zone for motorcyclists from Sydney. You can see a lot of them riding there particularly on a weekend.













    It was also the day that saw us riding the fully loaded Ninja H2 and the Ducati 1299 Panigale for the first time. The arrangements we had made for the required luggage on the bikes didn’t disappoint and we managed to fit everything we wanted, well almost everything! The bikes looked out on a task with all those bags loaded. And indeed a big task this is! Covering 20000 kms of one of the greatest riding countries in the world. For me it was the third time around, however for Sunil it was a whole new experience altogether!









    Almost the entire route was through the mountains and it took us around 8 hours of riding, shooting time included, to reach our destination, which is the quiet hill town of Gloucester. The speed limits on most of the route was hovering between 100 and 80 and it was pretty easy to maintain that easy pace throughout the ride. It can be very demanding for anyone who is tagging along with us to keep their wits around when we do our plethora of riding stops.



















    The twisties and the scenery reminded me of the Himalayas back home, though the traffic was much less and the road infrastructure was far better, not to mention the discipline of the road users. One thing that almost all the bikers in Australia warned us of about are the animals suddenly jumping in front of you from the bushes, particularly post dusk and pre dawn, and we realised soon that we must take them seriously. We had 2 close calls when a rabbit and a fox like animal decided to cross the road while we were riding. This and the already dead animals lying on the road sent a chill down the spine because the danger of hitting an animal, particularly a Kangaroo, on Australian roads is very real and it claims several bikers as their victims every year.

























    Day 2 saw us ride further north through Thunderbolts Way and Oxley Highway to Port Macquarie.
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    Day 2 & 3 : Gloucester – Port Macquarie – Byron Bay

    Day 2 turned out to be rather eventful for us. First, we were not going to take the fastest route to reach the destination for the day, i.e., Port Macquarie. The highway route from Gloucester to Port Macquarie is about 150 kilometers and 2 hours. But then we were here to take the longer scenic route whenever we could.



    We were told to take the Oxley Highway, Thunderbolts Way by a lot of riders here and going by the conviction with which they were suggesting us to take this route, we could imagine that this is going to be something special. And special it was. And though it increased the distance to be covered for the day by a substantial amount, it was worth every second spent riding there. This highway, like the Putty Road, is the favorite hangout zone for bikers from nearby areas.The whole route is very beautiful and what you get is an endless saga of high-speed twists and turns.

































    Another highlight of the day was meeting Leura Kowald in Walcha over a cup of coffee at the Walcha Royal Cafe. This cafe is run by motorcycle enthusiasts themselves and is a must visit if you are doing that circuit. And Leura is a motorcyclist from Armidale, NSW who had ridden all the way to Walcha to say hello us.





    She rides a Honda CBR 600RR and when not thrashing around the Honda 150 at her neighborhood race track, she can be found roadtripping in India. And that girl can ride! She can give riders a good run for their money on the twisties of the Oxley highway. We rode with her for some 100 kilometers while on our way to Port Macquarie. She also goes by the name of HippieChick on the worldwide web and her FB page can be found here



    Chasing the HippieChick











    The magic of Sony Alpha 7S - the above 2 photos were taken at a beach in Byron Bay at around 9 p.m. with nothing but the moonlight as the source of light with ISO set at 51,200 & 40,000 respectively. It wasn't even possible to see the subject clearly with naked eyes. But look at the results. The final images posted here have been given a round of de-noise filter treatment.

    The next morning, Day #3of #powerTrip360, was spent at the Lighthouse Beach of Port Macquarie where we met a gentleman who thought that the Boblbee backpacks on our back were some sort of Jet packs or personal flying device. Can't blame him for it though. These backpacks, especially the one in Chrome, look something straight out of a sci-fi movie. There is a lot more to be done at Port Macquarie than what we could manage, but on a roadtrip like this time has always been the scarcely available commodity and we were already struggling with the after effects of a late start of the day.


    the Boblbee Hard Shell Back Pack - Who wouldn't think this is a personal flying device like a jet pack?

















    So there was no choice but to push towards our destination of the day - Byron Bay (that rhyming was purely unintentional, trust me!) Byron Bay is another popular tourist destination known for its beaches, scuba diving, and surfing sites. Due to the paucity of time, we stuck to the motorway route to Byron Bay and were instantly rewarded with boredom that comes as part of highway riding package.









    More so, because reduced speed limits were imposed at many places throughout the route due do road work. But that got us to Byron Bay much faster and we called it a day but not before bumping into Captain Behl at a petrol station. Captain Behl is a biker/sailor and is from Delhi. He was enjoying his holidays, riding around on a Harley Davidson on the Brisbane-Gold Coast route for a couple of days before heading home.







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    Day 4 of the #powerTrip360 saw us crossing into the state of Queensland from New South Wales as we rode around 100 kilometers from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast. Gold Coast is the 6th largest city in Australia, which also makes it the largest non-capital city and the second largest city in the state of Queensland.





    Riding wise, it was one of those forgettable days as there was nothing but just an hour and a half of riding on the boring highways. It is just amazing how dangerously boring it can be to ride on the motorways in Australia. Falling asleep while riding even at 100 kmph is very much a possibility and frequent breaks are highly recommended to break the monotony.Gold Coast was earlier known as South Coast because it was south of Brisbane, but the rising cost of real estate and the overall cost of living gave it the name “Gold Coast”. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia, famous among the tourists for its surfing beaches.



    You go to any of its beaches and you’ll find it full of wave surfers, beach goers, people enjoying kite surfing, and the people just chilling out in their sail boats. The ‘good life’ as they say in general.









    And once the sun sets, the city comes alive once again as the locals and the visitors head to the nightclubs. Yes, Gold Coast is also famous for its nightlife.
    Apart from the above, the city’s identity is its skyline dominated by high rise buildings, which once lit up post sunset looks like a diamond studded crown.





    Also interestingly, Gold Coast is the largest film production hub in Queensland and as per Wikipedia accounts for around 75% of all films produced in Queensland since 1990s. And it is also going to host the Commonwealth Games 2018.

    [caption id="attachment_1181" align="alignright" width="1600"] The HP Spectre laptop that we are using on this roadtrip have truly made our lives easy. They are super thin and extremely light weight, making it easier for us to carry them in a backpack while riding the bike. And they pack a punch when you talk about performance. To process the 42 MP raw images from our Sony 7R cameras, we needed a laptop that can handle the job well, and the HP Spectre is doing it without breaking a sweat![/caption]



    And Day 5 was another low yield day in terms of number of kilometers covered riding. It was just around 100 kilometers of riding from one large city to another – Gold Coast to Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland. Being the capital city, it is bound to be densely populated. In fact, Brisbane is the third most populous city in the entire country. But then when you compare that population to cities back home like Delhi or Mumbai, you would start laughing.





    But we took a bit of inroads via Mount Tamborine which provides mild respite and cornering allowance to people living in either of these two cities.



    We got out first ‘rest’ day here in Brisbane as we decided to explore the city rather than paying just a touch n’ go kind of visit. And that extra day paid off. We got some memorable moments of this roadtrip so far in this city, particularly related to its motorcycling culture; however, that deserves a separate blog post. So keep watching this space. We will share our Brisbane memories with you soon.

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    Brisbane - (Day 5 & 6)

    So we had our first 'day off' from the ride in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. Brisbane is a bustling city and it is also the third most populous city in Australia. It is also one of the oldest cities of Australia and it rightfully demanded an extra day from us to explore it. Though the extra 24 hours that we stayed there proved to be too less to explore what this city had to offer. But we had a good time there that started with dinner on the first night at an Indian restaurant. Nothing makes you happier than the home type food away from home.


    A view of the city from Mount Coot-Tha



    Ninja standing proudly against the city skyline

    Brisbane is known for its Queenslander architecture and one can go on and on for days just admiring the beauty of this city and its buildings. Of special interest to visitors would be its colorful skyline after the sunset.








    Brisbane city as seen from our hotel window! Photo clicked with Sony Alpha A7S




    We also witnessed Brisbane's rich biking culture when we were invited to a local bikers' meet by some bikers there and what a meet it turned out to be. It was a monthly meetup of bikers and there were at least 300-400 bikers riding the bikes not belonging to any particular brand or make. Cruisers, sportsbikes, vintage bikes, street bikes - all were present there. And the riders were happy just being there. Our bikes and our ride, #powerTrip, became the unofficial chief guest of the meet as a lot of people already knew about this ride, thanks to Sunny's interview with Boris who has a great following among bikers all over this continent. A lot of people came to us asking about the ride. They seemed especially thrilled to see the Ninja H2, which is a novelty even here.

    The Bikers' Night at Brisbane

    Our host for the evening at the Bikers' Night!!



























    But then we suffered our first (and hopefully last) setback of the #powerTrip360 right after the meet. The Ninja had a flat rear tyre. A small nail brought the beast to its knees, almost! But we were prepared for it and had the puncture repair kit and portable tyre inflator with us. So a bit of effort and a bit of help from our newfound friends saw us back on our feet, kicking and running, once again. What an eventful evening it turned out to be. Couldn't have thought of more biking action filled evening than this

    the Brisbane Wheel - Clicked with Sony Alpha 7SII
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    Day 7 & 8: Brisbane - Maryborough - Airlie Beach

    The main highlight of our exit from Brisbane on day #7 was the ride with Hari, an xBhpian from India who is now settled in Brisbane. He's a techie and rides a Suzuki GSXF 1250. We rode together via the scenic Mount Glorious route, which is the favorite weekend ride destination for Brisbane bikers - a twisty road going through a dense rain forest, leading to the Mount Glorious Cafe where we had our breakfast. You can find dozens of bikers lined up outside the cafe on a weekend.


    with Hari from Brisbane











    We bid adieu to Hari a few more kilometers down the road and carried on towards the Somerset Dam via some of the most beautiful roads we have seen till date. Also put the DJI Mavic Pro to good use for the first time on the trip. The day's total was 458 kilometers but thanks to frequent photo breaks we ended up riding till late at night.

    Taken with a Sony Alpha 7SII




    The night photography capabilities of the Sony Alpha 7SII were also put to good use. Dinner at the Indian restaurant was another highlight of the day because it was quite unexpected for me to find the Indian restaurant in such a small town even when it was not on the tourist map.

    At the Somerset Lake

    En route Maryborough





    Day #8 of #powerTrip360 - Maryborough to Airlie Beach - was the longest day of the ride so far where we clocked close to 850 kilometers in a day - just one of such long days. A really long saddle time was the order of the day and the day lived up to its expectations. We ended up riding for 14-15 hours, again thanks to multiple photography breaks. It was also going to be the test of our endurance & stamina and also how well our bodies cope up with the stress of riding on these extreme sports bikes for such a long duration. And we did bloody well! The neck and shoulders did feel a bit achy, but that was much less than what it could have been. Months of training and yoga before the ride proved its worth in gold. I caught a bit of cold though towards the end of the ride as the air around Airlie Beach area was much cooler. A couple of paracetamol tablets & the 'rest day' next day helped the matters considerably. But overall the longest day so far had gone without giving much trouble to the bikes or the bikers, giving us much needed confidence boost for the longer days ahead.

    nothing describes our longest day better than this!

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    The day #9 of #powerTrip360 was a ‘rest’ day, a well-deserved one after the 900 kms run the previous day. And it was spent loitering around Airlie Beach area, trying to explore it on the Ducati Panigale 1299 and the Ninja H2.




    Some more experiments with the drone! Can you spot us in the picture?

    putting the Sony Alpha 7SII to good use. This was taken at around 8 p.m. with nothing but just the moon as the source of light

    Around Airlie Beach









    The Airlie Beach is one of the getaways for the Great Barrier Reef. The beaches, the atmosphere, and the people in party mode reminds me of Goa back home, though with much lesser people & much wider roads.


    Day 10 we started drifting away from the coastline as we took left and started riding towards the inland. Population will get thinner now and the weather will get hotter. Charters Towers, a small town on the Flinders Highway in Northern Queensland, was the destination for the day, which was just around 350 kms from Airlie Beach.









    riding in the countryside!

    And we lost the drone right after this!

    It was also the day when we suffered a major setback as we crashed our drone into a sugarcane field just a few kilometres away from the Airlie Beach area. It was heart-breaking as we were looking to use the drone extensively during this roadtrip. And this crash meant that we won’t be able to use it for quite a number of days as we’ll have to send it back to Melbourne to get it fixed and the only big city where we will be able to get it back again would be Perth as the postal services to most of the towns inland is not fast and we won’t be staying long enough in any of the towns either.







    Anyways, staying in Charters Towers overnight was another experience. The town was calm and quiet, and the empty roads and the old buildings gave it the look of a movie set. The bonus was finding kangaroos jumping around in our resort itself. Finally, I managed to see a live kangaroo in Australia, otherwise all the ones I had seen till now were unfortunately the dead ones on the road.








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    Day 11 & 12: Charters Towers to Mt. Isa to Tennant Creek

    The day #11 of #powerTrip360 was going to see us riding from Charters Towers to the industrial town of Mt. Isa in Queensland. Mt. Isa is also famous for its vast mineral deposits and has one of the most productive single mines in the world, producing lead, silver, copper & zinc. The total kilometres to be done in the day were around 750 and it took us good 8-10 hours of riding time to reach our destination. We had already moved away from the coast line and were riding inland now. The change in the atmosphere and the flora and fauna was quite visible. The population was getting thinner and meadows had already made way for vast arid land. The temperature during the daytime had also started rising. But it also meant lesser traffic on road. The availability of petrol pumps had also started becoming an issue and will soon become one of our biggest concerns as we move further towards Northern Territory and we will need to carry spare fuel, which we had none till now.


    start of the 270 km long dirt road. We didn't take it though, : )

    a road train









    The day was rather uneventful except for the realization that the drone was finally gone and we could do nothing about it except sending it Melbourne to get it fixed. We reached Mt. Isa by around 9 p.m. but not before spending a good amount of time on road at night, trying to capture the milky way with our Sony cameras.










    And we finally entered into Northern Territory on day 12, which is our third state after New South Wales and Queensland. Northern Territory or NT as they call it is huge! In fact, huge is an understatement to describe its enormous size. But it is extremely empty as well. A minimum distance of 200-300 kilometres between 2 towns is a very common thing and we really had to plan our fuel breaks well in advance so that we don’t run out of fuel. Not surprisingly we ended up buying a 10L jerrycan to carry extra fuel. We would need this spare fuel every now and then as travel in NT and then Western Australia. Surprise of the day was finding an Indian guy running a roadhouse just before the NT border. And he gave us the authentic Indian Chai, which tasted exactly like what you get at home.

    Mt. Isa

    crashing into wildlife in Australia is such a big possibility - be it a kangaroo, camel, or a cow or things like these as well!

    the 130 kmph speed limit road sign!

    that is why we carried extra fuel from here on




    But the biggest highlight of the day was finding the road sign that said ‘speed limit 130.’ Yes, that is the fastest you can go on Australian roads officially, and that is why a lot of petrolheads flock to NT to ‘open up’ on its open roads. Here, we also started seeing Indigenous Australians or Aboriginals, the original inhabitants of Australia. Our destination for the day was Tennant Creek, which is the fifth largest town in NT and has got a sizeable population of aboriginals.
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