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    Saddlesore?

    In the world of biking one would find the word saddlesore know for biker's who would complete long distances at a stretch. Biker enthusiasts have wrtten inspirational logs on their saddlesore attempts and most of them have been success stories. A saddlesore is not only about your passion for biking but is also a potent test of your stamina, mental strength and demands medical fitness!
    Please don't try this if you are not ready!

    The thought behind the decision:

    I had read a lot of articles on saddlesore rides and came across the Iron Butt Association (IBA) which recognizes the hardcore riders.
    From my searches on the net I had not found any biker who had even tried to complete 1700Kms on a 100CC

    Combining both the above along with my passion for riding I decided to set ablaze the route selected.



    The Prep plans:

    Riding long hours will drain a lot from you. One needs time to rest in order to recharge and recuperate from the body ache that would be experienced. In my case it was a ride on a 23 year old bike that had absolutely no comfort to offer.
    I had given the bike to my trusted mechanic (Ravi) who is the only one to work on her from the time I got the bike. After he heard what I was planning I could feel he was not comfortable with the idea of me travelling 1600+kms alone with the odds against me. The engine was in prime condition we decided to only give her an oil change and feed her with better combustion oil. After browsing through my options I picked up Motul 800 2T Road racer fully synth racing oil.
    My mech had put in Yamaha Lube for lubrication, changed the clutch plates and break liners and cleaned the chain and wheel bearings in diesel. He had taken a day off from work to ensure everything was in order.
    Maps were printed out. It would be a straight forward route from Pune to Bangalore via NH4.
    Being a member of 2 biking groups (Bladerunnerzzz and XBHP) I was rather shy of putting my thoughts across on these forum's and held it back till the very last couple of days before the ride. Many thanks for the advice and thoughts shared with me from all members from these forums.
    I was aware that riding for such a long distance will cause batter both man and machine so I planned it on a long weekend. The initial date was the 5th however the excitement was so much that I could not help doing the ride on the 4th of November itself..

    Checklist:
    Bottle of 2Ltrs spare fuel
    Water 3Ltrs
    Bike papers
    License
    Hand towel
    First aid kit
    Relispray
    Spare cloth for Helmet visor
    3 packets of Glactorate
    2 biscuit packets
    4 granola bars
    Print of the road Maps
    Notebook and pen to log stops
    Small box of Dry fruits
    1 Spare T shirt
    Tool Kit lent by Ravi
    Smokes
    I Pod Nano

    Gear

    Cross Helmet
    Fox Knee pads
    Alpinestar gloves
    Orazo Ibis boots
    T-Shirt and Tracks

    Stage 1

    A friend of mine had gone out of town and had requested me to take care of his place. He had a fish tank with pretty fishes who needed to be fed so I went by his place before the ride and found that a couple of fishes had died. Saddened by the loss I informed my friend the same.

    IBA guidelines are stringent and witnesses are required with complete logs, Maps and details of pit stops for fuel. So I began to rally my friends around me. Special thanks to Sandeep Barge and Ravi (my Mech) from Pune and Gautam Bhat from Bangalore for their support. I had requested Ravi to help me purchase a Tool kit but the sweet chap lent me his tool kit citing he would not need it for the next few days and I could borrow it
    Sandeep had come all the way with his brother to greet me and encourage me for the ride.
    My parents were unaware of my plans, though they knew that I usually go for rides I did not want to leave them in a worried state. So I bid adieu and carried on.
    Sandeep and I had planned to meet at Brehaman circle near Aundh and I landed there a bit early. People passing by gave me some weird stares at my outfit and smirked when they saw the Rx100. Of course I seemed overdressed to ride it. Sandeep seemed to be more excited upon seeing me in full gear and we clicked some snaps. He gifted me a Peacock feather quoting it as a good luck charm for a safe trip.
    Heading to The HP Pump near Sayajji hotel on NH4 I realized that I am an hour early so instead of wasting time I started the journey at 11PM on the 4th.

    The bike seemed to be amazingly smooth, thanks to the hard work put in by Ravi. Many a times it felt even better than the Fazer. It gave me more confidence and soothed out the negative thoughts I had initially.
    The start was good and I had covered 80Kms in the first hour itself, however later on I realized that I was falling back. As the journey had begun in darkness it was expected that I would face difficulties with insects and the lights of oncoming traffic. Then came the mini ghat which was clogged with stupid overloaded tucks trying to overtake each other and I was in caution mode with speeds not above 60KMPH. There was a Ford Fusion with a MH06 number attempting to squeeze on the outer line and suddenly ripped to the left, caught by surprise I was almost pushed off the road. The driver probably realized his error and reduced his speed for me to pass. That minor incident made me aware that I need to make a lot of noise so that people know that there is a vehicle behind them. The ghats were eaten in no time and I was tripping on the scream from the exhaust, a note so distinguished that even a kid and his grandpa can identify the make just by the sound. People in buses literally opened their window to get a glimpse of a maniac trying to overtake buses on turns, in the straight lines, over flyovers and even between trucks! Within 3 hours I reached Karad I began to feel dejected as it did not look good, covering that distance was at a poor average of 60KMPH. Pushing the bike even further I hurriedly crossed Kolhapur and proceeded towards Belgaum. I had already begun to feel the fatigue creep in so near Belgaum I took a 15 min stop. While I chewed on a bar I began to rethink my strategy, it was becoming more difficult, and though I was hitting a speed of 100 very frequently time seemed to be running faster than my bike. The approach was to cut down on stops and keep moving. My eyes were becoming heavy and there was a funny taste in my mouth. I realized it had become dry, not compromising on stops I even lit a smoke while in motion and sipped on some water. There was not much of an option for me. I had tied the bag to the bike with a bungee cord so as to avoid the strain of carrying the heavy bag loaded with 3Ltr of drinking water, 1Ltr of combustion oil and 2Ltr of spare fuel for emergency.

    Incident at Stage 1




    Stage 2


    One thing about the RX, at high revs the bike vibrates a lot and relays the same to the rider. My joints bore most of the brunt but I guess visiting the gym for 3months made me fit enough to hang in there.

    Stage 3

    The Belgaum stretch was so beautiful; this was my second trip on this highway on 2 wheels, the first being with Bladerunnerzzz group on the way to Jog falls. The road is so smooth and clean that you could actually sleep on it I reached Hubli and moved on. There was not much of luxury of stopping when you are riding a machine that is 100CC, you would find it rather hard to maintain top revs of 100+, secondly it has a smaller fuel tank of 10.5Ltrs! So fuel stops would be more than expected. Sacrificing my breaks to accommodate more fuel stops I crossed Hubli and headed towards the notorious stretch of Haveri and Chitradurga. There was fog ahead and I could not see anything in front of me. To negotiate this I let a Volvo pass by and chased its flashing tail lights for navigation.
    My fellow biker on XBHP, Hyperion warned me about the Chitradurga-HAveri stretch and I had changed my start time to ensure I cover this stretch only in daylight.
    Stage 3 also went without any incident.


    Stage 4


    The Chitradurga-HAveri stretch : It was a nightmare in broad daylight! I had reached this stretch about 9AM and there was enough traffic for one to be forced to slow down as dust was all over my visor, it was coated with red mud and I was appalled by the way people ride/drive in Karnataka. No offence meant to anyone. There was no use of indicators, overtaking buses in slow motion, sitting on a saddle in their half lungi with their legs on crash guard! Too add to that the miserable stretch filled with diversions, uneven roads and speed breakers that you would least expect. The speed breakers were huge and it felt like the biggest ones I had come across, fearing for the wheels of the bike I slowed my pace at this stretch. Post a fueling pit stop, I continuously rode uptill Tumkur which is around 70kms from Bangalore. The roads were amazing and I was wishing for these kinds of roads in Pune city.yeah! I know.."If wishes were horses beggars would ride" Upon stopping for a quick break while returning slowly to my bike I happened to glance at the level indicator and was in for a shock. The Motul 800 2T oil for which I had paid a premium of Rs750 was almost spent with the needle pointing in the red zone. How could a full liter of oil vanish so quickly? Normal side box oil lasts for more than 1000 KMS. No point in wasting time I quickly removed the spare Shell 2T oil and filled it up, time was running faster and frustration seemed to be getting the better of me. A quick calculation and I realized that if I travel another 45Kms to Electronic city on the other end of Bangalore I would miss my 24hr timeline as that stretch would need to be covered again on my return journey. I would have to be ripping hard at an average of 90+. The bike was holding up better than expected. No other problems besides the light issue. I called my friend Gautam, after explaining the situation we agreed that I would head back to Pune.

    Stage 5


    It was past 11 am when I turned back from Bangalore and started the return journey. My mind started calculating the distance, average speed to be maintained, estimated stops, etc. I pulled over to speak to a friend and let her know that I had made it to Bangalore. Surprisingly my actions did not make any sense to her, realizing that I am wasting my time I picked up the pace. It was a delight to rip on those roads, I was wishing I had a superbike to do this ride, it would have been sensational to burn rubber at 200+KMPH but my piece of machinery was pure desi stuff. In another 10 years she will probably get entry into the vintage category. LOL.
    I had been overcome by fatigue; there was a throbbing pain in my right wrist which was squeezing on to the throttle for over 12 hrs now. I stopped over and pulled out the Relispray to tend to the pain in my back, neck, shoulders and wrists. The burning sensation began to act against me as it made me feel drowsy. There was no incident when I had begun my return journey. I was happy that I made it to Bangalore via road on two wheels with no companion for company.

    Stage 6




    Incident at Stage 6


    As if the bees were not enough, I noticed some kind of weird insects flying around the highway as if they intended to intimidate all the vehicles passing by. It did not take me long to have one of them stuck in my helmet. It was a swarm of dragonflies, the biggest I have ever seen and messy as well!

    Stage 7

    Enough with the insects it was high time I stepped up the pace before the end of daylight I had to cover as much as possible to reduce my distance to be travelled in the dark. It happened too sooner, it got dark and my high beam came on. It was around 7 PM and I had been riding for almost 18+hrs, fatigue and pain began to flow in rather quickly. I was fighting to keep myself awake and was beginning to fall on the losing side. During the entire trip I had consumed 3 lts of water, 3 Granola bars, some dry fruits. I did not have any proper food as I tend to feel a bit laid back after having a decent meal. The intention was to have protein rich stuff to keep me going and I am not sure if that worked against me. Many a times I had dozed off while riding the bike and had even strayed on the right side of the highway. As usual a horn happy trucker will greet me with a blast to wake me up from my slumber. I stopped a couple of times and tried to message a friend, just to make a conversation to get some sanity in me. But it proved to be a futile attempt as the conversation seemed to be heading in a wrong direction.

    Incident at Stage 7

    Post my messaging stint I saddled up and lit up a smoke to keep me warm. It seemed terribly cold and I had sacrificed my liner in the very beginning of the ride to accommodate the extra fuel and water. While riding I suddenly lost balance but I did not fall. I felt something fall but was not sure. After a couple of Kms I realized what had fallen..it was one of my Alpinestar gloves. No way I was gonna leave that behind, I had paid 5.5K for a pair and it was something that I was proud of owning. I turned back, riding in the wrong side at a snail's pace. I was losing valuable time and it was only adding to the delay. Finally I found the glove, wearing it I took off furious with myself for being so careless.



    Stage 8

    This was the worst phase for me in the entire ride. I was already 75% unconscious, the only thing keeping me going was determination. I had begun to see things differently...not even sure if it was someone talking to me. It was like a dream, a person saying I will take you to my place; you rest over there and then leave in the morning. I asked myself "Is this a joke?" No ways, I was wide awake now and realized that the bike was still in motion. What was that? Who was talking to me? I did not have any answers, my butt was numb with pain, my back hurt every time I went into a rough patch on the road and I was screaming in pain with the jerks that I was experiencing. I was close to Kolhapur and it was still a long way from home.

    Incident at Stage 8




    Stage 9

    I reached Kolhapur, it had stopped raining. But nature can sometimes be really cruel. I had almost dried up from pelting I received when I was struck by another shower. This happened thrice, the worst part is there was a strong chilly wind as well which was not helping at all. There were a couple of volo's ahead of me and I decided to give chase. I had almost lost control of my senses and it turning out to be really risky. The Iron Butt Certificate seemed to be going further away from me; my emotions were going to an all time low when I felt I am being pulled. I dont know what it was but it certainly did help me push myself.
    I had reached Shriwal past midnight Shirwal is 50 kms from Pune and that was a slight relief for me. Not wanting to stop again I went ahead in full throttle and reached the new Katraj bypass tunnel. From there it was easy. My mind was alert again as it was important to take the correct turn. I towards Chandani chowk. There was no point in taking down the reading as I had already lost the race against time. Not bothering to stop anywhere I thundered down Pashan road, towards university and headed to my place in camp.


    It actually took a lot of effort to get off the bike as if the bike was not letting go of me. I remembered a line from the movie " Pirates of the Caribbean"..."Part of the ship..part of the crew"..so it was like my butt was part of the bike!

    When I reached home I found I had forgotten my house keys and had to ring the bell. My mom opened the door and I just rushed into my room to get out of my wet gear and clothes. I stood in the balcony, looked up to the sky and thanked my maker for bringing me home safe.

    I saw a message on my cell asking me if I had completed the ride and I did not know who it was as I had changed my cell, my brain was numb with the chill and I replied saying that I had completed the ride in 27hrs. Later I discovered it was Antz from XBHP These 27hrs of my life I will never forget, and cherish for the remainder of my tenure on the face of the earth.
    Will I ever do a saddlesore again? Yes! For sure I will, only this time I will not dedicate it to people who do not recognize the effort, pain and hard work one has to endeavor to get through.
    The next will be for my new XBHP friends and off course not to forget my friends in the Bladerunnerzzz group.

    Adding the links for the pics. Sorry I still need practice posting them

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    Last edited by Incubus; 11-24-2010, 04:11 PM. Reason: Editing Comments
    Royd

    My first saddlesore attempt on a RX100:

    Journey to the city of Pearls: Hyderabad on two wheels

    My memorable ride to Kerala- Gods own country (3500Kms)

    Incubus finally Leh'ed


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    • #3
      Read every word of it! Phew!
      Dude! What you got is probably way more important... its the feeling of trying and not giving up and that rich experience!

      Do get your blood pressure checked and take some good rest...

      I am sure you can do it on a slightly bigger bike!
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      • #4
        Thanks for the quick approval MG
        Royd

        My first saddlesore attempt on a RX100:

        Journey to the city of Pearls: Hyderabad on two wheels

        My memorable ride to Kerala- Gods own country (3500Kms)

        Incubus finally Leh'ed


        "Respect the person who has seen the dark side of motorcycling and lived".

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        1986 Yamaha RX100 (Jap Engine)
        2003 Honda Activa
        2010 Yamaha Fazer

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        • #5
          Originally posted by satyenpoojary View Post
          Read every word of it! Phew!
          Dude! What you got is probably way more important... its the feeling of trying and not giving up and that rich experience!

          Do get your blood pressure checked and take some good rest...

          I am sure you can do it on a slightly bigger bike!
          Thank you Satyen,

          Will certainly try it on the Fazer. This time there will be no failure
          Royd

          My first saddlesore attempt on a RX100:

          Journey to the city of Pearls: Hyderabad on two wheels

          My memorable ride to Kerala- Gods own country (3500Kms)

          Incubus finally Leh'ed


          "Respect the person who has seen the dark side of motorcycling and lived".

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          Owned:
          1976 Bajaj Chetak
          1986 Yamaha RX100 (Jap Engine)
          2003 Honda Activa
          2010 Yamaha Fazer

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          • #6
            @Incubus - Well appreciated effort.
            But if you complete the attempt successfully in Rx, then that would be the best one, if not at IBA, atleast in this entire country.

            See the problem with Rx are 2 things...
            1. Pickup
            2. Top speed

            The current 14+ bhp motorcycles have better pickup & top speed. An attempt made by our fellow xBhpian on Fazer was that he touched around 120+ kmph at possible extends. Though it might be for few second/minutes, overall when looking from 24 hours perspective, that would add up somewhere between 30-60 minutes.

            With Rx, it becomes difficult to reach 100 & most importantly, crossing 100 Kmph is even difficult. So it becomes very important that, you maintain 100 kmph quite sometime & do not drop below 80.

            The basic idea is to keep 72 Kmph as average in 23 hours so that 1 hour can be spent for fuel, food & butt breaks. For every hour you will need to cover 80 Kmph & by end of 3 hours you would've covered 240 Kms & also NEED a fuel break. Per plan you'll only need to cover 216 Kms, this means you can relax for 20 minutes. You'll need to do a relaxed ride on the route before your planned route, note down the distance & location of each fuel station, ATM centre (that's crowded & not crowded) enroute. You'll also need to take fuel stations that are +/- 10 kms from the ones that you intent to refuel as your mileage is bound to fall when your rip compared to the relaxed ride. Regarding food, you might want to carry a lot of energy bars & energy drinks.

            From the route perspective, you may want to consider doing Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Delhi routes rather than Pune-BLR as few of the stretches are still work in progress that ARE bound to slow you down. Choose the routes carefully.

            What I would suggest you is, keep practicing for endurance & wait for an opportunity like a national holiday or lorry strike or bus strike etc. Best would be all India lorry strike.

            Otherwise the best option & a sure success will be is to use one of the modern day motorcycles like, FZ, Fazer, ZMA/R, P180, R15. With P220 & Kwacker 250R you're sure to do it & there's no doubt on it.

            All the best @Incubus
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            • #7
              Well done !!

              Man, I am speechless and full of emotions after reading what all you went through during this mind numbing endeavor of yours ! .... Just weeks before I was thinking of attempting a saddlesore on my XCD 135 and after reading this I am all the more motivated and READY to attempt it ! ... The way you have put your experience here, one can make a MOVIE out of it .... And I could very well observe that in such attempts time tends to speed up 100 times than its normal pace ... I recall that how impatient you were during that credit card being swiped at the petrol pump .... even those 2 minutes must have seemed like hours !! ... I could feel all the pain and excitement you lived through this outstanding ride, all thanks to this well-written log ... It again UNDERLINES the fact that Saddle Sore is more of a MENTAL thing than MECHANICAL ... as I said before on pune thread, "HELMETS OFF" to you and your RX for making it a safe attempt ... I wish you all the best for your next (successful) Saddle Sore attempt !! ... Your NEVER GIVE UP spirit is going to take you places .... Dude, I would like to meet you personally before my attempt

              THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE, IT WOULD ONLY MOTIVATE MORE BIKERS LIKE ME TO ATTEMPT THIS CRAZY ACT !!

              PS: Regarding the blood coming out of your nose, did you find out the reason and how is it now?
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              • #8
                Read every bit of it, amazing experiences, I'm sure you loved the long lasting journey with your faithfull bike.

                The most important part is that, both of you made it back in one piece.

                Better luck next time. Take care and take enough physical and mental rest

                Cheers!!

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                • #9
                  no one is dare enough to attempt saddlesore in such a small vehicle...you are great. hats off to you and your RX100.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by muRali.dexTeR View Post
                    no one is dare enough to attempt saddlesore in such a small vehicle...you are great. hats off to you and your RX100.

                    Thank you all for your support and motivation.

                    The blood coming out of my nose was due to me blowing too hard to take out something that had got lodged in my left nostril.
                    BP issues are mostly heriditary and luckily there are none in my family tree.
                    After the ride I had slept like the dead for 12hrs. No body pain.
                    I even did a night ride to Lonavala yesterday and I am currently at work

                    @aargee: The motive was to attempt it on a legend and though it was not completed in 24hrs I am very happy with the way the bike responded. Not a single niggle with the engine. I am sure with some precise tuening I will make it one day. Hopefully the next time I wont be alone
                    Royd

                    My first saddlesore attempt on a RX100:

                    Journey to the city of Pearls: Hyderabad on two wheels

                    My memorable ride to Kerala- Gods own country (3500Kms)

                    Incubus finally Leh'ed


                    "Respect the person who has seen the dark side of motorcycling and lived".

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                    Owned:
                    1976 Bajaj Chetak
                    1986 Yamaha RX100 (Jap Engine)
                    2003 Honda Activa
                    2010 Yamaha Fazer

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                    • #11
                      Great attempt man. I must say, makes one feel alive.

                      A couple of things you could have done,

                      1. Carry some caffeine with you. Try Redbull. It really works.
                      2. If you sleepy try to open up the visor and let the wind hit you on the face.
                      3. Turn off music, I feel sometimes, it can lull you to sleep.

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                      • #12
                        Hat's off to your courage man! Truely this was one great adventure. Even if you couldn't get Saddlesore, 27 hours riding is no mean feat. Kudos to you.

                        BTW, I feel you were little unprepared for the ride, please don't take me wrong. You ride for 24hours and don't think about Cramp buster? It's a miracle your throttle hand started paining so late! Rainy season and no Duckback/waterproof liner? No cables/tyre tube either! Many things could have gone wrong, and you are lucky they didn't. The trusty bike didn't fail you. But please from next time onwards, take care of such things. You have the guts to begin the saddlesore ride, have the necessary tools to finish it with confidence. All the best for next time!

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                        • #13
                          Really a Great attempt, It sure needs a lot of potential to do something like this. After reading your log it makes me wanna do it even more. All the best for your next one in future, I'm very sure you'll get through the next time.
                          Last edited by HotAntivirus; 11-08-2010, 07:12 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Was waiting to read this log, and Woah , Reading itself is painful! Credible is an understatement. Very Inspirational!
                            Wishing you all the very Best for your Next Saddle store.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by animeher View Post
                              Hat's off to your courage man! Truely this was one great adventure. Even if you couldn't get Saddlesore, 27 hours riding is no mean feat. Kudos to you.

                              BTW, I feel you were little unprepared for the ride, please don't take me wrong. You ride for 24hours and don't think about Cramp buster? It's a miracle your throttle hand started paining so late! Rainy season and no Duckback/waterproof liner? No cables/tyre tube either! Many things could have gone wrong, and you are lucky they didn't. The trusty bike didn't fail you. But please from next time onwards, take care of such things. You have the guts to begin the saddlesore ride, have the necessary tools to finish it with confidence. All the best for next time!

                              @Hyperion : Yes I did think of Red bull. The initial planned date for the ride was the 5th of November. Guess I was too trigger happy to go in for the 4th. The excitement was so much that I was unable to do anything other than the ride.
                              The visor option had been tried thats when I got lots of dragonflys for company
                              The last 400kms was covered without music as the battery was almost dead and I had finished hearing most of the tracks..LOL


                              @animeher: Yes my friend! You are correct. I was not well prepared for this. I did read about Cramp buster, I was not sure if there would be one avaliable for the Rx. I could have tied the liner to the bag and strapped it with the bungee cord, I agree with that maybe was a bit too casual. Ravi (my mech) does a proper cleaning of the cables with WD40 injected through them, I did ask him if its necessary to carry a spare he said no as it would mean carrying extra wieght around. The tubes were new (hardly a couple of weeks old) and the tyres were in excellent condition, Yes something could have gone wrong there as well....Will keep these pointers in mind for my next attempt.

                              For some unknown reason I still want to complete a IBA certified ride on the Rx. As aargee suggested the next time will try the Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Delhi route
                              Royd

                              My first saddlesore attempt on a RX100:

                              Journey to the city of Pearls: Hyderabad on two wheels

                              My memorable ride to Kerala- Gods own country (3500Kms)

                              Incubus finally Leh'ed


                              "Respect the person who has seen the dark side of motorcycling and lived".

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