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Great Indian Ride - West Zone

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  • [Photo Feature]: Great Indian Ride - West Zone

    Details:
    This was a journey termed as 'Great Indian Ride' organized by Mahindra & Mahindra in association with Indiabikers.com .


    There was an online contest where over 20,000 bikers applied from all over india. This was called as 'Best Job in India'.
    Tons of article floating on the web. For example about the details, please refer. I pull out one article from many from the web : India's best job is now up for grabs!
    They selected 20 bikers from the applicants based on certain criterias for this ride. 17 guys & 3 girls. Fortunately I made through & got selected & was stunned to find other xbhpians too, i.e. Urvashi from Pune & Ashish Pandey from Delhi.
    This ride was basically to promote their first & new motorcycle - 'Stallio' a 110cc bike. Motive was to test its potential, prove it by this endurance rally that this can be used beyond just 'commute'.

    About the BootCamp:
    Before starting for this ride, we had a Boot Camp training in Pune. They prepared us for this endurance journey. Boot camp was to motivate our confidence, test out potentials, facing situations, team work, discipline. Made us do rock climbing, rappelling, early morning Mountain climb, mid-night jungle venture, staying in tents in middle of forest, hurdle sports, etc.

    20 Bikers will be divided in four teams of North, East, West & South.
    Manali in the North, Goa in the West, Gangtok in the East and Kanyakumari in the South. We had two service vans with us. Mahindra Zylo & Tempo Traveller. Crew with us consisting of a Team Leader (taking care of everything), Service Engineer Head & Sales Officer
    of Respective areas where we are riding that time, a Paramedic, Professional Camera Guy to shoot our entire journey with a Direction person, a mechanic & all possible spares with us.
    I got selected for the West Zone. Me & Urvashi along with other 3 riders where in this team. We covered a distance of over 7000kms, riding for a month through - Starting from Goa, Maharashtra-Gujarat-MadhyaPradesh-Maharashtra. We had to give a visit to Mahindra 2 Wheeler Dealers in various places, they welcomed us in a very big way. This came to an end in Nagpur (Zero Mile of India), where all the zones came together after a month. The finale was grand, had ramp walks, press conference followed by a big party.

    Some links on net :

    Mahindra Stallio Great Indian Ride culminates in Nagpur Mahindra Stallio riders spread message of safety in unique pan India rally

    My Experience:
    This journey was a huge experience in itself. Initially, thought touring & riding for month for 7000kms will be a huge challenge on a mere 110cc basic commuting bike, without discs. But later we started getting so use to with this steed. And must say the kind of terrains we rode on, it stood wonderfully. The suspensions where really superb. We rode 40% of our ride on gravel, rocks, no-roads. The team was superb, couldnt forget the days we spent together venturing this beautiful part of India.
    We been to places where a person wont 'decide' intentionally to visit them. As there are no fascinating & popular things to see. But still they are 'naturally' to beautiful. Enjoyed each day. New Day, New people, new places, New terrains, new food.. And everything on a Bike.... Just awesome!!! Indeed was a best job

    Writing detail log is impossible for me of each day, so I summarized it all here. Videos are been uploaded regularly by them on Indiabikers.com or Youtube.com/Indiabikers . Our videos specifically our of West Zone.
    Will upload lots of pix over the next days.......

    For now.. BootCamp Pix :

    We had our accommodation in this hotel of Pune - The Corinthians


    Some gears we received





    On the way to the forest - Garudmachi


    Getting briefed by the Captain, the trainer for the while we stayed in forest


    Rock Climb


    The tent


    Mountain we climbed early morning


    Made some fantastic riders & friends




    With Mr. Viren Popli


    With the anchor, we had for small introduction show




    Our task master A. J.


    Randoms:




    Urvashi madam






    We with Anand Mahindra


    So the boot camp finish.. Now the ride pix..!!! Will post sooonnnnnnn...
    .... I will rather ride my Bike thinking about God, then sitting in a Temple thinking about my Bike.. ..

    Blog : Mumbai - Leh - Mumbai : 21 Days, 6500kms. Journey to Heaven..June'09
    GreatIndianRide - West India on a 110cc for over a month
    Mumbai-Leh-Mumbai - A Sequel : July'11 (Blog coming soon)

  • #2
    Seems you had fun, Rachit.

    Approved.
    (Been There Done That) x 3.25

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    • #3
      wow! finally!
      Super CommuTOURer� - Talk less, Ride more

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      #Give thy opinion, write em, dont throw em
      #Everyone errs, accept it, defending/cribbing about it only makes it worse
      #Dont defend a manufacturer as if you work for them
      #Write. Think. If relevant hit submit. If not hit yourself
      #Be kind in your choice of words, you never know who would make you gulp em
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      • #4
        Yeah.. we indeed had loads of fun. Could say.. spent best moments of my life.
        Made wonderful friends. This kind of journeys reflect on the life too. Getting disconnected from the world & venturing out on this kind of rides, exploring the country & finding beauty in every possible scenes we see is amazing.
        Ride pix will be uploaded sooon.. Am having tough time, getting a way out of over 2000 pix
        .... I will rather ride my Bike thinking about God, then sitting in a Temple thinking about my Bike.. ..

        Blog : Mumbai - Leh - Mumbai : 21 Days, 6500kms. Journey to Heaven..June'09
        GreatIndianRide - West India on a 110cc for over a month
        Mumbai-Leh-Mumbai - A Sequel : July'11 (Blog coming soon)

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        • #5
          Cool! I could see Chintoo_sbk as well in the pic with Anand Mahindra.....
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          • #6
            Originally posted by manan_in_2000 View Post
            Cool! I could see Chintoo_sbk as well in the pic with Anand Mahindra.....
            yes manan.. even Ashish was with us..!! He was later riding in the North zone..!
            .... I will rather ride my Bike thinking about God, then sitting in a Temple thinking about my Bike.. ..

            Blog : Mumbai - Leh - Mumbai : 21 Days, 6500kms. Journey to Heaven..June'09
            GreatIndianRide - West India on a 110cc for over a month
            Mumbai-Leh-Mumbai - A Sequel : July'11 (Blog coming soon)

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            • #7
              Where is the MOJO
              Biker of the Year -2013

              1987 Yamaha RD-350-B
              2009 Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi
              2017 aprilia SR 150

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              • #8
                Originally posted by frankpilli View Post
                Where is the MOJO
                Interesting question



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by frankpilli View Post
                  Where is the MOJO
                  Originally posted by payeng View Post
                  Interesting question
                  haha This was about the stallio .. Nothing about the mojo
                  .... I will rather ride my Bike thinking about God, then sitting in a Temple thinking about my Bike.. ..

                  Blog : Mumbai - Leh - Mumbai : 21 Days, 6500kms. Journey to Heaven..June'09
                  GreatIndianRide - West India on a 110cc for over a month
                  Mumbai-Leh-Mumbai - A Sequel : July'11 (Blog coming soon)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rachitkohli View Post
                    haha This was about the stallio .. Nothing about the mojo

                    In retrospect, it was always about the Stallio.

                    By the way how is the Stallio to ride..?? You need not be diplomatic about it




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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by payeng View Post
                      In retrospect, it was always about the Stallio.

                      By the way how is the Stallio to ride..?? You need not be diplomatic about it
                      Yes..!
                      Stallio is great to ride.. If one is riding, he should only keep the bikes in that segment in mind. This bike has a good throttle response. Was surprisingly amazing on the corners. Most noticeable part are the suspensions. Just loved it. High speed offroading gave no problems on body. We had girls too riding this & they where pretty comfortable with the handling & sitting position. I loved the console a lot. Very informative & stylish. Headlight is another superb stuff.
                      But, vibrations are very significant. Indicators are very delicate. Otherwise, I think in that segment, its a pretty descent bike. As they say, high on power & low on fuel efficiency
                      .... I will rather ride my Bike thinking about God, then sitting in a Temple thinking about my Bike.. ..

                      Blog : Mumbai - Leh - Mumbai : 21 Days, 6500kms. Journey to Heaven..June'09
                      GreatIndianRide - West India on a 110cc for over a month
                      Mumbai-Leh-Mumbai - A Sequel : July'11 (Blog coming soon)

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                      • #12
                        Will the Mojo ever get launched? Especially after the CBR250R..??



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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by payeng View Post
                          Will the Mojo ever get launched? Especially after the CBR250R..??
                          All the M&M heads including the SVP, Viren Popli said, it will be launching in Feb beginning. They also said, they have couple of other bikes to be launched. From their strategy, looks like they going to enter motorcycle market in a big way. Lets see now, what the time reveals
                          .... I will rather ride my Bike thinking about God, then sitting in a Temple thinking about my Bike.. ..

                          Blog : Mumbai - Leh - Mumbai : 21 Days, 6500kms. Journey to Heaven..June'09
                          GreatIndianRide - West India on a 110cc for over a month
                          Mumbai-Leh-Mumbai - A Sequel : July'11 (Blog coming soon)

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                          • #14
                            lovely start rachit, congratz again for this ride.

                            This thread should be added in your signature.
                            My Saddlesore Ride

                            &

                            stay tuned for My Bun Burner Ride

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                            • #15
                              Mojo in feb??? Hope the m&m must had asked you people for any changes in its looks.
                              My Saddlesore Ride

                              &

                              stay tuned for My Bun Burner Ride

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