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Lots of History, Pots of Coffee and a Ride to a Planters Paradise!

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  • Lots of History, Pots of Coffee and a Ride to a Planters Paradise!

    Prologue:
    2012 was well on it’s way and most of us had settled into our daily routine called “Life”. We had done our last ride at the end of 2011 on friend’s Suzuki Fiero to Kerala and Coorg. Just then a friend was selling off his Suzuki Zeus. Took a ride and found it comfortable, so straightaway bought it.
    The bike was ours and the ‘itch to ride’ was back with a vengeance. Luckily a long weekend was coming up and at least a short ride was an urgent need!



    Discussed the POA with wifey which finally led to how all of us are so caught up in the vicious circle of today’s world of high tech which changes by the day that we sometimes forget to look backward at our rich cultural history and maybe learn a few lessons from there (?). Think I’m getting philosophical here. Anyway, decided to check out a few historical sites which we could maybe later visit in detail.



    The Route: Bangalore/Kunigal/Hirisave/Sharavanabelagola/C.R.Patna/Hassan/Sakleshpur/Arehalli/Belur/Halebid/Hassan Bangalore.


    The History Tour-1 : Bangalore/Sharavanabelagola

    As always we take off early. We know summer is just around the corner but the early mornings are always cool. As we turn on to NH48 from Nelamangala we see bikers zooming all around. The long weekend, I guess, is too tempting for bikers to let pass. I stopped by a group which had halted and inquired if they were xbhp, but they were from BMC touring and on their way to Chickmagalur.
    Any of you guys from xbhp who were on NH48 on the 18th Feb morning, please raise your hand! I’m sure we would have crossed paths somewhere.













    As most from this part of the world would agree, the NH48 is now a truly amazing strip of tarmac and we could see so many of them really burning the rubber with glee! We reach Shravanabelagola while it’s still quite cool and looking at the imposing steps going up( around 500 or so) I had my doubts but wifey said ‘no way, climb we must’ so that’s what we do, bare feet and all.






    Finally at the top we understand why so many people strive to climb those steps. The view is imposing and statue of Gommatesvara truly majestic.






    It is a very holy place for the Jains who are deeply immersed in prayer and it is really important for all of us visitors to respect the sanctity of the place.


    Coming down the steps can be a little more tricky, a little careless and you could come tumbling down like humpty dumpty !



    Once down we pause to catch our breath, have a refreshing tender coconut and hit the road again.




    The History Tour- 2 & 3 : Belur & Halebeedu

    The 32 km ride from Sakleshpur to Belur is a pleasure by itself. Though the road is narrow and sometimes patchy, the ride through quaint villages and coffee estates and beautiful tree lined roads is really a pleasure.


    We reach Belur a little later and the entrance to the temple itself is quite imposing.


    Once inside, the sights can be something out of this world. The intricate carvings with the minutest of details can be mind boggling! We need a few days at least to get some insight into the awesome work.












    We can only admire those ancient architects and bow in respect. It also makes us straighten up our shoulders, especially among the many foreign tourists –‘It’s proud to be an Indian’.





    Next stop – Halebid also part of the 12th century Hoysala Empire. Here too the intricate architecture can surpass your imagination and a new respect is born for those ancient architects who worked wonders with the minimum of tools and practically no machinery.








    Planters Paradise :

    I love green! The green of the coffee and pepper plants. The green paddy fields and the huge trees with wide stretching branches. Green rejuvenates and lifts up the spirit and we just love to ride through such paths and revel in the feeling of truly feeling alive !



    A planter friend of ours had made arrangements at the Planters Club for us at Sakleshpur. We check in to our room and relax for a while sipping some wonderful coffee.























    The next morning we get up early and decide to explore a bit. Riding through the many narrow plantation roads in the morning chill with the sun just coming up is a wonderful feeling not to mention the build up of a healthy appetite. After a wholesome breakfast we bid adieu and commence our return ride.



    Cheers Guys
    Ride Safe !!



    A Few More Pictures














    Our Coastal Kerala/Coorg Ride:
    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ste-tibet.html

    Our Velankanni/Pondicherry Ride:

    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...oast-ride.html

    Our Bangalore/Goa Ride:
    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/1...-rx-100-i.html

    Our Bangalore/Kerala Ride:
    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/1...-rx-100-i.html

    Our Scooter Ride To Coorg:

    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/1...ide-coorg.html

    Our Ooty Ride

    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...iri-hills.html
    Last edited by ridermax; 03-19-2012, 10:17 PM. Reason: Text Error

  • #2
    Touring thread approved!

    Nice pics mate.
    "Tough times never last, but tough people do." - Robert Schuller
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    R.I.P Kriss; 15.06.1981 - 11.10.2009 -- You will not be forgotten.

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    • #3
      Woohoo! One more road trip!
      Great going!
      I was just talking about the belur, halibedu, shringeri plans with another friend and here I have pics! Nice!
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      • #4
        You're living your life to fullest Congrats & nice pics.
        BTW, both your last 2-3 rides has been on a 4joke!!! Have you moved on?
        Skill is what keeps you on a Motorcycle
        Awareness + Skill is what keeps you out of harm's way
        ATGATT + Awareness + Skill means you might Live To Ride another day

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        • #5
          Nice trip log.. loved the pics.
          I had done this same ride in 2007 and it was as good as you say even then!

          Keep riding, Cheers!
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          N650, Ride Hard!

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          • #6
            Great going sirjee...Another treat from you..Loved the pics..
            Solo ride to Ladakh - http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ia-ladakh.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rossiter View Post
              Touring thread approved!

              Nice pics mate.
              Thanks for the approval Akhil ! And glad you liked the pics

              Take Care & Ride Safe
              Last edited by ridermax; 02-24-2012, 02:59 PM.

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              • #8
                @ridermax:- you are an inspiration to all of us, wonderful write up and great snaps.

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                • #9
                  Awesome trip Sir. Hats off to your spirit. Nice pictures.
                  RE Thunderbird Since Jan 09 onwards
                  Suzuki Zeus
                  Jan -Dec 08 -- Sold
                  Honda Unicorn
                  Oct 06-Dec 08 -- Sold

                  New edition : BSA Mach 19" 6 Speed-- Sold

                  Schwinn Sporterra -- Up and running

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                  • #10
                    Another ride .. .. WOW .. Just great.. Loved the pics a lot..
                    Last edited by Nagesh Patankar; 02-24-2012, 02:46 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Enjoyed your log, nice pictures and comments.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by aargee View Post
                        You're living your life to fullest Congrats & nice pics.
                        BTW, both your last 2-3 rides has been on a 4joke!!! Have you moved on?
                        Thanks Ganesh ! And yes our past few rides were on a 4j as you call it. I know you love 2 strokes and so do I. The RX will always be close to my heart and I'll cherish all my rides on her going quite a way back. I have moved on I guess. More than anything else, it's the comfort level on the 4s, especially for our not-so-young bodies.
                        BTW, I tried to P.M you as soon as I picked up the Zeus but I think it's blocked (?).

                        Take Care & Best Wishes

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                        • #13
                          awesome log

                          awesome log as usual
                          Automobiles saga till date......
                          KTM Duke 390 - current bike
                          Bajaj Pulsar 180 Dtsi V1 (Red)
                          Bajaj Pulsar 180 Classic (Red)
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                          • #14
                            You seem to be a great fan of the Suzuki, Aren't you ? Nice trip log and nice pics as usual Sir ! Totally admire you and your better half for the kind of enthusiam you both show. Now that you have a faithful steed in the reliable Suzuki we hope to see more rides from you in the future !
                            Ride safe
                            Young riders pick a destination and go, Old riders pick a direction and go !
                            My best trip till date:http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...uke-390-a.html

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ridermax View Post
                              I have moved on I guess. More than anything else, it's the comfort level on the 4s, especially for our not-so-young bodies
                              Its not only young bodies; offlate (before the CBR) I was quite happy with Rx & once I'd a chance to ride Sri's Uni & only then I felt the modern day 4J's are not only good, but has ample power & good FE. Adding to that, though the 2S technologies have moved with the rest of the world, our Govt fails to move along with it & in addition encouraging the manufacturers to move out of 2S & look into 4S technologies. The hard to find spares & our vehicles spending more time in garage than on road are quite evident.

                              Practically, though we love restore jobs, we also love to ride that we cannot afford to always put the vehicle in the garage. Considering all these, I graduated to CBR. Its good to move with 4J's...atleast in this country especially when the whole world moves with titanium valves in litre classes.

                              Originally posted by ridermax View Post
                              BTW, I tried to P.M you as soon as I picked up the Zeus but I think it's blocked (?).
                              Whoa!!! offlate many ppl complained that to me. There're few immatured members sending some nonsense PMs that lead me to receive PM's only from contacts. Let me check my settings once again.
                              Skill is what keeps you on a Motorcycle
                              Awareness + Skill is what keeps you out of harm's way
                              ATGATT + Awareness + Skill means you might Live To Ride another day

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