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    Been a long time since I've posted something here. It is semester holidays now and I am dead bored ever since exams got over. And yeah, now that there was a new acquisition I also had to do run in rides. 570 on the odo and I had a long way to finish run in. Thought I'll do ECR but dad suggested Thiruthani will be good to ride to. So made quick plans and started yesterday morning around 7. There are some memorable incidents I wish to share that happened during this small tour. The first one being at the fuel station. I did see two bikers on FZ's; might have been xbhp people. I gave the attendant the money and when I kept the change back in the purse, I noticed something peculiar. I had visa card, bank card etc etc. Then I realized I had taken my dad's purse!! Rushed back home and swapped the purses and out I was again. I rode slow till Sriperambathur say 60-70 kmph. The route from Sriperambathur till Thiruvallur was scenic with moderate traffic. After a point there were some diversions till Thiruvallur. As I entered Thiruvallur I saw a big compound with huge tipper like vehicles inside. I was shocked to see such big vehicles. No sooner I discovered that it was Caterpillar's Factory. I think I saw the Tipper Trucks and a few other earth movers. Had breakfast at Thiruvallur. It looks like every town or city in tamil nadu has a Saravana Bhavan. I knew very well it wasn't the original one but still it looked a little decent. The food wasn't great though. As I continued towards Thiruthani, I begin to see boards in telegu & APSRTC buses; no sooner I realised I was nearing Tirupathi. I saw the distance board to Tirumala. Of course you know what was going on in my mind now. The same thing happened a couple of years ago with my beloved KB100 where I decided suddenly to visit Thekkady.

    And oh yeah I ride a Karizma R now


    K to the A to the R to the.....


    The EMU train to Arakkonam


    Isn't he the only kind?


    Caterpillar Factory at Thiruvallur



    Plain smooth roads


    No sooner I was heading towards Andhra Pradesh. The four lane conversion was going on throughout the route.
    And boy oh boy!! There were a 7-8 diversions per km!! It was like I was on plain flat tarmac for 15 seconds and then 15 seconds of agonizing off road adventure. I would do 80 at the tarmac and then down to 10's. This continued almost till I reached Tirupathi. I suggest bikers to avoid this road till the work is over. Not that the bike or biker cannot do it but it is not that pleasing a route. Had I planned earlier, I might have taken the Tada route. Anyways every journey can turn out to be an experience. All this time I kept asking myself only one question while riding. Why did you drink so much water? I had to take breaks frequently thanks to the climate. I kept repeating to myself Sheldon Cooper's dialogue(If you know which one I mean). Then I came up with a thought. Summers piss me off and winters make me piss!!

    R for Reliable!!


    At Tirumala


    Entrance at the Foothill


    The Toll booth


    A good population knows Tamizh at Tirupathi so finding places is not much of a problem. There was traffic in the city but moving fast enough. After reaching the foot of Tirumala had to stop at the toll booth. They do check bags and visitors for any problematic possessions. Anyways I only had one backpack to carry water bottle and a few snacks. The toll fee to my surprise was Rs.2!! I was checking again and again if I had misread. After a long time I was about to experience a hill ride. The one way roads made the uphill ride pleasurable. I was able to do 70's frequently at the the start. I must now mention how well the bike behaved. I was amazed by the way Karizma pulls even from 40 kmph @ 5th gear. And handling, like everyone says, was very user friendly. APSRTC drivers are really well behaved in terms of driving. At no point was I put to a threatening situation when near their buses. It reminded me how I was overaken by govt buses in the hills when I rode to Thekkady. There are some points on the way where one can stop(mostly bikes) for a quick click.

    The uphill road


    One of the few spots to click


    This is a must click spot!!


    The last uphill section


    After about 20 minutes I reached Tirumala. Parked the bike and went around to see what this place looks like since I was told how good the maintenance is. It was very much evident throughout. There are all facilities a person requires and all of these are very good at serving their purposes. Luckily this isn't the season and there was minimal crowd. Now honestly; I wasn't here to pray. Not because I just came for a biking tour but for I am an atheist. But I do enjoy going to places say it be religious or historical or natural on my own. There is so much to learn everywhere. Went around looking for the actual Sri Venkateshwara Temple. Discovered that it was way far than I actual thought it would be. Had hot lemon tea at Indian Tea Board outlet. Must tell, it was one of the best I have ever tasted. And at Rs.6, I was ready for one more. I did ask a stupid question to a person which made him and me laugh. "Can I get the original laddu somewhere outside the temple?". He replied,"If you get one then it is definitely not original." We got into a small conversation about ourselves. After loitering around a little I decided to leave at 1pm. The downhill ride was a little tiring since I had some traffic along and the annoying car drivers who kept honking to give them way at hair pin bends. Also there were abrupt & frequent turns. The final section of the downhill route is fantastic. On the way down there are some small temples and a deer park too.

    You rest now buddy


    The free shuttle bus


    Lemon [email protected]!


    Downhill ride


    Tirupathi city


    The last downhill section


    After reaching Tirupathi I set out and in my search for the route to tada. I lost direction and got into Renigunta. Reminded me Renigunta reddy from Vivek's comedy sequence. I had to ask someone now. I was near the railway station and did see a station master. I asked him and he replied in telegu but I could make up what he said and thanked him. After following directions to Chennai I found myself at a junction which I had seen before!! I was like nooooooo(voice fading away)!! Time was running out and I knew I could not experiment myself with new routes for if it gets dark I will be doomed, thanks to the 35W headlight! So took back the same route. I decided to have lunch somewhere after Tirupathi. BIG MISTAKE. Not a single hotel I could see on the way. After a long wait I stopped at hotel which read APTDC. It was a great relief. They had nothing but meals. At Rs.75 it was very well worth it. Refreshed a little and headed back home. It was the same routine I had to follow before; on road off road on road off road..... Now there were a couple of sugar processing plants on the way. One could see ridiculously large bundled loads being carried on lorries and mostly tractors with trailers. At one particular off road stretch which was steep, such a tractor was not able to make it and was slowing down. Eventually the tractor stopped and started moving backwards slowly. For a moment my heart froze. The cars behind me were honking madly and begin to back off. The tractor driver
    brought the tractor to halt somehow and I guess then engaged first gear. By the time this happened, I had overtaken him and was watching what was happening next. And lo! I saw the tractor doing wheelie!! It almost became upright but the driver would not give up. Eventually he made it up to the tarmac. There was one more tractor behind him. Pity the traffic behind! After a while of riding I heard a very small noise from the bike. Was not sure from where it was coming but yeah I was sure it was from the frontal area of the bike. I tried to re-position the key chain but still no clue. Then I saw the visor vibrating a little and held it. And it was gone. Then I realized that the multi-off road sessions must have caused the visor damping to lower. But the sound was not there when on plain tarmac.

    The bad sections


    Indian stonehenge!!


    After reaching Thiruvallur I had to speed up since it was already half past four. Since this section had only few diversions I was doing 80 constantly. At one particular stretch which was about 10kms of straight road, I decided to do 100 kmph for the first time in my bike. A twist and I was already at 100 from 80. It felt like I owned the world or something. 100 kmph is so good in Karizma that it was hard for me to keep my speedo needle below 80 after tasting 100. After reaching the Chennai-Bangalore expressway I was doing 80+ and held 100 for about 2 mins once. I knew I was becoming a Karizma addict now!! Even at such high speeds I was not able to see any major vibrations or stress signs from the bike. Later, after I had slowed down to 70, a discover guy with pillion kept overtaking me and then slowing down to let me overtake. I don't understand how this would satisfy his ego. This went on for 3 times. The fourth time I overtook him, I made sure he would never see me again. Close to city I expected the traffic to pile up but then it struck me that it was a Sunday. Almost close to my home I saw a Duke zooming past me. He was fully kitted with saddle bags behind. Anyone from Chennai xbhp? I reached home at around 6pm. That means I took a full 5 hrs for both to and fro of this 360kms journey. I did learn a lot from this ride.


    Obseravtions:
    *Karizma is definitely a great touring bike and I have not made mistake in buying the same.
    *Karizma has fantastic disc brakes.
    *I need to start planning better at least from now!

    For Karizma Fans.....


    I sincerely thank my parents for gifting me this wonderful ride.
    Last edited by harishkumarko; 12-04-2012, 12:10 AM.
    Tour De Thekkady

    The Return of the KB

    The Run-in Adventure

    150cc doing 100+ is great!
    100cc doing 100+ is awesome!!
    150cc cornering like hell is great!
    100cc cornering like hell is awesome!!
    THAT'S WHY I RIDE A RTZ!!

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    Advice is a form of nostalgia.
    Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the quick approval antz!
      Tour De Thekkady

      The Return of the KB

      The Run-in Adventure

      150cc doing 100+ is great!
      100cc doing 100+ is awesome!!
      150cc cornering like hell is great!
      100cc cornering like hell is awesome!!
      THAT'S WHY I RIDE A RTZ!!

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      • #4
        Nice ride there Harish ! Congrats on your new bike, it looks great

        Ride On & Ride Safe

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        • #5
          You have now understood that highway riding and City riding are totally different.....do some more Highway trips and you will come to understand better on cornering, braking , and bike handling...more of your own abilities,and short comings if any...
          When Was The Last Time,You Did Something For The First Time.

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          • #6
            A very well written trip log. Nice to know Karizma to be used for what it is intended to. Still the best after all these years and competition. The comfort and stability is a legend itself and many have tried to match but failed. You remind me of my trips during my college days. I would take out my joy and go for long trips when there was no classes and our college was more famous for its no classes than classes. So i used to trip a lot on my joy. I would get out at 8 in the morning and return by 6 in evening. 90% of these were solo and i would fuel the bike from money i saved by controlling spending that i got as pocket money.And my joy would run without complaining and some sections i maintained 80-90 for 30 minutes that too on a 100 cc. At the end of day i would cover 4-500 km and bike would not have shown a single problem not even puncture. By this regular touring i got so much attached to my joy that i promised never to sell it no matter what comes in life. You are lucky, you are a college student but once you join the job sector, no time for touring. I toured almost 2-3 times in a week during my college days but now one tour in 1 month is a distant dream.
            I bought an extreme in sep 2011 thinking i will tour a lot but sadly i haven't taken it on any long rides. Not even to my native place which i have done innumerable times on my joy.

            Man, i accuse you of bringing tears to my eyes as i remembered my college days and those incessant trips.
            I especially liked these photos:-
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            The best shot as the karizma speedo is one of the best with the analogue and digital mix.
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            One of the best angle to shoot a karizma and a black karizma standing in sun and shining and viewed from this angle cannot control to look repeatedly.

            Sometimes i regret that i didn't buy a karizma because of financial constraint.

            And you are right in your observation, unless and until you use a karizma for touring you will never know its quality. It feels damn stable at 100 kph and smooth that you will like to endlessly like to ride at 100. I have used my friends karizma for one or two trips and was damn pleased. He maintains his bike like new and any problem,i work on his bike. His bike runs like a dream. From your post i remember, i have not touched a karizma for 1.5 years and i still remember the ride.I think i should ask my friend for donating his bike for a day.
            Photo of my joy- http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/854067-post963.html-3.88 lac km cont....Ownership review of my joy- http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/832255-post608.html- slowly updating as and when getting time. HERO HONDA CBZ EXTREME(2011) - 47K KM AND COUNTINGhttp://www.xbhp.com/talkies/motorcyc...tml#post904152-carb tuning guide

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            • #7
              Congrats on the new ride Tirupathi is the best place to learn ghat riding (not saying you are new to it ) No oncoming traffic
              Stories of the open road...........

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ridermax View Post
                Nice ride there Harish ! Congrats on your new bike, it looks great

                Ride On & Ride Safe
                Thank you sir. You are one among my few (badly written) trip log readers.

                Originally posted by psr View Post
                You have now understood that highway riding and City riding are totally different..
                Yes sir. I have begin to see the light of it. That said, I still have many more joyful miles to go......and of course like you say " It is only till the bug bites"!

                Originally posted by sibun View Post
                A very well written trip log. Nice to know Karizma to be used for what it is intended to. Still the best after all these years and competition.......
                Thank you sibun. I am happy that I have brought back some good memories of yours. At the same time guilty for making you a bit sad. It is something I dread too. One more year and I'll be in your category!!

                Originally posted by phanikar View Post
                Congrats on the new ride Tirupathi is the best place to learn ghat riding (not saying you are new to it ) No oncoming traffic
                Thank you phanikar. I hope to meet you someday. I loved your kerala trip log!
                Tour De Thekkady

                The Return of the KB

                The Run-in Adventure

                150cc doing 100+ is great!
                100cc doing 100+ is awesome!!
                150cc cornering like hell is great!
                100cc cornering like hell is awesome!!
                THAT'S WHY I RIDE A RTZ!!

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                • #9
                  Route is Tirupathi - Renigunta - Srikalahasthi - Naidupetta (outskirts) - Sulurpetta - Gummidipoondi - Redhills - Chennai
                  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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                  • #10
                    Nice ride...
                    Happy & Safe Riding to All

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                    • #11
                      Ummm, yummy!!! Nice one there bro...
                      Enjoy the 17 horses nicely and wisely.
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                      • #12
                        Re: The run-in adventure

                        How much kms was the ride? the question may look funny but how much fuel did you fill?
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                        • #13
                          Re: The run-in adventure

                          nice ride done by you. even i went on my fz two months back to tirupati and followed the say route.
                          Just before entering triupati around 25kms. you will see "V"junction where on both the side you will reach triupati. On left side or short route goes via srikalahasti. If you go in that way you will get good agricultural area. you really enjoy there and road are too good with nice sharp turn. That stretch really give good relaxing time after that those diversion.

                          TO harikishen:
                          the total distance form guindy junction to tirumala top the hill takes 155 kms.
                          relaxing time is just equal to driving

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