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A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

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  • A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

    The very first time I set my foot on Mumbai soil 4 years back I thought I would go back Home to Coimbatore one day on my bike may be after I get a transfer back to Tamil nadu or it would be just a trip home for some holidays. For the past one year now on every Sunday when I’m returning to my place after roaming around the whole day I would just feel I should take the eastern expressway and head to Coimbatore but the fact that I had an Apache RTR 180 never made me feel comfortable to do it! I have always felt Apache wouldn't be a comfortable bike for such a long journey (my personal opinion, I know guys who do very long trips on it). It's brilliant in the city though. I have done short trips (~250kms) but never really felt it’s meant for long rides. I always had my back hurting and the bike feels strained at speeds above 90kmph. I badly wanted a bike which can do speeds around 110kmph all day long without breaking a sweat!

    Just when I was getting really desperate for a decent sub-400cc bike, the news of the launch of the Duke390 broke out and I had my whole focus on that even though the Honda 400/500 trio really attracted my attention. I booked the Duke soon after its launch knowing waiting for the Honda is no good and no way will they price it as competitive as the Duke since it’s a twin. After a 3 month wait I finally laid my hands on this beauty on November 1st 2013 and I immediately knew I was going home (Coimbatore) on this one day but dint know it will happen very soon!

    Come December, I had to plan my trip home for Christmas and New Year but it wasn’t possible till I completed my “tasks” at office and by the time I could even plan, the air tickets had sky rocketed!!! That’s when I thought this is it! Both my brother in law and my nephew started to talk about it and every time I spoke to my nephew he just had one thing to tell me, “Maama, come on your bike”. So that’s how I finally made up my mind to do this trip which would be 2750kms in total!!!

    Once the decision was made, lot of doubts started arising like “Would I be able to do such a long trip since it’s been quite some time now that I did a major trip, my best being ~500kms in a day”, “What about the windblast” and the list went on. But with inspiration from riders like @Sachinnair, @vbarnabas, @aargee, @J.Ravi, [MENTION=23291]harikeshpk[/MENTION] to name a few and able guidance from other seasoned riders I just thought I just have to hit the road and everything will fall in place!

    Warning: I dint take many photos so expect more of text

    Rest after approval
    Last edited by shelton_jh; 03-22-2014, 12:08 AM.
    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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    Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

    Thread Approved

    You never know what you have until what it takes.

    Cheers!
    VJ
    Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl 'Will you marry me?'
    The girl said, 'NO!'


    And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.


    THE END

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    • #3
      Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

      Text is more than fine and this looks interesting. Bring it on mate!
      BENEATH THE REMAINS.........
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      • #4
        Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

        Originally posted by shelton_jh View Post

        Warning: I dint take many photos so expect more of text

        Rest after approval
        Yeah we want to read the story, looks like you had a great adventure on 390!
        "Riding faster than everyone else only guarantees you'll ride alone."

        Karizma ZMR [Dec 2013- Till now]
        Yezdi classic 250 [1983- Till now]
        RTR 160 [2007- till Nov 2013]
        RE Thunderbird [2008 - Sold out]
        Suzuki Shogun [Sold out]
        Lamby polo-150 [Lost]
        Enfield Silver+ 65 cc [Sold out]
        Kinetic Honda [Sold out]

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        • #5
          Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

          Unfold the story bro

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            Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

            Originally posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
            Thread Approved

            You never know what you have until what it takes.

            Cheers!
            VJ
            Thank you for the quick approval

            Originally posted by chaosaddict View Post
            Text is more than fine and this looks interesting. Bring it on mate!
            That's encouraging, thanks man

            Originally posted by AmoghDox View Post
            Yeah we want to read the story, looks like you had a great adventure on 390!
            Yeah it was one awesome trip and lots of satisfaction too

            Originally posted by BENOY.NAIR76 View Post
            Unfold the story bro

            Sent from my Micromax A110 using xBhp Connect mobile app
            Yeah sure, the rest follows...
            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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            • #7
              Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

              The starters seemed interesting, waiting for the main course..
              It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the ride - bolts!

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                The bike ready to go!!!

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                Trying to pose with my Duke

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                I made the common mistake of not hydrating myself enough and in addition to that the fact that I had to brave the cold during the morning gave me a head ache by the time I wanted to stop for lunch. All that I wanted is a secluded place on the highway and decent food. After riding for a little more at around 1pm I set my eyes on Kamat restaurant just before Dharwad.

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                Almost there

                Well past Tumkur and around 50kms from my destination I stopped one final time for a coffee. The following pic was taken during this stop
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                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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                  Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

                  Nice ride mate good test of your endurance.
                  and made you learn an important lesson never underestimate the cold.. Hehe.

                  Ride safe and have fun.
                  Regards
                  Nadeem

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                  • #10
                    Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

                    Originally posted by shelton_jh View Post
                    But with inspiration from riders like @Sachinnair, @vbarnabas, @aargee, @J.Ravi to name a few and able guidance from other seasoned riders I just thought I just have to hit the road and everything will fall in place!
                    Oh! God!! What did that fellow do to inspire you!!!
                    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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                      Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

                      Originally posted by aargee View Post
                      Oh! God!! What did that fellow do to inspire you!!!
                      Sometimes it need not be direct. Reading his T Logs on various forums and his approach to do the same can be quite motivating to a few.
                      Got a $5 head? Get a $5 helmet.
                      Because everyone who passes, isn't a martyr!

                      Bullet Service Guide CBR 250R Parts Manual Fz16 service manual - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1-...VFQmJzakk/view
                      Hero Moto Corp Bikes' Parts RE STD 350 Wiring Diagram (CI) Service Manual - Classic 350/500
                      ZMR parts - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-U...it?usp=sharing
                      P200NS Spares' prices - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...taGd5R2c#gid=0

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                        Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

                        Originally posted by nadz11.ns View Post
                        Nice ride mate good test of your endurance.
                        and made you learn an important lesson never underestimate the cold.. Hehe.
                        Thanks mate! Yup learnt not only that but a lot more!

                        Originally posted by aargee View Post
                        Oh! God!! What did that fellow do to inspire you!!!
                        T logs are good enough to inspire and this is http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/touring-...here-ride.html inspiring me to do rajasthan next and now your GQ Tlog too is inspiring!

                        Originally posted by Divya Sharan View Post
                        Sometimes it need not be direct. Reading his T Logs on various forums and his approach to do the same can be quite motivating to a few.
                        Thanks man, you just voiced my thoughts and these people I tell you are too Modest!
                        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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                        • #13
                          Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

                          Originally posted by shelton_jh View Post
                          T logs are good enough to inspire and this is http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/touring-...here-ride.html inspiring me to do rajasthan next and now your GQ Tlog too is inspiring!
                          Originally posted by Divya Sharan View Post
                          Sometimes it need not be direct. Reading his T Logs on various forums and his approach to do the same can be quite motivating to a few.
                          Aiyayyo!!! Looks like I've to be more careful going forward. And pls don't show it to your parents. If at all we come across in real life I'm sure they will whack the bone marrows out of me for such "inspiration"

                          Anyway feels good to know you there are some positive changes that I'm making in few people's lives. Made my day. Thanks guys
                          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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                            Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

                            Originally posted by aargee View Post
                            Aiyayyo!!! Looks like I've to be more careful going forward. And pls don't show it to your parents. If at all we come across in real life I'm sure they will whack the bone marrows out of me for such "inspiration"

                            Anyway feels good to know you there are some positive changes that I'm making in few people's lives. Made my day. Thanks guys
                            OT for this thread but my dad actually wants to meet you and PSR sir. He finally approved my riding to any part of India on my bike and needless to say I showed him your logs and PSR sir's knowledge base in the ZMA/R thread and ensured him that I took the right bits from them all. More so, when I showed him your HVK meet waala ride map, he sort of shrieked on phone.
                            Got a $5 head? Get a $5 helmet.
                            Because everyone who passes, isn't a martyr!

                            Bullet Service Guide CBR 250R Parts Manual Fz16 service manual - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1-...VFQmJzakk/view
                            Hero Moto Corp Bikes' Parts RE STD 350 Wiring Diagram (CI) Service Manual - Classic 350/500
                            ZMR parts - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-U...it?usp=sharing
                            P200NS Spares' prices - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...taGd5R2c#gid=0

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                            • #15
                              Re: A 2750km Solo - round trip to Home for Christmas and New Years on my Duke 390!

                              @shelton_jh


                              FE of 26 km/lt...good...
                              I'm a responsible rider.It doesn't matter what you ride,but what matters is how you ride.

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