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    Nice write up with good pictures. Please make sure both rider and pillion wears helmets next time. Waking up for 36 hours is not a big thing but you should be careful with sleep deprivation while on tours. I too ride after sleepless nights but never got into any accident due to lack of attention arising from sleep deprivation. I'd also like to know how the Duke performed during the tour. How was the fuel economy, did the low capacity tank cause any trouble, how was the riding comfort on the Duke, for both rider and pillion? I'm planning to get a Duke too and intend to tour the North East India on it but only having a 11 liter gas tank worries me.

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    Duke is a performer no matter in the city or while off roading!! The ride position is a bit edgy, but once you get used to it u would like that position more than any other bikes.. Economy was floating around 35-38 while we maintained a speed of 75-80 for which I can say is a good mileage for such perfomance.. Perhaps we found the Duke spilling some amount of petrol when it was fully loaded in one of our earlier trip.. So we normally would fill up 500 worth of petrol and would fill it frequently which was not a big trouble as we needed breaks in between.. This Duker owns this machine from 1 year.. Apart from this NO COMPLAINTS!!

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    DAY 3:

    Kodaikanal

    Early in the morning we met a KSRTC(Karnataka) bus driver who stopped by at the hotel for the breakfast and spoke about the road conditions and weather for the rest of our journey.. We were proud to see some jaw dropping faces who got down from the bus as they saw Bangalore bikes in Kodai, they did not forget to take the photographs giving some poses!!

    Left the hotel at 830 after breakfast to meet our first curves in this ride!!













    Took a Boat ride!! (Safety First)




    This Duker never misses such chance!!




    Took some home-made chocolates, had lunch and left the city to Munnar at 2PM!!

    After a rather smooth ride we were stopped at a check post after Theni which was also the beginning of the Ghats!! After the enquiry we found that the road was under construction and the traffic was allowed every alternate hours.. As it was 0515PM we had to sit by the roadside for another 45 minutes..

    After 6 we encountered one of the dangerous road we traveled in our life so far!! The roads were out of shape in most of the parts, which was already a single lane was made smaller by the falling rocks(due to drilling for road widening).. The local jeep and lorry drivers were very rash and we had to slow ourself for the rest of our journey..





    Amazingly the Kerala counterpart which was on the other side of the hill was exceptionally good and very cold!!

    We were completely blinded by the fog which had reduced the visibility considerably which was already low after sun set!!
    At this time ThunderBird took the lead which had powerful low beam(as high beams are not useful in this condition) and others had to just follow the leader!!



    There was only one petrol bunk on the way with a long queue and the rest of the road was deserted as we could not locate any accomodation on the way!!
    Finally we found a hotel in the outskirts of Munnar and checked the temperature to be 11 degree!!
    Finally we had a very cozy sleep!!
    Last edited by Sharath Raghav S; 08-31-2013 at 07:43 PM.

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    DAY 3:

    Munnar!!

    The morning at the Munnar was colder than expected... With that kind of whether none of us were expecting to see a sun rise and thus woke up a bit late and started towards the city!!





    That was the first visit to Munnar for all of us and all was picture perfect for us!!
    The chilly weather, a short drizzle now and then, it seemed to be riding at 6 AM even though it was 12PM!!







    Tea estates all the way!!



    Stopped by a lake!!










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    DAY 3:

    Munnar!!

    The morning at the Munnar was colder than expected... With that kind of whether none of us were expecting to see a sun rise and thus woke up a bit late and started towards the city!!





    That was the first visit to Munnar for all of us and all was picture perfect for us!!
    The chilly weather, a short drizzle now and then, it seemed to be riding at 6 AM even though it was 12PM!!







    Tea estates all the way!!



    Stopped by a lake!!









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