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    Cool My Motorcycle Diaries

    1482 km in less than 25 hours. 67 kmph. 31.7 kmpl.

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    The story goes like this: I have visited Kanniyakumari, the southernmost tip of the Indian mainland, many times. But, my Blue Bird, aka Thunderbird 500, hadn't. So, the other day, I decided to take her to Kanniyakumari so that she would get conversant with geographical boundaries of India. I cleaned and lubricated the Blue Bird's chain, washed and got her tank filled upto the brim during the last few days.

    We [self and Blue Bird] left our Chennai Royapettah home by 4:10 am on 21 November 2013 [Thursday] without caring about the cyclone warnings, depressions, rain forecasts, etc. We reached TVS Bharat Petroleum pump on the Trichy bypass road - my usual place whenever visiting Trichy - at 9 am and the Blue Bird got tankful. Then, it was my turn for my bellyful! We left after sumptuous and tasty breakfast at 10 am and reached Kanniyakumari at 3:40 pm after another refuelling and couple of photographic breaks.

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    The original idea was to halt at Kanniyakumari and return home by the next day. I had packed enough dresses, undergarments and other paraphernalia required for a couple of days. But, after reaching Kanniyakumari, I felt that I did not need any rest and had energy, physical fitness and mental alertness to undertake another journey immediately. By chance, if I could not continue my riding any further due to fatigue, I had a lot of staying options en route. So, quickly, I changed my plans, completed my clicking and left Kanniyakumari by 4:40 pm and reached home by 5 am on 22 November 2013 [Friday] after getting drenched in rain at Madurai bypass road and from Acharapakkam to Melmaruvathur.

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    This was the route taken. Excellent 4-laned NH 45/45B/7 all along except a small stretch of 2-laned Madurai bypass.

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    Now that the Blue Bird visited the southernmost tip of the Indian mainland with ease, she could visit the other tips in NEW, i.e., north, east and west in the coming years. I plan to post the details of all the expeditions of the Blue Bird in this thread in future.

    Here are the links for the past expeditions of the Blue Bird:

    Bangalore>Chitradurga Fort>Vani Vilasa Sagara Dam>Bangalore

    Bangalore>Mysore>Gopalaswamy Hill>Chamundi Hill>Bangalore
    Last edited by J.Ravi; 12-03-2016 at 07:39 PM. Reason: One repeatative photo was removed and another new one added. Also, route map added with link to Google Maps.
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    ROYAL ENFIELD THUNDERBIRD 500 TWILIGHT [FROM 15 APRIL 2013]


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    Nicely presented
    And the pics were equally complementing
    TB looks really muscular, perfect partner for such rides.
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    Great log. Now that's endurance
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    I'm sure that Thunderbird experience would have been a great experience! Do you know Set Wet is giving out 8 Harley Davidsons! Right now only 2 more are left! I bought a set wet deo, got my coupon code, put it up in the FB app - http://goo.gl/bVoLqZ

    Let's hope I win!

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    Great to see you and your Blue Bird hit the highways. I guess your long and patient wait for your TB was really worth it! Nice ride and pictures there Ravi, wish you many more to come!

    Cheers & Ride Safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Nice
    Thanks a lot for the approval of this thread and appreciation, The Monk.

    Quote Originally Posted by nadz11.ns View Post
    Nicely presented And the pics were equally complementing
    Thanks for the appreciation, nadz11.ns.

    Quote Originally Posted by pcgamer View Post
    Great log. Now that's endurance
    Thanks you very much for the compliments, pcgamer.

    Quote Originally Posted by ridermax View Post
    Great to see you and your Blue Bird hit the highways. I guess your long and patient wait for your TB was really worth it! Nice ride and pictures there Ravi, wish you many more to come!
    Thanks a lot for your appreciation, compliments and good wishes, ridermax.
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    Simply superb Sir, Hats off! I was reading this again and again to make sure I got it right "The original idea was to halt at Kanniyakumari and return home by the next day. I had packed enough dresses, undergarments and other paraphernalia required for a couple of days. But, after reaching Kanniyakumari, I felt that I did not need any rest and had energy, physical fitness and mental alertness to undertake another journey immediately. By chance, if I could not continue my riding any further due to fatigue, I had a lot of staying options en route. So, quickly, I changed my plans, completed my clicking and left Kanniyakumari by 4:40 pm and reached home by 5 am on 22 November 2013 [Friday] after getting drenched in rain at Madurai bypass road and from Acharapakkam to Melmaruvathur. " Truly inspiring, Wish you many more happy miles on your blue bird!
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    Simply superb Sir, Hats off! Truly inspiring, Wish you many more happy miles on your blue bird!
    Thanks a lot for the compliments and good wishes, shelton_jh. The rains delayed my return journey by about an hour as I rode with reduced speed during the rain.
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    Helmet off to you sir,hope you and your Blue Bird will soon start for some more KM munching.
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