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    A Breath - Taking Ride (Literally)

    Every breath you Take......

    Iíve been meaning to write a log of my ride to Hyderabad on my RTR180 in January.
    However the incidents on the return trip always had me wondering if it was appropriate to post it on a public forum. Iíve now decided to go ahead with it, so here goes.

    It all started with a phone call to my college friend who works in Hyderabad. As we were discussing the usual meeting up plans and general catching up, it suddenly occurred to me that I could ride to Hyderabad to meet him and get some miles on my bike which had been suffering since my experiments with modifications for more power.

    The plan was finalized on the phone itself and started getting the bike up to mark.
    My bike was not responding well to the bigger carb from Race concepts so that was scrapped and decided to go on with the stock one.

    Got my jacket and other gear out and rode of at dawn with only a shoulder bag. Plan was to ride to Hyderabad in one day, spend another with my friend and ride back on the third morning to be back n Mumbai by night.

    All was well till the Lonavla ghat but as soon as I started up the curves I saw a darkish coloured thick liquid covering the ghat surface. It took me awhile on the unlit hill road to recognize this as engine oil but rode on at very low speeds keeping the bike upright to prevent skidding.

    However man proposes and god disposes, I had no sooner got to the last curve which has a sudden drop to the Mumbai Ė Pune Expressway than I felt the bike slip away from under me. I was unhurt but seeing the bike skid down the slope a good 10 feet with the pegs sparking out due to friction was not a very happy sight.

    I ran to the bike and was a bit relieved to note that there was no damage whatsoever.
    But a crash at less than 200 kms from my starting point at the wee hours of the morning when I had approx 500 kms more to cover was not a very motivating thought.

    Got on the bike with half a mind to turn back but then thought whoís to say my next ride would be trouble free? I am here now on the road, so I better get on with what I started.

    With these thought and a prayer on my lips, I started again towards Hyderabad.
    Little did I know there would be more occasions demanding even more heartfelt prayers than what I just encountered

    Roads were not much to talk about. It was typical shoddily covered up tarmac with a generous sprinkling of unabashed bad patches, laughing at you for thinking this was supposed to be a highway.

    Took a few snaps while I stretched my legs.
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    My RTR performed flawlessly despite what it had been put through as a result of my greed for more power. Never missing a beat, it coursed though bad patches, smooth patches, sudden braking or impulsive acceleration with nary a complaint or murmur of protest. Itís a wonderful motorcycle; taking every punishment you can dish out, and still holds a special place in my heart despite having to trade it in after waiting for TVS to come up with something bigger.

    Reached Hyderabad in about 16 hrs and had a great time catching up with my friend.
    Washed my balaclava set it out to dry and checked my gear too for any damages.
    Thankfully all was OK.

    Had the next day entirely to myself so planned on visiting the Salarjung museum and trying the Paradise Biryani that everyone recommended.

    Overslept the next day so museum was out but did go to try the biryani.

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    Was feeling a little nauseated so rushed to my friendís home and slept fitfully till dinner.
    Woke up at around 5 am, geared up, said my goodbyes and left. Road was quite surprisingly not deserted and soon I found my self on the highway.

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    At around 10 am, I felt heaviness in my chest along with coughing and attributed it to the cold Hyderabad weather compounded with the cold drinks I had there.

    Stopped for breakfast at a Dhaba and had a glass of warm milk with turmeric to soothe my throat.
    Met a wandering mendicant and instead of alms I bought him breakfast and was on my way.

    As the day progressed I felt the heaviness in my chest increasing to the point where I had difficulty breathing. I stopped again at a Dhaba & slipped off the balaclava off my nose and tried to loosen the jacket near my neck. I was surprised to find that my neck had swollen to the point where I could not feel my clavicle bone. Add to that my breathing had become labored to the point that I had to suck in air forcefully to avoid suffocation.

    I again had some milk with turmeric and debated with myself whether to continue this journey or turn in at some nearby town and see a doctor.
    My pain immediately suggested calling for help and suspending the ride till I get better whereas my other half told me to ride on without wasting much time and reach home where expert medical help was assured as against riding into nearby town and seeking help from a local doctor who may not diagnose my problem correctly.
    There was also the concern that informing my family at this juncture would be a cause for much anxiety (and also serve to increase their resistance to future rides!).

    Thus once again, with the jacket half open and breathing laboriously like a marathon runner, I set off with just a goal to somehow make it home in one piece before nightfall. I was riding at a sedate 60-70 as the accompanying light-headedness left me unsure of high speed riding abilities. And the local Rossis attempting to entice me into a race too did not help matters.
    At this point the reason for this sudden ailment baffled me but I was in no mood to analyze and had much pressing issues at hand like reaching home safely.

    I started talking to myself, to God, questioning the meaning of this and just started chanting whatever prayer I could muster from my weary tongue to help keep me focused and awake till the end. Iíve never bee delirious but that I felt was quite close to it.
    Once I saw the city limits I was heaved a (suffocated) sigh of relief and thanked Providence for getting me home safely.

    Once home, told my mother that had a severe cough and needed a hot water bath. Once in the bath, I retraced everything I had done in t e past three days in an attempt to locate the cause of the problem.
    I recollected that I had complained to my friend about the taste of the water at his house. My work with water purification technologies had indicated that there was excess of chlorine in the water but my friend said he didnít feel anything out of place and they have been using the water for quite some time.

    But if I had been drinking chlorine laced water why was I showing symptoms of chlorine inhalation?
    It was then I had a ďEureka momentĒ (though did not jump out of the bathroom naked!)
    I recollected that upon reaching my friendís home I had washed my balaclava and set it to dry indoors. I had been inhaling chlorine all throughout my ride through my balaclava.

    This would have been less of an issue of I had dried it outdoors but indoors meant the chlorine didnít leave the fabric and thus caused me to inhale more with every deep breath I took to alleviate my breathing difficulty!

    Once I had this sorted, rushed to the doctor and announced that I had chlorine poisoning through inhalation. The doctor too was quite interested in how I came about this diagnosis and once I had given him the explanation he couldnít get past the fact that why would someone ride to Hyderabad on a motorcycle in the first place!

    With some medication I was Ok in a day. Searched the net and found that milk is actually recommended as a first aid for chlorine inhalation. Couldnít thank my stars enough that I had consumed milk twice in the ride failing which I shudder to think of what would have been the case.

    Ever since that ride the lethal balaclava is yet to see the light of the day!

    I hope this log does not serve to scare or intimidate as that would be defeating the purpose of me writing this. My only reason for putting this up here is to educate riders to take care of their diet and keep a lookout for not only the bikes health but also their own on rides.

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    Very interesting narrative and it is mighty good of you to have shared this unusual experience here on the forum. Chlorine poisoning while riding a bike at speed is what no one expects! Milk of course being very mildly acidic compared to the Hydrochloric Acid vapor forming inside your esophagus did help in neutralising some of the acid's toxicity. A very important lesson learnt. Reminded me of something I had read about a longtime back on the internet. It is about how vapor rising from sun-block cream when trapped inside a full-face helmet while riding on a bright and hot summer day virtually blinded the rider for a short while. Read it here:

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    Very well written travalouge buddy,but i was expecting more pics from you coz you know pics make a narration more exotic.
    You didnt uploaded your bikes pic which i think is very important in a travalouge hope you will come up with more pics specially of the beast next time,altoghether it was fun reading your experience.
    Keep up the good job bro,,,,
    Cheers!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Fox View Post
    Very interesting narrative and it is mighty good of you to have shared this unusual experience here on the forum. Chlorine poisoning while riding a bike at speed is what no one expects! Milk of course being very mildly acidic compared to the Hydrochloric Acid vapor forming inside your esophagus did help in neutralising some of the acid's toxicity. A very important lesson learnt. Reminded me of something I had read about a longtime back on the internet. It is about how vapor rising from sun-block cream when trapped inside a full-face helmet while riding on a bright and hot summer day virtually blinded the rider for a short while. Read it here:

    Motorcycle Safety Site
    Thanks Sir.
    I can only say it was just a stroke of good fortune that I remembered this traditional remedy and was also able to get it on the road.
    Makes one realize and respect the myriad forces working around you that could change the game in a blink of an eye.

    Quote Originally Posted by ranju567 View Post
    Very well written travalouge buddy,but i was expecting more pics from you coz you know pics make a narration more exotic.
    You didnt uploaded your bikes pic which i think is very important in a travalouge hope you will come up with more pics specially of the beast next time,altoghether it was fun reading your experience.
    Keep up the good job bro,,,,
    Cheers!!!

    Sent from my ST21i2 using xBhp Connect mobile app
    Thanks.
    I don't click many pictures when I ride solo. Just a few which really appeal to my heart or of signposts to let friends know where I am.
    Was also short on time so only stops were fuel stops.

    Here's my ride (though no longer with me now)
    This is from a trip to Lavasa
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    Few interesting things...
    Quote Originally Posted by New guy View Post
    My bike was not responding well to the bigger carb from Race concepts so that was scrapped and decided to go on with the stock one
    @shv18

    Quote Originally Posted by New guy View Post
    I started talking to myself, to God, questioning the meaning of this and just started chanting whatever prayer I could muster from my weary tongue to help keep me focused and awake till the end. I’ve never bee delirious but that I felt was quite close to it
    Super fantastic; I do this all the time & always recommend this to everyone who's riding solo. This is the only thing that helps everyone to stay awake PROVIDED they keep talking about the PRESENT (means the present situation as they ride & not dreaming)

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    I had been inhaling chlorine all throughout my ride through my balaclava
    New info; Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by New guy View Post
    My only reason for putting this up here is to educate riders to take care of their diet and keep a lookout for not only the bikes health but also their own on rides.
    It was very nice gesture on you to have shared & educated us. It simply reminds me once again on the theory "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"; how a simple wash can ruin a wonderful journey & make things miserable. I wish to rate this 6/5 stars for this thread, unfortunately xBhp doesn't allow me. Can't appreciate you enough to share this. Thanks.
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    Hey that was a great learning! A solitary reaper is always exposed to one or other hazard. That is the price for the incredible happyness of loneliness.

    One while riding at reasonable speeds in tamilnadu on a sunny day, suddenly I felt, very cold... My heart was beating lime at 16000 rpms! I felt like the soul is walking away, I found myself no good to ride as I left the throttle with my trusty friend. two of my friends laughed at me and said you are alright. Their way of saying "you are good enough" I was completely dehydrated and my body temperature was high. Lost sense slightly!

    I had to restore myself on a roadside shop before I get back on job.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    Few interesting things...
    @shv18
    shv18' s thread on his FZ modification is a bible for guys who want to more from their motorcycles and yet avoid common pitfalls like plug and play kits.
    They say fast and cheap is not reliable. Well, Race Concepts kits are in no way cheap but they sure aren't very reliable too!

    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    Super fantastic; I do this all the time & always recommend this to everyone who's riding solo. This is the only thing that helps everyone to stay awake PROVIDED they keep talking about the PRESENT (means the present situation as they ride & not dreaming)
    I too do this whenever I ride, helps me focus and also identify & anticipate trouble spots.


    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    It was very nice gesture on you to have shared & educated us. It simply reminds me once again on the theory "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"; how a simple wash can ruin a wonderful journey & make things miserable. I wish to rate this 6/5 stars for this thread, unfortunately xBhp doesn't allow me. Can't appreciate you enough to share this. Thanks.
    The Trip logs/travelogues posted here helped me a lot when I started riding. In a way I am trying to give back what I've benefitted from this community.
    Thanks for your kind words. Means a lot coming from a pro mile muncher like you!


    Quote Originally Posted by kochumvk View Post
    Hey that was a great learning! A solitary reaper is always exposed to one or other hazard. That is the price for the incredible happyness of loneliness.

    One while riding at reasonable speeds in tamilnadu on a sunny day, suddenly I felt, very cold... My heart was beating lime at 16000 rpms! I felt like the soul is walking away, I found myself no good to ride as I left the throttle with my trusty friend. two of my friends laughed at me and said you are alright. Their way of saying "you are good enough" I was completely dehydrated and my body temperature was high. Lost sense slightly!

    I had to restore myself on a roadside shop before I get back on job.

    Sent from my C6602 using xBhp Connect mobile app
    Thats another killer-dehydration. Glad you could identify in time & take steps to overcome.
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    Good ride and some learning information for we the riders. Though it was late, thanks, you shared it in the thread.

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