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Thread: Night ride to Alibaug...!!! From Pune against the rains..

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    Post Night ride to Alibaug...!!! From Pune against the rains..

    Prologue:
    02:30 PM:

    It was an unproductive weekend at the end of a hectic week. Nothing was going good and the dismissal of Indian Cricket Team from ICC WC 2015 added fuel to the fire. With the blazing sun, it was a horrific day.

    And as were discussing, my friend came up with a crazy idea of riding to Alibaug, roughly 150Km away from Pune touching the shores of Arabian Sea. And without second thoughts we started preparing for the trip. It might sound crazy to leave to Alibaug at the brim of the sunlight but still as some biker said,
    With crazy plans comes the crazy adventures.
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    Further travelogue after approval from Moderator...!!!
    The ride defines it..!!!

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    Default Re: Night ride to Alibaug...!!! From Pune against the rains..

    You have set the tone!
    Now bring on the rest.

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    Default Re: Night ride to Alibaug...!!! From Pune against the rains..

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Travelogue Approved
    Thanks for approval.

    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    You have set the tone!
    Now bring on the rest.
    Sure bro...

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    It was exactly 4:20 in the evening when we started the journey to the end of the Indian land mass on the western side.


    The ride to the end of land:


    It took us 10 minutes to touch the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway. Once the bike touched the highway tarmac, the tires were warmed up to the optimal temperature and its time to fly. It was a bliss to throttle up and everyone was left behind my smoke.


    The MRF Rev-Z tires hugged the tarmac and never let me down with its claw-like grip. On each turns and cornering, it was too much fun to have the gravel inches away from the face and pressing the knees next to the curved tank to keep it away from scrapping the road. Cornering the highways was awesome and flicking through the tight traffic was great.

    On the other hand, the 350cc powerhouse in the form of RE was living up to its legendary name. The thumping was too masochistic and thats when I felt the real esteemed previledge in owning a RE.



    The beauty and the beast:
    As we were cruising the highway, that’s when a rider on his Honda CBR whizzed past us. It was an offence speaking purely on biker terms. He should have honked but he didn’t. That’s a call sign for war. And it was time to put the 200cc liquid cooled Duke’s engine to test. Without a moment’s hesitation, I flicked my throttle wrist.

    And that’s when my beauty turned into that nasty beast showing out its true monstrous quality beneath that orange skin. The growls at 85 turned into roars at 95.
    The CBR was meters away and I pushed my wrist further. And that’s when I touched the three digit mark, every bikers dream, and it was 101 on my odo. Even at that speeds the bike in spite of its naked style, it felt rooted to the ground the stability was the name. I still had one-third of the throttle left but I didn’t want to stress the engine in the run-in period. I still had 8 more Kms to clock 1000 Kms. And the CBR was nowhere to be seen. It wasn’t a war lost but it wasn’t the right time to win it. Some other day.

    It was too easy to keep 80+ Km on the odo and never had I remembered dropping below 60. And before I can even realize we touched the Ghats enroute to Lonavala. Just on the way, the Thunderbird was low on fuel and we entered the gas station. Filling the Thunderbird’s massive 15 litre tank, we took our own share of water break.
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    It was too sunny and we were drained out of water. And this was that one moment where you realize the beauty in every drop of water.

    And as we just came out of the gas station, again there was the same CBR guy but with a girl at his pillion seat. Now I knew what made him to rush. And after that there was no pit stops. And within a couple of 20 minutes time, we touched the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

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    The Lea(r)ning Curve:

    It was then we had our first curve and I was riding at 90. Just a slight pressure with the Bybre disc brakes, the speed comes to 70 in no time and my instincts took over and I leaned to my left to corner the curve. It was too much fun to put the speed to your use and dive at the curve. Obviously the Duke is one hell of a corner-craver.

    The RE too was good with curves but owing to the bigger turn radius, it takes some experience for cornering the giant. But never once my friend complained about the weight of the machine. The handling aspect was much better when compared with its rivals Avenger. I can vouch that the Thunderbird was one hell of a cruiser and being an Indian product, its again another feather on the crown.

    And then comes the tunnel and it always feel awesome to reach a tunnel. And as we came out of the tunnel, the sun was done for the day and it was on its way to the ground. And it was our turn coming up on the left to “Khopoli”. Bidding farewell to the Expressway we turned on to the Khopoli road and I started to miss the smooth tarmac. It was potholes greeting us all the way and I had to make sure to avoid those spine breaking bumpers.

    The Shock-Abs:

    To be a truthful owner of Duke, I had to accept that shock-abs with dukes are something which the KTM R&D has to look at. With every speed breakers and potholes, I can feel the vibes in my spine. I had to reduce my speed to a mere 40 just to reduce the impact of the vibes on my body.

    On the other hand, the Thunderbird was cruising with much more leisure. Still some deep potholes were troubling the RE driver as well but when compared with Duke, TB was far better. Due to the monstrous kerb-weight of the machine, and a good design from RE engineers, the shocks were well distributed.

    The Party Spoiler:
    After a little bit of tough roads just as I crossed the Khopoli town and on the way to Penn, there was the drizzle. And as I signalled my friend that this drizzle is not gonna stop us, my helmet visor was thudded with heavier pellets of water forcing us to stop. We have so far gained 15 minutes on our schedule of time but this rain had cost us half an hour and set us 15 minutes back again on our time.

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    As the rain fall reduced its ferocity a little bit, our plans were dampened. We were not sure of reaching Alibaug.

    And as I turned the ignition, the KTM orange back-lit console lit up with the words “Ready to Race”.

    I guess that meant something, and as we crossed the border of “Khopoli”, the land was dry and we found that it was raining only at Khopoli. The rain had drenched us but as we crossed Khopoli, the sun was there again blazing its warmth and in a matter of Kms the jacket was dried.

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    The Penn:
    Penn was an awesome village on the way and roads were pretty smooth but frequent “Speed-breakers” were disturbing. As I reach 90 there will be a speed-bump to make me go to 50 again. And this made my engine to heat up and for the first time my radiator fan kicked in and I could feel the hot air blown to my thighs. I guess it will be only time I was grateful to this ugly feature of KTM engines heating up at slower stop-and-go speeds.
    The hot air felt like the much-needed warmth and finally we were just 18 Kms from “Alibaug”.


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    And driving along all the 130 Km so far, never once did the Duke heat up while I was on the highways. But the radiator kicked in as soon as I started to do stop-and-go driving because of the restrictions from road condition. Duke was a blissful experience for both the highways and if you can neglect the engine heat, its a tremendous handler in tight traffics. It would never let you go down without a fight against its rivals.

    The Ocean:
    And after getting confusing instructions from a couple of people over there it was exactly 08:21 PM when we touched the beach.

    I would like to say that it was the beautiful beach I have ever seen so far. But it won’t be the truth. That was one of the dirtiest beach with muddy water washing up to the shores. The soft sand was full of tiny stones that try to pierce your feet. And there were couple trying to enact some romantic beach walk where the girl stands on the guys legs and he carries her. There was the fishing boats tied up and a sand-castle built by some kid architect.

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    Was it all worth?

    Travelling all this way, braving the wind, sun and rain and finally reaching this murky water. Well it was more than what I was expecting.

    For me it more than what it was actually worthful. There was the wind, and then came the rain and again the sun warming me up and finally the Seashore welcoming me and my bike. After a straight drive sweating profusely and drenching totally and atlast stepping up on the soft beach sand, what more can a biker ask for...!!!

    Every mile crossed was a milestone and yeah I forgot to mention. The bikes have reached its puberty (just kidding).We both touched our thousand Km mark on the way. It was a memorable feet and a brilliant way to cross your run-in period. I was literally punching the air on touching the 1K mark. I am sure each biker would understand what it means to do the first 1000Km on your ODO.

    And now its time for some hot food to keep you going. The hot and juicy Chicken manchurian was a boon and my stomach was thanking me.

    The journey back:
    Yah… After having all the fun, it will again be you who has to drive you back to the warm bed at your home.

    But honestly, I don’t remember most part of driving back. We started back from Alibaug at 09:55 PM to be precise and it was my bike doing all the leg work. I never shifted down from 6th gear and it felt less tiring to reach Lonavala. And as we crossed the hill it was time for a little snack.
    The eggs were always good and when you eat them at 12:30 AM, it tastes awesome.

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    And exactly 45 minutes later, we were at the parking. And 5 minutes later I was snoring on my bed.

    To sum it up:

    It was 357 minutes (6 hours) of driving to cover 302 Kms.

    It wasn’t too tough to do this trip. All you need is a fresh mind and that interest which makes you to go to that extra mile to which most people doesn’t mind to go.

    I just realized the truth behind some biker's golden words, "Who said heaven doesn't exists. Its right there on my two wheeled monster"


    The Ultimate:
    Just like you expecting a breath-taking performance from your bike, it expects a perfect maintenance from its owner.
    Since the bike doesn’t come with automated hands, it should be your priority to keep your bike spic and clean. Lube the chains whenever required and keep the mud at bay at least once in a week.

    Because “Like the owner, like the bike”.

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    Thanks for all xBHP-ians who has shared their experiences so far. Your experiences has taught me a lot and I am putting them to my use. And I hope my experiences will be helping the next wanna-be biker/tourer.

    Ciao,
    Kriz
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    Default Re: Night ride to Alibaug...!!! From Pune against the rains..

    Amazing narration.
    Thumb up from me!

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    Seems to be an awesome trip ...U guyz made it on a rainy day that's amazing..... look like it was a random plan but I'd love to be part of your next trip... do let me know broo....
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    Default Re: Night ride to Alibaug...!!! From Pune against the rains..

    Good going there and glad you made it back safely. Personally I avoid riding past sundown as hazards multiply. Thanks for the update on the road conditions past Pen, which I gather from you, is still crappy.
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    Nice narration.
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    Nice!! Very well written...Sounds like a fun ride!!
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    Default Re: Night ride to Alibaug...!!! From Pune against the rains..

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashish Pattnaik View Post
    Seems to be an awesome trip ...U guyz made it on a rainy day that's amazing..... look like it was a random plan but I'd love to be part of your next trip... do let me know broo....
    hey dude thanks.... PM me and will update you with further trips... Looking forward...
    The ride defines it..!!!

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