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    Prologue:
    Ever since I got my new bike (Honda Hornet 160R) and looking at touring section it always buged me to go for touring. However there was always some other priority. Finally I decided to encash upcoming long weekend.

    As conversation started with wife

    Me: I am going to bike tour .
    She: I will also come.
    MeTrying to scare her) This is going to be 400+ km and you have to sit for 8 hours on back
    She: No problem I will come anyway, I am exhausted from office routine and I WILL ALSO COME.
    Now, failing at logic and that bold letter conversation got me a company

    After getting all Gears for both of us, bags and small setup on bike we ready to roll.

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    Tour Dates: 13th Jan - 16th Jan, 2018Total Distance covered:Around 1000Km

    Route: Onwards: Hyderabad -> NH44 till Kurnool --> Alur -> Ballari -> Kamalapura (Hampi) Back: Kamlapura (Hampi) -> Ballari -> Guntakal -> Gooty -> NH44 to Hyderabad
    Bike: Honda Hornet 160R

    Gears:

    Jacket: ASPIDA Atlas Sports / ASPIDA Venus Women (Both jackets are good)

    Knee Guard: ASPIDA Perseus Internal Knee Guard (Very Good) / Scoyco K15 (No so good)

    Saddle Bag: Rynox Nomad 2.1 (Awesome, lots of space and no less than pennier)

    Helmets: MT Stinger (Awesome, very comfy) / Vega Half face (Good)

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    Adding few photographs from tour

    Sri Virupaksha Temple

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    Morning rays at temple

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    Hemkuta Hills landscape

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    Stature of Devotion

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    Photography inception
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    Day 1 : Hyderabad to Hampi -
    460Km route

    Day 2: Exploring Hampi Temples - Virupaksha Temple and Hemkuta hills

    Day 3: Vijya Vittala Temple, Anegudi and central Hampi

    Day 4: Back to Hyderabad via Hampi- Daroji - Ballari - Gooty - NH44
    Last edited by anoopkumar0; 01-24-2018, 09:40 PM. Reason: Update for adding post, and links to days post
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    TravelLog: Hyderabad to Hampi
    Honda Hornet 160R Owner's Manual / Serviceshop manual

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    Re: Quest of first Bike Touring - Total 1000Km with my better half

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      Re: Quest of first Bike Touring - Total 1000Km with my better half

      Thanks @The Monk

      Day 1: Hyderabad to Hampi

      We planned to start early by 6:00am but setting up everything on bike for fist time took quite a time. finally we all setup and started from home by 7:30.

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      the route we planned was NH44 Hyd- bangalore highway till Kurnool and then take state roads via Alur-Ballari to Hampi

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      As we touched NH44 it was all smooth and bike was easily munching at 90kmph.

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      We took our first stop 100km before Kurnool , Pyramid Foods for breakfast. It's very nice place on highway with lots of parking space with playground for kids. Clean lavatories.
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      After breakfast we started from there by 10:00 for to Kurnool.
      After Kurnool it was state highway which was good for 20Kms .

      But, the story yet to bigin. The drive which supposed to be flat on flat road turn out 180Kms of badly broken and under construction state highways.
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      I followed the google maps but suddenly road was gone even construction was not there. All was just piles of boulders and construction trash in way of google map direction.
      From behind, there comes a good samaritan in car who asked if we are going to Ballari and he will lead with better road. So we took turn to other side and google navigation started following other route. However still the road was in construction. There was a village road of stretch of around 300m which was completely full of boulders and mud. I wish I had taken the photo but my complete focus was on driving.
      It was complete WHAT-IF condition, if tyre get punctured in middle of nowhere.
      I can't lie that I wasn't scare.
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      In between we saw Wind Farms on Alur - Ballari road

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      After reaching ballari we had break and fill the petrol again. 60Km more to for Hampi.
      The rider Girl
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      However even NH67 Ballari to Hospet was in construction but somehow better because of heavy vehicle movement.
      Finally we reached Kamlapur road and that was really good drive of 8km between trees
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      We reached our hotel Mayura Bhuvneshwari by around 5:30.
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      Last edited by anoopkumar0; 01-24-2018, 09:38 PM.
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      TravelLog: Hyderabad to Hampi
      Honda Hornet 160R Owner's Manual / Serviceshop manual

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        Re: Quest of first Bike Tour - Hyderabad to Hampi - Total 1000Km with my better half

        Good going there. Good to see lot of couples enjoying travelling on motorcycles.
        Everybody has their own version of TRUTH!!!!!!

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        • #5
          Re: Quest of first Bike Tour - Hyderabad to Hampi - Total 1000Km with my better half

          Nicely put!
          A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

          Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
          My Ride To Sunderbans -
          Hemnagar & Samsernagar
          Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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            Re: Quest of first Bike Tour - Hyderabad to Hampi - Total 1000Km with my better half

            Originally posted by ajextreme View Post
            Good going there. Good to see lot of couples enjoying travelling on motorcycles.
            Originally posted by krishna77 View Post
            Nicely put!
            Thanks Guys.

            Day 2: Visit to Virupaksha Temple and Hemkuta Group of temples and little accident


            We started Day 2 early in morning as it was Pongal day (14th Jan) with lots of devotees going to visit to Virupaksha Temple.
            We reached Virupaksha Temple by 6:30 and people were sleeping around temple campus.
            After formal darshanam and puja, there was lots of time to view the details of temple.
            It was just marvelleous.

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            3 headed Nandi

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            The carving and concentric pillars are awesoome in Bhuvneshwari Temple (Must Visit)

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            Also, being in early morning we got chance to meet and feed The Elephant, Laxmi in person while she was free to roam around.

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            Later we visited the Hemkuta group of temples. Too many things to explore
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            While coming at exit of hills wife's ankle got twistted and she screamed like hell.
            We came back to hotel and I applied Move and wrapped crape bandage which we brought as medical supply.
            After that, a nearby visiting doctor had a look and told that seems nothing serious but advised to take x-ray.
            Now, I was little scared what to do. I decided tha if pain is not going down by next morning we will come back to Hyderabad.
            Luckely there was no swelling and by next morning she was able to walk a little.

            (After coming to Hyderabad, she visited hospital. Turned out a hair line fracture and have to put plaster for a month)
            Last edited by anoopkumar0; 01-23-2018, 12:11 PM.
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            TravelLog: Hyderabad to Hampi
            Honda Hornet 160R Owner's Manual / Serviceshop manual

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              Re: Quest of first Bike Touring - Total 1000Km with my better half

              Great to see a Hornet triplog. Nice write up though I mainly seen the pictures quickly.

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              • #8
                Hampi Tour Day 3 and 4

                Originally posted by hypheni View Post
                Great to see a Hornet triplog. Nice write up though I mainly seen the pictures quickly.
                Thanks


                Day 3: Vijya Vittala Temple, Ride to Anegudi Village and central Hampi


                By next morning wife was feeling better but she can't walk for long but no point of sitting at resort. So I decided to drive to places and whe will do minimal walks.


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                We startedwith Vijya Vittala Temple. Guard allowed me to drive bike close to battery operated car which takes visiters to temple.


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                Iconic The stone chariot


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                The details of temple is really astounding
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                Later we drive to Anegudi Village to Pampa Sarovar.


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                Preparation of Paddy field for new crop

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                From there used a small ferri at Talwar Gatta,

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                After that it was time to explore central Hampi monuments.


                Puskharni Step Well

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                A possible Ancient Lathe Machine, If you are visiting Hampi don't miss this. No tour guide or any mention. It's right next to Royal Enclosure

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                Day 4: Back to Hyderabad by longer route. So we get less bumps.
                Daroji -> Ballari -> Guntakal -> Gooty -> NH44 (Bangalore Higway) -> Hyderabad

                Back en-route to Hyderabad

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                On NH44 we stop by at small hotel. We didn't the get the food as it was still morning for dhaba, but this little guy got lots of biscuits

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                Last edited by anoopkumar0; 01-24-2018, 09:59 PM.
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                TravelLog: Hyderabad to Hampi
                Honda Hornet 160R Owner's Manual / Serviceshop manual

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                • #9
                  Re: Quest of first Bike Tour - Hyderabad to Hampi - Total 1000Km with my better half

                  Great going!
                  A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                  Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
                  My Ride To Sunderbans -
                  Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                  Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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                  • #10
                    Re: Quest of first Bike Tour - Hyderabad to Hampi - Total 1000Km with my better half

                    Nice and clean write up!! Beautiful and Scenic pictures!! Could you shed some light on the performance and mileage of the bike with pillion and luggage? Did you feel any vibrations while cruising at speeds?

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                      Re: Quest of first Bike Tour - Hyderabad to Hampi - Total 1000Km with my better half

                      Originally posted by Prabakar Murali View Post
                      Nice and clean write up!! Beautiful and Scenic pictures!! Could you shed some light on the performance and mileage of the bike with pillion and luggage? Did you feel any vibrations while cruising at speeds?
                      Thanks Prabhakar.

                      Mileage: I didn't measured but it was less than 45 Kmpl.
                      550 Kms of NH44 at 85-90 Kmph cruise
                      300 Kms of under construction road, speed varied from 10-40 Kmph
                      150 Kms of good road with moderate speed 60-75 Kmph.

                      Highway Cruising: With pillion and bags I was able to cruise 90+ easily. However I kept it 85-90 only. Vibration was nil.

                      Driving Comfort: We didn't feel any backpain or tiredness after ride.

                      Stability: There was stretch of 170+ km (onward route) / 120 km (back route) of under-construction road of gravel and even some places boulders. But it able to sail through, thanks to MRF Zapper. It said to be soft compound tire but I don't see any cuts after trip. Not even loss of tire pressure.
                      Luckily avoided two accident places, jumping over unmarked breakers on flat road. These breaker are not visible at speed of 70+ and breaking may skid the bike.

                      Only problem with bike after journey: chain cover bold screw thread worn out. Not sure how it happened.
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                      TravelLog: Hyderabad to Hampi
                      Honda Hornet 160R Owner's Manual / Serviceshop manual

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                      • #12
                        Re: Quest of first Bike Touring - Total 1000Km with my better half

                        Beautiful!
                        Great to see someone ride with his woman.... wish mine was up to it

                        Hope you guys have many more such adventures!

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                          Re: Quest of first Bike Tour - Hyderabad to Hampi - Total 1000Km with my better half

                          Originally posted by anoopkumar0 View Post
                          Thanks Prabhakar.

                          Mileage: I didn't measured but it was less than 45 Kmpl.
                          550 Kms of NH44 at 85-90 Kmph cruise
                          300 Kms of under construction road, speed varied from 10-40 Kmph
                          150 Kms of good road with moderate speed 60-75 Kmph.

                          Highway Cruising: With pillion and bags I was able to cruise 90+ easily. However I kept it 85-90 only. Vibration was nil.

                          Driving Comfort: We didn't feel any backpain or tiredness after ride.

                          Stability: There was stretch of 170+ km (onward route) / 120 km (back route) of under-construction road of gravel and even some places boulders. But it able to sail through, thanks to MRF Zapper. It said to be soft compound tire but I don't see any cuts after trip. Not even loss of tire pressure.
                          Luckily avoided two accident places, jumping over unmarked breakers on flat road. These breaker are not visible at speed of 70+ and breaking may skid the bike.

                          Only problem with bike after journey: chain cover bold screw thread worn out. Not sure how it happened.
                          Happy to see this travelogue. That too when some one says who would you travel so far on a 160cc bike. That is the question that I face after my recent 1200kms round trip.
                          Appreciate all the effort in writing and posting lovely pics. Congratulations to Mrs. Anoop for tagging along and keeping you motivated.

                          Kudos for taking the bad road that lasted 180kms. I would ahve taken a detour instead

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                          • #14
                            Re: Quest of first Bike Touring - Total 1000Km with my better half

                            Super write up, Anoop, keep going, lets ride together someday!!

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                              Re: Quest of first Bike Touring - Total 1000Km with my better half

                              Great write-up accompanied with excellent pics..thanks for sharing

                              ATGATT !!!

                              Cheers,
                              WindPacer
                              "Take a deep breath It's Just a BAD DAY, Not a BAD LIFE" - courtesy "The Unknown"

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