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Thread: 1200 kilometers on my 16 year old Kawa Bajaj Boxer - Insanity?

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    Default 1200 kilometers on my 16 year old Kawa Bajaj Boxer - Insanity?

    So, as the title states, I'm planning to visit Chennai from my place (Kochi), an approximate 1200kms trip on my 16 year old Kawasaki Bajaj Boxer CT. I'm planning to leave on 28 night and return by 1st of April. My last actual roadtrip was a 500km one from my place to Coimbatore last year in May, which actually has a fun story to it, done on, you guessed it right, the boxer. I hit the road at 7 am in the morning and made it there very relaxed, touching 70 KMPH at the most. Reached there by almost 11.30 (messed up traffic in Coimbatore city and the one-way routes confused me, being a mallu) I reached my friend's apartment in the city and we left for some places in and around Coimbatore and Palakkad. Dropped her off at 5 p.m. in the evening and left in a hurry as i knew i was gonna be late. Mind you, I hadn't told my mom (I know it was a bad move on my part, but then she never liked me riding far, although i tld her as soon as i got home. P.S. you should've seen the loook on her face as I had told her that i was going to fort kochi with my friends. She still hates my friends for that,JK). I reached home by almost 8, and I tell you, there was some insane amount of irresponsible riding involved. My headlight was a mere lantern, the Thrissur-Ernakulam streach was as bad as it could get and it was pitch dark, with no street lights. Oh and no dividers on the so called National Highway either. My point being, my Boxer hasn't failed me yet and this was the worst scenario I ever underwent.
    So, Do my fellow XBHPians have any advice for me as I undertake this silly roadtrip, responsibly, this time?

    Cheers and Love,
    Nair

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    Thumbs up Re: 1200 kilometers on my 16 year old Kawa Bajaj Boxer - Insanity?

    Topic Approved, moved to Tour planning and itinerary section.

    If you machine is reliable enough, then you can do it. No big deal. But its still pushing the luck, a lot!

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    Default Re: 1200 kilometers on my 16 year old Kawa Bajaj Boxer - Insanity?

    My advice is against the ride, purely on the view of safety. This bike was not built for such long rides (underpowered, drum brakes). But I guess, you already know that and you are going to go ahead anyway. Do have proper safety gear while you go on the trip.

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    Default Re: 1200 kilometers on my 16 year old Kawa Bajaj Boxer - Insanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    Topic Approved, moved to Tour planning and itinerary section.

    If you machine is reliable enough, then you can do it. No big deal. But its still pushing the luck, a lot!
    Thanks Samarth, I know I am pushing my bike to it's limits but the ride is planned to be very relaxed and slow. I'm planning to take 10 mins of break every hour or so and the bike will never cross 60 kmph. Do you still think it's too much to ask for from my machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lywyre View Post
    My advice is against the ride, purely on the view of safety. This bike was not built for such long rides (underpowered, drum brakes). But I guess, you already know that and you are going to go ahead anyway. Do have proper safety gear while you go on the trip.
    Thank you buddy. Yes i have all the safety gear and yes, I'll ride safe. Respect your concern. It's just that I've been wanting to do long rides on my motorcycle for a really long time now. I've read somewhere about people who've ridden to leh and ladakh on the chetak. Compared tothat, this doesnt seem so hardcore. Also, please let me know if I should be keeping anything in mind before leaving for Chennai.

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    Default Re: 1200 kilometers on my 16 year old Kawa Bajaj Boxer - Insanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by not_a_hoonigan View Post
    Thanks Samarth, I know I am pushing my bike to it's limits but the ride is planned to be very relaxed and slow. I'm planning to take 10 mins of break every hour or so and the bike will never cross 60 kmph. Do you still think it's too much to ask for from my machine?


    Thank you buddy. Yes i have all the safety gear and yes, I'll ride safe. Respect your concern. It's just that I've been wanting to do long rides on my motorcycle for a really long time now. I've read somewhere about people who've ridden to leh and ladakh on the chetak. Compared tothat, this doesnt seem so hardcore. Also, please let me know if I should be keeping anything in mind before leaving for Chennai.
    if your bike is in good condition,i see no reason why the bike wont be able to handle the ride. use some common sense and you should be fine.. that's keeping under 60kmph and taking breaks as you mentioned. if your riding in the dark (preferably avoid), then add an aux lamp on the crash guard/handle bar to improve the lighting.
    check the oil level or better get an oil change before the ride and carry an extra bottle of oil with you.

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    Default Re: 1200 kilometers on my 16 year old Kawa Bajaj Boxer - Insanity?

    Yes S1d, I have done an engine flush (was planning on doing it earlier, never did it before) and switched to motul mineral oil. Although I might be crazy enough to ride to chennai on the boxer, I'm not crazy enough to do it at night. The ride would probably take me 12 to 13 hours at the most, so I'm planning to leave by 6 in the morning. I'd reach there before 7 pm I'd everything goes as expected.

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    Default Re: 1200 kilometers on my 16 year old Kawa Bajaj Boxer - Insanity?

    Thanks a lot people for your suggestions, now I can say "been there, done that" with that "MEH!" face when someone talks big!! Just kidding! Unfortunately, I couldn't take any photos of the ride as I realized the blunder of packing my phone inside my bag only after the first 85 kms. Riding back was tiring as I was exhausted after the day and reached home by about 3 in the morning.

    The overall riding experience was a bliss, and I think everyone should try going on a road trip at least once on a small motorcycle.

    P.S. don't do it if you don't trust your bike. My ride consisted of 90% trust in my motorcycle and 10% of confidence in myself.

    Cheers,
    Vishnu
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