It has been 10 years of riding and also of my first ride, a 180cc Pulsar by Indian economy and performance bike maker ‘Bajaj Auto’. Recently got KTM Duke 200!
have done many short, multi-day rides. And on several occasion planned a long trip, unfortunately all cancelled for some reason or the other. But now is a high-time for my first long and adventurous cruise. My first preference was North India but given a time of the year settled to South India instead, which as well offer diverse touring experience to suit your mood.
One can choose to ride for costal lines, mountain ranges, backwaters, forests, lakes and waterfalls, Sanctuaries, hill stations, adventure activities, ancient villages, Shrines & Caves, smacking cuisines and much more.
Routes planned runs through a small part of Karnataka state, Kerala state [from South to North], finally at Goa and back to Mumbai.
Terrain will be highway, hill roads, off-roads through backwaters, lakes, villages, will try to get a permission for riding through some part of Sanctuaries, and finally costal route to Goa and scenic State Highway ‘SH4’ known as ‘sagari marg’ from Goa to Mumbai.
Gearing up of the ride;
Routes plotted, measured and printed; Check!
Itinerary made; Check!
Final Checklist prepared; Check!
Daily Bike log, blog & costing format prepared; Check!
Basic repair toolkit, components, helpline numbers and instruction manual assembled; Check!
First Aid kit and First Aid manual packed; Check!
Luggage bags set, Check!
Basic self-repair course done; Check!
Pre-trip checkup and service done; Check!
Safety Gears, riding jackets, knee guard, gloves, shoes … Check!
Cooking & Camping accessories set; Check!
-Final mock packing in progress.
-Puncture kit, Foot pump Battery Booster & Motul C1 & C2 arriving tomorrow.