Lately, I’ve been travelling more on flights to reach other parts of the country than on my long distance touring steed- the KTM Duke 390. And that has brought me to the point of making a decision on the type of travel I would be indulging in in the near, and farther future. Air travel
My life took a deviation when I bought my 2014 KTM Duke 390 and since then, it’s been a wild ride. When Bajaj KTM launched the totally revamped 2017 KTM Duke 390, thousands of speculations floated around. They did make me curious but not excited, after all I wasn’t looking to buy another Duke 390.
So it was another weekend and we certainly didn’t want to do one of those usual 4 lane blacktop breakfast rides. Two of my friends including me, badly needed a whiff of fresh air, Dew drops, some energy from the sunrise and of course, the smell of mud! Consequently, we headed towards the grasslands on the
The climb to LEH Ladakh was happening through Manali, so I started early from Chandigarh and took a different route towards Manali than what I had taken the previous year. This route went directly through Shimla and then connected to the Manali highway. I did my best to maintain speed, the road was a mixed bag
I had it in my mind and heart since long that I’d be leaving to LEH- Ladakh from Bangalore in June 2016 but didn’t have specific dates planned. All I knew is that I just HAD to go there this year, no matter what happened! But then, what about my new job that would be
Last year when I rode across India and explored various places, I felt the need for a strong phone mount which I could use to mount my phone and use it for GPS navigation ONLY! The thing about handlebar mounts is that no matter how much you spend on them, no matter how sturdy they are,
Officially, my journey back home began when I took a U turn at Marhi and descended towards my hotel on the outskirts of Kullu. The next day, I started pretty early from Kullu towards Chandigarh considering the fact that the Duke had to be serviced on the same day in order for me to reach
When I woke up at 6.45 ish (surprisingly early) , I realised that it was a Tuesday and not a Wednesday. I intended to visit Rohtang Pass the same day but heard from the hotel staff and my friend from Himalayan Monk riders association (HMRA) that Rohtang is closed for maintenance every Tuesday. My friend
The thing about touring on a motorcycle for a long time and distance is that you lose track of both those variables. Suddenly, nothing really bothers you or matters, you won’t know what day or date it is and you won’t know about the distance you’ve covered until you look at that damn trip meter.
My first reaction when I saw 10.15 AM on the clock as soon as I woke up was “Oh shit!” I hoped to wake up by 9 AM at least as I was to ride around 250 KMS on that day and reach Kullu. Normally, with decent roads, I could’ve covered that distance in 3