Call me a petrolhead or a highway freak, it does feel liberating on the highway!
And what a day we chose to do this ride – Independence Day. While the country is waking up to witness it’s 67th Independence Day, 4 petrolheads decided to spend the holiday by hitting the tarmac.
Getting up early morning for a roadtrip, it’s the sheer excitement which pumps you up. The only way to explain this would be ACDC’s “Highway to hell”!
Boy it feels good to stare at a freshly cleaned vehicle.
With a full petrol tank and tire pressure checked the previous night, I set out at 8 AM in the morning to meet up with the pro bikers on the eastern express highway. I’ve done plenty of roadtrips in my SUVs before, but this would be my first bike trip. Must say, was a bit scared, especially after having a head-on bike accident a few months back and having broken my wrist in 2 places.
I met up with a friend of mine – Sabyasachi who had arrived on his 3 year old Pulsar 180. It still is in a brilliant condition and can give any new Indian bikes a run for their money.
After a smoke, we set out to meet up with rest of the 2 pro bikers – Niladri on his KTM Duke 200 and Akshay on his Honda CB250R. We spent the next few minutes admiring each other’s bikes and deciding on the best possible route to reach Kelwa Beach, near Palghar.
Finally we begun as a group and very soon Sabya vanished within a few minutes leaving us 3 following each other’s tail lights J. After crossing the Thane toll naka, we halted to wait up for Sabya thinking he would be left behind. On the contrary, he was speeding towards Palghar, oblivion of our group…LOL.
So after waiting for 45 mins, we finally started following an unknown state highway in the middle of nowhere. The road conditions would often differ from being a village pathway to a superb race track.
We tried to max the top speed in our respective bikes on this patch, despite a bit of rains. I managed to pull 131km/hr, and boy Scarlett (yes, that what I call my bike) was a beauty. No high speed wobble, no unwanted high speed noise. Not bad for a 150 cc bike eh? Well with Yamaha bikes you always get more than you’ve bargained for!
However we had to stop again for a few minutes to relieve our lower backs and necks, basically just to enjoy nature.
Niladri, with his KTM Duke 200
Me and Scarlet!
After asking for directions quite a few times, we finally reached Palghar and met up with our friend Sabya in Manor. As usual there were a few seasonal waterfalls besides the roads. While waiting for us, Sabya had managed to click a few pics on his Nikon. I must admit he is a terrific photographer as you can see below:
Talk about colors eh?
The Pulsar 180 caught the fancy of a few local chics too 😉
Our destination – Kelwa Beach, as opposed to our expectations, it wasn’t a virgin beach and was buzzing with localites, horse and camel rides, cold-drinks and food stalls. It was a serious turn off.
After spending 10 mins bickering about the next plan of action, we decided to head back and grab some lunch on the way back home, but not before a localite could get his photo clicked on Akshay’s CBR…I think this was the highlight of this trip.
Being 15th August, all the restaurants were more or less closed in Palghar. So we stopped at a Kamat’s restaurant for a quick bite and decided to hit the Mumbai-Gujrat highway. The highway was like an airport runway strip – 3 lane tarmac expressway. Must appretiate the hard work the highway authorities have done!
All of us were totally pumped up and we literally flew like 4 eagles. It was such an insane adrenaline rush. However, the speed had to be kept manageable due to high wind resistance. Hence the average speed was 80 – 100 km/hr, with a max speed of 128 km/hr, whereas the CBR was pulling a whopping 135 km/hr. Unfortunately we were unable to photograph this section of our trip. We managed to cover 84 kilometres in a mere 45 mins.
To give you a taste of how it feels to ride a KTM Duke, Yamaha r15 ver2 and a CBR 250R, here’s a small video I came across on youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC9kjhDts3E [Video Courtesy – Motorbeam.com]
After witnessing a car accident (yes, it was almost a close call for us too), we decided to part ways near the Godbandar highway and come back home.
The typical Indian question – “mileage kitna diya?”…and the answer to that question is 44 km/ltr. This is was way more than expected. I guess installing the K&N airfilter was a good decision indeed.
And now we are already in the process of deciding our next trip. Let’s see where the highway takes us. Until then, RIDE HARD!
Details of this escapade can also be found on My bike My world: World’s first bike lifestyle portal and E- magazine: http://bit.ly/18Pl2I8