It all began with an early morning dash to meet up with the gang at 8 AM near Fountain Hotel on the Ghodbunder road. Being a weekend, we all overslept, as usual, and somehow ended up meeting at 8:30 AM. Come on, give us a break. We had a grueling Friday at the office 😛 Although, we barely got any sleep due to the excitement of a roadtrip the next day.
As always, immediately after meeting up with Sabya, Neel, Akshay and their better halves – Bajaj Pulsar 180, KTM Duke 200 and Honda CBR250R, we spent a few minutes admiring each other’s bikes and catching up. This gave Sabya a chance to click a few pics on his Canon DLSR 60D.
The mean machines!
As you can see from the quality of the pics, Sabya was the official photographer for our trip, and what a mind blowing job he did. We were simply awestruck after we got hold of them!
The Yamaha R15 Ver2 dash…
A much needed water break
Photo of the day!
Well anyways, on with the story. 4 clean bikes, 4 petrolheads, full petrol tank and the empty National Highway 8, what d’ya expect, adrenaline is definitely gonna pump up. And so it begins, our escapade to the remote village of Dudhani in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Dudhani is a beautiful and remote village off the Madhuban Reservoir, approximately 164 Kilometres from Mumbai. Here’s the route to Dudhani: http://bit.ly/18pk0yG
More about Dudhani later, as we progress on with the story. Plenty more to come 😉
The NH – 8, in Sabya’s words was like a runway, and trust me IT WAS. Yet another chance to max our bike’s top speeds. I managed to pull a top speed of 135km/hr on my Yamaha R15 Ver2. The control of the bike at high speeds was simply tremendous, perfect amount of traction control on curves. Akshay managed to pull a mean 145 km/hr on his Honda CBR250R. Well the bike, hands down, is quite mean!
The Maharashtra border
The Four Horsemen, Minus the photographer 😉
The ride so far was thrilling, as we had experienced during one of our previous rides to Kelwa Beach on the same highway. Years ago I had the opportunity to drive to Dudhani via NH 8 on my Mahindra Bolero Invader, and ever since that drive, I’ve always wondered what it’d feel like to ride on this highway. And so far it was thrilling to the core. Hoped this road would never end.
The happy rider 😀
After a 45 minute ride, we all stopped at a small restaurant for a quick bite. While we were busy hogging on some nice scrumptious breakfast, the localites were busy admiring our bikes, even to the extent of surrounding us while we discussed about the pics Sabya had clicked so far.
After a quick smoke, we again hit the highway, only to be over taken by a group of super bikes, speeding towards Gujrat. Out of the entire battalion, a few which caught our eyes were a sparkling yellow Suzuki Hayabusa, a Kawasaki Ninja 650R, a BMW R1200 GS and a Honda Repsol CBR1000RR! Mind you, they had taken absolute precautions and wore every necessary means of armour while riding. Now that’s called being a responsible rider and a true role model!
The local Kenny G, I suppose 😛
Immediately we came across a humongous temple, and it was amazingly gorgeous!
We decided to take a small break and venture the temple. Unfortunately a huge picnic group of 4 buses, filled with school children arrived to create havoc! Watching the kids, armed with footballs, cricket bats, mobile phones and Tablets (Yes, you read that right) stir up a storm, we decided to hop on our bikes and zoom off.
Yea that’s a Tab and we ain’t kidding!
Immediately after deviating from the Silvassa township, we were greeted with a rarely used tarmac road that leads to the Dudhani Jetty end point. Just an FYI, every corner of this stretch of the road was like a MOTOGP racetrack!
The perfect avenue…brings a smile to your face doesn’t it?
Time for a quick pic!
It passes through luscious green hills, small villages, rivers and finally ends at the Madhuban Reservoir. Although before reaching the jetty, we did get a chance to stop by an old bridge and enjoy the view. It was beautiful!
River side fun and frolic!
“Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! Hoo-hoo! Woo-hoo!” – Guess who?
The Dynamic Duo!
Curious case of the speedmonsters
The Austrian Orange Monster – KTM Duke 200
Scarlett – Yamaha R15 Ver2
The Honda mean-machine – Honda CBR250R
Old School Rocks – Bajaj Pulsar 180 \m/
The gorgeous view which greeted us on way to Dudhani
After reaching the jetty, we ventured into the waterside Dadra and Nagar Haveli Government Resort, only to find out that the rates for the AC cottages were an absolute steal.
We lodged into a spacious cottage and decided to stretch our legs atop an old house boat and enjoy some of the waterside views which surrounded.
The resort’s restaurant was also quite good, although not too many choices available. Well the restaurant was just the one in that locality. So can’t really be picky can we!
While Sabya and I struggled to wake up the next morning, due to a few drinks ;), Akshay and Neel managed to have a quick ride around the place.
We had to begin riding back on an empty stomach as the hotel restaurant was yet to open up. As soon as we reached Silvassa, the heavens opened up and it started pouring cats and dogs. So we decided to take shelter at a small roadside stall and stuff ourselves with some freshly made samosas.
Throughout the return journey, we faced continuous rainfalls. However, we did not deter and kept on riding. And our bikes functioned marvelously.
Considering it was a Sunday, there was less traffic on the highway. However, this changed the more we reached closer to Mumbai. We stopped for a last smoke at the Ghodbunder Road before we parted ways, but not before deciding where our next trip was going to be, somewhere in the Sahyadri Mountain Range 😉 Until then, RIDE HARD!