Monday, 19 December 2016

What is K&N air filter | TechTalk #1

I know all of you are used to reading my travel experiences and motorcycle riding blog posts. But being a mechanical engineer and an automotive fanatic, I get several questions from a lot of people related to bikes, cars and their modification. And I really enjoy talking to people about that as well. People are extremely curious to the things that go on inside an automobile. So I thought, why not discuss these topics here on the blog so that more people can know these things. So here I am, with the first post of the new series, TechTalk.

K&N sticker on Bajaj Pulsar 220
K&N sticker on my bike

All of us have seen the K&N sticker on several bikes or cars and wondered “what is that sticker about?” Many of you already know what I am talking about. But there are several people who still wonder what it is and are extremely curious to know. Well, let me tell you, it is the famous K&N air filters.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

How to prepare for a short motorcycle ride | Article #2

bikes parked near water over a dam

A motorcycle ride is a marvellous experience. It can teach you several things as well as provide some life changing adventures or events. For me and several other people, riding a motorcycle is like meditation. But if not planned and prepared for properly, a motorcycle ride, may it be a short or long one, can turn into a blunder.

Monday, 5 December 2016

How to enjoy your weekend | Devadi Dam | Prati-Balaji

bike are parked on a dam surrounding water and beautiful nature
Bikes upon Devdi Dam

Ride Type: Highway, Narrow Roads

Ride Difficulty: Easy

Distance from Pune: 40km

Winter is here! (GoT fans, pun intended). Winter rides are something most motorcycle riders always look forward to. After about three weeks of a lot of work and health breakdown, I finally got some time this weekend to go for a nice ride. Eager to ride, I started to plan it a week in advance. Called up a few friends, did some probing on the internet and we came up with a lovely plan. We decided to ride to the Prati-Balaji Temple at Ketkawale and then improvise the further route. We also found out that there was a small dam near the temple called Devadi Dam which we decided to visit.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Ride to calmness | Pabe Ghat

bikes at the top of pabe ghat
Pabe Ghat Top

Ride type: Narrow roads

Ride difficulty: Easy

Distance from Pune: 34km

It was the weekend just after Diwali. I had a lot of things to do and I knew it was going to be a busy weekend. All the work that I had procrastinated before Diwali was now overdue. But I was not going to miss my weekend ride for any of that. Though it would be a short ride, I decided to go for one. Did a bit of probing and got a perfect destination for a nice and calm short motorcycle ride. Pabe Ghat.

Friday, 4 November 2016

How to plan a motorcycle ride? | Article #1

bikes parked at a scenic spot overlooking valley and beautiful sky

Motorcycle rides are the perfect getaway for me. May it be a short ride or a long motorcycle trip, I love travelling to different places on a motorcycle and coming back with new experiences and memories. I, being a planner, like to plan by rides or trips at least a week in advance.

There may be many “Just get on a bike and go wherever the road takes you” type of people out there. But others of you are not and need a little help in planning a motorcycle adventure. And as a fellow riding enthusiast, I have come up with a few pointers that might help you.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Crazy Green | Dudhiware Pass

bikes parked among scenic surroundings at dudhiware pass
Ride to Dudhiware Pass

Ride type: Narrow roads

Ride difficulty: Easy

Distance from Pune: 62km

Its October, monsoon has passed and it’s starting to heat up. The outskirts of Pune are still decorated by the monsoon scenery. The suburbs of Pune are greener now than ever. The farms are filled with crops and the mountains are lush with wild grass. There are no rains, the temperature is pleasant and the landscapes are nice. Trekkers see this season apt to organize treks. As do motorcycle riders, to go on motorcycle rides.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Konkan Diaries | Shrivardhan

Scenic Tamhini Ghat

Ride type: Highway

Ride difficulty: Moderate

Distance from Pune: 155km

The monsoon is pretty much over and it’s time to visit a beach. Since we have been to most of the beaches near Dapoli, we decided to travel to a different place this time. Our objective was to find a seashore without much of a party but close to Pune. And hence, Shrivardhan it is.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Off-Road Frenzy | Tav

On our way to Tav

Ride type: Off-Road

Ride difficulty: Hard

Distance from Pune: 56km

If you are an off-road junkie, then you are in for a real treat. Water, mud, rough terrain, and of course near Pune. A pleasant ride to the village Tav during summer and winter becomes an absolute off-roading frenzy in the monsoon.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Veer Dam | A memorable ride

Veer Dam Backwaters

Ride type: Highway

Ride difficulty: Easy

Distance from Pune: 65km

Backwaters with pleasant weather, peaceful and scenic surrounding, clear water and most important of all not much of a gathering. Sounds impossible, right? Well such a place is Veer dam. Built on the river Nira, Veer dam is a very famous site for bird watching.