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    Re: Mumbai Pune Bike Meet | Oct 06, 2013

    Panvel: 6:45 AM

    As Multi and I headed to the chai shop, in came Robs in his silver pulsar, followed by a dash of yellow- Roms his bumblebee and then the blue streak aka captain slow aka Rudrah bringing up the rear. A quick check on the final list which would make it for the ride was done and it was just the 5 of us. With the Pune gang having their meet the day before and the rest of the Mumbai gang dropping out, it was just 3 pulsars, 1 RE and an 1.6 sport which were to make it to the famed coast of Murud Janjira. As we were planning sequence of the riders, the good smell of freshly fried vadas wafted through the air and Rudrah was quick to order a set of vadas. While the rest of us tried to refrain ourselves from the fried goodness, better sense prevailed and most of us dug in. Tens mins and one chai later, we were all set to ride. I was supposed to lead the pack with Rob riding off my shoulder, the bumblebee safely ensconced in between, with Rudrah and Multi providing cover. Afterall, the bumblebee was the VIP in our convoy.

    The next hour saw the pack riding through some bad to decent stretches of the NH-17. The early morning air, sweeping and rising roads, some decent tarmac and thin traffic made the ride a joy. While Roms was slowed down by the speed breakers and the potholes, he quickly caught up whenever there was a nice stretch of tar. There was this one stretch near Karnala bird sanctuary, where the road snakes up and down the hill, where he really let go and I could see the yellow blur come up quick in my OVRMs and sweep past me in one fine motion. As he zoomed past me and hit the curve ahead, I could sense Roms grinning ear to ear as he held the wheel and let the brilliant chassis and the precise steering of the 1.6 do the talking. From one 1.6 owner to another, I could enjoy the thrill he was going through. But it was a short lived exhilaration as the next corner was a bad one with potholes across the stretch of the road and I again went past the bumble bee. Another 20+ mins of riding and we were at Vadhkal. The town where the roads to Goa and Alibaug part ways, is notorious for its traffic jams in the evenings and on this fateful morning it was a little quiet but for a few share autos which were filled to the brim.Robs and I parked at a naka joint to have our fixes of chai and ciggy respectively. 5 minutes later, the rest of the gang arrive and cups of milky chai are called for. As we get ready to ride to Alibaug, the master is frying up a fresh set of bhajiyas and the foodies in us succumb again...

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    The ride to Kashid:

    What followed next was a mixed bag actually. While the road to Alibaug was decent for the most part, there were a few stretches which were bad. But the lush green on either side and some decent width of the roads allowed us to make good time. But once we went past Alibaug, the real test began, the 32 odd kilometers was on a single lane road which passed through some really quaint villages but had a surface which would put the roads of Mumbai to shame. Broken for most parts, especially when you hit towns and villages, the road was a sheer test of the suspension, chassis and more importantly, the back. To add to it are the speed breakers on the roads, some marked, most unmarked. Well, if there is one learning from the ride it was " Speed breakers come in pairs, if you just passed one, there one out there for sure, even if you can't see it". While I understand the intent of having these speed breakers,the least you would expect is that they be marked. But, on the whole, it was a fulfilling ride and by around 10:15 AM, we finally hit the coast.

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    The Coast:

    As the group cleared the innumerable towns and villages that dotted the road crossed over the creek and turned onto the road that hugged the coast all the way to Murud-Janjira, it was indeed a eureka moment. To see the Arabian sea in full splendour, with waves crashing onto the craggy coastline was quite a sight and it lift our tired spirits . As we rode on, there was this open deck on the right looking out onto the sea. The deck, is a natural magnet, will make any sane driver pull over and step out to get a good view of the sea that lay ahead and not to mention, take a whiff off the fresh sea breeze.

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    The short time on the deck, had its comic moments. With Rudrah stepping on some poop, only to declare that it was dried poop ( am still wondering what's the difference) to Multijet finding a crushed Tuborg bottle under his bike and call it "Tuta"borg in his inimitable style, the group really enjoyed the lighter moments.

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    The shack at Kashid:

    If there was one feature which was a staple in this ride, it was Roms and captain slow being left behind and invariably riding past us ignoring our franctic waves. And Kashid was no exception to this. So it took some time for them to come back and join us in the nice shack that Rob had located on Kashid beach. As Multi, Rudrah and I settled down around a table next to the shack, under the shade with the waves crashing within earshot, Robs and Roms went to pick up some ales in the sole shop in Kashid. In the meantime, we had ordered for some boiled eggs and bhuji which were to accompany the banter and the beer for the next hour and a half. This time round, apart from the usual Fiat banter, we had also thought of sharing some thoughts on making the forum more vibrant, scaling it beyond the near 500 members we have now. Having expected a large gathering, it was a great opportunity to pick on some of the finest brains of MFW, but alas, it was a thought cut short since we were short of numbers with the drop outs. However, we are not a tribe who will give up at obstacles, so we continued with the discussion and some stimulating ideas did come up. We will have a separate thread on that and now we will get back to the shack.

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    Re: Mumbai Pune Bike Meet | Oct 06, 2013

    I missed this trip :-( as travelling to Murud on Dio was not a good idea. Hope I will join next bike meet on my bro's Classic 350.
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    Re: Mumbai Pune Bike Meet | Oct 06, 2013

    In search of Patils:

    As is common with all MFW meets, one tends to lose track of time with all the conversations going on, and this meet was no exception. Even before we could realize, it was 1:30 PM and we were quite ravenous. Despite the shack owner's efforts to retain us for lunch, the group decided to proceed to the famed "Patils", a seafood joint at Murud beach which is known for its sumptuous thali and some lipsmacking sea food. As usual, I started out in the front, but was overtaken by a flying Multi, who seemed to know every bend on the road and was effortlessly cruising at 80 kph on the hilly roads to Murud. The road separates the men from the boys and Multi proved that he was 100% man!.

    As we entered Murud, Robi and Multi wanted to stop for a quick smoke break and with the sun beating down and no shade to wait, I decided to ride ahead to Patil's and wait there for the gang. Robi had given me clear directions and had mentioned that it was an establishment on the beachfront on the left hand side of the road. As I rode along, I didn't spot any Patil's on the left and a km down the road, I found this Patil's Hotel on the right. The place was literally deserted with just the owner and the cook sitting and chatting away. As I pulled in with my RE, they gave a quizzical look, but did not show any signs of interest. Piqued, I asked them if this was the Patil's to which they replied it was "Patil Hotel". I reckoned that it was one of those days when the touristy junta had given the restaurant a slip and was happy that it was empty. As I chose to wait on the roadside, ready to wave the gang in ( else they will ride past), the owner tells me that there is another Patil's on the other side of the road and perhaps I was looking for it. Now, here is where I was really puzzled, assuming that it was the other Patil I was looking for, why would any sane restaurenter let go of a customer who had walked in ( even by mistake). Either the didn't want his siesta to be disturbed or he was a really good samaritan. Dumbfounded, I mounted my steed and rode back down the road, to find " The Patil Khavnale" I was looking for,tucked away in a small lane which was flanked by some Murud Hotel which hid it totally from view.

    As I rode in, I could see this old school hotel amidst a coconut grove with tables and chairs under the comfortable shade of the coconut trees. The place was teeming with families that had come down for a day of fun and frolic on the beach and after a long day under the sun, they were tucking into plates of Fish thalis which were coming out continuosly from the kitchen. I got back to the road to wave the gang in which as usual went past the place and in the next ten mins we were settled under a nice tree and ordered for some nice king fish thalis and sol kadi. As the food came in, a breeze had started blowing and the conversation had started flowing. As the gang were chowing down on some nice prawns, Roms put up his hand and declared that he was too tired to drive back and he would stay back. Robi, the chillax dude par excellence, bit the idea immediately and soon Multijet was pulled into it too. Rudrah and I, had to get back to Mumbai the same evening as there was work to be attended to. While I loved the idea of staying back, I wasn't carrying my laptop and I had to complete a presentation before the sun rose the next day. Rudrah, however was in two minds and told me that he couldn't ride back immediately after lunch as he will feel sleepy. At that very moment, I knew that he will stay the night with the gang and ride back the next day .

    It was 3 pm as I bid adieu to the gang and started my ride back. While the gang tried hard to convince me to stay, the weight of work hanging on me would not let me bit the bait and I mounted my spitfire and got back on the road to Mumbai via Kashid-Alibaug-Vadkal and Panvel. If there is one thing common with my rides, I kind of get into a zone when I ride back home. I set a target time to reach back and get into full gallop to meet the timeline. I had set myself 2.5 hours to get back to my home in Navi Mumbai. I covered the 50 kms to alibaug in 1 hour and then the next 1.5 hours I was home. One tip about riding a bullet on bad roads, you don't slow down when you are approaching patches, just ride along and let the suspension smother the bumps into submission. The classic 500, that way is a work of art and can handle everything that our road builders can throw at it with aplomb. I left all other vehicles, 2, 3 and 4 wheelers alike behind and just smoked the roads on my way home. I don't mean to be boastful, but it was one of those Biker nirvana rides where in you feel that you and the bike can take on anything that comes your way. While I do not recommend this to anyone, it is an experience worth sharing. Am sure most of you would have experienced this in your own rides. As soon as I reach, i.e. 5:40 PM, I call Robi only to be told that they have taken 2 rooms at the golden swan resort in Murud and even Captain slow had decided to stay back and have fun. As I wished them well and kept the phone down, there was a smile plastered across my face, not just from the ride but also from knowing that the party had just begun for the gang back in Murud. Now what happened in golden swan is something that is privy to the gang there and be tuned in for the exploits in Roms/Rudrah's words....

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    Re: Mumbai Pune Bike Meet | Oct 06, 2013

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    Re: Mumbai Pune Bike Meet | Oct 06, 2013

    Roms - The golden stripes of the MFW logo on your 1.6 go really well with the body paint

    Mnemonic - From the pics of the 4 guys who stayed back, it looks like it was never meant to be a one day trip, you should have known these guys by now. Multijet and Robs is the new found devilish duo of MFW

    Rudrah - That last pic with the boric powder packet resembles the pics that one is used to seeing in newspapers when the police raids shady places in town
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    Re: Mumbai Pune Bike Meet | Oct 06, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Sid View Post
    Roms - The golden stripes of the MFW logo on your 1.6 go really well with the body paint

    Mnemonic - From the pics of the 4 guys who stayed back, it looks like it was never meant to be a one day trip, you should have known these guys by now. Multijet and Robs is the new found devilish duo of MFW

    Rudrah - That last pic with the boric powder packet resembles the pics that one is used to seeing in newspapers when the police raids shady places in town
    Thanks Sid. Yup, the logo design complements the canary yellow fabulously well. I usually don't like stickers on my car, but the MFW logo and URL stickers enhance the looks of the car. Kudos to the design team for such a brilliant design theme, love the goldenish yellow shade with dark blue back ground

    We wish there were more members for this bike meet. Alas, that was not to be and in the end it was mostly the core Mumbai team that turned up. In hindsight, that was a blessing in disguise since the comfort level we share allowed us to take an instantaneous decision to stay over and enjoy a bit more of what Murud had to offer. The excitement for this meet did not allow me to sleep a wink the previous night and the awesome lunch at Patil's made me too drowsy to think of driving back. Boy am I glad at our decision to stay back! Would have been perfect with Ram though.

    You said it! Multijet and Roberto are the new found devils of MFW They make a killer duo though..fun guys to be with! They don't miss a chance to pull a fast one..hehe

    About rudrah, well the self proclaimed Carrom champion deserved a pack of boric powder for playing with us lesser mortals. Robi thought it would be appropriate for use in his Sinfully Sexy horse's 1.6 engine. So worried was Robi about keeping the champ happy and keep the board ultra slippery, that he would invariably spread a bit of boric powder around rudrah's playing area on the carrom board each time rudrah played a stroke. Hence, you can see the board looks as if laden with snow

    Quote Originally Posted by mnemonic View Post
    While Roms was slowed down by the speed breakers and the potholes, he quickly caught up whenever there was a nice stretch of tar. There was this one stretch near Karnala bird sanctuary, where the road snakes up and down the hill, where he really let go and I could see the yellow blur come up quick in my OVRMs and sweep past me in one fine motion. As he zoomed past me and hit the curve ahead, I could sense Roms grinning ear to ear as he held the wheel and let the brilliant chassis and the precise steering of the 1.6 do the talking. From one 1.6 owner to another, I could enjoy the thrill he was going through. But it was a short lived exhilaration as the next corner was a bad one with potholes across the stretch of the road and I again went past the bumble bee.
    Of all the people riding that day, I knew you would notice the change in my driving on that fantastic but short lived piece of tarmac. We have similar needs from our driving machines when it comes to a good twisty ribbon of tarmac - holding the steering wheel with both hands to experience maximum feedback as well as taking those quick sharp curves gives us the high! Shifting down before the curve, riding close to the apex as much as possible while holding the gas pedal steady or stepping off it for engine breaking, and once done with the apex, stepping on the accelerator to gain maximum traction out of a corner! Now that is the 'Aha' moment right there! Ooops..I would need to repost this on the right thread!

    Anyways, the MRF ZLO really complement the sheer mechanical grip of the Palio's chassis and I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone looking to have a blast on a winding road! More on the tyres on my dedicated tyre thread in some time.

    Well, I am a nut as far as motor cycles are concerned and can't comment much on the attributes of the bikes that attended this bike meet. For me, a motorcycle = Royal Enfield! If I were to be a biker, this would be my first bike, regardless of whether I could handle the heft or not..haha
    The Pulsars were fast and looked like fantastic handling agile bikes. No wonder they were considered as the performance benchmarks in the Indian context, atleast when the bikes were in their prime. But the RE Desert Storm just takes your breath away with its awesome styling and stands out in a crowd easily with that lovely brown paint job. And although the thump is muted at idle, the RE sounded loud and clear even with my windows rolled up and music volume set at high. I earlier contemplated on riding pillion with mnemonic and that comfortable looking passenger saddle did make a strong case for itself. But given the condition of the roads, I am glad I took the cossetting Palio.

    So while the others roughed it out in the blazing sun and rubbish roads, all I did was turn up the a/c and the music, put on those sunglasses and waft along in the comfort of my Palio Err...no actually! The Palio is anything but 'wafty'. 'Waft' is not known to the Palio, unless its a smooth road, which was not the case on this ride / drive. The super stiff suspension set up lets you know of every pothole, every crack or stone that the tyres are running over. It was frankly hardwork to slow down for most of the latter half of the journey as we hit 'The Village'! Yeah that's what I will call it, 'The Village', the ruthless 'roads' of which were hell bent on breaking the suspension components of our vehicles....and well, a few back as well .

    It would be fair to say that the car ultimately slowed down the bikes, given the ability of the bikes to outmaneuver more potholes than the car could manage.

    Anyways, a few pics from my end till the time we reached Murud...more to follow:

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    Re: Mumbai Pune Bike Meet | Oct 06, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by roms View Post
    But given the condition of the roads, I am glad I took the cossetting Palio.

    So while the others roughed it out in the blazing sun and rubbish roads, all I did was turn up the a/c and the music, put on those sunglasses and waft along in the comfort of my Palio
    Well...well....well, what goes around comes around. Robs do you remember the fun you had poking the luxuries of the Advy to the hapless firangi cyclists who were sweating it out on the mountains near Gata loops on our Ladakh trip?
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    Re: Mumbai Pune Bike Meet | Oct 06, 2013

    Golden Swan Beach Resort, Murud is a known 3 / 3.5 star property at Murud. An ideal place to unwind at Murud, with an almost private beach available at your beck and call. The commercial side of the beach is some distance away. The resort has rooms laid out in villa style format and prices in peak periods and weekends are nothing less than 4K to 5K for a deluxe room.

    Our bargaining skills after that awesome lunch were probably at their worst, and inspite of telling them that we were checking in at 4 pm and would be leaving at 5 am, without even availing the complementary breakfast, the hotel staff wouldn't budge below 4K for having four of us in one room! Thankfully, the room itself was adequately sized and had a lovely porch outside with a table and a couple of chairs. You know who used that table the most, don't you?

    The whole idea for me was to catch up on some sleep for atleast a couple of hours. Buttt, with the other three monsters in the room and Kapil Sharma (of Comedy Nights with Kapil's fame) playing on the tele, there was no way I'd get any sleep. To rub salt onto my wounds, Multijet would be almost upright on the bed, watching the show, laughing his guts out and then suddenly, once the jokes died down a bit, he'd take a tiny nap...just right there.. in that position!

    Rudrah saw my agony and asked if I would like to accompany him to the beach instead. And so I did. A few pictures of the property and from the beach:

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    Murud Fort in the distance. Notice the lovely ripples formed atop the sand due to the waves! Just so pretty!
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    In a reflective mood!
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    The beach had a very calming effect. The natural beauty with the downing sunlight was heavenly, with the calm sea waters in front, a temple and a fort atop mountains on either sides respectively. Oh we should have had our dear ones around to experience that evening.

    Well, with a happy soul, we returned back to the rooms. Multijet and Rob decided it was time for some carrom. They also keep bicycles on rent, but knowing the back breaking condition of the roads outside of the property, we gave that a miss and settled down for the championship! Rob has already posted pictures which tell that story.

    For dinner, we thought we could experiment with the cuisine since Konkani cuisine was already done during lunch. So Chinese it was...with sea food taking predominant place in the order of course. Since we had some time for the food to be laid out, a round of drinks in the room wouldn't hurt. That's where Robi's vivid stories relating to his career as a chartered pilot unfolded. I won't mention any of his heroics here, you've got to listen to the man in person!

    I wasn't expecting Chinese in this part of the country to be any good. But, by God the food was divine! Better Chinese than I've tasted at some restaurants in Mumbai. We purposely called for spicier offerings on the menu and they did provide a spicy kick to the taste buds.

    We had to get up at 4am since rudrah had to make it to work the next day. So we called it a night, but not before another round of....no not drinks, but Kapil Sharma yet again.

    The trip back home in the morning was uneventful, with just a break for piping hot chai and missal pav, somewhere in the 'the Village'.

    So, a lovely outing for the Mumbai team. We were glad that we chose the perfect resort to take a breather from our respective lives. Thank you Robert and Multijet for having initiated this bike meet. Looking forward to having more such outings with fabulous team of like minded friends
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    Re: Mumbai Pune Bike Meet | Oct 06, 2013

    Nice and informative thread...Can you share the information about the meet?

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