Saturday, August 6, 2016

Afternoon at the Ducati Museum

So if you have been not following me the last month on Instagram and other social media then you have no clue that before I started the Globetrotter90 ride from Borgo Panigale to Moscow I spent time at World Ducati Week in Misano. But before we left for Misano from Bologna we spend the morning at the Ducati Factory getting a factory tour (didn't allow us to carry cameras for obvious reasons) and to get a pre launch peek at the new Museum that had been finished just the night before.

Here are some images from the Afternoon at the Museum.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ducati Globetrotter 90: Vir Nakai

The news just came in and I made it to the 7. I cant believe it!!!  I will be riding the first stage that starts from Bologna on the 4th of July all the way to Moscow. I dont know much more will update when I do...

Wooohoooo !!!
Cant believe it ...

Sideburn issue #25

Go order the new heavyweight issue of Sideburn today. Specially if you want to read about the Royal Enfield Himalayan launch and ride we were a part of in Shimla.

BIKES: Mule Triumph Bonneville; Asterisk Harley XG750; Yamaha XS650 budget desert racers; BSA B50MX short tracker; 1991 Harley Sportster Hooligan racer; One Down Four Up SR500 & DT400

EVENTS: Country Mile Race; Yorkshire Ride-Out

HOW TO: Perfect your body English with Chris Carr

PEOPLE: Matt 'Arctic Monkey' Helders; Nuke-Leah Tokelove; Hank Scott; Dimitri Coste; Rusty Butcher

PORTFOLIO: The photography of Preston Burroughs

ADVENTURE: Royal Enfield Himalayan tested in the mountains

Sunday, June 26, 2016

We are going to World Ducati Week 2016

While Ducati is pondering over the tough call of the 7 riders for #globetrotter90 ride. I am off to Italy again on tuesday to be a part of WDW (World Ducati Week). 3 days of madness with over 50,000 motorcycles riding in from all around the world its going to be hell of a party. Some fun facts about the last WDW (they had me at 200 meters of BBQ)

So keep an eye on this spot for all the craziness that will follow as I am not going alone.  Sharvari Manakawad , Priyanka Kochhar and Sarge from Power Drift - Sagar Sheldrkar are going to be with me. Its going to be insane.

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Triumph Tigers to Ladakh

In May Harsh and I got the chance to ride Triumph Tigers to Ladakh. As it was early in the season we took the Kashmir route as the Manali one was still not fully open. It was the first time the Helmet Stories crew was riding big Adventure motorcycles in our summer playground. We took our time and ambled our way to to Leh and what a fun ride it turned out to be. 

Pick up this months edition of Evo India and read about it in the Evo Offroad section. You can get the digital version of the magazine here

Monday, June 20, 2016

Ducati Globetrotter 90: What a ride...

Its been a crazy last two weeks. The first email I got from Ducati I was in Manali. Harsh and I were on our way back from Ladakh on the Tigers. I had just opened a beer at Ride Inn and I found the email in my junk mail!!! It was exciting enough to have received an email we popped a couple of beers to celebrate and the had a great evening with Snehal and Godwin (we must have a chat about the mutton we ate that night at a later stage). The next morning there was another email that I answered and then forgot about. We took a few days to get back to the plains into Chandigarh and then to the oven that is Delhi and finally I made my way back to Mumbai and totally forgotten about the Globetrotter90 ride. 

On the night of the 7th I got an email saying you made it you need to be in Italy in seven days. I couldn't F!@#$%^ believe it I jumped around for a bit and then couldn't F!@#$%^ believe I was not going to make it. How the hell was I supposed to get a visa in 3 working days and be halfway across the world? Two letters from Ducati, lots of good wishes and the brilliant Italian Embassy got me a visa in less than 12 hours. Visa in hand it was time to fly. 

So I made it for the Bootcamp and it was a one of those experiences that is going to be very hard to forget anytime soon. All the 13 other participants are awesome people from around the world and I can totally imagine the team at Ducati huddled over a table after many coffees tearing out their hair not knowing whom to choose. (I have an idea if anyone is listening. Send out two bikes one red and one white with two riders. Problem solved and imagine the images and the stories). The experience has been awesome so far and whatever happens here onwards is just going to be the cherry on the top.  

Cheers and good luck to all 14 of us. Till we ride again