Thursday, February 8, 2018

Challenge Accepted

My WhatsApp starts pinging like mad. I check instantly because I am stuck to the phone surfing Instagram all the bloody time these days.

Other Person :"Vir What are you doing between the 1st - 3rd Feb"

Me: "Nothing" 

Other Person : "Wanna ride a motorcycle?"

Me:"Do the wheels of a bus go round and round?"

Other Person : "HUH!!!"

Me: "Yes"

Other Person : "Ok then we want you to ride to the Harley Davidson 6th HOG Rally in Goa and well do your thing but only with your GoPros." 

Me: "Challenge Accepted"

Other Person (GoPro India): "Killer we cant wait. Someone will be in touch about the motorcycle."

So the idea was straight enough. Ride a new Harley Davidson 2018 Street Bob from Mumbai to Goa and have fun while doing so. Spend a few days with the HOG crew partying in Goa and go back home. 

This is what I got. Tell me what you think? Did we nail it or not?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

How to draw A Royal Enfield Himalayan By Motoholic Works

Sometime in November we posted a great Tutorial by Motoholic Works on how to Draw a Royal Enfield Continental GT. Well here is an update to that as here is a Proportion study on how to draw a Royal Enfield Himalayan.

We would love to see what you guys come up with. Email any drawings you do to us. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Harley Davidson University

As Indians motorcycles and scooters or what we call two wheelers are just second nature to us. When I gave my test for my car license the authorities looked at me and said of course you can ride a bike and ticket the box for both. It’s just a given it’s like second nature to us.

But the funny part is it’s not second nature to us to fix our own motorcycles. There are so many roadside mechanics over and above the trained company ones that it’s just cheaper and faster to take your bike to one of them hand them the keys and come back when the work is done.

Ok let’s be honest I have spent many years riding motorcycles and spent many many days at mechanics and at Garage 52 watching stuff being done but never have I had a chance to take apart and rebuild and engine. So when Harley Davidson India invited me the attend two days at the Harley Davidson University learning to tearing down and building up a brand new Milwaukee Eight engine I jumped to it.

The Harley Davidson University is a school for all Harley Davidson technicians to come and learn and hone their skills. It was a first that a group of 40 odd motorcyclists (who don’t work for Harley Davidson) would be allowed in and allowed to run amuck.

To keep us in check they called in the big guns John McEnaney. An employee with Harley Davidson for almost 20 years he helped set up the India service operations and was technical lead for the longest time. When I asked him what bikes he had he said “every Harley since 42 and I rebuilt me all and they run” (it was some year like that I had a few beers in me when we had this conversation). So no better person to guide us in this operation.

We were given a new bench, a full set of tools, the official manual, step by step instructions by John and two of Harley India’s best mechanics to help us through the two days. John was a trooper he explained every step and came and lent a hand every now and then. Even when we snapped the bolt to the timing chain - because someone may have torqued it too much. He stood there took a deep breath and told us not to worry carry on but to put the torque wrench away as we were done for the day.

The two days on the bench working on those engines was such a brilliant experience all motorcyclists need to have specially here in our county. Thank you Harley Davidson for letting us be a part of it. Now to get some shut eye as I am riding at the crack of dawn to Goa for the 6th IHR and incidentally I am riding a new Milwaukee Eight Street Bob with the engines I now know how to put together. 

So if I break it I can fix it. 

But let’s hope I don’t have to.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Riding the Himalayan Sleet in Jaipur

The voice at the other end of the line said "Hi Vir. I am calling on behalf of Royal Enfield can you please keep these following dates free. We would like you to join us in Jaipur to ride some motorcycles. We shall be in touch with more details" CLICK.  Cut to we are in Jaipur at the hotel with a cold beer in our hand sitting down for a presentation. The room is filled with some familiar faces. Lots of moto peeps who are popular on Twitter, Facetube, Instagram and other Social Media channels. So team Royal Enfield splits us up into groups of 4 and then starts telling us what the plan is.

We will be riding the new Fuel Injected Royal Enfield Himalayan and each team will have one Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet with the new Explorer Kit. (The explorer kit has the new panniers, a new wider double walled braced handlebar and engine guards). The Sleet refers to the new paint scheme the bike will come in adding to the two colours it was originally launched in Granite and Snow. (Remember we rode them at the launch).

Anywho the idea was to spend a day riding these new motorcycles around Jaipur but Team Royal Enfield had a spin to this. They broke us up into teams of 4 and gave us all 10 GPS coordinates (there were 5 spots which held points when we had to collect. It was actually 7 which they didnt tell us and left it as a secret) and told us we needed to get to as many as we could in the day and be back in the hotel by 5P.M. Every minute later and we would loose points. I luckily was teamed up with some map ninjas. They plotted and planned the route down to the detail while I drank beer with the other teams trying to infiltrate their plans and throw them off course.

The next morning we were the first ones out of the gate and started knocking the points down steadily. By lunch time we had 5 points and 4 locations left (we had no time for lunch we were to busy kicking ass). There was one coordinate that was giving us trouble. We knew how to get there but it was through a national forest and to enter we needed tickets for all 4 bikes and riders but also we needed to pay for every camera we were carrying. Just me I had 5 cameras not counting the phone. In the team we had over 20 and a drone so we were in financial trouble. We left that one till the end because we had to find another route to it. A longish highway ride and a flat tyre later we found the spot and grabbed the last point and made it back to the hotel. Needless to say guess who was the big winner that day YEP. What a day it was. The best part was when I caught up with Harsh (who was in a different team and went and spent the day at Sambar Lake) and compared our days ride and they were like totally different experiences. What a way to ride a new motorcycle and have a ton of fun doing it.

But it seemed that team Royal Enfield had more in store for us. Vijay Singh Rajputana boss man and visionary at Rajputana Customs has built him self a flat track that he has named John Singh Speedway after his grandfather who was an avid motorcyclist and dirt track enthusiast. So team Royal Enfield  got Vijay to spend the day giving us some tips on flat tracking and boy what a day it was. We spent the whole day riding around the track kicking up dirt and having a great time doing it. I was so taken by the Flat Track that I am actually itching to get back out again. What a incredibly fun day what an incredibly fun two days hosted by Enfield for their new Himalayn Sleet.


The 500 special edition Sleets went out on sale yesterday on the Royal Enfield website and were sold out within the day. Now if you want a Sleet you can buy one but without the adventure pack that will now be sold separate at an extra cost.

Harshs Kit
Jacket - Icon DKR Raiden
Gloves - Icon Raiden Arakis
Helmet - Icon Varient Carbon

Virs Kit
Jacket - Icon DKR Raiden
Pants - Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0  (they are 10 years old and kicking ass)
Gloves - Ikon Raiden Arakis
Helmet - AGV AX-8 EVO