Sunday, August 27, 2017

Tiger Trails

This past week was spent in the company of Triumph and its motorcycles. First, we wrestled Tiger 800s on slick and slippery trails in Aamby Valley, Maharashtra, under the watchful eye and cutting tongue of Vijay Parmar, rider extraordinaire and chief trainer, Tiger Training Academy.  Later, we got a little seat time on the much-anticipated Triumph Street Scrambler as seen in the previous post.

Tiger Trails is a structured training program that is designed to instill the basic techniques of off road riding and confidence hand in hand. Large adventure motorcycles can be difficult to manage in the dirt because of their weight and bulk. You can get away with a lack of dirt riding skills on small bikes, but an adventure bike can hurt you if you don’t know what you are doing.

By the end of the session, we were humbler, safer and far more confident riders in the dirt…


Vijay Parmar can't believe how bad journos are off-road...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Lord, I was born a Scramblin' man...

Yesterday, Triumph launched the Street Scrambler in India and we were there to ride it.
Words and photographs by Harsh Man Rai

When Vimal Sumbly, MD Triumph India, took the covers off the Street Scrambler at a laid-back launch in Aamby Valley, Maharashtra, we fell in love all over again. This is a motorcycle after our own heart and if like us, you are into retro-cool-as-fuck scramblers as a style, this thing nails it better than anything else on the market.

The new Street Scrambler has that familiar Bonneville silhouette combined with minimal bodywork, black sculpted engine covers, a quickly detachable pillion seat that uncovers a luggage rack mounted to the rear sub-frame and that distinctive and beautiful high exhaust pipe. Proper proportions and stripped-back style give the Street Scrambler a rather rugged posture. According to Vimal Sumbly: “Our ambition was to deliver a new segment state-of-the-art rugged off road styled motorcycle that is both addictive everyday fun and an off-road motorcycle but with its own distinctive attitude. This motorcycle feels light and nimble, is excellent to ride around town, and is extremely capable on long distance trails.”

The new Scrambler is built around Triumph's new Street Twin, which uses their all-new 900cc, eight-valve, SOHC parallel-twin with 270-degree firing interval parallel twin motor which also begat the new T100, T100 Black, and Street Cup cafe racer. Peak torque arrives at 2,850 rpm with 59 pound-feet and peak horsepower (54 hp) at 6,000 rpm which is 28 per cent more than the old Scrambler. It also gets ride-by-wire fuelling and switchable ABS that are unique to the Street Scrambler, in addition to traction control and a torque assist clutch. A 41mm KYB fork and twin KYB shocks that are adjustable for preload do suspension duty offering 4.7 inches of travel at both ends. This new Street Scrambler comes from the factory shod in blocky dual sport Metzeler Tourance tyres: 100/90-19 size up front, same as the previous generation while getting a shorter and wider 150/70R17 rear tyre. This means a much larger range of tyre options for riders to choose from, compared to the old Scrambler. And there are more than 150 accessories to fuel your secret-life-of-Steve-McQueen fantasy.

While our time with the new Street Scrambler was severely limited to a couple of small loops on tarmac, we were impressed by how light and nimble the bike felt. The Street Scrambler makes enough power for us it is and delightful to ride. This isn’t a particularly fast bike, but there’s an intoxicating dose of fun on tap whenever you want it. The ride-by-wire throttle and light-effort torque-assist clutch make launches predictable and easy to control while the smooth 5-speed gearbox keeps the motor humming within the sweet part of the rev range.

Now we want more time on this bike to take it into Helmet Stories’ ‘scrambler’ territory and see how it fares. Are you listening Triumph India?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Episode 4 - Cruising Legends - Vir Nakai

Episode 4 | Cruising Legends | TheVibe Originals
From a young age,Vir Nakai has made it his singular goal to explore and go beyond the map. To seek new trails and build new bonds. Come, join us as we ride with him in the season finale of #CruisingLegends, an all-new series brought to you by Castrol POWER1 Cruise. Also, it's his birthday today, and we couldn't think of a more perfect gift for him. #LoveToCruise
Posted by Castrol Biking on Monday, 7 August 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cruising Legends - Vir Nakai - Teaser

So I may have missed the first few because I was travelling and away for the interwebs but it just happened that the trailer to the fourth episode (mine) came out while I was not. So here check it out and wait for three more days for the whole shebang.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ride Inn - Manali part Deux

So if you have not heard of Ride Inn in Manali then well I just did you a favour. Now that you have let me tell you that after a few years they have moved down the road a bit and opened up a new location in Manali to host weary travellers on the well trodden Manali Leh route. 

The Inn keep and her husband are insanely great people who will take immense care of you while you are a guest at their property. We love going and hanging out there whenever we can. 

Before I left for Spiti I got them to send us some pictures of what the new place is looking like and let me tell you we cant wait to get up there and spend some time checking it out and eating that great local mutton dish their kitchen puts out. 

Here are some of the images they sent me. More when we are there in the next fortnight.