Ten enfields riding from sunrise to sunset-
well this was what was getting me excited all week long, i had heard about this ride to taasgaon when i joined the roadshakers on wednesday, b.k had said it’l be a 700 km ride, i didnt know if i could pull it off, not because of lack of experience since i had done srinagar to ladakh twice but because my bike was just two weeks old and i hadn’t learnt properly how the f-i engine really works, since we were going in rural areas i was scared of breakdowns and not getting help, plus my exams were coming close but then i somehow convinced myself for the ride, telling myself it would my last long ride before the exams start.
we met up at city pride kothrud i reached at 6 a.m while the others came around 6.30 a.m , i guess i came early because it was my first ride with the roadshakers. we started inspecting the bikes and discussing about the ride while i kept asking questions like -“sir how much time will it take” or “sir how far is the place” i had no idea where taasgaon was, anway, we started riding at 6.50 a.m, i could see the sunrise in the distance and over the ghats near katraj tunnel i felt as if we’re perpetually chasing the horizon, we rode about 70 kms and stopped somewhere near mahabaleshwar to have breakfast, we were eight riders who started from pune and the riders consisted of pravin patil, sam, terence, somesh, yogesh, aatish, arun while rohan and bhagirath joined us at the breakfast point, their excuse- they were drunk from last night and hence woke up late. yea right!
rohan’s bike was leaking a lot of oil but he seemed to care less about it, probably because of his experience of riding, he’s one of the founder members of roadshakers btw, after breakfast rohan, b.k and sam decided to stay back to work on rohan’s bike while we started off for karad, a small town on the bangalore highway from where we had to take a diversion for kokrud, we had decided to go to panala fort before going to taasgaon as we wanted to explore the area a little, we stopped a little before karad to have lassi while yogesh had his special milk , well he has to have milk after every one hour, maybe thats why sam calls him “dudhiya saamp” and maybe thats why his stomach is always upset, we forgot about rohan and company and started chillin out , yogesh started drinkin his milk, atish started smoking while i started taking pictures and suddenly we saw three bikes heading towrads karad at about 110 km/hr and pravin started shouting that now we’re all screwed cuz we forgot to put a man on the highway to tell those three bikers from where exactly we had to take the diversion, luckily rohan knew the place and he stopped on the flyover and he did screw pravin patil’s balls a bit.
Me, somesh and terence filled fuel in our bikes while the elder guys were getting a long lecture from rohan about how badly organized the trip was, well i dont know if it was badly organized since it was my first ride and i was having quite a hell of a time, from there we went to kokrud and then to malkapur, these are places on the road to panala fort, we stopped at sum river that flows near malkapur and decided to relax under a bridge , it was a little off the road and atish’s bike broke down, according to sam, atish’s bike is jinxed, since he got it from juna bazaar, we relaxed near the river while rohan told the new guys, me and somesh to give a little introduction, while pravin and atish had gone on pravin’s bike to get a mechanic and also wada pav and samosas, we had a lot of time to kill and sam started with his jokes about putli baai and nehru, and we started making code words for words that we couldn’t otherwise in public 🙂
The samosas and wada paavs arrived , the mechanic had the tool kit for the enfiled and also the wada paavs and samosas in a big sack, and we would ask for anything he would take it out from his sack and would give it to us, he was like santa claus to us exhausted, thirsty, hungry guys. we started out after our snacks and headed towards panala fort, the ride was a little challenging as there were a lot of bends in the road and some corners even had gravels but we had to ride fast as mr. pravin was riding fast and we had to keep up withh him as we wouldnt know wat we would do if we got lost in that confusing area.
we reached panala fort, had lime sodas and yogesh again had his milk, we started towards taasgaon after a while, after riding for about an hour atish’s bike broke down again while we were quite ahead of them, rohan, arun, atish , yogesh and bhagi waited with him to repair his bike while me, pravin, somesh, sam and terence found a nice off the road track and started riding around clocking our to and fro timings on the track, we waited for about 20 minutes and then the remaining riders joined us and we went further ahead on the off road track and reached some farm which was surrounded with nice palm trees, we stopped there for a small break and to enjoy the sunset, we clicked some great photographs and started on our way to taasgaon again, we were riding on a dusty potholed road and could see the sun setting in the distance, the dust and the sunset created some amazing light effects (some type of tyndall effect perhaps) add to that the nice clean country wind and that made for a perfect biking experience, after riding for about 20 more minutes we reached pravin’s farm where we had some nice fresh grapes, pravin took us to some far away field where sam, rohan and atish could have their cigarettes without making pravin’s brothers feel awkward, we freshened up and rode to pravin’s home in taasgaon where his mother and father live, sam and bhagi bought beers on the way back while somesh bought bottled water, we reached the farm house, and waited for dinner while rohan, sam etc had their drinks while me, somesh and arun finished off their snacks, dinner came after a while it was bhakri chicken, sheera and rassaa (chicken curry) we were damn hungry and it was cold hence we enjoyed the hot food a lot and probably ate a little too much, rohan had started an introduction round again and atish and rohan told about themselves and how they had started riding with the roadshakers, well the rest of us didnt get a turn since dinner was served just after atish’s turn we slept off after the dinner.
atish, sam and arun slept outside while the rest of us split up and slept in different rooms on the floor, at about 3 a.m in the morning we were disturbed by sam knocking on the door to let him in, he needed to go to the bathroom because he had acidity and had over eaten, i’v never seen a man more deperate to go to the toilet than sam that particular night, sam ws feeling cold outside so he came and slept inside and then he went to sleep outside again.
monday morning –
we woke up in the morning at 5.30 a.m and saw rohan getting ready to leave, all of us hurried up and bhagi was roaming outside the bathroom with hands on his stomach while everybody was taking turns to use the bathroom, finally we all got ready, had some trouble putting my camera equipment bag over somesh’s bike again, couldn’t put it on my bike since it is a single seater, we inspected our bikes and then started on our way.
from pravin’s farm till u hit the main road there’s a dusty, very narow track on which only one bike can go at a time, riding through the grape farms on that track during sunrise is the brightest memory from the entire trip, the way the sun gives warmth on a cold morning while the wind hits you while riding, mesmerised is the word that explains how i really felt, well it was short lived as yogesh’s bike had a puncture shortly after hitting the main road, me, arun, bhagi stayed back with him and helped him to fix the tyre, i got to learn a lot about changing the tyre and putting it back, i had no idea how to do it on an enfield, having ridden a pulsar for about 5 years, that was the time when i got to talk to bhagi, known as ‘polar bear’ in the group and reffered to by rohan as a ‘beautiful fat lady’ , he knows a lot about the bikes , he was telling me about a fellow photographer of mine, nipun srivastava who used to ride with the roadshakers and now had his own group called the filrelords, well i’m sure there’s a long story behind that, somebody will probably tell me that someday.
after fixing yogesh’s tyre the four of us started riding towards karad, the small town on the bangalore highway from which we had taken the road to panala, we met up with the other guys who had been waiting for us for a long time, we started our journey back to pune on the mumbai bangalore highway while rohan had already left for bangalore, after riding for about half hour we stopped for breakfast and fuel, somesh’s bike was having a lot of problems on the way, guess thunderbirds are not made to be abused, his leg guard kept falling off, and thee nut off his fuel tank fell off and it came loose, it appeared as if part by part his bike is falling, others moved up ahead while i waited for somesh since he was left alone, trying to repai his numerous problems, we hurried up after that and caught up with the rest of the gang we all stopped at the diversion for katraj from the mumbai bangalore highway and then we dispersed.
it was a whole new experience for me, i enjoyed the trip , i would definitely make more such long trips with the roadshakers, it was my first ride with a biking club and i do feel satisfied and refreshed after he ride, the city life does make me crazy since i’m not very used to it, being an army officer’s son i’v been constantly on the move and have been constantly travelling and hence i need such rides every once in a while to make my heart happy , well from how i see it, roadshakers is not exactly a serious biking club like you hear about them, they’r just a bunchh of chilled out friendly guys who like to ride and are there for each other all throughout the journey, the older members of the group are respected by the group members, riding with these guys was an honour for me and it was quite a long ride for all off us to open up and become good friends.
We had a superb and an eventful ride to Ganpatipule on the 1st and the 2nd of June 2013.
Day 1- 1st June 2013
With a count of 7 riders, we started the ride at 6 am from City Pride, Satara road. Jatin lead the group while Sam swept. Abhishek Pradhan was accompanied by his wife (pillion) and joined the group near Shirwal. So in all we were 9 riders and 1 pillion. Following is the list of the riders:
- Yesshwant More- LB 500
- Sam Sharma- TB 500
- Ranjeet Pundlik- TB 500
- Kunal Umarjikar- Electra 350
- Abhishek Inamdar- C 500
- Baljeet Gill – TB 500
- JatinSalunkhe – LB 500
- ArjayPramanik – C500
- Abhishek Pradhan (+1 – Mihika) – Electra 350
We started from city pride and took the NH 4 and decided to regroup for breakfast at the Mahabaleshwarphata on NH4. Chotu after starting from his place in the morning, broke his right foot rest. He eventually caught Alex near the airport (who was on his morning walk :D) and got the foot rest fixed and joined us at the breakfast meeting point.
Apna sweep.Sam had a tough time just before climbing the Khambatkighat. We all were riding at decent speeds, when his bike’s gear shift lever came out suddenly. The bike was in the 5th gear and the ghat was just about to start. We tried fixing it but then realised that the Hex Key set was with Yesshwant, who was already ahead of us. So we then decided to cross the ghat and fix the lever at the regroup point. Sam then very nicely crossed the ghat with the bike in the 5th gear and reached the breakfast point.By the time we started to fix Sam’s bike and have our breakfast, Chotu also reached and joined us here. So the group go together at this first regroup point. We all enjoyed pohe, misal, chai sutta etc.
Just after leaving from here, after a kilometre or so, apna lead Jatin had a flat rear tire. We fortunately found a puncture wala nearby. Also, realised that Jatin’s and Kunal’s bike required oil top up. So while Yesshwant and Sam waited with Jatin to get the tube changed, Kunal went ahead to get oil topped up and we others pushed ahead to regroup at Karadphata. We reached the phata in an hour or so and waited for the others to regroup. We then had a small sutta break there and continued through AmbaGhat.
We stopped 80 kms before Ganpatipule for refuelling. Thanks to Jatin to be our live GPS as he lead the group perfectly in terms of navigating the route. From there, we had a very scenic and fast ride to Ganpatipule. So by 1.30 pm, we were already at the Nakshatra Resort, Ganpatipule. The best part of the ride was that we had no rider who was keeping the group slow. Just to mention, Abhishek Pradhan, with a pillion, kept throughout with all of us. All maintained nice speeds and coordinated well.
We reached and checked in at the Nakshatra beach resort, which is 2 kms from the main Ganpatipule village. Thanks to apnaPravinPatil for helping us choose the resort (the resort is owned by Pravin’s friend). The resort was a very nice, slient and a cozy place to stay in and just to add to the beauty of it, we had the beach right in front of our rooms! What a view from the resort (I guess most of you might have seen some pics uploaded on the ROADSHAKERS facebook group).
Everyone was damn hungry and enjoyed a nice and fulfilling lunch. Kunal headed solo to Ratnagiri to get his bike’s rear sprocket changed while all others had a small nap post which some of us decided to go to the beach and the temple. Six of us including Sam, Chotu, Jatin, Arjay, Abhishek and me went to the beach and the temple. We had a good historical gyaan sharing session by Jatin about the temple and the village. We had a very nice and peaceful darshan there that evening.
Post the darshan, we all got into our party mood! Arjay’s (in his afternoon recee) found out some beer and alcohol shops. So we loaded lots of beer and returned to the resort. We enjoyed the beer with some very delicious starters accompanied by the rains outside! Chotu, Yesshwant, Jatinetc shared lots of their ride experiences. We all had loads of chit chat and loads of alcohol. Just to mention, Arjay, who was very happily high (his Old Monk effect) had a nice arm wrestling session with Sam and we all enjoyed the same. This was followed up by dinner and the 1st day of the ride was called off at 1 am.
Day 2 – 2ndJune 2013
The second day started early at 6.30 am. While some of us enjoyed nice coffee in the garden, Kunal, Anhishek and Mihika went for their morning darshan to the temple. We had heavy breakfast at the resort and geared up for the return ride.
During the breakfast, we contemplated on the route options for the return ride and then decided to head to chiplun and then to poladpur via the NH 17. We had a refuelling break at sangameshwar and a sutta and cold drink break at poladpur. NH 17 was a real fun to ride. Beautiful and clean tarmac to ride on with scenic ghats. We had a wonderful time then.
After crossing poladpur, just before Mahabaleshwar, we encountered rains near pratapgarh and fully got drenched. While most of us waited for some time for the rains to subside, Sam and Yesshwant continued ahead.
Post this point, we had a small miscommunication regarding the regrouping. We were to regroup at Shreyas, Mahabaleshwar, which a group of riders (including Kunal, me and Arjay) missed and continued till NH 4 junction, while some others waited at shreyas. We realised this error later (which lead to a delay of almost an hour) and noted the same to be avoided in the future rides. Since then, we have realised the importance of briefing and proper clear instructions and would always be taken care of in the future rides. My apologies to the other riders for the same.
We encountered lot of traffic on NH 4 on our way back to pune, especially at Shirwal and KhedShivapur. Our last regroup point was the Katraj Junction where we waited for some time before our final dispersal to our respective places.
All in all, it was a fantastic ride, with minimum breakdowns, nice stay, many nice ghats and last but not the least, a group of very nice riders. This was the first ROADSHAKERS ride to Ganpatipule and cheers to all who made it.
I thank you all again for this wonderful experience and hope for some more such rides in the near future.
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Piston Cup Rolling Trophy
Well as decided we guys met at the ground next to Symboisis Institute Of Designing after a round of Chai outside the premises. As we all gathered some of them changed into their football attire from jeans to shorts and sneakers to studs and all. We had two teams one the Gorri Billi team which Eklavya decided to captain which ran fast from the left zzzuuuuppppp…, second Kalli Billi team which Kunal deided to captain (all dudes athletes, fit and fine players) . Both captains choose their players alternatively and we were all set to play.
Members present for the match.
Sunny (Manish frined)
Baljeet Chota (came slightly late)
Nauzar (Came slightly late)
Adil (Came slightly late)
Adi (New rider, naveen’s friend)
Arjun (Adi’s friend)
Rajat (Guest) did not play and came after the match to clean the ground and then followed by breakfast)
Dr. Prasad (Guest) came late and stud in the stands chatting with the audience.
Natasha (SID student played in the Gorri Billi team )
Debo (SID student
Adi (New rider, naveen’s friend)
Arjun (Adi’s friend)
Nauzar joined after second half, Eklavya and Naveen disappeared (I mean) took a break as they were sweating smoke….
As the sun was rising it was getting hotter and a few of them disappearing here a there from both teams for water and sutta break. By the first half Gorri billi team was leading 4-2. By then few members from Gorri Billi team happened to disappear or drop out but at the same time we had some few fresh entries which I managed to pull them in my team and after a while Kalli billi team struck a couple of fast goals to equal the score. As the time was nearing Gorri Billi players ran from the left and shot a fine goal to win the Piston Cup Rolling Trophy.
We had a nice photo sesson after the match with nauzar throwing water on everyone posing, I guess you guys must have seen the snaps by now. Few of the Kalli Billis tried to get into the winning team photo session but the Gorri Billis were faster than the dudes and athletes and ran from the left zzzuuuupppp…
It was nice to see all of us run behind a ball which we have never done or a club activity or event like this before.. We have never even gone for a walk or done something crazy like this before, preferred kicking our bike and doing it all…
Then we guys headed for Vouhmans Café where our Bawa at the counter and the waiter Satish had the toughest time dealing with ROADSHAKERS since we stared going there. The noise, the way everyone was shouting, laughing , joking, I guess half of the others sitting at Vouhmans were just wondering what the hell is going on here. We all had a good meal and a good time and the best part was when someone gave the bill in my hand and I was shocked to see the figure which was Rs999/- for a morning breakfast. After all that some got back home and abt 15 of us landed up at Gold Adlabs for a movie.
I guess a lot of us must have realized or gone though the pain by the Sunday evening, infact a few I met are still down with leg pain and body ache….
Hahahahahaha what an event!!!!!!