krish – 起死回生 [Wake up from death & return to life.]

July 31, 2013

Preview – My ~3700 kms Solo biking across 3 States of India

Here’s a small video I managed to put together from my GoPro feeds 🙂 .. a preview of my solo biking adventure earlier this month…. more to come when I find time to render them 😀

For now, here it is 😉

Yes, people called me crazy.
People stopped me and there were crazy jungles through which I biked alone… there is no road there.. only dangerous terrain… quite some close call ‘would have been’ fatal accidents escaped, managed to almost drop the bike in waters of Bay of Bengal,  dipped feet in World’s second largest lagoon and not in a tourist spot.. but one that hasnt been trekked by more than a handful people on Earth… all this and MORE coming in next video sets 🙂

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June 17, 2013

Short Unplanned ride

Woke up to a phone call on Saturday for a ride… was pretty much about making my way to other biker’s ride plan.
I had 1 hr to get fully awake, fresh up, stretch out a bit, gear up and reach the meeting spot.
Oh wait, I forgot to eat (was darn hungry already)… reached the meet point and quickly gulped in 2 servings of tender coconut water….. and we rode away!

Monsoon had made the place amazingly beautiful; let me just shut up and post the pics 🙂

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Ravi@17bhp's Karizma .. staring.

Ravi@17bhp’s Karizma .. staring.

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Doing some pro photographer thingy – ravi@17bhp

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your’s truly… trying to be Man of Steel 😛

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Beautiful, yet lonely tree 😦

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My baby, Amitiel … looking sharp as ever.

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I try to take some photographs and he starts flinging stones at me 😐

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This shit is fscked up 🙂

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I join the stone throwing fun… except I select a little too big sizes of stones .. yikes!

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Rakesh takes my cam and wanders away to do this nature photography thingy

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Probably some pro photographer thingy I don’t understand.

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Selling GoPro Action cameras in middle of nowhere… This is why I am famous 😛

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Only a true biker knows what’s sexy about this road. The S-pin bend.

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Rakesh doing his bird watching … bird shrugs.

Awesome... and calm.

Awesome… and calm.

Karthik added some more pics and it comes to surprise that I never noticed him clicking me 😐
Btw, the pics came up pretty good I guess.. I don’t look scary as usual 😛
Disclaimer: I’m just holding a camera.. I’m NOT a photographer.

@HeartBrokenBiker

@HeartBrokenBiker and Amitiel in background

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Out of spiderwebs.. shucks :P

Out of spiderwebs.. shucks 😛

Just trying to see why people stick their eyes in there....... I'm not a photographer.

Just trying to see why people stick their eyes in there……. I’m not a photographer.

And now to SUM up, here’s the pose of the ride … the PAA dance revived. (Enough of Gangnam style and Harlem shake already)

Paaa pa Paa Paaa pa Pa pa pa Paa paa paapaaa pa pa PAAAAA

Paaa pa Paa Paaa pa Pa pa pa Paa paa paapaaa pa pa PAAAAA

And for those who don’t know what PAA dance is..

November 30, 2012

Ride to Singur Dam

Last Sunday, couple of us took an unexpected, last minute decision during xBhp G2G (Get Together) ……..  to ride to Singur Dam 🙂

~ 240 kms clocked, as per another rider’s Odometer 😀

Here’s some pics for my dear blog readers….

"Bikers Against Dumb Riders" An apt caption on my Yamaha Tee shirt :)

“Bikers Against Dumb Drivers”
An apt caption on my Yamaha Tee shirt 🙂

Amitiel resting ;)

Amitiel resting 😉

Muay Thai stretching during ride breaks ;)

Muay Thai stretching during ride breaks 😉

Singur Dam ... beautiful!

Singur Dam … beautiful!

Celebrating the ride with The Matrix style Trinity Kick .......  That land may look like shore but it isn't... I went  inside the lake onto a tiny submerged landmass and executed this. Thanks Ravi for perfect timing on shot and zooming in so far :)

Celebrating the ride with The Matrix style Trinity Kick …….
That land may look like shore but it isn’t… I went inside the lake onto a tiny submerged landmass and executed this.
Thanks Ravi for perfect timing on shot and zooming in so far 🙂

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From Left to Right.
JaiJeet ( met in xBhp Forest ride – turned out to be my junior in school :D, has same bike and is a Bong .. coincidence overload! )
HeartBrokenBiker ( umm.. that’d be me – youtube.com/user/HeartBrokenBiker )
Sanjay ( pretty cool guy, likes to walk away a ton of distance during stops 🙂 )
Prateek ( Didn’t get to interact with him much, pretty calm guy.. doesn’t seem speak a lot unlike me )
Ravi ( the explorer, the GPS, the photographer 😀 )

End of Ride. Pleading the bikes to take us back home.. but they're busy enjoying the serenity!  :)

End of Ride.
Pleading the bikes to take us back home.. but they’re busy enjoying the serenity! 🙂

 

Copyrights of all photos in this post belong to Ravi Varma.
I just did a bit of editing and cinematoscope to it.

August 27, 2012

Vikarabad Off-Roading

What happens when you don’t follow the same old route of Vikarabad.. Off-Road happens 🙂

Yesterday’s early morning ride…  way way fun offroading,  driving through forest,  water stream, jungles, bushes…………  4 of the group (xBhp) bikes getting front wheel jammed due to all that mud…   self repairs .. a test of strength .. finally finishing off with amazing in-jungle dhaba food 🙂

For all pics visit – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.465208590177521.108111.100000651514815&type=1

Some highlights and videos here:

There are more secret roads in the Forest.

 

Splashing and playing in the stream 🙂

Now cleaning the bike is a challenge 🙂

August 5, 2012

xBhp G2G – with KTM Duke 200 review

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So after working on http://blog.toonheart.com/sneak-peek_mini-game-artwork/ till 4 am in the morning I hit the bed for a quick nap and unprepared for the Xbhp Get Together ….

Why unprepared?
My race/riding jacket was returned to dealer due to wrong size (so no armored jacket),  left Knee protectors at  friends house, and I was already on a RedBull dose … so falling asleep became difficult 🙂

Woke up 7:30, got ready quick, revved Amitiel and got to the venue with directions help from Dhiraj.
Met Kaleem ji, the eldest Xbhp rider who has ridden every road in India…. unbelievably true on 100cc bike. And the best part, he still rides, is hyperactive and is riding to Pakistan soon.. WOW!.

xBhp Hyderabad G2G – Find me?

Broke ice with everyone, checked out awesome bikes and modifications (angel eyes, K&N, Joel’s racing kit) .., posed for snaps and we were off.

Ice Breaker in xBhp G2G

That’s the effect of water kissed cool wind blowing my hair, thanks for the pic Rakesh Kalli

Way back, I wished to ride KTM Duke 200 (owned by Dheeraj, new xBhp member) and we swapped our bikes for a while.
AND Boy KTM Duke is FAST !!!  and SOLID.
Unlike the first time I test drove it at Bajaj Probiking.. where it didn’t leave me impressed… This time it was a totally different ball game.

The KTM Duke 200

Pros:
It’s got the comfort position like/better than CBR, it feels properly planted, and excellent no-feel of crazy speed-breakers. Dheeraj permitted me to fully rev his bike; he was too on mine 🙂
Looker.
Orange.
Build Quality.
Meter (should have probably come with a 3 inch thick manual 😀 .. didn’t ask)

Cons:
“Personally”, I felt the rear brake rod should protrude out a bit more.. I missed it at-least thrice… which is not funny when approaching hairpin bends.. was almost close to flying off the road in a trajectory.
Front brake should have given more feedback to the rider .. or is it because I’m not used to inverted telescopic suspensions.

Burn Baby Burn 😉

Also, realized a truth.. that my cornering skills have become rusty/horrible (now that I’m back to biking after almost 4 years) … I couldn’t corner Duke like I do on Amitiel.. entered corner fast but losing confidence half way (which is more risky if I have to use brakes during counter-steering).
And watching Dheeraj corner effortlessly with both his Duke and my r15 v2.0 at higher speeds put me to hide my face in the sand.
So, credit for whatever cornering I do on Amitiel goes to the design of r15 and not my skill.

End of the ride, with his advice I revved my engine high and did a 120kmph (and still felt that it could do higher up) … Didn’t see how much on Duke, but it was ahead of me by atleast 3-4 secs. /me takes a facepalm.

Conclude with a thanks to Dheeraj for his bike, and Dhiraj & Naveen ( for checking out my bike for a front suspension creaking noise issue and letting me know that its OKAY! 🙂

Picture Kredits: xBhp G2G Pics – Rakesh Kalli,  KTM Duke Pics – Zigwheels.

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