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Old 9th December 2023, 01:34   #106
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re: One bike to tame them all! | Part - II | My Triumph Tiger Sport 660. Edit: 15,000 kms up!

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Good one. You are spot on!

Didn't think anyone would identify the place from just that picture!
I was actually planning a weekend overnighter there with a friend and have seen every review of that place, so it was an easy guess. How was the hairpins on the Tiger and the Wee? Was the weight very obvious while dipping in for the turn?
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Old 9th December 2023, 08:16   #107
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re: One bike to tame them all! | Part - II | My Triumph Tiger Sport 660. Edit: 15,000 kms up!

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How was the hairpins on the Tiger and the Wee? Was the weight very obvious while dipping in for the turn?
I had good fun on the Tiger Sport uphill - which was the lightest in the group after the Continental. The V is 10kgs heavier and the Ninja is a full 30kgs more. Never felt weight was an issue at all! Though - downhill I was limited my by own skill and mindset rather than the bike!

Imran on the VStrom was probably the best to watch around those corners - the weight of the bike notwithstanding.

Will post in detail soon.

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Kolli Hills Photolog

Kolli Hills Photolog - Part 1/6:



Thanks to KarthikK for coming up with this plan and for taking care of the related route queries and bookings. Was a simple overnighter plan - ride to Kolli Hills, stay overnight and return post breakfast on the next day.

Kolli hills is a small hillstation located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. Unlike Kodai or Ooty, this one is a small hillock range with not much of sightseeing potential and the primary reason for the ride was just the road - the 70 (tight) hairpin bend road needed to access the hills, which is far more enjoyable on motorcycles than cars:

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Three BHPian friends joined in for this ride - KarthikK on his Kawasaki Ninja 1000, neil.jericho on the Royal Enfield Continental GT 535 and shaikhmimran on the Suzuki VStrom 650.

There are not too many stay options as well - of which we chose one of the tried and tested options: the Silverline Retreat Hotel. Past Team-BHP meets have been conducted here successfully and our experience was also good - nothing exceptional about the place, but nothing much to complain either.

Overall - this turned out to be a brilliant weekend ride with excellent roads, weather, good conversations, some drama with rains during the return ride, etc. The big bikes in the group were also struggling for attention against Neil's beautiful, custom-painted Continental GT 535: being the center of attraction for the photoshoot crowd at the hotel and the places we parked.

The Tiger Sport continued to impress during this ride - with better cornering clearances than my previous ride - the Versys 650 and also better weight management, both helping contribute to my fun in those tight curves. With my amateur riding skills - never managed to scrape the footpegs, which was not uncommon on the Versys. The Michelin Road5 tyres were also confidence inspiring in the turns - never losing grip for whatever i could throw at it. My low skill levels also meant I had more fun going uphill than downhill - the latter ride also marred by some squids who were trying to ride way too close and coming up right on my rear tyres during corner braking. Decided to stop, let them pass and ride slow behind them for the rest of the U-turns.

As mentioned in an earlier post - I had used the Rynox Expedition Trail Bag for this ride which I picked up from BHPian deepfreak15. Very decent experience with the bag overall, with it being tested against multiple tough conditions: pouring rains, tight corners, slight rough-roading, highway cruising and some heavy braking, etc. Due to lack of proper anchors towards the rear of the bike - I had to also rely on a couple of bungee cords to be on the safe side and it still moved a little bit towards the front upon heavy braking - but no sway sideways at all. No water ingress was noticed as well, despite having to leave the bag on the bike during a heavy downpour.

Also met a couple of BHPians on the road - while having breakfast in Murugun Idli Shop at Krishnagiri: we were approached by a BHPian (Rishi IIRC, forgot your ID - sorry! Please let me know incase you read this!) who is a fan of Neil's GT 535 thread. He identified us based on the combination of bikes parked outside - the custom GT, Tiger Sport and Ninja 1000 together. Nice to meet you Rishi! Karthik and Neil were also elated to meet their BHPian friend krishsreedharan who was out on a family drive with the BMW M340i. Hope to catch him on the BMW K1600GTL sometime!

Started from home by 5:20 AM and reached Silk Board (the common meeting point) by 6AM. KarthikK was the second to arrive on his Kawasaki Ninja 1000. He had a confusion whether as to bring the 400 or the 1000 - and finally settled for the big gun!

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Next to arrive was neil.jericho on his Royal Enfield Continental GT 535:

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Soon followed by shaikhmimran on his Suzuki VStrom 650. We were able to start the ride by 6:30 AM, just a 15 minute delay against the original plan!

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The ride to the breakfast stop at Murugan Idli shop was pretty uneventful. A lot of biking groups were on the road that day - glad to have also met a fellow Tiger Sport 660 rider in one such group. Incidentally, he also stopped at Murugan, but didn't disturb him to catch up since he was riding with pillion.

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We jumped in on some delicious breakfast - Murugan Idli might have lost some quality compared to last year when they were at the peak of their hype period, but I still found the food very enjoyable. Karthik opted for a combination of dosa and podi idli:

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(Pic courtesy - KarthikK)

Whereas I dived in straight to the podi idli, which I really love to savour with the coconut chutney that they serve:

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And on to some sweet pongal afterwards, before washing it all down with a cup of coffee:

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(Pic courtesy - KarthikK)

Paired my Sena for the first time with Karthik's and we had some chatter while riding down the Dharmapuri - Thoppur range. Next stop was for XP95 at Salem, a few minutes post 10AM.

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Tiger Sport 660 waiting at the bunk post refuel, pic courtesy Neil. As mentioned in an earlier post - I had used the Rynox Expedition Trail Bag for this ride which I picked up from BHPian deepfreak15. Very decent experience with the bag overall, which I would end up testing more and more as the weekend progressed:

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We parted with NH44 close to Navani, before Namakkal. It is mostly village roads and state highways hereafter:

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Village roads in TN are also generally in good condition:

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With scenic views all around:

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Short photo break with the hills in the background:

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KarthikK watching the proceedings till he finally decides where he wants to place his Ninja:

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4-3-2-1 based on the number of engine cylinders! Good job spotting this Karthik

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The single cylinder Royal Enfield Continental GT 535:

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The V-twin engined Suzuki VStrom 650:

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The inline triple engined Triumph Tiger Sport 660:

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And the obvious big gun, the inline4 engined Kawasaki Ninja 1000:

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We had a short stint on the SH-95 with its fast corners - where Imran had the most fun. Must say, it is a treat to watch his VStrom flow into corners:

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Tea stop at a village shopping mart + cafe soon after joining SH-95 at Thirumalaipatty around 11:30AM.

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Probably the one place were the bikes (and us bikers) caught a lot of attention, quite embarrassingly so too if I might add! Still a decent stop at a remote location nonetheless and probably the most decent place before starting the climb. If anyone is reading this log for route planning, shop details here - https://goo.gl/maps/LNPi6TRXqmeM7nmj9 PS: There is also a free health assessment and body flexibility test done there - all you need to do is to manage to figure out how to use the toilet. Only one out of us four could!

A few people asked to hear the Ninja started (guess the four silencer pipes are a dead giveaway!) and some also looked at the beautiful yellow Royal Enfield.

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Time for some tea:

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And dal vadas to munch on!

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(To be continued in the subsequent posts)

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Kolli Hills Photolog - Part 2/6:



Soon we reached the foothills. The entrance arch to Kollimalai, as the hills are known locally - had been blocked by a celebration of mortality. For those unaware of this practice - some cultures here do believe that the soul is sent to a happier place and celebrate this journey to the eternal world with flowers, music, firecrackers and dance. We initially waited it out and then proceeded by the side while the procession slowly started giving way to motorists.

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Stopping for a small photo break before the start of the climb. TN roads are usually well-surfaced and better infrastructure than seen in many other parts of the country IMHO:

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When we enquired, Sterling Resort mentioned they don't allow early check-in, and hence we took the climb slow with a lot of photobreaks.

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Quick shot of Imran with his VStrom 650:

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And Neil with his Royal Enfield Continental GT 535:

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Neil is the main photographer for the group - and quickly sprung into action, taking portrait shots for Karthik's thread.

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One shot of all the bikes before we start the ride uphill:

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There is a checkpost soon after, which used to collect a token fees for all the vehicles taking this route. But this seemed non-operational when we passed. On the return leg, I saw the checkpost personnel pulling up a Ninja 650 rider just ahead of us (could also be due to his aftermarket exhaust, not sure!), but we didn't get stopped once again.

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I was behind Neil, sweeping the group! It is fun to watch Neil taking the corners, though the VStrom makes for a better visual treat thanks to all the bulk.

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However, Neil's capabilities soon started eclipsing the bike! IIRC, he scraped the footpeg or center stand mid corner in this particular curve - and I could clearly hear and see a trail of sparks flying from the bike. He dialed it down a notch from here on:

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Just as well - because soon we were up against this bus taking the tight corner, with us needing to go off to the shoulder to give way! The road is narrow and the curves are tight - hence this is more enjoyable to ride here than drive IMHO. Though most cars end up taking it slow due to the terrain and turning angles needed, some of the occasional cars are a menace, veering into oncoming traffic by looking in other directions and sights instead of looking at the road ahead and sometimes overtaking ahead of corners.

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And then the occasional challenges like this - with sand on the road (not visible in the picture). Probably the one time where Sena helped me dearly - I was warned of the sand immediately by KarthikK who was leading, whereas Neil ended up taking the turn unaware and couldn't stick to his planned lines to complete the corner - thankfully with no oncoming traffic there.

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Another quick photobreak at one of the intial viewpoints:

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Nice location nevertheless - really like the colour of the sky contrasting against the bikes, especially the two yellows:

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KarthikK claims to have cracked the instagram secrets of the GenZ influencers:

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Meanwhile, I proceed to take a few shots of the bikes - the RE GT 535 with the VStrom 650:

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And the Tiger Sport 660. Can't take a picture of all three together with the Continental in the center - or else Neil will complain the ADV riders bullied him into that placement (Proof here )

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My own version of KarthikK's homepage thumbnail shot: (PS: Our man, with his backpack makes that ~240kg inline4 beast look just about enough for him. Heading over to his thread soon to recommend a Multistrada / GS instead:

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Back on the road, I follow Karthik this time - it is fun following the N1k which pulls off easily from the corner with all the low end torque:

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But soon he pulls over after realizing the others are not behind us anymore:

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The viewpoint where we pulled over to stop:

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Soon we notice Neil pulling up while checking his mirrors constantly. Looks like the VStrom is the one missing:

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Looks up, notices us two corners ahead ...

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And comes over:

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We wait for Imran at the hairpin bend 58/70. The one problem with Kolli hills is that these 70 hairpin bends come at you one after the other - the entire climb is compressed to about 25kms. At some places, you get a series of corners every 500ms or so and then brain barely gets time to recover on a straight road. We suspect Imran stopped for a breather, and decided to go back and look for him incase he doesn't turn up after 5 more minutes.

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Fun fact: This Tamil Nadu milestone colour scheme inspired Neil's custom painted GT 535:

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The photographer gets to work again:

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Soon we spot Immy coming up the curves:

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Back in the ride - he suspects all the oily food he had at the cafe could have made him dizzy in the corners. The small breather helped and he was back to normal, though he took it easy for the rest of the climb.

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I discuss with Karthik over Sena and decide to go back to sweeper duty once again:

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(To be continued in the subsequent posts)

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Kolli Hills Photolog - Part 3/6:



Regrouping at the top, the 70 hairpins finally all done with!

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The tyres tell a story. Starting with the Ninja 1000:

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The Continental GT 535:

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Tiger Sport 660:

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And the VStrom 650:

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The road to Silverline Retreat Hotel is slightly broken - but not enough to be a bother! Karthik navigating the bad roads easily on his Ninja:

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Arrived!

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Parked for the day:

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The first thing to notice is the scenary from the parking lot. Its a beautiful view indeed and certainly one of the USPs of this resort.

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The rooms are above average though the price is on the higher side for facilities on offer. No a/c but not needed for this December season - they could improve on the cleanliness of the washrooms a bit more though!

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A small animal shelter (with rabbits and fowls) behind the rooms, adjacent to the children's play area:

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We head to the terrace balcony to check out the view from there. Nice open space, which can be utilized with some outdoor seating for small events:

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The view from the terrace, once again beautiful as expected:

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The bikes parked down below:

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But wait, is the indicator ON on the Ninja? Yep! Disaster averted and Karthik owes me the price of a new battery:

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Neil gets to work - clicking everything that has colour and shape :

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Lunch is a simple vegetarian buffet with non-vegetarian starters on order as required. We skipped the non-veg and only ordered eggs:

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The central courtyard is well kept and beautiful - we spent the afternoon, post lunch, sitting here and taking up various conversations revolving around bikes and cars:

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The garden area adjacent to the resort makes for an excellent place to spend a leisurely evening.

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The stone walls gives it a rustic feeling with the beautiful December weather and the sunset adding to the beauty of the place:

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The conversations continue - topics ranging from the new Himalayan to the Aprilia RS 457

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Some random shots of the garden, inspired by the photographer in the group:

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Excellent seating area where we let the conversations continue before heading out to utilize the twilight for clicking some pics of the bike:

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(To be continued in the subsequent posts)

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Kolli Hills Photolog - Part 4/6:



Making use of the setting sun behind us to get some smooth tones. Starting with Neil's beautiful Continental GT 535:

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Karthik's menacing Ninja 1000. I really love the way the smooth lighting has highlighted the different cuts and shapes of the Ninja fairing here:

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And for the thread - the Tiger Sport 660:

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VStrom looks outdated now - with those halogen headlamps, but makes up for it with sheer bulk, the yellow colour and those gold rims to match!

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Adventure styled motorcycles are not going to be everyone's cup of tea. You either learn to live with it, or just plain hate it - I usually like how the Tiger Sport 660 looks, but in today's crowd - it was certainly falling way short in the looks department

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Especially when compared to the yellow GT, which is an attention magnet!

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""Can we take photos with this bike? This is the fancy one" - Neil would remember this moment for decades to come

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While the GT is busy getting likes on instagram, we arrange the other bikes for a group shot:

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The GT is finally back! Yay! Time for some group shots to celebrate the evening:

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The yellows!

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Parked back for the night:

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No sunset view due to the clouds, but the garden is a good place to still watch and enjoy the relaxing vibe:

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Evening snacks are extra and you can order from the small list of options presented at the restaurant. We ordered Onion Pakoda:

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Mini cutlet:

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And onion bajji:

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For us Bangalore people, seeing the stars is a magical in itself! We called it a night after roaming around in the garden for some more time:

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(To be continued in the subsequent posts)

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Kolli Hills Photolog - Part 5/6:



I was up in the morning to watch the sunrise, but the cloud cover ensured that didn't happen! The early morning fog made for beautiful scenes all around though:

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Fog rising over the hills in the distance:

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The resort has good parking options on either side. Looks like quite a few guests arrived late:

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Seeing the mist on the flower reminded to go and check the bikes for mist as well:

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Probably the most customer-centric thing that the resort did - serving hot tea and coffee early in the morning, in the open courtyard next to the rooms:

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Some pictures from the morning stroll in the garden:

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One can never take enough pictures of their bikes, isn't it?

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South Indian buffet breakfast was offered, which was decent - the pongal probably being the best of their offerings.

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We started the return journey by 10:30 AM - the staff kindly obliging to take a group shot for us before departing:

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(To be continued... One final post... Pakka! )

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Kolli Hills Photolog - Part 6/6



Beautiful weather to be out riding in the morning:

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With beautiful roads to match:

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However, this also meant the early morning mist hasn't fully dried up and the roads were wet in patches. We rode down a bit carefully in these conditions:

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shaikhmimran, fully recovered from the previous day's dizziness is back to his active cornering:

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This Eeco guy plays spoilsport, overtaking a truck just ahead of a corner - barely leaving any space for the bikes to recover from the corner. Thankfully, Neil and Imran didn't panic and steered well to safety

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Back to corners, but then I notice this viewpoint which looked stunning:

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I stopped, and soon Imran realized this and came back as well - the other two are long gone!

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Their loss! For this was probably my most favourite photoshoot point from the trip.

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Imran agrees!

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Few more clicks before we roll out:

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Rest of the downhill ride was not very enjoyable. There was this one particular squid who was trying to ride way too close and kept coming up right on my rear tyres during corner braking. Decided to stop, let them pass and ride slow behind them for the rest of the U-turns. Then he crept up on VStrom and tried to strike a conversation just before a corner! We both slowed down to let the group pass.

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This Royal Enfield rider had major rear brake fade, possibly because of relying too much on the rear. He kept stomping the rear repeatedly to slow down in panic.

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Back on the beautiful valley soon, the 70 corners of Kolli long over:

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As earlier, the tyres tell the story of the fun we had:

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Back on the highways, crossing into Salem:

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Only to be caught in a heavy downpour. Thankfully it lasted only enough time to make KarthikK wear the rain liners.

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The Rynox Expedition Trail Bag had no water ingress, despite having to leave the bag on the bike during the heavy downpour:

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Lunch stop at Saisangeet, Dharmapuri:

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Masala Papad:

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The other three ordered naan and kulcha with curries:

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Whereas I went for the mini-meals and loved it:

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Back on the road, re-grouping near Krishnagiri:

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One last celebration meal before we go our separate ways home.

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A wonderful ride needs a nice dessert to end it with - Gudbud ice cream would do for this one!

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And on that sweet note - ending the photolog.

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Nice Travelogue. Felt like I am on the ride along with you guys. The weather also seems to have been really beautiful and Cyclone Michaung has spared your ride for most part :-)
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Nice write up @crazy driver.

We are planning to do one trip which has not taken off for almost a year. These pics and writing motivates me to burn that fire to my other buddies.


Wonderful pics too.
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Nice Travelogue. Felt like I am on the ride along with you guys. The weather also seems to have been really beautiful and Cyclone Michaung has spared your ride for most part :-)
Thank you for the kind words vimalgk

We had good weather mostly throughout - even the quick spell of rain wasn't too bad and we could escape it by taking shelter under a tree.

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Nice write up @crazy driver.

We are planning to do one trip which has not taken off for almost a year. These pics and writing motivates me to burn that fire to my other buddies.

Wonderful pics too.
Thank you Mrs&Mr_Shenu

Hope your riding buddies get inspired and the trip takes off soon! Watch out for the next log (on my Aerox 155 thread) if this one doesnt help inspire them enough - wife just came back after doing Bangalore - Goa - Bangalore on the scooter as part of IBW
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Yercaud Ride Photolog - Part 1/2



Thanks to KarthikK for coming up with a weekend ride plan once again and for inviting me to join this ride. Was a simple day ride plan this time- ride to Yercaud, ride the loop road, visit Cauvery Peak cafe, have bajji at the lakeside stalls and return.

Yercaud is a small hillstation located in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. Not small like Kolli, but not up to the levels of Kodai or Ooty either, this one is a small hill station located in the Shevaroy hill ranges of the eastern ghats - and is popular as the “Poor man’s Ooty”.

Three bikes joined in for this ride - KarthikK on his Kawasaki Ninja 400, his cousin on the Honda CBR 650F and friend on a KTM Duke 390. The Honda is a familiar machine because the previous owner was BHPian shaikhmimran before he moved on to the Suzuki VStrom 650.

Turned out to be yet another brilliant weekend ride. As it happened last weekend with the Continental GT 535, the green Kawasaki Ninja 400 was the center of attraction for the photoshoot crowd at all the places we parked and even when on the road, with squids taunting Karthik for attempting street races.

The Duke 390 rider turned out to be a level or two above the others in riding skills - having completed training from multiple schools like T.W.O, RACR, etc. He was an absolute thrill to watch, especially in the hills. That said - I am once again surprised by the under-rated performance of the Tiger Sport 660. We had a discussion on the merits and demerits of the bike vis--vis the Versys 650 - which I'll summarize in a subsequent post.

Started from home by 4:40 AM and was late to reach the Silk Board meeting point with KarthikK by 6AM. KarthikK arrived on time and proceeded to the next meeting point - the electronic city bus stop by 6:15am. I was able to catchup with the group there, although I was the last to arrive this time. First regroup was at Krishnagiri toll, where we did another round of introductions.

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Breakfast stop at SaiSangeet, Dharmapuri:

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Good south Indian affair as always - with nice crispy dosa

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And sambar vada:

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Regrouped at Omalur toll by around 8:40AM. Investigating the wires that went dangling on the CBR650F

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Turned out to be a wire tie that came loose:

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Yercaud isn't very far from Bangalore and we were already midway through the climb by 9:30 AM

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The mist made for a beautiful environment to do photoshoots, but the shoulders were narrow at most good spots and that made parking risky

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The fun engineered Europeans:

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The trusty Japanese Sports:

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A couple more pics of the bikes before we move on to the hotter parts of the day:

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We were at the top by 10AM and took the loop road to Cauvery Peak cafe. Stopped midway for some group shots of the bike:

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Two A2 targeted vehicles which are poles apart in design and riding philosophy, the KTM Duke 390

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And the Kawasaki Ninja 400:

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Once again, the tyres tell the story of the fun we had. Starting with the Honda CBR650F, which also seems to have made a mess of the chain lubricant:

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The Kawasaki Ninja 400:

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The Triumph Tiger Sport 660:

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And the KTM Duke 390:

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(To be continued in a subsequent post)

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Yercaud Ride Photolog - Part 2/2



Cauvery Peak has a beautiful cafe located in the Yercaud loop road. I wonder how the instagram crowd has not made this spot famous already!

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Old school property thats in the middle of a lot of greenery:

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Entrance and garden is extremely well done, but perhaps they should raise the height more. Karthik and I had to really slouch to walk through the dangling orchid flowers:

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Parking is on the opposite side of the road:

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But well visible from the seating area, so not a worry:

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Some of the packages offered for corporate and family visitors:

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Instagram worthy, no filter needed

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The cold coffee is refreshing and delicious, but only enjoyed by those with a sweet tooth. It is already prepared and kept in a dispenser machine, so not much of a chance to ask a low sugar variant:

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Their brownies and cakes were excellent too, really liked these two:

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Back on the road, a small lake alongside the road stops Karthik:

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Typical KarthikK pose for his upcoming ownership thread:

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A close up:

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And he returns the favour. My pose for the day:

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Back at Yercaud town for some freshly made snacks:

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Hot and crispy chilli bajjis:

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And bread omelette:

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Our bikes waiting to hit the return corners:

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The green Kawasaki Ninja 400 was the center of attraction for the photoshoot crowd at all the places we parked and even when on the road, with squids taunting Karthik for attempting street races.

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Back to Dharmapuri for regrouping and fuel:

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And to Krishnagiri for a final regroup:

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Some final pics (courtesy Nitesh) to wrap up the photologue:

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My ordeal with Keerthi Triumph: 3.5 months to get a recall appointment, 1.5 months of trying to get a service appointment!



Going through all the ride pictures on the thread, one might think everything is only hunky dory with my Triumph ownership. However, my ownership experience has also finally been marred by the one infamous aspect of a Triumph ownership - the dealership experience.

The recall:



Triumph announced this recall in early August after noticing MAP hose issues in bikes causing engine stalling issues and crashes. This is a major issue recall and several bikes globally had stalling issues reported which finally resulted in this recall.

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The service plan lock in:



Some of you might be wondering why did I even bother with Keerthi Triumph after Khivraj Triumph opened shop in Bangalore. Afterall, Keerthi Triumph must have the worst service reputation among all the dealers in India!

The reason is that my bike has service plan prepaid till November 2024, which locks me in with Keerthi Triumph dealership.

The timelines of my follow-up with Keerthi Triumph:



Summarised: Recall related booking pending from 30th August, and service related booking pending from 6th November!

30th August - I check my VIN and inform Keerthi Triumph personnel for the applicability of my bike for the MAP sensor recall. I'm informed the details have been noted and will be informed once the parts are available.

13th October - Afrer more than a month of no response, I start active followup for the part availability and I'm informed they will get it ready for replacement during my planned service in November.

6th November - I call the service center and request for a service slot. I'm told they are busy with the 400s and to bring the bike on 13th November

11th November - They call and cancel the appointment for 13th November, citing renovation work happening. Next appointment given for 20th November.

18th November - They call and cancel the appointment for 20th November, citing renovation work which is almost done but needs few more days. Next appointment given for 27th November.

27th November - I call them. No response.

29th November - I call them - they answer the call and tell me tiles work was happening so they couldn't take bikes earlier. But it is almost done. They also assure me two things - 1. My service plan and warranty won't be affected due to these service delays as the delay is from their end and 2. That I don't need to follow up, they will update soon as slots open and that they have all the details noted.

6th December - I call them back after getting no calls in a week and the same person as above tells me they forgot to let me know slots opened and missed to book the details. And now that they have backlog, can only provide slots for the next week, from 12th December onwards. I am extremely frustrated but requested for 15th December due to work commitments.

14th December - They call and cancel the appointment for 15th December, citing renovation work again! I remind her how I'm following up for a service bookings since 1.5 months now - she says they can take the bike on Friday, but will start working only on Monday at the earliest and deliver the bike back mid week.

What now?



I'm done waiting for Keerthi Triumph even if that leaves money on the table. I can understand their need for renovation due to the sudden surge of volumes - but this back to back to back to back slot bookings and last minute cancellations are not the way to deal with customers - and renovation is no excuse for such behaviour.

I can't wait anymore as the service timelines have already been overshot and I also need the bike serviced before the year-end ride.

I'm also glad my friend cancelled his Street Triple 765 RS with Keerthi and opted for Khivraj Triumph instead. Humble advice/request to any potential Triumph owners reading this to spare yourselves the future troubles and do the same yourself.

Called Khivraj Triumph yesterday and they provided an appointment for the weekend. Hopefully they also have the recall part, which they said they will try to sort out during the same visit.

Hoping for a better experience with Khivraj now.

If any Triumph management folks are reading this, please cancel my prepaid service plan (I think atleast 20k should be profit for you!) and distribute it among the customer-centric employees at Keerthi Triumph, who continue to excel at making life worse for customers. I'm leaving that money on the table and moving to Khivraj Triumph.

PS: Exceptions are there - I have a lot of appreciation for the SA Jaydev at Keerthi Triumph who helped me troubleshoot a cheeky ABS issue earlier and also maintained good relations afterwards. Unfortunately guys like him are stuck with a wrong dealership management with Keerthi!
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Great bikes and nice write-up! Would love to join you guys for a morning ride. Please DM me if you are okay. I recently moved to Bangalore and would love to tag along
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