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The 310 Clan Bengaluru's South India Coastal Triangle Tour

To my utter amazement, as soon as the ride was announced, 25 of our group members jumped on board without a second thought.

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THE 310 CLAN BENGALURU’S SOUTH INDIA COASTAL TRIANGLE TOUR

Introduction:

As I sit down to reminisce about the past 6 years and 40,000 kilometers spent riding alongside my friends from the Owners Group in Bengaluru, I'm flooded with a mix of emotions. From those initial mornings of bonding over breakfast to the excitement of our overnight adventures, our shared love for biking and travel has woven a rich tapestry of memories. Buying the first batch of RR310 back in 2018 wasn't just a purchase; it has been a gateway to a world where I've met some of the most incredible people I never imagined crossing paths with in this lifetime. Such has been our bond over these 6 years.

The Dream Takes Shape:

Every biker dreams of those epic journeys, of conquering Ladakh's rugged terrain or traversing the length and breadth of our beautiful country with nothing but the open road ahead. While a lucky few in the group have ticked off Ladakh from their bucket list, for me, that dream still flickers on the horizon, waiting for the right moment to come alive. But amidst our individual aspirations, a collective dream began to take shape – the dream of that “ONE BIG RIDE” as a group. Ideas had been floating around since 2019 – such as the Golden Quadrilateral Challenge, the daunting Iron Butt Challenge – but it was the allure of the South India Coastal Triangle Tour (SICTT) that truly captured our imaginations.

Making the Decision:

Fueled by determination, I made a decision – we were going to tackle the South India Coastal Triangle Tour in January 2024, come what may. It was a bold move, planning a trip of such magnitude with three months' notice, requiring everyone to carve out 5 precious days from their busy lives. Who would be crazy enough to sign up for this adventure? Yet, to my utter amazement, as soon as the ride was announced, 25 of our group members jumped on board without a second thought. Their enthusiasm left me both humbled and exhilarated, and it wasn't until the week before the ride that it truly sank in – this was really happening.

Preparing for the Journey:

With the commitment from my friends, the real work began – ensuring both myself and my trusty steed were ready for the road ahead. From poring over maps to checking and rechecking our route, from fine-tuning our bikes to stocking up on essentials, the days leading up to the journey were a whirlwind of anticipation and excitement. Each passing moment brought us closer to the adventure of a lifetime, and I couldn't wait to hit the road with my fellow riders by my side.

The Bike:

FURY got a fresh set of tyres in the form of TVS EUROGRIP PROTORQ XTREME. A full service including oil change and filters, I wanted to keep it simple. I knew she didn’t need much TLC, and she had never let me down so far, this ride wasn’t going to be any different.

The Rider:

I geared up with the following upgrades:

The Group:

  • 18 RR310s
  • 2 HIMALAYAN 450s
  • 1 TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 900
  • 1 YEZDI SCRAMBLER
  • 1 HONDA CBR 250R
  • 1 YAMAHA R15
  • 1 HIMALAYAN 411
  • 25 RIDERS AND BIKES IN TOTAL

The Sketch:

SOUTH INDIA COASTAL TRIANGLE TOUR

JAN 25 – 29, 2024

2300+ KMS

  • Day 1: Bangalore to Kannur via Charmady Ghat and Mangalore.
  • Day 2: Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram via Kozhikode, Kochi, and Kollam.
  • Day 3: Thiruvananthapuram to Rameshwaram via Kanyakumari, Tiruchendur, and Thoothukudi.
  • Day 4: Sunrise at Dhanushkodi - Rameshwaram to Pondicherry via Nagapattinam, and Cuddalore.
  • Day 5: Pondicherry to Bangalore via Chennai, Ambur, and Krishnagiri.

The Stays:

Fresh from the factory, these tyres were 2023 manufactured, felt solid and plush

Installation & Alignment @ Madhus

Helmets, Helmets, and more Helmets

I was fed up with the paint chipping off from the master cylinder, hence, rubbed it off completely

Custom Tees for the ride

Day 1 Route Map: Bangalore to Kannur via Charmady Ghat and Mangalore.

A fresh start to the ride, we decided to start early by 4 AM to take the ride slow and easy on Day 1. All of us met up at the Nelamangala Junction. After a brief wait for everyone to show up, we started our ride at 5:30 AM. I did not pack any thermal or rain liners considering we’ll be hitting the hot and humid coastlines of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Bangalore gave us a chilly send-off that day; it was awfully cold, helmets fogged up, and our mesh jackets got to work. Air passed through every small hole in the jacket. It was as if our Solace Riding Jackets had been engineered by none other than Adrian Newey himself, maximizing airflow. Our last group ride was in July before we went into hibernation to save up for SICTT; maybe we were just out of touch with the weather. Our breakfast stop was Anagha Restaurant, Channarayanapatna; it couldn’t come any sooner.

All of these had to go on the bike, I started packing only on the previous night of the ride

The full line-up trying to fit into one frame at Anagha Restaurant

The all-exclusive RR310s

FURY standing out amongst the crowd

The entire gang

We were just showing off at this point

The rest of the ride was uneventful and straightforward. We split into multiple small groups in Mangalore; ice cream enthusiasts visited Bonda Factory and Pabba’s, seafood enthusiasts visited the famed Machali restaurant for a feast, and the new Himalayan 450s headed for their 1st service. What coordination right? We didn't wait for each other and carried on in our own smaller groups towards Kannur. This was my first time exploring this part of Kerala, especially the coastline. Passing through Kasargod, I was a bit confused because it felt like I was in Kerala but the architecture and the people made it seem like I was in an Arab country. The mosques looked stunning, and the whole atmosphere was different. I was left speechless every time I crossed such small towns; North Coastal Kerala was a real surprise.

A quick breather at Charmady Ghat

These were mind-blowingly delicious at the Bonda Factory, Adyar

At the iconic Pabba's, Bharat Mall

I reached our stay Luxe Inn, at around 8:30 PM, and the rest followed, didn’t head out anywhere, ordered food, and hit the sack. Tomorrow was shaping up to be a long day, a true test of our stamina and endurance on the road.

DAY 1 RIDE STATS

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