As everybody knows that the Street 750 is selling in huge numbers when compared to the rest of the Harley Models there is a whatsapp group of Street only Harleys in Pune.
We went for a small 170km to and fro ride this Saturday for breakfast. Started off from the Hinjewadi flyover at 6:30 AM went on till Nanhe bridge checkpoint to meet with the other riders. After a small round of introduction we set off from the Nanhe Bridge checkpoint at around 7:15AM.
In total we were a group of 7 riders on 6 Harley Streets, got to see all the colours of the Street model in one place for the first time, including the newly launched Blue.
A couple of Streets were heavily modified with exhausts, seats, handle bars, foot boards, aux lights, saddle bags, etc. etc. etc.
Reached the breakfast place in about 1 and half hour without any breaks, the place was around 87kms from my house, where I had set the trip meter to 0. Had missal over discussion on bikes, rides etc. and returned back, were able to take just 2 pics as we were more interested in the ride itself.
Going for the ride was a slight gamble from my family point of view as I had told my wife its just a 85km ride to and fro
. In all I am still well enough to pen down my thoughts.
Coming to the physical experience on the motorcycle itself as mine is one of the most stock Harleys in the nation. All it has is an enginue guard bought from Harley itself.
The stock seat starts to hurt a bit after around 50kms at a stretch and thereafter every 30-35km. The legs also start to ache for want of stretching after sometime but I guess I have to get used to it more. The rest is all whole and hearty
Apart from a little saddle sore the entire ride was stress free due to the engine, the motorcycle is able to cruise @120kmph without any signs of stress on the engine, the lower back was fine the next day although some stress was there in the arms because of stretching for longer periods.
The ghat section of around 10-15 kms was a breeze to navigate, was able to lean on the stock MRF tyres quite well.
The Brakes too performed admirably.
Coming to mental or the spiritual experience of the ride:
When somebody asks me is it fun to ride a motorcycle I have no words for it, it is definitely not fun in the normal sense, I mean your body starts aching after an hour its gets hot later in the morning, you are exposed to all that is everything around you including the flying debris, cow ****, spit from the well mannered people in our nation, the sheer risk of going on a motorcycle etc. etc. but once you are past all that after completing the ride or even stopping for a break one tends to look at the other aspects of it. the satisfaction, the feeling of pushing the limits, the adrenaline rush when you save yourself from a moron on the road, the pleasure of seeing people waving at you, it just makes everything worth it. It even makes you forget to take pics. Taking out a camera during the ride feels like a stupid ad commercial in between Alan Turing's narration in the movie Imitation Games.
Riding a motorcycle gives you a sense which I think cant be explained in words or I guess in a few words. It makes you look forward to more rides, it has been just 48 hours and I have already started to itch for another ride, hope it happens soon enough.
one of the incidents that happened with us: A Honda City was going in front of us and there was a family sitting in it with a kid as usual perched on the rear seat and looking behind from the rear wind shield, I waved to that kid and was instantaneously rewarded with one of the most genuine smiles and the waves I have ever seen. something that has never happened to me in my cross country drives in Optimus.
attaching just 2 pics as these are the only ones we took. that too after the conclusion and most of them had dispersed.
Oh and by the way Pumba completed 2000km on the ODO during the ride.