So the motorcycle is finally back after 3.5 months, the bill was huge but thankfully 75% of it was covered by the insurance.
Apart from the entire rear end the chassis and the swing arm were replaced.
The motorcycle rides smooth as ever. Have completed 2, 250kms rides on it, rides as before.
it still is incomplete as I am yet to get the new backrest and get the acc like lights and chargers attached back.
For now, I have removed the tank risers as because of them the range was reduced by almost 50kms.
For the uninitiated, Harley Davidson has a couple of challenges, which the riders can choose to complete in a year. One of them is the 21/365 challenge, this year we (wife and I) are trying to complete the 21/365 challenge which entails visiting 21 dealerships of Harley Davidson with your motorcycle spread across the nation in a year, hence the name 21/365. The other being the Big 5 challenge, which I will write about when we start that.
For the start of the challenge, we decided to begin with the closest dealerships from Pune, i.e. Nashik and Mumbai. Nashik has 1 dealership namely Wine City Harley Davidson and Mumbai has 2 one in Andheri and one in Vashi, both under the same name Seven Islands, although with different dealership codes.
We started off from Pune at 6:20 AM in the morning along with one other rider, it was still night time then, but the new lights came in handy, I had installed a pair of Gold Runway lights 50X, with 50Ws of LED burning at 6000 Lumens each. Start from Pune was cool as the temperatures were quite low and we were thankful for the Woolen liners of our riding jackets.
Sun started to come up by the time we reached the small ghat section, post which visibility was unlimited. Stopped for breakfast somewhere around 8:15AM had some Missal and Pohe, continued the journey from there on till the Nashik dealership, the dealership had just open. Another rider from Mumbai had also come to the dealership with the same motive. Got the stamping done stayed and chatted with the dealership folks for a while then started towards Mumbai, The roads were good all the way through except for some wobbly patches. As soon as we reached Bhiwandi the horrible and dreaded traffic of Mumbai started which made our bikes go crazy hot, thank the designers for the radiator fan to cool the engine down, but at the same time hate them for not providing heat shield for the rider’s legs, which started cooking in the heat.
Thankfully, we reached the Andheri dealership, which was next door, to the now shut down Maserati dealership, had our lunch there in the nearby restaurant and got the stamping done. By this time, we started to worry about getting out of Mumbai traffic, so we started for the Vashi dealership thankfully the traffic was not too horrible on the JVLR or the Eastern Express Highway, we encountered some traffic while crossing Airoli but that was it. Reached the Vashi dealership in time for stamping the log book had some charcha over chai with the dealership folks and started back.
Starting from there, the biggest dilemma was to take the Palm Beach Road and then the JNPT road uptill Panvel exit or go via the regular Mumbai Pune highway and go into Panvel and from there on the old highway. As per our info the JNPT road was pretty horrible due to bad patches so decided to take the regular Mumbai Pune highway. The traffic on the national highway felt like we have been forced into a bottle of a hot jam. After facing the unbearable traffic and heat we finally reached the Panvel junction where we took the right. Filled up the motorcycle, had a small water break at the fuel station and started again.
Night had set in by now and the new lights proved too useful as the motorcycle’s horn had decided it doesn’t want to talk anymore. Climbed the Khandala ghat in pitch black with people coming from the other side. We had lost our riding partner somewhere in the traffic on the Panvel highway whom we finally met again when we stopped for refreshments at Kamat’s in Lonavla. After the small dinner break starting again was painful as our bodies had started to go into relaxing mode during dinner, but we started and reached home finally without any issues.
Will post the review and pics of the light in sometime.