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ROYAL ENFIELD ONE RIDE 2017 | BRCpune | #MadeLikeAGunGoesLikeABullet

Sunday, 2nd April 2017

We start riding for the thrill, for the adventure, for our friends, for our quests, and we continue riding for ourselves.

It was not any other Sunday Ride for us, we Royal Enfield owners, it was like day of Diwali for us. The most anticipated ride of the year, #OneRide, was happening… Just like the tradition which is going on for the past 50 years, our club, BRCpune organized the event for all the passionate Enfielders in Pune… We have been participating in #OneRide for the past 8 years but, this year was ultra-special, last year around 156 BullRiders participated but this year we have broken all the records, not only in Pune but across the country… A whooping 207 passionate Royal Enfield riders from Pune and 10 riders from Mumbai participated which totals to a massive figure of 217

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At 7am we gathered at Dehu Phata to where all the bikers from different parts of Pune came in together… As this was a RE event, the expectations were great and hence we had to live upon that… Prior to this event we made promotions on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter along with mouth publicity which was the most important part… It was not a huge surprise because of the promotions we did (and the efforts that our seniors undertake) to see a large gathering of bikers, but yes, the scene was amazing especially the sound of 217 Royal Enfield bikes thumping together…

After a short briefing, we started our ride towards Lohagad, a fort which was a part of the arsenal of the great Shivaji Maharaj. Seeing a file of 217 riders staggered together on the highway is one thing but, riding in that file with utmost discipline and pride is other… It was quite a view for all the road side people and other people driving on roads especially when we hit the villages… Theoretically, with 217 people riding together, there should be minor issues like delays, crashes, etc but thank God, there weren’t any… All thanks to the awesome management… Sometimes things look like they won’t work, but, somehow, they do…

We approached the foothills of Lohagad from where all the photography and micro-blogging started… There were quite a few new riders who were struggling to get their bikes up on the steep ghat roads of the Maval ranges… It was such a great gesture shown by all the club members who not only helped them but gave life-long lessons on how to ride in ghats… This is what biking is all about, because the spirit of motor-cycling is above all the things in the world when you are on the ride with your friends, family, no matter whom, this is what OneRide is all about, to bring everyone together on a single platform out on the open roads…

We finally reached the parking of the fort where we took a long break… Few of them started to find breakfast and tea while our group was more interested visiting the main fort complex… Trekking up with the more conventional way by stairs we started our climb… The view in the way was extra-ordinary. Every turn we were posing for either a selfie or a groupfie, portraits, group photos and you name it, we were doing everything to capture the moment…

The sun was rising and as we were approaching the top, we began to feel the real heat which of course didn’t stop us from clicking more and more and more pictures and exploring the fort… Few of the riders were brave enough to beat the scorching heat and reach the summit of the fort…

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The Famous BRC Bolt
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The Bolt
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From a Different Angle

 

After about spending a good one hour up, we slowly were inclining to move back to the base… In the way, we found our so-called ancestors aka the MONKEYS with whom people started taking selfies… Lol, just imagine one of them coming to him and snatching away his phone… Back in the parking everyone refreshed their own way, I personally had a good, freshly made, chilled sugarcane juice, heaven after the long trek on the mountain…

Everyone was already looking tired but this was not the end of the ride, we were going to take the exotic route via Pawana backwaters, the road famous for its breath-taking views but not so well maintained… There was gravel everywhere on the road with herds of cattle moving across the streets… A mishap was about to happen when a buffalo came in from no-where on the street right in the middle of our path, thankfully, no casualties reported not even to the buffalo but it certainly was a terrifying moment with the animal petrified at the end…

Moving along the curved and winding single lane road, we spotted some eye-catching scenery for which we did not wait to click… The temperature was soaring in the low 40’s but thankfully the winds were blowing keeping it coooool and giving much needed soothes… We approached Pirangut by 11:45am from where we were going to disburse… But it wasn’t over yet, the main thing, special edition #OneRide stickers were in the house for everyone who participated in the ride contributing to its mega success…

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“The Only Perfect Way to feel the weather is to ride in it…”

 

The Videos of today’s ride –

Vinit Patil – https://youtu.be/rRF8eHnIfmQ

Amar Pawar – https://goo.gl/XvCwIR

If you are in Pune, own a Royal Enfield Motor Cycle (no matter which, be it a GT or a Himalayan, a Classic or a Thunderbird, Standard or an Electra) and want to join our club for further rides, visit BRCpune‘s facebook page or WhatsApp Sarang on +91 95796 43213 !!

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Ride + Trek to Dhak chi Bahiri

IMG-20170326-WA0075Sunday, 26th April 2017

Yes, you read that correct, Ride + Trek, it was as unconventional as it sounds… But, then that’s what Life is all about…
You don’t eat Dal-Chawal every day, you need Biryani once in a while…

So, it was all decided, the location itself, Dhak chi Bahiri, was very famous for breaking the bones of the trekkers; around 25 people promised to come out of which only what, about 18 showed up… We were strictly warned, not to Google the location, yes, that’s true no Googling, this was the first challenge in which about 60% failed, Lol, yes… So, leaving the next day at 5:00am for a trek meant sleeping early, but, to everyone’s surprise, the WhatsApp group was active until 2:00 in the night…

So, with all the packed surprises that were awaiting our presence, we met sharp at 5:00am at Symbi just like we decided… People were coming in until 5:15 after which we left for Dehu Phata were more of our riders were going to catch up… To everyone’s surprise, a Benelli rider accompanied us… We did a small gathering at Dehu Phata, our only Pit Stop, from which we headed towards Kamshet via the Old Mumbai-Pune highway… Let me tell you, even if the highway is accompanied by ‘old’ tag, it was a crisp flat piece of freshly surfaced tarmac… It was quite dark until we reach Kamshet, this was the very first time where I officially used my new Fog Lamps… They truly are a delight, no more blind spots at night on my Thunderbird, yay…

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So, we finally reached the Zambhavli village asking directions from the passers and trusting our instincts (as Google-baba is highly unreliable once you move out of the cities) by around 6:45am and got glimpses of magical sunrise, just like the great MK Gandhi quoted, “head out to the villages to see the real beauty of India !!” …

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Let me tell you one thing, this was one isolated village with hardly a few houses but, the approach road (maintained by TATA Sons Ltd.) was way better maintained than most internal roads of our cities… So hats off to them.

We geared down at a local resident’s house, secured our helmets and riding gears in his home… People there were quite helpful, asked us tea and later even made us good Gavran Meal of Pithla-Bhakri, yum (on chargeable basis) … A local from the village assisted on our trek which we started after tea. The starting point was still about 1.5km away on top of the mountain… Without worrying about the road conditions, which shouldn’t be called road, in a sense, it was just a planned way to go a top so it was more fun as we were doing some unplanned off-road… The Benelli did struggle here…

So, we reached the commanding point where we parked our bikes and started to look out for the famous Bhairav Temple which was right up there some 20 miles away across 3 mountains through which we had to trek up and down… We formed (it formed on its own) two groups, the first was over-enthusiastic took the trek way too seriously went up ahead with that local guy who was about 60yrs old but was more fit than all of us… Our group as you can call was more chilled off, we took all the unimaginable routes, through waterfalls, dried river paths, photographing every spot selfies, groupfies, etc… While the other guys were quite ahead of us, we carved our way doing Rock Climbing, Valley crossings (micro valleys), tree swings and what not… The sun wasn’t up yet so it was pretty cool and the surrounding Panoramic views were absolutely breath-taking, nothing like I had seen before in the recent past… Crossing the valleys, small alleyways, going up & down the mountains with steep passes carved and sculpted through rocks and passing through the woods we finally the reached the main hurdle of the trek… Hardly 10min from the cave to the naked eye, but it took about an hour to cross…

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The cave is right behind in the Mountain

It was basically a way over a steep ridge over a cliff, no safety gears but, just an age-old rope which could break anytime… Fortunately, it didn’t… The last part was to hold the rope with all the force and climb up 90 degree up on a so-called ladder which were ma-made ridges to help keep the feet aboard… The rides everywhere were hardly 5 inches wide, one wrong step and you fall 5000ft down with absolutely no chances of surviving… Next up we again had to climb to straight up on two wooden logs, as extreme as it could get baby… I did it successfully, not many including myself believed that I could successfully climb up and reach the summit but I guess it was Mahadev’s blessings that I got up there… We spent a good 20min up there inside the temple in the cave…

There was no second way down, we had to take the same way and suffer everything that comes in the way, yes, difficulty level was increased, the sun was right up there, raging with fire, showering his flares and we we ran out of water… This was the first time in my life that I needed water so desperately… That moment I really felt the situation in which the people in the desert live… There was no source of water in between, we were the only living humans around, everything was dried up, we were exhausted and felt the closest to getting roasted in hell… I was the slowest guy in our whole team, really appreciate each and every one, they didn’t left me behind, that’s what true brotherhood is all about… As we were slowly approaching the parking area which we could see from our eyes but no more stamina was left, not even to step ahead an inch, that’s when we started playing songs, Tamma Tamma Loge and all… I was thirsty and few trekkers from other gave me water in the middle of no-where, they came there like God, will never forget that…

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The blurred SRK pose… Lol !!!

Inching towards the victory, I was feeling just if I can get an air-lift, reaching my bike who’s seat was roasted, I didn’t have the energy to get her out from the main stand and thank God Royal Enfield is giving self-start to new bikes, I wasn’t able to even put the gears properly through that same rocky road through which we came… Somehow we managed to reach back the village with practically broken backs, burnt feet, scratched hands and a tired brain with a dehydrated body… We took refreshments there and started our journey back home, reaching Dehu Phata, we disbursed…

Riding back home, successfully doing one of the toughest treks in Maharashtra, we had a sense of pride in our heart and with no causalities whatsoever, it was indeed a great ride and an awesome trek which has definitely strengthened the relationship bonds…

See More Photos here 🙂

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Conclusion – If Everyone thinks you can’t do it, then you must do it…

If you are in Pune, own an Enfield and want to join our club, just head down to BRCpune‘s facebook page to get more details or just leave a message below…

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Breakfast Ride to Shri Satya Sai Pandurang Kshetra, Hadshi

Date – 19th March 2017, Sunday

It was the third Sunday of March and as usual, we decided to do a ride just like we do every Sunday no matter what… So, the location was finalized which was the Satya Sai temple near a small village of Hadshi near Mulshi for our 206th Ride

The meeting point decided was Chandani Chowk in Pune… So, we met at 6:00am, a total of 31 Enfield Riders showed up, few of which were having their first ever CLUB RIDE… We all were briefed and we started the ride from our meeting point… By 6:30am, we arranged ourselves in a pack and started the ride…

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Here We go again

Feeling the fresh morning air and the pre-summer vibes, we gushed through the narrow winding ghat roads… Personally, this was the first time I was riding at 90+kmh/h in ghats… But then again, this is one of the few things which you can experience only when you are riding with club and getting encouragement from your fellow riders… Riding pretty hard over the bumpy, cracked and the so-called roads, we reached the Paud village from where the road condition got worsened, more rough roads, and we rode with same speed on which some of us were worried for our MRF tyres which so not have a great history of sustaining such road conditions… Few riders with their action cameras captured some really intuiting timelapse videos of the road which really are a treat…

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After about a 45min ride from Chandani chowk, we reached the temple property which basically was a privately-owned hill over which the main VITTHAL temple was established by around 7:15am… We had to ride through the ghat road which was again, owned and maintained by the Temple Trust… Let me tell you, it was a flat and crisp piece of well-maintained tarmac to every motor riders delight. We parked our bikes in the parking which was again, well-marked just like the complete setup of the property… Few members which lost their way or went in for a fill-up joint us directly here… We did a quick photo shoot and as the sun was getting hotter, we were feeling the rage so we without making any delays started our walk to the main temple complex…

Reaching the main complex which was as majestic as a phoenix, it was really mesmerizing to the eye… The main palace had water-fountains at the entrance and a huge garden surrounding it through which we had to make an entry in… We took the blessings of the God and then it was all about photoshoot… Selfies, Portraits, Candids, Groupfies, Group Photos and everything else you can imagine… We strolled around in the garden clicking pictures of/with the life-sized real life objects which were so beautiful that One could not just left them unattended… So, spending quite a spiritual time there, we decided to head out take the road back to home…

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Pandurang Hari

We came back to parking lot where again we did a lot of photoshoots with the bike, with each other from different angles, even tried to get a Jugadoo Drone photo effect… Lol, yes, we did that… After that we geared up once again and started our return journey… Following the same route back home, we departed from Hadshi and this time we were riding even faster as almost every rider was hungry and we didn’t get anything, not even the Prasad at the temple…

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So, riding back there was a great feeling of not wasting Sunday and doing something extra-ordinary than the third world people who were still sleeping by the time we reached back to Chandani Chowk… We did a final but not the last goodbye and disbursed to our own ways… NO casualties reported whatsoever; all in all a great, short Breakfast ride…

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If you are in Pune, own an Enfield and want to join our club, head down to this link of BRCpune ‘s facebook page or leave a message below… Expecting you soon..:)

*Please visit brcpune.com for more details regarding taking the club membership….

 

Road Safety Awareness Ride

On 22nd January 2016, I did a Road Safety Awareness Ride in association with Pune Police and Seasons Mall #Pune.. Er, I am also a part and member of Blitzkrieg Riding Club, Pune which is the one of the largest #RoyalEnfield Clubs in India with over 500 Passionate Enfield Riders..

So Our Club was invited by the Seasons Mall Team to take part in their Road Safety Awareness Ride which was arranged in association with the invincible Pune Police.. The Ride basically was to promote the use of Helmets and other safety gear while riding a two wheeler among the Locals..

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The Blitzkrieg Riding Club

So we, team BRC, and the Harley Davidson Owners’ Group, the HOGs, met at Seasons Mall by 7am..

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird(s)

The occasion witnessed the presence of Hon. Commissioner of Police – Smt. Rashmi Shukla, Join Commisioner of Police – Mr. Sunil Ramanand. DCP Zone4 – Mr. Pravin Munde, MD of Magarpatta City – Mr. Satish Magar, Director of Magarpatta Retail – Mr. Shirish Magar, Technical Director of Magarpatta City – Mr. Umesh Magar and many more great pioneers. It was a Mega event with the presence of all these Heavy Weights..

So, by 8am, the ride was flagged by the Commissioner of Pune Police, Smt. Rashmi Shukla, and we were off for an approx 40km City Ride which was mapped from within the interior areas of the Pune City.. The Pune Traffic Police Team led the Pile of Superbikers in the rally..

The arrangements were pre-done and it was a moment of proud as we were giving something back to the society and becoming a role model for the youths and giving positive message of using a Helmet.. If you have read my previous blog,I had quoted a Hindi Proverb that says, Sar Salamat, toh Pagadi Hazaar; which means you can have as many dezires fulfilled by having your head safe, wear a helmet to keep your head intact..

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Disclaimer – Don’t try this at home.. Shot using proper Action Camera which was attached on the Handle Bar..

Yes, I had our TriColor attached to my bike and let me tell you there is no feeling like seeing the National Flag flutter majestically with all its might showering its glitter on the earth right in your rear view mirror..

The ride ended in about an Hour and Half and we came back to Seasons Mall where we were about to witness an exquisite Dance Performances by various artists and Dance Academies.. We were served breakfast before the event and yes, free RedBull 😂😂…

We disbursed back to our homes after the fantastic performances by the team Dance Exhibala..

 

If you are Pune, own a Royal Enfield, and want to join our club BRC, leave a comment below with your number or simply go to BRCpune’s Facebook page (link above) and ping SARANG, the Club Leader..

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Few More Photos From the Ride-

 

See more Photos on Seasons Mall’s Facebook page here: https://goo.gl/TsBF6S

Thank You for Reading, see yaa and wait for my next Freedom Rush Blog 😁😁😁😁…