Friday, May 15, 2015

Once a Friend - Always a Friend


In the words of Dad (Robin Nakai)  
There is an old Turkish Proverb - Once a Friend - Always a Friend !
Talli (Manjit Singh Sehmbey of Goraya) is one such person in my life !
We began our friendship in the Bishop Cotton School , though we were in different houses - Talli in Curzon and I in Rivaz !
We journeyed through History and Biology classes - Hockey and Football Teams in different battles - fighting one another and together in school teams, battling Sanawar, Marathons from Sanjauli via Bede's to Bishop Cotton - many more adventures !
Talli also had the distinction of being my School Captain, and backed my raids on the School Tuck Shop, carrying the largest tray of burfees - being the School Captain and a 100 Meter Sprinter !!!
We were to do a stint in the Government College Chandigarh, but then business and matrimonial alliances being order of the day, took him back to Goraya !
We were to later connect in Los Angeles, where we drove Shuttles from LA Airport and had many an adventure - on the I - 15 from Rancho Cucamonga - Hemet - Perris - Corona - West Covina - And the beaches of L.A - dining at little Mama Papa Italian joints or Indian eateries, that Talli would discover !
I came back to India and Talli stayed on in L.A!
The first ever Triumph Motor Cycle I ever sat on was Tallis - Twin, Light Blue Chrome - in 1969 and today in 2015 - after 46 years - we are on a Triumph T-100 Bonnevile, Light Blue and chrome - once again !
Once a Friend,
Always a Friend,

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Road to Kalpa

Sarahan to Kalapa is about 90kms apart but in this part of the world that 90kms can take you all day. The roads are in decent condition so we made our way easily with many a stop for pictures. Today we loose connectivity as we head out to Nako. 



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A brilliant day to ride

Crisp clean air, a good bike and great people to ride with what else could you ask for on a Tuesday morning. 




Monday, May 4, 2015

Spiti

An easy ride up to Shimla. Spent the evening traipsing around the mall. Tomorrow we ride deeper into the mountains to Sarahan. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Time to Ride

And it's the night before the trip the bikes are ready the crew is ready we are waiting for the sun to come up and off we  shall go towards Spiti. 


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Ello Guv'na

Ever since Triumph announced they wanted to come into the Indian market the thought of owning a Bonneville has nagged me. But yesterday I succumbed to the nagging and took the cheque that I got from selling my old car and with a little help from the bank went down to the showroom and got my self a Blue Triumph Bonneville T-100. In two days time I leave for Spiti on the Bullet seems dad is going to have a ball breaking the Triumph in. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Running in the new Bullet 500

After bringing the bike home last night it rained and thundered all night but had cleared up by the morning. So I was up early jumped on the bike and rode down to have breakfast with the wife and daughter who are staying with the Inlaws for a few days. 





The real Himalayan

It's no secret that the good people at Royal Enfield are working on a new motorcycle called the Himalayan. There are lots of speculations, many an ugly mock ups, rumours and every now and then a spy picture that seems to show up. But what we believe every Royal Enfield we have ever owned has been a Himalayan. Today we inducted yet another one to our ever growing fleet the first of the Bullet 500's.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chasing the Bullet the trailer

Remember Chris Zahner who had a Kickstarter project for a film he wanted to make on the bullet titled Chasing The Bullet? Well he never got the funding he needed but that never stopped him. He tightened his belt, reworked his plan, got on a plane and flew to Delhi and got to work chasing all the leads he could. He is no way even close to being ready but here is a trailer of what and who he has caught up with so far.

Cant wait to see the whole film now!

High Mountain Passes

The passes are being cleared and it's time to starting riding in the mountains.