Milestone – in itself – so many miles

All these years and lot more but the first one in UK and first one on this blue Chini baby.
I share to you all my 44444miles milestone.

Watchout for the next big one.

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DUCATI Multistrada 1200 S – 2013 – Ride Review

20.04.13 – North London : DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200S – As the name DUCATI is good enough to know what this post is going to be all about. Yes, DUCATI – the ITALIAN ingenious has struck us again with their upgraded but much advanced, lighter and more powerful all in one kind of motorcycle. I suppose everyone who is into motorcycle knows what DUCATI stands for – their fast – super-fast – ultra fast racing Superbikes.

Multistrada also known as MTS1200 – is one of its own kinds  motorcycle. No wonder that Italians have broken the barrier of its limitations and went on crazy with providing us something that never feels same in all rounder two wheels. I got an opportunity do the photos for the dealer and their own in-house catalogue – so there I was. Just on the job and this was not just going to end there. I know I wanted to open the throttle on this “STILL THRILL” motorcycle.  Within a couple of hours, once the job was done – I knew where I was headed to now satisfy my real lust of this beautiful beast.

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It left me with not enough room to ask for more for what it is made to do. This is one motorcycle which is made for those who want to live life on the extreme and also be able to feel the torque through the gears. For a moment, it did take me first few minutes getting used to the height and the well balanced high seating. The CG of the bike is at very sweet spot which allows you to take it for a real open thrill on the cornering too. Daring to get one with the bike only took me about first five minutes and we were just going to gel together for the rest of the ride. First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth – Oh YESS… this was turning on to be crazy “Mentally” satisfying experience.

I opened the throttle to a pretty good 8k RPM in the sixth and it just marked its top notch just about what you would love to see from a bike like this. It is very very stable at high speeds, the wind screen adjusted to give you a full clear view of the open roads also letting the wind not strike you on the face but aerodynamically overflowing your seating comfort – you are just concentrated to feel this flow and fly with it. Braking is superb with inch inch perfection at all the speeds – you know you begin to feel the trust once you step on it. It took me literally first five minutes to mould myself to the bike and bike to my likings.

One wheel through the First, Second and Third – you can turn it to be even a wheelie monster if you are capably able to control the torque under you. This becomes an instant love after you could feel the beats of the pumping power. To test it out of the smooth roads, I ventured to the little small B roads leading to one of the off road path – it just goes smooth through the gravel and make you feel you are totally safe in its capabilities. Turning this into a monster on the gravel would need you to stand on the pegs and open it full but I did not manage to get it to that far status as I didn’t own the bike yet. It makes you feel that power and asks you to enjoy it.

By the end of this ride, I was ready to do the ride review for it. Out of breath and full on adrenalin – this is a super bike for anyone with a budget of £13,000 Base model (OTR) and £15,500 Fully loaded (OTR) models. On the downside, it does gulps the fuel like a full guzzler ready to drink you all empty at the fastest pace. So other than two items – MPG/£££££’s – this is a bike for one who wants to rise above the rest and sit at the top to enjoy the riding world.

Ride Review (Out of 5)
Handling  : 5/5
Braking     : 5/5
Cornering : 4.5/5
Off-road    : 4.5/5
Touring     : 5/5
Pricing      :  4/5 (It is not every day commuter bike)

My adrenalin charged – after the ride – quick round of review. I had to do this – it was just the moment of adrenalin charged ride.

43000 Miles

& here we go marking another 1000miles on the top … Its been a smooth cream till now so lets give it three cheers for making this 43000miles/68800kms in 40months.

Miles after miles.. it just goes on.
Miles after miles.. it just goes on.

& a little hello to keep this as a self pointer.

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Tick tock tick tock.. it just clocks 🙂

Triumph Speed Triple 1050 – 2013

2013 Triumph Speed Triple 1050
in Diablo Red.

On the side notes, the bike feels taller than previous Triumph Speed Triple model and also heavier but with the track tires on the bike it makes it more of a powerful naked beast in the traffic. 

Specifications

Engine and Transmission
Type Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity 1050cc
Bore/Stroke 79.0 x 71.4mm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI
Exhaust Stainless Steel 3 into 1 into 2, twin high level stainless steel silencers
Final Drive X ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed
Oil Capacity 3.8 litres (1.0 US gals)
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
Frame Aluminium beam twin-spar
Swingarm Single-sided, aluminium alloy with eccentric chain adjuster
Wheel Front Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 17 x 3.5in
Rear Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 17 x 6.0in
Tyre Front 120/70 ZR 17
Rear 190/55 ZR 17
Suspension Front Showa 43mm upside down forks with adjustable rebound and compression damping, 120mm travel
Rear Showa Monoshock with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping, 130mm rear wheel travel
Brakes Front Twin 320mm floating discs, Brembo 4-piston 4-pad radial calipers (ABS model available)
Rear Single 255mm disc, Nissin single 2-piston sliding caliper (ABS model available)
Instrument Display/Functions LCD multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, fuel gauge, trip computer, analogue tachometer, lap timer, programmable gear change lights, service interval announcement display, TPMS ready
Dimensions and Capacities
Length 2086mm (82.1in)
Width (handlebars) 728mm (28.6)
Height without mirrors 1033mm (40.6in)
Seat Height 825mm (32.5in)
Wheelbase 1435mm (56.5in)
Rake/Trail 22.8º / 90.9mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.5 litres (4.6 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 214 kg (471 lbs)
Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)
Maximum Power 135PS / 133bhp / 99 kW @ 9400rpm
Maximum Torque 111Nm / 82 ft.lbs @ 7750rpm
Fuel Efficiency Urban: 40.9 mpg (6.9 l/100km) – 56mph: 59.5mpg (4.7l/100km) – 75mph: 53.6mpg (5.3l/100km)
Price
On The Road £8,999 (+ £600 for optional ABS)

Decision Made

It was not that hard knowing what the weather brings. The South seems to be flooded with water and the north beckons to embrace the unseen floods.  Decision between a Scotland and Lake District was not that complicated –  I am ready to face some extreme conditions but not that extreme too. We will see what the weather will bring but knowing that this is not a car trip but a one on two wheels where the elements of nature keep one soaked in wet for hours and so does to the equipment I want to carry.

In total this shall add me another 700 or so miles to the total tally of reaching 39000miles in about just over a 3years time on my loved soulmate. Nothing keeps up more indulged than a long ride – wet weather – slippery roads and lots of people in their cars who never bother to check their mirrors.

My final plan as it seems to be for the most of the trip > London – Whitby(North York Moors) – Keswick(Lake District) – Hope(Peak District) – North London(Hertfordshire).
Sounds good enough given I am not just riding up north but hiking, meeting Michael , taking pictures and collecting stories(The best part about my travelling). Anything to do with pictures without story telling is just like having sex without even seeing the face of the person you just had sex with.  Ha Ha Haaa – that said – I shall be off from the web and this virtual existence(Another of the things I love the most – away from the virtual world).