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Old 04-08-2013, 08:42 AM   #1711
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Cool2 Snapshot: Riding with the Madras Bulls (Royal Enfied Bullet Club) on the Beach

April 8, 2013


I hooked up with the Madras Bulls Motorcycling Club and Bharath, here, let me ride his beautiful army green Royal Enfield Bullet Thunderbird 500. More than two dozen Bullets showed up for the Sunday morning ride from Besant Nagar to the Royapuram Fishing Harbour. After a hearty breakfast of appams and mutton curry, the group split and a few of us went exploring on the beach. I was thrilled that we managed to find a way to ride from Marina Beach to Elliot's Beach in Besant Nagar all along the beachfront! What a cool bunch of bikers; not afraid to splash some salt water all over their bikes and get sand everywhere for the thrill of exploring some new routes. I'm highly impressed with the Bullet; feels solid, love the thumping and stable in the sand

In other news: I got my Indian Driving License today! Ha, now I'm legal
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:09 AM   #1712
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damn i am missing to meet you and the city ride tomorrow... Jai hope you are having a great time with Madbulls out there...
Hey Venky, I had a great time with the MadBulls. Glad I could finally ride a Bullet! Enjoyed it
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:18 AM   #1713
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Cool2 Article on GOOD.is about my chicken curry

April 10, 2013

Here's a tasty article written by Alice Gugelev on Good.is about the chicken curry that I've been cooking on my journey

http://www.good.is/posts/why-i-take-...over-the-world

Excerpt: 'The site of Jay bursting into someone’s kitchen to start preparing his famous chicken curry sounds strange to many of us, even more so for a woman to let a strange biker into her house because her husband just met him on the road.'


Here's the recipe if you want to try my Jammin Chicken Curry: http://bit.ly/jaycurry


(not sure about the bike they used )
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:08 AM   #1714
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Good write-up, terrible bike...

Nice to hear the motorcycle wheels are still turning!
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:24 PM   #1715
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Good write-up, terrible bike...
Hmmm.. He could have chosen a KLR...
I'm pretty impressed how far it took him.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:37 PM   #1716
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Hmmm.. He could have chosen a KLR...
I'm pretty impressed how far it took him.
..........or, he could have chosen and XR650
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:43 PM   #1717
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Hmmm.. He could have chosen a KLR...
I'm pretty impressed how far it took him.
Pretty sure Shibby was referring to the bike pictured on the cover page of the article that Jay posted.
Looks like some random Guzzi clone? .. Or? .. Certainly not a DR650, the bike Jay used for about 75K miles or so.

A well set up KLR could have made the trip too ... but the DR seems slightly tougher, easier to work on, simpler and more reliable.

Either DR650 or KLR would likely last double the distance and carry double the load of ANY KTM single ... and cost half as much!
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:27 PM   #1718
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It's impressive how the Europeans managed to influence so many parts of the world. Thanks for sharing

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:49 AM   #1719
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Pretty sure Shibby was referring to the bike pictured on the cover page of the article that Jay posted.
Looks like some random Guzzi clone? .. Or? .. Certainly not a DR650, the bike Jay used for about 75K miles or so.

A well set up KLR could have made the trip too ... but the DR seems slightly tougher, easier to work on, simpler and more reliable.

Either DR650 or KLR would likely last double the distance and carry double the load of ANY KTM single ... and cost half as much!

Yes, I was refering to the bike pictured in the article. I see no reason why they couldn't show the ACTUAL bike, because that's whats interesting and has character. Instead they posted one that obviously wasn't used.

Motor has me thinking it's a Guzzi as well.

But since we're here. He could have chosen a KTM690......
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:38 AM   #1720
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Yes, I was refering to the bike pictured in the article. I see no reason why they couldn't show the ACTUAL bike, because that's whats interesting and has character. Instead they posted one that obviously wasn't used.

Motor has me thinking it's a Guzzi as well.

But since we're here. He could have chosen a KTM690......
He could have done a lot worse than he did. Its really interesting to see how some bikes last and some go kaput. There have been many successful runs on a KLR.. but then you see Fletcher having a hell of a hard time with his. I think he will be much happier on my old 640 ADV.
Then you have the "two moto kiwis" who traded in their DRs for a KTM 950SE. I personally get PMs every week about how my 690 is the "wrong bike" and it won't last but it has been noting but awesome for me.

All that aside, this ride report is still epic and keeps me wanting more.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:07 AM   #1721
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Epic RR Jay!

So true about how food can bring cultures/people together. Food=Happy bellies.

Love Sandrina and how far she's taken you.

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Dave

PS. I'm gonna have some chicken curry me thinks. thx.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:32 AM   #1722
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Good write-up, terrible bike...
Nice to hear the motorcycle wheels are still turning!
Yeah, I think the person tasked with the article photo heard it was about a motorcycle trip and just put the first image of a motorcycle that google came up with

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Hmmm.. He could have chosen a KLR...
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..........or, he could have chosen and XR650
or an Africa Twin, or a Serow, or a Tenere or... a tricycle!

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but the DR seems slightly tougher, easier to work on, simpler and more reliable.


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It's impressive how the Europeans managed to influence so many parts of the world. Thanks for sharing
Later
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All that aside, this ride report is still epic and keeps me wanting more.


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PS. I'm gonna have some chicken curry me thinks. thx.
Thanks, Dave if you make the curry, post a photo of it
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:30 PM   #1723
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He could have done a lot worse than he did. Its really interesting to see how some bikes last and some go kaput. There have been many successful runs on a KLR.. but then you see Fletcher having a hell of a hard time with his. I think he will be much happier on my old 640 ADV.
Then you have the "two moto kiwis" who traded in their DRs for a KTM 950SE. I personally get PMs every week about how my 690 is the "wrong bike" and it won't last but it has been noting but awesome for me.

All that aside, this ride report is still epic and keeps me wanting more.

08's and some 09's were the worst made KLR's with very well known piston/cylinder issues. My buddy who did S.A on an 08 KLR had Kawasaki rebuild it for free while in S.A.

Every bike has it's issues.

I think there is a balance of offroad ability, highway ability, simplicity and reliability. These new bikes are getting pretty far from simplicity that personally I don't care for.
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:03 PM   #1724
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08's and some 09's were the worst made KLR's with very well known piston/cylinder issues. My buddy who did S.A on an 08 KLR had Kawasaki rebuild it for free while in S.A.

Every bike has it's issues.

I think there is a balance of offroad ability, highway ability, simplicity and reliability. These new bikes are getting pretty far from simplicity that personally I don't care for.
I agree, for travel bikes reliability, simplicity and self service make a difference!

True, those early 2nd gen KLR's were a nightmare. Two friends had multiple rebuilds (paid by Kawasaki) ... and they still used some oil.
A friend has an '10, uses some oil, but not too bad. Seems ALL 2nd gen KLRs tend to use some oil. So, two bad years out of 27 years? Not too bad.

Gen One went back to 1985 and hundreds did RTW type rides in late 80's and all through the 90's. I had a new '98 KLR in 1998, went all through Mex and Baja to Cent. Am. Then discovered the DR650!

In 2004 at the Horizon's Unlimited meeting at Cooper Canyon had 35 KLR's in attendance, (out of 105 bikes total) several headed to Argentina. Sure, some broke in half, some exploded ... but the majority made it.

I love KTM's but would not be my first choice as a travel bike.

Jay never toots his own horn ... but for those who've read this report you know Jay is a bona fide DR650 expert at this point. Remember, this is his 3rd DR650.
(don't ask about the first two )
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:01 AM   #1725
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Jay never toots his own horn ... but for those who've read this report you know Jay is a bona fide DR650 expert at this point. Remember, this is his 3rd DR650.
(don't ask about the first two )
Hey, hey, get the story right. This is my 2nd DR chassis and 3rd DR engine
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