This trip I started planning 2 an half years ago, that challenge was more challenging. Me and Hunky decided Kolkata to Baranasi return, that 1400 KM (If I’m not wrong) within 17 HOUR With my UG4 P180. But some how that trip was not happen. So after a while, now in Bangalore, as I bought the PULSAR 200 NS, I decided that BARANASI return, that type of trip I’ll do.
So after many days planning I decided I’ll go HYDERABAD. Bangalore to Hyderabad Return within a Day (1150 km).
But after so many days, almost 1 an half years I am detached from Long ride, I didn’t have enough confidence for the ride.
So I decided I’ll start from a short trip around 200 km. So I decided that I’ll go to Anatapura (its place in Andhra Pradesh). That place is 200 km from Bangalore and then continue further.
As per my decision I started my trip in early morning from Bangalore @ 5 am.
When I was starting my trip, at that time, sun didn’t yet rise, but the weather was pleasant with temperature at 29C. Within half an hour I crossed the airport and took the NH5. The actual highway, (NH5) starts after crossing the Airport and it goes straight to hit the city of Hyderabad.
After crossing airport I felt little cold, and as I checked in my watch, the temperature was below 22C. I started that trip at 29C but within 50 min of riding, the temperature had fallen down to 22c and the weather too started to go cloudy.
NH5 didn’t give me any warm good morning welcome, but it gave me a pleasant welcome, I took a snap of that welcome.
The break was for a minute to finish my biological works 😛 and then I started riding again.
After a few kms my stomach passing a signal in my brain that I’m Hungry. So I started searching for a decent dhaba for breakfast and I found one. As I stopped there for my breakfast, I noticed that in last 2 hours, I have done 164 kms meaning an average speed just over 80 kmph.
I order a plate of puri-sabji and a Pepsi (Thumps up was not there). They gave me coconut chatni with puri, that starange, and suddenly I felt “I’m in Andhra Pradesh”. Oh my God. I’m not any more in Bangalore (Karnataka). With that thought and a little chuckle in my face, I started eating my food.
While in that food break, I was calculating where is my edge. Though I decided to go till Hyderabad, but the Clock was not supporting my decision. I made up my mind not ride in night time, because of poor headlight and visibility of my bike. so I modified my plan and decided to ride towards Hyderabad upto 11.30AM, after that I would take the U-Turn for return ride.
The breakfast break was for an hour and in that one hour, I finished my Pepsi and breakfast, I did chain spray in the 200NS, I bought a mineral water, and the last thing, I finished my two Fag :p. Ufff so many work I did. he he.. I also noticed that my fuel meter was around half tank hence decided to refill before I start and this thirsty 200 cc beast took in Rs. 500 of fuel.
After refueling I started push my machine hard, harder, hardest. I took corners at 130 Kmph + speed. I just lean down on my tank and pushed this 200cc engine continuously.
Approximately around 9 a.m. I entered some city area in A.P., and I got stuck in that city traffic !! After 20 minutes of city riding, I was back in that beautiful NH5 and my speed was up again to highway standard
However this time, after entering the highway, suddenly the weather changed. I was feeling very hot, literally, I was sweating, then I check my clock and temperature was at 40C. Not just the heat to disturb, heavy cross wind was also there. As I was pushing my machine to 95 kmph or above, I felt 200NS was almost flying, so I released my throttle and rode at around 80 kmph. At that speed I was comfortable in that valley. That valley surrounded with non fertile soil, almost no tree was there. That stretch was around 60 KM almost and that stretch was the most difficult part in this trip, mainly because of heavy cross wind. In my mind I called that valley a “DEATH VALLEY”. . .
After crossing the DEATH VALLEY, I entered a beautiful valley. The beauty was so pleasant, that gave me refreshing vibes.
And also those corners, felt like heaven. Every corner, I approached at minimum 130 kmph + speed. Those were really very happy moments for me.
Actually in cornering, there is a little story that I want to share with you, When i was attempting the first major corner in my life (Kolkata – Mandarmoni trip) at 90 kmph, guess what? I failed. I was stuck between two boulders, and minimum 10 feet down of the road. Fortunately, I had only a single scratch on my palm.
Fast forwarded 4 years and now today I approached every corner at 130+ speed. There was an INNOVA continuously following me, that seemed to be taking a video from rear seat, at that moment, I really felt proud at my self, and automatically one sweet chuckle came in my face.
I kept on pushing it hard but unfortunately, I could only manage 500kms by the time my clock reached 11:30 AM.
Now it was time to take U turn, Hyderabad was just 75km away from that point.
I took u turn from that point, and took a 25 minutes break, for a Fag, drinking water, Chain lubrication.
It was time to start riding towards Bangalore. I maintained 120+ speed all the time.
After 2 hours I took a break for lunch, and guess what I covered 210 km. It meant my average speed was 105 Km/h, that too for continues 2 hours. This was my personal best lap performance. I stopped at some reliance petrol pump dhaba, called A1 dhaba. Food was good and quite cheap.
When I started my journey after lunch, I noticed my fuel was low, hence I had to keep on looking for a petrol bunk, that was why I had to drop the speed down to a max of 100 Km/h. After around 35 KM I found a petrol Bunk, and again I filled up-to full tank. When I was searching for the petrol bunk, suddenly some memories called in my memory, that MASSENJORE ride. Me and HUNKY did a 700 km ride within 12 hours, that too with pillion and with P180 UG4. Lots of memory.
After the refueling stop, I started ripping hard on my machine. I did this ride with stock Pulsar 200 NS. Even the engine oil was also stock oil, BAJAJ 10000 DTSi. After 600 km that type hard ride, I felt that my engine oil performance was decreasing rapidly. There was a 20 to 25% different in throttle response in compare to the new engine oil on morning and after this 600 kms non stop high speed ride. I realized the difference between Motul 7100 / 5100 and Bajaj 10000 DTSi. Bajaj 10000 DTSi engine oil was good for normal use only. It was no doubt that it was better than any cheap engine oil available in market. But it seemed, it was not good for enthusiastic performer.
As I was feeling decreasing performance of the engine oil, on top, I noticed a dark and cloudy sky. Out of my mouth comes that F word to God.
Raining in highway would be really problematic I felt, hence again I pushed my NS200 very hard to out run the rain. Funny thing was that if I slowed down, rain would over take me and if I kept on maintaining higher speeds, I could see I was out running the rain. That meant Rain was behind me, now I was again in a race with the nature (before, many times I did it with Hunky back home @ NH-2 rides). As-usual here too I won the race and finished that high way part. Now it was time for me to enter the Bangalore city traffic (for which you can use every slang in the book)
Finally I reached that benchmark with-in 13 hours I did 1000 km or you can say Bangalore to Hyderabad return with in 13 hour (almost). This is trip 1, shows that today I covered total 1003.8 km.
Finally I reached that benchmark with-in 13 hours I did 1000 km or you can say Bangalore to Hyderabad return with in 13hr (almost).
In the entire ride, I was very happy with my pulsar 200 NS, it’s engine went with a revolutionary change, Mr. Rajiv Bajaj didn’t compromise with engine parts quality of Pulsar 200 NS. It has an excellent cornering ability, but stock tyre is not good for enthusiastic performer. Though I’m personally not happy with stock tyre But in Rs. 1 lakh, 200 NS is the ultimate beauty I must say. Where some people boast about their few hours of high speed run in international roads that too with a super bike, there, my tiny little 200 NS showed that its all about rider and the stamina of him for how long or how far one can push.