Monday, July 17, 2017

Life on the road

Its been a year since my Ducati Globetrotter trip and I was reliving the journey on my Instagram Stories but there were a few posts I have been wanting to put up on the blog so here is the first exactly how it was posted last year. 






In the small Nickel mining town of Los deep inside the forests of Sweden the plug in the back tyre came loose and I started loosing air from it. I stopped at what looked like a workshop and met the owner Axel who said he could help. He had a pump with which we filled the tyre and he patched it up for me (probably doing a far better job than I would have).
When it came time for payment he didn’t have change in cash so I said “let me go fill some petrol and will come back with change”. He looked at me and says it automatic and takes only card. Here is the largest problem I have had so far in Scandenavia – my cards have not been working and if they are my bank is charging me in Euros instead of Swedish Crowns (a different challenge to sort out back when I am in India). So I said Axel “why don’t you use your card so I can fuel up and then we won’t need change”. He thought about it and said “it’s unusual be we can try”. That’s what we did.
While fuelling up I found out it was his Birthday and his son is building a 300hp drag bike and he rode motorcycles in the past but is so busy with work that he doesn’t have time anymore.
It’s true when people say if you travel with a motorcycle you are never short of friends…
The Original post is here 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Travis Newbold - Pikes Peak 2017

Remember Travis whom I visited in Denver at his motorcycle shop. Well when I met him he was waiting for his Bottpower bike to show up from Spain so he could run the 2017 Pikes Peak. Well the bike showed up last moment and Travis and the team worked overtime to get it ready for the race.





We have been waiting for this video and it is here Travis's POV of his winning run (he came 1st in the class and 4th overall behind all the factory teams) up Pikes Peak.

Check out the new Sideburn Issue for all the dope on this insane run...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cruising Legends by Castrol Power 1 and The Vibe


If you follow me on Instagram and or on other social media you will know after I came back from the GoPro games in Vail and the ride around the US I left immediately for Sikkim. The trip to Sikkim wasn't an official Helmet Stories ride. We were to be filmed for a web series for Castrol by The Vibe (Incidentally this is where I met the guys who did the Send it Upwards film we posted a few weeks back).

Because of Harsh's hand still being not fully functional (oh you didn't know? So we were exploring some new trails behind Chandigarh. At a stand still Harsh slipped in the mud and jumped back on his feet but that is all it took. He has come away with a plate, a handful of Titanium screws and a nifty scar from his wrist up his forearm. It was just one of those things he was in full kit but he landed on his arm and that was that) he had to cancel after his doctor had to ask him nicely to keep his ass put. So it was just me who eventually got on that plane to Sikkim.

So the idea behind this series is that Castrol wanted to show case what powers motorcyclists who head out yonder looking for adventure. They call the series Cruising Legends (Legends love it. When I hear the word it Evokes an image of William Wallace yelling Freedom). Anyway I spent a few days riding around through thick forests and brilliant mountain tops covered in clouds having a great time the more it rained the less they could shoot and that more I could ride. It was perfect. The only bit that was painful was that I barely got to take out my camera and get some shots out. What a role reversal it was.

Take a look at the trailer and also the first episode that came out today. I think my episode will come out sometime in August I shall keep you posted.







Monday, July 3, 2017

Heights of Passage - GoGetter

Now that the passes are open everyone and their aunties are busy rushing up to Ladakh. GoGetter the inflight magazine for GoAir got in touch with us and asked us to put together some of our thoughts and give the first timers some tips to make their trip into the deeper Himalayas easier and bit more brilliant. 

You can find the PDF Version of the Magazine here (page 44 onwards)



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Send it Upwards : Trailer

While on shoot in Sikkim with Castrol and The Vibe. I met this crew and they began to tell me a story of how 4 of them decided to make a film on their journey to Ladakh. They didnt realise how tough it would be for the four of them. All who had very different riding history. One of them had never really spent much time on an Enfield let alone travel across the country on one.

The trailer to their film is out and I cant wait to see the completed project. (I love how the trailer starts (I got a bit more back info on it from the crew and it makes even more sense. Ill not let the cat out of the bag for that we have to wait for the film.)


On a sidenote. No one says anymore how tough it is to do this journey everyone talks about how awesome it is and how we all must do it once in our lives and if you own a motorcycle and haven't been to Leh you have really not done much.

Of course the roads and infrastructure are far better and that makes it much easier than it was 10 years back but that doesn't make the trip any easier. Today people look at Google Maps and decided "oh Manali Leh is not far I can do it in a day." Maybe you can maybe you cant that all depends on your skill level as a motorcyclist and anyway why the hell would you want to blaze through some of the most stunning parts of the world when you can take your time and take it all in. Its not like you will get to do this trip again and again.

I get emails and messages on a daily basis with ridiculous plans on riding up to Leh. People who have bought their bike a month ago people who are waiting to get their bike next week. All of them have duff information on how long it will take how hard it will be and how easy the trip really is. Ladakh is not going anywhere people these mountains were here long before us and will be here long after we have all gone. So dont rush up as soon as you get a motorcycle. Ride learn grow your skill before you tackle such a gargantuan trip trust me you will appreciate it more.

So I like and support crews who create content and tell the story as it is and dont hide the tough times and the trials and tribulations we all have to go through to do this journey.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Newbolds Motorcycle Shop - Denver

If you read Sideburn Magazine maybe the name Travis Newbold will ring a bell. (yes he is one of the poets for the magazine). But when he is not penning down verse or wrenching away in his shop in Denver he is a mad man on two wheels. Now dont get me wrong there are mad men who ride on the streets like dicks(you know who you are) and then there are Mad Men who make riding an art on any surface. He is latter. (check the video at the end of the post of him owning Pikes Peak last year on the Ronin).

Well the Helmet Stories team met him when he was one of the few who joined us last year on the Sideburn Helmet Stories Pangi Ride. Needless to say that was an epic trip and we all had a blast.

So when I was on my ride to the GoPro Mountain Games and was in the vicinity of Denver I had to make the trip to the shop and hang with Baja and Travis. It just happened I had my camera handy so I got a few shots of the shop while he was wrenching away and chatting about his ride up Pikes Peak this year.

So here is a peak into Newbolds Motorcycle Shop in Denver no they dont serve coffee!!!!