Triumph Speed Twin India First Ride Review

Don’t be taken in by the docile old-school appearance, for the Triumph Speed Twin comes packed with enough ammo to satisfy your need for speed. There’s no denying that the new Triumph Thruxton is the ultimate retro-styled performance bike from the Hinckley factory. Sadly, not everyone has the palate (or physical fitness) for its committed riding geometry.


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But then, everyone desires the meaty performance of that 1,200-cc motor and the terrifyingly good exhaust note. The Triumph engineers came up with a groovy idea: mix some good quality Bonneville parts, make most of its relaxed ergonomics, and bolt in that sweet and juicy 1,200-cc parallel-twin. And in doing so, they brought back to life the Speed Twin, the popular British moniker from the late 1930s. Since this is the latest addition to Triumph’s modern classic range in India, we had to take it out for a leisurely weekend spin.

The classic British design can be immediately associated with the Bonneville family, right from the circular headlamps and the brackets that hold it, the teardrop-shaped fuel-tank, and the dual exhaust system. To give the Speed some distinction, Triumph have given the design some minor tweaks. For instance, the wheels and twin-pod instrument cluster are different, and the tank gets new shades and a cool Monza fuel cap.

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The standard model gets black finish twin-pipes but our test bike came with an after-market Vance & Hines exhaust system. And, of course, the bar-end mirrors not just look sensational but surprisingly don’t vibrate too much and do a decent job. However, I found it to be restricting my grip as I sometimes like to hold the handlebar right at its edge. For its price tag of Rs 9.46 lakh, this bike also brings a host of features, including riding modes, traction control, ABS, a torque-assist clutch, apart from dozens of optional accessories.


Unlike the design, the riding experience is very different from the rather tractable Street Twin. After all, this has been curated for British classic motorcycle lovers who want a bit more style over the Street Twin and a lot more power. So, the engine is the focal point here and, going by our experience with the Thruxton, this is quite a solid performer.

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The “High Power” 1,200-cc parallel-twin has been retuned for the Speed Twin and doles out 96 hp and 112 Nm (the Street Twin makes 65 hp and 80 Nm). The engine alone is 2.5 kilograms lighter thanks to the magnesium cam cover and revised clutch assembly. If you are looking for instant gratification, twist the throttle and feel the supersport-like punch combined with a gruff exhaust note. Sheer bliss!

5 Techniques To Help You Ride Better In Snow

While most people enjoy the cold weather by breaking out the hot chocolate, there are some who like to ride and explore when the landscape turns white. India doesn’t get a lot of snowfall but the areas that do receive it, well, they make up for the rest of the country!

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And yes, we are talking of the high mountain passes in the northern regions of the country. Ones that are cut off from civilisation for a good part of six months just because the snow is so heavy. If you are thinking of making this journey, here are a few things you should practice that will be helpful when riding in snow.

Stay light on the controls

The importance of this cannot be stressed enough. Operate the handlebars like you are wearing silk gloves. This is because while there is traction between the tyre and tarmac, there is hardly any such thing between the tyre and snow. A sharp input on the throttle that used to be just enough to get your bike moving on tarmac might land you face down in the snow. No matter if you are accelerating, braking or steering, being light on the controls is a must when riding in snow.

One input at a given time

On the street, you might be used to braking into corners or accelerating out of them. However, when riding on snow, it is better that you stick to doing one thing at one time. First brake, then steer and once you are out of the corner and back upright, should you start accelerating. Given the small contact patch of motorcycle tyres, giving multiple inputs at the same time will result in the tyres breaking traction and skidding out from underneath you.

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Ride in a higher gear

If you ride in a gear higher than normal, this means you are sending less torque to the wheels. This will make the motorcycle behave in a more docile fashion, instead of spinning the wheels because of negligible traction. It is essentially like traction control, something that is present on more expensive motorcycles, and moderates the power going to the back wheel. If your motorcycle is equipped with traction control, we highly suggest you make use of it.

Ride on fresh snow

Riding on fresh snow is much easier than riding on snow that other vehicles have driven over. What this means is that if the snow is fresh and kind-of fluffy, it will offer better traction. Where as if the snow has been driven over and is compacted from the weight of other vehicles, it will be much harder to find traction. Avoid wheel tracks of other vehicles and ride on fresh snow to maximise the traction available to you.

Take some air out of your wheels

If all of the above things are not helping, we suggest you take out some air from your tyres. This will slightly deflate them and give them a larger contact patch on snow. A larger contact patch will result in more traction for your tyres, which is a win-win for everybody. Do understand that riding with deflated tyres for long durations will result in you damaging the construction of the tyre, so use this tip sparingly.

Biker Chick Fashion For The Daredevil Girls

Biker The roads out there need some Haute hot biker chicks to grace the tarmacs. With that being said, why should boys have all the fun, when we girls can up the ante and the haughtiness quotient too!

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How To Dress Like A Biker Chick?

Presenting a few haute biker chick fashion styles, so cool that the catcalls would dissolve and no one would want to mess with you on the roads. Before you learn how to dress like a biker chick, you must know the following:

It Is But The Style Of An Individual

Without sounding like a male-basher or a feminist here, the main aim with biker chick fashion is to have loads of fun dolling up for the roads, sans the loss of feminine touches. You see we girls can make or break moments, so why not play with a little leather, latex, boots and all things chunky?
Presenting a few biker chick fashion ideas which you can use or emulate to your comfort levels, and have a great time challenging the boys too!

But First, Do You Know The Essence Of Being A Biker Chick?

Strong femininity for sure, if you’ve closely watched the movie “Sons of Anarchy”, you’d know what we are talking about. From tight leather bottoms to secretly covered corsets in black and more, the motorcycle trends with women fashion took a major turn and a kick-start ever since this movie was released.
Some of the famous designers that now create biker chick fashion ensembles are Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Roberto Cavalli and Christian Louboutin to name a few.

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So The Question Is How To Dress Like A Biker Chick?

You could use your imagination and creativity when dolling up as a biker chick, and there are no etched in stone rules to follow as well. From a trendy dangerous look to the subtle gothic mix of black and grays, chunky accessories to the wild creative side of skin tight leather touches; go ahead and experiment as you wish!

Coming To Accessories

The aim is to make you a hot haute biker babe and not a scary one, which is why you should know which biker chick fashion accessories should be worn best. Some options would be;

  • Large silver earrings
  • Crosses
  • Studded jewellery
  • Dark camisoles
  • Purses
  • Boots
  • Minimal makeup
  • Tuffled and ruffled hair
  • Stern smiles

Attitude, loads of it

Leather Is What Rules The Roost

With biker chick fashion trends, you cannot but praise the use of all things leather in every ensemble. From vests to boots to the belts worn, maybe your pants and a chic jacket too; play on with leather and be that babe he wants to challenge!

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If you don’t want to get permanent biker chick fashion tattoos, that’s okay! You could opt for chic temporary tattoos in designs on the lines of thorn and roses, hearts with swords, motorcycle pin-ups and more.

What About The Hair?

The darker the better for the Indian look on biker chick fashion, but if you want to emulate the classic American biker chick, you ought to have the blonde touch. And yes, even if the hair is simple and kept dark, the quintessential American flag bandanna is a must-wear!

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For The Eyes

With minimal makeup; nude mostly, you really want to focus more on the choice of sunglasses you would wear, more than anything else. As a biker chick and on the roads mostly, the harmful UV rays of the sun can play havoc on your eyes; carry a pair of high repute to protect those eyes.

Finally, when dolling up in biker chick outfits, remember the rule; the tighter the better. This is because biker chicks have no inhibitions to deal with, and they have no qualms expressing their curvaceous bodies or flaunting them in style. So if you really have that zing in you and would like to doll up in the chicest of biker chick outfits, the world is your oyster and the roads your ramp walk!


6 Tips to Carry Your Summer Biking Habit into Fall

The leaves are turning, the air is crisp: Fall is officially here. But the beauty of fall also means cool temperatures, earlier sunsets and the onset of rain. For those of us who are fair-weather bike riders, the thought of braving cold-weather riding feels intimidating (perhaps miserable is a more honest assessment). How do you keep up your good summer bike habit when the season turns?

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1. Quell your fears with cold-weather gear.

The right gear makes all the difference. Outfitting yourself with the items you need to stay warm, dry and comfortable while you ride will make commuting or training rides bearable, and — dare we say it — even enjoyable.

Consider the length of your ride and the conditions you expect to encounter to help you determine what gear to buy. Do you live in an area with high rainfall? A waterproof shell and water resistant shoes will keep you dry. Wearing a moisture-wicking base layer underneath waterproof gear will help regulate your body temperature. Gloves and ear protection also go a long way in mitigating wind-induced misery.

2. Weatherproof your bike.

If you haven’t yet experienced the joys of rain splatter all down your back, let us save you the trouble with this bit of advice: Invest in fenders. Depending on the type of bike you have, this might be as simple as purchasing a set of clip-on fenders. Talk to your local bike dealer to see what style of the fender will work best for your bike.

You should already be in the habit of carrying a flat repair kit; if you’re not, now is the time to start! It’s never fun to get stuck with a flat, but it’s really not fun to find yourself stranded with a flat in the middle of a downpour.

3. Bring your street skills.

When moisture hits the road, conditions get dicey. Stick to the routes you’ve gotten comfortable with over the summer, avoid riding through puddles (it’s hard to gauge depth, and the water may be covering hazards like potholes or sharp debris), and feather your brakes. In wet conditions, water and dirt can prevent rim brakes (brakes that squeeze the rim of your tire) from engaging. Feathering your brakes — squeezing them on and off until you feel them begin to grip — will help avoid scary moments where your brakes don’t grip.

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4. Light it up.

Daylight hours in summer are long and forgiving — the same can’t be said for fall and winter months. Always carry front and rear lights to avoid getting caught riding in the dark. Even the most basic set of lights increases your visibility to other traffic (cars, bikes, scooters, pedestrians) and helps illuminate your path.

5. Phone a friend.

Cold weather can make us fickle, even when we have the best intentions. Biking with a buddy helps keep you both accountable and makes the ride more fun.

6. Treat yourself.

Let’s be honest: Even with all the right gear and an awesome riding buddy, commuting in the cold isn’t always fun or appealing. Don’t kick yourself if you can’t ride every day; instead, give yourself a goal of riding a set number of times each week, or shoot for an overall number of rides for the season. When you reach your goal, reward yourself with some new bike gear or that jacket you’ve been eyeing in a shop window.

Cold-weather biking requires more planning, but when you make the effort, fall rides are rich with rewards: beautiful colors, rosy cheeks and the satisfaction of getting out on your bike. Grab warm layers, fender up and enjoy the refreshingly cool breeze of an autumn ride.

Top 5 Bikes For Long Cruising in India

Bikes Life can often consume you with the mundane routine of everyday living. And the very minute you kick start your bike and go on for a ride, away from the humdrum of the city, you feel a sense of freedom and detachment with the various complications surrounding you.

That one ride relieves you of all your stress and re-energizes you in ways you cannot put down into words. It makes you feel unstoppable and free from the world. A real bike enthusiast can often romanticise with this very feeling of joy and full of passion. Today the bike enthusiast in you is on for a ride as we bring you the top 5 best bikes for long cruising in India. So keep calm and bike on.


1) Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220

The very first thing that comes to mind when we speak about the Bajaj Avenger is the tagline ‘Feel Like God’. Cruising on the Avenger Street indeed gives you a heavenly vibe and makes you feel like God. The Avenger can set any street on fire with its dark shades and sporty mag wheels.

The Baja Avenger Cruise is equipped with a 220cc DTS-I engine with twin spark plugs to add more power to all your rides. The engine is oil-cooled at all times as we all need a cool head while cruising to longer destinations.

One of the best things about the Avenger is the street control handlebar that provides manoeuvring through narrow streets or long highways with god-like ease. The bike has a low-slung seating to make your rides comfortable at all times.

2) Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

There are bikes, and then there is a Royal Enfield. The name says it all. The Thunderbird 500 is your quintessential cruiser made for open skies, unhurried riding and a weekend on the saddle. Powered by a 499 cc twin spark air-cooled engine, the Thunderbird has many thoughtful inclusions like a 20-litre fuel tank that provides you 550-700 km range at a stretch, making every trip feel like a breeze for the rider.

Other notable features include a square swingarm rear suspension that keeps the rear tyre in contact with the ground on small slopes and hilly areas. The set-in cruiser stance and well-padded bucket seat give you the perfect riding position for all your trips.

To top it all the Thunderbird 500 looks better, handles better and still maintains the charisma and personality that Royal Enfields are known for. This cruiser comes at a price of Rs 2,03,000. (Ex-showroom Delhi)

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3) Royal Enfield Himalayan

Making a surprise entry into our list of cruisers is the Himalayan. It’s Royal Enfield’s most versatile bike, be it on the road or off the road, this motorcycle can take the rider everywhere, and it’s the only motorcycle that you will ever need.
The long-travel suspension, natural upright riding position and a torquey engine provides you with a comfortable ride through the streets, or the highways or even the mountain areas.

Equipped with an LS410 Single cylinder 4-stroke engine, the Himalayan is powered by a strong low-end torque that makes it widely usable in all riding conditions. An adventurers favourite, the Himalayan has been priced at Rs 1,56,000 lakh. (Ex-showroom Delhi)

4) Hyosung Aquila Pro 650

Soul of a cruiser, the heart of a racer. This is the perfect description for the Aquila Pro 650 by Hyosung. It packs a punch with its old school looks and a superbike vibe at the same time. Powered by a 647cc, V-twin cylinder water cooled engine that generates 74 BHP and 62.1 NM of torque.

This mean machine can claim a top speed of around 195 km/hr. One of the best things about the Aquila Pro is the 705 mm of seat height that allows for a comfortable seating position for the bikers.

Born to cruise, the Aquila Pro 650 comes at the cost of Rs 4,99,000 lakh. (Ex-showroom Mumbai)

5) Harley Davidson Street 750

Last but not the least, this cruiser list is incomplete without mentioning a Harley. Built for the Indian audience, the Harley-Davidson Street is a rider’s delight. One can tame the urban grid as well as the highways with this revolutionary Indian favourite.

Beneath this rebellion cafe racer lurks a liquid-cooled 750cc Revolution X™ V-Twin engine that makes you beat traffic in no time. When modern civilisation throws tantrums at you, Street 750 is born to tackle the demands of the urban landscape.

The best part about this Street beauty is that it’s the most affordable bike of the Harley Davidson. And they made it accessible the right and the authentic way that Harleys are known for. Milwaukee steel fuel tank, premium paint job and the 3-D chrome badge. This has been built for the great Indian dream. It comes at the cost of Rs 5,25,000 lakh. (Ex-showroom New Delhi)

Dreams Do Come True

Having one of the mean machines mentioned in our list seems like a long lost dream. But don’t you worry. We have got everything covered for you. With Sqrrl BYOD you can get started with the simplest and most efficient way of getting one of these ticked off from your bucket list.
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My Dream Cycle Tour – Munnar

Standing a 1500+ meters above sea level, with a cooler climate compared to the Keralan coast, conquering the tea carpeted mighty mountains of western ghats on pedal power give you a sense of achievement.

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If you love cycling in mountains and you are in Kerala, Munnar is a must to be explored on a bike.

Lets take a virtual ride through Munnar, Kerala and you can see for yourself.

The starting point of the ride is the foothills of western ghats, near the small town of Neriamangalam, along side rubber and pineapple plantations. With an easy start and few downhills to begin with, we get to warm up our legs before slowly hitting the climbs. We cycle through a forested section with bamboo groves and tall trees on one side.

If you are cycling during monsoon or just after, you are welcomed by little waterfalls on the way. Stop by and wash your face and feet in this chilled water flowing from the mountains. A short break at the waterfalls and voila! You are completely refreshed and ready to hit more climbs leading towards Munnar.

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Along the way you can see and experience, the Periyar River deep in  the valley, a hydro-electric project, churches, a basket weaving community settlement from neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, water gushing out through one or more open sluice gates of Kallarkutty dam (if you are biking in August) and few toddy shops serving spicy curries with tapioca. Toddy is a locally brewed alcohol made from coconut or palm flower bud sap. You have to try it when here to know why it is popular in these parts!

Soon you will reach Chithirapuram and that is when you will say “Wow! This is so beautiful.” This is the first stretch of tea plantation that you see. Munnar town is just 6 km away from here. Munnar is culturally very different from other parts of Kerala. It has a predominant Tamil culture due to the settlement of migrants from Tamil Nadu who came here to work in the plantations.

The story is that the British found it very hard to get people from Kerala to work in tea plantations, so they finally brought in people from Tamil Nadu who where ready to do the hard work and this changed the landscape of Munnar!

To this day, the women from these communities pluck the tea leaves in the estates here while the men work in tea factories that process the leaves. The town of Munnar is quite small and it is packed with people and shops. When in Munnar, you can visit tea museum and learn about the history of Munnar – which is intertwined with that of tea.

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Another place you can visit is establishment called Srishti. Srishti was started by TATA group to rehabilitate the physically and mentally challenged children of tea plantation workers.  But hey wait, the ride to Munnar is not complete without cycling to Top Station. A steady climb that takes you to an altitude of 2000 m and to the highest point in Kerala. If you wish to ride and explore this beautiful part of Kerala by bicycle, be sure to check out the link provided here.

With this third and final post, this series of blog posts that describe Dibin’s dream cycling tour route through Kerala now comes to an end. You can read the first part about cycling Fort Kochi here and the second part about cycling the backwaters of Kerala here.
If you are considering cycling through Kerala, feel free to write to Dibin our Kerala and Sri Lanka bike tour expert classic(at)artofbicycletrips(dot)com for inputs. Cheers!

When and How to deal with bad weather

bad weather Unless you live in someplace like Southern California you will have to cope with a variety of different conditions when cycling your bike throughout the year. In Ireland this winter has been particularly wet and windy and many have found themselves facing the conundrum of whether or not they should go training and then how should they approach the different conditions that they face. Hopefully this will help clarify much of those questions :

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Above all else you must know why you are going out in bad conditions. Will it improve your fitness. Will it improve your bike handling. Will you be a better cyclist at the end of that day. Is it safe to go out. If you do not answer yes to most of these questions, stay at home.
Heavy rain and strong winds

A1 and A2 racers who want to win races will need to be able to race in these conditions so they need to train in them too. Half the bunch in any domestic race have cracked as soon as the road gets damp so there is a better chance of getting that elusive victory on wet days if you have trained for it. A3 and A4 riders can make up their own minds on this. You do need a certain amount of experience and skill to ride in bad conditions.

Sportive riders aiming for the Wicklow 200 or the Sean Kelly Tour 160k need to be able to handle bad conditions as they may have to face them on the day of the event.

Riders who set different challenges for themselves must be prepared for any conditions. Last year when attempting to climb the height of Mt Everest in a day I had to face some of the worst wind and rain the Comeragh mountains had to offer. I had trained on the climb in a snow blizzard so knew that no matter how bad it got, I had trained in worse, and this was the difference between being able to finish the challenge and not.

Anyone aiming to just get around The Ring of Kerry or whose main aim is the local Sunday spin can roll over in bed and enjoy a guilt free lie in when the rain beats against the window.

The bike :

Deep section carbon rims look great but are like a sail in the wind. The shallower the rims the better if you are planning on training on very windy days. 25mm tyres such as Continental Grand Prix 4 Seasons or Schwalbe Durano Plus are hard wearing, have strong puncture resistance but importantly also have good grip in the wet.

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Many love Gatorskins but they are very slippy in the wet, as they have a harder rubber compound. Mudguards are good but can catch the wind on very blustery days.

Food and drinks :

It is important to remember to eat and drink on wet and windy days. With so much water engulfing you it is easy to forget to drink but you are still sweating and this fluid needs to be replaced. Open all energy bar wrappers beforehand and make it as easy as you can for yourself to eat. Don’t stop for coffee if you are wet as you will get cold and the chance of picking up a chill increases ten fold.

Mentality :

On Sunday morning when the rain is beating against the window don’t moan about it. The first person to hear that is yourself and you are already making life hard for yourself. Ignore the weather as much as possible. You are going training so that’s it. Know that 99.9% of the time it is not as bad as it sounds from inside.

When you are out remind yourself that the air is cleaner and you are able to breathe in pure filtered oxygen. You are also doing something that many who are confined to hospital beds would love to be able to do so thank your lucky stars.

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The Route :

Choose a sheltered route as much as possible. Stay away from main roads if you are alone. Quiet back roads with plenty of cover in the shadow of a mountain can offer great protection from strong winds. The back road from Clonmel to Carrick is a good example of this, although the surface is like the Gaza Strip.


Keep out 2 feet from the edge of the road to allow for gusts that may move you sideways. Always look up ahead for gates or openings in the ditch or wall. Spread your weight across the bike. Lean out on the hoods rather than up on top of the bars.

Keep your arms relaxed and if you do feel a gust don’t go rigid. Let the bike find it’s way. Keep pedalling at a slightly lower cadence than usual. You have much less control over the bike if you are freewheeling.

Snow and Ice

This is much more dangerous. Sticking to main roads that have been gritted is the only road option but many will choose to either go Mountain biking or hit the Turbo trainer, especially when there is a high risk of black ice. When snow is falling before it freezes it can be similar to training in rain but once it freezes it turns to ice which is a cyclists worst enemy.

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When you get home :

Rinse down your bike with a hose to remove as much dirt and grime as possible, especially from around the brakes and the rims. With a little practice you can also degrease the chain and cassette too, all in under 3 minutes so that you don’t get cold standing around in wet gear.

Spray on some light oil onto the moving parts to stop any rust forming.

I normally try to wash the bike properly at least once per week too.

On very wet and cold days I normally have a Lemsip when I get in the door to warm up and kill any bugs before they get a chance to cause a cold or sore throat.

Don’t hang around in wet gear. Get into a hot shower asap and the wrap up well afterwards.

Wash your gear straight away too. On really muddy days rinse off in a sink first. Close all zips and place anything with velcro into an old pillow case.

Safety is always a key factor. A heavy rider is less likely to get blown off the road whilst a 50kg climber will float away like a discarded Mars bar wrapper. Know your limits and abilities but also know that there is a great sense of satisfaction from going training on those bad days when you could have stayed in bed.

15 most annoying habits shown by cyclists


Cycling with others can be great fun, the shared experience of riding along some crisp tarmac, enjoying the fresh air and stimulating conversation. It can also be quite irritating. Some riders have annoying habits that can build in their irritation during a long stint in the saddle. Here are some of the worst.

1. The Snot Rocket

Placing one finger carefully over one nostril and firing out a slug of snot from the other one is one sure-fire way of clearing your nasal passages – which is all well and good, as long as it’s not directed at the rider behind you or done when you’re stopped at the traffic lights in front of a group of horrified on-lookers.

2. The moaner

We’re cyclists, and therefore always like a bit of moaning, but there’s a limit. The weather’s too hot, the weather’s too cold, the roads are rubbish, your bike is creaking, someone else’s bike is creaking, did you see that stupid article about annoying cycling habits on that website… etc. There’s a saying that pain is weakness leaving the body and moaning is it going back in.

3. Rampant pothole pointer

Let’s be clear – as politicians like to say – that pointing out genuine hazards on the road for other members of your riding group to avoid is a very good thing. Potentially life-saving, in fact. But there are those that point at every little blemish on the road’s surface, causing undue alarm and swerving, and making it hard to determine when a real danger arrives.

4. Not pointing out potholes

… And following on, there’s nothing worse than riding in a group to have your back and/or front wheel nearly broken by an unseen chasm in the tarmac. Or tyre-shredding pile of glass. Or angry-looking venomous snake.

5. Know-it-all

“You need to get in the right gear, mate”. “Oh no, I wouldn’t eat that if I were you”. “You’re going to boil in that jacket on the first hill”. “Your saddle isn’t high enough you know”. We all know someone who likes to dispense advice, whether it is welcome or not.


6. No turn at the front, AKA the lazy sprinter

You know the sort. Hanging at the back of the pack on group rides, chatting away and not putting their nose into the wind at the front. Until the last 500 metres, when they can claim the ‘victory’ with their fresh legs after everyone else has been dragging them around the lanes for three hours.

7. Cheery fit person

“Afternoon!” says the super-fit, super-fast cyclist as they zip past you on a hill so steep you are struggling to fight off the effects of gravity. They weren’t even out of breath.

8. The secret guffer

What’s that odour? Could it be a farmyard? Then the realisation dawns on you that you have breathed in gases that were resident in the rider-in-front’s digestive tract just a mere few seconds before. Not nice, really.

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9. Confession addict

Some riders treat cycling as a mobile confessional, telling you their cycling shortfalls and woes, such as how they haven’t been out much in the past few weeks, or that they haven’t oiled their chain for a month. Before vanishing up the road.

10. Drink nicker

There’s often someone who hasn’t brought enough drink, or perhaps not brought a drink at all. So they ask whether they can have a swig of yours, thereby depriving you of your fluid intake. This is perfectly excusable until the same person does the same thing on the next ride.

11. KOM hero

There are those who launch themselves at top speed along some seemingly insignificant stretch of road. You usually find them sat in a crumpled heap a little way further on breathlessly muttering ‘Strava segment’.


12. Put the phone away

Selfies while cycling. No thanks.

13. Route bore

Someone who produces an Ordnance Survey map out of their back pocket before you have even turned one pedal stroke, and then proceeds to describe the many route permutations that you could or could not take. It doesn’t matter how many times you look at your watch, there’s always another lane that could be included in there or avoided. “I don’t care, let’s just get going”.

14. Wheelsucker

Related to the ‘lazy sprinter’ (see above), the true wheelsucker doesn’t even bother to try and keep up on the climbs, instead getting dropped – meaning that you have to wait for them at the top. And your thanks for waiting for them? Getting attacked on the next downhill or flat section after they have sat on your back wheel to get their breath back.

15. Litter lout

While the preceding points may have you shaking your head in disagreement and ready to post an angry reply in the comment section, there is no conceivable excuse for riders who chuck their gel wrappers, old tubes and anything else at the roadside.

6 road trips in India every motorbiker must go for!

Motorbiker only a biker can tell how amazing an experience it is to be riding through roads that are beautiful. That feeling of the soothing breeze blowing you over, and the ever changing drama of nature’s changing forms are things that can’t be explained within the limits of a few words. The good part is that our country is home to routes that are highly suited for motorbiking enthusiasts. Routes that are challenging, yet, showcase the best of what Mother Nature can enthrall a traveller with.

Here are some of the best motorbiking trips and routes in India. Ride solo, or pick the one you love and let the wheels take you on a journey to remember…

Delhi to Leh

Although it is one of the most popular motorbiking trips in the country, a ride from Delhi to Leh can throw up huge challenges to even the best bikers. A trip which lasts for about 15 days, the ride from Delhi to Leh is filled with myriad adventures and sights that are stunning to say the least. This route takes a rider through Chandigarh and then to Manali, from where the real climb begins.


The landscape gradually changes from urban cities to Himalayan villages and snowy mountains and finally ends in the rocky and stark desert-like terrain of Leh. Dangers on the way are many as the route takes a biker through some of the toughest roads in the country, including Khardung La, the highest motorable pass in the world.

Shimla to Spiti Valley

A motorcycle ride from Shimla to Spiti Valley will let you get enchanted with some of the most stunning sceneries one can experience in Himachal Pradesh. Right from the mix of green and snowy hills of the Shimla region, the landscape gradually changes towards a more rocky yet more beautiful valley on the upper reaches of the state.

While on one hand are the charming snow-capped peaks, on the other are waterfalls, gorges and the occasional green meadows with herds of sheep grazing in Kinnaur and then the sudden starkness of Spiti Valley. The ride is strenuous and full of challenges due to the snake-like narrow mountain roads, sharp inclines, and rocky terrain making it even more difficult.

Bangalore to Kannur

If you are a motorcycling enthusiast living in the city of Bangalore, feel lucky for you have one of the most beautiful routes to ride on. We are talking about the journey from the urban town of Bangalore to the lush green environs of Kannur in Kerala. The ride is picturesque and makes a rider feel great with amazing views of roving cliffs and mesmerising greens of the valleys.


Besides, there are several lakes on the way, where bikers can make pit stops and have delicious meals at the local restaurants. For reaching Kannur from Bangalore, a biker has to ride across beautiful destinations like Nagarhole, Tholpatty, and then Kuthuparamba from Manandvady, and finally Kuthuparamba before reaching Kannur.

Siliguri to Yuksom

Keen nature lovers and travellers would agree that the eastern part of the country is home to some of the most beautiful mountains in the country. You can have one of the best motorbiking experiences on roads connecting Darjeeling and Sikkim. On one hand are the stunning panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other great Himalayan ranges, lush green environs on the other are a great charm as well.

Some of the highlights of the motorbiking trip from the town of Siliguri in West Bengal to Yuksom in Sikkim are the colourful towns of Kalimpong, Pelling and Gangtok, which also make for great pit stops for the journey.

Bhalukpong to Tawang

If you are keen to enjoy natural beauty of the northeastern part of India, a motorbike ride from Bhalukpong to Tawang is one of the best ways to experience that. While this route is known to showcase the best of this region’s vegetation, birds, flora and fauna, it also proves to be challenging for riders at more places than one.

There are tricky turns on the twisting mountain roads, high inclinations, landslide areas to cross, waterfalls passing through the way and a lot more that can make the journey a tricky one. The snow-covered roads, usually around year end, make it an even more exciting experience.

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Mumbai to Trivandrum

Although it is not one of the most common routes to go on a motorbiking trip, a ride from Mumbai to Trivandrum will offer the finest combination of sea and hills. This coastal ride takes a rider through numerous beaches and unparalleled beauty of these lush green hills of the Western Ghats.

With this one, you get to ride across some amazing coastal destinations, including the hugely popular beach town of Goa, and the tourist-friendly towns of Kochi and Alleppey in Kerala. On this route, a rider can enjoy the beauty of nature’s varied forms including beaches, hills, forests and the backwaters as well.

Cycling the Southern Loop of Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most famous outdoor areas in the world – known for its stunning scenery, impressive animal life, and (most of all) its widespread thermal activity. Yellowstone, after all, is located in the caldera of one of the world’s largest super-volcanoes. It’s no surprise then that the planet’s most well known geyser (Old Faithful) calls Yellowstone National Park its home.

While Old Faithful may be the attraction most visitors to Yellowstone National Park come to see, there is a whole lot more to this protected parkland than just a single regularly erupting pocket of hot water. Yellowstone National Park, while not necessarily known as a cycling destination of any kind, is actually a fantastic place to conduct a short 3-7 day cycling adventure… as you will see if you simply watch the video below.

Yellowstone National Park

In this article we’ll be discussing what it’s like to cycle around the southern loop of Yellowstone National Park – parking your car near the Grant Village Visitor Center on the western edge of Yellowstone Lake and then cycling in a circle for approximately 3 days (95 mi / 152 km) while stopping along the way to explore some of Yellowstone’s most iconic geysers, thermal pools, waterfalls, rivers and other points of interest.

Driving to Yellowstone & Parking Your Vehicle

While it is possible to cycle into Yellowstone National Park on your bicycle, most people who visit the Park come in a motor vehicle. If you’re coming to Yellowstone in a motor vehicle with the goal of cycling around the Park for several days, then you’ll need to find a place to safely park your car for the days you are away on your bike… and the best place to do that is at the Grant Village Visitor Center on the western edge of Yellowstone Lake.

Just outside the Grant Village Visitor Center is the backcountry office. Go into that office and tell them you are planning to cycle around the Park for a few days and that you need a safe place to park your car for the days you’ll be away on your bike.

The people in the backcountry office will ask about your intended route and then, they should, give you a permit to place in the window of your vehicle. This permit is basically a piece of paper that says which day you plan to return to your vehicle… and states that you are away on a multi-day bike trip.

Once you’ve received that permit for your vehicle, ask the people in the backcountry office where you should park your car, truck or van. The location of these parking spots may change depending on the time of year you visit the Park and which person you ask. When I visited Yellowstone National Park in late September, I was asked to park my van in the parking lot across from the US Post Office right outside the Grant Village Visitor Center.

Place the permit for your vehicle in the front window of your car, truck or van and then load up your bicycle. Your bike tour through Yellowstone National Park begins right now!

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Camping & Permits

Wild camping or free camping (whatever you want to call it) is not allowed in Yellowstone National Park. You can’t just camp wherever you want (unfortunately). If you are planning to cycle across the Park, you need to camp in either one of the large, designated group campgrounds or in one of the few backcountry campgrounds scattered throughout the Park.

During my 3-day bike tour in Yellowstone National Park, I spent two nights camping in the larger established campgrounds and a single night camped out in one of the backcountry campsites along my route.

If you are traveling on a bicycle, there’s no need to make reservations in advance if you plan to spend the night at the large established campsites. Each campground has a designated area for hikers and bikers… and if you show up at one of these campgrounds on your bicycle, they will make room for you – no matter what! (Don’t quote me on that though.)

If, however, you plan to spend the night at one of the backcountry campsites, some advanced planning is required. First of all, not all backcountry campsites are accessible by bicycle. In fact, most of the backcountry campsites are only accessible on foot and most trails in Yellowstone do not allow bicycles of any kind. So, do your research in advance and know before you go, which campgrounds you’ll be able to access with your bicycle.

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Once you do decide on the backcountry campsites you want to stay at, you’ll need to get a permit before you can camp. To get this permit, simply pay a visit to the backcountry office in the Grant Village Visitor Center before you take off on your tour. Tell them where you want to camp and which night(s) you plan to stay there. If no other campers have already claimed that campsite, you’ll be issued a permit for a single night of camping in that location.

As you can see, backcountry camping is risky and does require both some planning and good luck, as these campsites can fill up fast in the prime tourist season (summer)… and you might discover, only upon reaching the Park, that the backcountry campground you wanted to stay at is already booked and you can no longer camp there.

What to See & Do

There are a million things to stop and see, do and explore in Yellowstone National Park. If you’re cycling the southern loop of the Park, however, I recommend you stop and see:

  • West Thumb Geyser Basin
  • Natural Bridge of Yellowstone
  • LeHardy’s Rapids
  • The Mud Volcano
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Norris Geyser Basin
  • Artist’s Paintpots
  • Firehole Falls
  • Grand Prismatic Spring
  • Biscuit Basin
  • Black Sand Basin
  • Old Faithful
  • Lone Star Geyser

Each and every one of these attractions has been marked on my cycling map of the southern loop of Yellowstone National Park. Click here to download the map.

Roads in Yellowstone

Before going to Yellowstone, I had been told that the roads in the Park were really bad, narrow and dangerous. Other tourists in the Park echoed these sentiments… and the Park Rangers themselves warned me to be careful when cycling around the Park on my own, as the roads were narrow and the drivers would be distracted.

Despite all the negative things I had been told about cycling in Yellowstone National Park, I decided to give the Park a try… and to be completely honest, I don’t know what everyone was talking about!

I found the roads in Yellowstone to be on par with any of the roads one might cycle in the United States. Yes, there were a lot of cars (usually passing in big groups with 20-30 vehicles driving past all at once, and then a short time afterward with no vehicles passing at all). And yes, the shoulders were kind of narrow in some sections, but if you are accustomed to cycling in the road anywhere else in the world (or anywhere else in North America), you’ll find the roads in Yellowstone National Park to be about the same as what you would expect just about anywhere else.

Traffic is drastically higher in the summer months, so keep that in mind. Non-peak seasons are the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park if you are planning to go there with a cycling trip in mind.

Be sure to pay attention to the vehicles around you. Drivers are limited to going no more than 45 miles per hour when they are within the Park (which is a good thing), but those same drivers are often times distracted by the animals and natural features around them, and they may not be looking for a cyclist on the side of the roadway. Make yourself visible, use a mirror if you think it will make you feel more comfortable, and stay alert for distracted or reckless drivers whenever you are cycling on the roads within Yellowstone National Park.

Important Things to Keep in Mind

First of all, theft is not a big concern when you are cycling in Yellowstone National Park, but it’s a good idea to bring a good bike lock with you when touring Yellowstone by bicycle. Not only will you need to use your bike lock when staying in the large established campgrounds, but you will also want to use your bike lock any time you step away from your bicycle to explore the numerous geyser basins, waterfalls and other tourist attractions within the park. When you do leave your bicycle, be sure to remove any valuable items from your bicycle and carry those items with you as you walk around the Park.

Secondly, there are large, dangerous animals in Yellowstone National Park and these animals are a serious threat to individuals traveling on a bicycle. Do not approach bison or bear within the Park and be sure to practice safe food handling techniques when camping in the established campgrounds and in backcountry campsites. While the larger campgrounds will have metal bear boxes provided for you in which you can store your food and toiletries, hanging your food is a recommend practice when spending the night in any of the backcountry campsites.

Finally, be sure to practice safe cycling while in the Park… and be a good representative of the cycling community for bikers who may come after you. Cycle only on the roads and trails where bicycles are allowed; wear a helmet; ride safely in the shoulders and take the lane only when necessary; smile; be friendly; act smart; pick up your trash; properly dispose of your waste when backcountry camping; share your campsite with other cyclists when need be; and be a good representative of the cycling community.

Got Questions? If you have any questions about cycling the southern loop of Yellowstone National Park… or you need help planning your own Yellowstone cycling adventure, leave a comment at the bottom of this page and I (or someone else in the Bicycle Touring Pro community) will respond to you within a matter of hours/days.