1 Mar 2016

Kodaikanal ride

Motorcycling to Kodaikanal

 The Princess of hill stations

          This destination cropped up while looking for a good place to escape Chennai's heat for a couple of days.I with three of my friends set out on two motorcycles, a Hero Honda Hunk and a Yamaha FZ-S early in the morning to avoid traffic and the Sun's heat.
Our bikes minus the Glamour

          The NH45 is quite smooth and we covered some 75kms before stopping for a breakfast of Idlis and coffee.We reached Trichy in the afternoon and headed out straight for Dindigul skipping lunch.
resting in the shade of a bus stand
With the Sun now midway to dusk the scenery started changing from boring straight roads and arid landscape to greenery and curvy roads along the SH145.
Hills outlined afar
          The ascent to Kodai started, 50kms to go.Already feeling the cool breeze.
By the time we reached  Kodai it was starting to get dark and we got ourselves accommodation and after a went straight to sleep after dining on noodles and chicken fried rice.We started our tour by first visiting Coaker's walk which provides a good view of the town and the hills from a height.

      Next we went to Liril falls and Fairy falls, both dry at this time of the year.However Vattakanal falls had water and looked serene.

My friend Sagar

Levinge stream

            We visited the La Saleth Church which is quite beautiful.It's bright colours stood in stark conrast to the clouds that had descended upon the place.

Peaceful and serene

Me and my friends Sagar(white shirt) and Rajeev(cap)

Lumia 1020

       We then went back in town for our lunch of rice, sambhar and some curried vegetables.After a brief rest we headed for Guna caves but there was nothing special to see.

Left to right-Rajeev,Me,Ranjeet

       We called it a day the rest of sightseeing places lay in the reserve forest area which was closed before dusk.

       Next day after a filling breakfast of Idlis and spicy chutney we rode to the forest reserve area.

A glimpse of Pillar rocks enroute

       Sadly the shorter route to Berijam lake was open only for four wheelers and we had to take another route which was nearly double the distance but was rewarding as it had numerous smooth curves to lean the bike.

Majestic views all the way

        After an hours riding we finally reached Elumpallam lake.This was also our last place to visit in Kodai as we had to check-out from the hotel and begin our return journey.

Soaking in the Sun

One last stop on our descent was Silver cascade falls.

And then on our way back

        We checked-in Madurai for resting just outside the Meenakshi Amman temple and after 3 hours of sleep and riding from 3 AM onwards finally reached Chennai at noon exhausted but happy to have done this tour.

22 Nov 2014

                                      ABS SIMPLIFIED

                                                        WHAT IS IT?

An ABS or Anti-lock Braking System is an essential of motorcycle safety.It prevents the sudden lock-up of the wheels of the two wheeler under hard or panic braking,thus preventing a fall. Most modern day bikes are equipped with ABS.


                                                    HOW IT WORKS?

Normally when we apply the brakes on a motorcycle it slows downs and eventually stops but when braking is done on tricky surfaces such as puddles or oil spills we risk a fall.What an ABS does is to apply and reapply the brakes in a very short span of time (almost 15 times a second)    to prevent wheel lock-up.Applying brakes at such speeds is not possible for us mortals.


 The physics behind this is that a rolling body,here a wheel,has more grip or hold of the tarmac than that of a static wheel.When we apply just one of the brakes either wheel slows down faster than the other one and ends locking up.An ABS senses just when a wheel is about to lock-up and momentarily releases the brakes only to reapply it again,it keeps doing so until the bike stops or till the brakes are released,this accounts for the pulsating feel on the brake levers when ABS is activated.It also applies braking to the other wheel in case only one brake is applied by the rider.




It is a circular toothed ring found on the wheel hub.It gathers data regarding the speed of the wheel by a counter.


This thing calculates the data from the sensors to determine when to apply and reapply the brakes based on a pre-defined algorithm.


The disc brakes,master cylinder,valves,and brake pads compose the braking parts.

                                           BENEFITS AND LIMITATIONS

An ABS greatly reduces the braking distance and provides greater control over the bike.It increases the tire life and reduces the number of road accidents significantly.

On the other hand it does not guarantee an accident free reckless riding.If someone is impossibly fast around a corner he might sure get thrown away.




                                                           RIDE SAFE

21 Nov 2014


     Many road accidents happen each year on hilly roads,some due to bad weather and most of them due to human negligence of the dangers surrounding riding on such roads.We too come across such situations but fail to learn from them or just think it won't happen again.Here's a list of some precautions which sure makes life around corners easier and safer.


    There's no excuse for not wearing a helmet.It is the most important part of a riding gear.Wear one and you'll be thanking the gods for the helmet in case of an accident.

Wear this hardware to protect your software


    Don't go flat out on hilly roads or try sticking out that knee too much ,it sure helps to turn the bike in a corner but leaning too much could put you in danger.Ride at sane speeds.Also remember to honk before entering a corner to let others know you're coming.

Don't try this


    Braking is a very important aspect of safety when slowing down a bike or when stopping it.Not all bikes are equipped with ABS so panic braking may put you at risk.Learn to apply the rear brakes first and then the front brake progressively to avoid skidding or falling. Remember to keep your body straight and your knees pressed on to the fuel tank when braking hard.

Slow down


    Try not to rev the engine too hard and keep the throttle input smooth to avoid engine overheating.Keep a light wrist on the accelerator.

Fluid and smooth


     Hilly road are mostly narrow and at some places have just enough space for one four wheeler to pass through,so it is important to stop and make way for bigger vehicles in narrow places to avoid falling off the cliff.

Just let it pass


    Whether riding uphill or downhill it is important to keep the bike in the proper gear.Shifting to a lower gear helps in making an ascent.Letting a bike roll downhill in neutral gear may seem fun but it's not safe,keeping the bike in gear helps maintain control on the bike. I've had bad experiences.

Gear up


    Always ride on the proper side of the road to avoid any unexpected collision.Both you and the oncoming vehicle may be caught unaware.

Don't deviate


    When riding in groups always maintain some distance between you and the bike in front and so must the one behind you,if any.This ensures that there isn't a pile-up when someone in the front loses control of his/her bike.Maintaining a good distance gives you time to apply brakes so that you don't end up ramming the one riding ahead you.


                                                   RIDE SAFE