Riding 1000 km in a day on Honda Hornet 160r
Riding 1000 km of long distance on motorcycle is not easy, we need experience and skills, along with that a proper planning. I have written an article on ‘How to plan for a long ride’ , check out and plan well. For now I will share my plan, preparation, ride and experience of my longest ride (Till date).
In Bengaluru if someone say that he is doing 1000 km ride then mostly it will be Bengaluru – Mumbai, because that is the easiest 1000 km one can do. But I did not choose this route as I wanted to do it within Karnataka.
Keeping safety in mind I have made 3 plans, according to time I will decide one plan. More than completing the ride I want to reach home safely. Because life is important right.
Bengaluru – Hassan – Charmadi Ghat – Mangaluru – Murudeshwara – Sirsi – Haveri – Davangere – Chitradurga – Bengaluru.
Main reason to choose this road is because I have done several time to Mangaluru, thinking this I thought first 360 km would be easy and fast. And I would cover some amazing scenery in Western Ghats (Charmadi Ghat) after that complete coastal till Murudeshwara.
Bengaluru – Chitradurga – Davangere – Haveri – Sirsi – Murudeshwara – Mangaluru – Charmadi Ghat – Hassan – Bengaluru.
This is the opposite plan of plan 1. I will continue this route only if I reach Murudeshwara by 1pm or else will go for plan 3, because if I reach Murudeshwara after 2pm then while returning I have to face dark from Charmadi ghat which will be definitely hard to ride by facing high beams from opposite vehicles.
Bengaluru – Chitradurga – Davangere – Haveri – Sirsi – Murudeshwara – Sirsi – Haveri – Davangere – Chitradurga – Bengaluru.
This route Is safest and better compared to first 2 plans. Here I ride most in NH and some distance from Haveri – Murudeshwara – Haveri (370 km) of small road which would take lot of time. But while coming back if I reach Haveri before dark then I will be confident on reaching home safely.
I went with plan 3 which I felt would be safest of all.
Preparing for the longest ride
After planning the route then it time to pack up and move. A day prior it is recommended to check motorcycle condition. Motorcycle was serviced and was ready to move.
Riding gears are compulsory, without that I don’t even get into bike. Riding gears I user – Spartan Aspida Riding jacket (See the review about the jacket), MT Mugello Helmet, ProRider Gloves. Yet to buy knee guard.
I’m using my dell laptop bag for now. I don’t have any saddle bag or tank bag yet! Need to buy one soon. I compulsory carry Water bottle, biscuits, chain lube oil and power bank. I recommend to carry puncture kit as well. You can buy one here.
These are some basic preparations I do for all long rides.
Let’s start the ride.
Got up at 3:30 AM with lot of excitement and prayed to lord Anjanaya (Hanuman). Got ready by 4:15 AM and left home with my mother blessings. Tied my bag to rear seat and started my ride. 4:30 AM I reached Gorguntepalya. From here it is very easy to cruise.
You can watch the full video here.
Started vlogging from here. I always ride slowly during dark, kept going till Tumkur at 80 – 90km/h, once crossing Tumkur I started hitting 110 – 115km/h constantly till Chitradrga. Because from Tumkur to Chitradurga it’s a 6 lane road, even splendor does 100km/h in this road.
There were too many trucks in this road, my advice is to keep a lot of distance with those trucks. One incident happened to a guy who was doing Saddle Sore Challenge (Read it here). To avoid such incidents please always maintain a good distance.
From Chitradurga it is 4 lane road. Was cruising at 100km/h from here. By the time I reached Davangere toll my fuel was getting empty. Because of cruising at high speed I got very less mileage till here. 500rs petrol for just 250 km. Filled petrol and moved to Kamat Upachar which between Harihar and Ranebennur. Hotel was really good and could take some good rest. There was a petrol bunk as well, so after having breakfast we can fill petrol n move.
In no time I reached Haveri and was searching for diversion towards Sirsi. From this point it’s all small roads. From Haveri to Hangal road was good but too many speed breakers. There was no much green till Yekkambi which is just before Sirsi. Experience was quite different here. After the good road all of a sudden I felt like I went inside forest, later felt like wild life sanctuary.
Reached Sirsi at 11:15 AM, it was quite relaxing for me. But after looking map it was showing stll 100kms and 2:45hr of journey. So quickly started again after a small break. From here roads were quite good. Encountered many check post because of election. Few stopped me and checked my bag. Between Sirsi and Kumta I did not notice much villages, but ghat section was really good but made me very slow, average speed was just 35 km.
After reaching Kumta I was happy with the left over distance but was not happy with weather. It was freaking damn hot and irritating my body, but did not give up! Reaching from Kumta to Honnavar was really a hard task. Too many traffic and very bad road with too many patch works. By this time my butt was already paining a lot, after encountering this road it started to give up. But pushed myself by saddling for every 2 to 3 km.
After Honnavar road was under construction, so had too many diversions. Some smooth and some old and patchy. Till I reached Murudeshwara I was saddling most of the time. Once I saw the gate of temple, uffff that happiness can’t express in words. Entered with full happiness and reached temple.
Need to talk about temple in another separate post, for now I will just share the ride experience. Definitely it was too has, sea was next to me. Was tempting to get into beach but I could waste lot of time for this big ride. Just checked if temple was open, but it was not. Went back on the same way n found the hotel. Relaxed under fan for some time, ate food and left.
While coming back I took the same route. As per my plan I told if I reach temple after 2 pm then I will return in same route. I reached temple at 2 Pm had food and left at 3 PM.
From now my target was to reach Haveri by 7pm. Because riding on single road at night is very difficult and dangerous. Especially those high beam head lights, which will kill our eyes.
As per my target I reached Close to Haveri at 6:30 PM and encountered the heavy rain with thunderstorm and lightning. Kept my camera, mobile and wallet inside my rain proof cover inside my bag and moved. Got drenched by reaching Haveri. Took some break under NH Flyover as it was raining heavily. After some time rain stopped.
By the time I left Haveri it was 7:30PM. Rode nonstop till Chitradurga and stopped for Dinner. I was already too tired. After having dinner I was very sleepy. The only reason I reached safely Home is because of Will Power. Did not give up anywhere till I reached Bengaluru. Took many halts and washed my face several times. Body completely gave up but soul was strong and pushing me. I was doing just 70km/h from Chitradurga to Bengaluru. The energy was lost because of too much hot. In winter it doesn’t happen.
Reached Bengaluru toll at 200 AM. I was so happy that I completed 1000kms at this point. Did not waste much time here, it was already too late, so reached home safely which was 25 km from this toll.
This was the experience of my 1000 km ride. Unforgettable!!
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