Motorcycle Travellers Meet at India Bike Week 2015

India Bike Week just happened and the MTM crew put on a great show at The Big Trip! Jammin Global is a core partner of MTM and we hosted tonnes of overland travellers, such as Hubert who has been riding around the world for 10 years on a Ural sidecar, Grantโ€‹ and Susan Johnson from Horizons Unlimited, Pat and Sheonagh, two elderly Brit ladies riding around on dirt bikes, along with seasoned travellers such as Avinash Thadaniโ€‹, Sangeetha Jairamโ€‹ and Frank Voellmโ€‹ among many others. To be honest, many of those that came for the bike festival said our travellers tent was the most interesting thing going on and that shows our mission of enabling riders to follow their two-wheel dreams is growing ๐Ÿ˜‰

Great job Motorcycle Travellers Meet – Indiaโ€‹ Team!

India Bike Week
India Bike Week 2015 at Vagator, Goa.

Hubert Ural Sidecar
Hubert’s Ural with a Sidecar. Traveling around the world for more than 10 years now. If you see him on the road, invite him home ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Avi Travel Talk
Avinash Thadani shares his story of riding a KTM 640 Adv from New York down to Tierra del Fuego and at the end of his presentation, he gave a little homage to Santosh Kumar, the man behind Motorcycle Travellers Meet – India. Thanks Avi!

MTM Crew
The MTM crew all smiles at The Big Trip.

Women Riders Discussion Panel
Women Riders Discussion Group. These ladies have ridden far and wide and hope they inspired a few more to get on the bike and start riding.

Jammin Global to present at miniMTM Mumbai 2014

8 June 2014

I’ll be in Mumbai in a few weeks for the first Mini Motorcycle Travellers Meet ๐Ÿ™‚ We had our big annual event in Bangalore in April and now we’ll be putting on a series of Mini MTMs at various locations around India. Mumbai is first up. It’s just a day event and it’ll be packed with inspirational motorcycle travel stories, practical workshops and info sessions to get you on the road.

http://motorcycle.travellersmeet.in/mtm-minis/mumbai/

Steph Jeavons, who recently started her RTW on a Honda CRF 250 from London will be our feature speaker, then we have Avinash Thadani who rode a KTM 640 around South America and Kedarnath who got inspired from the first MTM in 2013 to ride to Europe on his Royal Enfield Thunderbird. I’ll be doing my off-road ride skills workshop early in the morning and we’ll end with a Ladakh info session.

Register now at http://motorcycle.travellersmeet.in/registration/

Jammin Global at Motorcycle Travellers Meet 2014

21 April 2014

Had a wonderful three days at the 2014 Motorcycle Travellers Meet India. About 120 moto travel enthusiasts converged at Camp Shristi outside Bangalore for talks from riders currently on their RTW, those who’ve gone and those who are going. I conducted a few workshops and here Johan and I mounted a new rear tire on his Suzuki DR650 and explained the process to the captive audience. That little dirt bike in the background, a Hero Impulse, was used to practice the proper technique for lifting up your bike when it drops. I also lead some off-road ride skills workshops in the mornings at a dried lake bed and shared the benefits of standing on the foot pegs. The more advanced riders got to play in some craters and excavated pits.

It was fantastic to connect with such an interesting mix of riders from all walks of life who basically say, ‘have two wheels, will travel.’ ๐Ÿ™‚ #MTMIndia is growing and there’s a lot more in the coming months…

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Off-road ride skills workshop at a dried lake bed. Johan let me ride his DR650 and he’s on my loaner Hero Impulse 150 and with us are Abijith on his Bullet with the GoPro and Aditya on his Karizma. Great riding with you guys!


Riders meeting at the off-road ride skills workshop.


Very cool to see so many women riders at the meet and Huda Masood takes the trophy for most epic fall. She came flying up the mud ramp, hit a bump and got bucked off her Impulse. She picked it up, went back again and big smile on conquering the ramp ๐Ÿ™‚


On two wheels, surrounded by nature. Does it get any better? ๐Ÿ™‚


Toga party with the MTM banner? Having some fun at the end of the meet with Bikerni riders Aishwarya and Madhuri, riding KTM Duke 200 and Royal Enfield Thunderbird. Both of them progressed rapidly on the off-road course and were comfortable standing on the pegs by the end. What do you say, girls, Raid de Himalaya next? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jay and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance at MTM 2014

2 April 2014

Getting ready for ‘Jay and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ at the second annual Motorcycle Travellers Meet – India next weekend near Bangalore.

sanDRina’s rear tire has been suffering a slow leak for the past few months and I finally swapped out the inner tube, getting back in the groove of using my tire tools. I’m using a bead breaker here on my Heidenau K60 Scout tire to get access to the tube inside. The old tube was a heavy duty one from Heidenau and I’ve been using that since Hamburg (March 2011), all through Africa and up till now. Not a single puncture through those 46,360 km (28,812 miles)! In went another Heidenau HD tube.

I’ll also be doing a Ride Skills workshop at MTM 2014, so if you’ve never stood on the pegs and want to gain confidence riding through sand, along with attending all the other awesome sessions planned, hit the link and register:

http://motorcycle.travellersmeet.in

Talks: Jammin Global to present at Motorcycle Travellers Meet 2014

21 March 2014

In 3 weeks, the second annual Motorcycle Travellers Meet – India will be taking place outside Bangalore. This is the place to be if you live and breathe motorcycle traveling in India and want to share your story, pick up tips from seasoned overlanders and get inspired from those on the road right now.

sanDRina will be coming down to #MTMindia 2014 and I’ll be leading a workshop titled “Jay and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” ๐Ÿ˜‰ There’ll be another DR650 overlander at the meet as Johan Senekal has timed his ride through India just perfectly.

The event is limited to 100 participants, so apply now at: http://motorcycle.travellersmeet.in/registration

The event page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1417775535145386

A recap of MTM 2013:

Video: Jay Kannaiyan Interview at Motorcycle Travellers Meet, Part 3

02 November 2013

And here’s Part 3 of my interview shot at Motorcycle Travellers Meet – India.

I go over the importance of learning Spanish for Latin America, the reason behind my trip, why I pursued a Masters in Sustainable Development and advice on long-term traveling.

Big thanks to the MTMIndia crew for growing the adventure motorcycling community in India!

http://youtu.be/WmDvhHduesg

Video: Jay Kannaiyan Interview at Motorcycle Travellers Meet, Part 2

02 October 2013

Here’s Part 2 of my interview shot at Motorcycle Travellers Meet – India.

I cover my long-term journeying strategy (plan two weeks at a time), the gear I carried (tent, stove, water filter), funding and budgeting, the use of Couchsurfing, the story behind sanDRina and why I travel on an old bike and how I beat traveler’s fatigue by carrying ‘home’ (my curry) with me ๐Ÿ˜‰

http://youtu.be/ueEuI18ADpM

Presenting at Motorcycle Travellers Meet India

29 July 2013

I had a fantastic time at the Motorcycle Travellers Meet – India! It was held over the weekend at a campsite outside Bangalore. The MTM Team put on a great show and brought together like-minded travellers from around the country who choose to explore on two wheels. I enjoyed presenting about my trip and hearing the stories of other Indian moto travellers such as Bharadwaj Dayala and Avinash Thadani.

Thanks to Santosh Kumar, Vijay Nambiar, Anuradha Rao, Nidhi Suresh and the rest of the MTM team. Plus big thanks to indiMotard adventures for providing me with a KTM Duke 200 to ride to the event.

The success of this event has spurred us on to start thinking of next year’s event. I’ve joined the organizing committee and want to help raise the international profile of motorcycle travel in India!