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

Jammin Global at Delhi Bikers Fest

4 March 2014

At the Delhi Bikers Fest on my birthday, standing here with Sundeep Gajjar, the founder of xBhp, a huge Indian motorcycling forum and now magazine, and Arun Thareja, founder of the Group of Delhi Superbikers. Both of these guys, along with many others at the fest, have put in a tremendous effort in growing the motorcycling scene in India. Good to meet lots of bike enthusiasts and hopefully someone got inspired to start their own journey after seeing sanDRina and my presentation πŸ˜‰

Big thanks to Joshua John and his team (Sanjeev, Tarique and more) for pulling off the fest and bringing all the various flavours of bikers together at one event. There were vintage bikes, Harleys, superbikes, Enfields and of course, traveling bikes πŸ™‚

Launching!! Jammin Global Adventure Travel, Guided Motorcycle Tours

21 February 2014

3…2…1… Launching!! >> Jammin Global Adventure Travel

Guided motorcycle tours at the new http://JamminGlobal.com

Hit the link for info and a new promo video πŸ˜‰

The calling to get back on the road was too strong. But now I want others to experience what it feels like to go on a motorcycle adventure in some of the most exciting locations on the planet. If you or someone you know might be interested in joining me, get in touch!

As you can see, http://JamminGlobal.com is now my new tours website and this blog has been moved to… http://blog.JamminGlobal.com πŸ™‚

Ted Simon and a Harley-Davidson on the way to Goa

28 January 2014

This sums up Ted Simon’s view of Harleys.

On the Helmet Stories ‘Ride with the Legends’ from Bombay to Goa for India Bike Week, Harley-Davidson, being a major sponsor of the event, wanted Sir Ted to ride this new Sporster Super Low. He took one spin on it, jumped off and said, ‘Jay, you ride the Harley, I’m riding the Enfield.’ The seating position is not kind to the knees and the handlebar position isn’t the best. But, I’m good at riding anything on two wheels fast, so I enjoyed the Harley with its torquey engine and well-balanced chassis; first time to ride a belt-driven bike! Its super short suspension kept bottoming out on the rough coastal roads we were on and I resorted to standing on the pegs and riding it like a dirt bike. Ted quipped that India is the only place where you can ride off-road on tarmac πŸ˜‰

Test Riding Royal Enfield’s new Continental GT on the ride to Goa

24 January 2014

Test riding Royal Enfield’s new Continental GT on the ride to Goa. Wow, I love this bike! RE has done an incredible job with their cafΓ© racer. The suspension and chassis are confidence-inspiring, the 535cc thumper has enough oomph for big smiles and the Brembo brakes saved me after going too hot into a sweeper. The riding position is very sporty and I was dancing on the footpegs through the twisties – haven’t ridden like that in years!