We completed another chapter of Bulletizers Rides, this time we left our footprints in World Heritage Centers like Hampi, Aihole, Badami, Pattadakal and Almatti.
It was very unique experience, a revisit to our cultural and architectural richness. There's literally nothing more to expect when you have some incredible co-riders who made the journey a hard-to-erase memory.
1. Amod Shankar - TB 350
2. Bijendra - COntinental GT 535
3&4. Manoj & Arvind - Classic 350
5. Manjunath - Classic 350
6. Aniket Sengar - Suzuki Gixxer SF
7. Ashok Kumar - Classic 350
8. Madan M Devaiah - Himalayan 411
9. Mahesh Swamy - Himalayan 411
Dates: 24, 25, 26 June, 2017.
Bikes: 2 Himalayans, 3 Classic, 1 Continental GT, 1 Gixxer SF, 1 Thunderbird 350(Mine).
Route: Bangalore -> Chitradurga -> Hospet -> Hampi -> Badami -> Pattadakal -> Aihole -> Almatti dam -> Hospet -> Chitradurga -> Bangalore
Kms total: ~1140
Bangalore - Hampi : 340 Kms
Hampi was founded in the year 1336 AD, by the two brothers Harihara, also known as Hakka and Bukka. Hampi has also been called as Vijayanagara or Virupakshapura. Hampi has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage centre.
Road condition: Bangalore to Chitradurga: Excellent, Chitradurga to Hospet: moderate to bad. There is 4 lane work in progress all over and barring 20-30 kms, the entire stretch is bad. This aggravates with countless trucks plying and extreme crosswinds making it real dangerous.
So it was decided that the meeting point will be Mc Donalds near Gorguntepalaya on Tumkur road. The assembly time was 4:30 AM so we woke up at 3 and got ready by 3:40 to meet 2 fellow riders near my home at ORR Mahadevapura.
We crossed Chitradurga at 9 AM and took a right towards Hospet and the bad roads and heavy corsswinds started. The crosswinds in the entire area from Chitradurga all the way to Almatti dam is a real issue for bikers. The winds seem to uproot you from the road and bring right under a moving truck. Event though we were on some of the heaviest bikes - it was real dangerous. Spare a thought to Aniket - on his Gixxer But the good thing was, all the riders were extremely professional and it was good to see that.
A pro tip to travelers from Chitradurga to Hospet: There are absolutely NO good restaurants in this stretch. There are all small dhabas where truckers and construction laborers eat. So if you are looking for *Good and Hygienic* places to eat, don't expect that.
We stopped at some random dhaba and decided to have breakfast there as there was no other option. The food was fairly good as we were not expecting anything.
Braving the bad roads and truck traffic, we moved on. One of the Classics broke down after some half an hour and refused to start. After some trouble shooting it turned out that in reserve fuel mode, it was starting. Later in the day at the RE service centre, it turned out there was nothing wrong. Madan's Himalayan was leaking a lot of engine oil from the head but he braved on.
We reached Hospet around 1 PM and got to the hotel. Madan took his bike to service centre where they got the seal replaced, and only 1 litre of engine oil was left in the engine, so he decided to replace the oil after the repair. The guys at RE Hospet are so helpful and courteous. So at around 3:30 we were all set to move towards Hampi which is 12 Kms from Hospet.