Break­fast with the Ital­ians

We ride down from Pune to the hill­side re­treat of Lon­avala for quick bite along­side the mem­bers of the Pune chap­ter of the Desmo Own­ers Club. Here is our ex­pe­ri­ence of this short road trip


We join Du­cati’s Desmo Own­ers Club in Pune for a break­fast ride

AS THE THUN­DER clouds rum­ble and gather on the hori­zon and the air is rent with the sharp stabs of light­ning, I ex­pect my phone to ring with a mes­sage say­ing some­thing along the lines of ‘to­mor­row’s ride has been called off.’ Turns out there were at least a few other rid­ers in the Pune chap­ter of the Desmo Own­ers Club’s Pune chap­ter who thought the way I do: a ride in the wet is bet­ter than no ride at all. As we as­sem­bled, suit­ably drenched at the Du­cati show­room at 6am the fol­low­ing morn­ing, I was glad to see a cou­ple of Mon­ster 821s, a Scram­bler, a Mul­tistrada and a Hyper­mo­tard 939 com­ing onto the lot in quick suc­ces­sion. There was also an xDi­avel wait­ing – my ride for the day.

As we set off for Lon­avala on this balmy Sun­day morn­ing, the roads were rel­a­tively empty, which al­lowed us to gather some pace be­fore pulling over for a spot of chai at the Var­soli toll. While there, the group let me know that, to them, Lon­avala meant go­ing all the way up to Aamby Val­ley, be­cause you can’t have a break­fast ride with­out some twisties. I couldn’t agree more. I could see they knew their way around cor­ners too – af­ter much flick­ing, lean­ing and cor­ner­ing hard, we had made it to the top. It was a lot of fun rid­ing with peo­ple who showed so much pas­sion for their steeds and were so en­thu­si­as­tic through­out the ride.

A quick trip back down the hill and we pulled over at the Ger­man Bak­ery for a spot of break­fast. Con­ver­sa­tion didn’t stray far from all things two-wheels through­out the meal, and I’m glad to see that the Du­catisti I en­coun­tered on this ride cel­e­brate the spirit of bik­ing with such vigour. Long may it, and the ef­forts put in by the Bavaria Mo­tors deal­er­ship in plan­ning and ex­e­cut­ing such rides, con­tinue.

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