Tri­umph Tiger Trails

Tri­umph In­dia in­vited us, along with the rest of the In­dian auto fra­ter­nity, for some mud-sling­ing at a spe­cial me­dia-only Tiger Trails event at Aamby Val­ley. Mad­ness en­sued


Some mud-sling­ing and off-road mad­ness from the Tiger Trails at Aamby Val­ley

On a weT week­end aT aaMBY Val­ley, I was primed in all my rid­ing kit to go play in the mud. The oc­ca­sion was the Tiger Trails, a half-day worth of off-road fun and in­struc­tion on how to tackle ter­rains that are com­pletely de­void of tar­mac. Our in­struc­tor was ace ral­ly­ist and or­gan­iser of the fear­some Raid De Hi­malaya, Vi­jay Par­mar. Un­der his tute­lage and hawk-eyed gaze, we were to con­quer four spe­cially de­signed off-road stages to help en­hance our mud-based prow­ess. How­ever, be­fore we got down and dirty, Vi­jay took us through a class­room ses­sion to guide us on the in­tri­ca­cies of off-road­ing, es­pe­cially on a big, bad ad­ven­ture tourer like the Tiger.

The class­room ses­sion was ex­tremely in­for­ma­tive, with Vi­jay ex­plain­ing ev­ery­thing from how you sit and stand when of­froad­ing: knees tight to the tank and don’t wres­tle with the han­dle. How you turn the bike: sit in the ‘cross’ po­si­tion, com­pletely the op­po­site of how you would when on tar­mac. He also spoke about what to do when you in­evitable fall — kick out your leg from un­der­neath the bike, be­cause metal and plas­tic are eas­ier to mend than bones and car­ti­lage, and kill the ig­ni­tion if you find your­self tak­ing a tum­ble when wad­ing through wa­ter.

There were a lot more tips, tricks, and pieces of ad­vice, in­clud­ing wear­ing the right gear, tak­ing cer­tain safety pre­cau­tions and set­ting up ICE (or In

Case of Emer­gency) pro­to­cols.

Get­ting down and dirty right away

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