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Evo India - - DUCATI SCRAMBLER 1100 - Ab­hishek Waira­gade (@ab­hibhi)

AINS HAVE PLAYED HAVOC for the past few months, mak­ing life mis­er­able for us; the biker lot. Lavasa trip av­er­age has gone down from six trips/month to three trips/month. The road sur­face cur­rently re­sem­bles that of the moon with the craters filled up with wa­ter. And in such con­di­tions, I’m al­ways skep­ti­cal about tak­ing out my 200 Duke. But the FZ 25 isn’t a wild an­i­mal, like the KTM. A very do­mes­ti­cated child, the FZ keeps me far more com­fort­able with its soft setup and even Pune’s pot­holes haven’t bro­ken my back yet. But all this has led to a bro­ken fork seal. In other news, a sta­tion­ary drop in the park­ing lot broke the clutch lever. So my dear FZ had to go back to Monarch Yamaha and within two days, she was back in ac­tion, af­ter a quick ser­vice and top­ping up of flu­ids; which means, more Lavasa trips are on the cards.

If you haven’t no­ticed al­ready, the ADV bug has bit­ten us in of­fice af­ter back to back rides last month and even the DRE Off Road Days ex­pe­ri­ence. Vi­jay Par­mar says that to get bet­ter at rid­ing off-road, you must im­ple­ment off-road prac­tices while rid­ing on road. And the FZ25, with its bril­liant lowdown torque spread and soft setup, makes for a per­fect ride for the trails. It isn’t ob­vi­ously as good as the Hi­malayan but does the job well. Now can I get some knobby tyres to try out Je­han? ⌧

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