I moved to Bombay in July last year to pursue my studies in journalism and mass communication at Xavier Institute of Communication. Bringing my Pulsar 180 along made it much easier for me to get used to a new city. I was aware that the roads in Bombay were not as wide and perhaps well maintained as the roads back in Delhi, so that wasn’t much of a surprise. What did catch me slightly off guard was the fact that there is hardly any place to park in this city. And to top that, apparently if you park just anywhere, there is a good chance that your bike might not be there the next day, especially if it is from another state.
Moving to this city has given me the opportunity to travel across Maharashtra on my bike. However, road tripping on a bike around Bombay during the monsoon season brings the one thing every biker dreads–rains. And for whatever reason, I didn’t seem to take precautions for the same. My rides to Nasik, Pune and Malshej Ghat were probably one of the hardest I’ve encountered just because of rains. So I’ve compiled a list of things one might need on a bike trip, particularly in Bombay, making it the ultimate biking road trip checklist. The list has all the obvious things like helmet, bike papers etc but also other essentials.
Ultimate Biker Road Trip Checklist
- Insurance, drivers license & pollution certificate
- Tool kit
- Raincoat and Rain gear for bags
- Boots (waterproof)
- Phone (preferably with internet)
- Emergency Contact List
- Multi-function pocket knife
- First Aid Kit
- Rough Cloth
- Physical Map
- Battery Pack
- Extra plastic bags
There it is, my ultimate checklist for a biker about to do a road trip.
Missed anything? Let me know in the comments below.
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