About the Grand Australian Roadtrip



The Grand Australian Roadtrip, put very simply and honestly, is a ride celebrating the innate desire that we riders have to ride a motorcycle on open highways under a blue sky. About having that freedom to stop when we want, where we want. The feeling of opening the helmet lid to let the cool wind hit your face and the scent of the pines invigorate you. That’s what it is, this road-trip. That and because it is cool to think you are MadMax for 23,000 kms! If you dont know who that is, read here!

For Charity? No sir. I believe that charity is a personal thing; I will do good to feel good. I will not to do good to be judged as a good person by my audience. I also do not believe in casting what my underlining objective of the trip is within an altruistic cocoon. And this is not to demean the plethora of good motorcyclists who ride for charity. My best wishes to them, and Godspeed.

But then there’s much more to this road-trip beyond the basic instinct of riding and taking corners on a motorcycle. It is a personal challenge, like all my previous road-trips have been, only tougher. The challenge is to be on the road for days at end. The challenge is to find my breaking point as I ride, take photos, take videos, blog, update social media, meet the expectations of sponsors, of my audience, of friends and family, and to manage my ‘office’ back home in Delhi (the xBhp HQ), which by itself is one of its kind in India where many a motorcycling ideas, events and motives have taken birth.

I will try to produce the best photos I can, posting them regularly on the blogs of this website. And posting them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and 500px. I will also be hopefully Instagraming a bit.

One more aspect, or ‘to-do’ item which I have added to make my life even worse and almost akin to a military routine is to actually spend some time to take videos. Yes, I will try my hand at videography this time with a little more thoughtfulness. Before this I was only really interested in photography, but the power of videos cannot be ignored. What also cannot be ignored is that they take a helluva more time and effort to shoot and are not really viable when you have to cover 400 kms a day each of your 50 riding days.

Some of you also might be aware that Australia is experiencing the onset of winters (it’s in the southern hemisphere where the seasons are the exact opposite of that up north), therefore I will have relatively shortened days. And once the sun starts to set, the kangaroos start to come out. And they are perhaps the biggest danger down under! Alongside those stupendously long road trains, huge trailer trucks that hurtle down the Australian highways at warp speeds!

The ride will start from Sydney on the 22nd of April (lets hope it’s a sunny day!) and will end back in Sydney again on the 22nd of June 2013. Hopefully with lots of photos and videos, new friends and no kangaroos!

Shell Advance Motorcycle Oils and Ducati with their fantastic Multistrada have sponsored this road-trip. The ride has been conceived by India’s largest motorcycling platform- xBhp (Extra Braking Horse Power) and the one-man team is a 32 year old Indian motorcycle journalist known as the MotoGrapher.

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