Mesmerising Motorcycles 2 2229

"Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul."

Motorcycling invokes a lot of senses and it’s simply awesome. You feel the wind, you hear the sound of your environment, you smell the land around you and you feel the texture of the road beneath you. It makes you feel good and connects you with the world.

By riding a motorcycle you get that adventurous feel and that feel is a combination of fear, exhilaration, relaxation and pleasure. It boosts your self esteem, self confidence and gives you a rewarding experience.

Everyone follows their own path, which is yours? Harley Davidson, Royal Enfield, Ducati, Indian, KTM, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Triumph Tiger or it's nothing. It all depends on your allegiances.

These are the ones we’re dying to ride:

Harley Davidson Sport Glide

We love the look of this bike. Harley isn’t for everyone but I wish more people would try a Harley before deciding how it isn’t for them. It has a keyless start with an integrated alarm and an electronic cruise control. It even has a USB charger.

Harley Davidson Sport Glide

Photo Credits: Harleydavidson.com

Tech spec

  • Engine: Milwaukee Eight 107 (1745cc) V-twin
  • Torque: 145Nm @ 3250rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed, belt drive
  • Brakes: 4-piston fixed single disc (front); 2-piston floating (rear) with ABS
  • Tyres: 130/70B18 63H; 190/70B16 77H
  • Fuel: 18.9 L
  • Economy: 5.3 L /100km
  • Wet weight: 317kg
  • Length: 2325mm
  • Seat: 680mm
  • Colours: Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Silver Fortune.

I don’t like people driving fast, that’s the reason why I overtake them.

Royal Enfield Interceptor & Continental GT

It’s a motorcycle that delights in the way it handles on the road and allowing anyone to enjoy it. The overall experience on the highway feels like you are gliding on the wind. It’s amazing!!!

Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT are the bikes designed to take Royal Enfield from the motorcycles that drives India to one that drives the rest of the world as well.

Royal Enfield Interceptor & Continental GT

Photo Credits: smedia2.intoday.in

Tech spec

  • Engine: 4 stroke, Parallel Twin, Single Over Head Camshaft (SOHC) – 648cc
  • Torque: 52 Nm @ 5250 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Brakes: 320mm disc ABS (front), 240 mm disc ABS (rear)
  • Tyres: 130/70-18; 100/90-18
  • Fuel: 12.5 L
  • Kerb weight(no fuel) 199kg
  • Length: 2122mm
  • Colours: Sea Nymph, Chrome, Ice Queen and Black Magic.

I never really questioned why I ride, because for me it is as basic as breathing.

Indian FTR1200 Custom

Indian is an American brand of motorcycles. Indian President of Motorcycles, Steve Menneto, said: “We built this bike to celebrate the FTR750’s dominant performance in American Flat Track and Indian’s return to racing. To come up with this one-off custom, we worked closely with the Indian Motorcycle Racing team to execute a vision of what a bike could look like if we brought the FTR platform to the street. We are excited by the positive feedback on the FTR750 and the opportunities to grow the brand globally in the next five years.”

Indian FTR1200 Custom

Photo Credits: motorcycle.com

Tech spec

  • Engine: 1133cc V-twin
  • Torque: 94bhp @ 8000rpm(est)
  • Brakes: Brembo callipers and Lyndall Crown Cut rotors
  • Weight: 194kg
  • Wheelbase: 1518mm
  • Rake/Trail: 94mm
  • Suspension: Fully adjustable Ohlins fork and monoshock
  • Rolling stock: RSD Traction race wheels with Dunlop DT3 dirt track tires
  • Body: Two-piece carbon-fiber body with LED headlight and integrated LED stop/turn/taillight

A motorcycle functions entirely in accordance with the laws of reason, and a study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. – Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Ducati Panigale V4

“Ducati is a global brand with a strong Italian soul: sporty spirit, design excellence, love for beauty, capable of giving thrilling emotion and building unique experiences” – Claudio Domenicali

Ducati Panigale V4

Photo Credits: Ducati.com

Tech spec

  • Engine: Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, 1103cc liquid cooled V4
  • Torque: 124.0Nm(91.5 lb-ft) @ 10,000rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed/chain
  • Front brakes: Brembo Stylema Monoblock callipers, 330mm discs; ABS standard
  • Rear brake: Brembo two-piston calliper, 220mm rotor; ABS standard
  • Fuel: 4.2 gal
  • Claimed weight 430 lb
  • Seat Height: 830 mm (32.48 in)
  • Colours: Red with grey frames and black wheels.

For some there’s therapy, for the rest of us there’s motorcycles.

KTM 790 Duke

790 Duke is one of the most exciting bikes developed with one task in mind: to dominate the street. KTM believes they’ve got the most “performance-focused mid-weight travel enduro of its class, with a dynamism and power-to-weight ratio normally found in larger displacement bikes.”

KTM 790 Duke

Photo Credits: KTM.com

Tech spec

  • Engine: 799 cc liquid cooled eight-valve DOHC
  • Transmission 6-speed
  • Power in kw 77kw
  • Fuel consumption 4.4 gal
  • Suspension travel: 140mm(front), 150mm(rear)
  • Front brake: Four-piston radial fixed calliper
  • Rear brake: Single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
  • Seat height: 825mm
  • Dry weight: 169 kg
  • Tank capacity: 14 L
  • Frame design: Chromium- Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated.

Riding a race bike is an art – a thing that you do because you feel something inside. – Valentino Rossi

Kawasaki H2 SX

“It’s almost as if they’re a little bit worried some sports-tourer riders might be put off by the extremes of performance associated with supercharging. No one should be put off. Supercharged doesn’t mean super-aggressive. For the Ninja H2 SX, it means super-powerful but also versatile and manageable.” — Steve Farrell, Visor Down

Kawasaki H2 SX

Photo Credits: kawasaki.eu

Tech spec

  • Displacement: 998cc
  • Maximum Power: 200 PS @ 11,000 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 137.3 Nm @ 9500 rpm
  • Number of Cylinders 4
  • Number of Gears 6
  • Seat Height: 835mm
  • Ground Clearance: 130mm
  • Kerb/Wet Weight: 256 kg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 L

It’s not about the destination, it’s about the ride.

Yamaha Niken

A motorcycle company comes out with three-wheeled vehicle, it’s a surprise. Yamaha says the benefit of the Leaning Multi-Wheeler is that it “reduces the effects of changing ride environments and to deliver a high feeling of stability when cornering.”

Yamaha Niken

Photo Credits: yamahamotorsports

Tech spec

  • Displacement: 847cc
  • Maximum Power: 115 HP @ 10,000 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 87.5 Nm @ 8500 rpm
  • Number of Cylinders 3
  • Number of Gears: 6
  • Seat Height: 820mm
  • Ground Clearance: 150mm
  • Kerb/Wet Weight: 263 kg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 L

Bring. It. On! It’s going to be a future Chariot.

Triumph Tiger 800 XC

A motorcycle is supposed to make its rider look good. The Tiger 800 is a beautiful machine. The new Tiger 800 XC and XR family takes this celebrated range to a new level, our Tigers are better in every way, off road and on.

Triumph Tiger 800 XC

Photo Credits: triumphmotorcycles.co.uk

Tech spec

  • Displacement: 800cc
  • Maximum Power: 93.7 BHP @ 9250 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 79 Nm @ 7850 rpm
  • Number of Cylinders 3
  • Number of Gears: 6
  • Seat Height: 840 – 860 mm
  • Kerb/Wet Weight: 221 kg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 L

In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming – Robert Pirsig

There are different bikes to suit different styles. There is truly nothing like riding a motorcycle and it gives you tremendous amount of fun in the experience of riding.

It’s not a race. It’s the journey. Enjoy the moment. Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly. To Travel is to live. Happy Riding 🙂

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A Magical Trip to Europe – The Eternal City Rome 5 6040

Welcome to the ancient city and Italy's capital – Rome. It is one of the world’s most romantic cities. The beauty of the amazing city will melt your heart and will make you fall in love with the country. Though it can be hot during the peak summer and overcrowded there is so much incredible, ancient history and heritage to be explored.

The Eternal Land of History

It is a city with nearly 3,000 years of history with globally influential art, architecture, awe-inspiring ruins and culture on display. It is a magical place for photography – when you think about the ancient streets, the world famous Colloseum, St Peter’s Basilica, Roman Forum, Trevi fountain, Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and many more.

The country has a long history, as Rome was founded in 753BC. After the Roman Empire broke down in 395AD, there were many separate kingdoms and cities evolved. It has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine including fashion Capital Milan and other major cities Florence, Venice, Naples and Pisa.

The city of seven hills

The city of Rome was built on seven hills (Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline (where city hall is), Esquiline, Palatine (where the big archaeological digs are), Quirinal and Viminal). There are lots of must-sees and several activities to do here giving you a solid senses of its past. No matter how you choose to spend your time here, you will be treated with sensational views, world-class attractions, a history lesson and scrumptious food. It’s always been a synonym for "mouth-melting food," offering an unmistakable explosion of flavors and aromas. Enjoy the amazing Roman pastas and Fettuccine ai Funghi which is our favourite.

Now, Let's dig into 10 phenomenal must visit sights in Rome (aka Caput Mundi - Capital of the world) -

  • The Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Circus Maximus
  • Piazza Venezia & Altare Della Patria
  • St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums
  • Trevi fountain
  • Piazza di Spagna & Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Navona
  • Stadium Olimpico
  • Bocca della Verità & The Mouth of Truth

The Colosseum

It is the world's 39th most popular tourist attraction with roughly 4 million tourists a year. The construction began in the first century under the rule of the Roman Emperors: Vespasian (69-79 CE), Titus (79-81 CE) and Domitian (81-96 AD). These three Emperors are known as Flavian Dynasty and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius). It is the largest amphitheatre and was capable of holding up to 80,000 spectators who came to see a whole range of games:


1] Animal hunts- This was an event of shooting animals with bow and arrows.

2] The Bestiarii – The gladiators fought with wild beasts such as tigers and leopards here. They were trained animal-handlers and killers.

3] Criminal fights - Criminals were also sentenced to fight wild beasts but without any skills, weapons or armour.

4] Velites - Spear Fighters fought each others.

The Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus

From the Colosseum you can walk to the Roman Forum, which is a very short walk. The ticket to the Roman Forum is free if you have the Colloseum ticket but the other way round… Well it’s not exactly true; you cannot visit the Colloseum if you have bought the ticket for the Roman Forum.

The Roman Forum is an impressive sprawl of ruins. In the Middle Ages it was known as the Campo Vaccino ('Cow Field'). At the end of the path, you'll come to Via Sacra and the Tempio di Giulio Cesare. The Roman Forum Mark’s where Julius Caesar was cremated.

You can extend your walk to Circus Maximus which is in very close approximately. This place is an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium which was built in the Roman times; it was a huge engaging stadium. Lots of people visit the chariot stadium every year. The Circus Maximus is an amazing place to visit and an open air area where you can sit down and have a break.

Altare Della Patria

Italy became one nation only in 1861 and since then includes the islands of Sicily (a must-see beauty) and Sardegna (a jaw-dropping sight). Victor Emmanuel was the first king of Italy. In honour of his name, this wow-inducing monument was built in Piazza Venezia. It is 135 metres wide and is 70 metres high.


There is a little walkway on the road in front of The Emmanuel palace where the view is amazing. Sometimes the soldiers march around in the palace. This palace also holds the tomb of a soldier. It is right near the Roman Forum and the colosseum.

Vatican

Vatican City is a separate and the smallest country and also has St Peter’s Basilica - the home of the Pope. This major Papal basilica is one of the world's most famous church in the whole, wide world and in Vatican City. It marks where Peter was crucified by Roman Emperor - Augustus Caesar. It is located in Piazza San Pietro.

 

Castel Sant’Angelo - also known as Mausoleum of Hadrian - is a castle in the Vatican City. It is commissioned by Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for him and his family. A secret corridor (Passetto di Borgo) connects Castel Sant'Angelo with the Vatican. It is located near the River Tiber and the castle is currently a museum with turbulent history. The drum was covered with an earthen tumulus topped with a statue of Hadrian driving a quadriga.

Vatican Museums is a well-liked visitor destination with more than 4.2 million tourists per year, making it the world's 37th most visited destination.

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi is the most spectacular fountain in Rome. In the centre of the fountain is a statue of Oceanus, the Greek Sea God, standing under a triumphal arch. His chariot is being pulled by two sea horses, one wild and one docile, representing the opposing moods of the sea. Two Tritons are leading the horses, the older Triton holding a twisted shell to announce their passage.



If you’ve been to Rome you would have probably been to Trevi Fountain and tossed a coin over your shoulder and into the water. The legend of the Trevi fountain says that if you throw a coin into it, you will return to Rome or Italy one day. Trevi fountain is free to visit. Approximately 3,000 Euros are tossed into the fountain every day and an estimated €1.4 million was thrown into the fountain in 2016. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain though it is illegal.

 

A walk from the Spanish Steps to the Pantheon

The Spanish Steps, a great place to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere and views of the Eternal City, consists of 138 steps. At the bottom of the steps you can find a fountain called Fontana Della Barcaccia, or “Fountain of the Old Boat”. The best time to visit is at the evening. On the 20th March, 1986 the very first McDonalds was opened in Italy near the Spanish Steps. Starting at the Spanish Steps you can also visit the Trevi fountain and this walk can be extended to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

Stadio Olimpico

As we know that everyone likes football Stadio Olimpico will be a good place to visit as lots of matches take place there. Stadio Olimpico is the largest sports attraction of Rome and is the home stadium of two major football teams which play for serie A – SS Lazio & AS Roma. The stadium boasts roughly 80,000 spectators. It is one of the five European stadiums to host the FIFA World Cup.

The Mouth Of Truth

The Mouth of Truth is a marble mask which stands against the left wall of the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church. The Bocca Della Varita “The mouth of truth” is simply one of the best sculptures in Rome. It is the face of a man with its mouth, nostrils and eyes wide open. If you put your hand in the Mouth of Truth that is said to bite the hands off of liars.

Other legend was told in the Roman times, it said that the rich wife of a Roman man was accused of committing adultery. The woman didn’t accept that she did it but her husband wanted to put her to the test by making her hand go inside the stone mouth Bocca Della Varita. It is so famous that even Hollywood gave it a place in a film about the city called Roman Holiday. Even now lots of people line up to see this amazing monument.

 

A Tour

Well, you need to visit the City of Love and other cities in Italy at least once in your life. And stay there to explore the blissful landscape – from the snow-capped mountains of the Alps to the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. After the first trip, am pretty sure you would love to visit again as it’s the best travel choice and there are plenty of places to see and things to do. And most importantly famous for its beautiful cars. Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini are known to everyone. And, also it’s a great place to travel by Europe’s fastest train. Italian High Speed FRECCIAROSSA trains travel the length and breadth of Italy, reaching speeds of 400 km/hr, entering into the heart of the major cities and shortening distances.

 

Enjoy your holidays in Rome and return home with the best souvenir and a memory of your incredible adventure.

Written by
Siddharth & Akilesh
(Junior Authors)

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