Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Boris
IT’S SUNNY DOWNUNDER!
It was business as usual one sunny evening on the infamous BIKE ME! forums.
Shit-stirring, motorcycles, laughter, despair, confession, more motorcycles, abuse, confusion, punning, and some quiet weeping.
Then member, HarryD posted this up…
Sunny Gajjar is a passionate motorcyclist from India embarking on a 2 month and 23,000km journey around Australia, starting 22nd April. http://thegrandaustralianroadtrip.com
Sunny is the founder of India’s largest online motorcycling community, http://www.xBHP.com which also publishes India’s only motorcycle-only maganize – xBHP.
Sunny’s done some pretty cool trips in the past including riding from Dubai to Italy for the Ducati week and riding around Japan in 19 days. He is sponsored by Ducati and will be riding a MultiStrada around Australia.
He does all his photography and videography himelf without a support crew and his animations and videos make his journeys very interesting.
I’m hoping to catch up and ride with him before he departs from Sydney. If you see him on the road somewhere, say Namaste!
Wow. We all thought. How cool. Then we forgot all about it and got on with our lives.
A few days later a new member appeared on the forums.
“motoGrapher”, he called himself and as it turned out it was Sunny himself.
Over the next few weeks, he blew us all away with his great good humour, his amazing photographic talent and his love of riding. And it’s always fascinating to see a foreigner’s take on our country. Come back any time, Sunny. The beer’s on BIKE ME!
Here then, is Sunny’s visit to BIKE ME!
First of all thanks Harry for creating this thread! I met up Reg at Mt Glorious when he told me that there was a thread going on here. That’s when I decided to log on. Have just sent you an SMS, will definitely catch up once I am back in Syd.
Australia has been always nice to me and I love the ‘Aussie’ spirit pun unintended. It’s been 5 days on the road and I haven’t really long distances so far. Going to hit 3k tomorrow while reaching Airlie beach. Its been an uneventful trip so far.
The videos which Harry has posted are from my previous rides (Dubai to Italy and around Japan). I did it solo (meaning it was one bike, however with a pillion, my wife who assisted me in videos). However, this time around I am completely alone, with all the stuff decked up on the MTS. I like the bike for what it is. Light and damn fast. I lost a digital slider that I was carrying on the bike to bumps on the road which made it a little twisted rendering it useless. Was going to use it to shoot videos of self.
However, still got my tripod and goPros etc on. Lets see what I can do.
And yes, I was the one, along with one more Indian in 2007 when we went around two Hyosungs. 6 years down the line its still a twin, albeit a wee more powerful and of course a Duc.
What attracts me here again? The outback and places like the Nullarbor are especially surreal. They are so contrasting to the insane populace in India and the green and cold environs of the European alps that I have been riding in.
Plus of course the highlands and the beaches. And the sun which stings you. Someone gotta replenish that Ozone.
Tomorrow’s a run to Airlie Beach and then a big left to the center of Oz.
Leaving with a couple of pics…
Some more photos and updates. Have done 4200 kms so far. Currently in Mt Isa. Heading towards Uluru tomorrow.
The OZ outback, even on the highways can be beautiful if one knows what to look for!
Have reached back to Alice Springs from Uluru. The visit to the rock was wonderful.
A couple of photos from yesterday…
Here in Alice Springs, I found the perfect accomplice. A new Indian friend, Pravin, and his mate, Pat, who owns a Diavel.What next? We head out to the beautiful Stanley Chasm as an excuse to a ride! Here are a couple of photos from today as teasers…
I did a SaddleSore (1000 miles) yesterday from Alice Springs to Darwin via Jabiru (Kakadu NP) : http://goo.gl/maps/gFzMT
A total of 1700 kms in 16.5 hrs.
I started at 4.30 AM in the morning from AS and entered Darwin at 9 PM. The last few hundred Kms in pitch dark through Kakadu were a little disconcerting courtesy all the horror stories I heard about things that go bump on the road here.
The last 400 kms of 1750 kms today were ridden through the Kakadu National Park, which is essentially a forest. It was pitch dark when I spotted isolated bush fires. The clear night sky was punctuated by thousands of stars. Even though the first thing on my mind was to reach the bed after the SaddleSore, I reckoned this was too good a photo opportunity to pass! Here it is, thanks to my gloves which provided a make-do tripod in the road, a quick shot of what was an surreal night scene with the Ducati Multistrada!
Today was another 900 kms day. The benefits of riding in the night in Australia seem to outweigh the hazards of it. Or so I would like to conveniently think. But when you find yourself in the outback with skies like this and a half moon showing you the way with cool breeze blowing the clouds in the sky, it is more than worthwhile to be suspicious of every shrub on the roadside to be a kangaroo or a wallaby.
I have reached Geraldton today. Will reach Perth tomorrow.
Meanwhile a couple odd photos from today…
Arrived in Perth yesterday. Visited the Pinnacles en route as well, here are a couple of photos…
Before I retire for the night. Shot an hour ago, these.
Got the Streefighter for a day in Perth. Here are a couple of shots so far, this bike looks so amazing!
My almost week long stay in Perth will end tomorrow. Meanwhile I have been utilizing the splendid South Perth shorefront to bring out some of my key idols along with Ducatis. So I dressed up as Batman and got Arnie from a Toyshop for a few pics. Arnie will be traveling with me for the rest of the trip on his Diavel, while I might dress up as Batman if any city needs me on the way…
Batman for me is one of my idols. I draw inspiration and hope from this character. He inspires me to live larger than life and he gives me hope to find strength and character to overcome life’s obstacles. A few instances in my life are also common with his storyline, hence the stronger connect. The best part is that he does not have superpowers which would totally detach his character from reality. He is also very fragile and human at the same time, battling with emotional outages.
The bike in the picture is the Ducati Panigale. Without going overboard I must say it is one of the most ‘engaging’ motorcycles I have ever ridden – visually, aurally and of course riding. Thanks to Jit Thakar for giving me company today! This is me dressed as Batman overlooking the Perth skyline. There are more photos coming up!
Also, I just got to know I am riding the happiest nation in the world, eh? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22685260
Now dont get too happy and entertained on my expense. (There is no beer emoticon on an Aussie forum, unbelievable).
Now, everyone, back to the topic. A few days I take off from the open road and this thread has become a fun house. Serious business starts tomorrow. Augusta, here I come. Just dont rain. I dont like drab looking skies and water. Blue works good.
I am just trying to wrap around the great Aussie humour and puns so that I can also crack a joke or two. 60 days is not a lot of time to learn, But I am trying my best.
Meanwhile, here is what I did with my ‘props’…