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“Live Today, Don’t Rent Them Out To Tomorrow” – Prolougue – Mumbai to Ladakh 2022

“Live today, don’t rent them out to tomorrow

What is it like Riding a bike for you?
Or rather what is it like traveling for you?

We have ridden 4 lakhs kms length and breadth of our beautiful country. We have often heard many answers like – I feel good, I feel peaceful, I feel happy etc etc…. but what is exactly travelling? “Travelling places on your motorcycle” –

It’s about leaving your beautiful cosy house, leaving your Gym. Leaving your ghar ka khana, leaving your comfort zone, leaving your complete wardrobe full of clothes with just a pair of t-shirt and jeans:-P, leaving your bed, leaving your bread and butter for us leaving our Wroomstore which we have made together with so much love, in fact leaving everything which you never thought will be important just because you want to take that adventure and because you want to meet strangers on road and make friends with them , just because you want to watch the orangish beautiful magical sunset, Your lungs wants to taste the fresh air, your eyes wants to get rewarded with nature’s beauty, tongue wants to taste the local delicacies and mind wants to adopt the beautiful culture.

You know we often say “Live like there’s no tomorrow” and “Ride like there’s no tomorrow but what I think is Ride like you going to wake up tomorrow and you going to ride again tomorrow just to see that beautiful sun going down.

Sometimes we wish we can spend whole our life here on roads – Riding and travelling places, but then never make your life so monotonous. Exactly, when you work 9 to 5 every day 365 days behind those closed doors without taking break. Read it again “NEVER MAKE YOUR LIFE SO MONOTONOUS”

Life isn’t happening to your life is, responding to you

Life is your call!

Every area of your life is your Call. You are the creator of your life. You are the Writer of Your Life story. You are the director of your life movie; you decide what your life will be.

We always want to be successful in our life and many of us will be, wherein few won’t. I now understand why people travel are more successful. Whenever we ride, we experience so many new things. All the important and crucial decisions we have ever made are on rides. while riding bikes and sharing our thoughts to each other via intercom and seriously guys when you are 2 different motorcycles you are more connected and you communicate more because when you are on 2 wheels no phones, no social media nothing distracts you. When we quit our IT job and started our own start-up even this decision we made when we were riding from Mumbai to Kanyakumari and we were stuck in OCKHI cyclone in December 2017 and suddenly a tree fell in front of our bikes and then we realised how short our lives are and that it’s ok if we earn less but 10 years being a software engineer working for someone else needs to come to an END.

Many of us go to the same office and work for 8 long hours on the same computer every single day of our life. People are now so used to this that they are more afraid of trying something new in their life do something new which can open up their mind.

Don’t just wait for the correct time to do something, if you like something start doing it right away and you will have no time for regret. There is a voice inside of you that whispers all day long, I feel this is right for me, I know that this is wrong.  No teacher, preacher, parent, friend or wise man can decide What’s right for you–just listen to the voice that speaks inside and you will be the happiest person in this universe

Like I said before, we leave a lot of comfort to take that adventure. Travel impacts our health, but they also give us creativity to think out of the box. Everything we do at Wroomgears is only because we travel and we know as a biker what will make our ride comfortable and accordingly, we try to make it happen. When we 1st tried to design Wroom Jarvis tank bag our years of experience made it successful and bikers from pan India started loving it.

The world should be explored because it’s worth to see. Traveling help us to learn something new in life. When we meet 50+ and 60+ clients at store who wish to go to Ladakh on bikes, we feel good that all this life they just worked and worked hard to make a good life but finally they now know what they like and what they want to do in life. All life you try to earn money and save it for future and later you spend same money which you earned without looking after your health in hospital – Does this really make sense 😊 don’t wait until its too late. 

Whenever we come back from any ride, we feel like we have learned something new in life. And we get to know how exactly different places works. You can’t really experience that by sitting at your office desk and in your comfort cosy house, you need to go out and experience it. The world is a big place and you can find so many new things that can teach you something which can help you to be a better human being and a better person.

Which side you want to be –

Love, Gratitude, Joy, Passion, Excitement, Enthusiasm, Hope, Satisfaction

Boredom, Irritation, Disappointment, Worry, Criticism, Anger, Hate, Envy, Guilt, Despair, Fear

Choice is yours

When you invest your time in adventure you will have no time about the shits, sarcasm, gossip cunningness, jealousy for others 😊 you will just enjoy being alive and living your life to the fullest. 

  • You will enjoy coming back home in 1 piece
  • You will enjoy hugging your Mom
  • You will enjoy looking at your partners eyes with those unsaid words silently admiring each other that no matter what “WE DID IT” 
  • You will enjoy being at your cosy house which you missed for all these days
  • You will enjoy every little thing which you thought was not important
  • You will enjoy and be proud of you for marrying a correct person
  • You will enjoy how your relationship gets stronger and unbreakable after such adventurous rides
  • You will enjoy the feeling how you loved, supported each other at every difficult terrains

I just wanted to say to all of you who are still thinking to connect a line between “Should I and Shouldn’t I” Go and take that adventure because life is short really short aur ye jo Umar hai na nikali Jaa rahe hai baadme regret karne ka bi waqt nahe hoga apke pass  😊 just remember NO MATTER WHAT COME BACK HOME SAFELY TO YOUR LOVED ONES 😊

Lastly I just wanted to say – “Live today ..Don’t rent them out to tomorrow”

Every journey begins with a single step. Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for that so called right moment because you are in NOW and now is the right time. Take that leap because we bikers never know which ride is the last ride for us Right? 😊

CHAPTER 1 – “DAY 1” – Mumbai to Udaipur

“Mountains here we come” Started on – 22nd June 2022

Bikes ridden – Triumph Tiger 850 Sport and Suzuki Vstrom 650
Route – Mumbai(Airoli) – Gujarat  – Udaipur (Via hallol – Godhra) – Udaipur – Gurgaon – Manali

And the Adventure begins excited Nervous
And The Adventure Begins Excited Nervous

Sachin – “I think we should leave tonight, waise bi raat mein nind nahe aahti (anyways we don’t get sleep)”
Kiran – I’ll agree, lets finish the packing, have you packed the spare shoes”

Ladakh ride is something which takes days and months of preparations, we were actually preparing our bikes for months and the planning and gathering every little thing that will be essential for our ride since so many days that humanly it’s not possible that you don’t get tired.

We had to finish all our work related to wroomgears before we get disappeared for some 15-20 days. In the last week before we were above to start our ride, we launched our Wroom Jarvis Non-magnetic tank bag and also our Wroom Infinity waterproof saddle bag. We finished all the pending work of our Wroomstore and we were all set to embark on our most awaited ride on our own machines.

Now why am I saying our own machines because last year in 2021 we were all set for taking our beautiful Ninja 650 and vstrom 650 to Arunachal Pradesh we also booked a ticket and we got a call for a project where we had to cancel our tickets and ride couple of Yamahas to Ladakh so this time we were all ready to positively reject any thing coming our way because we wanted to make love with our machines. Sometimes saying NO is the only option left but we were also skeptical because we should never say NO to opportunities. Kabhi kabhi kuch paane ke liye kuch khona padta hai and this time it was saying no to money 😊

We bought a new bike (Triumph Tiger 850 Sport) on 30th January 2022 since then we were planning to go for a ride but till July, we couldn’t go for any rides because of lots of personal issues. This was the longest when we stayed away from rides otherwise, we keep on going for adventures and fulfilling our passion. We always say Life is uncertain, you never know what will happen next in fact you don’t even know that one day you will be gone without even saying good bye to your loved ones. I lost my father, like it was just another beautiful morning and I got call and everything was …. So live beautifully, wildly.

For Few months everything was shattered, I was in deep depression so I became a workaholic I started working more and kept myself busy. Sachin he always used to ask me lets go for a ride you will feel good and I kept rejecting because when I bought the bike just a month back my dad was so happy with tears in his eyes and unveiling the bike and all smiley and happy. I couldn’t believe that the person I loved the most is never coming back. I couldn’t gather the audacity to go for the ride I thought I would never be able to ride a bike.

Sometimes you have to fight your own demons of depression, anxiety and rise above all and make it happen because the people who surrounds you who stays with you will never like seeing you sad and depressed and Daddy was always so proud of me whenever he used to see me riding bikes.

Finally, after 5 months I asked Sachin to plan for a ride. I was low on confidence, I never rode such a big bike before, I had to understand about the weight and about everything before we embark for this big adventurous ride

Initially we decided to go for a normal 5-6 day ride but I knew unless and until I don’t take my bike in mountains like I did in 2015, when I was just learning how to ride bikes and in 2 months into biking we went to mountains and after coming back I was so confident, similarly we got to do something like that and I knew I could only ride big bikes confidently if we ride it to mountains and again we wanted to repeat the history of riding from Mumbai to Ladakh again on our own machines

From 220 cc to 850cc now

Well, we thought to leave as soon as we finish our packing but after loading it on the bike, going to wroomstore thrice just because we kept forgetting last minutes things like cam straps, zip ties etc etc we ended up getting so tired that we dozed off and woke up at 3.30 a.m. so the tip is get so so sooooo tired that you will get those 2 hours of mandatory sleep before you kick start your most adventurous ride.

We woke, had a cup of green tea and we were so happy and fresh that yeeeehhhh now we won’t get sleepy while riding and we don’t need to search for a restroom to freshnup 😀 in the morning :-p

We finally hugged each other, promised to ride safe and come back home safely aur Ganpati bappa morya bolkar nikal pade.

It was raining the night before but when we started the ride everything was just fine. We kept on riding the bike till we reached charoti road and encountered the heavy rains. It never feels good to start the ride and get all wet and dirty jackets, pants and luggage and bike all dirty at the 1st day of ride <angry>

We stopped for a breakfast (bun maska, chai) we tried to keep it light since we had more 600 kms to ride and reach Udaipur. Luckily after sometime the rains stopped leaving us draped in mud but now that’s the part and parcel of rains aur barish ke Mausam mein what else should we expect “Do not be angry with the rain; It simple does not know how to fall upwards” 😀 so without any further complains we were again back on roads.

Long Road Ahead
Long Road Ahead

Somehow 1st day of ride is always so much filled with anxiety and nervousness because hey you are going to LADAKH I mean THE LADAKH and on 2 wheels there is zero margin for errors plus less sleep and you have to get used to your bike which is like fully loaded with luggage.

You know what I hate the most is the toll nakas which has those ultra-thin lanes for bikers where you have to be so cautious that little bit yaha waha and your luggage will actually kick the briquettes off your way.

So somehow the never-ending day 1 came to an end we stayed right in the corner of highway instead of going inside the city and luckily, we got super cosy stay in 4500/- the name of the hotel was “Season Spa and resort” which was like 15 kms from the city. The good thing was since the hotel was near highway it will be really easy for us to leave early in the morning without struggling in city traffic.

And yes, how I can I forget to tell you guys that we were really down with the heat stroke so we had paracetamol after our dinner, edited day 1 video for you guys and called it a day! 750kms nipta diya gaya!

CHAPTER 2 – “DAY 2” – Udaipur to Gurgaon

“Change is only Constant” Started on – 23rd June 2022

Bikes ridden – Triumph Tiger 850 Sport and Suzuki Vstrom 650
Route –
Mumbai (Airoli) – Gujarat – Udaipur (Via hallol – Godhra) – Udaipur – Gurgaon – Manali

Day 2** We slept at 2.30 and woke up at 4.30 because we wanted to started early and also, we knew that because of heat stroke even if we don’t wish we have to take frequent breaks after 1.00 p.m. for hydration’s sake

It was like i literally closed my eyes and in a blink, I have to wake up. Of course we wanted to sleep more but did not wanted to start late. After riding for 750 kms you get some effing amazing heavenly sleep, I must say.

Today we were bit relaxed since we knew that day 1 of ride is always like phewww and also the weather was super clear and Sun god was all set to burn us with some heat stroke but again we were fine because starting your ride in rains makes you lazy, sleepy, gloomy and slow. Yes, rains make you super slow because of low visibility and also because of early braking and understanding the brakes because in rains you have to be super cautions with the skids and everything so in short, we were happy and all set to burn our a** with some hawt summer ride.

Sachin quickly finished with chain lubing because yesterday it was all pouring and our chains were really dry and dirty. I was always take little bit more time to get fresh n up and Sachin is super fast so we have mutually decided that all the morning work will be done by him and in the evening il work extra as in il compensate..

The best thing ever happened in our life was Wroom Turtuk Waterproof tail bag and Wroom Infinity Saddle bag, We did not unloaded our luggage at all instead we carried the dry bags which comes along with the bags. It was so good guys, all these years we struggled and wasted our time in loading and unloading our luggage since last 2014 and finally we got a break through. We never believed in Panniers or hard luggage because when you are riding in mountains and if you happen to crash the hard luggage will do more damage to your bike unlike soft luggage and also because it changes the ergonomics of your bike. Well, it’s a long debatable topic we have also made a video about soft luggage Vs Hard luggage go watch on our YouTube channel so coming to the topic without wasting any further time we kept the dry bags and resumed our day 2 of ride we planned to ride as far as we can and reach Jammu.

For the 1st time we rode for 200 kms in the go like in 1 shot without taking breaks and this happened only because of our beautiful machine the 100s are so comfortable on Tiger 850 sport and Vstrom 650 that you can ride all day long without experiencing any fatigue. Also, because it was morning and the weather was pleasant we wanted to munch as much miles as we can.

Always remember 1 thing listen to your body and what it needs, if your body asks for rest give it a rest and take a break, drink some water and resume. We always do this because we have faced major accident in 2015 while riding to Ladakh only because our body was not well rested.

We started our day with some protein bars which we always carry during long rides and we always try to stay light especially when you have to ride long distances and you can’t afford to feel sleepy. We skipped our breakfast and decided to directly stop for a lunch at around 11.30 or 12.00 when the heat starts getting stronger.

The most memorable and scary thing that happened on this day was our close calls with cows and let me tell you guys cows are such that they don’t give a FU**K about you I mean no matter you scream, you honk, you apply brakes, you fall, you die whatever god damn thing you do they will stand right there without moving an inch of their fat a**. We have a good friendship with dogs they never come in our way even if the do they listen and act to the loud honks but cows phewwww

We were literally on 120 kmph and suddenly this cow wanted to cross the roads and then change her mind and stand in the middle of road without even thinking that if we would have not applied the technique of progressive braking we would have been in heaven or let say hell. Sachin was behind me and he was like “Kiran…. Kiran…Kirannnnnn” on Bluetooth and because I was concentrating on applying brakes I could just breathe. Somehow Sachin applied brakes too because he was riding behind me and I dodged the cow but she came right in the front of Sachin’s bike and he had no option but to apply hard brakes and come to stand still. Later he said that he could hear the screeching sound of ABS kicking in. We thanked almighty and resumed our ride.

We both knew that today anything could have happened and our ride would have come to an end just in the 2nd day of the ride but thank you god we are still going strong. Is liye we always tell to live like there’s no tomorrow.

This was not the end there was more thrill for the day We were on our way to Jammu and we stopped in some dabba because of bad heat stroke just to drink some water and also to check out on our Instagram’s because unofficially we keep working 24/7 and also when we are on rides our Wroom store never stops serving bikers and its totally operational. Suddenly I came across 1 dm which was sent by 1 of our delhi subscriber his name was Harshit and he forwarded us a picture saying that some bridge between Jammu to Srinagar has collapsed and that its getting repaired and it will take at least a week. Pehle tho laga kya pakka raha hai fir thunde dimag se socha and Damnnnn now what.

We never reveal our location especially when we are on rides for safety reasons and also because we don’t want unnecessary issue but god knows how this guy knew that we are about to ride via Jammu Srinagar and god knows why he took out his precious time to message us. We are blessed with all the subscribers we have earned. We called few of our friends and they confirmed that the news is not fake.

We took some time to gather ourselves and then we decided to ride from Manali to Leh which was never in the plan and we already knew how dangerous it could be but again we couldn’t afford to waste more days and also, we can’t go back to Mumbai without completing our ride so we decided to go for the plan B.

When we were about to start our ride Sachin always used to motivate me saying “I know it’s your 1st ride but Mumbai se Srinagar you will be so comfortable with bikes that Ladakh will be a Cake walk (read it cake ride) for you.

This is the main reason why we never ship our bikes because by the time you reach mountains you get so confident with your bikes that riding in mountains feels pleasurable.

Sachin looked at me and he asked “tu kar legi” and I nodded with so much confidence in my eyes that we thought to change our entire route plan and rides towards Manali.

We thought to stay in Gurgaon and start early in the morning and reach directly to Manali on Day 3. We stayed in Radisson for 5000/- which was just on the highway so that again its easy for us to escape and ditch the city traffic the main reason to not stay in Delhi rather stay in Gurgaon.

We thought to wake up by 3.30 and leave by 4.30 because we knew its gonna be a long long day onwards to Manali tomorrow.

CHAPTER 3 – “DAY 3” – Gurgaon to Manali

“Full of Anxiety and Nervousness” Started on – 24th June 2022

Route – Mumbai(Airoli) – Gujarat  – Udaipur (Via hallol – Godhra) – Udaipur – Gurgaon – Manali

Day 3** When the alarm started ringing at 3.30 a.m. initially, I felt like I should smash Sachin’s phone but later realised that it’s the IPHONE so instead I woke up made some coffee and asked Sachin to wake up and get going because

A. I was full of anxiety

And B. because I was nervous and couldn’t sleep the whole night properly.

I wanted to scream but instead I behaved normal, smart and carefree in front of Sachin like everything is just fine and that iam effing all set let’s do this:-D of course he is my husband and that we are married for 10 years he knew that I was nervous and that I was just acting smart in front of him :-p

We had some protein bars; Dry bags went inside the tail bag and saddle bags and we were all set to start our ride. We hugged each other and went on our separate bikes just to make each other proud and to impress each other with our riding skills :-p

One thing was for sure and that was we both were too confident about our decision. We both knew that now there is no looking back and in life also we both always been like this whatever decision we take we make sure to put heart and soul into that and make it a success and anyways we had no option and we wanted to go to Ladakh so badly that we have to make it happen.

As we proceeded with our ride, we got a news that the bridge thing will get sorted in couple of days so we both discussed it on Bluetooth about our next call of action just to check out if anyone amongst us wants to go via Jammu but again no surprises here, we both wanted to try Manali Leh route which we have never done. We have always done Leh – Manali but never started from Manali plus we were about to save some days too..yehhhh!

The worst thing of entering in Manali was it was Saturday – the weekend and traffic was so bad that we were literally riding on 5-10 kmph for almost 3-4 hours we were dead tired because of 42 degrees but had no other options to keep going.

We reached Manali at around 12.30 a.m. and thank you to our hotel guys they served us hot dal, chawal, papad for dinner. We were surprised about 2 things here First, Post 9.00 p.m. the traffic was almost negligible and 2nd the road to Manali has exceptionally improved. We remember last year the roads were in bad conditions with multiple water crossings but now everything was just awesome otherwise we wouldn’t had reached Manali so early.

No matter how much you try to avoid night ride, it always tends to happen so our extra lights worked as magic on those single lanes. Every pothole, every small tiny stones were clearly visible and still we could ride on 80-90 kmph easily. But let me tell you if you are someone who likes to ride after sun down then install at least 4 lights because if it rains the road becomes more darker and then your extra lights does not perform good.

On day 4 of our ride, we thought to ride to Jispa from Manali the next day for some acclimatization but that never happened – Read out what happened on our 4th day of ride**

CHAPTER 4 – “DAY 4” – Manali to Jispa

“Unplanned Rest Day” Date – 25th June 2022

Route – Manali

Yee Finally Reached Manali

Day 4 ** As we woke up, we thought to leave immediately and stay in Jispa because we did not directly want to go to Leh from Manali and also because Jispa was on 15000 ft above sea level so we will also get a bit acclimatized with the weather.

We got ready and left the property in anticipation that we will go to jispa and spend rest of our evening there and next day we will start the day early and reach Leh early which never happened. In Hindi we call it Khyali Pulav. <eye rolling>

Sometimes you take wrong decisions and end up creating problems for yourself and not riding to Jispa and staying in Manali was 1 such decision (More about it in Manali – Leh ride chapter).

As we sat for breakfast in Manali we started feeling so lazy and hazy that for next 1 hour we became couch potatoes and got stuck to that cosy couch. We both knew that we were riding from last 3 days and reaching from Mumbai to Manali is not at all simple in 3 days so we looked into each other’s eyes and without saying a word called for a beer 😀 We ate a lot of food and lot of beer, went in a room and passed away.

When we woke up it was 6.00 a.m. in the evening so we went out for a tea and with lovely dinner at rideinn called it a day.

Travelling has taught us 1 thing that no matter how good plans you make at some point you fail and its absolutely ok because weather is not in your hand, the bridge that fell was not in your hand, Just think about the people who got stuck because of the bridge and survived there on biscuits  because we later heard haunting stories about how the bridge fell and how 3000 people were stuck there for 3 days hence you should plainly go with the flow without complaining or stressing on why things that you planned did not worked well.

We both are quick decision makers and we are comfortable about what others want – We change plans on the go, we decide to skip something, we decide to stop whenever and wherever we feel like. We don’t complain that we decided to do some XYZ thing so we must do “NO we aint like that we are cool with every change because “Change is only CONSTANT” and destination don’t matter to us it really the journey that we enjoy together.

When we meet clients at our Wroomstore they all are so full of anxiety about the plans they have made and about the preparations that they forget that they are here to enjoy and that they are rising because they are going for a ride is not a mission instead, they are going for a ride for some fun and break and enjoyment. Always remember when you are on 2 wheels don’t forget to enjoy yourself because only if you enjoy the ride, you are going long way and covering more kilometres if you are stressed out with everything you will never like riding motorcycles.

When girls come to me and asks me that they want to start riding the 1st thing I tell them is start enjoying the process and if you really want to ride then 1 day you will be there where you want to be. When you go on long rides there are many uncomfortable things that happens – You get heat stroke, your hair gets spoiled, you skin suffers a lot, you don’t get proper washroom, you don’t get proper food to eat, sometimes you don’t like those heavy jackets and pants and boots and it irritates you. When you are fine with all these things happening to you then my friend you can become a biker because there is huge huge huge difference between travelling on Bike and travelling in car 😊

Moral of story – Day 4 turned out to be an unplanned rest day and we were happy about it because it was well deserved. After coming to our room, we both had Diamox because we were about to climb the mountains.

That night when we both were lying on bed, we both knew what we were thinking about so I finally broke the silence and asked him “Mein kar lungi na Manali – Leh? “

Sachin said without wasting a single minute and without any doubt “YES”

God knows how come he is so confident about me since 2015!

We both closed our eyes and holding each other’s hand we dozed off😊

Grab some popcorn because Day 5 is gonna be super exciting and lots of Fun!

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