Multistrada to Heaven

We took a Ducati Multistrada on a helmetstories organised ride from Mumbai to Himachal Pradesh. Read about the epic trip in the December 2012 issue.

  Red Ducati, blue skies, crisp mountain air - the setting for an epic ride.  
 

Red Ducati, blue skies, crisp mountain air - the setting for an epic ride.

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  • Red Ducati, blue skies, crisp mountain air - the setting for an epic ride.
  • Fall off and it
  • Taking a break before Rohtang
  • Three hour wait while the
  • The Multistrada
  • Stunning bike, stunning scenery
  • The moon was so bright, we didn
  • One Ducati and six Enfields ride through the remote regions of Himachal Pradesh
  • Sometimes it seemed like God was smiling down on us.
  • The sky in stark contrast to the rest of the land.
  • The Trilokhnath temple. I prayed the Ducati
  • The Multistrada kept its cool despite the radiator getting clogged with dirt. It was occasionally cleaned ofcourse.
  • We didn
  • We camped out on five of the ten days we were on the ride.
  • The very remote Mayad valley. It
  • Our support crew was never far behind us.
  • The Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres on the Ducati too a beating on these roads
  • The trip was organised by our friends at www.helmetstories.com
  • In
  • The Multistrada
  • Out here in the perimeters, there are a million stars. Photo courtesy: Harsh Man Rai
  • Mucking around on the bikes on the meadows of Sural after camp has been set
  • Camp no 4 at Sural. 11,000ft, -15 degrees, plenty of hot chai.
  • That
  • Sunsets were spectacular every single day
  • When the temperature drops below 4 degrees, the Multistrada warns the rider about the possibility of ice on the road.
  • Tiny hail stones just as we approach the 14,000ft Sach Pass.
  • There was no way to avoid this freezing waterfall. We had to grin and bear the stinging water as we rode through.
  • Five kilometers before the top of Sach pass, it started snowing heavily
  • With zero traction, simply getting to the top was a sideways struggle
  • Riding gear drying out after the snowstorm
  • His name is Govinda. He said he would get a Multistrada one day.
  • Madonna
  • What a motorcycle!
  • It
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