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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The one percent....

I'm thinking I shouldn't make such a big deal about the title of this blog, lest we descend into irrelevant posts about illegal activities. Because of the restrictions imposed on riders with high capacity motorcycles in Sri Lanka at the moment, which I went on about in my last post, many have 400cc or higher capacity motorcycles illegally registered as 250cc. This is not in anyway close to gun running or messing with the law, but what can I say....I'm a big ass fan of Sons of Anarchy, a must watch for any Harley enthusiasts, riders in general interested in that subject matter etc. Hopefully I'll eventually bring this blog around to logging my riding adventures in Sri Lanka....I just wanted to give a reason for why that specific title was chosen for this blog......You can't help but feel like an outlaw simply weaving through traffic and laughing at the fools in cars stuck in bumper to bumper hell....

Anyway, I rode to Pamunugama, a town on the way to Negombo nestled in the cusp of the Negombo Lagoon, through the Old Colombo/Negombo road. The is the road which initially goes along the Hamilton Canal eventually falling on to the road that straddles the coast line. A wonderful ride, and no traffic to speak of. Just you, your bike, and your woman... about 90% of the road is concrete, which can be slippery. But if you are a responsible rider this will not be a major issue. Being so close to the beach line it is a bit disappointing to not actually see the beach, as it is obscured by a constant mound of sand between the road you are on and the water. But this is not such a big issue either since the ride is so much fun...I apologise that I wont be able to post any pictures from this wonderful route on this post, since I was heading to a friend's birthday on Sunday in Pamunugama. But this will be a road I see my self using regularly in the future, since the love of my life is from Negombo and we will travel frequently to see her family there.

There is a lot to see as well, since you will go through Colombo from the Matakuliya/Modera areas with there interesting architectural difference from other parts of Colombo. You take the old bridge out of Colombo and follow the Canal and further on you pass a small fish market and Pelicans and other interesting sea birds greeting you along the way. You eventually stop following the canal and turn on to the beach road which goes all the way to Negombo.

I recommend this to beginners who are still green when it comes to long treks on their bikes, since this route has very low traffic allowing you to enjoy your ride and the scenery without worrying too much about handling your motorcycle through traffic.

And below is a picture of the wonderful exhaust that was fitted on my Volty 250cc when I bought it. The stock funnel like exhaust the Volty usually comes with in my opinion is ugly as hell. The exhaust on my motorcycle is an awesome classic racing exhaust, and the engine note produced by it is something to behold. It gives my Volty a presence that cannot be had with any other exhaust.

That should do for now. I will do another post about the Old Colombo/Negombo road with pictures of the sights and birds along the way. Also planned is a trip to the Air Force museum at Ratmalana Airport, which after refurbishment looks like a very good day spent on my other passion in life, Aviation....

4 comments:

  1. please please post your photos....

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  2. why don't you join kottu.org which will give you wider audience...just visit the page and send an email to indi as instructed....you need hits man...

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  3. thanks for removing word verification....

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  4. And it's a good practice to reply the comments too, Spectre. :)
    Well, I have an old Honda CM125 Custom. And I got the mufflers done in stainless steel a few years back. Though I like riding more, I have to use 4wheels more often for practical reasons. Aviation is my passion too. And trains...

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