3 Ride Out

In the morning @7:45 am in Mishref, we had a very long ride planned out and all the machines came out that day. Its been too long but Robo also came out after all this time, so the KTM and Ducati were out. Three of us wanted to do a lot of riding, we had one planned all the place and with three experienced riders we decided to take long fun routes.

Route:

  • Bayan Gas Station
  • Julai’a for a bite to eat
  • Back to the city
  • Taking the GulfRoad starting @ Miseela
  • GulfRoad to KPC
  • KPC to the 2nd Ring Road
  • 2nd Ring Road to the GulfRoad to Salmiya all the way down to Bida’a
  • Bida’a to the 6th Ring Road then to the Airport
  • Airport to Sabhan then to Mubarak Al Kabeer where we almost ran out of Gas
  • Filled up at Malik Fahad Gas Station in Al Qurain before heading home

We got in over 4 hours of riding, my odometer added over 350 Kilometers that day and I had a lot of fun, whenever we made a stop I would switch to another playlist to listern to. The feeling of those corners that we were enjoying were fantastic, I wanted to go knee down into some corners forgetting everything but the riding and the machine. What felt odd was that I was riding the KTM and Monichum was riding the Ducati and even when it was over 7 meters away from me I could clearly hear the exhaust tone of Pyro over the music and sound of the machine I was on, I need an exhaust for Tango. What an amazing day, the weather was fantastic, the roads were mostly empty, we saw other riders and as soon as I was done I felt that my day was fulfilled, I felt satisfied with this accomplishment, and it was still early in the day with so much to do, nothing beats a good day out riding.


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Friday Out Early

Its been a little while since I have had a ride like this, woke up around 7 am and called up Monichum to find out he was out since 5:30 am. I got up showered, checked my iPod Nano, took my camera and headed down to my bike, checked the 1098s to find out the gas was really empty so I took Tango out for some fun. Filled up gas on the sixth ring road and headed to the freezone starbucks and that was a fun ride with the highways and streets mostly empty all the way there.

There was only one other guy sitting at starbucks looking at architectual drawings that early in the morning, he was even asking us what we were doing up that early in the morning, usually young people would be sleeping at this time on a Friday is what he said, our simple answer is we take advantage of the empty streets. We headed off after having a nice cool drink, and headed down the Gulf Road starting from the KPC side only to find out there is so much construction and there were a few police checks but they were bothering the bikers, mostly a few sports cars, and we kept on ahead all the way to Bida’a and enjoying the ride, we saw a lot of Harley’s on the way, a lot more then other kinds of bikes, Harleys not my cup of tea but they I always admit they are a dedicated group in any country. After making it all way around Kuwait back to the Bida’a, we headed back in the other direction, towards Salmiya, then towards Kuwait Towers, and all the way back to the city. After a few hand signals, we decided to head to Prime & Toast for an early breakfast around 9:30 am and a few friends decided to join us, that place fills up face. I was enjoying the ride but the humidity was ridiculous, luckily we found seats inside and I asked for a bottle of cold water and two scoops fo strawberry ice cream for breakfast, that was it, Monichum had an assortment of Pancakes which I’m not really a fan of. That was such a refreshing feeling, I haven’t had a ride like this in a long time, and I need to have more, luckily Kuwait is cooler this year then last year so we can enjoy the cool weather and so are a lot of other people out walking and enjoying a nice drive.


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Ride Around

One day I’m sitting at my computer just doing your basic multi-tasking and surfing the web and I suddenly decided that I wanted to ride. I didn’t care if it was hot outside or not, all I knew is that I wanted to ride and clear my head. When you have too much on your mind, riding is the best so solution it requires so much mental concentration that you can’t think of anything else. The Nano was decently charged but I updated the playlist while I changed into some armored jeans, and a tshirt. Went down stairs put on the boots, jacket, helmet, and gloves (in that order). Warmed up the bike for about 3 minutes and headed out, I didn’t have a destination but I knew I wanted to ride without anyone annoying me.

Turned out I didn’t have enough gas so I went to the Miseela gas station and filled up, took the gulf road to Bida’a round about, took the fifth ring round to the airport road and headed to Sabhaan airport or Sheikh Saad Airport. I stopped for about 5 minutes drank some water and checked my phone, then headed back home. All in all it took about an hour or so, when I got home, I jumped in the shower and felt very relaxed after that. The RC8 is a hell of a lot of fun to ride, and having the right playlist makes a world of a difference.

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Saturday Riding

The past couple of days have been nothing but amazing weather, even when it rains a little I still want to ride. The best part of waking up so damn early on a Friday morning is having the streets of Kuwait completely to yourself. Met up with Vampire and Monichum around 7ish at Starbucks Bide’a. We had our route planned out like usual, we were thinking about going to Julai’a but we didn’t have the time.

Even when waiting at Bida’a we kept seeing bike after bike passing by, engine roaring as they are going from sport bikes to cruisers and of all makes. Its a great feeling these bikers out at this time taking advantage of the amazing weather. I do prefer the cold over the heat anytime of the day. We took off down the GulfRoad enjoying each and every curve it had to offer, and the past part is taking it without worrying about the next idiot who will lean on you.

After finishing up our nice ride we headed back to Starbucks Bida’a and met up with a few guys we knew. It was a bunch of Ducatis and one KTM parked there, it was honestly a beautiful site and that was left was for us to be in some village in Italy.

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KTM RC8-R

Just when I think that KTM made a great machine with the RC8 and I’m loving, they turn around and make another monster. They are really full of surprises, and especially with the KTM RC8 R.

Its been bored from 1148cc to 1195cc and tweaked to produce 180 bhp with the racing kit. With its orange-black-and-white paintjob, high-spec fully adjustable WP suspension, Brembo brakes,light weight cast aluminium wheels, and a dry weight of 183 KG.

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Back to Riding

Its finally cooling off to the point where you can ride without feeling your being cooked alive every time you stop at a traffic light. We woke up around 5:30 am getting ready to ride, and met up at 6:45 am at the Starbucks in Bida’a, its the only place open at that time. I filled up gas at the Miseela gas station and saw some Harley’s meeting up. It wasn’t as cool as I thought it would be, and it was a little humid but still much better

We decided to stay in the city instead of going to Julai’a since we had a few things to do early in the afternoon. Riding down the Gulf Road that early in the day is perfect, it was nearly empty and we were enjoying ourselves. You could see other bikers on the road enjoying the nice weather. Monichum and I were enjoying the empty streets. We were flying when we could and also enjoying the weather. The music from my iPod Nano was perfect for my riding, I could hear the music and outside sound to a degree. Can’t wait to completely break-in the KTM, it is one hell of machine and you really don’t know the limitations of this machine. And the last stop was some chilli chees fries at Johnny Rockets!

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RC8 aka ?

The RC8 is a unique machine so naming it something with attitude a little different is what I was thinking. After some deliberation these are the candidates of names that I’m thinking of, sounds more like those running for the presidency but still. Some are pretty funny and some have little meaning to it, not really sure with this one, I starred the ones that I’m thinking of.

  • Sunspot*
  • Tango*
  • Dusty*
  • Tempo
  • Mouko
  • Ciro

The RC8

I remember placing an order for this machine around the beginning of June, I have been looking at it from every angle and I just couldn’t get enough of it. I was told it would take about two months, even though it took a little longer I didn’t mind and it was out of their hands. A new piece of German engineering with a MotoGP style to it.

Since I’m still a little bit under the weather I asked Tristar to keep it with them for a few more days. I don’t need something tempting me to ride or go out in the state I’m in. One thing came to mind when I first saw the machine, pictures do not do it justice. The color combination and the angles are just beautiful, the motor started with a beautiful beat to it. I coudln’t help myself and took it for a quick spin, just down the street and back, and it is one light machine. Now I want to get better, and the weather has to get better to go riding.

KTM RC8

An 1190 CC bueaty that has been causing the people and press to be in awe of it. I have been reading review after review of this machine, and they all say the same thing. After four years in development, it seems KTM has gotten it right from the get go. A precise machine which is fun to ride and beautiful lines which makes it stand out from the crowd. I do like the the color scheme of KTM and they type of power they have with their V-Twins. In the words of many from the press “Comfortable as a Beemer, Rides like a Ducati”. I can only imagine how that feels, you know something is wrong when you dream about this machine.

Link: KTM