#CEATXPLORER LANSDOWNE: QUITE, SERENE AND CLOSE TO THE NATURE
xBhp|December 2020 - January 2021
Our #CEATxPlorers quench their thirst for exploration with a post lockdown trip to Lansdowne
VIPUL JAIN
EVER since the COVID-19 outbreak, the entire world has come to a standstill. Everyone has been anxious to resume their pre-COVID routine in life, bikers even more so. Finally, the day came when we could step out from the confines of our homes, geared up for much-needed mountain air. We decided Lansdowne would be the perfect destination for it.

We spent a busy day organising everything needed for the trip such as COVID test reports, backpacks, riding jackets and gears, and most importantly, the tyres for the bike. There are many choices of tyres when it comes to our KTM 200 Dukes, but after hearing many good things about the CEAT Zoom Rad X1 tyres, we decided to give them a go. We got the CEAT Zoom Rad X1 F 110/70R17 at the front and CEAT ZOOM RAD X1 150/60R17 66H at the rear.

Turns out that it was one of the best decisions we made for this trip. These tyres are easily one of the best tyres of KTM 200 Duke and in turn, for all the KTMs from 125s to the 390s. More on that later and before moving further, we would like to thank CEAT Tyres India for providing us with this stunning set of tyres.

Day 1

As many travellers would agree, the night before the ride is generally restless and mostly sleepless. We were even more excited as we’d get to test this new set of tyres in the mountains and serpentine roads where they belong!

We started early in the morning after making all the arrangements and were raring to go. We beat the traffic and hit the highway only to realize that we were heading in the wrong direction. In order to save time, we had to take a rather beaten road to get back to the right road.

The trip presented a rather tough test for the tyres at the beginning itself. A great set of tyres can really help you save some time even if the roads are less than ideal and the CEAT Zoom Rad X1 tyres can do that without breaking a sweat.

Anyway, after some help from the locals, we were able to find our way back to the highway- or should we say a wet highway. The rain had decided to play spoilsport and we were not going to let it dampen our spirits. While the tyres themselves did not seem like they needed breaking-in, we still rode at an easy pace in the beginning just to be on a safer side.

We love how much confidence these tyres inspire even on wet roads. The tread pattern forms an easy channel for the water to be dispelled from under the tyres and therefore, even at a decent pace, it never felt like the tyres had lost contact with the tarmac. We were already impressed with the CEAT Zoom Rad X1 tyres.

Moving on, we finally reached Uttarakhand after riding for almost 200 km. At the border checkpost, we were stopped by the local police to check for our documents. They checked everything from the bike’s documents to our COVID-negative certificates and it took a while. After around 30 mins, we got the permission and we were back in the saddle.

But before we continued our journey towards Lansdowne, we decided to take a little break. After refuelling ourselves, we hit the road again. The beautiful, zig-zag, greenery-laden mountain roads of Uttarakhand dotted with streams and bridges made us realize why we love motorcycling so much.

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