Month: November 2017

Dirtsack Gypsy – For the Hyper Tourer in you!

We recently took the Dirtsack Gypsy out on a short trip across the country cover a little over 11,000kilometres over a travel period of around a month or so… Sounds trivial doesn’t it? given the average distance a motorcyclist covers on a solo ride in this time frame, these eleven thousand Kilometers are indeed a lot less. There is no denying that at times in a day covering even 200 kilometers felt like a thousand and covering 500+ felt like a walk in the park. Such is the diversity of terrain that our country is bestowed with.

Overlooking the lush green Nilgiris at Munnar

Unlike the typical paragraph reviews we are taking a different approach here:

  1. We took the Gypsy without its standard locking straps and used Bungee cords instead in order to test its buoyancy in the absence of standardised bolt-ons. Throughout the journey with the exception of obstacles like potholes and bumps, the bag stayed on it pillion seat without a fuss.
  2. Also we kept it devoid of the shape retainers to check if over a period the is and kind of wear and tear to the outer fabric. Apart from the dust accumulated over the entire journey there were no other marks.
  3. There is no denial that when out on a ride one must pack not just for the ride but also ensure that you do not over pack. The idea was to carry just the essentials and keep a little bit of space for any items that might be purchased as mementos of the ride.
  4. Since the journey began in the last week of September, we got our fair share of downpour across most of the states travelled. Not just during urban thunderstorms but also through rain soaked jungles the raincover ensure that the bag was bereft of water. Whatever bit did seep in, it was through the gaps created during installation of the cover in the event of a sudden downpour.
  5. The lower outer pockets allow the rider to carry about two liters of engine oil while the upper pockets can be used to carry some tools and minor spares as well.
  6. Apart from the bolt on straps there are three other types of straps:
  • A sling strap to carry the bag like a regular travel bag
  • A Handle strap that comes with a velcro lock. This strap allows the user to carry the bag confidently at its maximum load.
  • There are two auxiliary straps that can be taken from under the seat and fastened to keep the bag in place while to use the bolt ons or the bungees to anchor the bag in place.



Features (As per manufacturer)

  • Universal compatibility ? No change in luggage from bike to bike, Designed to fit Sports, Standards, Cruisers, Adventure Bikes, and almost anything in between.. Harleys / Triumphs / Bullets / Indians / KTMs / Hondas / Yamahas ..youname it!
  • Massive storage capacity ? Class highest 60 Litres capacity.
  • Reinforced fibre inserts inside ?legs? ensure full look even when partially full. 2 Quick Fit Duffel Straps, included, allow an additional duffel to be strapped outside of the bag — try our waterproof Frogman Tailpack ? sold separately.
  • Completely secure fit ? roads, boulders, gravel, river crossings what have you..4 versatile anchor straps provided, offer Zero Displacement fit on any bike!Optional mounting points to suit all bike types. Bar tacked versatile Molle straps and D rings allow for anything from a tent to a tripod to be harnessed outside the bag.
  • All Weather Protection ? constructed out of Completely Water Retardant fabrics, and then paired with an extremely sturdy external weather cover, with go-around secure straps, make this a bag for all seasons.Dirtsack Gear dry Dry bags sold separately, ease packing and offer 100% waterproof protection to contents.
  • Ease of exterior pockets?4 large external YKK zippered pockets, for those tabs, pads, pencils, phones, batteries, keys, cameras, books, maps, ropes, tools, gum, cigarettes, zippos? the works!
  • Water Bottle Holders ? 2 ergonomically designed secure bottle pockets can each carry a 1.5Lt Bottle with ease. ??Use a Hydrapack? don?t need a bottle pocket?? Just press the empty pockets onto the bag anda hook and loop arrangement will lock it in place ? no flutter! Smart design!
  • A Super Tough Bag ? 1000 Den non rubberized PU coated ballistic polyester main shell, YKK coil zippers and runners ? protected with storm flaps for water deflection and easy grasp pullers ? no more peeling off gloves to access a zippered pocket, Bar tacked at all stress points, fibre reinforced ?legs? for added form and protection?.No bull.. Dirtsack quality!
  • Safety ? full length 500 cd lux.. bright as a neon -3M Scotchlite reflective elements on all 4 sides for amazing visibility in bad weather, low light and night riding conditions. The shape and dimensions of the ?legs? prevent any proximity to wheels or moving parts.
  • 3 Layered Bottom ? for maximum strength and stability- triple-layered with water resistant liner, 1000 den polyester and anti-slip high tensile rubber foam.
  • Dimensions – Overall Length ? 22 inches / 56 cm, Width ? 12 inches / 30.5 cm, Height (from the seat top) 8 inches / 20.5 cm, ?Leg? overhang (from the seat top)7 inches / 18 cm
  • Color ? Black with grey accents
  • Price ? Rs 5900/- inclusive of taxes

Link to  the Website: Dirtsack Gypsy


The Motolethe – Kalyanaraman Venkatesan

It has been two years that began its journey and as a Second Anniversary Special Edition we are bringing to you a story about one man who had made a difference, read on…



There is no dearth of motorcyclists in the country who is or isn’t a rebel without a cause. There are some who seek support from the society to promote their cause and there are some who do it on their own. As a country India is one of those has seen more automobiles on its roads than tarmac available. This surge of vehicles has brought it own events to the table. One of them being road hazards. Stepping up to the occasion we have one individual who have been patient and perseverant to sensitize fellow motorists on Road safety. In the time that followed, starting with his hometown one can see others taking up the cause as well!

Kalyanaraman, Tell us something about yourself

I am a BIKER by passion and an IT Professional by the desk, my technical inclination drove me towards the IT sector whereas the urge to contribute to the welfare of the society pushed me towards my mission.



How did MISSION SAFER ROADS take shape?

The passion for Riding and Driving led me on a path which is now a mission to have SAFER INDIAN ROADS. I spent the last 6 years on researching, understanding and then educating the society on how self-discipline and awareness is vital for one’s safety on Indian roads.  Thus – MISSION SAFER ROADS!



Also we are given to understand that you have an initiative around Ambulances..

As a motorist and a responsible citizen of the country, many issues related to road safety intrigue me. One cause which is close to my heart is the sensibility to GIVE WAY TO AMBULANCE. You are saving lives by providing immediate help during an emergency without being directly involved for even a delay by few minutes can cause an uncalled fatality. I believe we need to be sensitive to respond and take action when they see an Ambulance with a glaring siren.


What is the strategy or approach to spreading awareness?

Today’s youth are not just commuters but also, they are the ones who are driving the country. Thus this quest to spread the awareness has driven me to the right place to begin my campaign – The youth.  Schools, Colleges and Corporate houses have given me the platform where I have addressed the basic need for self-discipline and following traffic rules. Typically, I initiate the discussion with importance of HELMETS and choosing the right one for protection and then converge upon the topic of empathizing with the other motorists, especially – the Ambulance!



How many workshops have you conducted so far?

Until date I have conducted over a 100 sessions for colleges, schools and MNCs and shared my vision with over 25000 eager audiences. Also, amongst them some have shown their solidarity in my belief by offering their valuable work-force time while I engaged with over 8000 eager listeners. I have also conducted sessions for driving license applicants at the RTO, Pune.



Apart from conducting a workshop, is there any other way you spread this message?

The quickest dialogue about “GIVING WAY TO AMBULANCE”  is through the plate on back of my motorcycle which reads “ALWAYS GIVE WAY TO AMBULANCE, EMPATHIZE. SOMEDAY, IT COULD BE YOU. The visual impact it has created so far has been immense and has raised my hopes that people would recall it the moment they see an ambulance stuck in traffic and raise to the occasion!!



How much do you charge for a workshop?

My sessions are voluntary and I do not believe in monetary benefits.

You can also connect with them on Facebok

To know more about  Mission Safer Roads





Photo Credits: Mission Safer Roads

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