Hi, this is Manas and Anu… welcome to Dosti on Wheels.
Who said you have to be born into a clan of gypsies to satisfy your wanderlust? All you need is a curious mind and belief in humanity. And we are two such individuals united by our gypsy hearts.
Using our own resources, we have embarked upon a long motorcycle trip. It’s planned for 100 days, across 18 countries and 40 cities. We start from Spain and end at Turkey, passing through France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Italy, Czech, Slovakia, and Hungary as well as the Balkan states.
For us, travel is not about covering distances or driving from a place to another as fast as possible. It’s about being in a place – to feel it, hear it, taste its food and sniff its smells, to connect with people and share their lives. What we’ll experience on the road will be a collage of those warm and kind people, the enticing aromas of cuisines and the rich blend of cultures.
Through this website, we will bring to you some special moments we will experience as we meet new friends and explore the wonderful world on our own.
The Theme: “Dosti On Wheels”
The desire to venture out, to bond with the unfamiliar, and to share our insights with a ‘Dost’ (friend / ami / freund / amigo / arkadas) are fundamental human urges. As a couple, we love to explore places and sample new experiences and we look forward to connect with like-minded people across geographies: friends bound by a common love for the road. Our project “Dosti On Wheels” is a step towards this aspiration.
The Ride and The Route
Dosti On Wheels, as we call our ride, begins in the port city of Valencia in Spain. We travel west, along the coast of Spain crossing picturesque villages and sun-kissed terrains until we reach the western tip of Europe- Portugal. After a brief halt, we head towards France and further into Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the scenic country of Liechtenstein. Our route takes us into Italy through the cobbled lanes of Rome… and then we follow the ancient pathways that lead into Eastern Europe.
We follow the road to Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia and Czechia where centuries of history, tradition and culture coexist with the trappings of modern influences. Dosti On Wheels thereafter head south into Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria until we reach the Aegean Sea in Greece. It is then time to head into Turkey for about three weeks and sample vast lands, its ancient culture and immaculate craftsmanship. At Istanbul, we will pack our motorbike into a ship headed for Mumbai and conclude the 100 day odyssey with a final home run from Mumbai till the Zero Milestone at Nagpur.
Making our Motorcycle Tour-ready
Recently, the Ducati Scrambler Ikon joined our garage. It has a powerful set of wheels and the right attitude- and we embellished it further to suit the arduous journey ahead of us. We redesigned the seat and hand-crafted a set of metal brackets for our travel luggage; we reinforced the protection elements and fitted the enduro mudguard. With these modifications, the Scrambler became a perfectly transformed vehicle: comfortable for long rides and yet nimble enough for fun rides.
Read on for the details of our modifications
Seats: completely re-designed by us and fabricated locally- it now sports 120 density foam, lumbar support for the rider and raised pillion seat for improved road visibility. We also fabricated the seats to offer greater surface area for our glutes.
Panniers: we decided to design our personalized luggage system and sought the help of Zubin Ponapppa from Mumbai. The result was delightful along with its simplicity: a light metal frame that holds our baggage. Want to know about the pannier details and our luggage? Hear it from Zubin
- Enduro Mud guard (off the rack)
- Reinforced front fork protectors (off the rack)
- Engine sliders (off the rack)
The Good Samaritans…
The world is indeed a fascinating place… When we step beyond the four walls (of our home or office) and set out to explore it, we see it ourselves: Angels do exist.
We will introduce you to such angels we meet on the road that takes us towards our destiny. These angels have helped us to plan out the whole trip and the beautiful experiences are their gift too. Meet our angels for yourself. Along the way we also received much help from friends who paved the path for Dosti On Wheels…hear their Lines Of Love.