Conceptualised over a conversation that a few more discussions somewhere in the middle of 2017, the good folks at Lluvia Industries gave us the opportunity to collaborate and assist with developing a touring setup that had the simplicity and panache of a business suit sans the bells and whistles. Given their domain expertise in the manufacturing industries albeit their age and our team’s commitment to criticism it was indeed an event to wait and watch for. While consider our inputs apart from that of fellow motorcyclists of the same genre (Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS) great care was to ensure that the “fallouts” wandered not too far from the Sigma levels( Click here for a quick view of the setup ).
Finally after much do we set off from Coimbatore towards Goa for the India Bike Week. Laden with the new setup it took some time to sink in to the new riding posture while meandering through the forests of Tamil Nadu before getting into Mysore. Chugging along on about a litre worth of oil that lay still over the months of “design time” and the tyres that were at about 85% of its life (on the front) required caution least be left stranded somewhere in the Nilgiris. Giving it all in the last 20 kilometres to Mysore we finally made it our friendly neighbourhood Drivol Dealer who was more than helpful with getting the old oil flushed out so that the engine could sink its teeth into a fresh serving of the lubricant. A few cups of tea and a hearty lunch later we were on our way meandering through the spine chilling hills of Coorg and down to the shores of Mangalore where after a very brief halt and a few cat naps over we touched the parking lot of our humble abode in Goa.
Glad to have made it, after a tucking in the machine for the night it was time for a goodnight’s sleep. While expecting a reaction from friends about the new aesthetics all they were raving about was the fresh blood injected and wondered what went in to boosting the power on the motorcycle. Indeed it was hard to notice the handlebar risers that fought the fatigue over a good 1000 odd kilometres before docking in Goa. The minimalistic details was hiding in plain sight. It was only when the top rack lit up in the twilight that it was too hard to miss. Heading out on an errand to Chorla Ghat got the pillion in praise of the backrest that gave him rough 100 kilometers of unprecedented comfort.
Indeed the Fog lamps were all set to go, however the new riding posture ensured that the enroute Pune journey was made in about 10.5 hour of riding without fatigue while raking in over 200 kilometers of breakless travel without exceeding 90 kmph or hitting the corners of Anmod that led to the first break at Goa Ways hotel just past Sankeshwar. The next stop could have easily been Kolhapur however to make the best of light it was a 20 minute halt to fuel and rehydrate at Satara before touchdown at Pune.
After almost 4000 kms of prototype testing we are extremely with the results and do look forward to seeing the final product that would be going in to production soon. While those who have expressed interest and are eagerly awaiting to transform their Bumblebees to the #nightshadow here is a quick rundown of what you can look forward to:
Night Shadow Touring Concept by Lluvia Industries – The kit consists of:
- Fog lamp mount (Fog lamps used were purely for real time analytics and not part of the package)
- Accessory mount – From action cameras to cellular phones for navigation purposes , this aims to give you the “straight handlebar experience”
- Handlebar risers – For enhanced long distance riding comfort
- Diarest pillion backrest– Extremely comfortable for pillion which has been tested with a subject travelling over 100 kms including city, highways and ghat section on its 1st trials. Thereafter we have also taken in the consideration of female pillions and after the handlebar risers, this is one product that would be missed the most. Also, this will be offering a (1st in class ) provision for riders to mount their action cameras to capture the landscapes that go by.
- D Guard Saddle stay – Derived from the Domistrada and tailored exclusively for the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS is has been purpose built to keep the saddle bags from inwardly sway and adding a safety quotient.
- Top rack – Another item that has been derived from the Domistrada and designed to mount most available top cases or luggage solutions/bags, it also comes with the option for illumination for added night riding safety (optional extra)