Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Meet sanDRina while I pack and repack

While Jay packs and repacks, enjoy this video introducing sanDRina and her unique features, and why he chose this bike for his journey

Getting the zippers on my Motoport Kevlar AirMesh riding suit fixed up near Porur Junction, Chennai.

A busy day sorting through all my stuff and packing it on sanDRina. I'm so glad I can leave so much stuff behind at my parent's home in Chennai and wont need to lug it around India with me. When I was moving through Africa, I didn't know where and for how long I would be and thus ended up carrying a lot of spares for many things that I never needed.

Today, things got sorted into mechanical spares, electrical spares, medical supplies, camping gear, electronics, clothes, toiletries and snacks. I put things into zip-lock bags and then into these packing cubes that fit nicely in my metal panniers on the bike.

Everything has its place on the bike and it takes me a few days after a new packing job to know exactly where everything is.

A new set of horns from Bosch installed on sanDRina. Ready for India's highways.

After getting on top of my packing, I shot a long video introducing sanDRina and why I chose this bike for my journey and what are all the unique features on her.

Hope you enjoy it.


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The Man. The Machine. The Story

There are love stories and love stories, but none tugs more at the heart than a tale of infinite departure. In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey back home to India. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a journey that saw them through 94,933 km, 32 countries, and 1,150 days on the road through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, heading towards India. At the core of this seemingly mindless pursuit was Jay’s desire to raise awareness about sustainability and a unique sentiment best described by an archaic Greek term, eudaimonia – the search for things that are true, good and beautiful. 

Homecoming isn’t complete unless you experience the country you call home in all her varied terrain and temperaments. And so Jay and sanDRina will embark on a journey of discovery through India. 

Yahoo India Travel follows Jay and sanDRina on their exhilarating discovery of India with daily updates from the road in words, pictures and video. If you have questions to ask, or words of encouragement for Jay and sanDRina, follow Jammin India on Twitter (hashtag #jamminindia). Also visit JamminGlobal.com for comprehensive accounts of his journey so far as well as snippets and trivia.