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Old 03-05-2012, 02:55 PM   #16
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Thanks RadioMan, feel free to PM ... I'll help where I can.

Otherwise have great trip in May!
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:12 PM   #17
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Just wanted to drop a post saying, I'm from South of India; if you'd require any help, I'll be glad to help.
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Old 02-04-2015, 08:39 AM   #18
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Question In case you miss those times

Hi Glenn. I'm not sure if you are still around on this forum but wanted to send this picture to you both. I think you can have a fair idea where it is from ;).
I hope it will be a nice surprise . Take care.
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Old 02-04-2015, 01:20 PM   #19
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Wow, that is great thanks!!, I was just in India for the month of september, and saw that picture behind Rajeesh and laughed while I sat at his desk. I went North this time, into the Himalayas ..... Epic epic trip ......

I haven't read this thread in years but your post made me go through it again out of curiosity. I still feel it's pretty solid commentary, even after a 3 year time lapse.

I hope you had a great trip, and thanks so much again, for such a thoughtful gesture. made my day.

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Old 02-04-2015, 06:17 PM   #20
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It's now 2 years on fr these posts so has the situation in terms of being able to rent alternatives to an Enfield changed e.g.pulsar 220.

I just hate old brit style bikes and have a mix of japanese and Euro bikes, so it's very hard to go back to riding a clunker. Only thing in favour is that if you drop one (slow speed) you won't do as much damage.
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:17 AM   #21
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I was just in India for the month of september, and saw that picture behind Rajeesh and laughed while I sat at his desk. I went North this time, into the Himalayas

--glenn
We have nearly met - we've been in November and December 2014. I have found your chasingsouth blog while researching for a bike rental for India and it was a great helping hand . We have covered roughly the same route as you did but the other way around: took the bike by train from New Delhi to Trivandrum and than traveled all the way back to New Delhi. We've had some really crazy 45 days but all in all I'll do it again in a hear-beat .
So, I'm glad I managed to surprise you - it's well deserved since I've picked up quite some good tips from your blog ;). I'm waiting to read about the north part, which is also in the planning for us as well .
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:21 PM   #22
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I don't want to ride an Enfield, although i do appreciate that they may be very robust and lots of guys can fix them . I'm just over all that old Brit stuff and never want to have to go near it again.
There's a company (Bikehire Manali) which says it has Bajaj 220s for rental
and although it would have less HP, I'd rather have the engine and lightness.

Biggest worry would be if it karked it somewhere along the 23 day ride i want to do (say 2000kms)

Has anyone had experience of one of these Bajajs or wants to give an opinion
on bike choices.
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:59 AM   #23
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What the OP described was one of the most accurate versions/impressions I have read on this forum. One thing I would add is that the extra (undue?) attention one gets on the road is not restricted to foreigners. Here's a picture of my bike. And I can assure you I look as Indian as anyone could. The attention was more to the fact that I rode an unfamiliar bike (Triumph Bonneville) and wore riding gear. However, it has been harmless even if unwanted.

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werewasi,

Bajaj (the co. that manufactures Pulsar 220) has a very wide network of service center across India. It is a basic engineered machine and you will find a lot of mechanics well versed to repair them. If you don't want to ride an enfield this is a good option. A lot of people I know have done Ladakh on this motorcycle.

The enfields you get today for rent are unfortunately 5-20 year old machines and completely unrealiable. I would avoid them. The new EFI models are relatively better put together if you do really want to go the Royal Enfield way. However, the Bajaj Pulsar, Honda CBRs et all are much more reliable.

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Old 04-14-2015, 08:19 PM   #24
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When u riding Himalaya cobber?

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I don't want to ride an Enfield, although i do appreciate that they may be very robust and lots of guys can fix them . I'm just over all that old Brit stuff and never want to have to go near it again.
There's a company (Bikehire Manali) which says it has Bajaj 220s for rental
and although it would have less HP, I'd rather have the engine and lightness.

Biggest worry would be if it karked it somewhere along the 23 day ride i want to do (say 2000kms)

Has anyone had experience of one of these Bajajs or wants to give an opinion
on bike choices.
Gday from better-than-ozzie-riding New Zealand mate.

Just wondering when you are planning your Himalaya trip and for how long? A mate of mine and I are aiming to go this August (arriving late July, finishing early Sept) and neither want an Enfield! The Pulsar 220 isn't much more likeable...but we did see the Hero Impulse which is an ENDURO DESIGNED bike with a very common EFI hero engine powerplant. Only thing is its 150cc. That said, we are not planning on going crazy speeds, and form/function is more important than speed in the Himalayas.

So I've been twice to India (spent 5months once in the north alone) and my mate is a Sikh from Singapore, so we should do well sorting things out. Both of us have ridden overseas b4 and he's a riot to ride with. If you happen to be planning the same time, we're looking for another ride buddy or two. The plan is Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh (Leh & Khardung La of course, but also others), Nepal and possibly Bhutan*. One option has us train east and ride there first, then return to the Indian Himalaya. The other has us head straight from Delhi to Amritsar and Kashmir/Ladakh/Himachal then to Nepal etc and train back.

Bhutan is iffy, just because its 200USD a day to ride there. If at all, I'd check out Thimpu and Paro but undecided as of yet. Arunachal Pradesh (even further!) is meant to be amazing...

I started a thread on the HUBB, same username, but keen to hear of your plans etc. Have u ever been to India? Amazy, which is to say amazing and crazy in one.
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