ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-10-2009, 03:33 AM   #1
simongandolfi OP
Adventurer
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Oddometer: 41
Old Man On A Bike Through India

One more ride begins - INDIA!
The last one, Mexico to Tierra del Fuego, then north to New York ran from 2005 to 2008. I was young then, a mere kid of 75.
This will be shorter, six months.
Tomorrow I check out the bike at Honda's HQ outside Delhi. A 125 of course - but this one has electric start, real luxury...
I head for Agra and Gwalior first, then Guijarat and Jaipur for a Kite Festival followed by a literary festival, then south via Goa (where I celebrate my 77th birthday), Kerula and on to the tip before turning north up through Madurai, Hydrabad. Kolkot, Assam and Sikkim, then back west through Varanasi, Rishikesh and Amritsar befor turning south again to Mumbai via Jodhpur.
Will I make it?
May be not.
But, at least, I'll try.
And what else should an old man do?
Watch TV and bitch at the kids and the grandkids?

www.simongandolfi.com
simongandolfi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2009, 03:37 AM   #2
GB
Mod Squad
 
GB's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Toronto, ON
Oddometer: 55,557
Hey Simon,

Good to see you're still pushing your limits!! Thanks for the link to your latest adventure... safe journey
__________________
ADV decals, patches & flag? Here
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2009, 03:38 AM   #3
dragoon
I'm the REAL Dingo Joe
 
dragoon's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2003
Location: Frazeysburg, OH
Oddometer: 23,074
GO SIMON GO!
Just got back from India 3 months ago (has it been that long! ) did the North/NW routes.

Good luck and keep us posted if you can
__________________
Everyone should be so lucky as to be able to ride a motorbike through the Himalayas.
- Misery Goat


daveology rule #143 - never ever pass up a chance to hear a band that has a stand up bass -Mutineer
dragoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2009, 04:27 AM   #4
rulis
Adventurer
 
rulis's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Lithuania
Oddometer: 85
Thumb

bon voyage!
Hope to hear from you soon and often
rulis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2009, 04:55 AM   #5
edgy
Gnarly Adventurer
 
edgy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2007
Location: Gtown,SA
Oddometer: 486
Awesome!
__________________
www.astonesthrow.co.za
`08 KDX200
`08 SE950R
`11 KTM690
edgy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2009, 05:24 AM   #6
on2wheels52
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: northern Arkansas
Oddometer: 2,259
You give hope to lads of 57 like me, subscribed.
JIm
__________________
R1200GS Ural Patrol KLR650 DRz400 XL185
Austria '08 http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=352082
Back to the Alps in '11 http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=744205
on2wheels52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2009, 05:36 AM   #7
Haroon
RIDE for PASSION
 
Haroon's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia/ Bangalore, INDIA
Oddometer: 540
Good luck and ride safe simongandolfi.
Its going to be one helluva ride. I am hooked.

Another inmate here did the whole of India and some more (I guess 25,000kms) on his 'Hero Honda Karizma'. Its probably the best indian bike for the job at present. What model are you using?
Haroon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2009, 09:21 PM   #8
Jonak
n00b
 
Jonak's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Oddometer: 8
All the best mate.
I am from Kolkata. Lemme know if you need any help in this part of the world.
Just mail me at jonakhunk@gmail.com.
Hoping to meet you in Kolkata.
When are you visiting Sikkim? I am setting out for Sikkim and Bhutan in 2 days.
Jonak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2009, 11:14 PM   #9
Spuds
On my way home
 
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: SoKal
Oddometer: 515
Please post some pictures and ride safe, don't want to read of you getting hit by any more trucks, three times is enough.
Spuds is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2009, 11:18 PM   #10
Gorilla King
Dobar Skorz!
 
Gorilla King's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2004
Location: High Desert
Oddometer: 38,858
all righty then.... Simon rides again. Bravo!!!


__________________
"Whenever a youth is ascertained to possess talents meriting an education which his parents cannot afford, he should be carried forward at the public expense." James Madison
Gorilla King is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2009, 04:12 AM   #11
Reryder
Onward through the fog...
 
Reryder's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Cairns, Oz
Oddometer: 1,398
Geez, I hope I am doing that when I am 76 years old!
Good on you mate.!!

I travelled around India by train and bus and it was the trip of a lifetime, so doing it by bike should be spectacular.

Keep us posted.
__________________
'77 Harley Ironhead 6,000 miles across Oz
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=527966

Reryder (AKA Hopper)
1977 Harley Sportster
81 BMWR100RS
01 HONDA VFR800
99 SV650
Ancient Harley 45, Snortster (Sporty engine in a Norton), Norton Atlas, Honda 350/4, Ariel HS scrambler
Reryder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2009, 04:14 AM   #12
Thorne
Sherpa-ing around
 
Thorne's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Lone Pine, ON, Canada
Oddometer: 1,204
........
__________________
I'd rather die living than live dying.


Thorne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2009, 06:43 AM   #13
simongandolfi OP
Adventurer
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Oddometer: 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Haroon
Good luck and ride safe simongandolfi.
Its going to be one helluva ride. I am hooked.

Another inmate here did the whole of India and some more (I guess 25,000kms) on his 'Hero Honda Karizma'. Its probably the best indian bike for the job at present. What model are you using?
Something called a Stunner. I haven' seen it yet. I go out to Honda tomorroew afternoon were they say it is ready other than for any special requirements. How about a custom seat. Thopugh the distance here are tiny when compared to South America.
simongandolfi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2009, 06:46 AM   #14
simongandolfi OP
Adventurer
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Oddometer: 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jonak
All the best mate.
I am from Kolkata. Lemme know if you need any help in this part of the world.
Just mail me at jonakhunk@gmail.com.
Hoping to meet you in Kolkata.
When are you visiting Sikkim? I am setting out for Sikkim and Bhutan in 2 days.
Hey, thanks for the message. I should be in Kolkata in March - after which Sikkim. Dates? The only sure one is Mumbai on May 28 for my home flight - that's if I don't snuff!
simongandolfi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2009, 06:48 AM   #15
simongandolfi OP
Adventurer
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Oddometer: 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spuds Mackenzie
Please post some pictures and ride safe, don't want to read of you getting hit by any more trucks, three times is enough.
The Flight attendent opened the over head luggage in flight and my computer bag hit the deck. I am promised a new screen for the camera tomorrow - then pics!
simongandolfi is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 07:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014