India: Delhi through Kashmir on a Royal piece of....

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Joe Motocross, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. say.gcett

    say.gcett sayantanbubla

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    1. Hiring RE in India needs a lot of experience (read communication skill to find out what is it actually going to be) :eek1
    2. The bike shops doesn't have the new REs. If some machines are there, it is already gone in the morning @ high rent :eek1
    3. The Leh trip organizers try to get their bike-parts changed in warranty by keeping the odometer wire out :eek1 So it's life is really unknown :norton
    4. I am going to buy one used RE for my trip to these roads tomorrow morning :dhorse
    5. This is my first post here :)
  2. Motobueno

    Motobueno n00b

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    We can't say enough good things about Lalli.A wonderful man. My wife and I were referred by a good friend that purchased a completely rebuilt, 30 year old RE that was shipped to the states. It came with enough spares to go around the world!
    We flew into Delhi and looked him up. We each wanted our own bikes and didn't want to ride RE's as to the weight.
    He was so gracious! He set us up with a shop down the street and helped him with the paper work,as he had never rented bikes. We rented two Pulsars,I a 220 and my wife a 180. We brought our own soft bags and riding gear.The bikes were more than adequate for the trip(never got passed)
    We spent a month riding in the foot hills(6 to 9 thousand feet)
    I don't think that you will ever have a problem having a bike fixed! Last year I found stats that in July alone there were over ! million bikes sold in India!!!
    Even if we were to break down it the middle of nowhere we knew that someone would come along and if necessary we could put the bike in the back of a truck to get it to the next town.
    I have never experienced such a loving and warm culture as India. We were so well taken care of by all that we encountered.
    Here is just one example-In the hills one day,My wife was leading.She cut a right corner a little too tight and had a low speed (You just can't go that fast)HEADON with a small truck.They were all paying attention and hit the brakes.She hit the truck but was just about stopped(didn't even fall over)Put a small dent in the truck's bumper.It was obviously our fault and we felt terrible .We offered to pay for the damage to the bumper and, THIS is what India was all about for us.
    The man driving the truck responded to our offer and said."We couldn't possibly take any money from you-Your guests in our country". TRY that in the U.S.! We noticed that the truck was a political campaign vechical and made a 500r($10) donation and all was good!
    Pryor to our trip my good friend gave us the best advice"Expect anything"To witch I added,And don't have any expectations. The more we could be in that place , The more India opened her heart to us.
    NAMASTE
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  3. say.gcett

    say.gcett sayantanbubla

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    Wow !! :thumb
  4. pirate63

    pirate63 SUPA 10 PILOT

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    yeah just read it again ,awesome
  5. BOOGIEMAN

    BOOGIEMAN Been here awhile

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    GREAT REPORT AND PICTURES.:freaky
  6. mav1234

    mav1234 HARDCORE TOURER

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    Liked the Whole Log and Pictures.

    There are 'N' Number of Roads in India which are just heaven to drive ( leave the chaotic Town or City Roads )

    I would have not advised at any day taking a Royal Enfield for this Tour. It gives Problem time and again, and on a whole, upsets the Touring Spree.

    Anyways, Hope you enjoyed everything here.

    Would love to provide the Hospitality when you visit next.
  7. 0theories

    0theories Enthusiastically Skeptical

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    Great report! Thanks for sharing and all the pictures. It reminds me A LOT of my trip through Vietnam on a Honda (not really) Bonus 125... Had that thing repaired every single freakin day of the ride. Even had to do a complete rebuild in Dalat :huh Luckily I met several Bonus masters along the way. In Vietnam they didn't drink as much :1drink
  8. RusherRacing

    RusherRacing n00b

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    Stumbled upon this being an arm chair adventure dreaming of my next great adventure.

    Thanks for sharing!! It made me go back through my photos last night and remember my time in that far away land.
    Great thread about India! I experienced many of the same highs and lows on my trip to India spent time in Rajastan and Jammu (jammu was for an indian wedding).


    I know my wife and I had 2 days during our trip we holed up in our hotel because of the outside world was just so stange and demanding that it took a toll on our nerves. The tourist area's are full of people like those at smart motors from our experience and once we got away from the main attractions and tried to fit in more with the local customs it made our trip better - example taking rickshaw vs. a/c cabs..

    I wrote up a review on expoportal awhile back but it is like many other you read on the country.

    again thanks for sharing!
  9. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Saw the reference on "First Steppe Mongolia" and had to check it out! Another wild ride with the crew from Utah! :clap
  10. ADWrider

    ADWrider AKA Acorn27

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    Same here. You guys are hardcore! Awesome report and photos. It is hard to get the feeling across how out of one's element a body can feel in a place like that. The story and photos from behind a computer screen are great, but coupled with that 'out there' component, it is truly a great adventure.

    Great stuff, and I'll be reading your other RRs fo sho.

    :clap:clap
  11. Bike Holiday

    Bike Holiday Adventurer

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    Excellent RR but sorry about getting a pos pair of bikes unscrupulous people
    in Delhi very famous for that kind of swindling also the bullet is known by the local's
    as a very high maintenance bike breaks down every other day it was a little easier for
    you guys with wrenching skills .......Delhi, esp Mumbai, Chennai etc beware of scamster's,
    pickpockets and various other scoundrels :rofl
  12. wimj

    wimj Wannabee adventurer

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    We're going there this year. Would you mind disclosing the contact data of the person you mentioned? Or: does anyone here have good experiences with a Delhi shop (which?)?
  13. ggoytia

    ggoytia Mobile Fatso

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    Awesome report.... Great pictures.
  14. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    Let me guess what you ate :evil - any combination of Dal Makhni (tasty dark brown lental), Potatoes & Cauliflower vegitable (in a slight yellow colour), Cheese with green peas, Cheese with Spinach, and yogurt with chappaties.

    Since I am hungry now, my mouth is watering:tb
  15. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    Finished the entire ride report in two days. Awesome. Loved every bit. It was like I was stuck to it and gasping for more action.

    Thank you taking the time and sharing your experience with all of us.
  16. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Got off work, went to ride reports, clicked on this link, and there goes about 4 hours. Its been a great 4 hours. :freaky

    Thanks for the awesome read!
  17. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Started reading your report at work this morning and finished it tonight.
    Wow, what an adventure.
    Thanks for posting :thumb
  18. Mekongfrank

    Mekongfrank Adventurer

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    ... helped me a lot getting a feel for what to expect next year. Luckily I have a few months as opposed to your few weeks to do more or less the same trip. So I'll rather buy than rent a bike, and after your experience with the old REs I think I'll look into these newer Japanese-Indian bikes.
    BTW, while backpacking in 2002/03 I rented an Enfield for a day just to ride from Udaipur to Chittogarh and back. I had no problems on these well-paved 200km, but I wondered if the RE is good for anything beyond riding from one of Goa's beaches to the next, trying to impress the European girls.
    Thanks for the write-up, I really enjoyed reading the whole thing!
  19. Keithert

    Keithert Long timer

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    I was talking to someone that lives near me about trading my XT225 for his RE. The RE is worth more on paper than the XT. He talked me out of it though. He shared all of the RE's shortcoming with me and said he thought the XT225 was a better street bike than the RE was.
  20. SteveTheLocal

    SteveTheLocal Been here awhile

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    I would never thought of considering exfoliant as an essential minimalist packing necessity on a moto trip to India.
    Good work Ladies!
    Now the eyebrow tweezers for those emergency roadside repairs...I would have got that.:rofl