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8000km in India - summer 2007

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Roro, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. Roro

    Roro Adventurer

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    Hi everybody!!

    I'm going to show you some pics of my travel in India this summer.

    First of all, I need to find a bike. So, I went to Karol Bagh in Delhi.

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    I saw strange bike....

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    Then I found a mecanist. I will spend 3 days to make my bike :

    he took old frame (1967)

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    after paint, 2 young men started the bike :

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    tools box was impossible to close, so he used rape.... I was scary for my white paint!!!!

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    but finally, it works...
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    front fork

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    now electrical system

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    handlebar and meters

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    engine

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    tank, light, seat...

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    I'm ready for a ride, let's go!!!!

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  2. The Fist

    The Fist Knulp

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    :eek1

    oh, this is gonna be good...

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  3. advjackass

    advjackass orange crusher

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    u.s. bike builders ain't got sit on those guys!:clap

    keep it coming
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  4. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    You gotta love the way they do things like that in India and in the developing world!! This is gonna be good :thumb

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  5. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Long timer Supporter

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    Reminds me of Saigon in the late 60s. Had a 2-stroke Peugeot that was primarily held together with miracles. The local hole-in-the-wall shops could make a gearset out of tin cans. Didn't last a long time, but was cheap.
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  6. SgtMike

    SgtMike facebook.com/mikeraces

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  7. fle

    fle evil ninja knight

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    :eek1 it's beautiful!!! Really nice bike:clap:lurk
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  8. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Wow, what kind of bike is that truly? is it just decals on an everyday sportbike they have there?
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  9. beerjonny

    beerjonny Planning mode...

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    Good choice over the Busa :D
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  10. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Karol Bagh - Now thats just a stoen throw away.
    I know nooks and corners of that place.

    Good thing you did was get your bike made otherwise you could have ended up having a Not-so-good bike.


    I remember seeing an white enfield about 3 months ago crossing the delhi - haryana border. Was that you? Were you travelling alone ??
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  11. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Its not a production / company made bike. This most probably is a Bajaj Pulsar 150/180 which has been fitted with fiber glass BUSA kit :D


    It falls in the Not-so-good-bike category.

    Enfield was the best choice. I always say, if in india, travel of an enfield bullet.
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  12. arn

    arn Been here awhile

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    Thats a modded pulsar, about 1150ccs and 3 cylinders less than the real thing, wearing a body kit that will bring the top speed down to an even more modest 90kph. Fabricator seems to have got lost after the tank somewhere.:eek1
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  13. durandal

    durandal Been here awhile

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    Wow, this looks like it's going to be a good ride report!

    I have a question for you. Would you say they managed to put the bike together well? Were they rushed? Did they care about the Quality of what they put together?

    I'm asking because the chinese bikes that are imported to Chile are put together starting from a much more advanced stage, and I have yet to hear of one that did not have a problem stemming from the fact that the people that put them together don't know their ass from their elbow, and couldn't care less about what they're doing. The warranty is rarely honoured in a way a gentleman such as you or I would understand.

    It would be wonderful to show these pics to people back home, and say look: here's two guys starting from scratch, putting a bike together in a messy garage in a chaotic motorbike district, and yet they do it well.

    Can I? Can I? Can I? :D

    Cheers,

    durandal
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  14. david hall

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    i have to say i dont think i could ever sell a bike that i had wached being made for my trip! it would live in the house after!
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  15. arn

    arn Been here awhile

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    These guys took 3 days to assemble. The guys at most junkyards here will strip CARS to their component parts in an hour, and refit them where required in another - with a bare minimum of tools. Of course, some of these guys do this to stolen cars as well........

    The story goes that that the Ferrari F1 team boss was really impressed watching them and realised they could save a significant amount of time in the pits, and after letting them practise a bit, got them together on a big Sunday as their surprise weapon.

    Here's what happened:
    3.6 sec = fuel and tyres + a lot of other unexplained activity
    another 1.08 sec = chassis no. filed away, new one punched
    Another 3.1 sec = car resprayed
    another 1.9sec = car sold to Team McLaren .........

    Thats why you dont see those chaps there any more......:D
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  16. durandal

    durandal Been here awhile

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    :D:D:D

    d.
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  17. Roro

    Roro Adventurer

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    hum...three months ago, it can be possible. in August, I was at the end of my travel and I quit Delhi to go to Mumbai.
    i travelled alone

    they spend 2 days and a half to build the bike. Unfortunately, i think they did to fast. I have lot's of some little problems. but it could be easily repair. I think the mecanist was not really honest with me, but he changed my cylinder and piston and some other reparations for free...

    all the spares was brand new. but sometimes they used new spares but fake spares, not original (they are lot's of cheap copy in india). but after all, it's not so important, because i made a wonderful trip.

    i'm 21 years, so i think seller didn't take my command with lot's of serious...

    I won't sell my bike. I spent 15 days in Mumbay to find a way to send it to France. It was very difficult and finally the seller from Delhi did it for me.
    Now i'm waiting for my bike. she will be soon here (10 or 15 days) :D:D

    to be continued...
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  18. durandal

    durandal Been here awhile

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    I'm very sorry to hear that. I wanted to be able to say "Look, in India they do it better, faster and with less equipment than you dimwits have, and yet you can't manage anything half-decent".

    I guess I can't. Humans are humans I guess.

    Cheers and best of luck.

    durandal
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  19. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    :ear

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  20. AndrewAnonymous

    AndrewAnonymous Making things worse.

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