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Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2012, 03:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,625
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Gear and stuff

A good friend works for Bering, a French bike gear maker. They have great stuff and I get great prices...:)

Bering Newton jacket - Three layer with removable waterproof and thermal layers. While...
Forum: Ride reports 07-03-2012, 11:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,625
Posted By GurgaonTrails
So we finally have permits for all the places we...

So we finally have permits for all the places we aimed for, except one. This is a major achievement.

Usually one needs to go to Leh and apply for the permits to these restricted areas. Not only...
Forum: Ride reports 07-01-2012, 10:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,625
Posted By GurgaonTrails
The Five 'O

So here's how I plan to get into trouble with the Police:

1. Quite likely we will be overspeeding in places.....

2. The Enfield's insurance has run out. Not sure I'll have the time to get...
Forum: Ride reports 07-01-2012, 10:09 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 20,367
Posted By GurgaonTrails
And THEN??

And THEN??
Forum: Ride reports 07-01-2012, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,625
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Honda XR prep

First thing on the XR400 was to make it more road worthy.....basically the engine would feel strained at even 80kmph sustained. So I've put in a 16 tooth front sproket and I'll carry the original 15...
Forum: Ride reports 07-01-2012, 02:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,625
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Bike prep - Enfield

After a number of rides, I think I have reached the right level of fixes to make the bike right for the mixed riding that is Ladakh - offroad and onroad, long straight highways, windy mountain roads,...
Forum: Ride reports 06-30-2012, 11:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,625
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Rest of the route - or How to have fun in Ladakh

So the point of going to Ladakh ends up being going to Leh.....which beats the point of going to Ladakh!
So we will end up reaching Leh right at the end of our spins around Ladakh.

The more...
Forum: Ride reports 06-30-2012, 11:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,625
Posted By GurgaonTrails
The route - how to avoid Manali...

The usual route to Leh (capital of the Ladakh region) is to ride north on the main highway to Manali about 550kms away, fight for air with a million tourists, have a nightmarish multi-hour ride up...
Forum: Ride reports 06-30-2012, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,625
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Ladakh again.....long way in

There's one more week left before I head out with friends......I'm quite sure I'm counting minutes, but my math fails me. So it's one week to go.

Ofcourse, it's a boys only trip. So we're...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2012, 08:01 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 20,367
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Ah! finally you've reached civilisation, nowadays...

Ah! finally you've reached civilisation, nowadays defined as internet enabled :)

Look forward to the story after Manali.....
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2012, 01:19 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 20,367
Posted By GurgaonTrails
So I guess I missed this and you're well on your...

So I guess I missed this and you're well on your way. Hope Rohtang was not bad as it can be.

I think what you'll find is that just your normal ride gear will be sufficient for the cold. At the...
Forum: Ride reports 06-18-2012, 01:31 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 20,367
Posted By GurgaonTrails
I'm sure you've been told already, but the ride...

I'm sure you've been told already, but the ride up to Rohtang is quite nightmarish. Thousands of tourists go up for a day trip and it's not unheard of to take upto 8 hours to reach Rohtang and...
Forum: Thumpers 06-13-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 8,564
Views: 1,708,176
Posted By GurgaonTrails
I just put in a 16 tooth in front (15 earlier)....

I just put in a 16 tooth in front (15 earlier). Back still standard at 45. While I havent been offroad yet, on the road I felt almost NO difference in the low end response. And at speeds of 80-90km/h...
Forum: Ride reports 06-13-2012, 10:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Hi CJ. I'm hibernating for the summer, just cant...

Hi CJ. I'm hibernating for the summer, just cant deal with the mind-boggling heat. Will start riding again in Sep/Oct. We can hook up then. And yep, the hills around Manger are where I can be found...
Forum: Ride reports 06-13-2012, 10:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Thanks Cari.. I must tell you, the Manali bit is...

Thanks Cari.. I must tell you, the Manali bit is now quite bad and highly avoidable. Tourist hordes, traffic jams.....
If you ever do the ride, go in through Spiti Valley and join in after Rohtang...
Forum: Ride reports 06-05-2012, 11:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Hey, I just read your Himalayan ride report too....

Hey, I just read your Himalayan ride report too. Interestingly, I've bought tyres from the same guy too.....he seems to be the only one who keeps off-road and dual sport type tyres.

And you did...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2012, 09:35 AM
Replies: 8,564
Views: 1,708,176
Posted By GurgaonTrails
OK, that settles it. 01 numbers strappy...

OK, that settles it. 01 numbers strappy head-torch will live in the ride bag. Add 01 numbers new headlight also to import list.


PS: I love this forum!
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2012, 03:09 AM
Replies: 8,564
Views: 1,708,176
Posted By GurgaonTrails
That info on tank venting was excellent....so I'm...

That info on tank venting was excellent....so I'm going with "......just witchcraft and voodoo" :D

On the lights - I'snt the XR stator a 75w unit......I guess some of that power will go to the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2012, 12:03 AM
Replies: 8,564
Views: 1,708,176
Posted By GurgaonTrails
A'right, thanks. I guess I'll go and try and...

A'right, thanks. I guess I'll go and try and figure out where it is on the old Enfield....just of curiosity, because I never noticed it ever.
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 11:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Thanks. And yeah, it wasnt all that long ago, was...

Thanks. And yeah, it wasnt all that long ago, was it. Yet, the pace of change only increases every year.

So who else is a Gurgaon guy?
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2012, 11:53 PM
Replies: 8,564
Views: 1,708,176
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Thanks for the reply TBarstow. Would it be that...

Thanks for the reply TBarstow. Would it be that all my earlier bikes had metal tanks, which would have the structural strength to not need vents, and it's the plastic tanks on dirtbikes that arent...
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2012, 11:04 PM
Replies: 8,564
Views: 1,708,176
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Two questions

First, the decidedly stupid question:

1. Why do dirtbike gas caps have vents? None of my other bikes have ever had vented caps. What happens if block off the gas cap vent?


And then a...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 10:49 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Thanks Chanderjeet. I'm way off at the outer edge...

Thanks Chanderjeet. I'm way off at the outer edge of Gurgaon, where the buildings end and dirt tracks begin.
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 12:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
In all, the trip was 30 days long. We spent 22...

In all, the trip was 30 days long. We spent 22 days in the saddle and covered about 6000kms. This trip would spawn more trips in the future. But will probably always remain THE Trip.

In 2006 I...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 12:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Next morning, we travelled through the rest of...

Next morning, we travelled through the rest of Kashmir to Srinagar with an Army convoy as there was a lot of terrorism in those days. I've been dying to go back again.....in India Kashmir is known as...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 12:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
We rode right through the traditional halt...

We rode right through the traditional halt between Leh and Srinagar (capital of Kashmir) and expected to keep going. We crossed the small town of Drass, supposidly the world's coldest (or was it...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 11:54 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
On to Kashmir

To avoid repeating the route, we had decided to return via Kashmir. I was looking forward to that as I have lived there as a kid 12 years earlier. The road to Kashmir was mostly in very good state,...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 11:36 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Leh city is the capital of the region, at...

Leh city is the capital of the region, at altitude of roughly 11000 feet, and rather quite except in the summer tourist season. If you’re anywhere near being an adventurist, Leh is kinda the official...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 11:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Heading on down the Tanglangla pass brings one...

Heading on down the Tanglangla pass brings one into the Leh district, with Leh city as the capital. There has been no fuel since Manali about 400 kms back, no town since Keylong 300 kms back. And...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
On to Leh

Once we got moving, we very soon reached the More (pronounced Moray).....mile and miles and miles (ok, maybe a bit less than that...) of flatland at 15000 feet altitude, surrounding by mighty...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 10:40 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Haha! What happened to the cool handlebars was...

Haha! What happened to the cool handlebars was that we got wiser......went to flat-bars for a bit when I was still into the chopper/cruiser look. I eventually morphed into a hard-coded off-road lover...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 10:37 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
The madness is thankfully restricted only to that...

The madness is thankfully restricted only to that one pass, the Rohtang Pass, along with the accompanying tourist traffic jams leading up to the pass. I'll ride hundred of kilometers to avoid that...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 10:34 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
My friend Amol has still kept that...

My friend Amol has still kept that Yezdi......it's looking like a heap for now, but I know one day he'll restore it again.

I remember one particular steep slope that he just roared up, and my...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 07:49 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Back to the ride......

We reached another stopping point, Pang (pronounced Paang). Just a seasonal gathering of some basic tents that come up even today to service the traffic on the Leh road. We decided to spend the night...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 06:34 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
The photos show far more tarmac than I remember...

The photos show far more tarmac than I remember back then........must be that we were taking photos only when the going was easier.......or I give my imagination less credit than due.

The two...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 05:49 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Next morning and Amol had made a full recovery...

Next morning and Amol had made a full recovery and was raring to go. Must have been my snoring that cured him. Interestingly, nothing happened to me and never has in many other trips. Must be all the...
Forum: Ride reports 06-04-2012, 05:20 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
From the Doc himself ?!! I'm honoured. Must...

From the Doc himself ?!! I'm honoured.
Must shuffle and get the rest of it up.
Forum: Asia 06-04-2012, 03:38 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 37,875
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Tubliss anyone?

Hello Singapore Riders!

Have any of you heard of the Tubliss system.....basically converts spoked wheel mounted tyres to tubless for dirtbikes. The company website is http://tubliss.com/

My...
Forum: Asia 06-04-2012, 03:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,184
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Hey AlKirk. You seem to have sparked off a...

Hey AlKirk.

You seem to have sparked off a major debate on costing. Hopefully you've got all that info down. So I'll concentrate on your original question. I'll assume the tour is fixed and...
Forum: Ride reports 06-03-2012, 11:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,045
Posted By GurgaonTrails
Some more photos from earlier that day: ...

Some more photos from earlier that day:


http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u429/gurgaontrails/Ladakh%201997/0029.jpg

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