|06-07-2010, 10:19 PM||#1|
Joined: Aug 2008
Trying to plan a South India, help requested
I tried posting this in the Regional Asia forum a few days back, but didn't get much response, so I'm hoping that I can get some more exposure here. I apologise if this is a gross violation of forum protocol to repost, if it is just yell at me and I promise I won't do it again
I am currently trying to plan a trip to Southern India this August (coming up soon, unfortunately for planning) for a friends wedding. I have about 5-6 days before the start of the wedding ceremonies that I would like to use to tour on a motorbike, and am looking for any advice/help I can get.
The only real requirement is that the wedding is in Bangalore, and I need to be able to drop off the bike in Bangalore, as I won't have more than a day at most after the wedding before I fly out. I don't mind flying into Chennai or Mumbai (or any other towns that may be a better choice) and doing a one way rental. I am looking for any reputable rental agency that can get me setup before I arrive (don't want to spend limited time looking for a bike, don't want to deal with a bike that hasn't been properly maintained with such short time). If anyone has used any agencies in the past, and can recommend anyone, it would be appreciated! The only place I have been able to find on my own searching is a place called India Bike in Mumbai, if anyone has experience with them I'd be interested in hearing it.
Also, if there is any must see things in the area, I'm open to suggestions as well (haven't really had time to dig around the forums yet looking for an exact route/interests, that'll come after I find a place to rent a bike from). I'm probably going to head south from Mumbai (assuming thats where I start) to at least Goa, possibly Mangalore, before heading inland to Bangalore. I'm not so much of a plan ahead person, more of a I'll have some ideas and we'll see what happens when I start driving person.
Finally, it would be my dream to ride an Enfield around, but since I am a just-out-of-college, still somewhat poor guy, I am liking the deposit on the Pulsar 180's a lot better, given limited time to save for the trip, and not having a few hundred dollars more tied up in a deposit. Any advice on how well one of those will pull around a 180lb guy with a duffel bag?
Thanks in advance for your assistance!
|06-27-2010, 10:23 AM||#2|
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: Traffic jam capital of the world, Mumbai
Just saw your thread.
My two bits:
If you plan to pick up your bike in Mumbai, and surrender it in Bangalore, perhaps you'd be best off with Indiabikes as I know they do pickups away from the home base (Mumbai). But not for free!
I do not know if they have Pulsars (they did have at one time) as most marketing victims come here asking for Enfields. You'll be far better off on the P180, luggage included. It will brake and handle a lot better, not to mention accelerate better too WITH the luggage, and with far fewer maintainance issues as well.
Another option you could consider is to land in Mumbai, take the train to Goa (foreigners quota means that booking tickets will not be an issue and you can enjoy truly gorgeous scenery) and hire the bike in Goa (off season, therefore cheaper). Your hotel should be able to let you know where you can hire your bike from.
|07-11-2010, 04:04 AM||#3|
Joined: Aug 2009
If you are going to your friends wedding, you will not be touring for weeks like most people, ask him if any of his family or friends have a bike you can use when you are there (the Indians are a very helpfull lot)
Then you can leave your big bag at a hotel or guesthouse and travell light they will be pleased to show you around the local area as well.
Saves any hassle and you get to meet your friends relatives and friends, if you enjoy India like most people you can come back next year for a tour.
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