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Old 02-22-2011, 08:54 AM   #241
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exellent report; thanks; and congrats to the ladies

that brings back souveniers - in 2007 we rode 10 days west-east through the foothills, me on my TVS, which only needed a service afterwards, and my brother on a 350 Enfield borrowed from a friend.
The Enfield had some serious maintainance backlog, and broke down at least once a day.
For the chain, some guys repairing powerlines in the nowhere near Dharamshala helped out, and then some village guy sold us his private spare chain, other than that several cables, a flat, clutch and what not.
Made also for some interesting interactions and route planning on the spot, as the repairs forced us sometimes to stay in more populated areas instead of crossing the mountains (i.E . Mandi-Shimla)
here with broken gas cable

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Old 02-22-2011, 05:06 PM   #242
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Awesome R/R. I cant the believe the restraint that you guys and gals have shown on this trip and the R/R. I don't know that I could handle a trip from hell like that. But at the end of the day what have we learned. 1. Its not about the destination but ride and the great stories and the people along the way. 2. Most importantly of all don't ever ever ever ride/rent/borrow or steal an Enfield. LOL Wonderful story though, as much of the problems that you guys had, I'm sure you wouldn't trade it for the world. Or?

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Old 02-22-2011, 06:41 PM   #243
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Having gone through this R/R of yours,I am getting shivers just by the thought of taking out my own Enfield for a spin.

A great write up.And the pictures really show the emotions you guys went through.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:59 PM   #244
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bloody brilliant ride report

just read the entire thing front to back.

Waiting for you to let us in how the hired motorbike bill was settled?
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:05 PM   #245
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I always enjoy reading the story of the trip, nice article
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:51 PM   #246
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Great report. One of the best I've read in a while. I can't wait to get back to India someday. Next time, it'll be on a bike, too. But maybe not those same bikes

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Old 02-22-2011, 10:39 PM   #247
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Hahahah, awersome trip, you are legends. Enfild is king. We keep fingers for you and your "angry machines"
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:06 PM   #248
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This RR has been a favourite. the breakdowns have added a flavour to the report that could not have been achieved otherwise. most people here i'm sure can relate to holding things together on their bike with duct tape or fencing wire ( zip ties being the new f/wire ) at some stage just to get them back to civilisation. And those dirty oil stained hands,oh how they impress the women folk, yesiree !
The beer you keep endorsing (Fosters) is made here in Oz, it seems to be a favourite in some places throughout the world but not many I know drink it here in Oz. ( nobody i know at least and i know 6 other people here in Australia.) don't exactly know what that implies but out of curiosity i might buy a bottle. it's that subliminal advertising you do !!
Thanks again, really good entertaining stuff.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:53 PM   #249
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This RR has been a favourite. the breakdowns have added a flavour to the report that could not have been achieved otherwise. most people here i'm sure can relate to holding things together on their bike with duct tape or fencing wire ( zip ties being the new f/wire ) at some stage just to get them back to civilisation. And those dirty oil stained hands,oh how they impress the women folk, yesiree !
The beer you keep endorsing (Fosters) is made here in Oz, it seems to be a favourite in some places throughout the world but not many I know drink it here in Oz. ( nobody i know at least and i know 6 other people here in Australia.) don't exactly know what that implies but out of curiosity i might buy a bottle. it's that subliminal advertising you do !!
Thanks again, really good entertaining stuff.
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Thank for your input but I have to say that Fosters was never our first choice.. Not that Fosters doesn't do the trick when in a pinch, but our Ale of choice was of coarse the 750ml "King Fisher" premium. At about 100 rupees or $2 US it was hard to beat. I am a firm believer in partaking in the local fire water when ever possible. We were also quite fond of the Old monk Rum and McDowells whiskey.

If you go back to the long days of RE maintenance in Keylong you see we were fueled by King Fisher and it surely made the difference with Yogi our mechanic.

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Old 02-26-2011, 12:52 PM   #250
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Thanks to you all for the RR, the girls for getting licked and what not, and still taking awesome photos, and you guys for not giving up on what seems to have been the bikes from hell, aiming to destroy your patience and pleasure.

Look forward to the rest of the report.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:30 PM   #251
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We were working our way through small villages when the first breakdown of the day occurred. Buuurrts throttle cable broke. The a-holes at Smart Motors sent us of with TWO clutch cables instead of a clutch and a throttle cable. Brilliant!!



Until Buuurrrts chain popped off!! Great.



We turned around and found them with the damn chain off again!! WE WERE SO FED UP WITH THESE BIKES AT THIS POINT I CAN'T STRESS IT ENOUGH!! These last couple of days really ruined any respect for Royal Enfield. Minxter and I decided it was time for a little Old Monk. Not much, just a nip to take the edge off.



Up the road we stopped again to borrow a wrench to adjust the chain. True to form the guy who owned the wrench wanted to attempt to use it which he couldn't really do. We were so worn out that our patience was running really thin with these guys. You can see it in my face hear. Looking back I feel bad cause I know we were vibing these guys out who were only trying to help. Frustrating!



Not too much farther up the road we had to pull over AGAIN!! Buurrts clutch was acting up.



We pulled it apart to check it. I can't remember what we did to fix it. You'll note that the chain is off again in this picture. I'm telling you, these bikes were a true test of patience. You can't get mad because it only makes things worse. We just kept fixing things and pushing forward.

Maybe you could post a little review about this here :

http://www.yougodo.com/en/Smart-Moto...0ba2c0175.aspx
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:24 PM   #252
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" We were also quite fond of the Old monk Rum and McDowells whiskey."
I actually noted that and I was a bit concerned ! but the good thing is you have got over the first hurdle by recognizing your problem !
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:14 PM   #253
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Was day 18 the last? Doesn't sound like it! Where is the ending to this fantastic story? Please??
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:51 PM   #254
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First of all...you all are CRAZY!
second of all, all this make me want to travel through northern India a bit more and discover all this awesome scenery that's out there...I grew up in Delhi. But maybe one day.

and I'm a Sikh too, and really glad to hear your experiences with another Sikh.
Also, wish i had seen this thread earlier, a little tip to anyone who's visiting India.
If you can't find lodging or food etc, look for a 'Gurudwara' or a Sikh temple. Lunch and Dinner are served at no cost.
Its called 'Langar' or free kitchen.

Have a safe flight back!



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Old 03-01-2011, 01:48 PM   #255
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this has been a great ride report, if a little slow in coming.

I dunno how you found the patience to deal with all the problems without major fights breaking out among your group. I guess you just got down and did what had to be done.

Looking forward to the fiery conclusion where you give those SMART Motors people their comeuppance.
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