Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Trip Planning > Asia Pacific
User Name
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #16
Studly Adventurer
Joined: Jul 2004
Oddometer: 659
Look up some videos on youtube for "motorcycle tire plug kit". It's basically the same way you plug a tire on a car. That said, most riders in the USA do not consider plugging a motorcycle tire to be a reliable long term solution. They tend to fail, and on a motorcycle, this is a big deal. You might not even feel you are on a bad tire as you go into a corner at speed. Most people see it as a temporary solution until they get to their next stop where they can buy a new tire.

You should read some ride reports, look at wikitravel, guidebooks, news reports, and see what catches your attention and what you would like to check out. Lonely Planet is a crappy guidebook, but I'm still glad I had it and ended up doing a camel trek for 7 days in Thor desert. These resources can give you ideas.

If you spent time in Lima and La Paz and were comfortable with safety issues, then India is not even worth thinking about in this respect as it is a many times better. It's not even close. One of the few places that can be sketchy occasionally is Kashmir. From time to time there are protests, road blockades, etc that can turn nasty. Otherwise, just pay attention to your stuff in tourist areas and don't worry about it.

Sleeping in tents is no problem. Use common sense. In some of the mountain areas, locals set up tents to rent to tourists, actually. But you better bring a good tent. 14,000 feet at night can be damn cold even during the middle of Summer.

I always stayed in hotels so I'm not sure about hostels. I can tell you that India is not as cheap as I expected. It was cheap, but often bad value. Shopping around for a pleasant, clean room with clean bathroom was usually not that cheap and required me to go to many places and obviously negotiate a lot. The "cheap" places are often ridiculously filthy and bug infested... so bad I would rather sleep on the street than in that sort of hotel room. So... some areas were full of $50-$100+ hotels that were alright (but sometimes still dingy even at this pricetag). And some areas like Ladakh had tons of very nice, clean and pleasant accomodations for dirt cheap. (~$15). It's hit or miss. You can't rely on all places being good value. Some places you will be pleasantly surprised what great value you got, and some places you will be shocked at the accommodations prices.

I carried a lock and a bike cover. I also installed a $20 alarm that makes noise when people mess with the bike. I had zero trouble. I did try to park in secure or very visible areas at the hotels, but I did not stress about it too much.
Witold is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2013, 12:10 AM   #17
Beastly Adventurer
Joined: May 2008
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Oddometer: 3,102
"We will also be carrying a tent and sleeping bags so I'd expect we will sleep somewhere (hidden) off the side of the road many nights when we're in between cities. What do you guys think of that? Crazy idea?"

Unless you really love to camp, and absolutely want to do it, I'd say leave that gear at home. Plenty of cheap accommodation is almost everywhere, even though as said before, cheapest places can be filthy, but you still won't have to spend a lot compared to US for example.

And if you wild-camp anywhere else but maybe the most remote areas, expect there to be people within hearing distance. They will gather around your camp, and just look at you - you are their tourist attraction!! It is the 2nd most populous nation on Earth, and even areas, that we consider "rural", are mostly quite densely populated.

And if your female companion is with you, then just forget about camping. The risk is definitely not very big, probably non-existent for most parts, but note that there have been some very grim stories about women, also foreign women, being gang-raped in India, would be enough for me to just find some guesthouses to stay in. Other than that, it's quite safe - except for traffic, that is everything but !! Good luck.

Pecha72 screwed with this post 08-17-2013 at 02:13 AM
Pecha72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2013, 11:48 AM   #18
kiran's Avatar
Joined: Jul 2011
Location: Thane, India
Oddometer: 16
Originally Posted by Pecha72 View Post
"We will also be carrying a tent and sleeping bags so I'd expect we will sleep somewhere (hidden) off the side of the road many nights when we're in between cities. What do you guys think of that? Crazy idea?"
marked campsites are almost non existent. you would be better off staying in a lodge or hotel along the route. you may have trouble however, if you are not indian. the locals may not speak english. online booking and credit car payment may not be available. its preferable that you plan your rides and halt at major cities

local bikes have limited soft luggage options for carrying your stuff. custom racks for mounting hard bags and such bags are common, though only for bullet enfield (regarded as a tourer bike here)

India has growing touring community and ample resources available for planning.
kiran is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2013, 11:25 AM   #19
Gnarly Adventurer
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: Traffic jam capital of the world, Mumbai
Oddometer: 368
For really good hotel options, join the fb HVK group.

The hotels (for varying budgets) on offer are chosen after getting inputs from people who have stayed there and are members of the group, so you will not be sent to a pokey, unknown place. On top of that, there will be a certain discount over the rack rate in almost all instances
arn is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Times are GMT -7.   It's 08:27 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014