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    Post Q: Ride to Leh

    Hello All,

    I'm planning for a ride to Leh this June and i plan to take my RX100. I don't' know how the bike will perform in the extreme conditions.

    Please share your thoughts and let me know if anyone ever attempted to ride to Leh on RX or a 2 stroke bike.

    If anyone rode an RX to Leh I'll also like to know the challenges that you faced. Experts and the seniors in the form please share your views. I'm also looking forward to suggestions and precautions specially for my bike.

    Many thanks,
    Pratesh.

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    I don't have experience riding at Leh nor with Rx on Leh; but for sure you WILL need to remove the air filter when you're riding at top; have additional spark plugs, take a jerry can holding about 3-5 litres of fuel. ensure to have new set of tires & tubes.
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    Thank you Noor for approving the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    I don't have experience riding at Leh nor with Rx on Leh; but for sure you WILL need to remove the air filter when you're riding at top; have additional spark plugs, take a jerry can holding about 3-5 litres of fuel. ensure to have new set of tires & tubes.
    Thanks Argee for your advice.New tires and extra tubes go in without saying. I didn't have spark plugs on my list. Thanks for highlighting.

    As for removing the air filter, will that clog my carb??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratesh View Post
    As for removing the air filter, will that clog my carb??
    You have to remove no matter it clogs or not Reason being, higher altitude, low Oxygen, so you'll need to lean out the AF mixture. This is quite common with non FI motorcycle at Leh.

    Well, carry emery paper & additional RVM too.
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    Hi Pratesh

    Last Year I did Solo ride to Ladakh trip on Caliber 115 (112 cc)

    For details please log on to : http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ngonglake.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbraKaDabra View Post
    Hi Pratesh

    Last Year I did Solo ride to Ladakh trip on Caliber 115 (112 cc)

    For details please log on to : http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ngonglake.html
    Awesome blog brother. Kudos on riding solo. I can't even imagine how difficult it can get.

    Got quite a few tips and your pics were wonderful.

    Thank you :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratesh View Post
    I'm planning for a ride to Leh this June and i plan to take my RX100. I don't' know how the bike will perform in the extreme conditions.

    Please share your thoughts and let me know if anyone ever attempted to ride to Leh on RX or a 2 stroke bike.
    Ping "msd". He took part in Raid in 2011 on his RX135. His dad was tuning up his bike's carb for the high altitude.

    A few blog posts that I have written, have a look at them if you feel like.
    …:navendu:… Mailbox #3: Tuning Carburetor for high altitude and Tubeless over Tube type tyres.
    …:navendu:… Spare Parts to Carry on a Road Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    You have to remove no matter it clogs or not Reason being, higher altitude, low Oxygen, so you'll need to lean out the AF mixture. This is quite common with non FI motorcycle at Leh.
    Please do not advise something that you might not have tried on your own.

    I'll not suggest anyone to remove the air filter. It will make dust enter your combustion chamber (Ladakh terrain is full of dust) and that can easily spoil your engine.

    Since 2007, I have never removed air filter from my bikes(Fiero, ZMA). In fact, except for 2011 (when racing on ZMA), I didn't even touch the carb on the bike. Except for M'La, the bikes have climbed every mountain pass and once Tanglang La with a pillion and luggage of two adults on a slushy surface while it was snowing.

    Friends on CBZ, P180 Dtsi v2(with pillion) and ZMA(with pillion) also didn't removed air filter/tuned their carb.

    Edit: Yes, without touching the carb, the bikes climbed (specially near the top of mountain passes) slowly. But I was fine with that, as long as the bike was climbing, as I didn't want to do anything to screw my engine.
    PS: With RX100 being a bit low on power, you might want to carry light luggage.
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    Please do not advise something that you might not have tried on your own.

    I'll not suggest anyone to remove the air filter. It will make dust enter your combustion chamber (Ladakh terrain is full of dust) and that can easily spoil your engine
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    I fully agree with the above. In my case also I never felt any problem with my bike and I neither touched the air filter nor the corburator.

    FOR FIRST TIMERS: I would advice to take the Srinagar route and return via Manali as decend from Rohtang is a lot easier and this year there would be lot more ice than even the last year, I believe.
    Last edited by Hoodibaba; 03-20-2012 at 10:24 AM.

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