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    Default From scorching heat to freezing cold! A ride of a lifetime! (Nagpur - Leh - Delhi)

    This is the first time I am going ahead and actually writing down my ride experience.
    Hope it turns out to be good!

    So, here goes nothing!

    Hello fellow riders! I am Varun Satokar, I recently completed my engineering from Nagpur, Maharashtra.
    Ever since I started "pataofying" my parents to buy me a bike for college, my relation with xbhp had started and since then xbhp has influenced every rider related aspect of mine and I am very thankful to all those who helped me directly or indirectly!

    This is about a ride we've been planning from the moment the "touring keeda" bit us after my friend Amogh and I broke free from our monotonous engineering routine last year when we went ahead with our first ever proper long ride from Nagpur-Goa.

    Ladakh, as we all would agree is for bikers what bulbs are to flies! So it had to be done and it was, this June.


    There is lots to share, lots of tips too!
    Hope this travelogue is quickly approved by the mods!


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    From scorching heat to freezing cold! A ride of a lifetime! (Nagpur - Leh - Delhi)

    UPDATED ON 11/02/14!!!

    Quick Links:

    1) Square 1 : Preparation and Planning

    2) Day 0 : Pre-ride chaos!

    3) Day 1 : Nagpur - Jhansi

    4) Day 2 : Jhansi - Delhi

    5) Delhi Stay

    6) Day 3 :Scorching heat to sand storms! (Delhi - Jammu)

    7) Day 4 :Worst day of our trip. (Jammu - Ramban)

    8) Day 5 :Ramban to Srinagar and a ride on water!

    9) Day 6 :Srinagar to Kargil

    10) Day 7 :Kargil to Leh! Finally!!

    11) Finally Leh'd :Soaking it in! (Bike problem solved!!)

    12) Day 8 :Leh - K-top - Nubra Valley(Hunder and Diskit)

    13) Day 9 :Nubra - Leh and the brewing of a bad idea..

    14) Day 10: The Bad Idea: A failed Pangong Plan...

    15) Day 11: Two days of relaxation and the Return journey begins (Leh-Sarchu)

    16) The most difficult day: The ride continues...

    17) .....continued : reaching Sarchu

    18)Sarchu's plans for us..

    19)
    Longest night of my life, leaving Sarchu..leaving a piece of me behind..
    Last edited by veyron999; 02-11-2014 at 01:04 AM.
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    Default Re: From scorching heat to freezing cold! A ride of a lifetime! (Nagpur - Leh - Delhi

    Congrats brother!!!
    Thats a long trip there.

    Please post the pictures in the thread itself (not as attachment) please.

    Keep Riding!!!
    James
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    Default Re: From scorching heat to freezing cold! A ride of a lifetime! (Nagpur - Leh - Delhi

    yeah, me being a first timer am not very sure on how to do that..hope i can figure something out soon! first installment coming in soon!
    after monday and tuesday, even the calendar says WTF!!

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    pics not visible.....; good write-up though!!
    BENEATH THE REMAINS.........

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    Hope this does the trick!

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    Default Re: From scorching heat to freezing cold! A ride of a lifetime! (Nagpur - Leh - Delhi

    @veyron999 : congratulations for getting leh'd
    nagpur to delhi via leh - what a trip!
    gr8 fotos there too!
    way to go man!
    ◦ ● 4-wheels move the body... 2-wheels move the soul ● ◦

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    Default Re: From scorching heat to freezing cold! A ride of a lifetime! (Nagpur - Leh - Delhi

    congrats varun and can you tell me the exact date this pic was taken?




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    Your trick worked & I can see the beginning of a great photo/travel -ogue. Keep posting, mate!!
    BENEATH THE REMAINS.........

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    Default Re: From scorching heat to freezing cold! A ride of a lifetime! (Nagpur - Leh - Delhi

    SQUARE 1: Preparation and Planning.

    “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”
    G.K. Chesterton

    No, I don't know who G.K. Chesterton is! Actually I just googled "quotes on human satisfaction" and copy-pasted the first one that was in English! (if you know what I mean).
    This I did just to rationalize my craving for getting back on the highway, that was sitting in my head since the previous years Nagpur-Goa trip.
    We humans are never satisfied, trust me on this one, once you get addicted to touring then my friend there is no looking back!

    The feelings, emotions running through your mind and body on "The Day" are ones that you just can't forget.
    Warming the bike up just a little bit more than usual,
    looking back at your home for just one last time because you know it will be a while before you return and you know you will be a changed man when you return!
    revving the bike just that little bit more in each gear, just because you want to prepare it for tough times that may lay ahead.

    I could go on and on with those feelings!
    But you have to be there to feel it!

    Coming back to facing the reality that I am sitting in front of a laptop and not on my bike, I better get to trying to recollect all the planning and preps we did for the Ladakh trip.

    I've had it in my mind for quite some time, so I had passed on my idea about the trip to my family. So when the actual time was a few months away, the sound of it didn't blow any one away!
    That was a major booster as you had someone who was supporting you, not only financially but also psychologically.
    Then, the next question was whom to take along?
    The core group was Amogh and I.
    There were many other guys enthusiastic about the trip too. Although we weren't exactly advertising our ideas for expanding the group, we had told a selected few about it.

    In the end,
    on grounds of the group chemistry, similarity of the riders and similarity of the rides(bikes), cruising speed, etc.
    we ended up deciding that on such a long trip we would prefer keeping the number of riders to a minimum, and minimum meant only I and Amogh were to go.
    The decision was also based on I having heard and read beforehand that the Ladakh trip is not only a test for endurance, but it also tests how the group dynamics are, and how deep and true the friendship of the riders actually is.

    The trip is known to be a friendship breaker.

    Anyway, no friendships were broken, thankfully ! We ended up making a couple of friends instead!

    So, permissions from home and the riders having been decided, the next step was making purchases for the ride.

    On earlier rides, we used any random denim/leather jackets for peace of mind. But for this one, we knew they wouldn't suffice.

    THE GEAR:

    After many days searching, and loads of cash lighter

    I got:
    1) DSG Triton Riding Jacket.

    2) Cramster Twister riding gloves.

    3) Fox Raptor knee/shin guards.

    4) Already had a LS2 Phobia riding helmet.


    OTHER ACCESSORIES:

    ->We needed proper saddle bags, so went ahead and purchased the Viaterra Claw
    ViaTerra Claw - All-In-One Motorcycle Luggage System

    ->and for the extra stuff : cameras, chargers and small knick knacks I got the Cramster Turtle Tank Bag.
    Tankbags, TURTLE - Magnetic Tank bag

    I will be reviewing most of the products I used as this thread progresses.


    SOMETHING UTILITARIAN!

    I always had the nag of doing some mod, not performance oriented but something utilitarian on the bike.
    We realized that we would be needing navigation as we can't always count on the sign boards to be there! That was sorted as I had Sygic (MapMyIndia) on my android smart phone.
    But Android+smart phone+GPS = horrible battery life.
    Also, we weren't very sure how long our digicam batteries would last taking into account long riding hours and lots worth clicking !

    So, after discussing with Amogh, we found out a solution! I ended up ordering:

    150 Watt DC/AC Inverter

    It is an APC 150W Inverter. It converts our motorcycle battery's 12V to 230V AC, so we could charge anything ranging from a mobile to a laptop on the go!

    The size allowed me to fit the inverter under the seat of my bike, although it was a very tight squeeze. No structural mods though.
    I will post some pictures of this later.


    More on this later.
    Stay tuned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whymail View Post
    @veyron999 : congratulations for getting leh'd
    nagpur to delhi via leh - what a trip!
    gr8 fotos there too!
    way to go man!

    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight View Post
    congrats varun and can you tell me the exact date this pic was taken?

    Quote Originally Posted by chaosaddict View Post
    Your trick worked & I can see the beginning of a great photo/travel -ogue. Keep posting, mate!!
    Thanks for the heads up guys!
    There is lots more up ahead! @darkknight, this was clicked on 12th June. I was talking on phone! Had coverage there! O.o
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