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Thread: Tourer for rough roads, RE Him. CBR250, Fz150, Duke?

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    Default Re: Tourer for rough roads, RE Him. CBR250, Fz150, Duke?

    Quote Originally Posted by hellgate View Post
    You mostly wont face any issues while you are in big cities and mostly cops there would know about these things. The biggest challenge would be in the interior parts of India. Thats where cops might not be accustomed to such things and can cause harrasment. Getting caught by cops is something that depends on your luck.


    Till now, I have been stopped by cops thrice (all 3 times in Kerala).
    1. They stopped me to ask why my headlight is on during day. Had to explain to them that its DRL.
    2. Was stopped as the cop was curious about the saddle bags.
    3. This was a routine check while entering Munnar. They checked my RC and DL and let me leave.


    I hope you can speak broken Hindi as some of the cops dont understand English, especially in the interior parts of India.
    @JamesBoatwright well, Hindi is just for the north, if you plan on coming south, English & Hindi might fail you,

    Just a suggestion, why not buy an Indian bike, tour India & then go up to Nepal? that should give you less trouble right also it might be cheaper in India than in Nepal without the import taxes etc.

    BTW, just a suggestion, make a note & have contacts in every state (the xbhp offline G2G threads might help you find a contact at every location) so that someone can guide you & give you a place to crash in case things didn't go as planned.. always have a backup plan.. all the very best for your trip mate..

    I personally loved the RE Himalayan, since BS$, I've heard it's going to be launched with a EFI.. so that should sort some issues out.. I personally tour on a pure bred track bike.. so like others have mentioned before, we improvise with what we got.. I loved the Pulsar RS 200 on the highways, just an opinion, but for dual purpose, the Himalayan makes more sense, so does Mojo, built good..

    one thing I noticed about bikes, they are all made good, just your maintenance, riding style & a little bit of luck matters. When I picked up my bike, in the same lot (one of the first batches when delivered), everyone complained of issues, but till now, so far 2 years & I still feel that my bike is solid built & she never gave me any issues.. she still runs good.. so, you got that there..

    Ride safe. and please don't forget use the "checklist" down on my signature when picking up the bike so that it's closer to perfection.. it's a big list & insist on checking them all, let me know if I missed anything that can be added to the checklist..

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    Default Re: Tourer for rough roads, RE Him. CBR250, Fz150, Duke?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ajay Vishwanath View Post
    @JamesBoatwright well, Hindi is just for the north, if you plan on coming south, English & Hindi might fail you,

    Just a suggestion, why not buy an Indian bike, tour India & then go up to Nepal? that should give you less trouble right also it might be cheaper in India than in Nepal without the import taxes etc.
    It seems like Indian law doesnt allow a foreign national to buy a bike in India.
    I have toured almost all places in South India and have passed with a mixture of Hindi, English and sign language.
    From what I have experienced so far, there is a fair chance of cops stopping you, if something about you or your bike is out of the ordinary. For example a full geared up rider, an exotic bike, excessive baggage in the form of tank and saddle bags etc. Having a bike with a foreign number plate is a sure shot way of getting stopped.
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    Default Re: Tourer for rough roads, RE Him. CBR250, Fz150, Duke?

    Quote Originally Posted by hellgate View Post
    From what I have experienced so far, there is a fair chance of cops stopping you, if something about you or your bike is out of the ordinary. For example a full geared up rider, an exotic bike, excessive baggage in the form of tank and saddle bags etc. Having a bike with a foreign number plate is a sure shot way of getting stopped.
    This I can confirm. Also, in the rural areas, they will let some livestock like cattle or a chicken on the road on purpose and when you hit it, they will claim "heavy damages" and even your insurance can't be claimed. Someone will come in your way on purpose and will demand money like a lot. If they find out you are from a different country, it's even more scary for the money you might have to shed to get out to the local gang, the cops also would be working with them for a fair share of the cut. So yeah. Try to go in a group. Not alone. Try to avoid the smaller routes and shortcuts. Stick to the main national highways. You will be mostly fine.

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