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Planning for Kanyakumari to Kashmir (K2K) trip in March - advise required

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  • Planning for Kanyakumari to Kashmir (K2K) trip in March - advise required

    Hello xBhpians,

    10 of us are planning to take a Kanyakumari to Kashmir (K2K) ride in March. We are from Pune and not regular bikers but want to see India on bikes and spread the message of "Follow your dreams".

    I have been reading the various threads from xBhp and found them really helpful. However could not find any thread particular to K2K.

    Need following help/information:

    1. We need to take our bikes (6-7 Royal Enfields) to Kanyakumari. Any suggestion how we could do this?

    2. What would be the ideal duration for this trip (considering that none of us are regular long distance bikers)?

    3. What would be the route for the trip. On an average how much distance should we cover each day?

    4. What permissions are required for long distance(inter-state) biking?

    5. Do you think it will be necessary to have along with us a luggage van (am not sure if we could carry all luggage on bikes) and a mechanic along with us.

    6. What is best place to buy the riding gear in Pune.

    7. Any other thing you think which we need to consider.

    Please forgive me if my questions seem too naive since this is going to be my first long ride...

    Thanks a lot.

    Sushil

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    • #3
      Thanks for the approval. Need a lot of help from xBhpians.

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      • #4
        We have thought of following daily route plan. Please comment:

        Day1 Kanyakumari - Trivandrum-Kollam - Alleppy-Cochin-Trichur
        Day2 Trichur-Trichur-Calicut-Cannanore-Manglore
        Day3 Mangalore-Bhatkal-Honawar-Goa
        Day4 Goa-Kolhapur-Satara
        Day5 Satara-Pune-Nasik
        Day6 Nasik-Vani-Navsari - Vadodara
        Day7 Vadodara - Anand-Gandhinagar-Udaipur
        Day8 Udaipur- Chittaurgarh- Bhilwara -Kishengarh Jaipur
        Day9 Jaipur-Shahpura-Gurgaon-Delhi
        Day10 Delhi-Ambala-Jalandhar
        Day11 Jalandhar- Gurdaspur - Udhumpur
        Day12 Udhumpur(Jammu)-Batot-Ramban- Anantnag-Awantipura-Srinagar
        Day13 Srinagar-Jammu

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        • #5
          ^^^ Did you guys plan the itinerary using Google maps or consulted the routes based on real time road conditions?

          10 people &...
          Day1 Kanyakumari - Trivandrum-Kollam - Alleppy-Cochin-Trichur
          is tough and...
          Day2 Trichur-Trichur-Calicut-Cannanore-Manglore
          is even tough and...
          Day3 Mangalore-Bhatkal-Honawar-Goa
          is very tough considering the road conditions + the amount of distance you've covered on previous 2 days with a large group unless you guys are on endurance ride!!!
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          • #6
            Hello,
            As I mentioned earlier, we are not experienced riders, so prepared the route using google maps and another blog written by some one who did K2K ride.

            This is not a fixed plan but to start with we needed something to check what could be the possibilities.

            Waiting for more comments and suggestions.

            Sushil

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sushilmundada View Post
              Hello,
              As I mentioned earlier, we are not experienced riders, so prepared the route using google maps and another blog written by some one who did K2K ride.

              This is not a fixed plan but to start with we needed something to check what could be the possibilities.

              Waiting for more comments and suggestions.

              Sushil
              Try maps from MapmyIndia.com Online maps, GPS Navigation, Driving Directions, Local Search . The duration of the distance covered shown in mapmyindia is related to the road conditions of that route(and detailed info. on ATMs, bunks and relevant necessities).
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              • #8
                Originally posted by sushilmundada View Post
                1. We need to take our bikes (6-7 Royal Enfields) to Kanyakumari. Any suggestion how we could do this?
                You can load your bikes on train from Pune for Kanyakumari. If you travel in the same train, it is called as luggage. Otherwise, it is called as parcel. The approx. rate would be Rs.1700. You would need to remove all fuel, get it packed (can be done at platform itself) and send it across.

                If it is luggage, you can get immediate delivery at kanyakumari train station at any time. If it is parcel, you can take delivery only during parcel office timing.

                Pl remember that 1% insurance is charged on the declared value of your bike. Higher the declared amount, higher the freight.

                Originally posted by sushilmundada View Post

                4. What permissions are required for long distance(inter-state) biking?
                None. Just carry all documents with you.

                Originally posted by sushilmundada View Post

                5. Do you think it will be necessary to have along with us a luggage van (am not sure if we could carry all luggage on bikes) and a mechanic along with us.
                If you are riding 2 up on each bike, you may consider a luggage van. But actually it is not really required (unless you are finicky about your clothing)

                If you feel that your bike would fail enroute, you can think of taking a mechanic with you but would he be carrying all his workshop tools with him?

                Originally posted by sushilmundada View Post

                6. What is best place to buy the riding gear in Pune.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sushilmundada View Post
                  As I mentioned earlier, we are not experienced riders
                  Then my strong suggestion is to gain experience with several short rides starting from 50Km all way upto 500 Km on a single day & then reconsider the K2K.
                  Skill is what keeps you on a Motorcycle
                  Awareness + Skill is what keeps you out of harm's way
                  ATGATT + Awareness + Skill means you might Live To Ride another day

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the answers.

                    Yes we are planning for short trips before. We want to take this as an endurance ride. Three of us did Pune-Kanyakumari on bi-cycles last year, so we have little experience of the endurance rides.

                    Will reconsider my route based on mapmyindia information.

                    Is Kanyakumari - Banglore - Pune route better than Kanyakumari - Cochin - Goa - Pune route ?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sushilmundada View Post
                      Is Kanyakumari - Banglore - Pune route better than Kanyakumari - Cochin - Goa - Pune route ?
                      Kanyakumari - Bangalore - Pune is faster and easier to do.

                      Kanyakumari - Cochin - Goa - Pune is slower and more scenic.

                      Take your pick.
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                      • #12
                        If I were you, I would stay away from the NH17 from Cochin all the way till Karwar. It is rideable only north of Karwar all the way till Panvel.

                        If you ride at that stretch for too long, wierd thoughts start coming in the mind. What kind? Well you need to check that yourself
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                        • #13
                          +1 to Vishwas, Taking the cochin route will take ages to cover. If time constraint is not applicable and have a relaxed ride then you can try this route.If not better avoid it
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                          • #14
                            Good luck there. . And try doing 1000km or 1500km in a day before doing k2k !
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                            • #15
                              Fantastic plans there, however there is a slight contradiction in what you aspire to do, and what you are doing.
                              If you want to explore India, stay away from the Golden Quadilateral. Its fast, but boring. I hope you realize India is a decently big country to ride.
                              I have done a little bit of riding here and there but honestly I am not equipped enough to answer your question. Personally, I would rather head to a destination explore, and then another explore, and so on. You might want to find more information about one Mr. HV Kumar from facebook

                              NOW. If you are doing this as an endurance ride with a strict dictat on timelines. Stick to the Golden Quadilateral.
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