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    Default Re: Leh Ladakh - Journey Of A Thousand Miles!

    This is just Superb !! Amazing experience of RX in leh !!
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    Default Re: Leh Ladakh - Journey Of A Thousand Miles!

    Quote Originally Posted by anhil8tr View Post
    You're building it up nicely dude, keep going
    Thank you brother :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by diffuser911 View Post
    A late entrant, but sets the mood for the next LL season! Make haste and do not make us wait!!
    Sure. Will try my best to hurry up!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandeep Patnala View Post
    I have been waiting for ur log since the day 1 you posted teasers

    Its so sad to see what happened with Unicorn

    Nice Write Up there.......
    Thank you for the encouragement and support Sandeep. Apprecaite :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by icemang View Post
    Beautiful pics. Went straight back to 1996 then fast-forwarded to 2012. Memories, memories...
    Thank you Major! Your trip was too awesome. I missed on your pics as I could get my hands on the pdf file only. PM me the link, if possible. Cheers!

    Quote Originally Posted by i_shanu View Post
    awesome one.
    Grossing numbers
    Thanks mate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sachinnair View Post
    Although I hate the way our bikes are treated when we transport it using train but with no other option it is just a gamble that your bike comes out safely on the other side. Sad to hear about the damage Unicorn faced even before the trip started. I can understand your frustration when it comes to including new enterants suddenly in your dream run, Glad it all went well end of the day


    Now don't keep us waiting and keep the pictures and experience coming!
    Well not everything goes our way. So things do happen and am glad nothing went horribly wrong. Thanks for your support mate.

    Quote Originally Posted by chaosaddict View Post
    breathtaking pictures ,,, keep posting and yea, that Unicorn incident is extremely sad and unacceptable.... Curses to the agents!!!
    Curses to the agent +1 Thank you for the feedback.

    Quote Originally Posted by somen1984 View Post
    Nice Trip!!
    Quote Originally Posted by cschoudhary View Post
    This is just Superb !! Amazing experience of RX in leh !!
    Thank you Somen and cschoudhary!

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    The plan was to start at 6:30 but that was not to happen. Bimal, Niranjan and Kamal were the first ones to get ready, while some of us were just dragging their lazy asses out of the bed. The morning was just a little cold. After a quick dash to complete the morning essentials and bath, we rushed to check-out. The bikes roared to life without any issues and everyone was smiles. We manage to ride out only by fifteen minutes past seven. With chants of Ganpati Bappa Moriya, the ride to Leh kicked-off.

    A few early morning clicks:

    Jatin, geared up for the ride.


    Nilesh on his Unicorn.


    Niraj on his RX


    Niranjan's RX


    Yours Truely with Kamal in the bacground.




    Somewhere on the way to Udhampur



    Tushar D


    Krunal, Jatin, Kamal, Bimal & Niraj.


    Krunal & Prathamesh


    Bimal decides that will sweep to ensure no one gets left behind. Besides he had the company of Kamal, who was riding pillion on the bull. Everyone was riding together, as planned and the mood was jubilant. We were clocking around 60 kph on the odo. After all, who was in a hurry, this was a leisure ride. Nagrota passed quickly and we stopped for breakfast just before Udhampur. Breakfast was great. Garma garm parathas with chatni, aachaar and curd. Top it up with chai. Awesome.

    Almost 45 minutes hence we hit the saddle and ride on enjoying the views. Our progress was slow and it was almost 10:30 by the time we reached Patnitop. The sun was out and we could feel little beads of sweat rolling down. I didn't expect to see too much of traffic but was surprised to see the number of vehicles. We decided to halt just before the top to be able to take a leak. Smoke followed.






    The spot where RX lost it's yoke :-(





    When moving out, Niranjan expressed his desire to ride the bull. Bimal agreed for the swap and hops onto the RX. Just on the other side of the top, barely 5-7 kms ahead, we decide to stop for a couple of pictures. Bimal parked the RX and would have barely reached the other side of the road when we hear a big thud. The RX was down. Oouch! It didnt take long for us to discover that the RX had lost its left yoke. The clutch was loose. This was trouble. Barely 110 kms odd covered on the odo. Just then the bull rolled to a halt. While we briefed him of the situation, he inquired if anyone was hurt. Bimal apologised for the folly. The next few minutes were spent in futile attempts to fix the yoke. Finally, Niranjan came up with his jugaad. He removed the front brake cable and hooked the clutch cable on the right. The front brake cable was tied to the handle bar to avoid any damage. It worked. He decides to go ahead in search of a mechanic to get the damage fixed and asks for Nilesh to accompany him. We agreed to halt for the duo at the next junction. The rest of us saddle up leisurely after clicking a couple of pics.

    We ride on for atleast 10 kms without any junction in sight. Finally, we decide to stop by the side and wait for the duo to join the pack. After almost 20 minutes, I called on to check the duo. "Where are you guys?" "If you guys didn't want to wait, you should have told us. If you wanted to ride ahead, why did you say you'll wait?" said Nilesh. I didn't know how to respond! What went wrong? The only logical conclusion that I could draw was we missed the junction. But I wasnt the only one, we were eight of us. I missed but then how come no one else noticed?

    After almost 15 minutes, we see the duo approaching us. A couple of them will signal them to stop but both decide ride on. I was surprised because I couldnt fathom what irked them so much! I shall not bite their dust. Angered by their irrational behavior, I set off to chase them down and question them. The next 10 minutes I managed to catch-up, ask them to slow down but neither would. Seems my chase just added fuel to fire and they increased their speed. I left my team behind to hunt down the duo that wouldnt stop for reasons best know to them. It was irresponsible riding from my end. I leave them to their ride and fall back with the team.





    Guess that was a cement factory.








    This was not my fight. This was not the ride that I wanted. Im here to enjoy and ride in Ladakh. I shall look at and work towards the rational interest of the group and not feed the ego of any single person.

    The progress was slow and the sun was beating down. We shall stop for a leak break. Smoke followed. We didnt know where the duo was.

    Soon after Ramban, I felt drops on my visor. It started to rain. Initially it was just a slight drizzle. We didnt stop thinking this was a passing shower. I didnt notice when Bimal and Niraj got left behind to don their duckbacks.

    Tushar, Prathamesh, Krunal & I stopped by the road side to protect ourselves from the rain. Jatin preferred to wait beneath a tree just around the corner. The rain had grown from a slight drizzle into a torrential downpour. We were not prepared for the sudden outburst. The Duckbacks were stuffed somewhere deep inside our bags.

    We suited up and covered the bags in plastic while we waited for the rain to slow down. We lost almost more than an hour while we waited for the rain to recede. We didnt know where the rest of them were and the mobile network was playing hide and seek.

    As soon as the rain slowed down we started off again. Barely a couple of kilometers ahead, Jatin received a call from Nilesh. He was waiting for the pack to join us around 15 kms ahead. By this time, the eight of us had grouped back and were riding as a unit.



    Check out the approach road to the village!




    We see a hand waving from a distance signaling us to wait. I saw someone in khaki uniform and signaled for the halt. It was a small road side tea stall and Nilesh was stopped there from progressing any further by some local policemen. The policemen later informed us that he was soaking wet in the rain was shivering with cold. By the time we reached, he had dried up considerably and suited up in his duckback. The tea was really good and refreshing for the shivering souls. Was this just an indication of the things to come?

    What more could go wrong on the first day of the ride? A broken clutch cable, disputes in the team, torrential rain in middle of nowhere and still half way to cover. It was almost 4:30 pm when we started off towards Jawahar tunnel. Just before the tunnel, I informed the team not to slow down or stop inside the tunnel and stop directly at the Titanic view point.

    Lot of info has been posted about the tunnel, in the many blogs available here, so Ill just skip the introductions to this engineering marvel. I was the last one to enter the cave and was caught between two buses emitting the diesel fumes that almost managed to suffocate me. While trying to give myself room and some clear air, I tried to create a safe distance for the cage ahead. I heard a big honk and could see the cage trailing me mere six inches from my tail lamp. This scared the shit out of me. I picked up speed and caught up with the age in front. Better to die by suffocation then being run over by a bus in a dimly lit tunnel.

    The tunnel ended and could breathe some much needed fresh air. I pull and overtake the cage in front to see group of hands waving at me. Titanic view point I yell and move ahead failing to see a jawan from Indian army with the group. I ride on and hit the view point waiting for the team to arrive wondering what made them stop outside the tunnel when I had told the team not to.

    Why didnt you wait when we asked you to? Five people asking the same question to me. Why? Did anything go wrong? Due to the sensitive nature of the place we wouldnt have been able to click there. The army wont allow us to. Its not about the picture but we were stopped by the army. The army personnel station there asked us to stop looking at the MH number plates

    It so happened that the officer, who flagged the team, was from Nashik and was surprised to see the MH number plates. He asked if anyone knew Marathi and the nine replied in affirmative. He was happy to speak in Marathi as hardly anyone there knew his mother tongue. He enquired about the trip and the group size. On realizing that the current strength was only nine, he asked about the missing member, yours truly. So when I emerged victorious from the tunnel, the officer tried to flag me down. It irked him that I just waved and carried on. The officer wanted to wire a message and stop me at the next barricade just two hundred meters down the road. However, the team was able to pacify and convince him that I wouldnt have realized an officer among the team.

    The second jawan from right was from Nashik. Nilesh, Kamal, Niranjan, Bimal & Tushar.






    The distance from Titanic view point to the tunnel is not far and I said, Ill go back and catch-up with him. We decided against due to lack of time. It was almost 5:45 by the time we moved out from the view point after the customary pictures. Some pics:





    In a bid, to hit Srinagar before dark, we decided to up the pace and not stop anymore. The traffic increased as we reached the border towns of Srinagar. We still had almost 60 kilometers to cover when suddenly my headlight conks off. I move to the side to check what went wrong. The sidelights, tail lamps are working fine and the wires seem okay too! It was the bulb and I didnt have a spare one on me. I had changed the bulb for the trip, even though the earlier one was working fine, to avoid this fuuccking problem.

    Bimal led the way and I was flanked by my trusted lieutenants, Jatin on right & Krunal on left, Niraj will trail us. My task was to keep following the bulls tail lamp with the illumination provided by the three. The road was narrow and the set-up created couple of close shaves for Jatin, who was on my right. With time I lost the bull when he overtook a cage and the rest couldnt follow because of me. Krunal assumed the lead and in a similar overtaking maneuver, Niraj will move ahead. I shall loose the duo of Krunal and Niraj due to traffic and was left with Jatin. It was tiring and also seriously risky to ride without a headlamp. Then again, theres not too much to write home about the lighting prowess of the RXs. We stopped for a smoke. Jatin reiterates that hell stand by me and well ride home safe. Thank you brother! Thank you all for helping me home safe! :-)

    Due to the ultra slow coverage and smoke break, it was almost 9 by the time we hit the outskirts of Srinagar. We call up the gang and are asked to get directions for Lal Chowki. The rest have just completed the negotiations for the accommodation.

    50 meters ahead, I see a barricade and a jawan patrolling the area. I stop near the barricade and ask for directions to Lal Chowki. The jawan, who was so far seated, stands up and points his gun towards me. I kill the engine, remove my helmet, balaclava and say Im a tourist. The jawan said something that I could not understand. Only thing that I grasp is, take a right. Thank you

    Bhago! We took the first right and stopped at a local medical store for directions again. We were asked to go straight and take the last right. We were directed to taken a route that was a long-cut and not the main road. Somehow, we managed to reach the point where the team was waiting for us and we tagged along until the hotel.

    By the time we parked our bikes, pulled the luggage to the third floor; it was almost 9:15.
    What took you guys so long to find an accommodation? Bimal and Kamal had a fall
    When entering the city, a rash oncoming vehicle on the wrong side of the road forced Bimal to move to left and give way for the rash driver. Due to the glare, Bimal failed to notice an open ditch. A few seconds later, when the bull stopped, both were in knee deep shit. Bimal will add that the leg guard saved them from severe scrapping and also saved the bike. Both of them had their hands scrapped. The bull didnt have any major damage except for the broken leg guard.

    We had taken a very heavy breakfast and skipped the lunch. In the warm confines of the room, no more riding without the lights and away from the rifle pointing jawan, I had to pay heed to my stomach.

    We could only find a couple of Veg. dhabas open on the main road. We settle on whatever was available. However, some of them will express the desire to eat chicken and nothing else. Ten minutes later while we devour the piping hot rotis, parathas and rajma, we see the rest of them walk back into the veg dhaba. :-D

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    Default Re: Leh Ladakh - Journey Of A Thousand Miles!

    Oh,terii so much mess in a single day ? .Great narration.
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    Default Re: Leh Ladakh - Journey Of A Thousand Miles!

    @Pratesh: In such a large group these kind of conflicts are bound to happen. Heck, we were just 4 of us when we went to Ladakh but still the group used to get split in group of 2 each sometimes. Never mind the issues on the first day because this is what you would remember for the rest of your life. Who thought we would miss our flight till Delhi on the first day, but we did

    Bring on the next chapter!

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    Icon14 Section 2 Day 4 @ Srinagar

    This was a no ride day. An early rest day in the day trip. Not entirely necessary but the team unanimously opted to check out Srinagar. We had planned to visit the Shankaracharya temple, Dal lake, take a long Shikara ride and shop for some Kashmiri goods.

    I had two important tasks before we resign ourselves to the tourist mood for the day. Fix the headlamp of my RX and to fix the bulls leg guard which needed some welding. While the rest of the team was just getting up and completing their morning chores, I headed out to find the headlamp and a mechanic that can help fix the bull.

    On venturing out, it turned out that curfew was imposed in some parts of the city and the shops had been closed as some local political leader had called for a bandh. A handful of goons can hold the entire city or state at ransom. Prajatantra hai!

    Fortunately not too far off from the hotel, near a petrol bunk, I could see an old fellow getting ready to shut the shop and call it a day. He was the owner. Initially, he was a little hesitant but on insistence, he agreed to give the headlamps. I bought two. On inquiring about the mechanic, the old fellow advised to check only in the afternoon.

    Ill let the pictures do a little talking. Enjoy!

    Early morning experiments:



    Birds eye view from Shankaracharya temple:







    Beatiful Dal lake: Im not sure if the rest missed their better halfs here. I did!



































    Smoking is injurious to health. According to me, this is one of the best pictures clicked by Tushar. Couldn't help posting it, hope you guys like it!


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    Pictures are actually talkin' a lot!!! Guess you had some serious photo/moto grapher travelling with you . I am lovin' it - The Green Effect
    Very nice clicks, keep'em coming; do not stop now.
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    Default Re: Section 2 Day 4 @ Srinagar

    In this lot last 2 pics become my favorite.Thanks to the photographer specially.
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    wow now this is justice to legendary Yamaha,, ,,, hats off to u bro,,, hats off to all of u brother,,,

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    Default Re: Leh Ladakh - Journey Of A Thousand Miles!

    Congratulations on getting Leh'd. I am sure RX100 would have lived upto the reputation. But how was the performance of unicorn with pillion in high altitude say at Khardung La Marisimik La .Did it manage comfortably or felt heavly stressed ? Need your unbiased opinion as i am planning to leh on 150 cc bike possibly with pillion (70kg).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pankajk View Post
    Congratulations on getting Leh'd. I am sure RX100 would have lived upto the reputation. But how was the performance of unicorn with pillion in high altitude say at Khardung La Marisimik La .Did it manage comfortably or felt heavly stressed ? Need your unbiased opinion as i am planning to leh on 150 cc bike possibly with pillion (70kg).

    a few good friends i know have done khardungla even on aviator and Honda dio scooters without mod but again with a pillion 150cc will be hugely underpowered.
    you might end up burning clutch plates on steep inclines and left stranded. if its male pillion rather opt for 2 bikes if its a female pillion opt for bullet 500.
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