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

    Sorry for the delay guys!

    I realized earlier that I haven't mentioned anything about the bikes yet.
    So we shall resume from there.


    THE RIDES:

    I took my ~3 year, ~30k kms old R15 v1 and Amogh took his 2.5 year, ~20k kms old Apache RTR 180.
    The R15 had no modifications done, whatsoever.
    A week in advance, I got the bike thoroughly serviced at the Yamaha Service Center at Nagpur. The mechanics there, over past years had become good friends and thus did an excellent job at it.

    I had a 2000km old Motul 300V already in the bike, so I decided to let it be and change it in Delhi. Had checked the quality and it was good, just topped it up a bit.

    In case anyone ever passes through Nagpur and requires any help regarding that, you can PM me and I will provide you the number of the mechanic there.


    THE PLAN:


    The route decided was :

    Riding Day 1: Nagpur - Jhansi
    Riding Day 2: Jhansi - Delhi

    Halt at Delhi for 2 days, get the bikes checked up one last time before the trip and I had decided to change my rear MRF tire(stock) to CEAT Vertigo for the Ladakh terrain. So, that was to be done in Delhi.

    Riding Day 3: Delhi - Jammu
    Riding Day 4: Jammu - Srinagar
    Riding Day 5: Srinagar - Kargil
    Riding Day 6: Kargil - Leh

    Halt at Leh for 1 day to acclimatize.

    Riding Day 7: Leh - Khardungla Top - Nubra Valley
    Riding Day 8: Nubra Valley - Khardungla Top - Leh

    The original plan was to visit Pangong Tso too but due to some circumstances, it had to be cancelled.
    The return leg was planned via Manali.

    Riding Day 9: Leh - Sarchu
    Riding Day 10: Sarchu - Manali
    Riding Day 11: Manali - Delhi.

    So, with the boring part over I can start with Day 0 and "the day" later today.


    Here are a few pics of us trying to fit the Viaterras for the first time! The 3 strap anchorage seemed to be a bit weak, but it lasted very well along the trip.
    That's me and my bike!
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    Default Re: From scorching heat to freezing cold! A ride of a lifetime! (Nagpur - Leh - Delhi

    I love the title of this thread. It's an awesome experience when beginning u r facing heat and nearing the destination super cold.. Looking forward for some more photos..
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    Default Re: From scorching heat to freezing cold! A ride of a lifetime! (Nagpur - Leh - Delhi

    Quote Originally Posted by omvaikul View Post
    I love the title of this thread. It's an awesome experience when beginning u r facing heat and nearing the destination super cold.. Looking forward for some more photos..
    thanks man!
    and here you go !


    The riders! Me and Amogh!
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    keep pourin' bro!! some magnificent shots I see!.
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    Default Re: From scorching heat to freezing cold! A ride of a lifetime! (Nagpur - Leh - Delhi

    DAY 0:

    I am a person who really enjoys doing things at the 11th hour. I just enjoy the rush! It gives you a feeling that you are doing something/going somewhere!
    This spells disaster when you have too many things to do and too little time.

    With my exams just over 2 days before, I was in a state in which I was tired because of the mental and physical stresses associated with final year engineering exams and way too excited to go to sleep! So i have been missing on precious sleep even before the ride has started.


    There were loads of things to be done on the last day, and the 47 odd degree temperature in Nagpur at that time wasn't doing any good either.

    As it turned out to be, the rear tire was leaking air but not at an alarming rate at all. There were two nails in the tire too!

    I was in two minds whether to get it repaired or not, I had been riding in the same condition over a month or more by then and the drop in air pressure wasn't much. I was to change the tire in Delhi anyway so.

    "Are you mad or what? "
    "You crazy? Is that even a question!!"

    That was what Amogh and another friend of mine had to say when I told them of my dilemma!

    So I got that fixed, had three punctures! Good that I got it done.

    Bought the spares, paid the bills before leaving the house, packing yet to be done, yet to clean the house and way many more things left.

    I was at the service center only, getting the bike washed, chain lubed and front brake pads changed when I got a call from dad.

    Dad, who works with the Press in Delhi had lots of colleagues who were more than happy to want to run a story on our ride from Nagpur. Turns out to be they wanted me to go to the Times of India office, meet a reporter there. With all the list of pending things along with time running short and then this! I was in a tight situation, but this was not one thing I wanted to miss on! Rushed directly to TOI, called Amogh on the way while I tanked up for the ride next day.

    After having that done and the photographer having taken our photos, it was 8:30PM and I had not even started organizing the stuff I needed for the ride.

    I remember how weeks before the ride I and Amogh were talking about how we would sleep at 9:00PM and get up at 3:00AM and leave at 4!
    The initial plans having been overshot dramatically, we ended up sleeping at 2:00AM! Amogh and I stayed together so there was no problem about meeting somewhere and stuff.

    We woke up at 4, and planned to leave around 6:00AM because, another reporter from a local newspaper 'Dainik Bhaskar' was to come to make a video report for a local news channel! Yep, we were on TV too!

    Here are the newspaper clippings :

    This one is what came in Times of India on Sunday, 2nd June 2013.

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    This one came in Dainik Bhaskar on Monday 3rd June 2013, the image isn't very clear. I'll post the link to their website post too.

    LOL!! Jajba!
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    Here is the link to the article.
    Clipping of ?????? ??? ????? ???????, 03-06-2013 :readwhere

    The weather was just horrible, the city breaking recording some of the highest temperatures in India!
    Family and relatives were worried rightly about the conditions, but for us once decided there was no looking back..

    This was the tank bag which Amogh used. He got it made from a local tailor in Nagpur. Was good, but slightly small.
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    Congratulations !!
    Nice photos. Glad to know fellow Nagpurakar's doin the feat! kudos and Cheers
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    Read and follow the OWNER's Manual. Keep it simple.. Old School technique will do more good than harm your bike

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcerer's apprentice View Post
    Congratulations !!
    Nice photos. Glad to know fellow Nagpurakar's doin the feat! kudos and Cheers
    Thanks mate!
    Haha! yeah i agree, not too many fellows from Nagpur into proper xbhp ishtyle riding!

    Guys, please feel free to give inputs.
    I will really appreciate if you would point out if I am missing out on something. Also, if you have any questions, I'll be more than happy to answer them.

    Cheers!
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    @veyron999 - Now, that you're famous through news, try updatin' the log
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    DAY 1:

    With all plans going haywire, having slept only 2 hours the previous night and the temperatures soaring high, day 1 was not exactly off to a good start.
    Although somewhat tired, we couldn't resist getting started with the ride.

    At around 7:00 AM we started our ride and the plan was to cover 640kms to reach Jhansi by night.

    Initially the weather and roads were excellent.

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    The first event that occurred while starting was Amogh broke one of the hooks of his knee guard. So, we obviously weren't very happy with the quality of the knee guards we had purchased. Here is a photo:

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    Just around 100kms from Nagpur, as we entered the Pench area, the roads became full of massive craters. Being on highly nimble machines we were maintaining pretty good speed, avoiding most of the potholes with ease.

    Then, going around 75kmph, all of a sudden there was a huge crater which Amogh could not avoid and rammed straight into it! I was behind him at that time, so I braked hard and slowed down just in the nick of time.

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    Luckily all was fine and we carried on.


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    Rest of the day was full of horrible roads, extreme heat and lots of sweat!
    The condition of the North South corridor was not at all what I was expecting it to be.

    Tired as hell, sleepy as hell, body aching we reached Jhansi around 10:00PM where we directly went to our pre-booked hotel. Thanks to the GPS, we didn't face much trouble finding the hotel.

    Next days plan was to reach Delhi.
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    DAY 2:

    It was around 2:30PM, we had stopped for drinking some water at the side of the highway.

    "What the hell?!!?, That doesn't look good!"

    I and Amogh suddenly spotted something dripping from the right side of my bike.

    The first thought that came across my mind was that I was leaking coolant somehow.
    It took more than a few seconds to realize that it was actually my sweat that was dripping from the sleeve of my riding jacket, which was kept on my bike seat.


    After a tiring previous day, we planned to take it easy in the morning, and left around 1:30PM after having woken up around 9:00AM, filled fuel, eaten some breakfast at the hotel itself.

    The distance for the day was around 440kms.

    We were not sure of the road conditions that lay ahead. But one thing that kept us in high spirits was the fact that from Agra we were to take the Taj Expressway and that ride would be a breeze. As my family is based in Delhi itself, I knew the roads from there to home.

    The first thing that hit us hard when we started the ride was the heat, and the rush hour traffic just as we left the hotel. It took us a good 30 minutes to reach the open highway.
    Once we hit the highway, the scene was no better.

    The roads continued to be bad well ahead of Gwalior. Full of highways under construction, no tarmac whatsoever at most patches.
    That cost us a lot of time.

    Generally, as a good practice while riding I keep a watch on my RVMs.
    As it happens to be, Amogh was riding a few meters behind me when I had checked last.
    Riding nicely around 85-90kmph I thought to myself, it has been a while since I've looked back. There wasn't much traffic on the road that time. I looked back expecting to see Amogh riding along.

    But when took a peek into my mirror, instead of seeing just Amogh, I saw around 6 guys on 3 bikes between me and Amogh. One brand new pulsar 150, a stunner and some other bike I can't recollect.

    For a few moments I thought that they would be up to something sinister. So I tried closing the gap between me and Amogh.

    Then I remembered what I had read in @trustvishwas Leh travelogue. A local rider got excited looking at him and was trying to intimidate him.

    This was a similar situation, and then I took it lightly.
    It was kind of amusing! We were easily maintaining 90-100kmph and those poor riders were trying to keep up with us, let alone overtake us. But my amusement got converted into concern because, suddenly there was an intersection ahead with some vehicle crossing the road.

    We over the past years have honed our fast riding, fast braking skills. But for them it was completely new. One of them barely escaped hitting the vehicle that was crossing the road, and another swerved into my lane.

    Putting my amusement on one side, I decided to increase our cruising speed a bit above 105kmph to leave them behind, and it worked!


    From what I remember, apart from the heat, the worst part was entering Agra to find the road to the expressway. The traffic there was just plane horrible.
    No driving sense whatsoever. By the time we got onto the expressway, it was already past 10:00PM.

    But as expected, riding on the expressway was a breeze. Luckily, at that hour there weren't many fast BMWs and Audis overtaking us at supersonic speeds.

    We reached home around 12:15AM, family was glad to see us there and they took a sigh of relief.

    We were to stay at Delhi for two days, to get our bikes checked up once before hitting the road again. I also wanted to change my rear tire to CEAT Vertigo to suit the terrain which lay ahead.

    The next time we sat on the saddle totally geared up, we hoped to reach Jammu.

    Some pics from the day...

    The R15 showed the distance traveled on day 1 as 640kms, which was more accurate than the apache's 673kms.

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    I wish we had that alternative!

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    HOT HOT HOT!

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    About to leave from our hotel.

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    This was the spot where I got the coolant leak shock thing!

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    Me, asking some guy about the road condition ahead. There wasn't any good news then..

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    Riders grab attention wherever they go!

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    Night time on the expressway!

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