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    Thumbs up Re: Preparations-Part 1

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    Golden hour at the Golden temple.




    WOW...This picture is worth it's weight in Gold!

    What an amazing amazing capture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rajpal View Post
    WOW...This picture is worth it's weigh in Gold!

    What an amazing amazing capture.
    Thanks rajpal.

    Was a little busy with office for last couple of days, will write the next post tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaydee_bangalore View Post
    To be continued ...
    Do you need to join the HVK club or something for assistance? Do you buy some packs? Horde does it work
    Last edited by The Monk; 04-28-2016 at 11:43 AM. Reason: Please don't quote all the pictures. Thanks

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    Default Re: Preparations-Part 1

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicky_New_Guy View Post
    Do you need to join the HVK club or something for assistance? Do you buy some packs? Horde does it work
    They have a Ladakh 951 pack(951 rs), with that u get complete route assistance, on the go room bookings, and a team of responsible people tracking your progress.
    ATGATT! There are many wonderful riders/drivers out there who would intrude in your riding space without any notice. Be prepared. Stay Safe.

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    Default Preparations-Part 2

    ...

    Continuing the preparations post :


    6. Bike service

    This was the toughest journey for man and the machine, if one fails enroute, it will be a major disappointment. The bike was serviced at my favorite service centre, Amba Bajaj, HSR Layout. There is a special satisfaction you get when the bike is serviced by people who you know will take care of it and won't treat it as just another job. After getting our bikes serviced we were ready to ship it via GATI.

    7. Spares to be carried

    I never cared about spares in my previous rides. But this time a lot was on stake and we were not willing to take any chances. You can find a mechanic at remote places but that particular spare part for your bike might not be available. With this thought in mind we bought all the spares which will help us get out of a breakdown situation. Since all three of us were riding a Bajaj Pulsar 200NS, we divided the list and got the respective parts from either Bangalore or Delhi. Mohit, Akshit and I worked as a team and got all the necessary spares. In the last few days I recollected that we were yet to collect headlight bulb and spark plugs. By that time Mohits and my bike were already in transit. And it becomes extremely difficult to go search for stuff when you don't have a personal vehicle. We two would have easily spent the most on UBER that week.

    The spares, consumables and tools we finally carried were :


    1. All levers (clutch, brakes, gear shifter)
    2. Clutch plates
    3. Spark plugs
    4. Fuses (6)
    5. Headlight bulb (2)
    6. Chain links (3)
    7. Cables (Accelerator and clutch)
    8. Tire Tubes (to tackle bent rims)
    9. Bajaj toolkit
    10. Allen key set
    11. Plier
    12. Puncture repair kit
    13. Zip ties.
    14. Engine oil
    15. Coolant


    Good news: We never had to make use of these spares.

    Bad news: We never had to make use of THESE spares.


    8. Luggage

    With all the spares we were planning to carry, we needed big saddle bags. We needed space for spares, laptop, cameras, foot pump, medicines, our clothes, lots of socks, thermals, and a couple of fuel cans. A biker friend of mine, Preetam helped me with the Rynox Nomad saddle bags, with their 67 litre(expanded) capacity I had enough room for stuff. I also picked up a Viaterra Raptor tail bag, to keep my laptop safe, and a fly v2.0 to keep the camera intact.

    In all we carried, a Rynox Nomad, 3 viaterra fly, 1 wolf, 1 claw, 1 raptor and a marine hydration pack.

    Stuff to be packed :



    Our luggage or the transformer :P




    9. Preparations for the riders

    Thin air, lack of oxygen, extreme temperatures, 8 hours or more of riding on patchy roads and doing this for 14 continuous days was sure going to be difficult for the rider. I exercised a bit, tried to increase my stamina, and we all decided to never over eat during the ride. (*We broke this pact the day we reached Amritsar, just could not resist the delicious food there) It was not just a weekend affair, it was a long long journey and we wanted to avoid tummy upsets.
    We were mentally and physically prepared to go on this beautiful journey.

    That's it for the boring preparation stuff, next part will start with the day I leave Bangalore and start the road trip


    Pic taken from the flight to Lucknow, the nice airport toll road in Bangalore.






    Will be back soon with the Day 1 of riding
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    Default Re: #YahiToUmarHaiBe - Ride to the Land of High Passes

    Kaydee - Very apt title for the log.

    Very nice pic of the Golden Temple.

    Waiting for the rest.

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    Post Day 0: Lucknow to Delhi

    Quote Originally Posted by silent_rambler View Post
    Kaydee - Very apt title for the log.

    Very nice pic of the Golden Temple.

    Waiting for the rest.

    Thanks Here comes the next part.


    ........................

    Day 0 : Lucknow to Delhi

    Lets call this day as day 0, I rode solo from Lucknow to Delhi to meet Mohit and Akshit and start our trip from there.

    My bike had reached Lucknow safe and sound. As soon as I reached home took a small test ride to check for any issues. It was all good, the bumblebee was ready for the herculean task.

    The day before the ride, HVK sir had created a Whatsapp group will all three of us and kept a record of our emergency contacts, and schedule. I had done Lucknow Kanpur stretch before but beyond that was gonna be a new experience for me. Most of all the things I was super excited to be able to finally ride on the Yamuna Express Highway(YEH).

    I mounted the luggage the night before the ride itself, everything all set and I try to sleep; which always eludes me before the beginning of such amazing rides.

    Woke up on time and got ready, parents also were equally excited for this trip of mine, more worried and concerned though. Cant blame them for that. Every other day we hear sad accident news. You could be a veteran of just a young rider like me, but when mom says : Beta dhyan se chalana, you can see a lot of emotions on her face, which motivates you further to ride safe.

    With all the joy and excitement in mind I hit the highways at around 6:15am after fueling up and crossing the Amausi airport. From there on it is just a runway ride, good roads all throughout. Didn't click a lot of pictures in that stretch.

    At the petrol pump, fed the bike.



    River Ganga bridge before entering Kanpur.




    Fully loaded bike, before Agra.









    Then came the diversion to join YEH. Yaay, YEH dil maange more. It was good in the beginning, paid the toll, but after 20 kms got bored of ripping at full speed, YEH dil na maang aur. This highway is seriously inspired by the old 2D games like road fighter, same looking road throughout, same sign boards appeared in equal intervals. The lack of sleep last night was not helping at all. After two incidents of me feeling sleepy, stopped the bike and found shelter in the shadow of a large bush. Had a couple of snickers and lots of water and then started the whole mad rush again. After a distant sighting of BIC ( Buddh International Circuit) entrance, I continued and reached my Buaji's place in Vivek Vihar. Answered a lot of questions from family regarding this trip and communicated very clearly that how we always gear up and try to be safe.


    Runway



    When I took a break from the super boring expressway.





    Delhi Roads - Thumbs UP

    At 8:30 pm left for Akshit's place, where we planned to stay for the night and organise and pack stuff. I must appreciate the roads infra in Delhi, so many freaking flyovers helping you avoid traffic and signals. Akshit stays in Vasant Kunj, so that 27 kms of journey took me 35 minutes at 8pm on a saturday evening. The same distance in Bangalore would easily take me an hour or more.

    This was the first time I met Akshit, we had only communicated on calls and chats before. The three of us discussed a lot of things about the ride, unpacked all the luggage and distributed keeping in mind our saddle bags. All this sorting, packing and chit chat continued till 2 am when we finally decided to sleep.


    Surprise Surprise....


    That is when Akshit breaks the news to me. On the date when we plan to be in Nubra valley, his brother was getting engaged, and since the trip schedule was finalized before the engagement date, Akshit decided to continue with this ride. Take that for commitment and the dedication to visit Ladakh. Hats off to him

    We then went to sleep with some sweet buttery dreams of Amritsar.


    Teaser for day 1 :

    I was riding on slow lane, very sleepy, i guess i dozed off on the bike when suddenly I see a XUV500 coming towards me and bammmm...
    ATGATT! There are many wonderful riders/drivers out there who would intrude in your riding space without any notice. Be prepared. Stay Safe.

    My True Wanderers Blog Entry :

    www.truewanderers.in/travelogues/entry/144.html

    True Wanderers Final Ride :

    http://http://truewanderers.in/trave...inalist/6.html

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    Default Re: #YahiToUmarHaiBe - Ride to the Land of High Passes

    I can smell a great travelogue with some great photos cooking here
    can't wait to read the whole adventure
    Bad roads dont cause crashes. Your reaction (or inaction) in response to them might.

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    Default Re: #YahiToUmarHaiBe - Ride to the Land of High Passes

    Great pictures Kusumakar. Waiting for even more such gorgeous photos
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    Default Re: #YahiToUmarHaiBe - Ride to the Land of High Passes

    Hooked to this one. Great pictures and write up - bring them on!

    It reminds me on my Leh travel back in 2011 where even I rode solo from Lucknow till Delhi where I met my friends and we rode together for the next 20 days or so
    #Nostalgic.

    Even i carried all the spares just like you since I used to ride a P220 then and never used a single spare which i carried but what happened in Nubra Valley was a disaster for me. Clip on handlebar nut got broken from inside leaving half the screw inside the clip on and half inside the handle bar. No matter how much you plan, up there something will happen which you would have never dreamt off. Rode from Nubra till Leh via Khardungla with a broken RHS handlebar :P
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