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  • #46
    ahh... this ride will always be my first love !
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    • #47
      First love remains with you.......forever!!
      HOW Mania...

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      • #48
        My eyes are still wide open.What an adventure trip man. Tooooo good.
        Pictures are also fantastic.
        Click Here To Visit My Biking World

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        • #49
          COMING UP NEXT :

          Near the third highest peak of the world ...

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          • #50
            Wonderful shots there!

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            • #51
              Day 8 : Zeema - Gangtok



              After mind blowing Tsongu - Nathula ... aesthetic Yumthung - Zero Point ...and life changing Gurudongmar ride ... is it the time to return home ?
              What else can be there for us after today's ride?
              Those were the words lingering in our thoughts at the end of Day07...

              exhaustion was tremendous... yet not enough to bring down our courage!
              We were excited like never before... and it took only a few minutes to decide that we were not returning home... we started planning about our next destination in no time ...

              Yes!!! Even after the ride to Gurudongmar ... still there is something left for us in sikkim ... something yet to be conquered by us ...


              How could we neglect of the 3rd highest peak of the world?
              West Sikkim is blessed with the elegant view of Kanchenjunga. So we picked Pelling as our destination next!
              More or less the adventure was over. We started towards Gangtok in the morning. Day 08 ride was pretty smooth after Day 07. Everything seemed so green after the barren and rough terrain of our previous day’s ride. We cruised all the day in a decent average.We knew about the terrain and atrocious road condition, so we tried to reach Gangtok as early as possible. Just after crossing Tashi view point Indra found his front tyre flat. We were lucky to find a “tyrewalla” nearby but had to literally teach the algorithm of 2-wheeler puncture repair.The day ended with a delicious dinner after a hectic week full of adventure.










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              • #52
                Day 09 : Gangtok - Pelling

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                • #53
                  Day 10/11 : Pelling - Dalkhola - Kolkata




                  It was 5:00AM, beaming sunlight bathing the mighty mammoth mass. The range of Himalaya with Golden peaks looked like a mystery to be unfolded for the centuries.












                  Rest of the journey was more or less uneventful barring Rahul facing minor CDI problem with his bike. We took a diversion near Moregram to take NH-2 as jittery soul was not willing to ride through single lane NH-34. At last after an additional 80odd km of riding we reached Kona at 9:30PM with a feeling .
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                  • #54
                    Awesome is the word!

                    ^^^
                    HOW guys: all pics are awesome. thnaks for the pics guys
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                    IDEAL JAWA

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                    • #55
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                      • #56
                        All you wanted to know about HOW!

                        1.How did the bikes perform in general?
                        HOW! has been accomplished in four bikes. The men and their machines are as follows:
                        a>Honda Unicorn , rider burnoutz (Indranil Bhattacharya).
                        b>TVS Apache, rider pistonheadz (Ritwik Sen).
                        c>Pulsar 150 Classic ,rider speedo_rocks(Rahul Banerjee)
                        d>Caliber 115 ,rider EngineCooled_sandy(Sandipan Ghosh).

                        The performance of the bikes has been quite satisfactory with no major breakdowns through out the whole trip.
                        There were a few niggles like broken fork seals, damaged chain-link and malfunctioning shock-absorbers which are
                        part of an endurance trip like this . Here is a detailed account of the pros and cons each rider faced with their own bikes.

                        Pulsar 150 Classic:Caliber 115 (Hoodibaba):TVS Apache 150

                        Date of Purchase : 1st June 2006
                        Kms done bfore trip : 13,230

                        Pros : the apache rides as if it was just designed for the sole purpose of climbing hills. Never did I feel the lack of power or torque during the uphill climbs. Even the steepest of the inclines were conquered with ease. Its light weight coupled with the peppy engine is a treat on the hills as well as in the highways. Overtaking is just not a problem. All u got to do was just twist a throttle a wee bit and watch the traffic disappear.

                        Cons : the pathetic TVS gearbox was at its irritating best. Every gear shift demanded surgical precision or else u end up with a false neutral amidst a steep climb. Another constant worry was the sorry levels of grip provided by the TVS tires. It just did not provide enuf confidence in the twisties.




                        2.Road condition as per that date
                        NH-34 connecting Kolkata-Siliguri was in a decent condition during HOW! considering the fact that it is one of the most ill-maintained highways(a myth) in India. Condition was totally atrocious during GIR but we were lucky to get good but not great roads till Dalkhola. The 40 km long 4 lane stretch from Dalkhola to Umedpur was worth enjoying.
                        Roads in Sikkim are maintained by BRO(Border Road Organisation)and the roads reflect the effort that went into making and maintaining these roads. Siliguri-Gangtok road is butter smooth and it is one of the roads I enjoyed thoroughly in my short but enriching touring life.The road condition starts detoriating as you move towards North Sikkim with asphalt disappearing in stretches . After Thangu till Gurodongmar there is literally no roads ,only rubbles. But the road condition is far better in east and west Sikkim i.e Nathula and Pelling respectively.

                        3.Traffic conditions on Highway and Hills4. Necessary bike parts
                        Bike parts we carried for HOW were as follows.
                        Puncture repair kit including tubes, rubber stickers, adhesive and a manual air-pump.
                        Mobil cans.
                        Clutch lever and wire
                        Accelerator wire.
                        Chain Link and sprocket.
                        Headlight bulbs.
                        Drum break-shoe and break-springs.
                        Distilled Water for Battery


                        5.Medicines required:
                        The general medicines for tours is essential. Apart from these one should carry medicines for hill diarrhea and AMS cure medicines which we would specially recommend. We also carried a 10 litre oxygen cylinder for emergency purpose only .It is manufactured by a company called Oxy-Care and costs around Rs 350. Avaliabilty of this product is good.

                        6.Riding gears and clothes
                        During May the general temperature was around 10-15 degree centigrade average. But at places like Nathula and Gurudongmar we experienced sub-zero temperatures accompanied by strong winds. So pack your clothes accordingly.
                        We made is a point to wear proper riding gears like riding-jackets (without armor), custom made knee-guard and elbow guard and hand-gloves. Point is to keep your whole body well covered from the outside chill as far as possible.



                        7.Fuels pumps and quality of fuel8.How to acquire permits in Sikkim?9. Maximum and Minimum temperature at Hills:
                        The maximum temperature was around 15 degree centigrade at Gangtok .North Sikkim is generally cold but we
                        experienced sub-zero temperatures both at Nathula and Gurodongmar. The minimum was -4 degree centigrade at Nathula .


                        10. Behavior of local people:
                        Local people here at hills are extremely friendly and helpful too. We had to interact with them in a couple of occasions and
                        they were thrilled to find us riding from distant Kolkata. But their sense of distance is a bit weird and better rely on maps than
                        their notion of distance and direction.
                        11.What if you are in trouble?
                        Sikkim has a huge presence of Indian Army and they have regular TCP posts after 10-12 Kms. If your are in any kind of
                        trouble or finf yoursef screwed up without any local-people around the best option is to approach Indian Army and I am sure that these gentlemen will
                        help you out.

                        12.Driving at night:
                        While you are riding on hills make it a point to start early and reach the destination before dusk. After 5 pm transportation
                        literally stops and driving in valleys at night is a strict no for local people. So getting any kind of help at night becomes very
                        difficult.
                        13.Road and rail connectivity of Siliguri from other parts of India:
                        Siliguri is the gateway to north-east India and its is a very important town for its strategic position. It is very well connected by road, rail and air connectivity. Bagdogra airport is about 10 kms from Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri station connects Siliguri with the rest of India.

                        14.What role Indian Army and Police plays in Sikkim
                        Army and police plays totally different roles in Sikkim .Army is in charge of maintaining the borders with adjoining territories whereas the Sikkim police is mainly concerned in stopping intrusion and looks over internal matters in Sikkim. But let me tell you Sikkim is police is really very strict exercising stricter traffic rules in Sikkim.


                        15.Mobile connectivity
                        We have availed good mobile connectivity all through out Sikkim except in stretches of road in north-sikkim specially after
                        Thangu till Gurudongmar where there were no signals at all.


                        16.Bike papers and official documents:
                        As I just said Sikkim police is ultra strict, so they make it a point to check the official documents when you enter and leave
                        Sikkim respectively. Bike papers like smart card or blue book, insurance papers, pollution certificate, driving license ,tax token are
                        of prime importance. In case of official docs passport or voters id card can be useful at times and lat but not the least, your permit
                        to heaven .

                        17.Accidents faced
                        Its very unfortunate but we had our share of accidents iduring HOW! .Apart from sandy and me experiencing life
                        threatening accident the others were tumbling and rolling from the slopes due to lack of bike power.This became a routine
                        activity for us.Whatever happens never compromise with your safety and always wear proper biking gears with helmet. This is an earnest
                        request from HOW! team .

                        18.How to carry luggageCramster tank and saddle bags.
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                        • #57
                          Thank you Xbhp.

                          Great.......a perfect example of lost and found.....thank you Xbhp and all Xbhpians for thier support and appreciation.Long live XBhp.!!

                          Cheers,
                          HOW Team.
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                          • #58
                            Great going!

                            Guys, I envy you!
                            The pics are wonderful and breathtaking!

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                            • #59
                              Amazing pics guys......

                              Need your help here

                              I am planning for a Sikkim Bike Ride from Kolkata coming January after Rider Mania 2011.

                              Actually we are a group of Bullet riders from Coimbatore (Kovai Thumpers Motorcycle Club - KTMC) who will be doing this and we are not aware of the route, Road Condition and places to see.

                              Copied your Itenary

                              Day 1: KOLKATA – DALKHOLA -470kms
                              Day 2: DALKHOLA – GANGTOK - how many Kms???
                              Day 3: GANGTOK – TSONGU – NATHULA
                              Day 4: Gangtok - Lachung -136 Kms but will take 9 hours
                              Day 5: LACHUNG – YUMTHUNG – ZERO POINT – CHUMTHUNG
                              Day 6: CHUMTHUNG – ZEEMA
                              Day 7: ZEEMA - GURUDONGMAR
                              Day 8: Zeema - Gangtok
                              Day 9: Gangtok-Pelling
                              Day 10&11: Pelling - Dalkhola - Kolkata

                              Is Mid Jan or towards Jan end the right time to visit Sikkim?

                              Does this covers all parts of Sikkim?

                              Any permits needed? If Yes how tough are they to get

                              Can any place be avoided which is mentioned in the Itenary? (I have tight schedule)

                              Is this Itenary a tight one?

                              How is the Road Condition from Kolkata to Dalkhola? Any Better(Road condition) route?

                              Where is the Railway station and Airport in between Pelling and Kolkata?
                              I dont want to ride back to Kolkata and Instead send my Bike from nearest Railway station/ some other way and Board a flight nearer to Pelling.
                              Last edited by buvanrajd; 07-08-2010, 07:57 PM.
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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by buvanrajd View Post
                                Amazing pics guys......

                                Need your help here

                                I am planning for a Sikkim Bike Ride from Kolkata coming January after Rider Mania 2011.

                                Actually we are a group of Bullet riders from Coimbatore (Kovai Thumpers Motorcycle Club - KTMC) who will be doing this and we are not aware of the route, Road Condition and places to see.

                                Copied your Itenary

                                Day 1: KOLKATA – DALKHOLA -470kms
                                Day 2: DALKHOLA – GANGTOK - how many Kms???
                                Day 3: GANGTOK – TSONGU – NATHULA
                                Day 4: Gangtok - Lachung -136 Kms but will take 9 hours
                                Day 5: LACHUNG – YUMTHUNG – ZERO POINT – CHUMTHUNG
                                Day 6: CHUMTHUNG – ZEEMA
                                Day 7: ZEEMA - GURUDONGMAR
                                Day 8: Zeema - Gangtok
                                Day 9: Gangtok-Pelling
                                Day 10&11: Pelling - Dalkhola - Kolkata

                                Is Mid Jan or towards Jan end the right time to visit Sikkim?

                                Does this covers all parts of Sikkim?

                                Any permits needed? If Yes how tough are they to get

                                Can any place be avoided which is mentioned in the Itenary? (I have tight schedule)

                                Is this Itenary a tight one?

                                How is the Road Condition from Kolkata to Dalkhola? Any Better(Road condition) route?

                                Where is the Railway station and Airport in between Pelling and Kolkata?
                                I dont want to ride back to Kolkata and Instead send my Bike from nearest Railway station/ some other way and Board a flight nearer to Pelling.


                                I have not toured these areas on bikes but have lived there for 18 years and i would be happy if the info i share could well be useful.

                                I would suggest you to travel to Namchi from Silliguri which is a 3 hour journey. Namchi, its awesome the best tourist spot in Sikkim. And from Namchi you could travel to Gangtok, which is again a 3 hour journey.

                                The best part of the year to tour these areas would be april-mid may. Not so cold and the landslides that had been caused by the rains would have been completely cleared by this time. Jan is too cold and you won't be able to tour during this month.

                                If your schedule is tight you could skip visiting Pelling IMO.

                                There are no Airports and Railway Stations in Sikkim. The nearest airport is Bagdogra near silliguri and the nearest railway station is NJP near silliguri.You can pack and send your bike to NJP.

                                Hope these are useful.
                                Last edited by Calculus; 11-16-2012, 12:58 PM. Reason: Gave month names for touring wrongly and changed place of visit suggstion
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