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    Excellent article. It may be prudent to consider these points as well: carry additional set of bulbs including headlamp, tail lamp and indicator bulbs. A basic first aid kit with additional gauze bandage ,sterile pads, antiseptic solution, cream, nebasulf dusting powder, jack knife, adesive bandage and crepe bandage along with something that may act as a splint. Hydration packs are available online(camelbak) for serious tourers. An additional check of weather forecast on sites like accuweather.com should be mandatory before setting course. Yellow glasses pref motorcycle non slip will help reducing glare bith day and night.Just my two cents.

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    Having spent some time in high altitudes doing mountaineering(basic course only),trekking and generally passing time at high/cold areas as part of travel centered government occupation, a few extra high alti tips: Sunscreen max spf is mandatory. Re apply every three to four hours of exposure. Carry and use vaseline and/or lip balm. Watch out for dehydration.Layers insulate better than thick voluminous clothing. For limited budget trips passing through cantt markets, pick up several pairs of military og (olive green)thick woolen socks as well as cotton ones to wear inside them, nylon plus wool(sometimes waterproof) gloves, 'magic gloves' basically woolen-elastic gloves that appear to be for kids but stretch to accommodate fair sized male hands to be worn inside the outer gloves just mentioned.olive green face mask(excellent inside helmet), fauji balaclava when not wearing helmet, sturdy dms shoes, thermal inners. Dont forget toilet paper rolls and hand sanitisers Best outerwear would consist of 'Gore-Tex' a patented waterproof plus breathable fabric. This is expensive though. However second hand stuff available in mountaineering shops in places like darjeeling, gangtok, leh etc. 'Goose Down' seems to be one of the best constituents of cold weather gear ie sleeping bags, jackets etc. Remember. Leather apparel might look trendy, but its heavy, which is why it is favoured neither by soldiers nor mountaineers in cold climates.Carry large size thick polythene bags.ask tailor to make double sided velcro tape. Use it to wrap/seal shoes (through the 'handle') upto lower calf muscles when crossing nallah washed over roads. It migh be to cold to tie a shoelace around the bag/leg.Looks weird but works.remember:wet apparel+ cold climate= not good.Polarised sunglasses even cheaper ones are better at avoiding glare than the expensive non polarised ones.Camera buffs will want to take polarised filters for crisper pictures and that perfect blue sky.also please note that as shadows are extra dark, a fill in flash becomes a necessity.alternative would be a friend holding a roll of aluminium foil. Not always possible though. Thin air is known for making the most cooperative people as temperamental as ill maintained RD 350s. For high altitude trips Use 0w30 synthetic oil, carb'd bikes will require rejetting often done effectively using copper wire locally. In cold climates battery life reduces drastically and touch screens become moody. In Rome do as Romans do, and never never never EVER underestimate nature or weather or take them for granted. Watch out for HAPO/HACO/hypothermia/frostbite.
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    Default re: A Guide on Essentials of a Long Ride

    Need help regarding route maps for the following:

    Route maps reqd for:
    Khajjiar to Killar via SAACH Pass to Kishtwar
    Kishtwar to Margam top
    Margam top to Warwan valley
    Warwan valley to Inshan
    Inshan to Daksun

    Zoji la to Sankoo ( Zanskar)
    Sankoo to Tangole
    Tangole to Rangdum
    Rangdum to Pensi la
    Pensi la to Padum
    Padum to Kargil
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Thanks techno... didnt know that!
    Well, stun guns would be a good option I guess!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthVeda View Post
    guys, I have been stopped many times up north in Goa and maharastra by cops and fined for not having Original RC/DL/Insurance. First time in Bombay by a cop for not having Original DL and when I asked what other Original docs I need to carry so that I don't get screwed again he had told me that only Original DL and Emission certificate is required. And recently got pulled in Goa (twice in a day) for not having Original RC and Insurance docs and Had to pay a heft fine! Does anyone know whether they were bullshitting or is it really required?

    You may as well add this info to the original post as it is VERY MUCH required for a long drive (many states).

    FYI, In southern states (Karnataka/TN/Kerala or AP) I have never been fined for NOT having Original docs.
    Hi,
    I have color xeroxed my RC, insurance and blue book (paper) and also laminated the papers. Looks like original, although always carry Original DL and pollution.. Saved always, still have not to pay any penny to cops..

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    Try to get a duplicate one if ur worried of loosing orginal lisence , keep orginal safe in your home , and start wandering , hope your problem will be solved , travel insurance these days coming up in plastic card format , easy to carry , emission control depends on ur bike registration period
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIAZ MAJID View Post
    Try to get a duplicate one if ur worried of loosing orginal lisence , keep orginal safe in your home , and start wandering , hope your problem will be solved , travel insurance these days coming up in plastic card format , easy to carry , emission control depends on ur bike registration period
    rgds riaz ️doha qatar
    Are you allowed to keep two original licenses?

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