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    Default Re: K2K with my wife on a Karizma R

    Its absolutely fantastic that you're married to someone also interested in such longie touring. Great enthusiasm. Do keep us interested folk... updated.

    Cheers.

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    Have you ridden some good potholes full roads with your better half , say some good half/full day ride?? Ride it and see.
    There will be only two possibilties:
    Either you will drop the idea of riding pillion to leh ladhak or you will get more strong to see forward.

    Dreaming a ride and actually riding it needs preparations.
    The best way you prepare yourself the best you will reach your goal.

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    Default Re: K2K with my wife on a Karizma R

    Quote Originally Posted by vchrung View Post
    Hello Guys,

    This is my first post in Xbhp.com

    Recently joined this community to get info about a dream of mine . To do a bike ride from Kanyakumari to Kashmir (leh-ladakh) .My native place is near Kochin, Kerala I work in the Middle east and the only bike i have back home for touring purpose is a Karizma R, 2012 model.
    Congrats bro... Guess we can call this Honeymoon on two wheels :P just kidding..

    Here you can check this post.. A friend of mine has done the trip from K2k on the same model of bike you are using.. Karizma R

    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/7...n-unknown.html

    All the best Mate

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    try getting matching riding gear for your wife too.... mostly it does the trick and helps in team work!

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    Reminds me my single day 500 kms round trip on ZMA with wife a year back... The ride was her plan and she too was enthu about it. Though the first half was far more exciting for her, on return she had either lost in thoughts ( as she claimed) or sleep caught onto her due to boredom (as i know it) she startled for a 'second' and gained balance. Happened twice. In the process she upset the bike's balance unexpectedly for me. Though nothing serious happened, a delayed response by her or me in such situation would have resulted a fall in the middlle of the State Highway. She has improved ever since and keeps up with me on such sprints now.

    Just make sure you keep her involved in the ride and breaks at appropriate times does the trick. Try plugging in some music too. It helps.

    Good Luck for the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZMAtic View Post
    Reminds me my single day 500 kms round trip on ZMA with wife a year back... The ride was her plan and she too was enthu about it. Though the first half was far more exciting for her, on return she had either lost in thoughts ( as she claimed) or sleep caught onto her due to boredom (as i know it) she startled for a 'second' and gained balance. Happened twice. In the process she upset the bike's balance unexpectedly for me. Though nothing serious happened, a delayed response by her or me in such situation would have resulted a fall in the middlle of the State Highway. She has improved ever since and keeps up with me on such sprints now.

    Just make sure you keep her involved in the ride and breaks at appropriate times does the trick. Try plugging in some music too. It helps.

    Good Luck for the ride.
    The same "lost in thoughts" issue was there with my wife too. My tactics were
    1. Keep her camera trigger happy. She keeps shooting stuff (mostly blurry pics which were simply SHIFT + DEL later )
    2. Keep talking to her in sign language or pointing out stuff (Actual talking distracts me and once led to a near death experience so I never do it now)
    3. Involve her in map routing and giving her responsibilities like keeping information on last passed hotel and puncture shop.
    4. On boring highways, play a number plate game with her.

    Occasionally, she would still fall asleep. I made her grip me tightly and lean on me so that she could enjoy 20/30 mins sleep.

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    Have been watching this thread for some time now.
    Why do people engage in these kinda experiments, I don't know. Why do people take so much risk, I don't know. Especially since there's a MUCH more convenient mode of conveyance called, car. I know this is a community of bikers but I think fellow members will understand my point. I'm with @aargee on this one. He expressed his disagreement indirectly and I'm expressing it directly . Solo loong rides (I mean the ones that last several days) are understandable. Some guys are very passionate about it but things change a looot when a pillion comes into the picture. I mean there will be so many problems. Especially if the pillion is a lady. It's a reality, especially in a country like India (I'm not a sexist. Just saying the truth). I'm only expressing my opinion, by the way.

    @OP
    If your wife is very excited about the trip then it means she probably isn't aware of the risks and difficulties and that she hasn't done a long trip on a motorcycle. Newly married couple doing a Kanyakumari to Kashmir trip on a motorcycle? WOW! Sounds fantastic, but think about it twice man. Is it necessary? Not discouraging you, but why not postpone it to some other time? You just got married!
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    Couple going for a honeymoon with riding gear on? OMG! I'm rolling on the floor laughing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raging_bull View Post
    He expressed his disagreement indirectly
    Annnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....:O My stance is neutral!!!

    What I meant to say is, there're very very few ladies (note this word, I didn't say girls) who're interested in motorcycle & rides. Most women prefer comfort over convenience. Most women don't even like to travel, but they want to get to their destination (like magical transportation). Some of them like to travel by train, but once they hop in, sit for couple of hours, they want to be at destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    Annnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....:O My stance is neutral!!!

    What I meant to say is, there're very very few ladies (note this word, I didn't say girls) who're interested in motorcycle & rides. Most women prefer comfort over convenience. Most women don't even like to travel, but they want to get to their destination (like magical transportation). Some of them like to travel by train, but once they hop in, sit for couple of hours, they want to be at destination.

    Always remember, Men are from Mars & Women are from Venus
    Thampi , it's very clear from that post of yours that you're not as excited as some of the other guys here about that K2K dream of the OP. That was all I wanted to mention. I guess most of these guys who think it so easy have very little experience as a pillion and know very little about the psychology and physiology of Indian women.


    I know many women (in fact most women I know of) who like to travel but I'm sure that none of them would want to do a '1+x' day trip on a motorcycle, getting baked under the sun. It's neither comfortable nor convenient. Riding is fun, being a pillion ain't.

    To know the real difference, get a T-fort or some similar SUV (actually any car will do) and do a similar trip. The difference is like hell and heaven. I don't wanna write an essay on this but I'm sure people will understand. Please note that this is from a passenger's perspective. I'm not saying that driving a car over long distances is more fun than riding a bike over a similar distance (though I know it's true, it's completely personal I guess).

    So since I've been watching this thread for sometime, I thought I should inject some sense of reality into the OP's mind. I'm not against it, but it's very easy to see things as very silly amidst all these comments made by passionate tourers. As everybody knows, even a solo Kanyakumari -> Kashmir ride wont be easy. And also considering the fact that they're a newly wed couple (and Keralites ), I just made a sincere statement. Just my opinion. I have no say in someone else's personal life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raging_bull View Post
    Have been watching this thread for some time now.
    Why do people engage in these kinda experiments, I don't know. Why do people take so much risk, I don't know. Especially since there's a MUCH more convenient mode of conveyance called, car. I know this is a community of bikers but I think fellow members will understand my point. I'm with @aargee on this one. He expressed his disagreement indirectly and I'm expressing it directly . Solo loong rides (I mean the ones that last several days) are understandable. Some guys are very passionate about it but things change a looot when a pillion comes into the picture. I mean there will be so many problems. Especially if the pillion is a lady. It's a reality, especially in a country like India (I'm not a sexist. Just saying the truth). I'm only expressing my opinion, by the way.

    @OP
    If your wife is very excited about the trip then it means she probably isn't aware of the risks and difficulties and that she hasn't done a long trip on a motorcycle. Newly married couple doing a Kanyakumari to Kashmir trip on a motorcycle? WOW! Sounds fantastic, but think about it twice man. Is it necessary? Not discouraging you, but why not postpone it to some other time? You just got married!
    @pitbull
    Couple going for a honeymoon with riding gear on? OMG! I'm rolling on the floor laughing.
    Couldn't agree more. @TS: Hope you know about highway crime rates, I would suggest you evaluate your route in this aspect and take a call. I believe you can mitigate some of these risks by proper planning but you should always be prepared (don't know how though) for the unexpected.
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