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A few thousand miles across the Himalayas. (Hopefully)
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Thumbs up A few thousand miles across the Himalayas. (Hopefully) - May 29, 2011, 05:35 AM

After coming back from Africa, a friend of mine and I got to talking and a rough plan to ride the Himalayas emerged. It was his ride idea but I will take credit for convincing him to quit his job and actually make it happen.

A few weeks later, we got our visas, we got our one-way plane tickets, and we are off to Delhi, India.

The plan is to check out all the amazing roads in the region.

Some of these roads you already saw on Ice Road Truckers. Our goal is to check out even more remote and cooler regions in and around Kashmir.

I will try to keep this report semi-current. Pics coming soon.

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Amazing! be careful out there!
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The fourteen hour flight from Newark is what it is. USA airlines suck. Crap food, crappier service. The only nice surprise is that they had "Inflight Poker" under game section. You can play tournaments or cash Limit Hold 'em against other people on the plane. Pretty neat.





Fourteen hours later, we are in Delhi. It is entirely true that you can smell it before you see it. The place stinks of exhaust, burning plastic, and... whatever else.




The temps did reach 110+ degrees while we were there, but it's not the heat that bothered me. I don't mind the heat. I actually like it. It's the pollution that gets to you. The whole time I was there my nose was stuffed up and I had this occasional cough trying to clear my lungs. The place is so dirty we usually couldn't even see the sun through the haze.

Delhi is gigantic and I can't claim I've seen all of it. But the parts I did see felt pretty slummy. Even the supposedly nice Cannaught Place is pretty dingy and poorly taken care of.



Still, in some ways I like the hustle and bustle. Bicycle rickshaws are a pleasant way to get around. The place has it's own identity and flavor. It is worth checking out.










Local people actually use bicycle rickshaws. It's not just for the tourists.



You see people hauling some ridiculous loads on their bicycles.



When they see my gigantic lens and camera, a lot of kids run to get their picture taken.



Local kids playing with bricks and bucket.



Slumdog millionare beggars




Delhi has a lot of beggars, from little kids, to the elderly.



Trying out some street food.



And restaurant food.




Garlic nan. Amazing.





Prices are very reasonable everywhere.



This place in Chawndy Chawk serves the most amazing Lassis.



Our first taste of Indian bureaucracy. To get a cheap prepaid cell phone, you need a multi page application, passport photos, copies of passport and visa.

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Time to get the bikes.

This is Karolh Brah (sp?) neighborhood where there is a large concentration of used motorcycle shops. Unfortunately, the Indian burocracy doesn't allow turists to buy new motorcycles in india on a tourist visa. We are stuck dealing with small shops, annoying sales guys, and overpriced goods.

The best two bikes on offer in India right now are Honda Karizma 220cc bike and Pulsar 220cc bike. As of this writing, there is also Kawasaki Ninja 250cc being intruduced, but it is too new to be available on the used market.





What the heck is this?



After shopping around for a day or two, we did not see any good condition Pulsar 220s for sale.

We did see several Karizmas.

I am now the proud new owner of 2010 Honda Karizma.



First thing I did was put on some better tires.




And an alarm with remote start. This is how things get done in India; five guys watching, one guy doing some work.



Time to pack and get on the road.



And slowly leave the urban jungle behind.



One of the most amazing things about India is where the busses and Tata trucks manage to go. You see them on the smallest and tightest of roads, honking their way through traffic and blind corners.



Road quality varies from excellent to poor to barely passable.
Usually, the roads look something like this.




But sometimes they also look like this.


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May 30, 2011, 08:23 AM

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How do those 220s perform with all that load?


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Good luck! This story / adventure is defiantly worth following.
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How do those 220s perform with all that load?
All these roads are super twisty and very tight. Lots of dirt and gravel in some sections. And busses and cars do pass in blind corners so you can't rail too much. Personally, I don't feel too comfortable going more than 60mph, especially with the weak brakes these bikes have.

So all in all, the bike is just fine for these roads. Awesome gas mileage and fairly decent overall. Good value considering the ~2K USD price.

I'm not really carrying that much stuff. Maybe 50lbs at most. I met some local riders here and they can ride 2-up and the guy in the back will drag his fingers on the pavement around some turns. Cars rail around these roads too, which is sort of nice because you don't really get stuck behind any grandmas. The only slow vehicles are the big Tata trucks and sometimes busses and they are very all very courteous in letting people pass.
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May 30, 2011, 11:05 AM

my sister and me talked about riding from ecuador down through chile (our father has a beach house in ecuador that we could start from) but this looked like a fun adventure. My sister went to india for 4 weeks and loved/hated it mostly based on your experience.....beggers/poverty, pollution and a few other things really take away from the beauty the country has.


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May 30, 2011, 01:32 PM

oh man felt like I was home going thru the pictures ..

Good choice on the bike .. its gets better as you move north away from Delhi/pollution .. Himachal Prasesh is a very nice place to go through

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May 30, 2011, 01:43 PM

wow! you took riding to another level.

Don't forget to over night house boat stay in Kashmir. Keep watching that fuel filter. Gas/Petrol is not the best quality some places esp when you hit rural areas.

I found this tricky:

When you riding behind a vehicle. Turn signal on a road means about 4 things based on context. Asking you to pass, the vehicle is going to take over another vehicle in front of it, he is pulling over/turning.

If you can figure this out...would have by now. You set!

I am sure pretty pics are going to come soon based on direction you heading...

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Cool trip


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Your stomach is stronger than mine, I know if i eat street food out there, I have the runs for days, had to get hospitalized once. But it tastses sooo good, its really hard to resist!
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