Feedback from the top of the world.

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Re: Feedback from the top of the world.

Post by mukund » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:56 am

Hi Guys,

Nearly 4000kms of riding has now finally ended in Bandra bombay for me. After the himalayas, rode to Chandigarh, bypassed Delhi, rode Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahemedabad.

The bike did great and ran better than ever before... hope to do many more such long rides. The bike was tested from sea level to the highest motorable roads and did very well. The made the bike that much better and in it's absence, I would have hardly enjoyed this. Thanks RDD for this fantastic magic box.

Captain my friend wanted ride back all the way to Bangalore and he is on his way. He has this desire to ride back all the way to town from the himalayas and i hope he makes it

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Re: Feedback from the top of the world.

Post by ajithk » Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:57 pm

Mukund anna, get ready to be harassed for the travelogue. Hope you have it ready :)

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Re: Feedback from the top of the world.

Post by rahulsharma_7 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:40 pm

So you bypassed Delhi, hmmm...

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Re: Feedback from the top of the world.

Post by mukund » Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:34 pm

Hi Guys,

Now I'm finally back at office and can post easily. Couple of times on the ride, I hoped to post feedback and made a long post from the mobile phone and lost the entire content due to internet connections in mountains being fragile.

This was a dream ride for me. The bike did fantastic with blessings from Ron Baba. It sounds funny to get a bike blessed but hey consider the facts. I have zero ability to fix the bike by myself. The bike goes all over the country and comes back with zero punctures, breakdowns of any sort and back in namma Bengaluru after crossing the supposedly highest motorable road, the second highest and the third highest and many many more passes and water crossings on tops of the mountains and reduced oxygen and what nots.

This bike is on a sleeved bore and Art pistons 0.5 (thanks Aravind) and a rehone and 1100 km runn-in which i f%#ked up. After that it is set for "rich" in blr and we ride down to madras. Put the bikes on the railways for some 2500kms and 58 hours later the bikes are out of Jammu station, started as soon as gasoline was poured in. After that the bike goes thru so many difficult roads and places, I can hardly remember the number of times i thanked RDD for this trip being so cool.

The strange part was, we meeting a few other friends from Bangalore up there on 2 BMW bikes, one Norton twin and one Bullet. For a short stretch, the 2 RDs rode with these bikes. These folks found my mechanical abilities astoundingly poor and were giving me suggestions on how to prepare a bike for the himalayas etc. They felt that i needed to learn more on how to prepare a bike for the mountains. The norton was the first to pack up followed by the 2 BMWs and the Bullet. These 4 bikes headed back to blr on truck from Leh itself. I know they meant well and they wanted me to improve on the preparation. I was quite amazed that people who knew a lot more on how to prepare the bikes for the mountains too were hardly as lucky as I have been.

The joke was me getting my carbs cleaned at Chandigarh. This is the only maintainance i got done on the bike in addition to tightening the chain. The man who I was recommended, did a great job on the carbs and then wants to take the bike out for a test ride. He has already told me that points are the best thing on the bike. I have told him that i'm very happy for over 5 years with the CDI and would like to stick to it. He takes the bike out on 1st gear, shifts to second and whacks the throttle open :-) ... you can imagine what happened next. Bike wheelies and our good man struggles to get back control of the bike. He had never imagined that a CDI bike can be so good.

Besides this, the number of people who come up to ride on these mountains on their motorbikes is amazing. 100s of bullets, many many karizmas, pulsars, cbzs and all sorts of bikes from all over the world. There were other crazies like the few cyclists who peddalled it from Kanyakumari to Khardung-La in 111 days. There were others who rode from Madras on the KTM some others rode from Blr, Bombay, Pune and you name the town in India and there were bikes from there But we saw zero RDs on this entire mountain ride :-)

Thus this brings me to the "Blessings" bit which is very true for me. I know Ron blessed the bike and it did all this.

Cheers

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Re: Feedback from the top of the world.

Post by vinaykumar » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:25 pm

Great feedback, Mukund.
It mustve been fantastic to hear the sound of the bike bouncing off the rock faces.
Awaiting a more detailed trip log, along with photos.
I'm from Ahmedabad and I'm sure you mustve noticed the quality of the roads as soon as you enter Gujarat.

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Re: Feedback from the top of the world.

Post by mukund » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:13 pm

Hi Folks,

Here are some pictures. https://picasaweb.google.com/procastinateru/Himalyaz

Yet to write up a travelogue or a blog or anything like that. Hope to do that sometime.

@ Vinaykumar, we did ride thru Gujarat on the highway 8 and got badly stuck in the Ahemedabad evening traffic. Phew, i had heard about the Ahd traffic and this was my first experience with it. This highway was quite poor compared to what we experienced in Rajasthan. The last stretch of this highway in Rajasthan is undergoing widening and was very nice from Udaipur. The roads were decent after Baroda heading towards Bombay. Seems to me that Rajasthan built this road in the past few years and the Gujarat road being much broader, older need some basic maintenance like filling of potholes etc

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Re: Feedback from the top of the world.

Post by ajithk » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:43 pm

dai, no "sometime". We want it yesterday!!

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Re: Feedback from the top of the world.

Post by satish » Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:00 am

:shock: OMG...awesome, something everyone should do in a lifetime

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Re: Feedback from the top of the world.

Post by mukund » Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:48 am

Hi Folks,

Captain is back in town. He rode all the way to Bangalore from the himalayas. Added more snaps from his camera to the same album.. please check them out

Cheers

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