Dummies guide to Motorcycle Ride to Leh-Ladakh

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  • May 1, 2013 1:55 pm
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Stuff to carry

Whether you are riding all the way or starting from Delhi; whether you are riding alone or with a pillion, the way you are going to arrange your luggage on the motorcycle is going to define your comfort level for the entire ride. Packing stuff for you and pillion is a bit challenging task and you need to be really sure of everything that you will need to carry. We always recommend RE TBTS, if you have pillion, for the sole reason it has the capacity to stock two haversacks and an additional sack and carry a pillion with back support as well. You will have to put the Ladakh Carrier on the same. This is the roomiest it can get. Other REs also are good with backrest & Ladakh carrier attached. Sports tourers hampers your load carrying capacity and you might end up asking your pillion to carry the sack on his/her shoulder which in long run is very painful. If you are riding alone, a good quality saddle bag is sufficient; you might not even require to attach the Ladakh carrier, unless you are planning to carry tents or other specific camping equipment. A tank bag should come in handy.

Buy some good quality water proof/resistant ankle length shoes. Do not compromise on gloves. If not a proper riding armor, at least buy a proper leather jacket that can keep you intact in case of skids. Balaclava is a must have. Carry at least 3-4 pairs of socks. Carry at least one extra pair of innerwear. Carry a waist pouch. If you are carrying electronics like laptop/ DSLR camera do spend on carrying them in the cases meant for them. Prefer cargos instead of jeans.

For photography we usually recommend the standard point and shoot cameras instead of DSLRs since they come in handy and you can click pictures without wasting much time. Keep your mobiles on roaming and do carry plastic bags for keeping camera/mobiles. A small fuel pipe and a nylon rope should be a part of your must haves along with a medical kit and tool kit. Do not worry much about punctures since at every 5 – 10 km you will find puncture repair shops.

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    Posted May 4, 2013 at 6:54 am | Permalink

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