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    Default Motorcycle Diaries, A doc's adventures.

    No, dont get the wrong idea, this thread has nothing to do with Che and his travels across South America but yes this thread does feature a doc, his bike and the crazy idea to see the country on a two wheeler. Some people have restless souls and no amount of comfort can bind them to a single place for a long time. I may be included in this category, more than a month at a place and it starts haunting me and the urge to move makes me sick. I cant say I have travelled as much as many of you here but I have covered many a miles in my life. Sometimes purposeless and just for the sake of travel and to keep the sickness away. Very little else makes me as happy as I am when on the road, no matter what mode of transport I take. So when did motorcycle enter in the scenario and why? Ok I stop it here, let us leave the details for my blog. I think these words of Ian Chadwick explain it quite well.


    “ If you've never ridden, you can't comprehend. But once you try it, you're hooked for life.




    I currently own a Suzuki GS 150, locally manufactured ,small displacement street motorcycle that is cheap, reliable and handles well off the pavement.

    My Rig

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    Suzuki GS 150, nothing fancy but does the job.



    Here, in this space I will share my travel experiences and show you my beloved country as I see it from the back of a motorcycle saddle.




    For those of you who are not familiar with me and my strange sense of fun, here are the links of my previous rides I shared on this forum.

    4000 km trip

    Short ride

    Gwader trip




    I work only because it pays for three F's. Food for me, Fuel for my bike and Film for my camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranasherdil View Post
    @lovebikes sorry to bother you again and again.

    Do you keep puncture kit?

    How to manage the flat tyre?

    I think the tyre shops will be approx every 40km there on KKH.

    I have only pump. But don't have the puncture kit nor mujhey puncture repair aata ha...

    Please offer your comments/guidance.
    Though things have changed a lot in the north but still u wont find mechanics and tire puncture shops as often as u think. It is better to keep emergency tools and extra tube when u venture out on a long trip. U never know what is waiting for u. repairing puncture is not an issue as the kit only contains stick on rubber patch but the actual trouble is removing the wheel, breaking the bead and then resetting the bead. U have to do it urself couple of times to learn it.
    @Khan Sb
    37 years is a long time and u have been lucky but I guess if u are careful things turn out in ur favor. I have ridden my present bike around 17000 kms all over the country in two and half years in all kind of conditions, so far I havent had any punctures.
    I work only because it pays for three F's. Food for me, Fuel for my bike and Film for my camera.

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    Trip continues................Day 6

    Weather and the conditions remained pretty favorable until we reached KKH, as soon as we left Skardu road and hit the KKH all things changed suddenly as if a magician had waved his magic wand. Clear blue sky turned into ugly gray and soft gentle breeze transformed into a fierce wind. It was such an effort to ride in those conditions and when we reached Nanga Parbat view point hotel, it was a big relief. We had a brief rest over there and had a talk with Khan sb(Omer Khan) on phone. Khan sb wanted us to stay there for the night but we decided to ride on till Chilas after a cup of tea despite very unfavorable conditions for riding.

    Obligatory Nanga parbat view point hotel picture
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    When we left it was so windy that couple of times the bike was almost pushed off the road, KKH was under construction and it seemed as if all the trucks had decided to hit the road exactly at the same time we did. Wind, trucks, dirt road and dust, all the elements had conspired to act against us and it was a miserable ride very little to be enjoyed. At times the bull dust was ankle deep and it required special concentration to keep the bike upright. Thankfully after Raikot bridge things changed a bit for good and the wind speed decreased, sky also became somewhat clear. Rest of the ride till Chilas was pretty much uneventful.

    Few photos I took after Raikot bridge

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    "When we left it was so windy that couple of times the bike was almost pushed off the road, KKH was under construction and it seemed as if all the trucks had decided to hit the road exactly at the same time we did. Wind, trucks, dirt road and dust, all the elements had conspired to act against us and it was a miserable ride very little to be enjoyed. At times the bull dust was ankle deep and it required special concentration to keep the bike upright"

    Thumbsup @Lovebikes. I can't compare my passion for travelling with yours.

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    @wanderlust
    Thank you.
    I am following and enjoying ur Malaysia thread, pls keep posting.
    I work only because it pays for three F's. Food for me, Fuel for my bike and Film for my camera.

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    tusi great o love bikes, i use to tell ur story when my frnds r not redy for some trip.....

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    @raheeln
    Thank u.

    We spent a night in a roadside hotel and woke up to a bright sunny morning next day.

    Hotel parking lot

    Motorcycle Diaries, A doc's adventures. - chilashtl1?psid1


    Some of my friends objected on my absence from the pics, here are a couple for them.

    Motorcycle Diaries, A doc's adventures. - chlshtl1?psid1



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    Quote Originally Posted by lovebikes View Post
    I wouldn't suggest a trail tire if large part of your trip is on pavement but no doubt knobs come mighty handy in dirt and mud.
    I have heard that the trail tyre (knobby), in rain don't work good on mettled road (wet road). It get slips.. and normal tyre works good as compare to trail tyre is such condtions...(wet mettled road)

    Please offer your comments or share your experience / observation...

    Thank you

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    My personal experience is not bad with knobbies in this regard but u may be right. Avoid knobby tires if large part of ur traveling is on paved road.
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    very nice pictures. keep it up

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    Nice Pics Doc....keep up the good work!!
    Talk to The Hand =;

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    thank you and thanks for bringing the thread to first page, I just realised that I didnt finish the story.
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    Well It'll be great to see some more action
    Talk to The Hand =;

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    Quote Originally Posted by 89khan View Post
    Well It'll be great to see some more action
    Sure but pls give me few days to dig out the pics. You might find some fresh action as well.
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    waiting

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    Day 7. Rain storm, mud and cricket world cup final.

    So the day started nice and shiny but due to road condition it was tough riding. We were used to ride at our pace by now without worrying too much about the other fellow. I pushed on at a faster pace until 10-15 kms before Besham and stopped at a nice scenic point by the road to have some refreshment
    and wait for Tahir to catch up. He had been doing much better on this trip so I expected him to be not far behind but the wait became longer and longer. Just when I thought that history was going to repeat itself when he appeared, it was a big improvement from 2009. This time he was just an hour behind me as compared to 2 hours back then.

    just a couple of cell phone pics of the place

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    Found few more of the day taken with a better camera.

    Same place

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    Somewhere between Chilas and Dasu.

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    Nice Shots.. Post sum More...
    'The adventure starts where the plan stops'

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    Quote Originally Posted by abas786 View Post
    Nice Shots.. Post sum More...
    Thank u.
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    After Tahir had some rest and refreshment, we continued. When we were few kms from Besham, clear sky gave way to clouds and as soon as we entered Besham, a fierce wind started blowing along with dust and rain. We took refuge at a petrol pump and when the wind slowed down we started again in continuous rain. It wouldnt have been a big issue but the road condition at places was very bad and we had to negotiate lot of muddy sections. After Thakot bridge the road is in fine condition and it was fun (though dangerous) riding those curves in light rain. We had planned to stay the night In Chattar Plane, so we booked a room in PTDC Chattar, watched cricket world cup final for a while, had a nice dinner at Chattar bazar and went to bed thinking that the adventure was finally over.


    View of Chattar plane from PTDC





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    Chattar Plain is realy a beautifull palce.
    thnx for sharing

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