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    Default Bike Tour 4,000 KMS - Karachi - Naran - Astor (Gilgit Balistan) and Back to Karachi

    My Travel Itinerary:

    Day 01: Wed - Aug 21st --> Karachi to Uch Sharif (Punjab)

    Day 02: Thur- Aug 22nd --> Uch Sharif to D.I. Khan (KPK)

    Day 03: Fri - Aug 23rd --> Stayed in D.I. Khan (KPK)

    Day 04: Sat - Aug 24th --> DI Khan to Islamabad

    Day 05: Sun - Aug 25th --> Stayed in Islamabad

    Day 06: Mon - Aug 26th --> Islamabad to Naran

    Day 07: Tue - Aug 27th --> Naran to Astor (Gilgit Balistan)

    Day 08: Wed - Aug 28th --> Astor to Rama Lake and Back to Naran

    Day 09: Thur - Aug 29th --> Naran to Islamabad

    Day 10: Fri - Aug 30th --> Islamabad to Karachi

    Day 11: Sat - Aug 31st --> Traveling to Karachi

    Day 12: Sun - Sep 01st --> Early Morning Arrived in Karachi



    I have lived abroad most of my life and only returned to Pakistan some three years back. I now live in Karachi and have driven to Islamabad many times by car and its been an exhilarating experience every time.

    My Bike Adventure plans began more than two years back when I was visiting Northern Areas (Naran) with Cousins from Islamabad. I drove my car alone from Karachi to Islamabad and got together with 9 others in two cars and explored the Northern areas for the very first time in my life and was struck by its shear beauty. Along the way I saw many people on motorcycles whom I thought were locals at first, or perhaps from Islamabad area. However, upon discovering Pakwheels I was amazed to see that so many people were driving their bikes in groups from various parts of Punjab as were as a few courageous souls who also traveled from other places and posted their step by step travel experiences, both on bikes and cars.

    So I began to think what it would be like to drive a bike across the country since I had already done that by car many times. I should point out that where I had lived my entire life one could not imagine driving a bike, at least not an entire year due to heavy snow during winters and many wet days of rain throughout summer. So to put it plainly, I had never driven a bike nor did I know how to drive one. Although I sad on a few bikes in Pakistan as a passenger but never really driven one.

    So now I was becoming more and more bold in researching bikes both on Pakwheels as well as on olx. I came to a realization that most long distance riders who posted on Pakwheels chose either a Honda 125 or a Suzuki GS 150. I took many months researching both the pros and cons of both bikes to see which was better for longer drives, fuel economy, accessible spare parts, durability and so on. And although I was leaning more towards purchasing a Honda, I was told that in Karachi it would not be wise to buy a new Honda and instead to go for a new Suzuki GS 150 due to the high demand of Hondas and the high likelihood of a new 125 being stolen.

    So a year back (Nov 2012) after doing plenty of research I finally purchased my first ever Bike, GS 150 and asked the seller to deliver it to my office since I didn't want anyone at home to know had I purchased a bike since I didn't know how to ride one just yet. At my office I used the help of my guard to teach me how to turn it on, how to put it in gear, how to break and all the basics which were totally a new experience for me. After some three weeks of learning to ride in our large office parking lot after hours when there was no traffic I finally gained the confidence of driving it home. I began to drive it from home to office daily after everyone came to know I had purchased a bike but due to the fact I could comfortably ride it not too many objected to me purchasing a bike as I had originally thought.


    A month later I took my first ever 'Long Distance Test Drive' experience to Hyderabad which took me close to 3 hours with a brief 5 min stop at two places to adjust my ever so aching bum. I had a relative in the Army who was posted in Hyd Cantt. After a two night stay and a professional Champi I returned back to Karachi and realized just how painful and exhausting a long drive can be. Nothing could be done I thought, to resolve the issue of an aching bum from such a long drive.

    Upon reading many of the threads on this site I finally realized I needed a cushion to sit on for a longer drive as well as some basic necessities I would need for a longer drive.

    So this year from Feb/March I began my plan to ride to Islamabad and then up to Naran if I can. I did post on here asking for people's advice as to whether it was safe to drive to Naran from Karachi in March-April and most responded that Naran will not be approachable till late May due to snow which has not yet melted. So the next possible time I had was holidays just after Eid in August.

    So on Aug 21st I began my road trip to Islamabad. But I had only 10 days since I had to be back to work on Monday Sept 2nd and that meant I would have to be back in Karachi by Sat Aug 30th or Sun Aug 31st and allow myself to rest for a day on Sunday.

    I did the following very basic modifications;
    - HID Headlight for high beam, low beam was regular headlight
    - Installed a Car Lighter Adapter in order to keep my mobile charged while I listened to music during my drive
    - Installed a new wider and larger Tire in rear
    - Purchased new tubes for the front and back
    - Wasn't sure of the tools so left that since I have never changed a tire but was certain I would find a puncture shop on the road
    - Purchased an extra Clutch Cable and a Break Cable
    - Installed saddle bags for each side for my Water Supply and other heavy items
    - Installed two Heavy Horns to sound like a Corolla which really really helped throughout the trip
    - After getting a Fresh Oil Change two days before leaving, Also purchased an extra liter of oil for the road

    What I forgot was to purchase a pump, someone might help me change a tube but how would we pump air into the tire? That was something I realized much later after returning back to Karachi.

    I guess these are all the items I got done to the Bike before leaving. Now I should point out once again that all these ideas I got on this website from reading many other postings except for the lighter adapter which was my idea since I could not go an entire day without being certain I had a mobile which was charged for security situations in case I needed to call someone.

    I had a Thermos with ice cubes and frozen cold water along with frozen water bottles for the road.

    I began my trip exactly at 3:30 AM on Wed Aug 21st in order to do most of my drive in cool temperatures and avoid the summer heat. My plan was to clear Sindh in Day time and enter Punjab before sun set and take a hotel in Rahim Yar Khan. Now I had no idea just how long it would take me to reach Rahim Yar Khan so I planned a stop at RY Khan for the first night. My relative who lived in Hyderabad the year before had been re-posted to Dera Ismail Khan so now the plan was to stop there on my way to Islamabad, which meant a new route I had never been on.

    So my second night stay would have to be DI Khan if I could reach it.

    I left Karachi with a half tank of Fuel (Rs 500) in order to keep the weight light so I could easily cope with the steep hills I had to climb on my way to Hyderabad knowing full well that I would find many petrol pumps along the way. The plan was to fill up just after crossing Hyderabad as it would be a more flatter and smoother ride. I cleared Hyd just after 6:30 AM and filled up to the top. I drove past many farming communities and realized that although I had driven this route many times over the past 3 years, I never saw this view from the car which I was enjoying now on my bike trip. I kept a steady speed of 80 and sometimes even touched 90 on clear roads but had to slow back down 70 near heavy traffic.

    I stopped somewhere at a Truck Stop (Charpai Hotel) for breakfast at around 9 AM, not sure if I can remember the place but it may be close to Moro. I am certain that the very first 3 pics should remind some of the readers as to the location if they have traveled this route.


    After a 45 Minute stop for nashta which I had on a Charpai I got back on my bike and head further into Sindh. Now I should also mention that I had my relatives believe I would go by Bus and book my Bike on top all the way to Islamabad and then do my road trip from Isb to Naran. No one would believe it was possible or even safe to travel by bike this long route. This is why you will notice I had most all of my pics with my bike in order to later convince people that I in fact drove my bike and did not just stop the bus to take pics along the way.

    Most of the readers will automatically recognize these areas of interior Sindh along Kherpur, Gotki and other areas where I stopped to take pics.
    As it got closer and closer to the afternoon, it got hotter and hotter. I would stop periodically to open the water bottle in my saddle bag on the side which was already warm, so I would take a cup which I carried and mix the ice cold water with the warm water so as to not to have a very cold drink and at the same time make the water cold enough to drink and keep myself hydrated in the heat of August.

    I was expecting to reach the border of Punjab and cross Sadiqqabad and catch a hotel in RY Khan sometime in the evening knowing full well that I would have to stop within Sindh to take rest under the shade of a tree during the afternoon, but to my surprise I kept riding without tiring and by 2:30 pm I was already at RY Khan. I wondered what I would do all day in RY Khan and rather than sleeping it off at the hotel all day I decided to keep on going and pushed further ahead and improvise on my night stay along the way.

    Although I would stop from time to time to drink plenty of water along the way I noticed now that I was not perspiring, I was not passing urine, and so I was wondering where all that water was going. I mean I had possible drank almost 3 liters of water, two full Nestle bottles which are at least a liter and a half each. But soon I came head on with my worst fears. I began to feel a light headache which got worst as I drove, I was feeling the heat radiating from the asphalt on the road below me and I felt hotter and hotter with my forehead beginning to sweat.

    I was come down with a heat stroke. I quickly started searching for any shade I could find but to my surprise, after passing RY Khan I really didn't see any tree but rather just fields and fields of vegetation. Soon I began to see trees in a distance and now I began to wish for a tree I could just drive my bike across the field and park under the tree to rest it off and cool down.

    There was a small dirt road cutting of the highway into some village in a distance but that road was enough for me to have access to the tree line and I just drove into the field of grass and parked my bike under the rich green trees. I pulled out a plastic sheet which I had carried with me for such occasions and laid it on the uneven dried mud field and then took out the plain which sheet to lay on top of the plastic sheet and then used the cushion I was carrying to sit on as a pillow and just laid down to sleep. I don?t know when I dosed off to sleep but could hear people walking in the distance on that dirt road hardly 50 feet from where I was sleeping. From time to time I would open my eyes and see the people walk by or on bikes who were locals and they would look at me but carried on without stopping.

    When I finally woke it was past 5:30 pm and I slowly got up, took out some much needed cold water and mixed it with the water from the bottle and drank a good three glasses down. I sat simply lay for another 10 mins or so and then folded the bed sheet and the plastic sheet and put them back in place.
    I got back on the road and although I could still feel the heat readiating from the road beneath me, it was nothing as before and I also knew it would cool down now that the sun was at an angle and would set in another two to three hours.

    From my map I knew I had to get off the main N5 highway and go towards Uch Sharif and then onward towards DI Khan and stop for night stay somewhere at a Hotel. When I reached Uch it was almost Maghrib time so I stopped at the most beautiful Charpai Hotel that I had ever seen. It was beautifully built with paved parking lot, a nice small mosque next to it which was glittering in marble and glass designs and kalima written all around it in colorful tiles. It was so well lit with dozens of bulbs. So I stopped for Maghrib and then decided to have dinner. As usual I asked the waiter for a nice meal and then they asked where I was coming from and where I was heading upon seeing the luggage on my bike. I told them and they were shocked, that I had driven all the far from Karachi. I asked how far Ali Pur was since that was on route, they said it would be another 2 hours so I asked if there were any hotels to stay at in Ali Pur. They one by one along with other customers who heard of my trip and where I planned on going came to me and requested I not drive further due to bad security conditions during the night as well as there are no services along the way until Ali Pur in case I got a tire puncture or other problems. They all recommended I stay the night at the charpai hotel.

    So after dinner and isha I asked where I could sleep since my bike had luggage which was difficult for me to undo and then again it took a while for me to tie it and didn't want to waste time in the morning putting it on once again. So they suggested they would set up a charpai for me in the veranda (baranda) where I could park my bike next to me and they too had armed guards who would also watch out for my luggage and bike so not to worry. And the best part was the stay overnight was absolutely FREE. So I did just that and was fast asleep by 9:30 pm and had set my mobile alarm for 4 am in order to be on the road early to beat the summer heat and not face another day of heat stroke on my way to DI Khan.

    When I woke up in the morning at 4 am I shut the alarm and went back to sleep since it was such a restful sleep with a cool breeze thinking I would just rest for another 10 mins before getting up. It was the morning azan which I woke up to at around 5: 00 AM. I quickly told the waiter to prepare nashta for me (Chai Paratha) while I go to offer namaz. After nashta at 5:30 I was about to leave but was requested to wait till the sun came out for safety and so I did just that. There are a few pics of my morning nashta in that charpai hotel at Uch.

    I filled up at their pump and by 6 AM I was on the road again passing through many rivers along the road which were so pretty seeing the reflection in the water early in the morning.

    I drove to DG Khan, and then to DI Khan where I reached at 1:30 PM and stayed with my relative Major Hasan for two days. Enjoyed his family?s hospitality and wonderful food. And on Sat Aug, 24th at 6 Am after breakfast Major Hasan arranged for his Driver and Guard to escort me for a safe passage to the city limits and they put me on the road leading to Chashma.



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    Woohoo fantastic - got your email and responded

    Quote Originally Posted by Sulaiman75 View Post
    Dear Shadow,

    Holly Cow !!!!!
    How the heck did you find me???
    I sent you an Email on the address you provided and hope you got it. If not then my Email Address is simply my full name at hotmail dot com with an underscore between the first and last name. awe heck why don't I just type it here for you?
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    Just Email me back and we can connect. As the phone numbers, i dont have any saved and my memory now only lasts for a few milli seconds so don't even try to ask about remembering numbers.

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    sulaiman bhai
    Can i use your email to PM you?
    Live and let live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babercr View Post
    sulaiman bhai
    Can i use your email to PM you?
    Yes, Certainly you may send me a PM on sulaiman_zaffar@hotmail.com
    What I Call Adventure .... Some May Call Insanity

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    Wonderful Spirit. Bravo.
    Wonder if you would ever like to have a companion from Lahore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehmedm View Post
    Wonderful Spirit. Bravo.
    Wonder if you would ever like to have a companion from Lahore.
    That would be Gr8. Please note my Mobile No. 0300 822 1810

    Send me an sms with your Name so that we can connect in the event I am ever in that direction again heading to the Northern Areas by Bike.

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    Its a dream to go back and take another tour across Pakistan and enjoy the sheer beauty, and the lovely people of Pakistan.
    What I Call Adventure .... Some May Call Insanity

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    Asalamu alaikum, @Sulaiman75 you are one of a wonderful traveloguer, i've arrive at this thread searching for GS 150 pros and cons and guess what? i ended up reading your wonderful thread bit by bit. And totally forgot why i was here? what i was searching etc.
    Simply love your writing.

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    u can found easily from rawalpindi sadar in v reasonable pric

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    Aslam o Alikom sorry for interruption sir jahan ap mansehra k bad kuch dosry tourest k sath mily thy un sab k pas honda 125 tha , bike apka boht acha hai no doubt mainy tu hero rf70 pay tour kiya hai but apka tour n pics dekh ker afsos hota hai k pics q nahi bana saka but inshaALLAH jald new tour pay akela niklon ga apse pics zaror share keron ga ap mujy apny jaisy he lagy hain with all of my respect

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbaqurashi View Post
    Asalamu alaikum, @Sulaiman75 you are one of a wonderful traveloguer, i've arrive at this thread searching for GS 150 pros and cons and guess what? i ended up reading your wonderful thread bit by bit. And totally forgot why i was here? what i was searching etc.
    Simply love your writing.

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    Dear Bilal Bhai,
    Walaikum Assalam

    Your message here made me smile, in fact laugh a little when I read that you lost focus on why you were on here and that was to find the pros and cons of GS 150. I thank you sir for your generous comment.

    I wish you the best in your search for the bike you seek.

    I am in discussion with another relative here in Karachi because I am planning another tour of the North some time towards the end of Aug/ early September and he too is now searching for a GS 150 in Karachi so we can plan a trip somewhere to Northern Pakistan though not yet decided on the location. We plan to travel this time via rail to Pindi, stay two days with relatives to recover from the train ride and then begin our trip to the north for a few days on our bikes which we plan on taking along with us on train.

    If you are interested in considering joining us for part of the tour from Islamabad onwards, it would be nice.

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    Dear Sulaiman75 bhai

    your offer to join you in next biking trip is really a delight for me, but i can't join you because of tight office schedule. We recently did Lahore - Taobat - Lahore trip on motorcycles. (Taobat is last by road accessible area of Neelum Valley) and experience was "out of this world", i can't explain in words. Now my all prayers are with you.

    Your Karachi - Kashmir write up was another wonderful travelogue, i enjoyed all the posts a lot. And i guess that Murree mishap is nothing but just a new experience so that you'll better equip yourself in next journey.

    Wish you best of luck.

    Jazak'Allah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbaqurashi View Post
    Dear Sulaiman75 bhai

    your offer to join you in next biking trip is really a delight for me, but i can't join you because of tight office schedule. We recently did Lahore - Taobat - Lahore trip on motorcycles. (Taobat is last by road accessible area of Neelum Valley) and experience was "out of this world", i can't explain in words. Now my all prayers are with you.

    Your Karachi - Kashmir write up was another wonderful travelogue, i enjoyed all the posts a lot. And i guess that Murree mishap is nothing but just a new experience so that you'll better equip yourself in next journey.

    Wish you best of luck.

    Jazak'Allah.
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    Dear Bilal Bhai,

    Perhaps another time we can hook up as this is now a "nasha" for me to travel by bike across Pakistan, or at least to the Northern parts of Pakistan. I am glad you completed your journey to Taobat. I too wish to cover this region some time in the future if possible.

    Do keep in touch and share your travel story and pics on PW so we all can read up and enjoy your journey.

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    well said i feel really boring when I go on Bus or by car now... seriously the Wind in your hair and the freedom ride takes the adventure to whole new next level and I feel really boring when friends ask me to tag along on bus or car...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sulaiman75 View Post
    this is now a "nasha" for me to travel by bike across Pakistan, or at least to the Northern parts of Pakistan.
    https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/motorcycle-travel-diaries/277725-sober-riders-visit-khunjerab-adventurous-way-via-nori-pass

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    Quote Originally Posted by vickytulla View Post
    well said i feel really boring when I go on Bus or by car now... seriously the Wind in your hair and the freedom ride takes the adventure to whole new next level and I feel really boring when friends ask me to tag along on bus or car...
    Agreed, only those who have experienced long distance driving on a Bike can understand the feeling and rush one can get from driving on a bike. Sure there are thousands of people riding bikes in the city daily, but they fail to experience and understand the joy of riding in the mountains of the North.

    I belong to Karachi and for the past 3 years I had been planning to learn and then ride a bike to the North. I had been mocked and discouraged by everyone that its a foolish thought to ride a bike across the country. But after having seen me learn and then ride a bike all alone twice across Pakistan and having seen the pics of the beautiful north which they had only dreamed of, I am now able to convince two of the very same people who earlier made fun of me and mocked me for doing something foolish such as this and they are now accompanying me in this journey I have planned in late August that I have spoken of just above.

    There are others who talk and say they may join, but for the moment its only talk whereas these two individuals are now in the process of purchasing a new GS 150 and come and experience the joys of riding in the North first hand. Oh and mind you, they had been riders in the past but local city biking only.

    So I look forward to this trip. However, I am also watching the political situation around the mid of August as well with the PTI Long March as well as the protest from Awami Tehreeq. Hopefully, it will not have any effect on our travel plans.

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    AA Sulaiman sahab,

    I know you must be tired of hearing this by now, but sir, you have given me so much inspiration, its difficult for me to properly express my self in a couple of lines. Sulaiman sahab, I read each and every letter of your wonderful post. I wish I had a decent bike, I would've left Karachi the moment I finished reading you post. I own a 70cc and unfortunately I don't have the cash right now to buy a GS 150, but me and my friend have already started saving for it. We wont to do Karachi-Gilgit, Inshallah. Hopefully, we will be able to save enough and do the trip early next year (or maybe when the snow melts). Thank you soo much for doing this trip and writing about it. Often times we tend to over think such situations and end up being bogged down by our job etc. Me and my friend were thinking about this for the last 2 years, and after reading your post, we are very excited and pumped up.

    Thanks again. God Bless.

    Burhan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.alpha View Post
    Aslam o Alikom sorry for interruption sir jahan ap mansehra k bad kuch dosry tourest k sath mily thy un sab k pas honda 125 tha , bike apka boht acha hai no doubt mainy tu hero rf70 pay tour kiya hai but apka tour n pics dekh ker afsos hota hai k pics q nahi bana saka but inshaALLAH jald new tour pay akela niklon ga apse pics zaror share keron ga ap mujy apny jaisy he lagy hain with all of my respect
    I think the best thing to do is to enjoy a tour even if you are not able to take pics. Inshallah next time jab ap tour par jao to pics zaroor lena. This way you can share your experience of the trip and we can all enjoy along with you.

    I think, in the northern areas 125 is the ideal bike. The reason I purchased a 150 is that in Karachi 125 has a very high risk of being stolen so its safer to have a 150. Also the 150 has the auto-start option which is not available in 125. So for me the 150 was more ideal in many ways, although I do agree that in the mountains the 125 may be a better option due to its pick and its also lighter than the 150.
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    Quote Originally Posted by burhan_abro View Post
    AA Sulaiman sahab,

    I know you must be tired of hearing this by now, but sir, you have given me so much inspiration, its difficult for me to properly express my self in a couple of lines. Sulaiman sahab, I read each and every letter of your wonderful post. I wish I had a decent bike, I would've left Karachi the moment I finished reading you post. I own a 70cc and unfortunately I don't have the cash right now to buy a GS 150, but me and my friend have already started saving for it. We wont to do Karachi-Gilgit, Inshallah. Hopefully, we will be able to save enough and do the trip early next year (or maybe when the snow melts). Thank you soo much for doing this trip and writing about it. Often times we tend to over think such situations and end up being bogged down by our job etc. Me and my friend were thinking about this for the last 2 years, and after reading your post, we are very excited and pumped up.

    Thanks again. God Bless.

    Burhan.
    DHA, Karachi.
    Dear Burhan,

    Thanks so much for your kind words and appreciation. It was my attempt to encourage readers to just pick up any bike they can afford and make a similar trip happen. I am sure even with a 70cc you can do a trip of the north. Naturally, I would not advise you to ride your bike from Karachi, but instead you can book your bike by train to pindi. And from there you can begin your journey on the 70 cc. You will find all sorts of facilities such as food, fuel, puncture shops, and all things available throughout the northern areas. In fact you will find the people there much more helpful than in Karachi and they will always stop to talk and help in any way that they can.

    The roads up north are much more comfortable and beautiful and since you are driving through the mountains you do not have to drive at speeds of 80 kms but more like 40 - 50 and some times even 60 kms because you are driving around mountains.

    So I think if you try to just go to Naran you can easily do it on a 70 cc without too much trouble because there are no rough roads and all beautifully paved roads. So there is no need to wait to gather so much money to make such a trip.

    But I think if you have already planned the trip for next year after purchasing your 150 then that is best. Plan for a good 3 weeks tour and if you take along a tent which you can get new from Burns Rd for around 1300 which is good for 2 people, you can use that most of the time as its safe to camp anywhere in the north and food and washrooms you will find everywhere. I think you will be glad to do this trip.

    We have now finalized 6 people (all relatives ) for our bike tour with three bikes, my 150, another 125 and a third brand new 150 my relative just purchased on Saturday which we have to drive 1,000 kms in the next month for its first warranty check up and tuning, and then get it ready before the end of August for the long journey ahead. We have now planned on shipping the three bikes via train while we drive our own car with six people to Islamabad. We will leave our car in Islamabad and take the bikes from the station, load our stuff and head off to Naran, cross BabuSar Top and head to Astore, Deosai Park, Skardu, Gilgit, Khunjerab Pass, and back to Islamabad by KK highway. The bikes will again be shipped by train as we drive back in the car.

    My estimated budget per person is around 18,000 - 22,000 for the entire trip including food, fuel, hotels, jeeps. Of course we will do some camping and some hotel stay where camping may not be an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burhan_abro View Post
    AA Sulaiman sahab,

    I know you must be tired of hearing this by now, but sir, you have given me so much inspiration, its difficult for me to properly express my self in a couple of lines. Sulaiman sahab, I read each and every letter of your wonderful post. I wish I had a decent bike, I would've left Karachi the moment I finished reading you post. I own a 70cc and unfortunately I don't have the cash right now to buy a GS 150, but me and my friend have already started saving for it. We wont to do Karachi-Gilgit, Inshallah. Hopefully, we will be able to save enough and do the trip early next year (or maybe when the snow melts). Thank you soo much for doing this trip and writing about it. Often times we tend to over think such situations and end up being bogged down by our job etc. Me and my friend were thinking about this for the last 2 years, and after reading your post, we are very excited and pumped up.

    Thanks again. God Bless.

    Burhan.
    DHA, Karachi.
    Dear Burhan

    You can easily do trip on your CD 70 all the way up to North of Pakistan. following are some tips.
    Things to do:
    a. Put new tires and tubes on your bike and get your wheels balance check by profession wheel balancer.

    b. change bearing of your wheels and install new Japanese bearings.

    c. get your shocks checked by professional shocks repairer and do inform him that you'll ride bike on very tough uneven roads.

    d. check your chain and sprocket (known as garari). they must be fit enough like new.
    -d 1. must keep couple of extra chain locks
    -d 2. CD 70 usually have 14 tooth front sprocket. Purchase and extra 13 tooth front sprocket (i'll explain it below)

    e. Install new original CD 70 spark plug and Plug adapter. Keep old plug with you in case of emergency.

    f. install safe guard in your bike. it will help u to rest your feet on it for relaxation, and in case of fall & slip it'll save your legs and bike as well.

    g. Do wear safety gears like elbow guard, knee guard etc..

    h. (optional) take and extra bottle of mobil oil, tube, front break wire, clutch wire, accelerator wire, air pump with you.

    i. must have complete toolkit (which comes with the bike) with you and do put extra monkey wrench.

    j. One person on one CD 70 (highly recommended)

    /* THERE MAY BE SOME MORE STUFF TO ADD. this is not finite list. */

    13 TOOTH FRONT SPROCKET: if you remove 14 tooth front sprocket and install this 13 tooth sprocket then this will increase power of you bike and help it to easily climb steep incline roads / off roads. But it will reduce top speed and also reduce mileage of your bike. (e.g. my bike's top speed was 90 km/h after that 13 tooth sprocket it reduced to 75 km/h but 1st and 2nd gear become powerful enough to beat stock CG 125 on steeps inclines)

    if you plan to book you bike up to Rawalpindi by train then i recommend to install that 13 tooth sprocket. otherwise use stock 14 tooth sprocket for flat plain roads up to Islamabad and then change the sprocket there in Islamabad/Rawalpindi.


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    ONLY 10 MORE DAYS FOR A NEW TOUR TO THE NORTH.

    This time we are heading to the China Border leaving Karachi on 23rd of August providing the Security situation and closures are not an issue on our way to the North.

    Very Excited and preparing to the trip full speed.
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    ONLY 10 MORE DAYS FOR A NEW TOUR TO THE NORTH.

    This time we are heading to the China Border leaving Karachi on 23rd of August providing the Security situation and closures are not an issue on our way to the North.

    Very Excited and preparing to the trip full speed.
    Best of Luck Sulaiman sahab. I also plan to go all the way to the China border next year, probably around June. Please keep us posted on your trip.

    Have a safe trip.

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