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Ladakh is a region in the himalayas and worth a trip once in a lifetime. We do it twice a year.....this place just calls you back everytime! Yes Acute Mountain Sickness will trouble some but what the hell!
Its amazing to see how a big bike like the beemer loses power at 19000 feet(5700m). Its like one cylinder shut down and the elephant just wont move! The landscape changes from lush green to desert as we climb.
Attaching a few pics for you all to enjoy.
 

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What are you guys running for tires? What's your mileage you expect riding in those varied conditions? Is this something you would be willing to guide others on?

And like the last poster, is it possible to rent a beemer an do this ride?

Excellent photos of that countryside
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I was running the Shinko 705, another beemer was on Metzler Tourance, the Africa Twin was on Karoo 3, tigers were on Metzlers also!
Not possible to rent beemers but people rent Royal enfields 500 or the Royal Enfield himalayans
As we go higher the mileage increases...... above in the passes all abpbe 15000 feet the mileage was 65-66mpg
 

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Fantastic pics! I travel to India often to do medical volunteer work in Punjab. You've planted a seed in my brain to combine that with a bike trip in the Himalayas. Thanks for the posts!
 

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Fantastic pics! I travel to India often to do medical volunteer work in Punjab. You've planted a seed in my brain to combine that with a bike trip in the Himalayas. Thanks for the posts!
Twisty hit me up next time....Im in Chandigarh the capital of Punjab.......am working in PGI, Chandigarh
 

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Excellent report: great photos. Am sure BMW would love those for PR.

I spent a weekend in Ladakh after Thanksgiving about 7 years ago. The town Leh was mostly shuttered at the time, no hot water, but still it was one of the best weekends ever with Buddhist temple visits and rides up to the mountain lakes that are pictured in VirkDoc's report. Tea with Indian army who invited us into their tent at the highest outlook point in the region. Everyone so friendly.

One question: Do you find major roads leading up to the region as dangerous say the roads from Delhi to Agra? I thought of driving my GS inside India but the driving is insane.
 

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Excellent report: great photos. Am sure BMW would love those for PR.

I spent a weekend in Ladakh after Thanksgiving about 7 years ago. The town Leh was mostly shuttered at the time, no hot water, but still it was one of the best weekends ever with Buddhist temple visits and rides up to the mountain lakes that are pictured in VirkDoc's report. Tea with Indian army who invited us into their tent at the highest outlook point in the region. Everyone so friendly.

One question: Do you find major roads leading up to the region as dangerous say the roads from Delhi to Agra? I thought of driving my GS inside India but the driving is insane.
Hi Goethe
Yes by november the road to Leh is shut, you must have flown into Leh then and most of the hotels close, home stays do stay open.
The lake is Tso Pangong......More than half is in Chinese control and the rest with India. The colors are stunning as the sun changes position.
There is not much traffic going up besides an occasional military convoy.
Delhi Agra is INSANE....actually most of India is like that.....like a video game :smile2:
Will add more pics of the two major lakes Tso Pangong and Tso Moriri
 

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I was running the Shinko 705, another beemer was on Metzler Tourance, the Africa Twin was on Karoo 3, tigers were on Metzlers also!
Not possible to rent beemers but people rent Royal enfields 500 or the Royal Enfield himalayans
As we go higher the mileage increases...... above in the passes all abpbe 15000 feet the mileage was 65-66mpg
Can you shed any light on which brand seemed to last longer [ mileage ], have more overall performance on various surfaces?

Thanks for the replies sir.
 

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Can you shed any light on which brand seemed to last longer [ mileage ], have more overall performance on various surfaces?

Thanks for the replies sir.
The karoo 3 on the africa twin were shot badly 75% gone, the shinkos rear had 50% left.......
On the roads the Shinkos were better....on the rough the Karoos
 

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See your GSA registered in Chandigarh. GS/ GSAs will face this problem of fixed points for forward plates which Triumph overcame with extensions

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See your GSA registered in Chandigarh. GS/ GSAs will face this problem of fixed points for forward plates which Triumph overcame with extensions

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My hayabusa had the same issue, just carried the front HSRP in the toolbox, and have the number written on the front windshield
 

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My wife and I just returned from this heavenly place. Rode for two weeks on Royal Enfield Himalayans and although they may not be a BMW, they are an amazing workhorse and are so at home in this environment.
The Nubra Valley, Sarchu and Pangong Lake are without doubt some of the most spectacular locations on earth. Add motorcycles into the mix and you can easily start to believe you found nirvana.

Not for the faint of heart though. This can quickly change from a peaceful ride to one that can hurt or even kill you.
Ride to the conditions, your skill level and be mindful of those around you. :wink2:
 
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