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singhg5

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India Visit
« on: April 20, 2013, 04:58:59 PM »
I was visiting India and travelled to a few cities in North and South of the country. The trip was excellent and weather perfect. A lot of things have changed since I first left that place. Some places I could not recognise and others still have the same feel of country side (pind in Punjabi). A lot of pleasant and loving experiences with friends and family that enriched our trip. Lots of pictures, videos were taken.

Here are a few of an RE dealer and its service station repairing a Thunderbird.
 
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Re: India Visit
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2013, 05:01:14 PM »
A couple of them are here.
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Re: India Visit
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2013, 05:02:56 PM »
More here
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Re: India Visit
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2013, 05:11:49 PM »
Saw one RE converted to a Fire Engine for driving into narrow lanes of a town.

Met a happy RE rider, and saw that the oil window on his motorcycle had a circlip - a good idea.
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Re: India Visit
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2013, 06:32:16 PM »
Nice looking shop! Those guys are sure loving the bumper grabbers over there! Thank you for the photos, Singh.
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Re: India Visit
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2013, 10:47:14 PM »
I am glad to hear you had a good trip and enjoyed yourself.
I'm also glad you made it back safely. :)
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Re: India Visit
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2013, 01:30:28 AM »
Nice looking shop! Those guys are sure loving the bumper grabbers over there! Thank you for the photos, Singh.
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I assume you mean the crash/case guards?  Tell me about it.  Bullet riders with no helmet in flip-flops take a short break from talking on their cell phones at speed to wave me down and tell me how suicidally unsafe it is to be riding without one.

I've watched a friend have an overtaking autorickshaw catch his engine guard and flip him about 120 degrees...

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Re: India Visit
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2013, 02:27:17 PM »
Interesting pictures Singh, thanks for posting.

Comments.

All Indian RE's have 7" headlight
Thunderbird is not exported to US?  Probably same engine as ours.  It has a tach?
I saw C5's but didn't seen any B5's in your pictures?
There are some that look like G5's but not really?

 
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Re: India Visit
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2013, 02:31:34 PM »
Nice looking shop! Those guys are sure loving the bumper grabbers over there! Thank you for the photos, Singh.
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I am glad to hear you had a good trip and enjoyed yourself.
I'm also glad you made it back safely. :)

@Bare and @Jim -  Thanks.

India offers a wide variety of experiences of all kinds.  I will share a few here.

My son bought a disposable razor at a store and the shop keeper gave it in a paper bag.  When I looked at the bag, it had a Florida US address printed on it. I realised it was made of the 'junk' mail that we get everyday here which  somehow reached India where it was converted into a paper bag.

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Re: India Visit
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2013, 02:48:53 PM »
Interesting pictures Singh, thanks for posting.

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All Indian RE's have 7" headlight
Thunderbird is not exported to US?  Probably same engine as ours.  It has a tach?
I saw C5's but didn't seen any B5's in your pictures?
There are some that look like G5's but not really?

Saw Thunderbird 500 cc and it does have a tachometer. 

There was another model 'Electra' UCE which was different from the AVL 'Electra' we used to get in US.

Did not see any G5 there. I think there was a B5 on the floor.
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Re: India Visit
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2013, 02:55:19 PM »
Another interesting experience was while driving to a village, we suddenly saw a couple of large elephants walking on the side of the road. We pulled on the side of the road and stopped. These animals belonged to a small group of 'sadhus' - wandering monks. Talked to them and they let us take pictures and pat them. We give them a small gift of Rs100 which is $2US.
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2013, 03:36:59 PM »
This Classic 500 was standing in a parking lot, its Rectifier Regulator was under the seat, behind the battery. 
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Re: India Visit
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2013, 06:23:55 PM »
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I think the US ones are probably the only ones that come with those crappy 5 and whatever POSs. The gummint in all it's "wisdom" mandates that road vehicles will have adjustable headlights. So we have to put up with the silly rims with the three holes to get to the adjuster screws.
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Re: India Visit
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2013, 10:30:10 PM »
Singhg5 - now that's an epic trip!  I find it fascinating - please feel free to continue to share your experiences...

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Re: India Visit
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2013, 06:33:43 PM »
Singhg5 - now that's an epic trip!  I find it fascinating - please feel free to continue to share your experiences...

Mattsz:

There are a lot of them. 

One can buy paper rolls most places, but the toilets in homes are paperless. Instead it has a water spray jet from behind that cleans the bottom. The water in spray is manually controlled by a separate tap. This is an inexpensive yet effective Indian version of very hi-tech Japanese Washlet Toto toilets which are paperless and use water spary to clean and then blow air to dry the bottom (all controlled by electric circuits).
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« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2013, 06:38:56 PM »
The other is our trip to mountains of Shimla, a hill town at 6000 feet above sea level. It was originally established by British to escape the heat of plains.  There is a rail line that connects the plains to Shimla that passes through over 100 tunnels (small and large).  A narrow gauge train still runs on these tracks - even hundred years after they were built. The train winds through hundreds of turns as it travels the mountains over valleys. It is quite an experience.

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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2013, 06:40:02 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2013, 10:43:18 PM »
Singhg5: Never got to see that part of India.  Pretty much stayed in Southern India and I must say, it's like a different country...I bet that was a fun ride on the train..What is the red fruit in the tree or are they flowers?  I wish I did travel up north but at the time it was a bit politically unstable with your friends to the North.  The toilet scene I could live without but glad you took advantage of the ambience.  My buddy and I took a small sailboat acoss the Bombay Bay to Elephanta island....That's another story...Glad to c u had a great time and the pics are fantastic..Thanks for sharing..GM
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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2013, 04:35:55 AM »
Singhg5: Never got to see that part of India.  Pretty much stayed in Southern India and I must say, it's like a different country...I bet that was a fun ride on the train..

What is the red fruit in the tree or are they flowers?  I wish I did travel up north but at the time it was a bit politically unstable with your friends to the North.

GM:

Those were red flowers. 

It was Spring season and lots of colorful flowers, green leaves on trees and generally beautiful and green.  Some pictures of other flowers that we saw - bottle brush, rose and I think bouganvilla growing in houses and parks.

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Re: India Visit
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2013, 08:19:22 PM »
Great pictures and writeup Singh !
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