Friday, September 21, 2007

Burning Indian Rubber

(Written by Gaz and Cara)

Due to the severe lack of bikes this year we thought we'd finally get round to blogging our biking escapades in India. So here goes...

Last November we went to India for three weeks and while we were there hired an Enfield. It cost around £7 for one day and very conveniently was ready and waiting outside our hotel when we got up in the morning.


Our driver gives us a few tips on starting the bike.


Five minutes down the road and we've run out of petrol. It seems our £7 only includes the bike and not enough petrol to get us to the nearest petrol station (about 10 minutes away)!


One good thing about India is there are always plenty of people willing to help.


Out on the open road at last. Either Gareth has lost his nerve and is driving very slowly or the speedo doesn't work on this bike!



Bored with the main road we decide to turn off and take the scenic route. After about 10 minutes the scenic route turns a little less scenic and more like a sand track.


Gareth tries to manouver the bike out of the sand without falling over.



Back at the hotel. This is the first motorbike I have riden and I was having a lovely time until I was driven off the road by some angry men in a lorry...apparently women don't ride motorbikes...


12 comments:

Clark said...

looks like you had a brilliant time. Pity about the neanderthal men though. x

ellie said...

Opps just realised my son was signed in, above comment was mine x

Rig said...

Interesting post, thanks

neil said...

Excellent post, trip looks fantastic.

So can we expect to see Cara riding Solo next summer?

Mike said...

I can't believe they never left you with enough fuel.

savannah said...

what a fantastic trip!

loz said...

Mike, i cant believe Gaz was up in the morning !

Mike said...

Loz - I don't believe you! I can't believe the SRAD is eventually fixed.

neil said...

Mike / Loz.

Its not really so amazing, India is after all 4.5 hours ahead of the UK !! this could go a long way to explaining Gaz's sudden ventures into the unknown............... AM !!

Cara said...

You don't really have much choice but to get up because at around 8 every morning a helpful Indian comes and hammers on your door to see if you want anything, no matter how many times you say we're fine they won't go away until you open the door!

loz said...

Cara, i can assume gaz made you answer the door.
Mike, i rode the srad before it was fixed and it handled like a scale-etrix car. god help us now. you know when your having one of our yeeeeehaaaaar moments........ gaz will come past us !! nuf said

Mustang said...

That is uber cool !!!! which part of india were you at???

Number plate shows rajasthan.. one should also try coming down south. places like pondicherry and chennai has a load places to ride.

Also i would wear a helmet and ride, esp on north indian roads.