Preparing your motorcycle for Ladakh

Calcuttan

Member
Well I missed that part about battery water checking :) Thanks for pointing it out. Modern bikes and cars indeed don't really need too much tinkering with the battery because their electrical systems are very robust and precise. But if the battery is beyond warranty it is worth getting it checked properly before a Ladakh kind of trip. But do this from a proper battery shop that have the right electronic gadgets to check.
 

Admin01

Administrator
Completely agree, especially with several of the new bikes coming without kickstart. Of course one can push start most of these, but thats really a pain at that sort of altitude.
 

Calcuttan

Member
I had a harrowing time in Neora Valley National Park area recently when the hired jeep had a battery failure and the fellow tried to start the vehicle by rolling back down the path !!! And it was not even a black top road. Entirely a 4-wheel territory on the way to Kolakham (for those who might know).
 

parveen rohilla

New Member
Hi Yogesh sir,
Sorry, As i am first time going to leh on bike.so i am bit nevus. I have yamaha fz-s, it is 14000km old. I am using 20w40 semi synthetic which yamaha recommend, which type of engine oil should i used 5w50 or 10w50 or same can be used. and i have alloy wheel with tubeless tyre. i read on royal enfield forum for their himalayan. they write that spoke wheel with tube tyre will be good for off road.

regards,
parveen rohilla
 

Admin01

Administrator
Stick to the recommended grade of engine oil, just get it changed after reaching Leh, along with cleaning of air filter and the bike would perform better.

While in case of alloys there is a chance of them getting bent or breaking due to stress, plenty of riders do Ladakh each year with alloy wheels without any issue. For backup, carry rear and front tyre tube, so that I case the alloy bends and is letting out air, you can put in a tube and keep riding.
 

ravi200223

Super User
yogesh ji
i am planning for leh from 8 june 13 . my wight is 60kg and i put luggages aroound 12-15 kg. i have yamaha gladiator 125 cc. i have done 24500km i have replace rear tyre to new wide tyre. this is good for leh ladakh trip.I prepare my bike as your guidance.Now my bike looking very good. can i go for this.
please advise.
ravi
 

Admin01

Administrator
Wider tyre doesn’t necessarily mean better grip and it does put extra load on the engine. Better option would to get a dual purpose tyre in same size if possible, since it will handle off road duties decently and at the same time, wouldn’t put extra load on the engine.
 

parveen rohilla

New Member
sir,
i have wider rear tyre(factory fitted) and it is punchered 3-4 times. and u mention to carry extra tube. but mine both tyres are tubeless.

Regards,
parveen rohilla
 
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