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 Our autumn 2018 newsletter – written on the road in Bhutan 

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Here we are once again – time to fill you in on exciting new developments in the world of

Classic Bike Adventures...

Last call for our grand Myanmar Tour in February: we have ten participants and four bikes are still up for grabs.

We still have openings on our one-time-only, three-week tour of Myanmar in February 2019

Our three-week grand tour of Myanmar is definitely on, but we’ve moved the dates forward to February for even better biking weather.

We’ve put together detailed tour info, and now’s the time to reserve one of the four Suzuki Wind 650s that are still available.

We’ve finalized the route – we’ll be on the road for 21 days, first riding through the hills of northern Thailand via Pai and Mae Hon Song to the border, then doing a 3,300-km loop through Myanmar with three double overnights in the most beautiful and exciting locations. We’re going to give the chaotic capital Yangon a miss. We’re saving the best roads for last on our return to Chiang Mai. We’re going to ride Kawasaki Versys and Suzuki Wind 650s though this exclusive and exotic country.

Our local guide will be our old friend and partner, Swiss Armin from Chiang Mai. Armin spent six years in Myanmar and knows the country like no other!

We recommend adding a couple days at the beginning and end of the tour – we will as well. For the detailed route, drop us a line.



The Sauerland Party is coming . 24 - 26 May 2019

To join in, we need you to register in advance!



Our new party concept:
We need a firm registration from you.
We also need you to transfer a donation to the kitty:
€44 for one party day – either Friday or Saturday or
€77 for both days.
The party is officially over on Sunday morning after the (cleanup) breakfast.

Here’s what’s in it for you:
A two-day open bar with typical Sauerland drinks (as well as wine and Old Monk), great food, a DIY BBQ, a small Indian buffet on Saturday, acoustic live music, a big campfire, our best tour videos and a few of Peter’s slide shows of our best bike tours!

We’ve earmarked €20 from each participant as a donation to a small Nepalese aid project, the Conscience Primary School near Kathmandu. Read about it here: http://einfachmachenev.de/home-en/





When transferring your payment, be sure to put in “Peter’s Sauerland Party” as the purpose, and indicate whether you want to pitch a tent at the Waldschützenhalle Muffrika in Arnsberg or are coming with a camper.

Please use this account only:

DKB Bank
Account holder: Gerhard Peter Paulo Dos Santos
IBAN: DE26 1203 0000 1055 3573 37
BIC: BYLADEM1001


PS: This will be Peter’s 60th birthday party. What’s more, the party will also double as the preparatory meeting for the 2020 Munich-Lhasa Overland Tour. And we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of Classic Bike Adventure Tours in India and elsewhere.



We won’t be admitting anyone on a cash basis on the day. So – no invitation, no party! Confirmations of payment and invitations will only go out after we’ve received your donation!

Pictures say more than a thousand words, so here are a few impressions of the 5th, 6th and 7th Sauerland Parties.



 

I’m sure many of you have fond memories of our past Sauerland shindigs. It’s truly a blast – every time!

The next party in May 2019 is going to be a bit different.
We will not only be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Classic Bike Adventure Tours in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, but also Peter’s 60th birthday. What’s more, the party will also double as the preparatory meeting for the 2020 Overland Tour.

We want to keep things within reasonable limits, so the party will only be open to those who give us advance notice or are invited. In other words, we’re going to make it a “private event”.

If you already know you want to party with us, drop Peter a line at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

If you want to book a hotel or other accommodation for the weekend, don’t put it off too long: There are still a few openings in and around Arnsberg on booking.com.

We’ve put together the best pics of the 7th Sauerland Party in 2014 from various photographers in our Facebook album! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152312682464003&type=1&l=50e7c548c0



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These new BMW 310 GS, which have been on sale in India since October, will be available on nearly all tours in Nepal, Spiti, Bhutan and South India (possibly also in Ladakh) as of March 2019 for a €500 surcharge.

The bikes feature crash guards, aluminum cases, a top case, ABS, a powerful horn and 80mm handle risers. The seat height is 835 mm, weight approx. 180 kg, max. load 160 kg and 34 hp.

https://www.bmw-motorrad.in/en/models/adventure/g310gs/technicaldata.html#/section-technical-data

The insurance deductible for this bike will be €1,000, up from €500.



Peter’s initial verdict: it’s a great machine on Bhutanese dirt roads and a sweet ride on good trails. Sonia adds that it’s much more comfortable two-up than the Royal Enfield Bullets.

At the moment we’re putting the BMW through its paces on a tough Bhutan Tour. We’ll be able to say more about its ruggedness in the time to come. But we have no doubt that it will be better than the “killer enduro” – the Royal Enfield Himalaya 400cc. We ditched them in a hurry after we had two serious frame failures at speed with less than 30,000 clicks on the odometer.



We’ve sold the Casa Tres Amigos! We have a new home at Subash and Ranjita’s house in Assagao: Peter’s “Casa Liberdade” – off the beaten path and on the edge of the jungle – a dream!



Together with Subash and Ranjita, we’re going to offer cozy rooms with a pool and Royal Enfield hire to friends starting in autumn 2019. Stay tuned for more in our next newsletter.

We’re only going to be in Goa briefly this winter, from around 20 February to mid-March. Myanmar and southern China are on the program.



2019 is almost fully booked: We still have bikes on some Ladakh tours, and on two Nepal and two Bhutan tours in the autumn. We have Goa and Southern India tours scheduled again in November and December.The good news: we’re lining up ten tours for you in 2020!

  • three in Nepal and Mustang (even to Upper Mustang for our dirt bikers and off-road friends)
  • two in Bhutan and three in Ladakh
  • and not to mention our grand Munich-Lhasa Overland Tour in May and June

And by special request, our 3 Weeks and 7 Valleys – Best of All Himalayas Spiti Tour. We’re looking forward to your bookings!

Here’s the tour overview: http://www.classic-bike-india.com/rates-dates.html



This Bhutan pilot tour is especially close to my heart!

Happy cruising in the Dragon Kingdom

Since 2004, we’ve run more than 20 bike tours through Bhutan, delving ever deeper into this amazing happy kingdom. For the past five years, we’ve been travelling westward from Bhutan’s wild East, covering all of the passes and valleys on the way and hitting all of the highlights of the single National Highway.

Our 12-day Bhutan Intensive Tour is simply the best!

Work has been progressing on the highway over the past three years – soon everything will be smoothly paved. As of 2019 at the latest, the highway will be fairly “boring”, and increasing numbers of bikers and tourists will be on the road in Bhutan.

The modern world is encroaching on the Tantric Buddhist kingdom. But we love wild, dusty trails and lonely valleys high in the Himalayas. New tracks have been built into the most remote valleys.

We can now get permits to explore three of the most spectacular mountain valleys – and that’s the plan for our next pilot tour in the Dragon Kingdom.

New: We will be visiting MERAK, LHUENTSE and GASA – 15 days of the finest Bhutan has to offer – a new route with all of the best highlights and plenty of time to enjoy the country.

From the remote, wild east of Bhutan to the far west and the Tiger’s Nest monastery, with five double overnights:

  • in Trashi Gang, from which we’ll be heading up to Merak, into the nomad region of the far east
  • in Mongar, and from there we’ll ride up to Lhuentse to fantastic temples and the house monastery of the royal family
  • in Bhumthang, the Switzerland of Bhutan, where we’ll be putting in a decompression stop at the Swiss Guest House with its brewery and distillery
  • in Punaka Valley, where we’re going to cruise to the hot springs of Gasa and stay with the Old Tiger at the Y.T. Hotel
  • and in Paro, where we’ll be staying at the historic Gangtey Palace Hotel and trekking up to the Tiger’s Nest monastery
  • For more info, drop Road Captain Peter a line. Four bikes are still available...

 

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Here’s a link to the best shots of the tour: https://www.facebook.com/Classicbikeadventuresindia/


This year’s Spiti Tour was quite the adventure.
Read on for details...



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Here is what some of our riders had to say about it:



Dear All,
The tour took place under unusually adversary circumstances and I, as a tour operator, can understand only too well the pressure under which an organizer finds himself in such a situation as you still have to deliver a maximum of the services and experiences promised (and sold), yet must take into consideration the safety and well-being of your clients at the same time.

In this regard Wolfgang's leadership was excellent and showed great experience, the teamwork between him, Peter, Julian and the crew was exemplary and participants at no time felt insecure or less well taken care of than if the tour had progressed according to its original itinerary. Service levels were kept at the same high standard throughout and I for one have been very impressed by the overall service delivery (in all aspects) under adverse conditions.

Apart from Wolfgang, I would like to single-out Julian whose winning personality and local knowledge shined throughout and so did the local crew with Ramesh, Sonam, Kapil and Ram being at our beck and call with a big smile all the time.
I thoroughly loved the tour and would come back any time for more - thank you all for the fantastic experience!
Armin

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We are deeply grateful for such a fantastic Adventure ! We felt all the time very taken care, even when the weather was challenging the plans, you were always dealing with a profound intuition and ability to move in the right direction.

Spiti Valley was our goal and you made it happen !!
Special thanks to our friend Julian that links east and west always there to harmonize our inner weather, sharing his youthful wisdom. Lovely lunch we had in his place Illiterati Cafe !!

And about the crew, Ramesh, Ram, Sonam, Kabil...Anne already said it with the right words ! They are so nice and professional, thanks to them too.
Thanks to Peter, we felt your presence all the time. Also because of you we are able to experience this magnificent places !
We are very happy to have meet you all. New friends are always welcome in our heart !!

Lots of love
Andrés y Denise



The 2019 Spiti Tour is already fully booked. Last chance to join Road Captain Peter on this great tour:



The German Chapter of the "Bhutan Dragons" MC is history.

President RCPeter left the club after her Majesty the Queen of Bhutan and her "Tarayana Foundation" turned this Bikers Club  into a fundraising crew for her “charity projects”only. No more club rides, no more club parties, no more club charities....

For more info, contact Peter personally...

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Long live the Sons Of Himalaya MC!

Peter’s new MC is taking shape now. Interested? Just drop him a line.



We wish you all a golden and dry autumn.

And keep dreaming of your next adventure with us!
See you soon – cruising in the Himalayas, in Goa and the South of India, in Bhutan, or just join us at the Sauerland Party after relaxing and cruising in Goa…

Your Road Captain Peter, with Ana, Aslam, Chandor, Hubert, Joe, Julian, Martin, Swiss Peter, Ramesh, Ranjita, Shankar, Shekar, Sishu, Sonam, Sonia, Sonu, Sunny, Subash, Tiziana, Vinod, Willy, Wolf...



And if you haven’t had enough yet:
The Biker Support Nepal TV documentary by Uli Bree and Martin Stoni is well worth seeing:
Here it is on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dvxRCLre6IY






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Managing Director : Peter Paulo Dos Santos
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