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Classic Bike Adventure Tours India - September 2011 Newsletter

Namaste, Tashi Delek, Julley, Sawatdee!

Welcome to our autumn newsletter.

The past spring and summer were seriously busy. We have 5 successful tours in Ladakh in the India Himalayas under our belts, and the grand Magic Nepal spring tour will be soon on the road. After that, we’re going to take Bhutan, Thailand, Goa & South India on the touring map in the coming winter.

In this issue:

  • Pilot tour to Mustang and Muktinath in Nepal in October 2012.
  • Germany to India Overland Tour will happen in October/November 2012. Here all the details.
  • New Itinerary for our 10-day "Highlights of Bhutan" Tour in October and November 2012 .
  • Sri Lanka motorcycle tour in February 2012, here all the details.
  • The fifth Classic Bike Adventure Party is history, here a photo link.
  • Original Classic Bike Adventure® Enfield Bullets for sale in Germany
  • Current info on our Northern Thailand Roadrunners Paradise
  • Last chance to book our famous "3 Lakes of Ladakh" Tours at the old rate. The four 2012 tours are almost fully booked.
  • Now available: our new 500cc FI Classic Bullet rental bikes from New Delhi
  • Magic Nepal Tours to be continued in March and October 2011
  • Peter's “Casa Kath Kuni” near Naggar in Kullu-Manali Valley - will be open for our biker friends in March 2012
  • The season at Casa Tres Amigos – Goa
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The best Tibet motorcycle tours of all time!

Starting in Lhasa on our 500cc Bullets, with a Nepalese camp and kitchen crew and our new Road Captain Hubert, a seasoned expert who can draw on experience gained in over 20 trekking and mountain bike tours through Tibet.


The dates: 19 April to 3 May 2012, and 3 May to 17 May 2012
The second tour is already fully booked – three bikes are still available on the first.

Our 2007 group in front of the Potala in Lhasa

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Pilot tour to Mustang and Muktinath in Nepal

For the first time, we will be heading out to the Jomson mountain valley to Lower Mustang and the holy temple town of Muktinath at a lofty altitude behind the Annapurna Massif. We’ll be riding between 8,000-meter peaks and the world’s deepest canyon, Kali Gandaki. The scouting has been completed, and we’ve set the date for the second half of October 2012. To find out more, have a word with Hubert and Peter at the party.
To sign up, or for written info, contact Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

The dates: 14 Oct. - 28 Oct. 2012 | One bike is still available!
Sri Lanka motorcycle tour in February 2012
It’s been six long years, but now we’re ready to go at last...

Our next Sri Lanka motorcycle tour will hit the trail in February 2012.
The first time out will be a pilot tour because we imagine that many things have changed on the island of our dreams in recent years. We want to explore new hotels and routes, and check whether our proven route is still just as adventurous and as much fun as it was during our previous five tours from 2005 to 2007.We’ve already set the dates and route: 19 Feb. – 4 Mar. 2012. The price is €2,100 for bikers in double rooms for the 14 day/1,900 km tour. We’ll be riding proven 250cc Honda, Suzuki und Yamaha enduros.
For more information, visit us here.

To sign up, simply drop RC Peter a line. 2 enduros are still available, group strength will be 8 riders only. More information here !

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Original Classic Bike Adventure® Bullet for sale in Germany

The first four bikes have found new homes and their owners can now savor that incomparable Bullet feeling any time they like.

This summer, we once again shipped four of our 500cc Enfields in full touring trim to Germany. Master mechanic and Road Captain Werner laid hands on them, converting two into genuine scramblers (see photos).

Here are the pictures & details (only on our German site)

Scrambler and original touring Bullet

Werner and three of our Bullets for sale at Sauerland

For more info, drop a line to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

The bikes have been rebuilt from the ground up – all bearings, control cables, rubber parts, tires and other consumables have been replaced, and they also sport fresh chrome and paint.

Interested? For a small deposit of €500, we’ll reserve the bike for you and send you a binding purchase agreement. It will be ready for collection in May or June. We can also have the bike delivered – contact us for details.

Current info on our Northern Thailand Roadrunners Paradise winter tours!

Buddhism lives

Group photo of the bikes at the Mekong

Group photo overlooking the Mekong in the Golden Triangle

Scratcher’s delight


Inspired by the encouragement and praise, we’re going to launch the next two tours in December 2011 and January 2012, using our proven Kawasaki 650cc ER-6n bikes and the same crew. The dates have been set, and there is still one bike and room available on the first tour. Bookings are open now for the three tours we are planning for November 2012, over New Year 2012/2013 and in January 2013.

As always, contact RC Peter to book, or visit our website for details.

Endlessly curvaceous, dizzying mountain roads

More grip and 72 hp – the Kawasakis are a blast

RC Peter and his African Twin

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Three Lakes of Ladakh Himalayan tours

Last chance to ride the highest passes in the Himalayas in the summer of 2012 with us at the old rates:

Due to rising costs for flights and operational expenses we have to rise our sales price by 10% (350 USD) soon.
A couple of Bullets and jeep seats are still available on two of our four “Three Lakes of Ladakh” Himalayan tours next summer.

Book now and get the tour at the old rates!

The dates:
14.07. - 29.07. 2012 and 11.08. - 28.08. 2012. All other dates are fully booked. We have been accepting bookings for 2013 for some time now....

As always, contact RC Peter to book, or visit our website for details.

Here are some pictures of the first of two successful “Three Lakes of Ladakh” tours that we ran during the summer of 2011.

And here’s the link to the tour information on our website.

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Rajasthan Desert Dreams – palace and desert tour

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

The 12th Rajasthan Desert Dreams palace and desert tour was a resounding success. Our participants were thrilled...

Our Road Maharani Tiz has another Rajasthan palace and desert tour lined up for the 8th to the 26th of February 2012 (now fully booked).

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

Impressions from our latest Rajasthan Tour with Tiziana

Now available: 500cc Rental Royal Enfields in New Delhi

New FI fuel-injected, 30 hp 500cc Bullets are now available for rent in New Delhi!
We’ve teamed up with our long-time Transport Manager Aslam and are once again offering Enfield Bullets for rent in New Delhi. These are exclusively electric-start models with gearchange on the left and touring equipment. Seven new FI fuel-injection Bullets are also available. Check here for details

Germany to India Overland on Yamaha XT 600 in Autumn 2012

Germany to Goa – the Overland Classic and Adventure of a Lifetime

Experience the Orient live – savor the landscapes of your dreams in the saddle of a bike with like-minded fellow travelers.

Werner, our experienced senior mechanic in Goa and Road Captain, has already ridden this route twice. In autum 2012, he will lead yet another motorcycle adventure from Europe to India – from Germany through Southeast Europe, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan to New Delhi in Northern India. We’ve thoroughly explored the individual stages of the tour and have established our route.

This tour is designed for adventurers who are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on the classic overland route. Our goal is to let you kick back and enjoy the experience without having to wrestle a bike loaded with everything but the kitchen sink.

More details here soon. The tour will start 29 September near Munich and reach New Delhi by 8 November, total distance covered: 14,000 km.
The tour price is 5.900 € if you ride on of our Yamaha XT600s, 3.900 € if you ride your own bike, and 1.800 € for pillion riders.
An extension of the tour from New Delhi to Goa is an option.
Magic Nepal Tours, still rollin...

The March Nepal group in front of the Annapurna Massif

Happy biking in Nepal

In Lumbini, at Buddha’s birthplace

Gwen and Simon are first-timers from Malaysia – father and daughter. She calls a Bullet her own.

Here a few images of the latest "Magic Nepal Tour" in March 2011

Still one of the best bike tours ever: we’ve been running our Magic Nepal Tour every March and October for the past twelve years. This year’s March tour was well-booked with 16 riders, and our guides John and Tiziana split the group to ensure that everyone would have a great time on the road. The 2011 October tour is fully booked.
Bikes are still available on our March and October tours in 2012.

Latest news on the 3-week pilot tour over Sach Pass into Lahaul and Spiti Valley

Latest news on the pilot tour over Sach Pass into Spiti Valley in September 2011
It’s our “friends only” insider’s tour and favorite Himalayan tour of our guides Martin, Peter and Bernie since 1995!

We have fourteen firm bookings for this exclusive Himalayan adventure, so all of the bikes are spoken for.
If the tour is as successful as we expect, we will be offering an additional date for our modified “Little Tibet” Spiti tour in 2013.
Interested? Contact Road Captain Peter to pre-register now.

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Peter’s Casa Kath Kuni Farmhouse in Kullu Valley


Logo_Pic1Road Captain Peter will be moving into his new farmhouse, the “Casa Kath Kuni” near Naggar in the Kullu-Manali Valley. An international group of biker friends was visiting there in late April and took ten days to sample a variety of one-day runs through the mountains of Himachal Pradesh. Here's a link to the photos.


As of spring 2012, we will be providing 500cc touring Bullets for rent in Naggar, especially for biker friends who would like to take a laid-back vacation with friends at our “Casa Kath Kuni” and explore the mountains here in the saddle of a Bullet.

Two cozy guest rooms and three comfortable guest cottages will be available by then. We’re currently working on a website for this very special guest house. Stay tuned for more in our next newsletter.

Here are the first pictures of our little new resort in the Himalayas.

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The second Grand Laos Pilot Tour is coming in 2013! Here are a few images from the first tour...

Having just completed the first very successful northern Thailand and Laos pilot tour, we’ve now planned our next Laos tour. We’re going back for a closer look, to explore explore new routes and landscapes – “The Grand Laos Pilot Tour”, as we call it. The dates are already set: Tue., 24 Jan. – Sat. 11 Feb. 2013.

The tour will once again start and end in northern Thailand, in Chiang Mai. For more information and to sign up, contact Road Captain Peter at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

Here are some pictures from the first 2011 Laos tour:

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Laos pilot tour pictures

There's more to see on Facebook: here’s the direct link.

The season at Casa Tres Amigos – Goa

We had a great season in Goa this winter. The Casa was always quite full and we made many new friends. Here’s a selection of recent images of life at the Casa.

Aslam’s bike truck delivering more bikes – over 30 Bullets were in action in January

Bhutanese dishes in the dinner buffet, thanks to our Road Captain Tashi from Bhutan

The German National League live in Peter’s tower

Casa starting photo: eight Bavarians head out on the South India tour

The traditional starting photo at the Casa: the first ride to John’s Jungle Farm with friends in December We’d especially like to note that our long-time friend and Road Captain John – known to many as “Rafting John” from the Kali River – and his wife Silvia built a beautiful jungle farm in the Western Ghats that also accommodates guests.

We’ve already visited it with nine groups, large and small, and enjoyed a wonderful jungle adventure. A few pictures:

4 of 14 Sauerlanders at John’s Jungle Farm in December

On the trek to Dudhsagar waterfall

On the way to the Jungle Farm

A bunch of Bullets

This little waterfall feeds the pool on the farm

The teepees

The teepees on the farm

Ride to the Dudhsagar trek

Breakfast

Hot water for showers is also available

Baking jungle pizza

Each teepee has an outdoor bath and two sheltered resting areas

John’s Jungle Farm

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Kelly on the breezy roof terrace with room for up to 6 guests

Jungle badminton

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On top of the waterfall

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RC Martin in the pool

NEW: Expedition Adventure Trip with Jeeps and Motorbikes - Overnight stay at the "Off the Grid" Jungle Farm in the Western Ghats mountain range.

Starting in December, we’re going to offer short adventure tours to this fascinating farm located in the deep jungle of Karnataka every week.
We’ll cover the 120 km to the farm with bikes and jeeps, spending two nights there so that we can take the day for a short trek to the renowned Dudhsagar waterfalls, which plunge almost 400 meters in cascades to Goa. On the third day, we’ll ride a wide arc through the Western Ghats, arriving back at the coast south of Goa – an exciting 180 km ride.

Back in Goa, we’ll be stopping at Agonda Beach, where we’ll spend two nights with friends in a popular beach hut resort. On the free day, we’ll be offering local tours to explore the most beautiful beaches of southern Goa.To take part in this 4-day tour, either join it spontaneously, or book in advance on our website (starting in October). The tour will cost around 170-225 € for the 4-day version, or 70-110 € for the 2-day trip to the farm and back. We’ll be providing more details in our next winter newsletter.

All the details you find here.

Yoga session with Sonam

Yoga on the Ayurveda Terrace

The Casa pool – our oasis of relaxation in the garden

Xmas Time


So, that was the news from the “Classic Bike Adventure” world – we’ll be back with another newsletter in late winter.

For those of you in the northern hemisphere, we wish you a happy and accident free wrap-up of the riding season. Keep the shiny side up!

See you soon cruising Nepal and the Indian Himalayas, Bhutan or Northern Thailand or just relaxing in Goa...


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Peter, Martin, Tiz, Hubert, Willy, Tashi and the whole Classic Bike Adventure crew

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Copyright for text and photos: Peter´s Classic Bike AdventureTours Pvt Ltd ( India ). Photographers in this issue are Yangs Yanden, Hubert Neubauer, Tashi Chhospel, Tiziana Warmerdam, Peter Paulo Dos Santos and others


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