2009 Ladakh Preparations: tools and spares

Sounak yesterday asked my what spares I’ll be carrying on this Ladakh trip, well here is a list of spares and a few major tools I’ll be carrying with me.

  • CDI (carrying it on all my trips since the original one conked off during my Manali 2004 ride)
  • Sparkplug
  • Chain link
  • Clutch and front brake leaver
  • Accelerator and clutch wire
  • Headlight, taillight and indicator bulb
  • 1 liter engine oil
  • 90w gear oil to lubricate drive chain
  • WD40
  • Front and rear tyre tubes
  • Electric compressor
  • Tyre irons
  • Tyre Valve Key
  • Tyre Patches and solution
  • OEM toolkit
  • Set of ring spanners
  • Multiple attachment screwdriver

Apart from that I am also carrying a few more things like elfy, electrician tape, m-seal etc.

Today I also got the high beam of my motorcycle fixed so now the bike is good to go.

Another update is that Bhuwan had to call of the ride after starting from Jaipur today, as he got an urgent call and thus had to turn back. So once again this is going to be a solo ride and to tell you the truth, I am kind of happy about it, even though I will surely miss Bhuwan’s company, as I loved riding with him on our Ladakh 2007 trip.

Departure date as of yet is not finalized and I am contemplating on which date to leave now, especially since if I leave day after tomorrow (proposed start date initially, after the change yesterday), I will end up traveling on the Manali – Leh highway on Tuesday and I have Tuesday Fast which I keep every Tuesday and one which basically restricts me to a fruit diet for the whole day. So I guess I’ll have to keep that in mind as well now.

Well I wished for a trip that wasn’t planned and kind of spontaneous and it sure is turning out that way, even before it has begun!


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