[B]has anyone tried putting their bike on the train in india?
Yes, I did it. Goa to Delhi.
Paperwork not too difficult. The problem is the logistics of getting the bike on the train--it will be lifted on, with no crane etc by the platform staff. Difficult. Not impossible. They never know which end the baggage car will be, so it can be pretty stressful, running the length of the platform pushing the bike with hundreds of people in the way. In the heat. Remember, there is no special freight train, so you have only the time that the train stops to load passengers to get the machine on board. So you might want to pick an early morning, late night option.
Oh, they wrap the bike in cloth and carboard. Obligatory. Costs not much. Have a look at http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tst...edy/000742.php
to see how my Transalp looked.
It goes without saying that once on board it will have all sorts chucked on top on it.
All this is designed to make your blogs more interesting.
If you are prepeared for the above, there is no reason not to put it on a train. I was happy not to have to ride a thousand miles back to Delhi.
Around the world 2000-2004, on a 1993 Honda Transalp